It's amazing to me that 2012 is almost over. It seems like it was only a few months ago that I was doing a wrap up post for 2011. For that matter, Christmas of last year doesn't even seem so long ago. I know time fly when you are having fun, but this is getting to the point where years are just starting to blend in together. Everything seems to go by so fast anymore. I guess the only thing to do is sit back, and enjoy it while it lasts.
This was the second year of doing "theme" months, and I think I'm sticking with it. It has made the decision making process so much easier, that I can't imagine going back to the old system of picking a character out of thin air. It was also the second year I had used guest bloggers during the months of July and August, and I can say without a doubt, that will be something utilized once again in 2013. It makes life so much easier for me during those two months, and it allows characters to be featured that I never would have thought of.
What I really want to do this year is thank you guys for your continued interest in this feature. I know that not all the characters get equal love, which is fine with me. Characters I love, aren't necessarily characters you guys will love, or even know about. My goal with this feature is to present you guys with characters that have meant something to me, made me cry or laugh, or simply entertained me for the amount of time I spent in there presence. So whether a character gets no comments, a few comments, or tons of comments, just knowing that I may have given the character enough exposure, for someone else to fall for the character in the same way, is all that matters to me. So thank you for comments on these posts, it makes the work worth it.
January was a month in which I saw one of my favorite soap operas, One Life to Live, leave the air. So I planned on using the month to highlight my favorite characters from the show. That worked out for the first two weeks, but then life caught up with me in the form of bronchitis, and I just didn't have the energy for the third week. I did a repost that week, and for the fourth week, since I was already out of the theme, I went with a different character all together.
Lady of Shalott (Repost)
February was the month I decided to feature the four main characters from one of my favorite sitcoms, The Golden Girls. The only problem was that the month had five Wednesdays in it. So I started the month off with some of my favorite teenage sleuths, and finished the month off with the girls.
March was all about my favorite Looney Toons characters. There are so many of them, that it was hard to narrow down, so I have a feeling you will be seeing another batch in 2013.
April was the month I believed in second chances. Over the years I had featured characters I really, really loved but others didn't seem care all that much for them. So I wanted to do a month of reposts of some of my favorite characters that got almost no love the first time around. For the most part, they got a little more attention this time around, but I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that they will get more love in the future.
May went to the dogs, and it was the hardest month I have ever had at narrowing down the characters to feature. I couldn't do it on my own, so I left it up to chance. I wrote down the names of about 30 different canine characters that I love, and every week, I drew a new name out of the hat. Needless to say, there are a lot of names left, so expect another dog month in 2013.
June's theme was actually inspired by May. When I did the post on Harry, The Dirty Dog, it got me thinking of some of my favorite characters from children's books.
July was the first of two months that some of my favorite bloggers took over the feature and showcased some of their favorite characters. For the month of July, they were; Bev of My Reader's Block, Beth of Beth's Book Reviews, Lydia of The Lost Entwife, and Rhonda of My Life In Not So Many Words....
August was the second month that some very generous bloggers stepped in to feature their favorite characters. It's a life saver since this is the busiest month at work. For the month of August, they were; Gef of Wag the Fox, Terri of Alexia's Books and Such..., Blodeuedd of Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell, Tasha of Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books, and Carol of Carol's Notebook.
September was not a good month for blogging or for this feature. Life just seemed to take over that month, I think I only got around 15 posts done all month. I only got three FFC posts done, and there was no theme. I felt lucky to be able to get that much done.
October is one of my favorite months, as Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. As usual, this month's feature was all about some of my favorite characters that makes me think of Halloween.
November got off to a great start. It was all about The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is one of my favorite traditions on Thanksgiving. So I wanted to feature characters that have had their own balloons in the parade. I got the first three weeks done, then a horrible stomach bug hit, and I was not able to finish the month with a fourth character.
December is all about Christmas characters, or in this month's case, characters that epitomize winter for me. I'm still not sure we are going to have a white Christmas this year, though as I type this on Christmas morning, we are supposed to have snow later in the day. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Because of the lack, so far, of a real winter, I wanted to feature characters that made me think of snow and all the fun it brings.
If anyone wants to check out the whole cast of characters that have been featured on the blog over the years, here is the entire list.