Hard to believe it has been three years of East of Allen blogging. Time for a little reflection and maybe some "best of" posting.
I started this back in March, 2008 to record some Eaton Wash and East Pasadena historical stuff. Then, in late April of that year, the Chantry Flat fire hit. I did a series of posts on what I was seeing here in NE Pas and closely followed altadenablog and several other Altadena and Sierra Madre blogs. The late great Foothill Cities blog tied the coverage together and, before I knew it, I was blogging.
Since then, I've done about 180 posts, nearly all of them with photos. The historical posts are my favorites and they often take a fair amount of time. But, there are a few animal posts that I particularly like too.
What posts have been most popular with visitors? The mouse wins. According to Google statistics more people have viewed a post I did on a baby mouse than any other East of Allen post. That's a little sobering given the work I've put into other posts. But, them's the facts. The bear, snake and alligator lizard posts are also particularly popular. Go figure.
Posts about the Hastings Ranch Christmas lights have also attracted a relatively high number of views. If East Pasadena has a top attraction, it is probably the Hastings Christmas lights and, of course, post Rose Parade float viewing.
It has been fun to get emails from people who are interested in something I've posted. I received some interesting correspondence from collectors following my post about the famous portrait of President Lincoln that is mysteriously missing from the Pasadena Public Library. And, I've received a number of emails about my St. Luke's posts -- some from people who were born at St. Luke's, one from a producer and others interested in the proposed St. Luke's development. The series on Earthside Nature Center was plain old fun to do and also elicited some interesting feedback from persons who knew the garden's founders.
So, now I have a new category called "highlights" and may in the coming months re-post some of my own highlights from this blog.