The ides of March
March, named after Mars was the great month of war and farming in ancient Roman times which would include large spiritual festivals. March is also remember as the month of the assassination of Julius Cesar -- March 15th 44BC which can be considered the turning point of the Roman republic to the Roman Empire.
Today in less turbulent times?, spring is around the corner and we see some warming weather. That's not to say we didn't same some great pictures from storm Dorris and after the storm shots like picture Newhaven Lighthouse by Ian Hufton and Winter Sun in Perthshire by Alexander Jeffrey. I'm sure a few pictures will be snapped of storm Ewan too!
News from the community
Wonderful congratulations to Sandra Cockayne who achieved the distinction of winning 4 Bronze Awards in the Guild of Professional Photographers Image of the Month competition. The Guild of Photographers is a highly regarded national photographic body and its members are dedicated to enhancing their skills in the art, craft and profession of photography. Well done Sandra!
As mentioned above, March 26th is Mothers Day, so don't forget! Besides that, what else is going on?
There is the Spring Equinox 2017 in Northern Hemisphere which is on the 20th of March.
This month you may see that many people will be wearing a daffodil somewhere on their person. The daffodil represents the Marie Curie Cancer Care which tries to ensure everyone diagnosed with cancer is cared for in the best possible way, including palliative care. It also helps fund research into possible cures through other organisations.
On the spring Equinox, Perrygrove Railway is hosting an event to bring in spring. The surrounding woodland at Perrygrove Railway will be illuminated in colourful displays, and the trains will be running in the dark.
This month, Bristol will host the "Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival." Get your fingers clicking and your toes tapping for some excellent music!
In the sporting world, the 6 Nations will come to a close on March 18th, who will win! Still to be decided between England, Scotland and Ireland. On March 28th we have the start of the Formula 1 season in Melbourne.
Time shift! Clocks will "spring" forward by an hour on March 26th.
Commonwealth day, March 13th. is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth held on the second Monday in March, and marked by a multi-faith service in Westminster Abbey, normally attended by Queen, with the Commonwealth Secretary-General and Commonwealth High Commissioners in London. The Queen delivers an address to the Commonwealth, broadcast throughout the world.
Everyone is a little bit Irish! St-Patrick's day is on the 17th and then followed by World Sleep Day on the 18th... I understand why.
Finally on March 26th, we have the annual Earth Hour.
In North America, the clocks will jump forward on March 12th.
What's new this month?
A large amount of time has been invested on working on our SEO processes and working on site advertising.
We were continuing to work within the cart and improve it, however after a long discussion and long days trying to work with the existing program, we have decided to create one from scratch. This will take up a lot of our time, but we will still work on the SEO and other smaller projects.
In other news, after a lot of waiting and patcience Photo4me has now become a registered trademark! You will notice in the coming days that we have now the little ® next to our logo. Hope hope that this leads to customer confidence in purchasing with us.
Top effort everyone!
Gerry Greer asked us in the Facebook group regarding stats for the website. As much as we want to, we cannot give out these stats. What we can say, is that if you want to see what people are searching for as a subject. From the home page, click on the "Explore" dropdown. This is constantly changing according to popular searches.
Also, see trends happening all the time in the Recently Purchase section in the members site. Happens every year -- think of the time of the year and what people are more likely to put in their house -- what is recent and interesting or trending in the shop.
We’re always looking for something to report or to announce, anything that would interest the community. Would you like to write up a blog? Start a photography club in your area? Have any tips? Locations? Advice? Let us know and we’ll be more than happy to read and even put it into the newsletter.
Have a great month everyone, and thank you for being part of the community.
Jon & Mike