This is the last post of the entire year. I wanted to thank you all for reading along, contributing, helping me out and generally making SFS not only worthwhile but a pleasure to run. Thank you for all of your support and I genuinely hope that I have given you useful and interesting content to read. This post is sorta like a Christmas card I suppose, to each and every one of you. The history of the Christmas card is actually quite interesting:
Sir Henry Cole (who was a civil servant, an inventor and also a pretty shrewd businessman) commissioned John Callcott Horsley to design a card for him in 1843. The custom was to send a letter to each person wishing them all the best and so on. He had a large network to cater for and he figured that a card with a nice design and a pre-printed message would be the most efficient way to do this. Apparently the picture was very controversial: a family with a small child drinking wine together. The idea took off and to this day we still send out these cards. Some would say that they lack a more personal message, but this is how they were originally designed. I reckon this Henry Cole would have been an excellent online marketeer, what do you think?
My Christmas card to you this year is Bill Shrink’s infographic “Christmas by the numbers” – awesome work.
Have a fabulous time with your family, friends, neighbours and/or whoever else you are with this holiday season. Well done to all for developing the web further this year and for contributing your time and work. Whatever you achieved or didn’t achieve, well done for stepping up to those challenges. Happy Christmas and have a really fun festive season.
(Remember to give thoughtfully, choose recycled cards if you give those out and don’t waste food or drink. Don’t forget about those who aren’t as fortunate as we are. Be generous with your time and your hearts <3)
And enjoy this: