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Avid followers of ITBOTN will know that my annual New Year’s Day tradition is to change all eighteen of the randomised header images on the blog to some of the best photos I have snapped over the previous twelve months. But we’re taking a slightly different tack on this occasion!

Given we will turn ten years old in November (where the hell did that time go), I thought it might be kinda nice to celebrate by bringing back some old favourites in our tenth year. So I have selected fifteen of the best header images used over the past five years (since I switched to this layout) along with three new ones so 2018 doesn’t miss out entirely.

I may reflect more on the  milestone if I feel like it when the actual anniversary draws near. For now though, I often use these posts to navel gaze about what the year ahead holds.

The thing is, for once, I actually don’t know. In previous years I have had lots of plans and goals mapped out in my head, but this year I don’t particularly have many at this point. One reason for that is the slightly more team focussed nature of things now – it’s not entirely all up to me anymore! A lot depends on other contributors and what else is happening in their lives.

For my part I guess I am just going to take things as they come and hope for more of the same – growth, evolution, opinion shaping, bar setting and above all fun! 2018 was special in all these regards though and to be honest I have my doubts that it can be matched let alone topped.

But I have thought that before and been pleasantly surprised so we’ll just have to wait and see.

One thing I am going to do is look for ways I can change my own stuff up a bit – even if I don’t know exactly how that might look right now. I feel like my match day posts have been getting a bit tired and formulaic and this needs to be rectified somehow. If you’ve got any ideas, hit me with them!

My other goal is to find the money to invest in a new camera and lens at some point to try and take my photography up to another level again. I do ok with what I have but I particularly strive to be better in that department – the side of football blogging I actually enjoy the most – and I would love to start pushing the big guns a bit harder in the photography section of the NZ Football Media Awards.

My current camera also got a hell of a drenching at Centre Park in the middle of last year and hasn’t really been the same since. You know, poor workman, tool blaming and all that! I can neither confirm nor deny that this is the actual reason the new header images aren’t all 2018 shots…

Anyhoo. As always thanks for reading, photo viewing and sharing our links. We wouldn’t be doing this without your support and it’s always truly appreciated even if we don’t reply to every comment or like every tweet.

Buon anno and welcome to 2019!

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Enzo Giordani

A grassroots sports photography enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent football club on earth - A.S. Roma.

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