Everywhere has its particular way of celebrating this winter solstice holiday period. One of the strangest things about christmas here in Barcelona is the appearance of the caganer in the christmas nativity scene. I suppose many things may turn up amongst the shepherds, wise men, chickens, goats, etc at the traditional scene but the appearance of a squatting man with his trousers round his ankles hovering above a freshly laid christmas log is a little weird to say the least. It has also become popular to have popular figures appearing as caganers so this year all across Catalunya there will be families celebrating the festive season while depictions of Gerard Piqué and Shakira go about their business in the presence of the little baby Jesus.
All of this, of course, reminds us that we are nearing the end of 2011. I’m not going to look back now at the tremendous success achieved by the team this year, I’m hoping Blaugranaboy will post a Review of the Year in the next few days, though it is worth pointing out that Leo Messi’s magnificent performances have earnt him the award of Champion of Champions from the prestigious French sports magazine L’Equipe beating other exceptional sportsman such as tennis star Novak Djorovic and Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel to the prize.
I am also reminded that it is now just over a year since the start of BarçaCentral. For those of you who followed my blogging at Fcbnews you will remember that I went through a period when I lost the enthusiasm a bit for doing this. I want to thank everyone who encouraged me to keep going as I now feel much more inspired to keep this going and also to make it grow. I’d like to give a big shout out to Darren for originally setting up the site to get us started and also to Roger and Diatus. Even if circumstances have led to you guys not having time or whatever, this blog wouldn’t be going without your early contributions. I’d also like to give a massive shout to Blaugranaboy who has helped to ease the workload with his insightful contributions.
Most of all I’d like to thank you readers for following the blog. One of the mainstays of the blog is the comments sent in and I’d like to thank every one of you who have contributed in this way. BarçaCentral may not be the blog with the most comments but I am convinced we have the best quality. But even if you have never sent in a comment, if you follow the blog that is still greatly appreciated. Regular readers will know I’m not the biggest whizzkid on the computer but I have been trying to expand my use of social media which has led to me signing up with a Twitter account. These things do seem to help with spreading the word so I will use it as I’m sure it’s also very good for sending out news snippets.
There is also a BarçaCentral Facebook page and all “likes” are greatly appreciated, if you haven’t done so already it would be very much appreciated if you took a minute to click through and like the page. I’ve also been trying Google+ which I find has many advantages over Facebook and I invite you all to follow me and BarçaCentral there. One other site I’ve joined is Empire Avenue which I would recommend very highly to anybody involved in social media, blogging or in trying to build an online profile. You can support the blog there by buying shares in BarçaCentral and keeping our price high!
Well, that’s enough begging from me. I’d just like to wish you all a happy holiday period, or as they say in Catalan, Bones Festes!
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