Happy 6th

I haven’t written anything about my anniversary of this space in a couple of years (July 2014 to be exact) but a conversation yesterday made me think that I might want to write something up this year.

I was sitting around with a friend who has started and killed a bunch of different blogs since I’ve known her (6 or 7 years?). Her blogs tend to be tightly focused on food, cocktails, fashion, dating, technology, what have you. She has many varied interests, but I think trying to keep her writing to one area is what caused each one to eventually die.

I know mine is a bit all over the map, but welcome to my brain. My art posts are consistent but art is a constant source of joy in my life. I was looking back at some of my poetry posts and maybe I should pick up one of the 3 books of poetry on my bedside table.

My life is very different from when I started, both easier and harder. And maybe I share a bit less than I used to.  But July continues to be a weirdly self-reflective month for me…which is how this whole thing got started.

7 years in…

I changed my template last week. Which is of no consequence to anyone but me, but I suddenly realize that the *simple* template I picked in 2011…I know…was looking very busy so I chose something else. So just a month shy of my 5th anniversary of this particular ramble on the internet…something new.

It’s that time again…

for the self-reflective anniversary post (here’s the one from 2012 and one of my first posts in 2011). As I’ve said before July is definitely my anniversary month, but the actual day I started writing…who knows. My best day ever is still my launch day on July 27, 2011.

This post should be just shy of 350 (it’s #348 to be preciese). I’ve really been enjoying my Arty Tuesday posts. And this summer’s Burning Ring of Fire posts have kept me entertained. Two posts that I’m quite proud of (and they are in my top 10 for hits in the last year) are my post about Stuffed Mirlitons and the one about MisQuotes on the Internet…of course, all included are various Mr. Bingle posts, because who doesn’t love him?

We’ll see where the next year takes me…Thanks for playing along.

2012 in review

Thanks to WordPress for writing my last post of the year…

I’m not really surprised that most folks find me by searching Mr. Bingle. And I know I need to do a post for my 2012 Bingle additions…

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Obligatory Self Reflective Anniversary Post

I contemplated my little corner of the internet for over a year before I started publishing…and, of course, my first post (written July 2010 but not published until July 2011) was a definition…because that’s super librarian-y. And then I let this sit while I cogitated for another year.

Last July contemplations about my grandmother and her christening gown was one impetus and then I really needed to share my love for my K&B stick (so there’s another).  And I guess I was just looking for a creative outlet.

What have I learned about myself over the last year? While I do have things I love, I’m not fixated as I thought I was since some of those topics only come up occasionally.  I tried writing about news items but I think I’ve found that’s not really my forte.

So when is my exact anniversary? I’m not sure.  I think I wrote and backdated a few posts before I actually announced to anyone that I what I was up to.  And I know I announced myself to the twitterverse on July 27th…because that is still my busiest day of existence.  I had 6 whole posts at that point.

I’ve been mostly happy with having a venue to share nonsense semi-anonymously that isn’t FB or twitter. I think this space somewhat accurately demonstrates my disparate interests and possibly that my attention span is that of a hummingbird. Some months, I feel like I live up to my name and others I lose my inspiration.

And the NOLA (and greater) community of bloggers (and twitterers) have been really supportive and for that I am grateful.

For the record I’ve published 224 posts, this is number 225.

Why blog?

Over the weekend I was asked why I started a blog. And the simple answer is to entertain myself. But maybe there is a complicated answer too.

Some posts are because I’m thinking of a specific person; some are so that I can release the bees buzzing around inside my head; some are just to share the stuff I love/am obsessed with; and some are because I’m silly.

Infant of Prague from St. Matthew's Church in River Ridge

Speaking of silly…
I do love a good Infant of Prague statue, especially ones with actual clothes.