- Ten best books read recently
- Ten tv shows I’ve been watching
- Ten books about writing
- Ten things about my job
- Ten favorite things around my home
- Ten meaningful quotes
- Ten reasons I love purple
- Ten historical oddities
- Ten world building things
- Ten favorite characters I’ve made up
The most popular post of the year was A Contemplative Photography Lesson Plan, from January, but at a mere 26 hits I can hardly call it popular. The Playdate post from 2011 was actually the most popular page on the site with 50 hits, no doubt all those people looking for paper doll knights. I wonder if anyone ever actually downloads and uses them? I don’t think I have anyway of telling.
Not surprisingly, search results landing on the site were low, too, with not very many interesting terms to put on the “how did you find me” list for the year. “Companion artifacts”, “enchantment writing”, and “the mystical and/or spiritual backgrounds of the sequoia trees” have caught my eye, and may inspire actual posts some time this year. (Of course, if I write a post about sequoia’s I’ll have to go take a trip for photos, right?) Apparently, a lot of people have been looking for my sister Natasha by googling me too. Go figure.
The above photo was taken today, with an iPhone 6, on a midday walk with my daughter and the family dog. Let’s hope the entire year is filled with such gorgeous colors!
My annual “how’d you find me” post isn’t going to be as much fun this year as it used to be, thanks to the increased number of results from Google showing up as “unknown search term” – more than half of my search term results were unknown, so I can’t guess what those people may have been looking for at all. Did you find it?
But here’s some of the more interesting stats:
Variations of my name – 10
People looking for bookmarks – 24
Creative journaling and/or lettering – 15
Juan Cabrillo – 2
Tim Burton / Beauty & the Beast – 4
And some of the more unique single hits:
Stairs in the wood
Sight magical sensitivity castle marrach (sorry, I have no clue how to get this!)
Texture page from old book pages with turned and torn edges
Guys with huge feet
Just to see if anyone is paying attention, I will send a prize to the first person who identifies the post that last one refers to. Leave your answer in the comments!
(Picture is unrelated, but I thought I’d share it. Taken last August in New Hampshire, at “America’s Stonehenge.”)
I always enjoy looking over the search engine terms that have landed people on this site. Usually predictable, there are always a few surprises in the batch that leave me scratching my head.
For example, sometime in the past year, someone has visited while searching for information on:
- amusement park ride design ergonomics
- interpersonalmelo (what?)
- grocery tattoos
- rabindranath tagore wallpaper
- cozy myster set in early 20th century england
That’s right, someone searched for “2” and ended up on my website. Three someones, to be precise. What’s up with that? And what in the heck is a grocery tattoo?
By far the most common search that landed people here was some variation of “bookmarks to print” or “knight paper doll”, both printables I made available more than a year ago. Creative journaling and lettering tends to generate a fair percentage of traffic. (I can’t say “a lot of traffic” because the tiny bit these days hardly qualifies – alas the languishing numbers of a barely active blog!) I’m happy to see these results here, because I feel like I have good resources to offer the seekers – I hope they enjoyed what they found.
However, I feel like I must extend my apologies to the person looking for “amusement park ride design ergonomics” because I doubt he found anything useful to help his search here!
Anyway, it’s that time of the year when I want to thank everyone who visits the page, regularly readers or random visitors. I have occupied this little space on the web for a long while, sometimes more actively than others, and I appreciate everyone who stops by for whatever reason. I wish you all the best in the coming year and hope to see you again soon!
P.S. The photos are from my recent trip to the Grand Canyon. After looking at the search term results, I have decided a second set of printable bookmarks are in order, featuring some of these shots. Look for them in the next couple of days!
Coming soon, a post about fantasy inspiration, and how our world is pockmarked with places more unbelievable than anything you’ll find in a SFF novel.
But first, since it’s the holiday season (and one that will be very tight around my household this year) I thought it was time to point to the places I’ve got stuff for sale online.
In my CafePress shop, you can find cards, ornaments, and stockings printed with my original Holiday Tree design. There are also t-shirts and sweatshirts with the Mythic Firebrid—maybe a gift for someone you know?
And at RedBubble, there are cards and prints available from some of my photos, including this lovely holiday image:
In fact, if there are any photos on this site, on my deviantArt account, or in my Flickr stream that you’d like to purchase as a print or card, I can make it available. Just ping me with what you want and I’ll set it up for you to order. Framed art photos make great gifts! And personally I think these gerbera pictures would make a neat set of note cards.
Unfortunately, I don’t have anything new to offer this year. The last six months in particular have been a creative dud. In fact, I noticed the other day that there is actually dust on my camera, which distresses me to no end. It turns out I may have a little extra time next week, so I’m resolved to head out…somewhere. Anywhere. Got to recapture that creative spirit.
Who is the lucky winner of the Mythic Firebird T-Shirt?
#100 is…. Melanie of The Creator’s Palette! Congratulations, Melanie. I’ll be contacting you via email to get your mailing address and size preferences.
To all the One World, One Heart winners, I hope you enjoyed the Grand Tour this year. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great day!
It’s that time of year again! Time for bloggers across the web to come together for a bona-fide bonanza of connecting and sharing…time for One World One Heart 2011!
Welcome to all of you who are visiting my blog for the first time. You’ll find a lot of my art photos here, some creative journaling, and musings about writing and creativity in general. Be sure not to miss my year-long project, 365 Days and One Knight!
This year, I’m giving away a Cafe Press t-shirt featuring my original mythic firebird design.
Leave a comment for your chance to win by random drawing—be sure to include your email so that I can contact the winner!
(The winner can select size and style of shirt from the many available at Cafe Press.)
I participated in One World One Heart last year, and can’t wait to “ride the magic carpet” once again. It’s such a fun way to find new people to connect with online, discover new blogs for your reading pleasure, and to bring new readers to your own blog. For those of you not familiar with the worldwide blog event, there are two ways you can participate:
1) Visit blogs to win prizes! Every blog participating in the event is holding a giveaway—it might be handmade art, or a book, or some other little trinket. Visit Lisa Swifka’s blog, A Whimsical Bohemian, to view the list of participants (last year there were over 1,000 participating blogs!) and leave comments on posts for prizes you’d like to win.
2) Hold a giveaway! Starting today (January 31) you can post your own giveaway on your blog and Lisa will link to it from the main OWOH page. Try not to be overwhelmed by the blog traffic it generates!
Keep in mind that you don’t have to host a giveaway yourself in order to win prizes on participants blogs, so I encourage you to go visit as many blogs as you can, because you’ll never know what treasures you’ll discover.
One more thing: Lisa says this is the last year she’s going to host OWOH, so if you haven’t played along before, I encourage you to do so now, before it’s to late. Good luck!
EDITED February 17, 2011: This giveaway is now over, and the comments are closed. You can find the winner here.