2012 in review

Again I have received a lovely annual report from wordpress….this is my 2012 🙂

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 7,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 13 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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200th Post!!

Hi there all who read this,

I am pleased to announce that I have reached the 200 post mile stone!!! I am really pleased by this as it means that I have hung in there and have been a diligent writer.

Quite a few years back I belonged to a writing group and we would meet at our facilitator’s house, read our pieces of writing, fulfil writing challenges and eat olives, cheese and crackers.

I was quite sad when I could no longer attend the group and my writing ceased for a bit. Apart from when we went fruit picking and I kept a journal of our adventures.

When my brother was raving on about blogging I didn’t think I could keep it up but eventually he convinced me that I should. I’m glad I caved as writing a blog gives me that same challenge as when I went to my writing group.

Okay, there is no olives, cheese and crackers but the accountability is there as I attempt the weekly photo challenge or I try to post at least three times a week. Writing has always been  important to me just as painting or any creative pursuit so blogging has become a strong part of my creative expression!!!!

Another part of the blogging experience that I love is the interactions and friendships that I have made.  Thanks to all who visit my blog and leave comments 🙂

So here’s to my 2ooth mile stone!!!

Did someone say it was the 11th of FEB????

Wow!! Hi everyone can’t believe we are well into February already!!! My head-space for the past couple of months has been very distracted and at times even tormented! Well tormented seems a little extreme as I live in a peaceful country with no real threat to my daily peaceful life , yet tormented by the fact I had assignments to complete in the middle of a holiday.

Well, assignments have been completed and its taken me days to recover from the lack of sleep and now I’m sitting back with a book that has me riveted!!! So what can I learn from this experience? Well friends, when its a holiday have a holiday and don’t ever pretend that you are a wonder women who can juggle better then a circus performer. In fact I literally can not juggle in real life let alone figuratively….just let be a lesson for me!!

Anyway I thought I’d drop a word here or two considering I haven’t posted anything for two weeks and just like go WOW!!!!!!…the year is buzzing passed so quickly!!!!

Thank you

I would like to just take a moment to thank all of you who subscribe to Tamar’s art lounge.  I appreciate all who leave comments as it makes the blogging experience feel so much more personal *gee fanks*

Writing for me is another form of art and I love expressing myself and oops!! I haven’t picked up my brushes in about a year…That’s a sad bit 😦 . It’s just life is a bit busy at the moment but hey!!…this is the happy bit 🙂 I write in my journal and have a blog where I incorporate many of my Instagram shots which indeed are acts of artiness!!!

A part of being an artist is sharing your work and have people respond in their own way. This exchange really adds a new depth to the work because we all have our own thoughts and perceptions.

I know that there are blogs out there that have a massive following and some blogs go pro and have ads featured on their site but I am stocked if I get 20 clicks on my blog in one day…whoo hooo!!!! Just recently I had a moment of reflection after viewing some bitch fights on a popular blog and it made me think about what type of blogger I want to be.

I want to write about the things that matter to me and refrain from any nastiness. I want to express what  inspire’s me and hopefully in the process inspire other’s too. I want to share what it’s like to have a child with VCFS and how I cope. I love to share my faith and I love the freedom of just writing about whatever I want to with no pressure to perform or conform. Hey!! I just love to blog and you my subscriber’s are a part of my journey!!!!

So thank you thank you and keep on blogging!!! xxxxx

Post a week challenge 2011- a reflection!!

Wow, so we are nearing the end of the year and I have been partaking in the post a week challenge 2011 and I’m glad to say that I’ve done okay, apart from a lagging week here and there. My lagging weeks however had a very good excuse such as, I had to get rid of a stalker , the commencement of study and……yeah being bogged down due to academic reading!!!!

I love being able to write and the weekly challenge helps keep up the commitment. One of the creative ways to partake in the challenge was to be a part of the weekly photo challenge. As I am an Instagram  addict I have many many many photo’s so there were many pic’ to choose from.

I found myself blogging about what is important to me and if something strikes me as outrages I can express it in a post. I like to share my book discoveries or words that interest me.  I like to share about things that inspire and to give voice for those who are effected by VCFS. Blogging regularly has been an expressive joy in my life and certainly hope there is a 2012 challenge.

Some of my most exciting events in 2011 was when I got 729 clicks in just half an hour!! whoo hooo!!!! That’s probably nothing to some people but to me it was awesome!! Another exciting event was when I posted about my local community garden and I made mention of Richard Louv, who is the American journalist who wrote The last child in the woods. Within a couple of hours of pressing publish Richard Louv himself left a comment on my post requesting that I email him.

It’s been a great year and amazingly has gone too fast. I hope you all have a wonderful 2012 and for those who have a blog….keep on posting 🙂

The type of post’s I like to read

I was thinking this morning about the type of post’s that I like reading and what attracts me in the first place to a blog? I was also thinking how much I enjoy being a blogger as it fulfills some expressive need that I obviously have perched inside me. As an artist I find that when I paint it allows me to swim in  self-indulgence guilt-free.

So! what do I like to read? A while back I discovered a blog called the Awkward list I love reading it as I feel that we can all relate to what is mentioned in them and even though most are written in a testimonial style they are not self indulgent. They are uplifting and make you laugh like a Seinfeld episode and I have literally laughed out loud while reading some of them.

I also like instructional posts such as “how to be a better writer” as blogs like that are not only interesting but are helpful to those who are reading it. I’m very fond of Instagram or any type of arty post’s, I love reading about those who journal and who like to write about their observation’s of this world.

I definitely appreciate a blog with a list!! How good is a list??? It just breaks up that body of words and makes you feel all organised inside awwww nice 🙂

  • I love book reviews
  • declarations of faith
  • stories of triumph
  • when everyone was doing the 30 day song challenge
  • funny stories

I could just keep on going but I wont as perhaps I should talk about what I don’t like???? ummm well, I really don’t like reading things which are too self absorbed, like every thing is about me me me me me me me look at ME darling look at me!!!!

Oh!! I really hope I’m not offending anyone by what I am writing and perhaps it can sound a little hypocritical, as I myself are writing till my heart’s content about anything I so desire. It’s just when it’s all about the writer I start to get a little bored!! So does that make me perhaps a self absorbed reader? as the posts that attract me and that I enjoy reading are all things that interest’s me???

I find what I am writing in this post very fascinating, as it really makes me question my own self absorbent levels by what I write and what I read!!!!

Your thoughts??

WHAT???……..729 clicks!!!!!

On Tuesday when I posted my previous blog  Bazinga, I was shocked mightily as  within 15 minutes of clicking publish  it had hit about 578 clicks. I know it may not seem like a big deal to some but for me it was so exhilarating as 755 was my biggest month.

So how on earth did I achieve this? You tell me!!! I did put it on stumble upon and that’s where most of the clicks come from but I’ve been posting on stumble upon all this time and never with the same result. I think perhaps it was the content as The Big Bang Theory is a popular show and the scene that I used has to be one of the most funniest things I’ve ever seen.

So this is me just bragging and I hope I can get this kind of result more often as gosh it felt good…what a rush!!!!!!

Celebrating my 100th post!!!!

To make to my 100th post really makes me feel quite chuffed as it shows me that this blogging thing isn’t just a fad but now part of my regular doing of life.

I love the process of writing and always have. Years ago I was a part of a writer’s group where we met weekly, had homework, did  on the spot writing and had to read our words out to receive feedback. Although I don’t go to that writing group anymore, I feel through blogging it gives me that same type of satisfaction.

I love taking my journal to any cafe to commence with writing down my thoughts. I miss painting and it has been put on hold for a little bit so blogging has been very important part of my creative process. When I was describing to a fellow painter friend about my lack of painting production he very wisely answered with this “Tamar what is drawing or painting? it is an activity where you put a selection of lines together to create an image that is seen with the eye! now what is writing? An activity where you put a selection of lines together to create an image that is seen with the mind”

I thought his response was genius and I am always thinking about that statement whenever I’m being creative of some sort. It really doesn’t matter what medium you use to express your self, just as long as you do.

I love being an Artist

I love the creative process of observing the world around me and then interpreting through artistic means. My primary medium is painting and although It’s been on hold for a while it’s still one of my earliest and primal passions. When I was a child I remember the enjoyment experienced when playing with paint and that enjoyment still remains to this day.

Whatever medium I choose to work with the process is just as important as the end product. There is always that wonder of  taking in my surrounds and an insatiable desire to capture the moment whether I write it down or draw a sketch. I then like to ponder those ideas that then lead to paintings or written words.

Of late my chosen medium has been to write and take photo’s with my iphone.  The process, I find is very similar to that of painting.  It’s choosing to be that observing person that document’s my interpretation of the world around me. I’m so glad that my brain works this way for I love being an artist.

Likable words

Some words are just so likable and when they come into your sphere of knowledge or attention you can’t help but use them as frequently as possible. When you use such words it is delicious and you savor every moment especially in public because in public the word sounds even better.

so here is just a few of my favorite words, perhaps this might be a blog that keeps on growing as more words join my “likable words” family!!

I shall start with abscond, absconding and absconded – since becoming familiar with the Additional needs world due to my son’s genetic disorder I have heard this word quite a lot. When  my son takes off I’d much prefer to use the word Abscond as it just sounds so fitting. When having interviews for school funding the “absconding” word seems to be the powerful key that unlocks the treasure to be released!!!

Eclectic When I first heard this word it was like music swirling in my ear so gently. It explained my design style and I would find any excuse to use this word at anytime. Say it with me “eclectic” its melodic

Sensory is another word i’ve become very familiar with in the past few years. When a child can’t handle loud noises or they can’t get out of the ball pit because it feels soooo good to them, we say that they are a sensory child. I love saying that word, it’s like yeah!!!!!

Volkswagen My first car was a Volkswagen beetle and it was so cute but a real nuisance as it frequently broke down in very awkward places!! When I affectionately  refer to my first car  I really prefer to use the word Volkswagen as it just feels so good to say!!!

Pheromones This word just cracks me up but  I love the sound of it!!

Awesome This is one of those words that you just want to shout out loud with enthusiasm and excitement and clench your fist at the same time. This word has power!!!

Vintage  I like to say this word better then antique, it’s just so much more vogue. However perhaps it also falls into the modern clichés box!!! Having said that I happen to like the word clichés too!

Affluent/ effluent  I’ve coupled these two words together as they remind me of a Kath and Kim Episode where the two women get these words mixed up!!! When I hear either of these words I just get a nice inside chuckle!!

Symphony  This is such a beautifully well composed musical word, all the sounds are harmonious together as word and sound are completely apt with each other.

Well, I think that might be enough words for today, happy word-smithing!!!