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Happy 5th Bloggoversary to Art Predator!

November 4, 2012

To the Reader, without whom all is Vanity. —James Hillman‘s dedication to Revisioning Psychology

On the night of the time change five years ago on November 4, 2007, my husband put our son to bed, and instead of returning to watch a movie, he fell asleep.

Not one to sit around idly, while I waited for him, I started to learn more about blogging, and specifically WordPress.

Four hours plus the bonus time change hour later (yes I watched it go from 1:59 to 1:00 again!), I had this blog, Art Predator with this same header, an about page, and a couple of posts including this one about how I became Art Predator.

This here is my 1347 post.

From the beginning of this blog, I published an eclectic range of posts that heeded Coleridge’s call to seek the aesthetic–which engages the whole soul–and to prowl for stories from art to poetry to wine to food to Burning Man to travel to music to politics to artrides and a little of everything in between. I spun off other blogs to focus on some of these interests including Wine Predator, Bikergo Gal, Compassionate Rebel, The Write Alley, and Whisper Down the Write Alley plus my son’s blog Red Rex! I hope you’ll go check them out and subscribe!

My most page views on one day came in February 2008 when a post about the lunar eclipse when viral and Art Predator had nearly 3,000 page views. The blog readership grew steadily, moving from averaging over 100 a day in 2008 to over 350 a day in 2009, then closer to 300 in 2010, 2011 and 2012 as I added other blogs, and became busy with other social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

In 2011, I also returned to graduate school for a PhD in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Community, Liberation and Ecopsychology and this seriously has cut into my time to blog. I just haven’t had the time to maintain all these blogs like I used to or I’d like to. But I’m still getting over 400 page views a day just spread out on different blogs, my Wine Blog is in the Top 100 in the world and my Klout is in the top 5% in the world.

Over the past five years, being a blogger, specifically a wine blogger, has significantly changed my life. As a lifelong writer, I love having a platform where I can easily publish my poetry and ponderings as well as recipes and reviews. My writing has taken me to Portugal, Egypt, and Washington State, as well as brought me cases and cases of wine, shelves of books, and other perks including supportive underwear for my husband and eye cream for me!

Thank you for giving Art Predator over 463,000 page views since I started this blog on the night of the time change November 2007! Happy 5th Bloggoversary to me–and to you! Cheers!

Here’s what I’ve been busy writing and you’ve been busy reading:

Top 30+ Posts for all days ending 2012-11-04 (Summarized)

All Time

Title Views
1. Home page / Archives 52,529
2. River of Skulls: the perfect wine for Halloween & Dia de los Muertos 14,315
3. Great Barrier Reef Fun Activities for Kids 13,026
4. Meet My New Steampunk Laptop! 12,393
5. Man Ray Kitty Jumps 12,060
6. Trick Out Your Burning Man Bike: Get 2009 tickets now! 6,304
7. Disney Theme Parks: 2009 Free on Your Birthday, 2010 Free When You Give 6,157
8. Thao with the Get Down Stay Down: “Open Your Hips To Me” aka “When…” 5,502
9. Inspirational: Next Lunar Eclipse 2/20/08 5,178
10. Awesome Field Guide: John Muir Laws 5,040
11. Google Voice Transforms Your Phones–with a new uni-number & free calls! 4,666
11. winter solstice activities 3,991
12. Ganesh Chaturthi 2010: Celebrate Lord Ganesh’s birthday 3,955
13. Is America’s Shakespeare Bruce Springsteen? Call for some poetry love 3,841
14. Last Day of 2008: Saturn Retrograde until May 2009–what does it mean? 3,606
15. Burning Man Evolutionary & Revolutionary Art 2009 3,565
16. Chris Ringland’s Ebenezer Shiraz 2006: rich but not a tightwad 3,514
17. How To Get Tickets to a Sold Out Show: Most of the Time 3,493
18. 2 Poems by Oodgeroo Noonuccall aboriginal poet & activist, Stradbroke 3,482
19. Saturn Moves Forward Again & so should you! 3,461
20. Burning Man Tickets 2010: The Cost to Build The Metropolis 3,113
21. how to have happy dreams: change the channel 2,925
22. art predator 2,908
23. Burning Man: Rites of Passage Theme 2011 2,892
24. Hello Obama, Goodbye Bush! Shoe Show Call to Artists 2,735
25. Gamesh (aka Ganesha) 315 Experiment Poem: Aug 6, 2007 2,625
26. I am a scary smelly skeleton pirate: Halloween poems 2,488
27. Burning Man 2011 Music Recommendations: Thanks Rock Star Librarian! 2,288
28. Alan Sailer’s High-Speed Photographic Experiments: air rifle pellets 2,244
29. he Rainbow Bridge: How we & dolphins came to be–A Chumash origin story 2,145
30. Ugg, Simple, Teva Outlet sale & more summer great gear deals galore! 2,058
31. Burning Man 2010 Style: how to make your own furry hat with ears 2,005
32. Poet Nanao Sakaki: 1923-2008–Congratulations, Nanao! 1,891
33. 2010 “Metropolis” Burning Man tix go on sale Weds. January 13 10am PST 1,886
34. Carrots Galore! Carrot Soup, The Joys of Juicing & Carrot Pulp Spice Bread 1,808
2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2012 9:24 pm

    Congratulations! You even kept it going while going back for your doctorate? Impressive!

  2. November 6, 2012 9:27 pm

    Thanks! (PS I’m in my second year of my doctorate…I’m pedaling really fast and I have a lot of help!)

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