Third Blog Anniversary in Drawings

Incredibly, today marks three years – three whole years – since I started this blog.  I never would have imagined I would be capable of keeping this blog going for three years but here I am.

It is easy to remember my blog anniversary because I embarked on it a week after emigrating to the US from Scotland.  Therefore, my immigration and my blog have always been inextricably linked.  It was a friend who suggested that I start a blog so that folks back home could see what I was up to (though actually the overwhelming majority just use Facebook to do so) and so that I could have a record, for posterity, of my initial responses and reactions to my new life and experiences.  For at least the  first year, that really was the theme that dominated: finding my feet as a stranger in a strange land.  There were lots of rants as I tried to navigate American bureaucracy, lots of observations about differences between Britain and America, and lots of first experiences.  Gradually, however, by the second year, posts about those sorts of topics became less numerous and instead I started posting about my art work and about family life and about our various trips, travels and experiences as a family.  It’s not that I am not still struggling with some aspects of American life because I sincerely and surely am.  It is just that I don’t post about those things because they are either repetitive (I still hate the road system and it makes me neurotic and anxious) or boring (the tax system here is labyrinthine and even most Americans don’t understand it so I stand no chance) or too private for now (an ongoing battle with a particular authority regarding Civil Rights that causes me sleepless nights and awful stress).

So, for this blog anniversary, instead of a more traditional review I am going to do a version of something I did last December and review the search terms that are bringing people to my blog.  Since that blog post was all words, this time I thought I might illustrate it with some quick, silly drawings.  I picked five not quite at random but five among those that I thought might have a strong visual element to them.  This is what I ended up with.

#5 “helen of troy for kids”

I regularly get people turning up at my blog looking for Helen of Troy.  Who knew she was quite so popular?  Whatever these searchers are looking for, I do hope they find some sort of answer when they land on my Helen of Troy drawing.  But they probably don’t.  I am encouraged that so many people are into the classics though.  The “for kids” bit of the search term throws me a bit.  Are they looking for a child-friendly translation of The Iliad?  Anyway, in my mind I converted this search term into Helen’s abduction by a pair of kids who have her trussed up in their wagon.

Blog2016 - Helen of Troy for kids

#4 “mixed up animals art”

Lots and lots of people wash up on the shores of my blog because they are searching for some sort of art inspiration.  I do wonder what that says about the appeal of the rest of my blog’s content but never mind.  This search term sparked an idea, however, in that the word “art” could be a noun and was probably intended as such but it could also, just about, be a verb – I know my kids and I talk about “arting”.  Let’s just pretend it is grammatically correct for the sake of my brain segue.  I imagined mixed up, Picasso-like animals engaged in making art.

Blog2016 - Mixed Up Animals Art

#3 “mondrian for children”

It’s great that so many people are looking for ways to introduce kids to the great artists.  I hope my Mondrian History of Art lesson with my kids gave someone some ideas.  Their search term made me think of Piet Mondrian campaigning for kids, being “for” something in the sense of protest.  I, therefore, drew him with a placard that alludes to his style.  My 10 year old asked why on earth I was drawing Hitler.  Oh dear.

Blog2016 - Mondrian for Children

#2 “minotaur easy step by step”

My minotaur drawing gets a lot of visitors even two years after I drew him.  Any suggestions as to why people are conducting internet searches for minotaurs?  This particular search term made me think of a minotaur being sneaky and tip-toeing around the labyrinth.

Blog2016 - Minotaur Step by Step

#1 “packing tape pa”

This is one of those search terms I just cannot resolve.  What on earth was this person trying to find?  My assumption is that they arrived at my blog because “pa” is the PA of Pennsylvania but why would they be googling for packing tape in Pennsylvania?  Just go the store and get some tape.  No need to google it.  But if it is “pa” in the sense of father or grandfather then what is the connection between the older male relative and the need for packing tape?  I don’t know that I want the answer but that latter interpretation formed the basis of my drawing.

Blog2016 - Packing Tape Pa

29 thoughts on “Third Blog Anniversary in Drawings

  1. Hahaha… This made me laugh! Your associations are great and drawings are so funny! Happy anniversary! (I will have to check what people search for when they end up on my blog, I am sure I will be surprised).

  2. I started to chuckle as soon as I starting reading your post, Laura, and broke out into laughter when I saw the final illustration. The drawings were wonderful and the accompanying explanations were hilarious. Congratulations on your anniversary. Three years of blogging represents a considerable amount of work and amazing persistence, given the time-consuming requirements of raising your energetic boys.

    • Thanks, Mike. I could never have imagined I would still be blogging – and regularly at that – three years on but I think it is a bit of an outlet for my creative writing bug (not that I am that creative with it) and I really enjoy interacting with other bloggers on their blogs and mine.

      • You always manage to keep it fun and interesting by including stories about your art and your family. WordPress should come with a warning label that blogging can be addictive, or at the very least habit-forming.

  3. Great illustrations Laura and happy anniversary! I am constantly amazed at your blogging output, your artistic output and everything else that gets a mention here – your life is soooooooo busy – and there you are illustrating odd search engine terms 🙂 I must go and look at mine one day – though I’m guessing there’s nothing as fun as yours!!

    • Thank you. I’m glad you think I’m productive. I always feel like I’m not cramming enough into each day. I always want more time.

      You should most definitely have a peek at your search engine terms. Most show up as “unknown” because I believe if they come from google then it doesn’t record the specifics. However, it’s definitely interesting to see what brings people to the blog and some are absurd, random and amusing. Last year’s search terms were way more amusing than this year’s. I’m hoping for some gems in the coming year.

    • Thank you, Claudia. This type of illustration is definitely “me” but I like to dabble in other areas too in order to challenge myself and try new things and I think the experimentation keeps me fresh and helps me when I circle back to my illustrations.

  4. Happy 3rd blog birthday!!! Your drawings are entertaining! I just love them! It is always a pleasure reading from you…from art to family adventures to the cats. Glad that we got connected and had developed a happy and supportive friendship. ❤

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