Act 19

June 24, 2008

Blog Stats and Some Crafty Photoshop Brushes

Something I love about having a WordPress blog (and I am sure other platforms do this too) is the blog stats page. I love to be able to see how many visits I have had and where people are surfing in from. Thanks so much to everyone who has linked here–particularly Lauredhel at Hoyden About Town who has been my greatest supporter and promoter– and Twisty at I Blame the Patriarchy whose link here has been the single biggest source of incoming traffic so far–and every one else who has linked here, it is always a thrill to know someone has enjoyed the work I am doing.

In terms of traffic it has been interesting watching the slow build up of visitors. So far I have had just over 2,000 visits to the site, which, in Internet terms is tiny weny, but in student art exhibition terms is absolutely huge–had I chosen to display my work in a traditional gallery setting, the kind available to an emerging artist, I would have to be very lucky and have a lot of advertising and promotion to get numbers like that.

Another fun thing about the blog stats is the ‘search engine terms’ information, which gives you a list of search terms people have typed into google etc which have lead to your blog. By far the biggest thing that people google to find this work are variations of ‘crochet boobies’–seems quite a few people are looking for them, as well as ‘free crochet boob hats’ and “how to make your own boobs”. I was a bit surprised that several people were looking for the phrase “as a wind up doll”–which I am guessing found my playing girl icon–and I smile knowing that one person was searching for “gay aftershave” and instead found the gender exchange story and discussion of whether or not to change the lead characters shaving habits. I am intrigued by the searches for ‘master art fiction women’ and ‘femininity extreme photos’, but a bit boggled by the search for ‘expanding boobs fiction stories’.

One person was searching for “crochet symbol photoshop brushes”, and they presumably found this blog because I have worked with crochet, symbols and photoshop brushes all at different times. I am guessing this person was hoping to find some photoshop brushes to help them create a pattern or some other artwork involving crochet symbols, and I can see how such a thing might be useful. I fear they most likely went away empty handed, as I did a google search myself after this and found no such brush set, so I thought I would help out and make one. Then I got carried away and made a knitting symbol one to match.

The crochet symbol brush set is based on the symbols listed here and can be downloaded from media fire here, while the knitting symbol set is based on the list here and can be downloaded from here. Both sets are cc-attribution-non commercial-licensed, so please feel free to download and use them–and I would love to know if you make anything with them.

Act 18

June 6, 2008

Feminist and Funny–a LiveJournal community for the sharing of hate-free humor

I decided this week to start a LiveJournal community for all the humorous feminists there. The humorless feminist is a pretty well used stereotype, and really I must admit sometimes it does feel like I am losing my humor a bit–when you begin to look at the world both near and afar through a feminist lens there can appear to be a lot to be solemn about, there is definitely a lot of serious work left to be done. But really, that is not what the trope of the humorless feminist is all about, the real reason this stereotype gets thrown around is our perceived inability to ‘take a joke’ when a ‘joke’ is made with the punchline relying on sexism, racism, ablism, homophobia or any other discourse of hatred to make it ‘funny’.  The humorless feminist tag is thrown about to undermine and discredit a woman when she realises a simple truth–some things (and some people) are just not that funny. Of course feminists are not humorless. We are just discerning.

The reason behind the creation of this community is not to prove or disprove anything, it is really just to provide a safe and joyful place for frivolous entertainment. From the community info page:

Feminist and Funny is a community created for the sharing of non-sexist, non-racist, non-ablist, non-discriminatory feminist-friendly humour.

We welcome posts with jokes, humour, funny images, links to entertaining sites and posts, thoughts about your favorite comedienne/an, reviews of fun media (i.e. books/tv/film/audio etc) you have consumed, anything goes as long as it is feminist-friendly, does not rely on negative stereotypes or general meanness, and is funny.

All feminists and feminist allies are welcome.

So if you are an LJ enabled feminist or feminist-ally please join the community (http://community.livejournal.com/feministfun/) and share a post or two (or many) about something joyful and fun!