February QuoteSnack News

QuoteSnack is eleven weeks old. My little blog is growing up.

In the last few weeks I passed the 3,000 visitor mark, added a contact form, and installed the Subscribe to Comments plugin. Subscribe to Comments is one of my favorites. When you make your own comments on this blog, you can register to get notified of any new comments on the post.

Top Three Posts – So Far

Curious about what QuoteSnack posts are most popular? Here you go:

  1. Tarp as a Shack – and not holding back
  2. A Foolish Consistency is the Hobgoblin of Little Minds
  3. Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art

For a few of my posts, the average time readers spend on a page is nice and high. There are skimmers – such is writing for the web – but the average time readers spend on the second two pages in this list averages out to about 4 minutes. There are readers among you, and you’re reading here. Yee-hah!

Looking at a Problem…

Many of the quotes I’d like to use are not practical for the kind of posts I’d like to write.

Some are too recent and are therefore covered by copyright. Some of my favorites fall in this category. When I make my own designs, they need to be either based only around my own work, or incorporate other material in a way that does not infringe on the copyrights of others.

A second group is not accessible to 21st century readers. Sometimes the source of the quote is out of print, lost to history or primarily appears in textbooks. Often, the quote is embedded in language and cultural trends that are too far removed from what resonates with us today.

…and Loving this Solution

It’s very hard for one person to make enough creative work to keep a blog like this updated frequently, especially with my insistence on good research. My solution? Brief, daily posts, many without QuoteSnack Designs. This will give me access to decades of favorite literature. Plus, I’m able to go to daily posting because these are comparatively quick to compile.

One big bonus for my creative future is that the a chunk of the research will already be done, when I want to revisit a quote for something more artistic and personal later on down the line. I can’t imagine being satisfied with only one interpretation of a quote like “That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet,” – it’s Romeo and Juliet, after all!

For the shorter posts you’ll see a lot that consist of a quote in context, an image, a link to something about the source of the quote, and a link to more from the same author on Amazon. Here’s an example: “All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love” – a Leo Tolstoy quote from War and Peace, in context, with a beautiful Gustav Klimt image.

Every few days I’ll include my own designs and writing. In between, there be fresh, quote excerpt posts. I’ve been posting every day since 2 1/2 weeks ago. Traffic is up for search terms I am looking forward to exploring. So far, so good. 🙂

Loving the Goals

  • Always relate a quote to its context – this adds dimension for the reader and confirms it as the real deal.
  • creativity – this takes “dimension” further and deeper, for me: I grow.
  • Share an intellectual snack – give readers something uplifting or stimulating within the space of a blog post.
  • Have fun – play with the brain food.
  • Get some community style interaction going – though I am your hostess and this blog’s boss, this isn’t just the Elizabeth show: it’s also about literature and culture in general.

Next and New

I’m excited about putting more original artwork into this site, but first I need to do some groundwork. I’m building up breathing room by stockpiling some of the brief quote posts I wrote about above, and I’m reorganizing my home workspace. I want a place to draw that looks out over my back yard, and a better area for taking pictures of my creations.

The broadest space on my kitchen counter is directly above where I feed my cat. When I set up there to take pictures for the Bite Me heart and the brussel sprouts heart, Mr. Kitty was very happy to see me standing there. There was a lot of purring and rubbing up against tripod legs. I can have a nice picture-taking place in front of an over-sized window, but first a big baker’s rack of plants and two bookcases must be relocated.

In the meantime, pull up a mouse and subscribe – or tweet, plurk and vote in QuoteSnack’s fresh sidebar poll.

Happy reading!

– Elizabeth

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4 Responses to “February QuoteSnack News”

  1. Abimbola Akanwo Says:

    Good to get an overview of your plan for “quotesnack” Elizabeth.

    Good luck with the work…

  2. admin Says:

    Thanks. 🙂 I’ve been looking around at my life today thinking that there is a *lot* to do… and looking forward to doing it.

  3. "Lord" Matt B Says:

    You are getting there. Keep going.

  4. admin Says:

    Thank you!