2012 in review

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 6,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

My other Blog Awards….

http://themediaries.wordpress.com/ nominated me for two awards a while ago, The Lovely Blog Award and the Sunshine Award!  Thank you!  I haven’t been nominated for an award before and I have been sitting on these for a while and have decided it is about time to repost them and share!

Rules are as follows:

  • Link back to the blogger who nominated you
  • Paste the award image on your blog
  • Tell 7 Facts About Yourself
  • Nominate 15 other blogs that you would like to give the award to.
  • Contact the bloggers that you have chosen and let them know about the award.

OK, so seven things

1. I got taught how to shell prawns when I was about 2 by my Dad and they are my most favourite food ever.

2. I’m pretty amazed that I can drive, I passed my test last december and it is one of the best things I have ever done!

3. I am a student, a mature one… I’m doing a degree in Photo Art which I thought I would never get to do but when I found I was being made redundant from my last job

4. I am socially awkward and find it quite a task either talking to or making friends with new people.

5. I believe you can do anything if you really want to.

6. My Grandma was my biggest inspiration and I miss her every day.

7. I hate lies and wish that people would just tell the truth all the time.

The Sunshine Award

Rules are as follows:

  • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself.
  • Nominate other fabulous bloggers.
  • Link your nominees to this post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you.

What is your favorite childhood memory? Probably watching it snow with my brother, our faces pressed against the cold glass seeing if we could watch one snowflake fall from the sky to the ground.  That or spending time with my Grandma at her house making things.

What is a real fear you have?  Drowning or something bad happening to one of my friends or family.

How would you describe yourself? Quirky, crazy, insecure, sarcastic, happy with my own company, dreamer…

What countries have you lived in? Wales and England.

What is your style? Quirky and colourful…I love hippy stuff, skirts and flat boots, jeans, jumpers, t-shirts for winter, summer I’m loads more colourful (I love neon!), shorts, vest tops.  I love leggings and boots or trainers, pretty much anything!

What is your favorite breakfast food?  Cheese on toast or crumpets with marmite…although I don’t eat breakfast often as it makes me feel ill.

What are some of your hobbies? Photography, art stuff, blogging, reading, thinking, dreaming, and sleeping….

If you could tell people anything, what would be the most important thing to say? Believe in yourself, how an anyone else if you don’t first.

What is one of your passions? Art.  And Damien Hirst.  And my car.  And my pets.  And my bf.

What is the one truth you have learned? Never give up on your dreams, it doesn’t matter how old you are they could still become a reality, have faith in them.

OK, so onto the nominating other blogs part.

http://styleandthecitydotorg.wordpress.com/

http://polishalcoholic.wordpress.com/

http://hillarychristine.wordpress.com/

http://kiyominails.wordpress.com/

http://sweetmotherlover.wordpress.com/

http://thethriftyqueenspeaks.com/

http://lornasvoice.com/

http://workplaypolish.com/

http://amylouise2.wordpress.com/

My “First” Blog Award….

I say first but really this is my 3rd…I just haven’t got round to completing the first two yet….

Liebster Award

Many thanks to Polishaholic for nominating me for this award!

Here are the details and rules for this award:

  • When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (make sure you tell them you nominated them!) and ask them 11 questions.
  • You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated you!
  • Make sure the blogs you chose have 200 or LESS followers

11 Random Facts About Me…

1.  I only recently learned to drive…at the grand old age of 30!

2.  I have fears of weird things, pigeons, llamas, cobwebs, toilet cisterns…

3.  I never thought I liked curry until about 3 years ago!  Now I can’t get enough of spicy, hot food!

4.  I don’t eat meat and haven’t for about 7 years but I love fish!

5.  I sleepwalk/talk and also have bouts of insomnia.

6.  I love going to festivals, big or small.

7.  If I could get away with wearing neon clothes in the middle of winter I would!

8.  I don’t think I could live without a pet in my life.

9.  I’ve known my best friend 27 years and we have never fallen out.

10.  Being made redundant from my last full-time job was the best thing to happen to me.

11.  As was meeting my boyfriend and moving in with him!  Without him I probably wouldn’t have learned to drive or gone to uni, it is through his encouragement and confidence building that I am where I am today!

Questions from Polishaholic

1. What’s your dream job?

To be an art teacher in secondary school!

2. What is your favorite beauty brand?

Aaaaaaggghhhh, so many!  But Barry M and Rimmel seem to be the brands I have most of!

3. If you receive one million cash, how would you spend it?

Holiday with my bf! Spend some on the kids and my family and buy a house….

4. Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter and why?

All of them!  Spring and summer as they are warm and the colours are lovely as is the sunlight, autumn for the bonfires and smells and textures and winter for the snuggles and hot drinks and crispy mornings!

5. What is your absolutely favorite food?

Seafood and pasta!

6. If you had the option to change a part of your body what would you change and why?

Um….I’m kinda happy with my body but if I had to choose something then probably my size…

7. What’s your Facebook, Bloglovin, Pinterest and Twitter?

Suzi Tench on facebook, don’t have Bloglovin(? gunna have to google that one!!!!) or Pinterest (should I get one?) and Twitter is @suzitench 😀

8. If you could make a wish, what would that be and why?

That people thought more before speaking. words said without thinking cause all sorts of hurt and emotions that I don’t like.

9. What is the one thing that you cannot leave behind when you’re going away?

One thing????  Oh my!  Um, well, a hairbrush I suppose!  Or a good book!

10. What beauty product is the #1 on your wishlist?

Anything by Urban Decay!  Especially their eyeliners and eyeshadows!

11. What is your biggest fear?

Something bad happening to someone I love. (and spiders…and cobwebs…)

Questions for you!

1.  What was your best job and why?

2.  What was your worst job and why?

3.  What do you wish you had known 10 years ago?

4.  What did you want to be when you were young?

5.  Where was your best holiday?  Why was it your best holiday and when was it?

6.  What is your earliest memory?

7.  Why did you start a blog?

8.  What is your fail safe outfit?

9.  What is your favourite food?

10.  If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?

11.  If you could do any job, what would it be and why?

I nominate…

http://themediaries.wordpress.com/

http://amylouise2.wordpress.com/

http://jesamine1983.wordpress.com/

http://barryh2.wordpress.com/

http://pursedreams.wordpress.com/

http://hillarychristine.wordpress.com/

http://thethriftyqueenspeaks.com/

http://itsawonderfilledlife.net/

http://quesarah.net/

http://misshollyberries.wordpress.com/

http://thebumplife.com/

My Thoughts On … Tumblr and We Heart It

I am still not sure that I understand the whole concept of “photo blogging” sites like Tumblr and We Heart It. From what I have seen of these sites it seems that all users do is re-share images taken or made by someone else (or lyrics or sayings too…). I don’t understand how these sites can be called blogs when all you are doing is liking an image that you have not taken and then “blogging” it.

Now two things strike me about all this, 1 being that you are not really blogging anything. To me the idea of a blog is that it is like writing a journal, whether it is themed (like mine is) to a topic (photography and art) or it is just a place to vent your thoughts and feelings on the day you have had, whatever, the “blog” and writing/ideas are yours.

This brings me onto my second ‘thing’ about these sites, what you are sharing is not yours. I have no real idea of how I would feel if images I had taken began circulating on these kind of sites but I imagine that a big part of me would be horrified, I would like to be asked permission for my images to be shared but it seems that these sites promote sharing regardless of whether permission to share has been granted or not. And once one person shares one of your images, then another person does, then another and another and so it gets published and viewed by so many people and you have no control over that. I have been watching Tumblr especially as I have an account (it really doesn’t have anything on there…), it seems that you can become “Tumblr famous” for the things you share and the followers you get. People can get famous from sharing work that isn’t theirs…that’s just crazy! For someone who feels a bit nervous about sharing work at the best of times I’m not totally crazy about it all going global so quickly.

Then there is the other issue I have with it, not for myself personally, but say an up coming image maker ends up with a ton of work shared and seen on one of these sites, then holds an exhibition, would people get put off going as they had already ‘seen’ the work on the net?

I just really don’t understand “photo blogging/sharing” sites like Tumblr…