I started writing, “Turquoise Tangles” here at My Opera, one year ago, on March 29, 2011. My first blog post was titled, “Olly Olly Oxen Free”, the phrase in hide and seek that signals it’s time to come out of hiding. I’ve shared a lot since then, though I still hold some things close and keep others secret, because every woman needs some mystery about her. What began as one bright, blue-green blog at My Opera has evolved into FOUR venues where I am writing, sharing, commenting and replying in public.
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Turquoise Tangles at My Opera: http://my.opera.com/jbaird/blog/
This site came first. I started writing here on March 29, 2011.
My First Year By The Numbers:
1545 visits to the blog + 2939 visits to the photo albums = 4484 visits
These stats add credence to the well known expression, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
And yes, I find myself wondering, “How many of these visits are me?”
You can also find Turquoise Tangles…
on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Turquoise-Tangles/201433139889647
The Facebook group by the same name, began a few days later, on April 5, 2011.
Here I share links to my blog posts, as well as the photographs that illustrate them.
As a professed Facebookaholic, I enjoy the comments, conversations and likes that follow.
on Tumblr: http://turquoisetangle.tumblr.com/
On November 5, 2011 I started Tumblr’ing and never looked back. I’ve posted more at Tumblr than My Opera because the Tumblr mobile interface is so good from my super cool new iphone, one of my most favorite 40th birthday presents in December. This, my second blog, is a combination of poems, prose and photos from my life. Lately that’s meant a lot of puppy pictures, because the cat has made herself scarce, ever since THAT dog came to live in HER house. Woof.
on Twitter: @turquoisetangle https://twitter.com/turquoisetangle
I started tweeting the same day I joined Tumblr, on November 5, 2011. For both sites I had to give up the ‘s’ from my “Tangles”. On Tumblr someone had gotten there first, and then Twitter limits the character count for user names too, making the ‘s’ expendable. In the few months since joining Twitter I’ve met some wonderful people who miraculously “get” me and enjoy my birdsong. Chirp.
It’s been A Big Year for me.
Separate from my husband’s cancer.
Regardless of the fact that I turned 40.
I rewrote my Twitter bio on February 7, 2012.
It seems like A Little Thing.
After all, you only have 160 characters to work with.
Not much, eh?!
Well, here’s the old one: “Turquoise Tangles is written by Janean Baird, an artist and writer embracing the Gift of a New Beginning after a 16-year career in Advertising.”
Compared to the new one: “Happily married, mother of two ornery boys, one striped cat and a puppy. They inspire the stories I tell, the art I make. I share both at my blog, Turquoise Tangles.”
Amazing all that you can convey in 160 characters, isn’t it?!
This was a major shift for me.
Instead of looking back at what was, I’m very much in the here and now.
Of course, once I changed those telltale characters, I tweeted about it by saying, “Who has a new Twitter bio? I do! May tweak some, but happy with these 160 characters All About Me, a.k.a. Turquoise Tangles. Chirp”
“Welcome”, if it’s your first visit to my brightly hued, blue-green blog.
“Thank you”, to those who have been reading from the beginning.
“Many thanks”, to those whom I’ve met along the way.
It’s sure made the journey a lot more fun!
Olly Olly Oxen Free
© 2012 Janean Baird, Turquoise Tangles