Lists for an Anniversary

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Come Monday, Zoe Says turns three! Wheee! August 8, 2008 was the inception of my storytelling via weblog and it’s been a heck of a ride. I began with the intention of seeing if I could blog for a year and the fact that it’s been three and I’m still going strong gives me such a feeling of accomplishment. Thanks to all who have been with me and enjoy reading what comes from my head and heart.

I don’t know if I have spoken very much about my love for lists and stats but I have a secret passion for them. For a creative person, I am “right-brained” enough to have a hard love for numbers. (Or is it left-brained? Anybody know?) I’m not saying I like to solve mathematical equations or anything à la Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting, but I enjoy working with numbers/figures as they pertain to money, and statistics as they pertain to blog/website hits.

I don’t have any stats for you today but for those readers who have just recently (and very kindly) subscribed to this petite blog, I decided to put together two “Top Ten” lists. One is very simple and lays out the top blog posts that have gotten the most reads. The second is a batch of my personal favorites. This way, you can catch up if you want over the weekend or just marvel along. It’s kind of cool to note what the public prefers over what my favorites are. Here we go!

Top Ten Twelve Zoe Says posts of all time based on pure stats:

  1. The Obligatory Courtesy Smile (by far – not even a competition)
  2. May: the month of a gazillion birthdays
  3. Let’s focus on what’s important: Britney’s comeback (This one has stayed strong and steady since 2009! The power of Britney.)
  4. Baker’s Dozen: We Know It’s the Holiday Season Because… (My very first Freshly Pressed post!)
  5. Sebastian Maniscalco: stand-up comedian, funny, Italian, metrosexual  (I have no idea what’s going on but this dude is POPULAR. People search for this guy DAILY and find this post.)
  6. The Acceptable Man-Purse: a.k.a. The Messenger Bag  (I get so many searches that end up hitting this post.)
  7. Literally, the most misused word
  8. My one-time experience at the Bloomingdale’s makeup floor
  9. Bottom line, these are awesome  (One of my personal favorites so I love that it has gotten all the way up to the top!)
  10. My Very Personal Relationship with HGTV (This one is in the top merely because another article has a link back to this and people flooded my page once reading about my thing for House Hunters and Mike Holmes.)
  11. Minty the Candy Cane – Obsessed! (Warning: the theme song will get stuck in your head!)
  12. Total Rant: to the people at Xerox who make my copier/printer/scanner/fax machine (People love reading a good old-fashioned rant and this one is no exception. I think it has to do mostly with the photo I put up from Office Space.)

Zoe Says a few of her favorite posts from the past three years in no particular order because she loves them equally:

  1. The Psychology of Tuesday
  2. Those Three Little Words
  3. VERBOTEN! Day 2
  4. Kringley, Jingley, Cookies and Trees, Gluttony, Family Gatherings and Obligatory Gifts: sounds like Christmas!
  5. Onions? Or…B.O.?
  6. If you don’t know what Tremors is, you’re insulting Kevin Bacon
  7. Please Reheat Responsibly
  8. My Stereotypically Midwestern Yet All-American, Comprehensive & Inappropriate Relationship with Ranch Dressing
  9. Signs I’m Over 30
  10. Sick Pen Obsession
  11. My primal, Sunday baking urge
  12. No. You didn’t SEEN anything.
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If you are looking for “Zoe Says Photography” —

Hi there,

I have been getting some web hits for those seeking out another person who apparently has her photography business name under “Zoe Says Photography.” It’s not me. Yes, I have a blog called Zoe Says and yes, I have a Photography category. I’m not the person who goes by Zoe Says Photography, though.

I don’t know who this person is, it’s just a nomenclature overlap. This should reinforce for us all a couple of things: unique names really don’t exist anymore; and without the internet, I never would have known about it.

After doing a bit of hunting around, I found out that the business is based in Texas, so at the very least, we are in different areas of the country. So, for any of you who landed here looking for that person’s website, sorry to disappoint (but perhaps you’ll stay a spell and enjoy one or two blog posts) but I am not the woman who will be taking your portraits. Unless of course you’re in the Illinois area. Then by all means hit me up.

This public service announcement has been brought to you by the blogger Zoe Says and not the photographer of Zoe Says Photography.

What other “Zoe Sayses” have to say

Zoe says beauty’s a drag | Courier Mail.

So I get Google Alerts for “zoe says” because it’s always good to be aware of what’s going on with your name/brand on the interwebs, when I got this one today.

Normally I don’t bother reading if it doesn’t have to do with me directly but this one I found hilarious (and kinda true).

I’m not saying Kim Kardashian can’t look stunning but I do think that she applies her makeup with a heavy hand. Think trowel. I don’t know about all-out drag queen but it wouldn’t surprise me if there are plenty of queens out there whose characters are Kim.

What do you think of Kim’s look? And do you agree with what this other “Zoe says” about Princess Catherine’s makeup on her wedding day?

 

All in the Details

As I get more and more into photography, I am finding so many ways to network with other photographers/bloggers (photograbloggers?).

It’s tough not to go into information overload, what with Facebook updates, Twitter throwing link after link after link at you, and your RSS reader filling up each day.

However, it was tough to ignore this sweet photography contest over at Love That Shot. This Link-Up contest’s theme is “All in the Details” and I thought my Glossy Coffee Beans photo might be a good fit.

 

Glossy Coffee Beans

If you’re interested in winning a $100 gift certificate over at MCP or just want to share a photo with other photographers, you can head on over there and do so. The contest doesn’t end for five more days or so.

Maybe I’ll see you there!