Lady Lazarus Blog: 2014 in review!

It was a record year at Lady Lazarus: dying is an art. I received 63,000 views, which makes 2014 my busiest year ever. Also nice to see that, according to the stats counter, the blog post that received the most visits was the one dedicated to my last animated project, Domestikia, Chapter 3: La Petite Mort. Yay!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 63,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Sylvia, before that unfortunate incident with the oven…

A video that features Sylvia Plath reading her poem “Lady Lazarus.” She delivers her words with a strong, defiant voice which, given the nature of her work, comes as no surprise. The video itself verges on the cheesy, recalling the sort of too-serious-for-its-own-good pretension of a film school project. According to the comment thread that accompanies it on YouTube — a dubious source of information at best — this clip originated from a television documentary on Plath.

Resurrected, with slight headache

There’s a chance — perhaps even a good chance — that I will be leading a workshop at a local art school on the “Art of Blogging” later this summer. As it has been an extraordinarily long time since I’ve actually blogged, I thought it prudent to re-acquaint myself with the practice. I’m told that WordPress is now the blogger’s blog-of-choice. Hence, I poured the contents of my long-neglected Blogger account into this new webspace.

My previous blog, entitled “Babyzilla Devours Tokyo,” could be classified as a traditional “mommyblog.” Begun mere weeks after the birth of my first son, Ridley, it provided a forum in which I could share musings, photos of offspring, and generally rant about stuff. Now that my kids are older, and I’ve returned to school, I’m kinda over all of that.

What, if anything, this ‘Lady Lazarus’ blog shall be remains to be seen. I think I might write about art, as this is something I do and am interested in.

Incidentally, the blog’s title ‘Lady Lazarus’ and tagline ‘dying is an art’ are words borrowed from the American poet Sylvia Plath. Yes, you get Brownie points if you caught the reference. Clever thing.