it’s our anniversary


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Six Years Strong

Thanks to the fabulous WordPress helper monkeys, I was just reminded that Cabinet of Curiosities is celebrating its sixth anniversary! *cue confetti cannons*

I climbed into the wayback machine to view my first post. Titled “Commence” (because I’m clever like that), it was short and sweet and very indicative of the snark-with-love style that was to come. And check out how much WordPress technology has upgraded. I’d completely forgotten you had to input social media sharing bars via HTML back then! Bonus points if you recognize all those icons!





reflections and whatnot

So I’ve learned some things since starting my museum blogging path.

  • Museums are still super fun to discuss! Even when my posting here slows down because I’m hustling like whoa, I’m always talking about museums in micro-bursts on twitter, on podcasts, at conferences, and in books.
  • This community is amazing. Through blogging, I’ve connected with people around the world who advocate for issues that I strongly support and understand why I geek out over topics like “new acquisitions”, “strategic plans”, and “metadata.”
  • People still routinely crap on bloggers. “Oh, you blog (read with an air of condescension and nose solidly in the air).” If I called this space a ‘zine, a reader, or a mag, reactions would be completely different.
  • Or maybe not. People regularly denigrate the accomplishments of black women while breaking their necks to emulate, replicate, and confiscate our labor.
  • To that end…y’all I’m aware there’s another blog out here with the same name as mine by someone with the same first name as mine discussing very similar topics. I don’t know why she didn’t Google either. Good looking out though. 😀

Six years ago, when I wanted a way to share my thoughts about the museum field as an emerging professional, I had no idea where this venture it would lead but I’ve never regretted making the leap. I’m thankful for this space and everyone who’s posted, read, commented, shared, supported, and cheered me on thus far. I’m excited to see what happens next!

2010 in review

I love stats! As I  plot out this blog’s course for 2011, I am pleased to share the extremely high-tech and painstakingly researched results  from the “helper monkeys” at

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,600 times in 2010. That’s about 11 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 36 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 40 posts. There were 122 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 24mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 14th with 102 views. The most popular post that day was funky love.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and (Really?!)

Some visitors came searching, mostly for round up, lois the corpse, santa, lois flower, and round-up. (Perhaps they were searching for weed killer that works on right jolly old elves?)

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


funky love July 2010


museums & memory January 2010


about me December 2009


talent round-up day January 2010


should art museums be family-friendly? August 2010

Thank you so much for supporting my blog in 2010.  I am excited to see what the new year brings!

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