Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Who keeps raising the goddam blog bar?

I have blog envy and since I don't like that about myself, I'm going to have to ask the rest of you to change your behavior. You see, blogs have become very fancy lately and I want to keep up. But I don't have the time or perhaps the aptitude. So please, I beg of you, knock it off. Have you seen the beautiful, clever, hilarious graphics on the homepages of some of these Mommy blogs? Some of you even have YOUR OWN DOMAIN NAME. I cannot even imagine how one accomplishes that. I thought I was advanced when I figured out how to upload drawings (Thus the endless string of cartoons. Sorry folks, I'm addicted.). Things that I wish I had: cool retro style graphics, a catchy name, categories, advertisers, weather forecasts, fortune telling, babysitting, and Dom Perignon. Instead I have my own boring name that nobody can pronounce, a free blogger skin shared by thousands of others, and a link to Amazon to buy my book which must be broken for lack of use. Time to do a little Spring cleaning. Number One: My clever new blog name is now, "Fire on the Poop Deck." That is the most common Google search that leads to my site, so there you go. You don't have to change your links (all four of you who link here)-it's just a cosmetic change. Number Two: Next time I have the time, I will purchase a new skin for my blog with clever Mommy looking pirates who write novels. Number Three: I'm going to update my blogroll. If you would like to be mentioned on my site, just leave a comment. That is all I can do at this time. I have another novel to finish, a novel to promote and another one making the rounds in New York. And there's this motherhood thing I signed up for a few years back. Since that's about it for me, I beg of you, quit raising the goddam blog bar!

19 comments:

Rory said...

I'm like yours! Keep it simple. Trying to read other blogs can give me a headache, too many distractions. I like my content straight forward.

Rory said...

Oops, I meant 'I like yours'!

Addison said...

Pretty website, make Addison warm and fuzzy inside. *drool*

sweatpantsmom said...

Love the new name.

And keep the cartoons coming! I love 'em.

sweatpantsmom said...

P/S You can purchase your domain name through different resources - I got mine from GoDaddy.com

Lisa M said...

Your blog is my favorite; don't change a thing. I love the cartoons. Consider syndication. Really.

Blog-o-licious said...

....but the cool thing is that when I did a search for you on Google a zillion (dozens) of you popped up, including IMDB, where I go to check out all the celebs. No why was I doing a search on WB you ask?...I was out of town with my business lap top and you weren't in my favorite list yet and I wanted to see what you'd been up too.Thus the search.
Plus you have a great way with words and sometimes I think we are twins of different mothers. Shall I continue?

LawNut said...

I like your blog just the way it is! It's all about the content (which you do such a great job with), not the wow-factor of the graphics, anyway! Although I have to say, the new name did make me chuckle.
Will you be doing any book signings in NY?

Stephanie A. said...

See, your site may not be up to your expectations, but you have books!!! I'd kill to have books. With my name on them. With my ideas in them.

So, you may not realize it, but you totally rock in my world. Just found you today, but I'm linking to you.

Brooke said...

GOOD NAME!

Also, it's pronounced "Boo-shay", right? I need to know because your book is currently winging its way to me, thanks to Amazon, and I need to be able to talk it up to people.

And hell yes I want on your blogroll. :) Thank you.

Jess Riley said...

I'm paralyzed by indecision about what to do with my new and always forthcoming website overhaul. It's been "coming soon!" for months. :) (I second the vote for buying your domain at godaddy.com. Easy peasy!)

Wendy Boucher said...

Rory-Thanks.
Addison-wipe your lip.
Sweatpantsmom and Lisa-thanks for the thumbs up on the cartoons!
Blog-o-licious- I just wish I had thought of blog-o-licious first.
Lawnut-sorry, no signings this time.
Stephanie-very nice to meet you!
Brooke-it is Boo-Shay and you are already on my blogroll, Baby.
Jess- thanks for stopping by. I'm sure your new design will be stupendous. I promise not to fuss about fancier blogs anymore.

Sherri said...

Don't change a thing! Just found your site and love it. Keep on rockin'.

Mrs. Davis said...

Fire on the Poop Deck...ha! If I had to choose a new name by most popular search term, mine would be Meg Ryan Plastic Surgery.

The ever-rising blog bar is frightening to me too. Not so much the individual domain names, but the beautiful designs and massive readerships.

Oh, and I'd love to be on your blogroll!

Teacher lady said...

De-lurking to say I love your blog. Please do not feel obligated to put me on your blogroll (unless you deem me worthy, and you probably will not, but that's okay.) I too, have blog envy and just shelled out some cash for a new blog skin. It is in the works and I feel like I'm waiting for Christmas. And also, some kind of mental health professional because hello? I am a student/teacher of the fellows and I do not have the money for such lavish purchases. But I did it anyway. I will stop yammering away nervously. Your blog is fine.

Wendy Boucher said...

Hi Sherri, Mrs. Davis and Teacher Lady. It's so nice to see some new faces (well, names). I'll be putting y'all on the ol' blog roll when I get back from my trip abroad (well, NYC might as well be in a foreign country as infrequently as I visit there).

Izzy said...

Dude...where are those blogs with the Dom?

(and Swetapantsmom is right, GoDaddy.com is the easy, cheap place to get a domain, should you choose that route)

liberalbanana said...

For some reason my Bloglines was being retarded for the last few days and now I'm told you have 4 updates. Stupid Bloglines! I was sitting here thinking no one was updating but they were!!!

Don't stress too much on the pimping your blog thing. Everyone is right - content is the most important part. And adding too much can make it harder to read.

Look at all your comments! Go you!

Toni said...

I have a fancy-ish blog, but I paid someone else to design it, otherwise I'd still have the orange Blogger blog. Content is key, and you've got buttloads of great, funny stuff here. Found you via Odious Woman, fyi.

Okayish, quasi-funny stuff here:

www.travelswithtoni.com