Wednesday, April 07, 2010

How Ya Like Me Now

I've literally been blogging for six years. I literally chose the first blog style I literally saw and I have literally never changed it. But my old blog template started to give me mild creeps when I would see it just like my three-quarter-sleeve stretch cotton shirts with tie backs now give me mild creeps. Do you ever get mild creeps? It happens when something is not old enough to invoke nostalgia but too old to look new. I have a bunch of botanical prints (timeless) framed in cherry wood (mildly creepy) with forest green mattes (mildly creepy but will soon become nostalgic).

I sort of liked that I hadn't ever changed anything about my blog, but then I realized that just like people who don't watch Lost, abstain from soda, and refuse pain medication--it's a dumb badge of honor that no one else cares about.

So here's my new blog.  Here's to six more years.

29 comments:

  1. Do you want my opinion? Of course you do. Fine, but don't change anything else. Often I find a favorite blog, and then they get famous, and then they start adding lot of adds and sponsors, and having give aways and I HATE it. What I love about you is...well it's a lot of things but each time I try typing the end of that sentence it sounds creepy so I'm just going to stop.

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  2. I like the layout - clean, clear and under control - like Noxema, but blogging.

    I'm chuckling (bitterly) over Shelley's comment. Oh, if only I could be rebaptised in the virginal waters of blogging purity.

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  3. Please tell me more about what you love about me. And remember this, when my blog finally takes off I'm out of here.

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  4. I get the jealousy of Shelley's opinion. Every blogger, or at least many of them, want to be recognized for what they do. And when it happens, I think it's great! Gives us hope and motivation and such.

    Love the look. For what it's worth.

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  5. At least you're not one of those over zealous people who change their blog according to the season or holiday. That crap gets annoying. Though, I must confess, during my 2ish years of bloggin, I've changed my template about 3 times. But I claim that I just couldn't find the one I liked. I've finally found one now that I hope doesn't fall into the creepy category but rather stays timeless. I'll continue to hope.

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  6. Oh, and I TOTALLY went to the store the other day and bought ingredients for your tomato sauce recipe. I'm super excited to try it! I suck at being a homemaker so this recipe, with the few ingredients required, shoudn't be that hard...right????

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  7. i look forward to 6 more years of stalking your blog. it's a great read.

    as for the badge of honor that no one cares about...i don't use public restrooms (unless i'm preggers and in such a condition sometimes there is no choice in the matter) and i never take pain meds. unless you count an epidural, in which case, i'm all there. :o)

    but its not like you care...

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  8. Since I know nothing about changing my own blog template, I'm impressed when anyone changes theirs.

    That said, I'm pretty much annoyed by ads anywhere. And I don't tolerate pain meds well, but I take lots of Advil. I don't drink soda because I don't like it. I drink a lot of sparkling lemonade though - maybe that counts as soda. And I've never seen Lost. But then I've never seen lots of things.

    I play Solitaire on the computer though!

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  9. Oh, Granny Babs--You're hopeless!

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  10. Love it. It suits you.

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  11. What's Shelley got against giveaways? That's ridic. There can always be more giveaways.

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  12. I just wrote about you and linked you on my householdtipsblog :)

    This is too weird: I JUST CHANGED MY TEMPLATE LAST NIGHT (on my mom blog- bananablueberry)...

    Karma?

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  13. you've kept your title for this long, which i think is impressive. i think i've have 10-15 different blog titles and i don't really remember any of them (i should have kept better track). templates come and go, but we'll always have elvis costello.

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  14. also, my mom has totally seen lost before.

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  15. LOVE the new layout! I want more. I'm never satisfied. Then again, I can never get too much Lost, soda, or pain meds.

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  16. Your new blog description is great.

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  17. As I was in the midst of changing my layout (yet again) and not totally loving it, I actually thought about how simple and unchanged yours was and I thought I might be a nerd for changing it so much. Now that you've changed yours, I just feel mildly creepy and not as nerdy.

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  18. I never mind when people change things around. I don't care if you change the look of things every week or if you change never.

    And I agree with you about dumb badges of honor---the ones you mention and the ones Shelley mentions.

    And I know what you mean about mild creeps: I have matched light-oak picture frames in the hallway.

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  19. Did not ever see your old layout. This new one is not even mildly creepy. Love your blog.

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  20. My dumb badge of honor is that I have never seen a James Cameron movie. Not a one. I wouldn't really keep it up but now it drives my husband absolutely crazy and that's kind of fun.

    I like the new look. I keep wanting to change templates on my blog but I feel like twice in six months is a little flaky. But I really hate it so I probably will. My three readers will adjust.

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  21. At least I'll be able to say I knew you when....

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  22. Anonymous4:17 PM

    I thought abstaining from soda was a Mormon rule? Or is it one of the rules that no one actually cares about because soda is awesome?

    I think one of the worst badges of honor is vegetarianism/veganism. Congratulations, you won't eat anything that casts a shadow, have a medal.

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  23. I don't like change very much, but I do like white backgrounds.

    I was just thinking I need a new header. But I don't know how to change it. So I probly won't get one.

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  24. Hannah - if I've seen Lost, I didn't know it - I truly don't think I've seen it. Now if you were talking MASH or Law and Order or What Not to Wear - those are the only shows I've seen in the last 5 years.

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  25. I don't watch Lost. I abstain from soda. I refuse pain meds. My posts are way longer than yours.

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  26. I'm with you on the dumb badges of honor. My little sister--who seems in all outward appearances like a smart, funny, articulate person--flatly refuses to watch Modern Family, SYTYCD (although no one can blame her for skipping the Fall season) and the original Star Wars. It bugs the hell out of me.

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  27. I think I like stalking better than commenting. I feel bad that I sounded jealous. It's just that, in general (and specific) I am against change. That's why my nickname is barnaclebutt.
    As for more of what I love, I love how funny you are, that you share the books you've read, and that you don't get mushy. But here is my real review, as long as you write, I like it.

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  28. Yeah, I was just thinking the other day how silly it is that I feel so noble about not drinking soda, since I can easily devour a Costco-sized tub of Red Vines in under a week. (At least I get texture with my high-fructose corn syrup.)

    I also don't have pierced ears, and neither do my daughters (thus far) but I've tried to teach them that people who've mutilated their ear lobes are not evil, just "different" from us.

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