Friday, April 09, 2010

Mind if I Talk About My Blog More?

So as I mentioned before and hopefully you noticed (because I love nothing more than people who care about and are vested in my blog), I changed my blog template after six years of Minima to a sexy little number called Typography. I did it myself. It was easy and I was proud. Late that night I got an e-mail from "The Blog Fairy" telling me she loved me, was a fan, and wanted to make a header for my blog.

It's happening, I thought. And so I want to give a little advice to my blogging friends out there. Just keep writing. Make bullet lists of all the things you hate. Document your kids' outlandish behavior. Take pictures of your Halloween decorations. Never apologize for loving Harry Potter and Star Wars--Nay, celebrate every geeky interest and nerdy obsession: X-Files, wands, Lord of the Rings--write unceasingly and tirelessly about what you love with special emphasis on Robert Plant and one day maybe six years from now you too will receive a special e-mail from a fairy in the night. I hope you do.

But if you don't, just look at her website. She tells you her prices and describes the process. I never knew how any of this worked and was afraid to ask designers for a bid because I didn't know if it would be around $50 or $5,000. By the way, a favicon is $10. Don't know what a favicon is? You're on your own. (I don't either.)

So the next thing I know the blog fairy is asking me what I like. I told her everything I like is mannish so she would have to work hard to make me seem not butch. I told her I didn't mind seeming like a geek but didn't want to seem too techie.  I told her I had no vision or creativity. I sent her these images--no links to blogs I like the look of or any kind of coherent description of what I wanted--just these images:

"And I like wood grain," I concluded.

The miracle of it is that she came up with a header for me at all instead of saying, "You are a lunatic. Forget I ever contacted you." Plus it doesn't look butch--that's the beauty and the brains of the blog fairy.

"And while you're at it could you make the time on the clock be my birthday?" I asked. She did it.  And the sad thing is that I thought of this idea because on X-Files the time on the clock is always Chris Carter's wife's birthday. That's where I got the idea. But the really sad thing is that I wanted my birthday on it, not my husband's. What kind of person am I? Who acts like this and makes these requests? In my defense, I've waited six whole years to be fancy. And now look at me. HOW YA LIKE ME NOW?

I keep saying "How ya like me now?" It makes me laugh because I often "rap" that phrase to my kids while doing awful gyrations and dancing. It's really the worst. That phrase is one of the funniest things ever in terms of over-confidence and when you are old and lame and slightly chubby and not considered cool at all by your kids it's not only dumb and embarrassing--it's really quite ghastly.  I just realized it is the exact contemporary equivalent of my mom gyrating and dancing while singing, "If you want my body and you think I'm sexy come on baby let me know!" which was also quite ghastly. And wonderful.

So there you have it. I think it's a terrific header. I hope everyone likes it.

27 comments:

  1. since i don't have photoshop on my work computer i was trying to download some software to make a favicon for my blog. and it ended up installing a porn virus on my desktop. that's where i stopped trying to make one.

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  2. Aw shucks, I'm blushing. Thanks for all the nice words. I feel honored to even be mentioned in a Kacy post.

    It reminds me of the time my sister sent her graduation announcement to the guys on Mystery Science Theater 3000 because she was a super fan. Joel held it up on the show and read it and made all sorts of funny comments. So nerdy it's cool.

    ~The Blog Fairy

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  3. thanks for giving me another reason to adore your mom. What a visual...

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  4. Ghastly - my Grandma A's favorite word (and mine).

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  5. I love it. And I love the images you sent her. She's an evil genius.

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  6. I LOVE your new blog header and have high hopes to someday be as cool as you Kacy.
    The clock radio reminds me of Back to the Future when Marty wakes up to that Huey Lewis and the News song, Power of Love. Sweet.

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  7. Super nerdy cool. Love the updates.

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  8. all of it is awesome. maybe in 4 more years I can be cool, too? cuz I've already blogged for 2 and all.

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  9. I'm just so honored to be reading your blog right now. Thank you for sharing yourself with all of us.

    I hope you can continue the quality posts we are all expecting now.

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  10. Don't forget lucky britches and "Some Secluded Rendezvous". You gotta get you some of those!

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  11. Fantastic header. I like your style Kacy. You are so fun and original.

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  12. I love it! The only improvement would be more Gorey. More Gorey in more places. Gorey! I haven't even hidden "The Gashlycrumb Tinies" from my children, so they'll probably grow up to be sociopaths.

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  13. Love the new look. Yay for blog makeovers!

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  14. Anonymous12:50 AM

    this is my first and probably only comment I will ever make in the blog world....you make me laugh out loud. thanks for the late night guffaws.

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  15. love the new look. like really, it's perrrfect. i can't believe you're giving in and getting fancy on us. jk, it's pretty awesome. if you become famous (and by that I mean even MORE famous than you already are, obviously) I'm going to tell people that I know you and make us sound a lot closer of friends then we are, ok? awesome.

    I'm glad I'm not the only mom dancing and singing rap to their children...

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  16. loving the new blog! change is good. i love your blog it never ceases to crack me up and yet teach me valuable information as well. (im a not very good homemaker)

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  17. The Royal Tenenbaums?! Love that movie!

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  18. I thought the time on the clock was a reference to getting up early to write on your blog before your kids are awake or something. It was making me feel inadequate. Glad it's just a reference to a June birthday . . .

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  19. "How you like me now!" Is the best catchphrase EV-AH!

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  20. This one time, I tried to imagine you in a series of images and those are the exact ones I came up with. The weird thing is that Fantastic Mr. Fox hadn’t even come out yet. X-Filesy, isn't it?

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  21. Before I got pregnant, I told my husband I wanted kids for 2 reasons: to make them get me drinks when I'm thirsty and too lazy to get up off the couch, and to embarrass the hell out of them by booty poppin' to hard core gangster rap. Now, my 2 year old loves to listen to Soulja Boy and pop her own booty. Dunno if I'm disappointed or proud.

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  22. Announcing my presence so it's not weird or anything between us. I followed LFS and now it is no more. So I added my favs from there to my regular blogroll. That's how important a perfect stranger is to me. Thanks fo letting me spy.

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  23. Harry Potter forever! I also love to embarrass my kids by dancing. We all like to do a robot dance in the car and I had a choreographed lip-synced little number to "Rescue Pack" on Go Diego Go that always worked. It was the only reason they wanted to watch it....Push It by Salt n Pepa is also good--just sing the ooooh baby baby part.

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  24. Well, you have my husband's birthday on your clock, so I guess you *are* unselfish.

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  25. hahahhaahah "How you like me now?" You are hilarious.

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