Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Blogging Thoughts & One for You

{image from louisianagreetings.com}
It's Tuesday, and that means it's Gumbo day. Don't you love the big alligator stirring up his gumbo pot? *I particularly like that his apron seems to have MY initials on it.* Since gumbos require you throw just about any- and everything you have on hand into the pot, today I'm going to share some things about the blogging world that make me go *hmmm*

  • Is there a standardized bletiquette (blog + etiquette) list available somewhere new bloggers can read? If so, who made the list?
  • If you're a reality TV fan, you'll recognize the names Tabitha Coffee (love that name) and Gordon Ramsey. These are Brits who go into places of businesses, take over, wreak general havoc and chaos, and in the process, help turn the biz around. I've been wondering how it would work if a few of us attempted a Blog Takeover crew. We'd attack shoddy blogs (I like the sound of that too), rake them over the coals (in the kindest, gentlest way, of course), and in the end, renovate them for success. *smile*
  • What inspires bloggers to choose between using a personal photo and a cartoon/icon image to identify themselves?
  • Why are there more women bloggers than men? Is it because we like to communicate (i.e. yap) more than they do?
  • Is there a blogger mentoring union? If so, how much are the dues and how often do they meet?
  • Why does my blog refuse to hold the line spacing I put in? Arghh!
Okay, enough of that silliness. Just for you, a recipe for a truly great cup of coffee:

Cafe au Lait

1 cup coffee with chicory
1 cup steamed milk

Divide hot brewed coffee into 2 cups. Add steamed milk evenly to each cup. Sweeten as preferred. Enjoy. Is that simple, or what?
And if you're a visual learner, here's a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAdxGys-mkY


Anonymous said...

I can't offer any help on the questions about the blog behavior class. About the computer doing goofy stuff, its a computer. Ours does have a mind of its own and behaves for everyone but me. But, a warning about the steamed milk. Do not let the milk boil over. Makes a big mess with an even bigger odor. Yea, from experience.

Terri Tiffany said...

Great questions! I want to know too why the line spacings don't hold and what we can do about that! And yes I think we women have way more words to use so Blogs were invented to save our poor husbands!

Kathryn Magendie said...

YUCK CHICKORY *laughing* -okay, so I'm not a Louisianian at heart - I hate the smell and taste of Chickory and don't even like CC in the red bag -- (ork - hoards of Louisianians are ready to bomp me on on the haid! Laughing)...

Now, that gumbo photo - you know that gator will end up IN that gumbo *laugh*

Melody said...

Line spacing - are you using code? If not, there are a couple really simple pieces of code I can share with you to help.

Blog Help - www.Problogger.net has tons of articles to help a new blogger. I highly recommend it.

Love the alligator. The whole picture feels like a happy quilt.

Melody Platz

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Carlang said...

Melody is right..
It's a lot easier if you're writing in code.

I remember when i started blogging a year ago.
For weeks i would stare with wonder at the number of females leaving comments.
What could it be about my blog?

It most certainly had nothing to do with the image i had put up.
A blue furred rodent?
Females, feline creatures that they were said to be, were not particularly fond of rats.
What could it be?

And then i realized with shock that which should have been obvious.
In the world of blogging ,Men were as strange a specie as were blue furred rats.

I wasn't being honored.
I was just being... condoned.

Janna Qualman said...

I ditto your questions. :) And the coffee au lait sounds great!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Oren, was that au lait made in the kitchen, or out in the wilds of nature?

I think you might be right, Terri, about why blogging is so popular. ;)

LOL, KM!! I'll be the first to knock ya haid when I see ya.

Melody...thanks so much! I'm going to check out your advice. (No I don't code...I just stomp around in blog features and try to make things work.) Thanks for visiting!

Carl, I honor you for stepping into a brave new world, without the pack behind ya for support. There are more guy bloggers now, but still. Love your blue rat. Have you met Rodrigue's famous blue dog yet?

*Waves to Janna* Hope you get a cuppa soon.

Anonymous said...

It was actually a base for the white chocolate bread pudding. Had to do it all over.

The Paper Whisperer said...

Ewwwwww Kat-Mag...I am soooo on the same page with you!! Chicory should be renamed Ick-ory!! Gag me with a teaspoon!! hahahaha But, I'd walk across the country to have another cup of joe with the Gumbo Writer! Now that's some goooooood coffee!!!!

Melissa Marsh said...

I like the idea of doing blog makeovers! :-) I wish I understood more about the whole technical aspects of blogging (i.e. the line spacing issue), but I don't. Maybe in time. *grin*

Angie Ledbetter said...

Oren, I'll try to wait patiently for the recipe.

Aww, PW, come on down!

Melissa, I'm going to google up some tutorials and also check out the link Melody left. Hopefully, that'll help.

Anonymous said...

If the group gets together here, I will try to dispell the rumor that men can't cook. The bread pudding will be the dessert.

Carlang said...

Famous Blue Dog?
It would appear I have not.
Does he have large eyes and a predilection for cookies?

There are more male bloggers you say.


Er...Where are they?

Angie Ledbetter said...

Sounds good, Oren. I'll bring something good to add to the fixins. ;)

Carl, here's a link to dat dawg in question: http://store.geauxtigersart.com/bldogbygero.html And maybe you could do a google search for male bloggers? I've run across several lately. Check Travis Erwin's blog. lol

Carrie Wilson Link said...

I like "bletiquette!"

Angie Ledbetter said...

Kinda sounds like manners for a sheep, hunh, Carrie? "Bleeeeeee-tiquette" LOL

Meghna said...

I also have the problem of line spacing in my blogger blog. It always messes up my posts, where I've to edit and re-edit many times to post it correctly.

I learnt a new interesting word - 'bletiquette'


Suldog said...

I don't know much about the other questions, but I can offer an opinion on two of them.

Women have more blogs because, as you surmised, they probably have more need to communicate. We men tend more towards pontification than communication :-)

As for the photo vs. icon vs. cartoon question, I would guess it's a matter of self-image and ego. I use a photo (of me in a baseball uniform) because I self-identify as an athletic type. This is despite being older than dirt and only half as fast. Others may choose an icon because they aren't particularly happy with their self-image. Shame, if that's the case. Of course, some just like to be humorous.

See what I mean about pontificating? :-)

Angie Ledbetter said...

Meghna, doesn't it drive you bonkers. Sometimes it looks just right when you've previewed it. Then when it does an auto-post, it's all screwy. Little blogger gremlins playing at night?

Sul: I enjoy your "pontificating." If you ever seek a different career, psychology might be a good area! ;)

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