State of the Blog

Obviously still working on getting that header to show up. The support people who I downloaded the theme from have thus far ignored my pleas for help. So I’ve gone and asked wordpress support, because they are wonderful and know how to fix everything. If all else fails, I’ll just go find a different cute theme that will actually work. I just really liked this one and want it to work and be cute and pretty like it’s supposed to. But we can’t have everything we want, now, can we? I guess the bright side of finding a new theme would be that I could possibly get one with normal (read: non-ugly) bullets. Because the current ugly bullets are really putting a damper on my love of the bulleted list. Which may be improving my ability to write coherent, developed paragraphs, but dammit sometimes a girl just wants to be lazy and write lists that aren’t ugly!

At least the sidebar is all pretty and properly-functioning.

Reflecting on NaBloPoMo

Here it is the 30th of November, and I have successfully completed the challenge set before me by NaBloPoMo. I posted every day, even when I was out of town and during those awful days when my blog database decided to freak the f— out on me.

A lot of people are talking about how glad they are that today is the last day of NaBloPoMo. And while I’m not sad that November is over, I also don’t feel like this huge weight has been lifted now that i don’t have to post daily. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I found it easier than expected, and I’m going to try to continue posting more often than I used to.

I really surpised myself with how easily I came up with daily post ideas. Maybe it was the requirement to post every day that kept me on the lookout for ideas. Before this month, it seemed like most days I would open the Write Post page, stare at the blank screen for a bit, then go do something else. But come November 1st, when I had made the committment to post every day, I started coming up with ideas left and right. It was all I could do some days to pace myself and not post 5 times in one day for fear i’d run out of ideas too soon. So I created a draft post to keep track of my ideas so i could post once a day without having to worry about forgetting all my fantabulous (did i just use that word?) ideas.

I’m not saying there weren’t days when I posted simply for the sake of posting. We all know that’s not the case. But sometimes when you’ve only had 4 hours of sleep not even any of your drafted ideas offer inspiration, but you have to post, so you write about how tired you are and call it good.

There was a point when I thought I might run out of ideas before the end of the month. Somewhere around the 20th, I counted up my remaining ideas in the “NaBloPoMo Topic Ideas” post and had 9 left. I thought I’d be cutting it close, but new things kept happening, as they always do (*cough* blog crash *cough*), and on this, the last day of November, 6 ideas remain in that draft post. I’ve renamed it simply “Topic Ideas” and plan to keep it around indefinitely. Kinda like a virtual post-it note where I can add and cross off ideas as needed. The concept of the “Topic Ideas” draft seems so obvious. But I honestly think if it weren’t for NaBloPoMo it may never have occurred to me. (Or it would have, eventually, after countless ideas had already been thought of and forgotten.) It’s probably one of the best things that I’ve gained as a result of this crazy month.

I really have enjoyed posting every day. While I won’t promise to continue posting every single day of every single week, I do think I’ll try to do as close to that as I can while still writing something that’s actually worth writing about. (Although it could be argued that very little of what I write here is worth writing about, but let’s just pretend for the sake of my self-esteem that at least most of it is a little bit worthwhile.)

Okay, so I might have lied about not feeling a sense of relief that the month is over. I am relieved that I can now resume posting multiple times a day without worrying whether I should save that idea in case I need it later in the month to fulfill a daily post requirement.

I’m not sure if my writing has gotten better, but I do know that my writing discipline has improved. I’m better at finding things to write about. And I’m better at just sitting down and writing rather than putting it off. All in all, I definitely feel like my blog and I have benefitted from the NaBloPoMo experience.

Lindsay Lohan, a scholar you are not.

Tim was kind enough to bring this to my attention. Let it be known that I mean absolutely no disrespect toward Robert Altman and his family. Lindsay Lohan, on the other hand … well, let’s just say that she’s left the editor inside of me absolutely stunned. Her mastery of the written word is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. See for yourselves. (My reactions appear in italics and brackets.)

Lindsay Lohan released a statement Tuesday extending her condolences to Robert Altman’s family:

“I would like to send my condolences out to Catherine Altman, Robert Altmans wife, as well as all of his immediate family, close friends, co-workers, and all of his inner circle.

“I feel as if I’ve just had the wind knocked out of me and my heart aches.

“If not only my heart but the heart of Mr. Altman’s wife and family and many fellow actors/artists that admire him for his work and love him for making people laugh whenever and however he could.. [Where is the rest of this sentence?]

“Robert altman made dreams possible for many independent aspiring filmmakers, as well as creating roles for countless actors.

“I am lucky enough to of [Why not just save a word and write “to’ve”?] been able to work with Robert Altman amongst the other greats on a film that I can genuinely say created a turning point in my career.

“I learned so much from Altman and he was the closest thing to my father and grandfather that I really do believe I’ve had in several years.

“The point is, he made a difference.

“He left us with a legend that all of us have the ability to do. [Apparently the legend is not that all of us have the ability to do writing good.]

“So every day when you wake up. [Tell me again why this sentence has been split into two paragraphs.]

“Look in the mirror and thank god for every second you have and cherish all moments.

“The fighting, the anger, the drama is tedious.

“Please just take each moment day by day and consider yourself lucky to breathe and feel at all and smile. Be thankful. [Thankful, perhaps, that you took a moment to feel at all rather than being numb all day?]

“Life comes once, doesn’t ‘keep coming back’ [No, no it sure doesn’t.] and we all take such advantage of what we have.

“When we shouldn’t….. ‘ [Does this girl ever finish a sentence?]

“Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of yourselves’ (12st [All this time I thought it was “12th.” It’s like everything I know to be true has been turned completely upside down(st).] book) -everytime there’s a triumph in the world a million souls hafta be trampled on.-altman Its true. But treasure each triumph as they come.

“If I can do anything for those who are in a very hard time right now, as I’m one of them with hearing this news, please take advantage of the fact that I’m just a phone call away.

God Bless, peace and love always.

Thank You,

“BE ADEQUITE” [Lindsay, you set the bar so high. How am I supposed to aspire for somthing so impossible to achieve? I’m not sure if I have it in me to reach this quite lofty goal.]

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay, call me. Please. You clearly need a proofreader, and I could use some freelance work. But mostly you need a proofreader. Let’s help each other out, shall we?

Oh, yes. I am a super cuddler.

Taking me back to my childhood.

Look at this!

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That is, indeed, a Teddy Ruxpin bear. With the same brown and red shirt that he’s always had.

Does anybody remember that wonderful teddy bear? Teddy Ruxpin was one of my all-time favorite toys when I was growing up. I absolutely LOVED him. I remember I was sad that I couldn’t snuggle up to him in bed at night because that tape player inside his body was so hard and un-snuggly. But that was his only flaw. He was the most wonderful, lovable, talking teddy bear that ever existed.

If I had kids, they would definitely be getting a Teddy Ruxpin for Christmas.

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