The Tao of Blogging  

Mike_in_ABQ_NM 47M
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1/8/2006 10:49 pm

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

The Tao of Blogging

How many different blog services are out there?! So far, I'm on Yahoo, but I haven't used that one much at all because Yahoo! 360 sucks. Myspace is my default one right now, and while I do have a LiveJournal one, I haven't used it much. I do maintain a email list as an email blog, which works really well.

Then there's the morons who put up a page where the text is the same color as the backgrounds. That kind of stupidity deserves its own paragraph. What can I say about them that isn't self-evident?

Usually when I set one up, I leave the appearance settings alone - white background, black text, etc. I know that some may consider it "boring," but so what? I was on dial-up* for what seems like forever, and all of the stuff that people think looks "hot" (I think it looks like shit) eats up download time like crazy for those of us on dial-up. Y'all know what I'm talking about - the multi-colored/graphic/ backgrounds, the animated stuff, the videos that start playing as the page is loading, etc., etc.

Other thoughts: I have NO sympathy for those that use "text lingo" in their blog posts and web pages, etc. I can put up with stuff like "lol" "ty" "how r u" "yw" in email messages (I'm guilty of that myself a bit! ) and while chatting (especially in chat rooms), but for blogs and websites?! Give me a break!

I'm not at all impressed with those who swear all the time, especially those who drop "F-bombs" like a B-52 carpet-bombing North Vietnam. C'mon folks - the more you use profanity, the less effect it has each time you use it. Especially the word "fuck" (which I agree is extremely versatile).

Finally, would it really do any harm for all of these people to learn some modicum of spelling, grammar, or capitalization - you know, proper English? (ALL-CAPS and all-lower-case gets old in five minutes. PLEASE learn to use the "Shift" key. For me? Please? )

* I was on dial-up until the middle of 2005, and I never got close to 56K on Zianet - I was lucky to get 28.8K - usually I got 24-26K. Flashnet, NMIA and Qwest were about the same. GRRRR. If you're paying for 56K, then you should get 56K (or at least close to) 56K. So far, I have no complaints about Comcast's service - most of the problems I have there concern the wireless connection between this laptop and the router that's connected to the cable modem.

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