1. Using my words
You may have noticed the new blog name? I mentioned a while back my increasing dissatisfaction with the former name (and excuse my laziness, no linky to that post). Then, one day, this name (Using My Words) popped into my head. It immediately felt delicious, like a death by chocolate cake a la mode, or putting on that outfit that feels perfect.
It's too great, probably already used, I thought. So I checked. No, not that I could find. Better put my name in front, just in case my searching isn't as good as I like to think, I reckoned. Hold off, sit on the name a bit, see if it still feels good, I decided. So I waited. Still felt good. Be cautious, try it out slowly, without a big announcement, make sure it's good, I determined. So I let it breathe a bit, and I kept checking the flavor and bouquet. Still good.
Then a few of you started noticing, and commenting on it (nicely, too!) and I figured, the cat is out of the bag...I better get this on the record. So here is the grand announcement, and with a new blog banner, too.
2. Google reader
Have I seemed scarce? Erratic? Lacking in comments? Seeming to prefer some blogs over yours, where I used to frequent?
It's not my fault.
No, really! It's not you! It's not me! It's Technorati!
It just wasn't feeding your blogs, even when you pinged it. And half the time my favorites would be Out of Service. What a mess. I'd manually go to your blog, missing you, and find I'd missed a week!
Technorati and I are finished, through. Listen, when it's not a fit, just get on and get. I'm slowly but surely moving everything over to Google Reader. After a short test run and opinion poll, it does seem to be the best option (plus I already have an account). While doing this, I am purging a bit, and making new space.
What (or rather, who) should I be reading daily? Leave your suggestions (with links please) for me.
I'm also willing to subscribe to some megablogs (you know, big group blogs that lots of people write at, that do blog blasts and sell stuff and give stuff away, blogs like that). What are your favorites and why?
3. Swollen head
Apparently I was doing something worthy with myself this summer: blogging! Imagine my surprise---especially after the big mega-award post (and follow-up) of yesterday---to learn that I also won another Nice Matters tag and a ROFL award!
Thank you De of Shily, Shall I Dilly-Dally? for the ROFL nod to my post, Comparative Analysis of BlogHer vs. My Weekend
You can check out the other awardees at Mrs. Chicky's or Metro Mama's sites.
Thank you, Atypical at Nonsensical Text, for the Nice Matters nod.
4. You'll thank me for this later
I have a review of scrumptious fat free brownie mix at my rec blog.
I'm going to try to get more regular about putting up my picks and pans (and my reviews too). I know, words are cheap and if wishes were horses, beggars would ride etc. and so on. It's on the list.
5. Television, or How We Are Going to Hell in a Handbasket, my previous assertion notwithstanding
Kid Nation. I've been meaning to talk about this for a while, and Kim finally motivated me.
Do you know what Kid Nation is? It's Lord of the Flies, reality TV style, using real kids, who might be harmed in the making.
Kim found the contract the parents signed on Smoking Gun. It's...terrifying.
Talk to me...what do you think of this show?
Is it abuse?
P.S. Don't miss another Hmm'r! Shavings Off My Mind wrote Values vs. Ethics
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