Tuesday, June 16, 2009

VIDEO: 2:43 minutes of time you'll never get back.

Okay... this video was done without any prep... and you'll be able to tell, because I talk in circles and make little sense. But if you're a girl, you'll probably be able to decipher cause you know CHIC LANGUAGE! :)

Here's my question-VIDEO STYLE:

So basically I want to know... is the design of a blog a BIG deal to you???

I'm thinking about shelling out money to get my blog redesigned, but I don't know if it's really
that big of a deal for those that read my blog??? (I would guess probably not, since you still read it and it's a mess... like my shoe closet in the post below)

And then, what are some of your pet peeves or what turns you off when you are blog surfing and come upon a blog? What will make you click right off of it just by design alone?

And then if you HAVE a favorite, funny/comedy/make you laugh everyday blog that you would recommend (besides MINE which is your FAVORITE, I know)... will you leave the web address in the URL or email me?  And I'll, periodically, through the day post them on this post for others to check out!


HERE is the post I was talking about where I had written about pet peeves before... but they really don't have anything to do with each other! :)

OKAY here are some blogs you guys told us to check out!


Sandi said...

Yep I like to blog hop once in awhile too...thats how I found all the ones I love the most! If someone tells me that there is a really good or really funny blog I need to check out, I usually will, it's not usually any design that makes me like it or not, cause you can always figure it out. The thing that drives me away immediately is if it is TOOOOOOO LOOOOONG! You gotta be able to make me laugh quickly- too many other funny ones to check out, can't spend too much time reading a long one. So thats my pet peeve I guess........this is a really long comment to complain about really long blog posts..haha sorry!

Blogging Mama Andrea said...

I'm always changing mine up (the design). I just discovered how to do it all myself (yea!) and if you know a little bit by studying the code on another it's not so hard to do.

Blogs that make me laugh:

I never fail to laugh when I go over there. I love Miss Keely.

Pearl is a crack up.

Captain Dumbass never fails to amuse me either.

Blogging Mama Andrea said...

Oh pet peeve stuff/turn offs blinky blogs. I can not stand to read blogs with all kinds of blinky widget things. I also don't like blogs with black background and white writing, it makes it very hard to read. Though if I like it enough I will make the effort.

Kimberly said...

I'm not sure if the design is important for my readers as much as it is for me. When I sit down to write on my blog for my daily journal entry, I like to 'feel' excited by seeing my blog's design. I guess that's the artist side of me. The design adds or encourages me in the focus of my blog.

I'm working on starting a new blog and have decided to spend the money to get it designed by a professional (about $80), so I'm excited for a new blog look.

Blog designs that turn me off are ones that are hard to read with a design behind the writing. Scrolling down the words move over the design, but it is hard to read still.

I like the look of your blog right now. It's clear and creative! And extremely well-written and is one of the funnier ones I follow that I enjoy :)

Jen B. said...

I like to blog hop, too! It's always fun to see what people have done with their blogs.
I LOVE your's! I love the header & love how everything is easy to find.
My biggest pet peeve in the blog world is a blog that has music playing, things everywhere, & is difficult to navigate through. I think your's is great! :)

Cameron said...

a) That room is NOT organized, you obviously took my advice and had lots and lots of sex instead of organizing.

b) You cut the video at 2:13 and again a few seconds later....shame on you. I imagine you lost your train of thought at all the sex you had instead of organizing ;)

c) I do blog hop occasionally, and I also clear out blogs that aren't cuttin it for me anymore. Like you I like humorous blogs. My pet peeve is blogs that have pop-up survey type things on them. I don't mind ads, I have them on mine, but I do mind when something gets in the way of my reading.

d) Carry on with the.....organizing. ;)

Heather of the EO said...

dang, you're beautiful. 'tis true.

Um, do you read The Lawsons Did Dallas. Amy Lawson is really funny. I think it's www.granolasdodallas.blogspot.com

I'm too lazy to go check.

My only peeve is when I can't find the person in the blog. That was a confusing sentence. I mean that if it's all ads and giveaways and reviews and such (things I don't mind in general unless that's all there is to it)

I'm making no sense today so I'll stop now...

Just Jules said...

you are the cutest thing ever!

Umm dislike - music that starts automatically - uggg

dislike - blogs that take forever to download

dislike - the side bars being so darn full I cant concentrate on the content (I have concentration issues)

when there is just too much to look at - I have concentration issues these days - oh wait, did I say that?

yeah.... so anyway... what were we talking about?

Barbaloot said...

Um---you can probly tell from MY blog that design isn't really important to me. Mostly, because I don't really know how to do anything like that:) I like your blog---one of the things I like on yours (and others) is your personal picture at the top. So, if you do re-design, don't change that.

Things that turn me off---when people have their archives listed by weeks so I can see how often they post/week. Not a huge deal-but it's the only thing I could think of. Really, I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to layout.

And finally, this isn't really just a blog, but it IS really hilarious: ericdsnider.com. He has columns, movie reviews, random things...and usually makes me laugh pretty hard.

Barbaloot said...

Oh, another funny one is my friend I knew in college: http://byudalton.blogspot.com/. His posts are sporadic---and he's not really a "blogger" like he has blog friends he doesn't know and such---but if you ever feel like laughing, he does some good stuff:)

T said...

oooh - I have LOTS of deep thoughts - but here comes my pet peeve... which has NOTHING to do with other people's blogs... but has to do with the fact that I don't have enough TIME!

I'll be back... job "interview" this morning... I may have to start cutting back on blogging if I get this?

Emily Anne Leyland ( Art-n-Sewl) said...

I need to get all redesigned and fancy on my blog too. I say go for it girl!! If you don't like it you can always change it back :)

Kristina P. said...

I like really simple. Don't shoot me, but I'm not a fan of the three column layout. It's way too overwhelming for me, and I have a hard time finding things.

Melinda said...

I don't really care about design, of course I like a cute blog, but if the writing is good (or funny, whatever) I'll read you. I do have a hard time if the lettering color blends with the background or is hard to read, but like I said if I like the blog, I'll still read it. :) (Now you have me all paranoid, is my blog annoying? Do people not like my blog design?! WHY?!!) haha

Anonymous said...

shoot girl.... pay for blog designs?? heck no. i change my mind WAAAAY too often to pay for someone to design my blog.
Then.. what if I dont like it????
What if i like it for a week... then not anymore!!!

i like using the Free layouts.. like on the Cutest blog on the block website.. i can change it up all the time and its free :)


girl... i just read the comment you left on my blog. hunny... give me your address and i will mail you something! :)

Melanie J said...

1. I don't like three column layouts.

2. I HATE black backgrounds.

That is all.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

I've had the same design for years now. I feel like it IS my blog.

I agree with the light writing on black backgrounds.

I HATE blogs that play music when you open them up.

Funniest blogs (assuming you don't mind some f bombs) Stimeyland, Dad Gone Mad, Lumpyhead.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

The design of the blog isn't as important, to me, as the content.

That said, I will tinker with my limited Blogger design every now and again.

Wendy said...

Black backgrounds with white writing? Yeah, I can see how that could be annoying.

Superlong posts? I'll probably be clicking away soon.

Oh, and the uberserious self-important ones? Buh-bye. C'mon people, life is funnier than that.

Totally love music that starts right away... Yeah, I've got that on mine. But at least I put my player up at the top so people can click the stop button if they want to. Why do some people hide their player? Now that's annoying.

Ooo! And I hate when people start ripping on what other people do on their blogs. Oh. Uh. Nevermind.

brooken'dus said...

HAHA it's so weird to see you in video! Now if I could only get that 2:43 min. of my life back! :(
KIDDING......I would read your blog no matter the background...I'm just a good friend like that

PJ - Our life said...

I say Peeps at the studio today and about went up to her to say "Hi Peeps, how are you?" But then I realized she wouldn't know who the heck I was!! Funny how you get to know people and their families through blogging but most of them don't know you! I told Dance Master about it and she was laughing with me!

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

K I just had to jump on here and say WENDY I LOVE YOUR PIC!!! OH MY ADORABLE!

Kritta22 said...

Ok before I read everyone else's...my pet peeves are

1. Music that starts auto...hate it cuz I'm usually blogging in bed with hubby sleeping.

2. Blog that takes For EVE RRR to load. Crash's takes awhile but I know it's going to be worth it so I wait. But if I'm hopping and it takes forever...FAIL.

3. I also look for LDS stuff. I've scanned through other blogs and it just gets nastiness sometimes. You can be funny without being mean or crude. (Don't get me wrong...I'm not perfect....oh heck, you freaking know what I mean!)

AND for the record....I thought your hubby was going to design your page. Cuz you HAD a Christmas present of one!!!! :)

Kritta22 said...

PS No the blog design doesn't bother me. I love your blog. It's fresh. Not many blogs are a blank canvas like yours. I like the white.

I also don't think your blog is confusing. How is it confusing? I'm confused.

Kritta22 said...

PSS I only paid 40 for my blog. FYI

Kritta22 said...

PSSS And if I want something changed, I pay her for just the time it takes. Like I'm thinking I need to change Connor to walking around instead of a stroller....or maybe we will wait a month and see if we just need to leave the stroller!!!

binks said...

* I hate when people change their blogs too much. If I don't recognize it, I think I went to the wrong place and go to the next one in line. I associate blogs with the person, so too much change is BAD!
* I hate all the patterns and stuff beneath the writing, as well as, black backgrounds. Way too hard to read.
* I hate music that is blaring and the stop button is at the bottom of the page underneath 27,000 ads and awards. That gets me in trouble at work and/or wakes up my husband.
* I hate all those sickeningly sweet, look at my perfect husband/child/life blogs.
Life is messy!
*Most of all, I hate it when people don't have a sense of humor and take themselves WAAAAY too serious.
* Since you've done none of the above, I will continue to visit.
Plus you crack me up and you & your family are so darn cute, you're a hard habit to break.
Oops, did that send your brain into some Chicago song? Sorry.

Does it bother you when people leave books in your comments? My bad.

binks said...

Of course, I could be like Kritta.....

binks said...

and leave 10,000 comments.

Marla said...

i go back and forth about crazy blogness... i don't like music on the blog... too depressing... and i do ditch a blog that is too foofie.. is that a word?

i came back to your because i liked the header photo... and you make me laugh...

ps - the time waste wasn't so bad :P

mother goose said...

ok, ok, i have a black background with pink writing! ummm... maybe, i will reconsider, maybe....

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