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If I go about this properly, the blog will (eventually) explain enough about me, so let me just explain the blog, or at least the title of it, here:

"A woman is like a teabag. You never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water."
--Eleanor Roosevelt

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Blog Travels

So since I'm new to blogging and such, I have been visiting other blogs to see what's going on out there in bloggoworld. And since I base my own self-worth on how interesting other people find me, I have been commenting on those blogs that I find interesting (ok honestly -- not too many!! So if anyone is looking at my blog right now because they followed the link to my blog after I commented -- consider yourself truly special!), because Nat, who has an inspiringly popular blog, tells me this quid pro quo is one of the best ways to get people to visit your blog and comment on it. So I'm trying. I've run out of money after all this Christmas and post-Christmas shopping, broken up with my boyfriend, and don't really watch television, so I don't have anything else do and I might as well give it a shot.

Right. Now, because I don't really know anyone (other than Nat) who blogs (and yes I do actually know her; she's my best friend, we met in college, yadayada), I thought that I'd use the handydandy little "next blog" button at the top right of *most* blogs. During my travels, I have discovered the following exceptionally annoying things about certain blogs:

  1. Not everyone uses the "next blog" button. I mean, WHY NOT?
  2. A lot of people have "test" blogs that for some reason they allow to stay live although they NEVER bear any fruit except "test 1" "test 2" and so forth.
  3. There are a lot of bloggers who simply post photos of their wedding day, their kids, or their dogs. It's kinda weird, and generally not at all entertaining, educational, or inspirational. As if my blog is any of those things either.
  4. WHAT is the deal with the blogs that redirect to some weird search page -- most often preceded by a lighting-quick glimpse of a blog purportedly designed for "apartment rentals" in various cities? These are annoying for two reasons -- a) they suck, and b) I have to hit "back" not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES just to get back to the crappy blog that bored me so much that I had to hit "next blog" in the first place!
  5. People that use weird popup thingies before their blogs load, or have a movie or music playing when their blogs load. You can't navigate away from the popup thingies until you've gone through the entire series. And the movies/music is most often nothing I am interested in offending my senses with.
Now, on the positive side (yes I do have one!), I have also discovered these happily interesting things during my blog travels:
  1. I learned the history of why Pricans switch their Rs with Ls... goes back to the African influence on the island. I should have copied the URL to the article but of course I didn't think I'd be writing a blog about this at the time.
  2. The CUTEST blog EVER is here.
  3. Blogging is popular everywhere. For a well-travelled, multi-lingual girl, I was pretty shortsighted about the reach of blogging. There are people from Japan, the Phillipines, Brazil, UK, and all OVER Latin and South America (yes I know Brazil is in SA but it's different cause they speak Portuguese). Anyone reading this post probably already knows this, but I didn't so let's just let me have my moment of wonder. Thank you.
Anyway, I thought it was all kinda cool -- even the annoying stuff was a learning experience (an annoying learning experience, but nevertheless...)


Blogger Maryland political dude said...

you comment on mine i comment on yours...lolThanks foor your comment, you're right about Wilma, I should add her
Interesting blog ill have to keep looking

12/29/2005 10:16:00 PM  
Blogger JMai said...

Ooooh YAAYYYYYYY! My very first non-Natalia comment! I'm so excited! Quid pro quo works!

12/29/2005 10:48:00 PM  
Blogger Natalia said...

Yaay... snoopy dancing in my bed... QPQ works! I am blog rockstar for suggestion :)

And blogging is indeed a world trend...I love tracking where people are reading me. I've had people from India, Japan, UK, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Canada, Indonesia, Thailand, South Africa, Iran...I

Woohoo for the comments and the blog journeys.


12/29/2005 11:51:00 PM  
Blogger Maryland political dude said...

Wow....that was awkward

12/30/2005 03:19:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

if you click on the extreme tracking button at the bottom of the sidebar on my blog it takes you to stats of my blog. one of them is geo and tracks number of visitors and country. it's the coolest thing ever for realising how multinational blogging is.

(it looks like a black button with a navy blue planet with a lightning equator... or something like that :)

and you can see anyone's stats who has one of those just by clicking...

12/30/2005 06:58:00 PM  
Blogger JMai said...

Jake -- awkward? What did I miss?

Sass -- thanks for the tip! Nat's been updating me on the blog-tracking business (she uses a different one,I think). I don't think I have enough traffic to merit any kind of tracking! But perhaps one day...

Happy new year!

1/01/2006 02:56:00 PM  
Blogger Politically Lost said...

Hello jmai, yes you are extremely right about quid pro quo comments because here I am.

So, you died in law school. Does that make you a lawyer of the living dead now? I could swear that during this process of law school something is feasting on my brain.

I really enjoyed your blog travels post.

1/02/2006 09:14:00 PM  
Blogger JMai said...

Lost -- no, I said I nearly died in law school. But alas, here I am, managing to eke out a living in my post-bar days. Of course, I just carry around my bar card for fun -- I don't practice and never intended to. Maybe that's why I made it through after all!

Don't worry -- it's all downhill after Evidence (I have a fantastic shortcut/outline that I'm happy to send you via email if you want it), and Civ Pro is ...well, I stopped reading after Helicopteros, so I don't know.

Glad you enjoyed the post -- please do come back!

1/02/2006 09:25:00 PM  
Blogger da buttah said...

welcome to the blog world ;)

1/03/2006 12:05:00 AM  
Blogger Natalia said...

Yaay Elle is here, joining Sass and I in welcoming Jmai.

And may I just say that you cropped me off the picture. I am somewhere below your breasticles.



1/03/2006 08:22:00 AM  
Blogger JMai said...

Elle/Buttah -- thanks for the welcome and the comment! It's good to be here.

Butt -- There is a perfectly good reason for the croppage -- I've used that as my photo for online personals. Now, I can't very well have a better-looking person in the photo when I'm trolling for boys. I'd never get ANYWHERE if I left you in the photo!

1/03/2006 11:21:00 AM  
Blogger Natalia said...

Erm...better looking? I think having me there would help by comparison...but that's just me. lol


1/03/2006 08:26:00 PM  
Blogger Bunny Dee said...

Heh. I was indeed flattered that someone who's not bugged by me all the time to check my blog out took the time to read AND comment on my latest post - mere seconds after I posted it, too :D

I like your "blogging voice" and I really hope to read more from you in the future. I've discovered that, like most other things on the web, blogging is kind of a self-motivated task. So if you do feel like you have something to share, please do.

But that sort of explains the scarcity of "real blogs" out there... It's free, it's easy to set one up (especially with blogger, I found) and it's usually inconsequential if you have one or not and if you actually update it when you do set one up, unless you yourself find a reason to do so.

So, thanks for pressing that dreaded "next blog" button, you do offer a few minutes of happiness and flattery to random bloggers when you do, if that's worth anything to you :)

1/03/2006 09:06:00 PM  
Blogger JMai said...

Bunny -- that's worth a lot, actually. Adult life sometimes seems so fleeting... even though we have the day in, day out routines, there seem to be few things outside of work that tie people together. I like blogging because even if I never meet a single person that visits my blog, I can, over time, connect with them all on any number of levels. Presently I'm in learning and exploring mode, but eventually I imagine I'll become more "whole," insofar as a person can be, online.

Your post was interesting... and I wasn't kidding when I said that most of the blogs I've come across are total crap. But it IS easy to sign up, as you pointed out (obviously, since otherwise I would SO not be here).

Thanks for your kind comments. I will definitely post more in the future... slowly, slowly. -smile-

1/03/2006 09:58:00 PM  
Blogger JMai said...

PS Butt -- don't be ridiculous

1/04/2006 09:10:00 AM  
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