Q: why doesn’t this blog have an f.a.q.?

1 06 2010

A: actually, i’m working on it. right now.

here’s a secret for you- during this summer/fall, i’ll be working on transforming this site from a free wordpress blog to my very own broke207.com domain. actually, i already bought it- but right now there’s just a crappy place holder page that both looks stupid and doesn’t make any sense. hopefully, with the miracle of modern technology (and my friends over at ibec creative), things will slide over all sorts of seamlessly- with a few minor upgrades that will make your life better- or at least probably not any worse. i hope that one of those upgrades will be the addition of an FAQ, but i haven’t figured out yet if there are enough unanswered questions about me and my pet blog to devote a whole section to answering them. that’s when  you arrive to clear up the confusion. if i were going to install an FAQ, what would you ask? or, do you think it’s a terrible idea?

here’s a starter question we can all try on for size:

Q: i find your use of all lowercase letters to be infuriating. are you some sort of crazy uneducated idiot? do you think you’re channeling e.e. cummings you pretentious prick? why do you torment me so?!

A: wow, those are some harsh words. why do you have to be so mean about it? actually, i have a college education (with a few extra courses on the side for emphasis), and have been capitalizing appropriately/successfully for many years. i even do so every day at my day job without complaint. i do enjoy e.e. cummings’ work very much, but my insistence on lowercase doesn’t have anything to do with him or his fantastic poetry. actually, kind of cranky reader, i do it because i have OCD (that’s obsessive compulsive disorder for those of you who missed the MTV true life– i have OCD). i am fortunate enough that my affliction is not so severe that i have to be medicated (although i have been medicated at various points), or prevents me from doing the things that i love to do, but it does creep into my life in funny ways sometimes that make me seem a little off/out there. i won’t eat a sandwich unless it’s cut diagonally (i will actually throw it away and get another one, or possibly cry, or more possibly both). i will throw away anything that i am hand writing if i make a mistake- rather than make a cross out (including post-its and informal notes to self). i am also obsessed with symmetry. i can’t even begin to calculate how much of my life i spend lining things up to make them parallel, or nudging them to make sure that they are square with the edges of the table. and that folks, is where the all lowercase happens. proper upper/lower writing is lopsided, and i find it visually displeasing. i can do it when i have to (work), but when it’s my turf (blog), i can do whatever the hell i please. i do find all uppercase writing to also be acceptable (my handwriting is all uppercase), but on the internet, people just think you’re yelling at them (thanks KANYE). thus, all lowercase it is! fun fact: my iphone auto-corrects all my improper lowercase letters, and i actually take the time to go back and undo the correction so that my symmetry is preserved. anyone know a hack for that?

so there it is… one question down. more to come? or TMI?

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12 responses

2 06 2010
kate

i love that font chart. And ‘g’ should be for garborator, which is what my canadian friend calls a garbage disposal. canada, FTW! and i like (and read FAQs); you should just make your ‘about’ and ‘debt y’all’ sections into a faq. oh and stuff about your views on giveaways/freebies, cuz i’d read that (as a case of POM winds its way through the USPS from LA to me!).

2 06 2010
bessmarvin

GARBARATOR!!! i think i just wove another new word into my vocabulary… canadians are so fucking rad. they had me at “you can’t do that on television”. um exactly HOW are you getting a free case of POM?! shit’s expensive. you may need to write a guest post about that.

2 06 2010
Kate @ The Blueberry Files

unsolicited offer from the company! i was like uh, i don’t have scruples, send that shit over!

2 06 2010
bessmarvin

is it because you have an awesome food blog? the mommybloggers are hogging all the really good freebies in the frugal blog circuit. although i did get a free granola bar yesterday. but a CASE of POM!? you totally win.

3 06 2010
Kate @ The Blueberry Files

it’s because i have a food blog! i got an email from ryan @ pom, and he’s all, i love your blog, the layout is gorge. pshhh! ass-kissing aside, i will take your case of pom! the word case has kind of lost its meaning though, so we’ll see what i get.

3 06 2010
bessmarvin

did he really use the word “gorge”!? do you remember in the muppets take manhattan where kermit dresses up like a big shot producer (including and especially a peach leisure suit and ascot) and goes into another producer’s office like he’s all on cocaine? somehow in my head, that is how i am picturing the pom representative. definitely want to see photos of your score. i can’t complain too much though, i still got that sweet bathrobe.

3 06 2010
Kate @ The Blueberry Files

oh, i had an idea… have you ever thought of doing a feature like, this is the money you could be saving if… i thought of it when i was writing about those stupid spice mixes and how you can save money by buying bulk spices. i dunno if there’s much more there, but like feature commonly purchased items and a cheaper alternative? the one i used is kind of a no-brainer though!! that’s the problem w/ budget advice, a lot of it is kind of offensive in how simplicstic it is. like, stop by $5 lattes! uh, i never do, thanks. still broke- now what.

3 06 2010
bessmarvin

i’m serious about you writing a guest post! i would love for you to write about ways to save money in the kitchen. or how to make your own (totally better) spice mixes. or where to get great fresh ingredients in town that won’t cost you a whole paycheck. or whatever you would want. no pressure! but if you’re ever interested, i would love to make it happen 🙂 as for $5 lattes…. there are just some things that make my life better, decaf lattes from bard… onion bialys from mr. bagel… hot soup and fresh bread from the kamasouptra… are all things i refuse to do without. i know it’s not great for my budget, but at least i’m supporting the local economy! sometimes i think i’d rather be broke & happy, but i’m sure there’s some sort of in between… maybe.

3 06 2010
Kate @ The Blueberry Files

man, i was hoping you’d do all the dirty work so i could just read it and be entertained. but yeah, i would love to guest post! so lemme go work on it… i gotta get some money first, so i can go buy some cheap things to write about. 🙂

3 06 2010
bessmarvin

no pressure! just whenever/if ever you feel like it. you can even write about your free POM and the perks of being a food blogger. that would be free!

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