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Friday, November 10, 2006

The Don't Post About List... Round 1

  1. Do not announce the arrival of your period. Period. I doubt we find it as fascinating as you do.
  2. Do not blog about the laundry, ironing, folding, the detergent you used or your lint filter. Ever. It will NOT be interesting. Laundry sucks. I will be forced to send you the BALB image repeatedly.
  3. Do not use bright yellow for your font color on light backgrounds. If you do, we will be forced to imagine that we are throwing small rubber balls at you.
  4. Unless you ate a salad that had $100 bills as the lettuce, I doubt it will be that interesting.
  5. I really don’t want to see a picture of your half-eaten medium-rare hamburger. Really. I don’t.
  6. Unless you are in an unusual storm, natural disaster, or other significant weather-type of event… don’t make a post where the only thing you write about is how it’s cold today. If I wanted to know what the weather was like where you live, I’d go to weather.com.
  7. If your hangover is that bad… go to bed, blog tomorrow. Tomorrow you will either edit the hell out of this post or delete it forever.
  8. If you start your post with, “I shouldn’t be telling you this…” something interesting should follow.
  9. Writing a detailed itinerary in ten minute intervals of your day is really not that interesting when your itinerary includes driving, sitting in class, stopping at a red light in traffic, working, etc.
  10. Don’t set your blog up so that a visitor has to have SuperGeek technology powers to leave you a comment.
A post I particularly enjoyed from today's randomizer was Blog Today. Tomorrow You May Be Eaten.

Have a don't you'd like to share? I'll be adding edits or additional posts as more and more "dont's" come to light!



Blogger something blue said...

My salad only had ten dollar bills as lettuce but it was sprinkled with chickpeas made of diamonds.

Great advice and thanks for the link!

12:06 AM  
Anonymous micah said...

My peeve:
Don't make a post claiming you 'have nothing to post about' and call it good. That doesn't count! Stretch yourself to write content.

If your brain is empty, write about something embarrassing or something from your childhood, or things that suck....like the time you were driving and your nose started bleeding and while you were stuffing TP up there it tickled a little causing you to sneeze, splattering blood across your steering wheel and dashboard. Stuff like that.

Put yourself out there :)

1:48 AM  
Anonymous Snarkattack said...

I am ridiculously tempted to actually do posts on said ills...I think the right people could make them plenty interesting.

Oh dear, I dare say I've issued myself a challenge...

3:45 AM  
Blogger Lisa b said...

Maybe not laundry but sometimes I find household tips really useful or interesting. Probably just because I aspire to not be a slovenly housewife.
Hellojosephine.blogspot I love for this type of cleaning details.

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Janet said...

Altho I love music, I don't care to here it coming from a blog. Not sure why...just don't like it!

9:45 AM  
Blogger othur-me said...

Don't take a joke you got from an email your friend sent you that has already been passed around the internet 300 times and make it a post on your blog because you think you're the first person to hear it and you think the rest of us also need to hear it.....newsflash...we alrady have.

1:32 PM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

don't post about how hard NaBloPoMo has been, especially if most of your previous entries possess the aforementioned "don't-s"

oh and the "i'm too drunk to post" post is really lame.

5:15 PM  
Blogger laurie said...

Don't post absolutely incomprehensible drivel because you think it sounds smart. It's not. It's just boring.

5:15 PM  
Blogger peter said...

Don't start or end posts with an apology!

We are all human, and it comes with the territory to occasionally own up to a mistake or an error in judgement - in both cases apologies are just fine. However, there shouldn't be a reason to apologize for your topic or for your writing with a phrase like, "i'm sorry this was so long/rambling/obscure/potentially-offensive."

Apologizing deflates the impact of your writing; why should a reader enjoy your writing when you feel sorry for it? Either your post deserved to be what it was and you have no reason to apologize for it, or your post was self-indulgent and you shouldn't have posted it in the first place.

Don't apologize - either post confidently, or just keep it to your yourself.

Also, this isn't a Don't-Post-About, but a peeve of mine - when viewing a single entry there should always be an obvious way to move back up to the blog homepage.

Amusingly, i don't entirely subscribe to this, as my mechanism isn't obvious at the moment. I notice you don't either - i keep expecting your header graphic to bring me back to your main page.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Rashenbo said...

LOL! I think you guys have totally been reading the same blogs I've been reading :)


Awesome addons!

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Mrs Washalot said...

So don't post about laundry or folding, hey? What on earth would I write about then? Although I must admit, sometimes I even bore myself to tears.

2:58 AM  
Anonymous fringes said...

Post about whatever you like as long as it's well written. I've run across extremely good posts about laundry/home life/breakfast taquitos that made me laugh and cry. It wasn't the subject matter, but the writing.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Celebrate Woo-Woo said...

I'm with fringes on this. Some of the most mundane details of life are made amusing and entertaining by the writer, so I'd say certain subjects should be off the list if you are just simply posting an announcement of your period or how many loads of laundry you've done or have left, but if it comes with a colorful story, then I'd read about anything;>

2:56 PM  
Blogger brinki dink said...

Don't post 'Don'ts' for others.

If you don't like it than don't read it. The inherant beauty of blogging is that it's a free space to express yourself however the hell you want. If the world doesn't care, they can tune out.

Some of my favorite posts have been about food, tampons and laundry. These seemingly mundane things are areas of life that everyone can relate to, and a good blogger can turn them into funny and uplifting subject matter.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Rashenbo said...

I appreciate your comments and your visit Brinki... but, on my blog I can post about whatever I want :)

I find humor in all things. I think anything written well can be creative, even if it is an entry about a stroll to the park or an entertaining laundry fiasco. Many things are boring to me... and that's fine. I'm not the blog police, judge, jury or even an expert. I am just a blogger and I'm just sharing my opinion.

Thank you kindly for visiting. You shouldn't take a "don't" post as something you should seriously follow. I could care less what you blog about. If it is interesting I'll read it. If it isn't I won't. It is very simple how that works.

Lighten up and enjoy the irony of life.

10:32 PM  
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