I made a graph

inspired by looking at my stats:

ChartGo.com

And the winner is…

Samantha!

We ended up not choosing any of the suggested blog names (although I did quite enjoy them!) None of them felt right, so we’re continuing to consider our options. Samantha won in a random drawing

Sam, since you’re local, the prize options are a little more open than they would be otherwise. Let me know if there’s something in particular you’re interested in. 🙂 I’ll make sure I blog the finished result, with pictures.

Contest update

Sorry, folks. I was out of commission there for a while, and I’ve been desperately trying to get caught up with life.

Rand and I will have to confer on the blog name possibilities. I will make an effort to do that this weekend. If we don’t choose one, I will draw a random winner on Monday, May 18. (Oh, and if there’s anyone out there who still wants to participate, let me know. I could probably be persuaded to accept some late entries.)

I have lots of things to say, and very little energy/motivation to say them. So on that note…onward to Friday!

Name that Blog! (deadline extended)

Thanks to those of you who have entered my Name that Blog! contest.

I’ve decided to extend the entry deadline until the end of this week–midnight on May 8th. I’ve also decided that in the event that we don’t choose any of the entries, I will select a random winner from all the participants.

Please leave entries on the original post, linked above. Thanks!

Name that blog! (a contest)

*UPDATE*

deadline extended to this Friday, May 8

As you may recall (or may have noticed), I’ve been having a bit of a blog identity crisis for a while now.

I’m not closing up shop, but I do have a new blog project in mind…something that I hope will get my blogging juices flowing again. Rand and I have been talking for quite some time about starting a pop culture/entertainment blog. We’ve got lots of ideas. What we lack, however, is a name.

I am notoriously terrible at naming/titling things.

So I am turning to you, dear readers. Can you help me name this new blog? If you provide us with a name we like, I’ll send you a prize!

Here are my options for prizes:

1. I just discovered that I have an extra copy of On Writing

2. If that doesn’t do it for you, how about baked goods? I have a few options of things I think will mail well, which I will offer the winner.

That’s it! Contest starts now, and ends…let’s say May 4. 😀

Under construction

I’m avoiding doing real work, so I went theme browsing. I want to do some more playing around (including adding a custom header image), but in the meantime, what do you think?

Oh, and WordPress just made my life a whole lot easier by giving me the ability to automatically update my WordPress installation with the click of a button. Hurrah for technology. 😉

I could hear the voices of my childhood

In response to today’s BufBloPoFo prompt:

BufBloPoFo Topic for Day 6: What kind of stuff (toys, books, TV shows) were you into when you were a kid? Do you think that had an effect on what kind of a person you are today?

Hmm…I had lots of the typical toys of a child of the 70s/80s. Hungry Hungry Hippos. Lite Brite. Viewmaster, Sit’n Spin, Etch-a-Sketch. I played with Barbies and Strawberry Shortcake dolls, My Little Pony, the Rubiks Cube, Cabbage Patch Kids (I had two). I enjoyed all that stuff, and I think that they serve as cultural markers–in some ways, we’re all identified by these things…the toys we played with, and the music we listened to, and the shows we watched on TV.

But of everything, I think the things that most influenced me were my books. I’ve always been a reader, ever since I can remember. I continue to tell people that my favorite book of all time was and continues to be A Wrinkle in Time. I loved the Chronicles of Narnia, particularly The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Another one of my favorites was the lesser-known The Girl with the Silver Eyes. I absolutely ate up anything magical, anything extraordinary, and I so desperately wanted it to be real. I wanted to open a door and emerge in a different world. I wanted to bend the rules of space and time. I wanted to be able to move things with my mind. I loved these books, and I read them over and over and over again. It was in those stories, I think, that my desire to be a writer first emerged. I wanted to be able to make other people feel the way I felt when I was reading.

Let me tell you about myself…

For the first day of BufBloPoFo, the topic assigned was “tell us about your blog.” I answered this question back in June at this post, but here’s an excerpt:

When did you begin your first blog and what inspired you to do so?

I started my first blog (titled rather boringly “erin’s blog”) in late 2002 or early 2003. I was inspired by my good friend Eden of So Anyway, who had sung the praises of blogging and first sent me the link to Blogger to help me get started.

My blog sat mostly empty for quite some time. I posted now and then throughout early 2003, and when I began student teaching in the fall of 2003, I started a second blog-my online student teaching journal. (I don’t think that one’s online at this point…)

The thing that really got me blogging regularly was The Breakup in the fall of 2003. My long-term BF rather abruptly called it quits, and I began blogging regularly both as a way of dealing with my feelings and letting my friends know what was going on in my life without having to tell the same stories over and over and over again.

When I started dating again, I blogged about my experiences to entertain people, and soon I had a small but loyal readership!

Unfortunately, the vast majority of those early posts were lost in the Tragic Blog Incident. (I accidentally deleted my database. Don’t ask…)

Since those early days, I’ve changed urls a couple of times (the first one I chose was too close to the email address I had at the time, and I thought that was a mistake, given the topics I was blogging about. ) and moved from Blogger to hosting my own blog using a WordPress format. I like it here. 😉

This is the first post in existence on my current blog, from March of 2004, almost four years ago. A few of my older posts (from Blogger) are still floating around the net somewhere, but most are gone forever. Eh, what are ya gonna do…

I do believe my first real post (January 2003) was about Super Bowl commercials.

Almost exactly a year ago, I completed a meme asking for 5 reasons why I blog. It took me a while to find that so I could link to it, but there it is!

And how did I choose my blog name? I dunno…it just amused me. 🙂

I maintain several other blogs (some of which are more active than others…you can find the links either on that first post I linked to above or on the “about me” page. Also, there’s my recently formed wedding blog, with the boring name “Erin’s Wedding Blog.” I’ll take suggestions for a new name. 😉 )