Saturday, April 22, 2006

Just About To Hit It Big

"The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication." ~ Cecil B. DeMille

For those of you who don't have or use AOL, there is what is known as a "buddy list" where you can put the screennames (also known as user names) of your friends, so that you can simply link to them for purposes of instant messaging, e-mails, etc.

ER is on my list. As is Tech, and Mariee, and Jim O'Sullivan, and Sheila, etc.

An interesting feature of the buddy list is that anyone on AOL or AIM who sends me an e-mail or an instant message that isn't already on it, automatically gets added to the list under the heading of "Recent Buddies".

This morning, as I was sitting in front of my monitor trying to think of something, anything, that I am interested enough in to write about, a name popped up there, meaning someone who had e-mailed me or messaged me sometime, had just signed on.

Scott Ott.

OK. Who is Scott Ott you might ask? He is the administrator of a blog called ScrappleFace, a very popular humor/satire blog with a decidely Conservative slant.

How popular? Well, I'm quite sure since Rush Limbaugh has mentioned that he reads it, it is a bit more popular then before. But it is very popular.

I will confess right here that I am envious of anyone who's blog can attract the attention of someone like Rush, or Hannity, or Laura Ingraham, etc. So, since he is on my buddy list, I took the initiative of sending Mr. Ott an instant message. I told him he is on my buddy list and asked him if he is the same Scott Ott who's blog was mentioned by Rush Limbaugh, and he responded in the affirmative.

After that, a conversation ensued in which I touted my own blog. I proudly guided him to my recent post on which a record (for me, anyway) 83 comments were posted. He said, "That's up there". Whereupon, he apparently checked mine out and then offered the suggestion that I go with a light background and dark text if I wanted serious attention from major players like Limbaugh, etc.

I found him to be very gracious for a big time important blogger type fellow.

Except for the fact that I had no idea what he was talking about. Obviously, Mr. Ott is much more computer savvy than I am. I appreciate the help and advice he offered. I really do. But all that "Geek Speak" is "Greek speak" to me.

I am, after all, a "techno-moron". (A phrase, by the way, that I myself coined way back when the earth was cooling and computers were still DOS's.)

Anyway. I am inspired. Look for changes in my template soon. As soon as I get the courage to attempt to make a change that I fear, perhaps unreasonably, will wipe out my entire blog permanently. Actually, I know it can be done...Frenzied Feline did it.

Let me add here, that I have been distracted from blogging as of late, which should explain to some, the absence of comments from me on other blogs and the creating of posts, the quality of which I otherwise would never of been satisfied with before. I will try to come up with better, more original posts in the future. In the meantime, bear with me.


The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

That's great Mark!

I know exactly what he means about dark text and light background. But since I don't care at this moment whether I'm widely read or not, I've kept the colors that appeal to me on my blog. I like yellow on black. But I know it's an eye-sore for some people. One day I might change.

Looking forward to see what you do with the drapes.

tugboatcapn said...

Scott Ott, huh?

That is very cool, Mark. I'm jealous.

Even though I know without a doubt that President Bush and Rush Limbaugh both read my blog pretty regularly, I have never had any official contact with either of them.

And in the "Great minds think alike" category, one of my scheduled tasks for this weekend was to remodel the Template of my Blog, but now I have to wait and see what you do to your's.

Thanks a lot...

I'm sending you an E-mail, BTW. Look for it. :-)

FrenziedFeline said...

It's pretty simple to change the template, however, some things don't translate as well. I suggest putting together a list of your links, etc. that might not survive the voyage. The posts and comments make it just fine, it's the "extras" that are questionable.

By the way, you changing the name on your blog was the catalyst for me making the changes at my place. :)

Lone Ranger said...

I changed my template recently, but it wasn't to my liking, so I changed it back. Any modifications you've made to your template won't survive. It's best to save them as a document before you change. I agree with the dark lettering on a light background. I'd also like to see a bit larger font for us old guys who now have to wear reading glasses. (or in my case, wears reading glasses because of laser surgery) The only thing I've mastered is putting sites on my blogroll. Changing my template for me is like walking a tightrope over Niagra Falls. And I used to be a pretty good rope walker.

Mark said...

After reading this post, Scott Ott graciously messaged me and told me that he would not sue me, so I guess that means he approved this message.

Poison Pero said...

Very nice Mark........Make sure you put in a good word for us other scrubs.

I agree with getting rid of the dark background........It's making me blind.

Well, I'm blaming that anyway.

I can't wait to get back to my blog on Monday......It's a damn addiction, but I admit I was getting near going postal.