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Monday Morning Business


Sophia, I promise, this is the last post about my “blogroll” for a while.   Actual quote from Sophia:

“I have no idea what you or any of the commenters are talking about.  Boring.”

As you may have noticed, I deleted my blogroll and I’m using it to list Blog Crushes of the Day (for now — I might change that too).  My Bloglines blogroll is public and I will link to that later, in case people enjoy looking at the blogrolls of other people. 

Like many people who enjoy writing, I have my own set of writing rituals.  I write each post on an actual piece of paper rather than the computer.  I also like to imagine that I am writing for one person.  That’s where the blog crush of the day comes in.  Today, I  am writing for my blog crush, Communicatrix, because she loves lists and organization and philosophy, and I find her inspiring and honest.  She would perfectly understand the need to delete the blogroll and start fresh. 

After Brooke, she was probably the first blogger I actively pursued as a blogging friend. 

I first saw her name on YMDB, a site where you can list your favorite movies and compare them to others (YMDB is now defunct).  Topping my list was a rather obscure French film by Eric Rohmer titled “Summer (Le Rayon Vert).”  By checking the database, I noticed that someone else had this listed as a favorite — and she lived in Los Angeles — Communicatrix!  And that name sounded hot!  I didn’t have the guts to comment on her site yet, but I wrote a post about this imaginary woman named Dinah who I saw on YMDB (thinly-veiled stand-in for Communicatrix).

Eventually, we did interact online, and we even met in person.  And she is as hot in person as she is online (but sorry, fellows, she’s taken already).

Do you have a special blog crush of the moment?  It seems to be the season for spreading blog love.  Sandra and Ms. Sizzle want you to reveal YOUR blog crush of the moment on December 15 on YOUR OWN BLOGS. 

Plus — as you know my relationship with Sophia is bumpy.  Where can I meet a normal, stable girl?  Of course, there is only ONE WAY.  That is to be auctioned off like a piece of meat at the No Sex in the City online holiday charity auction!  Yes, male bloggers will be auctioned off.  I will be totally embarrassed if I only make 25 cents for their charity, so please bid.  There may be a “special” gift in store for the winner of Neilochka.  Hey, men — want to participate?  Check out the No Sex in the City site!  Sign up by December 15th.

Since I’m on the topic of blogging events, you can still sign up to perform at the big December 20th Holiday Concert (see sidebar).  Is there anyone having problems knowing how to record their song?  Please ask me any questions.  I’d love to help.  In the past, I’ve used a pretty nifty sound recorder/editor application from Holland called Polderbits.  It is pretty easy to use and there is a free two-week trial for you to try it out.

Please email me if you need help.  And if you aren’t performing, please remember to send me photos of your menorahs and trees for the decoration.

How to Become My “Crush of the Day”


On my last post, Eekat asked a very important question in the comments:

What does it TAKE to become your crush of the day, anyway?

It occured to me that while I was blabbing on about my blogroll and ways to improve my relationships with my blogging-pals, I never fully explained how my “crush of the day” works.  I would love to explain the complicated mathematical formula —

comments x 3+posts/x-Blogger+%blinking banners-y/words in comment+/-profile photo = crush of the day

— but it is probably over most bloggers’ heads, so I won’t get into the details.

 But it is possible to increase your odds.

 Here are ten ways to insure yourself a position as a Crush of the Day.

1.  Write a comment on my blog using the phrase, “You are a genius.”

2.  Find me a really good job or literary agent.

3.  Email me nude photos of yourself. (women only)

4.  Join “Bloggers with Biceps,” forget to exercise, and donate twenty dollars to me.

5.  Name your newly born son Neilochka.

6.  Name your newly bought vibrator Neilochka. (women only)

7.  Convince Dooce to comment on my blog, saying “My blog sucks compared to this.” 

8.  Start a site titled “Sexiest Men on the Blogosphere” and only list me.

9.  Be related to someone important.

10.  Threaten me.

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