Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dating: Text Follies

I was getting ready for a date last night with a man/boy/dude that I have been seeing for a few weeks when I received the following text (I shall refer to him as "Dude"):

  • Dude: Sorry babe I don't want such a silly thing to ruin us.  Have a good night.
  • Me: Huh?
  •        What silly thing, "Dude"?
  • Dude:  Uhhhh psssst. Yeah that was sent to the wrong person. Texting after a nap not a good thing
  • Me:  Guess not.
  • Dude:  Soooo. Dinner?

I know you all want to know if I went to dinner. Yes.  Mostly just to see him squirm in his explanation.  I found this to be absolutely hysterical and it helped me to keep some humor instead of flinging my bacon-wrapped shrimp and cheesy grits at him.  Onward and upward!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Blogs about Blogging

      With privilege and honor, I wrote a three-part series blog about...blogging...for Firebelly Marketing.  Readers, fans, followers, do you remember this time last year when I was scanning Christmas gifts at a big box store that made me wear red after long hours at Angie's List?  Do you remember me bemoaning all this and searching for a niche for which to dedicate this blog?
      Well, bemoaning be gone, but niche contemplation remains.  However, blogging about blogging felt right right, or at least for that moment.  I realize most of you could care less about how to develop a blog, so I am not feeling that for Random Thoughts and Corn Stalks. But, I am grateful that I had the opportunity to write this blogging series on blogging for Firebelly Marketing.  Duncan Alney, Firebelly President, was one of the very first people I met when I  decided to take the leap into social media and blogging professionally.  I am honored to be a contributor on his company's blog.  

Interested in seeing the series?

He's a good boy!!!  I will tell you all about this Thunder Vest in an upcoming post.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Space Cadet. I Didn't Get the Memo!

     Did you know that two spaces are not required after a period or other punctuation? I did not get the memo. I learned to type on typewriter a bigillion years ago and took keyboarding in junior high. When did this "no two spaces" policy take effect? I have submitted hundreds of papers, articles, and blogs to professors and editors over the greater part of 20 years. Why am I just learning this?
     One of my editors, Erik Deckers of Professional Blog Service, tweeted a few months ago about knowing the age of his writers by how many spaces they put after a period. I had a feeling he was talking about me in a good way - like I'm old school - thank you very much! Nope. He has been Ctrl+A-ing all of my work to find my excessive spacing.  
     Come to find out that my duplicate spaces are like a slap in the face of technology.  Apparently, Microsoft Word knows how to insert proper spacing between sentences without me bossing it around or something. Duly noted.