Monday, April 12, 2010

Experiencing Some Technical Difficulties

Ok, let's be honest right up front. I chose Blogger or Blogspot because of its user-friendliness. I googled "easiest blogs" or "user friendly blogs". Blogger was settled in nicely at the top of the list. I had tried an alternate one before and got completely overwhelmed, to the point where I didn't even get the first post in. I couldn't even figure out how to change the dang title of my blog for pete's sake! Pete? Who's pete? This entry has nothing to do with Pete. Anyway, so as I was setting up my banner for this blog, along with various other things, I found myself once again confused? I have shopped around at other Blogger blogs, and see much more creative sites. I too aspire to be just like them. Will someone please assist me in achieving my dreams of having a unique and creative looking blog? I'm sure it's simple. It has to be. Blogger is Google's top rated "user-friendly blog"! I'm starting to get a little concerned that I'm somewhat slow here.

And just because I think blogs are boring without some visual stimulation, i'd like to add a few blogs that come to mind. First, a blog that belongs to my brother-in-law, Dave. He is an intelligent man with eloquent words and introspective thoughts. He's also a pastor and a fantastic dad. You may also find a few photos of Chicago's finest 1 year old, my favorite nephew, Eliot.

Another blog I enjoy following is my friend Ashley's. She writes just like she talks. She enjoys discovering new creative things each day, just like I do. I think we're kindred spirits who have an inherent need to create and cultivate things. She helped a friend make these over the weekend:

Lastly, I woman I aspire to be like, The Pioneer Woman. She is hilarious on all levels. She's also creative and crazy. She cooks, lives on a farm, raises a few kids, gardens, takes beautiful photos, and hops from talk show to talk show because her blog has become so successful. Whenever I settle in to read some of her posts, i'm always prepared for lots of belly fact, that's why I visit her site on a regular basis. She's like Ellen - but blog style. I first discovered her when Googling a recipe, and discovered that she does step-by-step photos of her cooking process. Some may say it's overboard. I say it's super helpful and colorful. I was going to post a picture from her site, but i don't think I'm allowed to do that?? Annoying and confusing, yet again. I'll leave you with this since it's all I know to do, but obviously not as eye-popping as the color photo would be.


  1. Yea! Your blog looks great. You'll get the hang of it - don't give up!

  2. Mare...I love reading your blog...makes me long for the mountains:) I have 3 tiny (and I do mean tiny) planter boxes with onions, shallot, garlic, heirloom tomatoes, squash and herbs. I do herbs every year...but not usually the other stuff. Any good tips?? Luv ya girlfriend!! Oh, also...I had this crazy idea that you, me, Desi, Jules, Em etc. should plan some big girls weekend in the mountains or the beach or wherever!