A CLOWN ON FIRE
I flipped this shack, and I didn’t have to mortgage my daughter [who recently expressed her desire to cut my eyes...]. I like the new look; it feels… homey. I paced around my neighbourhood, clutching on my laptop, running after passersby, showing them the new template and the new graphics with excitement: “Right? RIGHT?” Until I heard the sirens of a police car and took it as my cue to head back home.
The visuals are inspired by the artwork of Sophia Fredriksson, the mastermind behind by the Clown Fawkes avatar and the new Prismo Clown. I’m all, like, matchy matchy, and stuff. That’s more than I can say about the way I dress.
Restructuring the blogroll made Hewlett-Packard’s recent layoffs look like White Baby Jesus on a hot and sunny summer day, turning watered-down profits into winos. It wasn’t an easy task, and at times I felt like the evil Monsanto empire, but it had to be done. I kept twelve. Emily, Rachelle, Rich and Red, I cried when I deleted your avatars.
There’s also a little box on the home page, right under the header. It looks like this:
BLACK BOX WARNINGS
We were featured this week on The Daily Post, in an article that highlighted collaborative blogs. I’m working on this one with my wife Sara, from Laments and Lullabies. Black Box Warnings is one of my favourite blogging projects. The community is built around bloggers who share personal struggles and / or challenges, often about mental health. I see it as a safe haven, where one’s voice is heard, and respected. If this one is new to you, you may want to read Belle of the Carnival‘s post, Weight and Food: The Urge to Be Invisible, published this morning.
Most of the bloggers we spotlight are invited, but if you would like to write something for Black Box Warnings, send us a short email at leclown at clownonfire dot com.
THE OUTLIER COLLECTIVE
This is another collaborative blog that I maintain with my sister-in-arms, Madame Weebles. Each week, two bloggers offer their own perspective on a current event chosen by us. It’s not really a blogging duel… it’s more like a forum for the loudmouths. And if you haven’t visited TOC yet, you’ve missed out on this:
SPEAKING OF BLOGGING
I quoted Ashley Austrew on Deconstructing Fear. I might have misconstrued the essence of her message. Ashley doesn’t perceive blogging as a lesser form of art. In her post, she encouraged humility among bloggers—she suggested that bloggers should keep it real, even when successful… unless you are Le Clown. Ashley, my apologies. You are a force on this blogosphere.
And a question for you, readers and fellow bloggers, pertaining to the eternal battle between LIKES and COMMENTS. What is your take on the LIKE option versus leaving a comment on a blog post? In your opinion, do both options serve a purpose? This doesn’t mean I don’t want you to LIKE this post…
End of recap, Carnies. Thank you all for your continued support and loyalty. Enjoy the weekend.