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So... you think you can blog? We'll just see about that, shall we?

Whatever Blows My Skirt

The Blog: Whatever Blows My Skirt

First Impression: Fuck. I hope that she is as hot as this cartoon chick on her header. Also, the first post I saw was titled, "In Your Face, Dick!" which immediately spiked an interest in my eyes (pants). I already loved her before I read any further.

Appearance: Well, I will be goddamned! This is a good looking blog if you ask me and there are many, many reasons for me thinking so. First of all, the colors are fan-fucking-tastic. Just when you think that that has the potential of being an obnoxious shade of blue, you realize that it certainly would be if not for the other colors complimenting it. In plain speak, the colors go really well together and me likey.

As far as the actual design of the template, me likey that also. It's cute and clean and well made (if you would like one by the designer, she links her in the sidebar). Basically, this template had the potential of being really cheesy but it's not. I've seen a lot of them with similar themes only the designs were shit and, really, you can only look at crappy graphics of "ladies of the night" so many times before you want to smack someone. This one is different as it isn't "ho-ish" in the least. In fact, I found it so pleasant that I think that NOTHING should be done to it. At all.

Sidebar content is fantastic. Granted, her links list goes on for fucking ever, but in this case it works as there is little else to distract from it and it's done so neatly that it goes with the feel of the blog. She has a few gadgets and widgets and sidebar artwork but it is listed so well with everything in order of size and theme... ha ha ha. It's like someone who has scrubbed the shit out of their closet and organized it into a masterpiece.

The downside is that she has a bit of advertising in there as well. I'm not sure what her reasons are for the ads but, again, they are not so obnoxious as to take away from the comfort level of the page.

Content: From reading through her archives up until present, this is a woman to respect. The blog begins with her stuck in a shitty marriage to an abusive asshole who needs to have the shit knocked out of him. She left the fucker and took her young son and moved the fuck on, which she very well should have. There are many posts that sort of chronicle this transition from married mama to single mama and to be blunt... I don't know how the fuck she does it.

But the blog does not end there. EC comes off as being a woman who snatches thoughts out of midair and slaps them in her writing. There are so many subjects discussed in here that any time you click you are reading something different and it is both refreshing and intoxicating and... very, very real. She writes how life happens... moment by moment, good,bad and everything in between whether it is a tirade of some shitbag she knows in the land offline or some television show she is obsessed with. Mix in there a few drunken posts and you have a winner.

What I love: Her. She is so fucking REAL that it is unbelievable. It is all honest writing. Sure, it could be a mommy blog, but it's not. I see that she seems to have some self doubt in her parenting but in my opinion,she is right where she belongs in this department. Her kid is awesome and her ways of describing her ordeals with him are priceless. This is a blog where no parent need be afraid to be themselves. I don't see any judgement coming from her.

What I hate: Nothing, really. If possible, can the ads, but if they are there for a personal reason then they are not intolerable.

One thing I don't get and it could just be me, but I can't seem to click on any individual posts. I'd go into your settings and enable post pages.

Suggestions: Enable post pages and don't change a fucking thing else. Oh, and unless you get oodles of spam, I'd take off the word verification on your comments. On Blogger, they glitch a lot and annoy people. But if you are the Queen of Spamalot, then keep it.

Final say: EC rocks the fucking Kasbah. Check her out!

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At August 12, 2007 at 9:38 PM, Blogger EC said...

Dude - I SO LOVE YOU!!

OMG - that is by far the best review I have ever got and let me tell you - you have just made my night!

You got it totally! Many people don't and just totally can my blog basically saying I rant about nothing, but you totally got the "realness" of me and that is what writing my blog for me is all about.

*Sigh* I think I might cry :)

Thank you SO much!!    

At August 12, 2007 at 9:39 PM, Blogger EC said...

Oh and I went to enable my posts and it already said yes, so I'm going to have to try to figure out how to do that, lol.    

At August 12, 2007 at 10:04 PM, Blogger Jack Jack said...

Ec Blogs about "nothing" don't exist. You could write about a square of asswipe and make it a very engaing post. It's all about creating mental images and invoking emotions in people with the way you spin your words and you do this very well:-)

As for the post pages, don't sweat it too much but if you DO want to enable them you may have to talk to your template designer as they may not have made the blog titles linkable in the html. I see this a LOT.    

At August 13, 2007 at 9:08 AM, Blogger Zoe said...

Woot! you can review the blogs with my designs anytime :-D ... yeah I know I forgot the post page thing will send her email to show how to enable it.    

At August 13, 2007 at 10:10 AM, Blogger Jack Jack said...

Miss Zoe, I will go a step further and do a review of your actual site as I have been there and your work is fantastic. However, I'd like to wait to do the review until I have more traffic here so that maybe it'll help give you some business. Is that okay?    

At August 13, 2007 at 10:25 AM, Blogger Bond said...

I have been to this blog and do think you were spot on in your review...    

At August 13, 2007 at 1:27 PM, Blogger MARFSBABY said...

Excellent review - I totally agree, Erin IS the bomb and I stalk her blog every day! I also love your review style - cheeky AND reviewy.

I'm putting in a review request for my own blog but please know... I'm an insecure fuck and you'll crush the living shit out of me if you're remotely critical. But be honest. K?    

At August 13, 2007 at 2:31 PM, Blogger Jack Jack said...

Marf, I'll try to be gentle :-)    

At August 13, 2007 at 7:19 PM, Blogger Starrlight said...

Another great choice!!    

At August 16, 2007 at 11:50 PM, Blogger ablondeblogger said...

Another awesome review. You have excellent taste, Jack. Erin is a long-time blogging buddy of mine and I adore her!

Okay, so you've reviewed two of my friends and have been nice, so I think I'll be brave enough to submit mine. I don't take rejection well, but it seems worth the risk here. :)    

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