Hyperbole and a Half

Blogs are fun to read.  That’s why we read them.  Some blogs are about specific topics, like music, or photography or video games with facial hair.  My blog isn’t specific at all.  It’s about whatever comes to my mind.  I’ve been reading another blog that isn’t specific either.  Well, it’s only specific in the method that the writer chooses to portray her stories.

Allie Brosh, the author of Hyperbole and a Half, has an incredible talent for taking everyday anecdotes and childhood memories and turning them into gold.  She uses a great mix of narrative details, sarcasm and exaggeration and combines that with crude, yet very relevant drawings.

I especially love the stories of her childhood.  Her latest post, Wolves, tells of the tale a group of 6 year old girls playing “wolf pack” with an unsuspecting teenage boy.

Allie’s blog didn’t start with her amazing story telling ability but that’s the direction it has taken for the past year or so.  Her blog hits went from near zero to nearly 2 million hits per month.  It takes a while (up to 16 hours) to produce a story and her average is about 2 to 3 stories per month, but they’re definitely well worth the wait.

Here’s an interview with Allie that True/Slant did back in May, 2010.

I suggest you check out Hyperbole and a Half.  My guess is that you’ll be laughing in no time.


Lost in the Social Media Lingo?

Have you ever been part of a discussion about social media with people who are throwing terms around that you’ve never heard of and have no idea what they mean? Or have you ever read an article where the context of the newest social media terms don’t give any clue as to what it entails?

The following is a list of some of the most used social media terms and what they mean. Study up, do your own research on these terms then feel confident in participating in those discussions and reading those cutting edge compositions. Social media is here to stay. You may as well know what everyone’s talking about.


An archive may refer to topics from an online discussion that has been closed but saved for later reference. On blogs, archives are collections of earlier items usually organized by week or month. You may still be able to comment on archived items.

Avatars are graphical images representing people. They are what you are in virtual worlds. You can build a visual character with the body, clothes, behaviours, gender and name of your choice. This may or may not be an authentic representation of yourself.

Blogs are websites with dated items of content in reverse chronological order, self-published by bloggers. Items – sometimes called posts – may have keyword tags associated with them, are usually available as feeds, and often allow commenting. Blogs can offer readers the opportunity to comment on, and link to items. Because blog items can be made available from the site in a stream of content – known as an RSS feed – you can subscribe to them and read them through a newsreader or aggregator. That means you don’t have to visit a blog site to read it – you can pull the content to your desktop or a single website aggregator. Blogs are easy to set up, and update. Their disadvantage is that items can get buried under the growing heap of new content unless the author provides some signposting.

Blogosphere is the term used to describe the totality of blogs on the Internet, and the conversations taking place within that sphere.

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Random Acts of Kindness

With all of the negative news we hear these days including shootings, stabbings, robberies, car accidents, fraud, etc., it’s nice to read about some of the good things that are happening in life.  There really are kind people out there that go above and beyond to help someone else in their time of need.

The Winnipeg Free Press has a blog called, you guessed it… “Random Acts of Kindness.”  It features stories from people who emailed in their tales of some of the caring gestures and assistance they received from complete strangers.

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Netiquette. It Doesn’t Apply to Me, Right?

It was just a comment.  A short little quip in response to someone’s post on their blog or facebook, or a reply to a tweet.  So what?  Right?  Well, it could have detrimental effects.  And it may not even be an immediate effect.  It may come up months or even years later to bite you.

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