The idea of 7 Quick Takes Friday comes from blogger Jennifer Fulwiler, who hosts it weekly at her site, Conversion Diary.
Normally, this blog is read by a handful of friends and family members. I don't usually get a lot of comments from people I don't know.
A couple of weeks ago, I was a little surprised to find a comment on a post from someone I didn't recognize. Later, I discovered that a friend who works for a publisher had linked to my post in one of his employer's blogs. Ah, that explained it. And then, I discovered another link to that post on the blog of an Anglican priest in South Africa.
While a few new visitors don't exactly make this blog Grand Central Station, that tiny uptick in traffic gives me a thrill. (Yeah, that person standing on the street corner holding a sign that reads "Will blog for attention"? That's me.)
So if you're here from Koinonia or Biblical Paths, welcome!
Last weekend, I was on facebook and this random pair of ads appeared on my home page:
|I always feel like somebody's watchin' me...|
Amusing, yet creepy.
This week, ArtPrize opened. This is the second year for the event, and it has expanded tremendously.
One of my favorite pieces from last year is Tracy VanDuinen's lively mosaic "Imagine That," a 100-foot long mural permanently installed on the outside of the Grand Rapids Children's Museum. (Of course, given the name of this blog, it should come as no surprise that I'd like a mosaic.)
This piece is a continual blessing to the city, and makes me smile every time I pass by.
|Imagine That, by Tracy Van Duinen, Corey Van Duinen, and Todd Osborne|
Something about this iPad cover reminds me of an old Dilbert cartoon:
|If you give a mouse an iPad, she's going to want an Etch-a-Sketch cover for it...|
Oh, yes... here it is. Beloved by people in tech support everywhere:
I follow several blogs. You can see some of them in the sidebar. (Odd combination, I know.)
And I've been using Bloglines to make that a little more efficient. But a couple of weeks ago, Bloglines announced it was pulling up stakes, folding its tent and leaving Blogville on October 1. Sigh.
So now, I'm getting used to Google Reader, and it has its pluses (much more consistent performance and no advertising)... but it's so... bland.
It's like when you move to a state that borders Canada after living nearly your entire life in states that border Mexico, and you go into a local restaurant in your new Canada-bordering location and order a burrito, and the side of salsa they bring you tastes as if it just came out of a can labeled Del Monte Stewed Tomatoes.
Not that I would know anything about that.
Oh, and speaking of bland. I've been told by a good friend that my blog needs a redesign.
This was pointed out in response to my thought that maybe, in light of the events recalled in take #1 above, I should step up my game, post more often, write better, and update the background. My friend agreed that yes, it's definitely time to change the background.
(Pam's Rule of Friendship: A good friend will tell you when the back of your dress is tucked into your underwear and you're unintentionally mooning the room. I hope you can see how this applies to blogging. If not, this little side-journey was just for me.)
So, rest assured, fair reader — efforts are underway. The background and graphics and whatnot will soon be different. (Hopefully better.)
But if you're reading this blog using Google Reader, you'll never know the difference.
Finally, here's a terrific little video, in case you haven't seen it:
I love how the actors are listed in the credits.