When I posted about the sarcasm mark, I thought – Hmm…while I will never pay for this, maybe someone will, good luck with that. I had no idea that there was a group already in protest of the $1.99 download (although now I guess it is free for a limited time) here at http://opensarcasm.org/.
That led me to a conversation with a friend (who told me about the sarcmark to begin with) about what can be trademarked, bought, sold and how a punctuation mark (before this digital age) would never be for purchase (see, it isn’t all bon-bons and Oprah here at home). The same well-read friend mentioned that the Museum of Modern Art had purchased the @ sign. While I believed her (I really did), it seems bizarre to me that the @ sign would be for purchase (the sarcmark also sort of looks like the @ sign upside down). From the MoMA blog, Inside/Out (posted by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA):
Cheesy, right? I had Pimp Your Headlines as a title but that sounded too nasty, too close to head lice (big fear). Although I just started this blog this year, I already have a love/hate relationship with my stats. I check them daily (okay, more like twice a day but at least not hourly, like I have a problem or anything) and I do like it when more people read my blog. Go figure.
Check out this great post over at CoffeeShopBloggers from friend and fellow blogger (http://www.pragmaticmom.com) about 10 solid tips to writing great headlines for blog posts, mommy blog or otherwise. There are some good links to other great sites about how to get more traffic to your site. Disclosure – I write at Coffee Shop Bloggers, too.
Not sure I did everything I was supposed to in the article but let me know what you think.
There are quite a few strong opinions about the term Mommy blogger. I don’t particularly mind it but I do get why people take offense at this label. Are there Daddy bloggers? Yes, but if a man blogs about, oh, I don’t know, social media, is a he a daddy blogger or just if he writes about parenting is that his handle? Google “Mommy Blogger” and you get 3,470,000 results. There are clubs, discussion boards, great information and writing, like this from PhD in Parenting, Typology of the Mommy Blogger gives a great breakdown of types of Mommy Bloggers and links to them as well.
Yesterday I found great responses to the New York Times article on Mommy Bloggers. I list just a few here but there are so many more – please excuse inconsistency in showing links/articles. I am a newbie and it shows but my enthusiasm for the writing should make up for it – yes?