The change in the look of the blog. No worries, things will be tweaked shortly. All I can say is that “hey, what does this do!” migh not be the smartest move when working in a wordpress blog.
It’s an unavoidable evil of blogging these days, since blogs are the new marketing frontier, both from the publishing and the commenting end, these comments from marketing agents posing as “readers.” But it’s already getting tiresome.
I own my own business. I have to market this blog, and my fragrances. I get that marketing is necessary. So, in an effort not to have to mark every marketer who posts here as a spammer, here’s a few tips for you all that you will also definitely find on pro-blogging and pro-marketing websites:
1. Keep your comments relevant to the post. I just had to delete a comment from a marketing agent directing me to try a business completely unrelated to the one I was posting about. This was just in poor taste, because it was an attempt to draw attention away from a small business. This relates to my second comment, which is:
2. Research the blog before you post to it if you have a specific company’s agenda in mind. The non-relevant business in the comment I just deleted has actually been mentioned several times in this blog. I even have a search window on the front page to make finding out this information easy and fast.
3. Check the about sections – I don’t post about sales because I do NOT advocate blind consumerism and plus size customers are already overcharged for their very existence; however, if you’ve got something really unique that will answer to a plussie fashion problem, I will gladly be all over it.
4. Remember that I know who you are. I do log IPs, and I do check on names and accounts if they seem fishy. I do this STRICTLY to weed out marketers posing as the ordinary consumer. If the marketeer behaves well, the marketer will be rewarded by having his/her comments published along with everyone else’s. Good behavior is rewarded by allowing your voice to be heard.
5. And last of all, if you really want your company’s voice to be heard on this blog, and you can’t agree to these terms within the content, buy some advertising if there’s space open. It won’t protect you from criticism if you turn out something *really* bad, but it will make sure you have a raised profile to my readers.
For those of you concerned after the bridge collapse in my beloved Minneapolis, the house of Fat Chic is just fine. My boyfriend and I were over in Saint Paul when the bridge collapsed, and because I absolutely hate that highway, we won’t be too terribly affected by its loss. For people wishing to help, please donate blood, or if unable to do so, you can also donate to the
Red Cross disaster relief fund. Thank you, bless you – but please don’t forgot that New Orleans still needs a whole lot more help, and is a far less prosperous city than mine.
Fat Chic will be on a brief hiatus this week while I prepare for the Twin Cities Gay Pride celebration. Magickal Realism will have a booth there,Â and with a 300,000 person walk through, it must have all my attention. So at the moment all my attention must go to filling vials and cleaning up spills.
I want to apologize for the deluge of non-relevant del.iciou.us links over the past couple weeks. You signed up here to read about plus fashion, not about strange things like disappearing bees. In my enthusiasm to make this blog more usable to you, I wound up turning a few things on that don’t play well together, and I realize that you may have missed a whole lot of actual content as a result. For this, I apologize. I am working to correct these issues, so that you can read your Bloglines, Newsgators, and Google readers in peace without confusion.
I’ve removed the membership requirement on this blog for a trial basis. Use it wisely, use it well.
I admit I’m a code amateur, so there are times where unfortunately my readers may have to tolerate some embarrassing boo-boos as I find my way around html for the second or third time in my life. One of those frustrations? Comments are not playing well with my blog. I don’t know if it’s a Firefox thing – I generally work in Opera and hop over here for Firefox blog work, and hop back to Opera where I can organize my bookmarks as I go.
This leaves me a in position where I can’t answer comments, and there’s been some good ones.Â I don’t want to call people out of their forum of comfort just because I can’t code worth a darn. So if I don’t answer comments, I’m not ignoring you – and I will, hopefully, respond.
For Glen: I consider corsets outerwear. :)