Saturday, April 15, 2006

Blog Review/ Haiku Contest Rules

Part 1: Blog Tour Review

I took a quick tour of other people blogs using the "NEXT BLOG" button located in the top right hand corner of most blogger blogs. Unfortunately, I didn't keep statistics, but I'd say there is an even mix of blogs based on religious missions, kinky sex, and newly newly minted parents. Other topics common themes included art, photography, plain undecipherableness, groups, manga, and teenie stuff. I didn't count the foreign language blogs - although I'd guess that Spanish was the most common language that I couldn't read. Some of the blogs were borderline content for kids - or at least they could lead to a lot of awkward questions for parents. What's a flechette for?

It was cool to compare the visual effectiveness for different backgrounds and styles. I've come to the conclusion that it might help if I used a bigger font and shorter paragraphs. If anyone knows how I can make the sidebar narrower and the main part wider, I'd appreciate advice. Please feel free to comment on how I can improve either the content or visual aspects of my blog.

Part 2: Haiku Contest

I thought it'd be fun if people had a few minutes to piece together a haiku poem and post them in the comments - I'll pick a winner next Saturday. The rules are:

  1. 3 lines - 5 syllables on the first line, 7 on the second and 5 on the third.

  2. There has to be one word or phrase that could be interpreted as a season word - but it can be relatively obscure

  3. Cutting words (i.e. a dash that splits the poem into two part) are optional, but might count for points

  4. You have to not mind me posting your poem if you win.

  5. The deadline is Friday midnight, but the comment can be attached to any post

  6. You have to identify yourself to win
7. The poems with be judged on the use of interesting words and images, overall effect and originality.


Roots sheathed in cold peat
Hungry sundews ache for blackflies –
Their nitrogen snacks

Good Luck,



Blogger Unknown said...

In your blogger template there are at least two things you have to changes. The first is in the Content sections:

#content {
margin:0 auto;
#main {
#sidebar {

I would increase the content width to 830, and like wise the main width to 600 even. Like wise in the header and footer sections increase the widths of 660 to 830.

Some tweaking or other setting may need adjustment.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

change the width
make larger the header and
footer do expand

10:28 AM  
Blogger Jennith said...

Thanks Geoff - show Erin the contest too... I bet she'd write great haiku. :D

I did fiddle with it a bit - but not the main width just the proportions


11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forest trees grow tall
Sun, moon, stars, water, earth, smile
Learn from example

Nancy N

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Amanda...

Brown paws with black mud,
Through trains along river side
exploring is fun!

There is my attempt. Been walking K's dog too much :) But it has been beautiful.
Take care.

10:44 PM  

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