Weblog Guide is Open!

About.com Guide Operations
to me


Thanks for applying. We have received your application to be an About.com Guide for Web Logs. We receive hundreds of Guide applications each week so, while we strive to review all applications as quickly as possible, it may take up to 8 weeks before you receive a response.

Please do not resubmit your application until you receive a response from us, because that will only delay us further.

We look forward to reading your application soon.

Thank you,
About.com Editorial Team

I hope they don’t literally get hundreds of applications a week. Eeek! I would really love to do this topic there. Not only is it a paying thing but I really would enjoy sharing the things I know and find with other bloggers. It would be pretty ideal. Maybe I will get it. I just think they will end up picking someone who wrote a better application, more polished and professional and skip my silly thing.

This is what I sent (pretty light on the polished and professional side):

Pick me! Pick me! Pick me! I know that sounds silly but as soon as I noticed the Weblog topic available at About I was excited and charged with energy. I would really love to become the guide for this topic. I am even experienced!

My current blog is on Blogger (beta) and has been around since June 2004. I began blogging years before, in 2000. I have used: Movable Type, Word Press, Blogger, Vox (fairly new site but exceptional!), Thingamablog (software you host yourself and update via FTP so MySQL is not required). I’ve run blog software from my own domain but have ended up using Blogger on Blogspot in part because I enjoy the community I’ve become part of there.

I am a published writer. My online content is far more relevant to blogging than offline. Currently, I am writing a blog for LockerGnome, Creative Fat Grrl. Other writing I’ve done: LockerGnome (newsletters for Windows and WebDev), HerPlanet (site for writers), Suite101 (topics for Internet newbies, writers and I managed the writing/ publishing section), BackWash (newsletters including one about the Internet, geared to web publishing) and run my own domain at thatgrrl.ca

I have been online over ten years. I’m a long time volunteer editor with the Open Directory Project, eight years there. I love web design though I’m an amateur. I have planned to take a course this year so I can have something on paper saying I know what I’m doing. I have enough working knowledge of HTML and CSS to customize my own blog templates and create and maintain my own site, thatgrrl.ca. I’m not an expert with MySQL but I have worked with it and I continue to learn and make mistakes so I can learn more.

I review and list sites in the weblog category at the Open Directory. I often find great new blogging gadgets, hosts, communities, networks, schemes, grand ideas and unique resources through working there.

Although it’s not especially relevant now I am an ASCII artist, creating art from keyboard characters. I use my digital camera and scanner (frequently) to bring new and unique content to my blog and my readers. I’ve begun teaching myself to use software so I can create my own graphics for my blog, beyond the simple banner type things I’ve done in the past.

I’m still pretty pumped up hoping to get accepted for this topic so I can’t think of other good qualifications to add right now. I’d delay sending it but would be really disappointed if I miss a deadline to submit it. Maybe this section was supposed to be formatted as a resume but I’m not a resume setter upper, I’m a writer so this is how I’ve done it. 🙂 Really looking forward to hearing from you, I will be checking my email hourly. Just kidding, I’m not quite that nutty.

What Colour is Your Blog?

Your Blog Should Be Purple

You’re an expressive, offbeat blogger who tends to write about anything and everything.
You tend to set blogging trends, and you’re the most likely to write your own meme or survey.
You are a bit distant though. Your blog is all about you – not what anyone else has to say.

DIY: FavIcon

FavIcon from Pics — how to create a favicon.ico for your website

Absolutely splendid. I made one of that stick figure grrl with the maple leaf. It’s too small to use but I like how easy it was to do with this site. I’m going to come up with a more usable image for the favicon.

FavIcon is a favourite icon. Basically, you create a small graphic (16 X 16 pixels, tiny in fact) which will show up in the address bar when someone looks at your site. It will also show up in their bookmarks alongside your site, if they bookmark your site. It’s a non-essential thing that helps make your site stand out. Plus it gives those us of who are addicted to tweaking and twiddling with their sites, something else to do. It’s not hard to create a favicon. Once you save your tiny graphic as favicon.ico you upload the file to your site, it should be in the root directory so it’s easy for web browsers to locate. Then you add the code (which I can not post in Blogger, I tried) between the head and /head tags in your HTML code. Not so hard was it!

How creative can you get with such a miniscule image? See what you can do and keep it clear to see. The smaller you make your file the blurrier it gets. Have fun, let me know if you load a favicon. I’d like to see what other tweakers and twiddlers come up with.

Wikipedia has a page about Favicons too. You can see examples there. I also found a gallery of favourite favicons.

Blog Mavens and Virtual Assistant Training

First, the Blog Mavens, providing a road map to the blogosphere. Beginner blogger training started November 10th. Not sure what they would teach but I know people who would benefit from a little CSS and confidence in their blogging empire.

Secondly, Heather and Becki work on Virtual Assistant Training too. If nothing else, beginners don’t have to start out feeling completely at sea. Of course, you do still have to get your own clients and do all that self promotion. No one can do that for you, better than you.