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Peeking into Pinterest: DIY and Dogma

Peeking into Pinterest: DIY and Dogma

Before looking into the surprisingly rich commentary found on Pinterest.com, how the website functions and its purpose will need to be examined.  Pinterest.com as a service is difficult to define because the nature of the site and the experience depends on the user. Defining something subjective is, of course, too fluid among users, but Pinterest certainly has a solid idea of how it would like to be perceived by consumers. The website explains that it is a “virtual pin board that allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you love”, (Pinterest.com, 2011).

How the Website Functions

Currently membership to the website is by invitation only; however users can request an invite directly from the website if they do not know anyone who is already a user. Once the invitation is extended (which takes approximately two days) the user is free to create an account and begin creating boards. Boards function as categories for things that interest the user (i.e., décor, recipes, photography) and are filled with pins from all over the web; each pin provides space to describe it as well as to credit the source of the pin content.  Users may view other’s boards and follow certain members or they can go to the “popular” section and see pins on all sorts of topics by various users. Additionally, there is an “everything” section that allows users to view specific categories of boards with pins from all users. All pins posted to the site have a comment feature that is accessible to all users, although the original user who pinned the image can remove comments or the pin altogether.

 Purpose and Profit

Considering that the founders of Pinterest were able to raise $27 million in venture capital (Belz, 2011), investors believe Pinterest has potential to make money. Pinterest, like many free services on the web, is offering interaction in exchange for information; that information is worth millions to advertisers and software developers. As tech writer Steve Cheney explains:

 And perhaps most notably, though it will surely take a while, Pinterest is already   threatening to monetize, as thoseMidwesthousewives are literally using it for shopping   discovery, which Pinterest can profit off of by taking attribution for purchases that     originate off its platform. I know several friends who’ve purchased stuff spontaneously     via random discovery on the site. I expect Pinterest to be thriving a year from now (my  guess is 30 million users next Thanksgiving) and also spawn hundreds of copycat startups   in other verticals (“Pinterest for that”), (Cheney, 2011).

 

Interpretation of Content

 Pinterest is primarily visual and the website is visually striking as soon as the webpage appears. The draw of the website is browsing pins that are images, essentially a picture book of ideas and gathering inspiration from others. The layout of the pins puts discussion as secondary to the visual experience.  Etiquette rules for Pinterest are few and simple, among them are no nudity or hateful content, credit sources and avoid self promotion. Based on how the layout would appear to want users to interact—quick and short-winded– it was surprising to see such heated and lengthy debates blossom on the site. Also, coming upon a controversial pin among scores of pretty hair-dos and brownie recipes is a mix of refreshing and confusing, and those sentiments were confirmed in the comments found about those pins. Many users seemed to share the idea that controversy or edgy content is not what Pinterest is for. The site management doesn’t seem to be entirely sure about the definition of appropriate. We can see this contrast among user’s opinions in the comments regarding a pin about school reform, shown below.

 One curse word led to over thirty comments ranging from disgust to accolade, user Rachel Bland commented, I get on here to see ideas not bad language and arguing!!!!! This is supposed to be ideas and neat things not this garbage!” From a completely different angle user Savannah Guernsey states, “This is why I love the internet. It’s not censored–so refreshing.” And regarding the reform issue, not the curse word Jen Van Brasch writes, “Y’all are missing the point. It’s a message that says “CARE ALREADY!!” when it comes to our schools. Be a grownup and ignore the language for the message. Goodness!”

Beyond the battles about language, appropriateness and what Pinterest is and is not for users eventually realize that the original pin was posted by someone from inside Pinterest, and on its “best of” board. But Pinterest rules say no curse words; this one pin is an example of the larger kinks and ambiguous intent to be navigated when the questions are raised: what is Pinterest for and who decides what is appropriate?  

Community

    If one were to envision the founders of Pinterest based on the demographics of the users a group of Christian, conservative, white, thin, mainstream women would be expected. Actually, the founders of Pinterest are mostly men, and fairly diverse. According to information from the website, Pinterest has nine investors, only one of which is a woman. The team that runs the website is a group of 14, five women and 9 men. Looking at pictures of the staff, diversity is apparent. The group has African-American, Asian,Latinaand Caucasian employees. Yet, in the blogosphere the lack of diversity is not unnoticed as blogger Justina Blakeney points out:

 The more I tune into it, the more I notice segregation. If I see a black face on a design blog, most of the time the blog’s author is a person of color.  Frida Kahlo is just about the      onlyLatinaI ever see represented on design blogs. Looking at my Pinterest feed, I notice  picture after picture of Christina Hendrix, of Audrey Hepburn, Kate Moss or skinny blond  women twisting their hair into fancy updos, of bride after bride after bride, all with the same pale skin and wispy hair, (Blakeney, 2011).

Another blogger, Deirdre James shares similar sentiment when she writes:

 But it’s not all rainbows and lollipops. Pinterest does have its issues. Sometimes it can be   a little too Mommy & Me. I enjoy the fashion, cutting edge design, and provocative  photography, not babies in baskets. Also, I don’t see a lot of diversity on Pinterest. You see more Jennifer Anistons than Jennifer Hudsons and Jennifer Lopezs if you catch my  drift, (James, 2011).

The lack of diversity is not limited to ethnicity either. On any given visit debates about religion, body image, feminism, and sexuality are seen. Some of the more controversial pins and the wide range of reactions are shown below: 

 

 

Cindy Conrad TOTALLY offensive. I am a Christian and believe what the Bible says. I have friends that are homosexuals, but they don’t throw it in my face – or better yet – they don’t put it on the internet for children to see 😦 but if it is in the Bible (and it is), then the Bible says it, I believe it and that settles it. I have 4 children – and they were taught at a very early age, that homosexuality was wrong – an abomination. Now – I have five very lovely grandchildren. And homosexuality is a choice – just like infidelity.

Alexandra Machado Hurts my feelings 😦 Cindy will never know what it’s like to be shamed for loving somebody…. Cindy, I grew up 10 years in catholic school, and its people like you who kill me and after day…. When I had my first girlfriend I was told by religious bigots like you that I was an ABOMINATION. How does that feel to people like Jesse and I? I have attempted suicide 3 times! My life is a struggle, every day because of people like you… I am a psych student working with special ed children and you call ME an abomination? I was born this way. I save people and I love everyone, not because I am a Christian… I am not. Because of people who call themselves good Christians like you. I am a good person, and I love everyone because it is RIGHT and YOU are a terrible person, I hope one day somebody can help your blind eyes see. I am not an abomination for having loved another woman!

  

 This picture shows young children in a grown up romatic pose, some say cute others say disturbing…

                Amber Lancaster Aww..I love this

Abbey Charlow Ummm I am very disturbed by this picture.

 

 

This was posted in humor, only one comment was posted, which read “LOL”.

  stereotypes…

 

Nancy Corley oxymoron

Why does there appear to be such a lack of diversity among the contributors? Part of the answer may be that many reach the site by invitation and people generally have friends with similar interests and world views. Another aspect is the way the site functions, the re-pin button allows users to browse the site without ever contributing their own content, but simply re-pinning someone else’s pin. Those who take the time to search and pin outside of Pinterest with new pins are shaping the content more so than the re-pinners.  Slate magazine writer Farhad Manjoo offers a piece of the lack of diversity puzzle, “the site is based in Palo Alto, Calif., its founder, Ben Silberman, is from Des Moines, Iowa, and he has said that the site first caught on among women in the Midwest, (Manjoo, 2011). Considering the demographic of the website’s original users, finding more conservative, religious, mainstream, female driven content is not surprising.

The great thing about Pinterest is that its identity is fluid and customizable. A user can stick to only the boards that interest them, or follow only those they know, you could visit Pinterest without ever visiting the popular board, which has pins from all users. While advocating an insular experience in the community is not ideal, the point is this website has the potential to be diverse or remain repetitive– if that is where the users take it. Although one group may be a dominant presence today, another group may begin to shape the content tomorrow. For instance, there are not many male members at this time, but the more men who join could change the landscape.

Lynette Walczak, a Pinterest user, blogger and contributor to the funtimesguide.com actually wrote an article encouraging more men to join Pinterest, even listing several men’s pages to encourage new users. She wrote:

   The trick is to think outside the box to make Pinterest work for you! So, what do you        think?… Does Pinterest work for guys? What would a site like Pinterest for guys look   like? (Hint: If you build it, they will come.)The fact of the matter is Pinterest can be  whatever you want it to be. If you start sharing things there that interest you, you can bet  that others with those same interests will find you and start sharing similar  things!,(Walczak, 2011).

The one thing all Pinterest users have in common is they love the idea of sharing ideas. The users at this stage cannot agree on what content is appropriate for Pinterest, but they can agree that they all want access to shared ideas in this visually rich format. Because this site is new it is almost viewed as an unclaimed piece of digital land, and there are strong opinions in the community about what should be put on this land. Clearly the comments that seek to convey the dominance of one group or another show that the users have a vested interest. This interest stems from the fact that Pinterest is unique, not so much in its idea of bookmarking, but in its easy-to-use format with a place to visit where you can look at everything that makes you happy. You do not have to be tech savvy to play on Pinterest, and this is what consumers are demanding and responding to now that access to the internet has become commonplace.

The Business of a Pin

This paper has looked at how Pinterest functions as a website, the content found there, the way the users interact and some of the issues that need to be addressed. The interest in Pinterest is not purely organic; companies are taking notice, although no paid advertising has made it to the website yet. Whole Foods and West Elm now have user pages on Pinterest (MacMillan, 2011). On the user side of the experience the value of the site may seem fairly simple; we just love to pin cool things. On the business side of it, Pinterest is rather new. As explained by the founder, Ben Silberman “People are planning their vacation, they are redecorating their home, they are planning their wardrobe,” he says. “They are going to Pinterest to get inspiration for the most important life projects, which correlate to the most important purchasing events in their life.”

Pinterest has done some things differently, for starters according to industry experts the website bypassed the typical male dominated, tech bubble that budding social networking sites seem to pass through.

   About 70 percent of users are female, another rarity for young Web services, which   usually grow by relying on word-of-mouth amongSilicon Valley’s (mostly male)      insiders. “It is hard to call it a business—it’s more a phenomenon,” says Eventbrite Chief Executive Officer Kevin Hartz, an early investor, (MacMillan, 2011).

Part of the charm of pinterest is the imperfectness of it. Yes, there are pins that grow tired, and themes that get boring throughout, but it is a haven compared to the information seeking ploys that saturate Facebook. When a user visits Pinterest currently there are no advertising gimmicks, it is fairly pure. How the website will maintain this charm remains to be seen, as advertisers are getting excited about Pinterest. Women have long been known to be the spenders in the household, and Pinterest is used mostly by younger women with disposable income (Alexa.com, 2011)—a very enticing group for retailers. A study was done in 2009 by Lee et al. comparing consumer created vs. marketer created online communities. The study hypothesized that users of consumer generated websites would be more likely to engage in genuine discussion, feedback and trust of a product if the community was consumer created. The researchers surmised:

   Specifically, consumers’ attribution of intrinsic motives of altruism to the marketer-   created online brand community was discounted, but such attribution was strongly  generated when consumers browsed the consumer created online brand community. Such  attribution patterns, in turn, significantly influenced consumers’ online brand community         engagement behaviors directly, as well as indirectly through their social identification    motivations…One possible approach is to develop a platform of online brand  communities encouraging consumers to voluntarily share and exchange their ideas rather  than imposing the corporation’s own ideas such as sales coupons or sweepstakes. (Lee et        al., 2009)

Pinterest appears to be doing just this, by offering a pure approach for people to share ideas online, and about tangible things we like. But the start-up needs to make money. Here in this merge of genuine curator users and incredible brand potential is where Pinterest is the new kid on the block, and the tech and advertising worlds are watching. Pinterest has the weight of ‘keeping it real’ on their shoulders now that everyone knows who they are. Not only through the experience of the user, by not becoming prizes at an advertising county fair, but through the content as well by offering more diversity and a more defined look at Pinterest quality appropriateness. Pinterest may end up being the start of what we remember as the new web evolving into something of a blend between user content and advertising from mass used sites. Currently advertising is dominating our experiences and shaping what we see and share, even though many of us are not aware of it while we play ‘adver-games’ and do our Google searches. Now that the world is discovering Pinterest, will the content change to reflect something other than mainstream ideals, but keep its organic feel? In order for the website to grow and appeal to more people it will have to, the diversity is what will keep it fresh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

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Doohwang, L., Hyuk Soo, K., & Jung Kyu, K. (2011). The Impact of Online Brand Community Type on Consumer’s Community Engagement Behaviors: Consumer-Created vs. Marketer-Created Online Brand Community in Online Social-Networking Web Sites. Cyberpsychology, Behavior & Social Networking, 14(1/2), 59-63. doi:10.1089/cyber.2009.0397

A Crappy Day Brightened with Salad Dressing

A Crappy Day Brightened with Salad Dressing.

One day these Handout boots are gonna walk all over you

**actually I did get laid off in July of 2011 and I am collecting unemployment-BUT I am looking for work in my field!***

In the wake of the HR bill being passed and signed into law today I have some thoughts I absolutely must put out into the world. No one has to read this at all (and perhaps no one will) and I will still feel better just having said my piece. Much of the rhetoric I have heard about this on the against side of the fence sounds something like: “No Handouts!” “Why Should we pay for Illegal Immigrants?” “The Government is shoving this bill down our throats!” “We don’t want the government deciding about our healthcare, I want to make my own choices!” “People need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and take responsibility for their own choices in life!”, “We are becoming socialists and broke!”
I have read the bill. Now, perhaps not all approx 2000 pages line by line, but I feel I have a comfortable understanding of the bill and I support it. Do I think it’s a work of perfection? Absolutely not, but a work in progress? Absolutely. A catalyst for desperately needed change in this country? Certainly. This is a complex issue and it’s hard to zero in on concrete items to debate so I am addressing the ideals and/or comments being spewed out there by ultra conservatives that personally piss me off. Comments from people like Glen Beck and basically the entire cast of yahoos over at Fox news who imply that everyone who supports this bill is looking for some sort of hand out. NOT TRUE. I, personally, am not looking for hand outs, I am looking for the same opportunities as everyone else and a “level” playing field in life. The good ole’ “Bootstrap” speech. Well in some cases it’s fitting, but in this instance it isn’t. The poor don’t have boots, let alone straps. They are barefoot and standing in a pile of “too bad, so sad -capitalist- boomer-ultra conservative- I have a comfortable life and so does my family- not my problem- too bad you are stuck in the cycle of poverty- my family was lucky enough to have opportunities in the post WWII Boom- Even though my ancestors are immigrants who were able to succeed and most likely got a start in this country illegally-bullshit”. Oh, I’m going there. Why is it so hard for some people to wrap their head around the fact that the good of this nation depends on the wellness of all its citizens? So you don’t want the government to pay for a disadvantaged person’s healthcare, education, housing? But let me guess, when said disadvantaged person breaks into your gated community and burglarizes your home because they were not educated from a young age about the importance of breaking the cycle of poverty you will call the police no? Because there needs to be order implemented by a governing body surely to protect everything you “worked” for right? And you alone were able to supply yourself with all the provisions and education required to obtain success in life correct? Your parents didn’t help you get started in life? No one ever provided you with financial assistance, a down payment on a home? You didn’t borrow money from the government to earn that degree that landed you that great paying job that allows you live in a comfortable home behind the gate? Why call the police, grab your gun, defend yourself, it’s all for one, never mind the one for all part- we don’t need that. What amazes me most about issues like this is the complete lack of understanding of what it truly means to be disadvantaged here in America. I know what it means. I lived it first hand for 18+ years and I am still struggling to keep up with everyone else and close the gap. Without our Federal Government saying I should have been helped as a child I would not have had any healthcare so I most likely would have died of some preventable disease such as measles or chickenpox, which I had, thankfully there was the health dept. I would not have had food on many nights, thankfully there are subsidized charities that fed me. I would not be able to read and write and be eligible for higher education, thankfully I went to public schools. Once I graduated from High school I would not have been able to afford to attend college, thankfully there were grants. In fact even on Christmas when most kids were in their homes celebrating, enjoying gifts and feasting,I was at home (if we were lucky enough to have one at the time) waiting on deliveries from federally subsidized charities and donations from people who cared for a holiday ham and a gift or two. The point is, without the government stepping in where my parents failed miserably I would be dead or uneducated and continuing the cycle that so many do. These programs do work. I am living proof. Sure there are those who will abuse it, there always has been and there always will be. But there are those who if given even one boot, will find a way to stand on it and make it useful and eventually buy their own boots, and maybe yours too. I am so grateful to our government for not abandoning me, for giving me a shot at a better life. That’s all many are hoping for, not handouts, not to be lazy and expect someone else to pay. The problem that faces many of us “bootless” now is that even with the tools and the determination it isn’t enough to get yourself out on the field. This is not the same land of opportunity it was in 1950. Just because I show up and want to work hard doesn’t mean I will achieve anymore. The gap is getting too wide. This is not the same America where one could start at the bottom of a company and through pure determination climb to the top anymore. Now it’s more like, we won’t talk to you about this position or any other unless you have this forty thousand dollar piece of paper saying you are worthy. Oh you can’t afford that piece of paper or maybe it will take you longer than it should to get it? Hmm…NEXT! And the door slams. Never mind the fact that the same position only required a will to learn 40 years ago, you just needed to show up. We are showing up, the problem is the address has been changed. Oh you did manage to get that valuable piece of paper, wonderful the job is yours! Great now I can buy a home in a nice neighborhood and settle into the American dream, not so fast. You want to own a home? HAHAHA on what you make? Sorry, home ownership is a luxury item now, as well as healthcare, education and any hopes at saving money since the cost of living is so out of whack. This is what my generation of “bootless” are facing. I still include myself because I have had to work three times as hard in my life to get to the same level as any one of my friends who simply lucked out with stable somewhat normal parents. But I have never been on welfare as an adult, I have never collected unemployment, I made a conscience choice to not procreate and add to the problem of unwed welfare mothers and I make too much for medicaid but I can’t currently pay off my medical bills and pay the rent. I am about to start working on completing my Bachelors degree this fall and I will have some 30K in debt to look forward to when I graduate just so I can hope to get a job I don’t hate. I have cleaned toilets, worked 3 jobs, spent 10 years plugging away at college while working all just to get where I am now, which is still pretty far behind the average person my age. Again these programs do work, and when I graduate someday I will contribute back to society and to our government happily as would most who are just looking for a “footstool” in our relentless have and have not society. Good for you if you were spared from a life of relentless poverty and all of its accompanying evils, but don’t chastise our government for extending a helping hand to those of us who were not so fortunate, don’t demand that be taken away otherwise your manicured lawns will be trampled, your gates will be broken down- brick by pretty painted brick, and that security guard you pay to stop it? He will be on OUR side because he also can’t afford his employer’s healthcare option so he doesn’t have meds for his manic episodes, and he’s kinda ticked because he wants to start a college fund for his son but no can do with the cost of living at his wage, and he dreams of home ownership everyday that he shows up to work watching you come and go in your nice new car but all he can do is stare at your house and wonder what it must be like. Yes he will help, and at that point I suggest you put on your standard issue “NON HANDOUT” Boots and grab your guns and the rest of your hypocritical ideals because you will need them.

The Experienced Intern and Other Oxymorons

As you wouldn’t know, I was laid off from my job about six months ago. After my mental hysteria and visions of tent- living subsided, I decided to increase my credit load at school from full time to really full time (adding an extra class). One more class sounds nominal, but my program runs in ten week sessions so the pace and volume of work is nothing to eye-roll me about.

Anyhow,  I applied for a grant and I got it, so with help from the grant, savings and unemployment I have been diligently working at my studies and bumped up my graduation to spring of this year.

This all sounds fine and dandy until I have to explain to the unemployment office that currently I am almost qualified for a real job in the field that I am going to school for, but I cannot land said real job until I get very close to or have graduated (and then how long to find one in my field?). So I decide an internship (hopefully with some sort of pitiful pay) will keep the unemployment folks happy, allow me to finish school on time, and learn something of value with real hands on experience. Wow, tell me more?! For 19.99 you can have it all…er…sorry…okay, where was I…ah yes my beautiful compromise.

I begin searching the internet (or cloud if you’re fancy) for internships. I wrap that up at hour five or so and I feel a bit disheartened. For some odd ball crazy reason I thought internships were for college students who wanted to learn the ropes or tie bootstraps- you know what I mean. For people who have not exactly accomplished amazing feats just yet. Well, I may have been mistaken.

I cannot even remember how many times I read listings that wanted interns with publishing experience, international travel(!) and/or several clips to offer up. I am a broke unemployed college student who is 100% responsible for making sure I have a place to sleep and food to eat. How am I traveling internationally? Do tell.

Oh that’s right, college students have endless time, access to funds, no commitments < look it’s me over there in [insert chic international travel locale] meandering off the beaten path with my tattered world map, Jesus sandals and trusted old travel pack, yep just me and my bucket list!> Okay, so the travel thing may be a bit elevated, but clips and publishing experience are pretty normal right? Well, yes and no. Here’s the thing—I go to a great school, and I will plug it here . No really, it is. I have learned all the things someone working in communications would need to know to get started. I’ve got ethics, editing & proofreading, statistics, crisis communication strategies, marketing strategies, social media knowledge, feature writing exercises, and this semester I am learning more than I ever knew existed about HTML, web editing/design and metrics.

But my school does not have a school paper or student run website/radio station/something I need to get an internship in communications. I do not have clips, I do not have 3 to 5 letters of recommendation ( I have one, and it’s jazzy!), I do not have the funds to move to New York City for 3-6 months and not be paid (and even If I did, I hardly see being able to afford to live in anything other than a refrigerator box there). I do not have experience with all the savvy publishing industry tools yet, but I have been told there is this ancient practice called on the job training. And I must admit I was completely naive to the elitist attitude that seems to ooze from some areas of the communications industry. Had I known that seeking a degree from an online program– and a school that does not have a school paper– would have such an ick factor for potential employers perhaps I would have just kept my head down and continued to be a good little secretary and put my passions and hopes for a career based in writing on the same back shelf as home ownership and health insurance. I was also naive or misinformed about what entry- level means. In this economy I suppose it means having a degree and several years of experience, whoops my bad! My program is designed for working adults-you know, people who rely on a paycheck to survive, not just to pay rent to mom and dad or for car insurance. This was one of the reasons I chose this program, because at the time I was a working adult who wanted/needed to complete my bachelor’s degree online while I worked. Here is something to chew on:

The Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) reports that students who are over 25 make up 47 percent of the new and returning student population on many of today’s college campuses. Obtained from: http://www.back2college.com/library/faq.htm

Considering that non-traditional students now make up almost HALF of student populations—shouldn’t employers consider the different circumstances (read: bills, jobs, families, career changes) that accompany those students? In fact, I wouldn’t even be able to consider an internship (which puts me at a disadvantage) if I had not been laid off from my full time job.

I don’t need to visit Tibet (not that I wouldn’t love to) or produce clips on the local college happenings to contribute quality ideas and solid work to an editorial team or to any entry-level job in communications. I am sorry that I haven’t logged 900 hours of volunteer time. I regret that I have not built up my network <wink wink>. I also apologize that I choose to wear contact lenses and forgo the nerd chic eye-wear and/or funky leggings that every intern in EVERY (okay well not all of them) my-life- as- an- intern-at- super- cool- place video seems to wear. But I do have real business world experience, and I am eager to learn the industry and really absorb an opportunity such as an internship. I am not just looking for a blip for my resume. So how about us non-traditionals?

Creative you say? Here is your number, the line starts here…

Okay, I am skipping all the fluffy and proper introductions and getting straight to my first mini post. How humbled were you when you went to sign up for your ingenious, original blog and discovered—much like a wet towel to the back of your thigh—that other people have already mined your brilliant satirical gold   so-so name for your blog?! Hard lesson one of blogging: you are not that original. Hard lesson two: your computer is too old to keep up with the constant saving and “see it live” feature. Ahem, well having chosen a perfectly acceptable name and learned to type in Word and paste into WP, let’s move on. I am a communications student who is about to graduate. I need a blog to showcase my writing. Job ads make love to Word Press. Many ads go something like this: blah blah blah, duties include blah blah, self starter, blah blah blah social media blah blah blah Adobe blah blah blah Word Press, and then I hear heavy breathing off in the distance. So I am coming to the water to drink or fish or something like that. I think blogging is kind of a waste of time…unless you have something to offer other than mildly humorous musings about this crazy thing called life (read: cliché’) <chuckle, chuckle, intense gaze out to important something>. So this blog will be about something; I am not sure what just yet, but SOMETHING. It will certainly not just be my point of view on everyday blah blah blah. Why yes, yes you are right—good writers make everyday blah blah blah interesting. Perhaps there will be some of that– but I have no undiscovered superstar blogger fantasies– I need to write to show people who are in charge of people who write that they should consider paying me to write. After all, I do have this shiny new Bachelor’s degree <shiny new thing noise!>. I will be getting back to this blog about something very soon; hopefully something that warrants discussion!

 

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