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“Once upon a time, there existed a site called Humor-Blogs.com” t-shirts now available

Humor-Blogs.com t-shirt

Humor-Blogs.com t-shirt Johnny B. Truant version?

In all seriousness, though, I did write a complimentary review of the novel from the asshat who founded the site on my other blog and Johnny B. Truant actually likes the book too as evidenced in this post here. I have to admit that the novel wasn’t half-bad, considering the author is an asshat.

Author’s note: I have to give credit where credit is due with my wife, Kim, being the first person I know to use the phrase “tits up,” so I co-opted it from her. But don’t wield the phrase around lightly, warns a user on this forum: “Just so everyone is certain, this is a slang phrase and should not be said to someone who just lost a relative, etc. ‘I’m so sorry your dad went tits up’ would be a terrible faux pas.”

Looking on the bright side of the death of Humor-Blogs.com

What do you do when you hear of the death of a humor blog directory that helped you get to where you are today? Yep, nowhere but with lots of funny friends with whom you all have gotten there together.

A. Mock it with a question as above.

B. Curl up in a fetal position for several days and bemoan the loss to all the world via Facebook, Twitter and now your blog.

C. Call up your sister and leave her a cryptic message, making her think that you have a real emergency.

D. Eulogize it with a blog post in which you provide lots and lots of links to many of the blogs of those funny friends you met on the directory that was more than a directory to some of us. It was family, man, family!!!!

E. All of the above

Personally, I’m opting for E. Okay, I won’t lie, I didn’t curl up in a fetal position for several days. It was only several hours I was in the fetal position and I’m glad most of these people aren’t in my family, because many of them are batshit crazy, but the rest is true, including the part about calling up my sister, Lisa, author of the blog Boondock Ramblings.

It all began this past Friday when I learned of the death of Humor-Blogs.com (because of hackers) from a blogger friend of mine, Kathy Frederick of The Junk Drawer, one of the many bloggers that I met through the site.

Okay, not really. According to my wife, Kim of Dispatches From the Northern Outpost, it began when a friend of hers sent a link to a post about a JCPenney catalog by a blogger named Johnny Virgil on his blog named 15 Minute Lunch.

Based on that one post, my wife read his entire archive and discovered Humor-Blogs.com, which she then joined.

Then she introduced both my sister and me to the site, and we joined. The rest is history. We all went nowhere together like the lyrics to that Billy Joel song: “And we would all go nowhere together/ We said we’d all go nowhere together/ Yes we would all go nowhere together.” And so we did, except we had cameras, we didn’t pass the hash pipe (we were selfish with each of us having his own hash pipe and keeping all the hashish for himself) and we haven’t suffered any PTSD (as we’ve dealt with our stress with laughter and, of course, hashish).

Who are we? Well, over this weekend, I’ve thought about that and here’s an incomplete list of those I remember whom I met through the site, many of whose blogs I still read and which I encourage you also to read, if you don’t already:

Rob Kroese (Mattress Police), the founder of Humor-Blogs.com and author of Mercury Falls

Jenn Thorson (Of Cabbages and Kings)

Jeff Lee (View from the Cloud)

Brent Diggs (The Ominous Comma)

Joel Bezaire (Crummy Church Signs)

Leigh Floyd (leighonline)

Muskrat

Chris Cameron (Angry Seafood)

Don Lewis (Its A Funny Thing)

Meg (Prefers Her Fantasy Life)

Margaret Andrews (Nanny Goats in Panties)

Doug (Taunt Vortex)

Jamie (Mad Science)

Michael Wolfe (Predator Press)

Mark A. Rayner (The Skwib)

Harris Bloom (Why Me? The Life and Times of Harris Bloom)

Renal Failure

Lincoln McCardle (Canucklehead)

KiKi Walter (flibbertigibbet)

Leeuna Foster (My Mind Wandered…and it never came back!)

Candice Sonnier Stroh (Life According to Candice)

Sue Erwin Seese (Farvel Cargo)

Julia D. (Homemade Hilarity)

Sandy (Wit’s Bitch)

John Bray (Nonamedufus)

Daddy Papersurfer

Catherinette Singleton (Bridget Jones Has Nothing on Me)

Bee (Bee’s Musings)

Chelle B. (The Offended Blogger)

John J. Savo (The Authoring Auctioneer, now The Savo Auctioneers)

Don Kingery (Beyond Left Field)

Johnny B. Truant

Alice (Honey Pie)

Shawn (The Shark Tank)

The Acorn King

JD (I Do Things So You Don’t Have To)

Kathcom (The Magick Sandwich)

Lord Likely

Kevin (Always Home and Uncool)

ReformingGeek (Confessions of a Reforming Geek)

Nooter the Dog

LOTGK (Grassy Knoll Institute)

Haley Keppel (Talk of the Dog)

brookeamanda (now Babbling Brooke)

VE (VE’s Fantastical Nonsense)

Thaddeus (Army of Epiphenomenon)

The Office Scribe (Asleep Under My Desk)

Siren (Idiot Girl In Action)

Lidian (Kitchen Retro)

Matt (formerly of That Tears It… and of late, featured on Review Spew)

Bex (The Blog of Bex)

The Johnson’s Zoo

Uncle Beau (The Nothing Report)

Deb (Debbie Does Drivel)

Kirsten (The Soccer Mom Files)

Greg Johnson (The Trials of a Madman)

Unfortunate Names

Dorky Dad

Sam Fracas (fracas)

HappyHourSue (Happy Meals and Happy Hour)

Tricia (papercages)

Rickey Henderson (Riding with Rickey)

As is my custom, when I don’t know how to end a post, I turn to the ubiquitous YouTube:

Thanks, Rob, for the memories and all the bloggers I was able to meet through your site, among them the bloggers listed here, many of whose blogs still live on. As Brent Diggs said on my Facebook page after I eulogized there, “Thanks for the memories, let’s keep making them.” Let it be so.

WTF (Mostly) Wordless Wednesday #3: SNOW!?!?

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Okay, I know it’s just a little snow where you can even see grass and nothing like what my wife experienced in her trip yesterday around Pennsylvania AND New York states. But hey, at least, I had my own photo and didn’t just Google it. It was taken this morning right outside my window where is it any wonder our neighbor has his house for sale? I don’t blame him for wanting to get the f**** (that stands for “freak”, Mom and Dad, in case you’re wondering, notice the extra asterik, just like the “f” above in “WTF” stands for What The Fahrvenugen) out of Dodge with snow already and it’s not even Thanksgiving.

What can I say? I’m a weather wuss. I saw a group of cross country runners from the local college out running in shorts today and all I could think, it was too ball shrinking cold to be out there. Even if it is above freezing.

Oh, that definition at UrbanDictionary.com? Dallas has got nothing on northcentral Pennsylvania. Of course, if you live in Canada, you can go ahead and put your mocks of me in the comments. I just asked for it by putting up the picture above, with grass still visible, didn’t I?

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Sick of all the political hype leading up to the election and just want a break from it all? Then click Humor-Blogs.com and, of course, VOTE for me. Okay, there’s a little bit of politicking, but hey, the FATE OF THE NATION isn’t at risk, just a bunch of fragile egos.

Three years and counting

Three years, two days ago, I began blogging here, on my blog Just A (Running) Fool. My original purpose for blogging was to chronicle my journey to run a marathon by the time I was 40. On June 6, 2009, three days before my 40th birthday, I will be running that marathon, God’s Country Marathon in Potter County, Pa. (even though I am a long way from ready).

On Dec. 12, 2007, I began my second blog: Journeying with St. Ignatius to chronicle my journey that had begun in October to complete the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. My first post was What are these “Spiritual Exercises”? Since I completed the exercises in May, I have changed, and am continuing to change, the focus of the blog to incorporate other saints, hence, the title: Journeying with the Saints.

In January or February of 2008, I began a blog to chronicle my reading on a blogging platform I’d rather not mention because it sucked– and also I have since deleted that blog, though, some of the entries remain with another blog.

On March 31, 2008, I began a new blog an unfinished person (in an unfinished universe) with the idea of it serving as a portal to the other three blogs, connecting them all thematically: body, running; mind, reading and soul, devotions. The first post there was Hanging up and starting over (cue the music).

On April 21, 2008, I began a blog that didn’t fit into the body, mind, soul paradigm and was just for fun called Unfinished Rambling(s). My first post there was Sign sign everywhere a sign. Since then, the blog has become a “humor blog,” with it being listed on Humor-Blogs.com.

Then on April 25, 2008, I began another reading blog, Just A (Reading) Fool to chronicle my reading past, present and future with this post.

In all, since Oct. 27, 2005, I have had a total of 735 posts (not counting the posts on the blogging platform I didn’t want to mention and with some of those being cross-posts across several blogs) and a total of 30,446 viewers, which while nowhere nearing the number of viewers of Dooce (no link required, I’m sure you can find her), I’m still impressed, especially with the growth of my book blog, Just A (Reading) Fool, which continues to grow by leaps and bounds.

So what’s next?

What I’m planning on do within the next few months, probably toward the start of 2009, is combine four of the five blogs into one and switch from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. The four that will be combined under one umbrella, an unfinished person (in this unfinished universe) at unfinishedperson.com, are: just a (running) fool, Just A (Reading) Fool and Journeying with the Saints.

The fifth that will remain its own separate blog will be Unfinished Rambling(s), with the title perhaps being changed to (gasp! this is really drastic) Unfinished Rambling. I am leaving this one separate, because I consider it the alter ego to unfinished person with the persona there being unfinished rambler.

I already have four posts per subject, body: running; mind: reading; and soul: devotions, per week planned, which will include some themes I’ve already began. For example, I will continue participating in The Sunday Salon as well as my own Monday’s Memory and other theme-related days in which I either I participate or have started.

Why change it? The main reason is that from the start of unfinished person, I envisioned the other three blogs as showing the elements of what an unfinished person is: body, mind and soul. This will fit in with the holistic theme for which I was aiming from the beginning and give readers insights into the different pieces that make up this unfinished person (me) and in turn, make up us all.

At Just A (Reading) Fool, I already celebrated with a giveaway in celebration of my 200th post, but in the near future, I will celebrate my three-year anniversary of blogging on my other blogs with giveaways as well. I just haven’t decided what I will be giving away on the other ones, although I have one idea for just a (running) fool.

For more on my blogging, see this interview done with me for The Great Interview Experiment by Followthatdog from the blog From Stage Dives to Station Wagons.