8.03.2012

for the love of food

Ok, so it's Friday (remember, I like to tell you guys what day it is).
So just a couple of quick things here. Number one, I like food. Number two, I like to eat. These two numbers go hand in hand. They also have a lot to do with whether I am in a good mood or a bad mood. Remember when I told you that I can't go shopping without snacks? I prefer to eat every two hours. I have to or I will faint. Dan thinks I'm lying about that. But I'm not. Or at least I never want to find out if it's true or not. Number three (so much for "a couple") ... I'm pretty freaking excited for this weekend. Because I will be going to a fair. A real live fair with real live fried food. Oh and number four ... I love fried food.

Oh and apparently I have a fifth thing to tell you all ...
I have a special little guest here today. And by "little" I mean little legs and little tummy but big ... a big blog. Get your mind out of the gutter people. She has a really big blog. A big blog that I spend a lot of time on when I should be working or cleaning or trying to get my own blog as awesome as hers. Trust me. You're gonna be hooked too. Not to mention, hooked up if you keep reading to the end (that would be a hint to read to the end) ...
Hey there kids.
My name is Erin and I blog over at Living In Yellow.
A blog that really has no point…which is why I am still trying to figure out what entices people to come back on a daily basis. On the bright side, having a blog called "Living In Yellow" totally makes me feel entitled to wear yellow pants. And that my friends is why I started blogging....

Anyhow—Tiff (aka my BFF, email confidant, and wine connoisseur side-kick) asked if I would write a post for all of you lovely readers. Okay that's a lie. I asked her. And by asked her I mean paid her money. Blogging lesson 121: You have to buy your followers. Stuff ain't free these days ya heard?

Back to this whole guest post thing though...
I know I know—guest posts suck.
But today, I am going to try my hardest to slash that whole “ewwww another guest post..catch ya later” mentality in the throat.
And what better way to do that than with humor?

Now I don’t know about you, but I love myself a good dose of humor.
My life motto is if I can laugh enough, I don’t have to actually do any physical exercise.
Wanna burn off the three donuts you just ate for breakfast? Watch The Ellen Show.
Way more beneficial than stepping foot into a gym.

So some of you may be thinking “well crap. I am not very funny…Nor do I know how to be funny on my blog.” To which I would reply “Sucks to be you”. Just kidding. Kind of.

In an effort to put those thoughts to rest though, I thought I would share a couple of ways on How to be a funny blogger”. Let’s begin shall we?

1.   Make fun of yourself. Pretty regularly. Let’s face it—we all have flaws {unless you are Luke Bryan, Channing Tatum, and Jennifer Aniston} and there is no reason we need to hide those suckers. I look at it this way—if I don’t make fun of them, somebody else probably will. Call yourself out on the fact that you wear socks with holes, that you pee your pants in the grocery store, or that you fall down stairs when wearing heels. Moral of the story: save yourself having to punch somebody in the face for making fun of you by making fun of yourself first. Your knuckles will thank you.
2.   Write as if you are speaking face to face with somebody. My favorite blogs are the ones where I feel like I am actually conversing with them. The blogs that use slang and aren’t afraid to type like they talk. Now I don’t know about you, but I am not one to sit and have a conversation that goes a little somethin’ like “Last evening my adorable husband and I sat outside and watched in awe as the fireflies lit up the sky”. No. I would never say that. However, I would say “so the other night my husband and I watched fireflies light up the sky like a mother and it was pretty darn amazeballs”
Yup. Much more my speed.

3.   Say what is on your mind at all times. So what if you are writing a post about how much you love your cat and smack dab in the middle of writing you get a craving for mac & cheese with hot sauce on top? Throw that in there. People want to know that you aren’t only obsessed with your cat but that also love mac and cheese {like any normal human being should}. Random is good people. Remember that.
4.   Refer to items as things with feelings. This is just something I’ve always done (then again I am not the most “normal” you may say..). Let’s use your blog as an example. See how boring it was just referring to your blog as “a blog”. I like to think of mine as a girl (because she is cute. Obviously if something is cute it’s a girl). And I believe my blog likes to indulge in a drink every now and again. Let’s compare the two sentences and see which is more enjoyable to read “I am going out tonight to celebrate that my blog just turned a year old” or “My cute little blog requested that I take her out for a celebratory drink tonight for her first birthday. She may be young but she sure knows how to throw down every now and again…” You tell me which was more enjoyable.

5.   Don’t be afraid to show sarcasm. It’s the best thing since Michael Jordan left his wife for me.
6.   Use some “shock and awe” in your titles and/or posts. I don’t like boring blog titles and I don’t think blog readers do either. Instead of titling a post “We Built A Firepit” why not call it “Getting Dirty with My Husband”. Take a guess at which one will bring you more page views. Lesson to be learned: People are perverts. Use it to your advantage.

….and there you have it kitten britches {lesson number 7—refer to your readers as kitten britches}, six seven simple things to remember to make your blog posts hill rat hilarious.

Now do me a favor and stop by over here would ya?
I’d love to see your smiling faces. Or at least hear from your funny fingers.
Whatevs.

Oh hey real quick---back that blogging lesson 121...If you can't buy your followers, you may as well throw a giveaway at em'. So that's what I am doing today. With what you may ask?
A free ad space. So here's the deal--come follow me. Tell Tiff here in the comments below that you did. And then one of you will get a free ad spot on my space. Not actually myspace, but my space. As in my blog.

Got it? Good.
Peace out.
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Alright, you heard the girl. Go on over there already.
Leave a little comment below and then win yourself a big ol' ad space.
Big as in ... oh never mind.

Giveaway ends on Wednesday at midnight.
Winner will be announced one week from today.
Good Luck!

{CLOSED}

63 comments:

  1. Aw love both of yall! I follow Erin! :)

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  2. Followed :) Great guest post! Love Erin's sense of humour

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  3. Since I love Tiff and she/you make me laugh I'm definitely hopping on the Living in Yellow Train. Great tips...I'll have to try the kitten britches thing although I think my readers may be like wait what? Haha.

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  4. I LOVEEEE fair food I'm so jealous!!!!!!

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  5. I've been following both lovely blogs. :)

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  6. Already a happy reader and follower of Living in Yellow! :-)

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  7. i love it! and i'm already a follower of BOTH :D

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  8. Love it! Already following Erin!

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  9. Thanks for letting me know it is Friday. I will update my calendar...

    I love Erin, Have been following her for a while now. And I love Erin and Tiffany together, you totally made my day!

    And since we are talking about things I love, I also love the fair. The MN state fair in the 10 days leading up to Labor Day. It's an event I save my pennies for all year so I can eat what ever I want and not feel bad!

    Hugs,
    Kara

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  10. That may be the largest slice of pizza I've ever seen.... ANd now I'm craving a slice of my own and it's approximately 9:10am, LOL!

    I love Erin's blog :) Def been a follower for awhile and would looove some free ad space!

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  11. I follow Erin and love her blog. and am slightly jealous that you are BFFs. : )

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  12. Erin is awesome! She cracks me up regularly! I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes to eat and eat and eat...that's basically how I spend my weekends. Stuffing my chubby little face.

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  13. Freaking love Erin. She's amazing. Obvs already follow her crazy self. You two fit perfect as bff! ;)

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  14. I want all of that food. We missed the fair this year, and it makes my stomach very sad.

    I follow Living in Yellow.

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  15. I love those curly fries. Or are they curly chips? I never know what to call them, but oh boy do I love 'em!

    I've been a follower of Erin's since I started blogging. She has a great sense of humor!

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  16. 2 of my favorite blogs in one post? Amazing! And I follow you both.. But if I win I may die. On the sidewalk. Who am i kidding I don't have a sidewalk...

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  17. Following you both, but if I don't win, I'm pulling the plug. Pick me if you know what's good for you! :)

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  18. I follow, and adore her blog. And yours of course. Thanks for the giveaway Erin!

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  19. Totally a follower of you AND living in yellow! LOVE both of you!

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  20. I already follow both of you, and this is why. You both are so lovely!:)

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  21. I follow both of you! (And come on, you know you want to choose another Erin!!)

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  22. i'm your newest follower and i already follow Erin :)

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  23. Love your blog and hers! I follow you both! :)

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  24. I already follow Erin but now I'm following you, too!

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  25. Have a wonderful time this weekend at the fair eating your fried food! hubby loves fried food also, me not so much. I totally get what you're saying about having to eat every couple of hours. I'm the same way. It drives him crazy lol
    I'm off to join Erin's blog wahoo :)

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  26. i already follow LIY! and yours. you two are my 'blog celebrities'. and fyi, yellow pants = fan-frickin-tastic.

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  27. Great tips... LOVE her blog. Already following her And I, of course love yours too. :) Happy Friday to both of you!

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  28. I'm following Erin, great guest post!

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  29. we should start a blog together. me and you baby. I have a feeling we would make a great team. and the best idea of the year award goes to.....


    me.

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  30. You both are so great!!
    I follow Erin & I love her blog too!!!

    Tiff - What fair are you going to? Eat lots & lots of fried foods!! I LOVE the fried klondike Bar from our fair even though it is a heart attack waiting to happen!! ENJOY IT!!!

    Happy Friday!! :)

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  31. i love the pants, i love the blog. You are funny and I like you. I also want free adspace on your awesome blog.

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  32. i follow erin to the moon and back. she is my homegirl. and so are you! eat a fried, oreo covered corndog dipped in fried root beer for me this weekend girlfriend! i can't wait to hear all about it!

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  33. I follow the awesome, awesome, hilarious Erin.

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  34. i love erin's blog :) already following

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  35. Love me some Erin, and love me some fair food. Have fun!!!

    xo Caitlin

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  36. Love her blog and her fun tips! Also, can you take me to the fair with you? Please? I like food too. The more fried and unhealthy, the better.

    http://dreamingenfrancais.blogspot.com/

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  37. enjoy your fun filled weekend of eating. dang that is a long slice of pizza but it looks really really good

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  38. "people are perverts, use it to your advantage".

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  39. You made me so hungry with those pictures!

    I'm going to check out her blog because she is indeed hilarious.

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  40. enjoy the fair! eat a ton of fried yummies for me. And of course I'm a follower!

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  41. I am going to my county fair on Monday night. The only thing I plan to do there is eat as well. And eat a lot. As much as I possibly can.

    As for Erin, yes, I follow her. She is super funny. Her sense of humor almost intimidates me. I will try to be more vocal on her blog because I am sure she is not intimidating but rather I am being timid. Shocking, right? Me, timid?

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  42. Hahah. I usually hate guest posts but she was hilarious. I'll definitely be following her.

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  43. I follow both of you, and love both of your blogs!

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  44. Tiff. I would like to come eat a excessive amount of fried food with you. And Yellow, I would like Yellow to come as well. But she cannot take pictures of me eating.

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  45. already follow Erin's blog! :)

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  46. Best Guest Post Ever!!! Following both of you!

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  47. Great guest post!! Following Erin, now!! xo Heather

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  48. Woohoo I already follow Erin! would love that ad space!

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  49. You girls crack me up :) Duh who doesn;t love free ad space. I follow ms. yellow pants right MEOW! P.S. I think both of you girls would like the saracask dished up over at http://www.dumbblondediaries.com/... she is super duper funny :)

    xx
    Holly Foxen Wells
    GlamourMash
    And come check out my giveaway for a Gold Spiked Bracelet... heyo!

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  50. Lovely guest post! LIY gets me every time! :)

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  51. oh and P.S. I am SO excited for my state fair too! AH!

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  52. Fun, fun. Would love to win ad space at LIY! I'm a follower of her's!

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  53. Love following both of you girls!

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  54. Big foodies over here too! Especially fried food!!
    Love Erin's blog. She's always making me laugh, and today was no different!

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  55. I love love love that outfit with the yellow pants! those lobsters look sooo good! I am your newest follower. I cannot wait to read more of your posts and hope that maybe you can return the favor and follow The Preppy Student. I always comment for every comment left on my page and hope to start a friendly relationship with your wonderful blog! Have a happy Saturday:)

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  56. I already follow both of you- what a fantastic pairing! (Although I'll admit, I'm slightly jealous of this friendship- I want in!!)

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  57. LOL! These blogging tips are awesome! :P

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  58. I love the blogging tips you've got in here but I keep going back to those SHOES!!!! And I'm the same way about food - I'm constantly hungry and moody when I am ;)

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  59. Awww she's so cute! Love her! I'd love to win an ad. =)

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  60. She's such a cutie! Definitely followed her for my daily entertainment.

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  61. I am a loyal Erin follower...and I would LOVE some free ad space over there!

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  62. I'm not writing for the free ad space. I know it's closed. But I AM writing because I want to steal that little ecards photo about laughing at yourself and I love the blogging tips...and I love Erin's yellow and grey outfit! Thats about it! ..Oh ya..and I'm going to become an Erin follower too! Yaaaay!

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