Question: how many bloggers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Answer: three. Especially if that light bulb is a blog.
When Bossy decided it was time for a change, blog functionality was her primary concern—for instance, being able to offer a set of
distractions daily features that can be properly archived—while reducing the clutter and loading time that has plagued Bossy since the beginning of time. Or maybe that was 2006.
Let’s begin with a tour. Above, on the banner, you will find link buttons that make it easy to access things such as What Does Bossy Have In Common With Nora Ephron, or the new Dog Bite Chronicles contained within the archives.
But the most controversial part of Bossy’s redesign is this. That’s right, the “keep reading post” link. Before you get all rashy, let Bossy explain the history of her relationship with read more.
At first Bossy didn’t know what read more was, and just thought various bloggers wrote very short, very unfinished blog posts.
Next Bossy decided to hate read more because oh my gah it requires the clicking of one entire link and who do they think they are? But then Bossy splashed cold water on her face and realized that her own long and photo-heavy posts require a lot of scrolling and very long load time, making her front page unreadable on things like Blackberry or blueberry or whatever in heck you are all talking about that Bossy doesn’t own.
Then one day Bossy was talking with her friend who shall remain anonymous but he goes by the name Andy—and Bossy was complaining about the read more feature on blogs, and sage Andy said, “Your opinion flies in the face of over three-hundred years of newspapers and magazines!”
And that’s when Bossy realized that if she embraced read more and set up her blog like a magazine’s table-of-contents page, it would be simpler for her
readers reader to find things of interest, and would be easier to navigate.
Bossy offers the following tip for those of you still annoyed by read more and the way it shoots you to a new page where it’s not always easy to immediately find your place: push the read more link right away, before reading any of it on the front page! That way you can start from the beginning on the page that contains the entire post! Bossy began doing this and it changed her life! Her life that is so important that she doesn’t have time to read more, but she does have time to write 318 words about read more!
Moving on. In the left column you’ll find many of the features you are familiar with, and a new one: The Daily Poverty Party.
Every day nearly every day, Bossy will use that space to post about her efforts to climb out of debt. She’ll show you her receipts and write about goals—as well as research money-saving tips, recipes, and common missteps. But Bossy needs you! Other bloggers have already signed up to participate in one giant poor-ass support group who will share information and keep each other honest. Sign up today!
Now, if you’ll turn your attention to the bottom of the page, you’ll find a section called, “Check Out The Latest Posts“, which is a happy coincidence considering it’s a list of Bossy’s three latest posts.
Next, in the right column, you’ll find a little thing Bossy and her talented design team like to call Project Nightmare, otherwise known as Bossy’s Reader Collage & Blogroll. Just imagine hundreds of little bitty photos that need to link with reader names and/or blogs, and then imagine that world stretched over weeks and months. If you haven’t taken a look at this thing, please get over there. It’s really fun, where fun equals aren’t you glad you didn’t have to link this shite yourself? It remains unfinished, but more links are being added every day—if you haven’t yet done so, please email Bossy your photo right away.
How, you ask? Why, just look up at the banner and push that little button that says contact!
And finally, Bossy will be announcing yet another new feature within the next few days, and she’ll be celebrating the launch of the new design with a giveaway!
OK, that’s it, thanks for coming—don’t let the door hit you in the arse on the way out: it’s still wet.