Why the comic sans blog really wasn’t so funny.

A little bit loopy...

It all started Saturday afternoon.    

My beloved husband began suggesting blog topic ideas.  “How ’bout this one, Kathy?  How ’bout this one?”  (Of course since he’s a weekly newspaper editor and writes a column himself, he was probably contemplating his own possibilities…)    

He turned on the computer and navigated to All Things Considered on National Public Radio. Apparently Cleveland Cavalier owner Dan Gilbert dared bash basketball star LeBron James for joining the Miami Heat team.  But his awful sin, according to many, was his use of the type face “Comic Sans”  in his inflammatory letter.  

Shame, shame, Gilbert.  Don’t you fonting know what appropriate type face to use in these situations?  Click here for NPR’s story.    

Comic sans, for those of you who don’t know, is a cartoonish type face originally designed for comic  thought bubbles.  It is not a formal type face.  However, it has gained widespread popularity.  This drives some people nuts. There are even Internet movements to ban the poor font.    

I don’t know about you guys, but I am so out of the popular media culture scene.  I wouldn’t recognize Lindsey Lohan in a line-up (but would recognize her name!)  We don’t have TV here in the woods since the federal government decided to get rid of analog signals and the fix-it-all black box refused to work because our local TV station is too far away.    

I am so out of it that I had to look up what sport the Cavalier’s played.  Ahhh, basketball!    

We are responsible for our own garbage. All of us.

Back to the Comic Sans story.  Barry suggested this might make a good blog.  I listened politely, kind of thought not, and never once thought about it again.    

Until Sunday morning.  I was meditating in the basement.  You know, the kind of meditation where you aren’t thinking about anything and you don’t want to think about anything anyway.      

When suddenly–in the stillness of the mind–a blog starts writing itself.  You guys ever have this happen?  Suddenly you’re channelling a fonting blog!  It’s crazy.  I tried to ignore this persistent little voice excitedly telling its type face story.  (OK, OK, it may have been my voice.  But why in the world did I really care about a TYPE FACE?)     

“Go away,” I muttered.  “Go away!  I am trying to meditate–”     

But the thoughts continued anyway.  Give me some print!  Please, Kathy.  The world needs to know the point of view of Comic Sans!     

Every once in a while it feels like you’re channelling a blog.  Even if you use the word “I” and pretend like you’re writing it…the blog is really being written through you.  This has happened maybe four or five times during my year & a half of WordPressing.      

Anyway, because I couldn’t stand that the Comic Sans voice-in-my-head wouldn’t  SHUT UP and let me meditate…I ran upstairs and turned on the computer and started typing.  

Comic sans started giving its viewpoint in first person.  Oh this is funny!  Oh this is great!  I love you, Comic Sans.  I love creativity!  I love the thousand and one voices of creativity that channel through us if we’re open and willing!     

I couldn’t wait to find the actual Comic Sans type face and publish the blog.     

That’s when everything started to go wrong.  Wrong, wrong, wrong.     

Usually it takes a half hour to write a blog, including uploading photos.  Maybe an hour, tops.     

Do you want to know how long it took to write and publish that comic sans blog? SEVEN hours before it was ready to go!!  I was pulling out my hair before it was finished.  It was agony.  Not very fun at all. So what went wrong, you ask?    

Answer:  everything.   

First, WordPress doesn’t offer Comic Sans as a font choice.  I wrote support begging, yes begging, to get Comic Sans font.  Please!  And we need at least two other fonts as well–New Times Roman and maybe Courier.  Please.   

The nice support lady wrote back to say that I would need CSS.    

CSS…to make a long story short…will indeed give us extensive fonts to use in our blogging.  But the way it looked was that you need to be a computer programmer skilled in HTML and other programming language in order to use it.     It only costs $ 14.97.  Which I willingly shelled over.  (This is when I should have realized this was getting a bit much…) 

Spider on faucet

 Arrrghhgh!  Six thousand other things went wrong too.  I began to wonder if the Universe was conspiring against Comic San’s voice.   

Finally–after five hours and a splitting headache–I went downstairs to meditate again.  Forget this.  Forget this fonting blog.  I have never worked so hard in my life on one silly crazy blog.  This is ridiculous.  Not only is this the most challenging blog I’ve ever written–there’s a strong possibility that it’s going to make me look–well, how do we put this?–a slight bit crazy.   

But at this point stubborness refused to give up.

Breathing deep, focusing on silence…suddenly a full-blown image appears in my head.  A way to solve the dilemma!   Take photos of the letter from Mr. Sans and post them in WordPress.    

I scurried upstairs without another Ohhhhmmmmm.     

After two further hours of agony (oh, the photos wouldn’t reproduce properly, the pages were smudged, the printer refused to work for a while, I needed to continually divide the essay into readable portions and then re-print them and re-print them again…) the blog was done.   

I decided to wait a few hours to see if the blog REALLY should be published.  Or if it had all been one long bad dream.   

Barry and I decided to sit out on the deck and I poured the most welcomed glass of wine in the last few months.    

Finally ventured inside and pressed the “Publish” button.  See yesterday’s post here if you missed the comic relief. 

Who would have ever thought a blog would end up being so challenging?    

What a day in the blogging world!   

Comic Sans, I hope you’re satisfied.  I really HOPE you’re satisfied!  

P.S.  That’s it!  I will not write another blog referencing Comic Sans.  I won’t!  I’ll try not to write one, anyway.    🙂

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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34 Responses to Why the comic sans blog really wasn’t so funny.

  1. Reggie says:

    This too should be ‘freshly pressed’ as an example of supreme dedication to the blogging world. That is an inordinate amount of time and effort to expend on writing a single blog. But clearly the message was an important one.

    When you wrote: “Every once in a while it feels like you’re channelling a blog. Even if you use the word “I” and pretend like you’re writing it…the blog is really being written through you. This has happened maybe four or five times during my year & a half of WordPressing”… I felt myself nodding in agreement.

    I have had that happen too! Not often, sadly, but a few times, and it’s the most wonderful experience. It’s like sitting in a canoe, floating down a peaceful stream, occasionally dipping a paddle into the water to nudge yourself back on track. The birds are singing, there’s a gentle breeze, the frogs are plopping into the water, there’s a rustle of animals in the undergrowth, and it’s supremely peaceful… effortless… I love that feeling when writing.

    • Kathy says:

      Reggie, isn’t that a wonderful experience indeed? Love your description of the effortlessness of it. I, too, love that feeling when writing. It is a gift indeed. Something which probably encourages us when things don’t go–quite–as smoothly. Thank you.

  2. Elisa's Spot says:

    hehehe…yesssssss, you did get into my cookies!!

    shoot I have tears of laughter squeezing forth from my eyes
    so glad my mouth was not full of tea!

    and I LOVE that garbage image, i’d like to save it….may i?
    (pssst…i will TRY not to vindictively offer it to others to show them my point and if such a thought occurs to me I will look at it and laugh hysterically, maybe i should print it out and affix it to mirrors and doors?

    • Kathy says:

      Elisa, I have sent you the original of that garbage photograph via email. I am sure you will put it to good use when the moment presents itself. Glad to have made you laugh until you cried. That’s always a good sign…isn’t it? LOL!

  3. Dawn says:

    Well I’m certainly out of the loop, and that’s sad given I’m supposed to be a librarian! I’m far away in AL at a lake house with one TV station and I must have missed the whole LaRon James thingy…had no idea that anyone would write a letter in comic san….ah welll….if that’s all that’s wrong in the world… LOL!

    I’ll stop and visit you again next time I”m at the local library here and have internet….meanwhile…back to the lake and peace and no problems! Ahhhh….

    • Kathy says:

      Dawn, glad to know another out-of-the-loop person! It’s kind of hard being in the backwoods or the lake to keep up on popular culture. Although I do know of some who succeed. Enjoy your peaceful time at the lake. Hopefully someone like Comic Sans won’t find you there and disturb your quiet. laughing…

  4. I love the back ground. I expected part of it, since you posted pictures rather than writing, but 7 hours! Once again you evidence devotion and committment to your art. Comic Sans and we are beneficiaries. I thought the photos were very effective in making Comic’s point by the way.

    • Kathy says:

      Carla, I thought you guys might be interested in the background of the blog. Isn’t it interesting what we’ll do for our art? Why we’re driven to create? I know you are dedicated, as well. Interesting to see what turns up sometimes.

  5. emaclean says:

    Kathy, I loved the comic sans blog! Too funny. So funny, I forwarded the link to a few of my typeface loving friends.

    Your blog is great. I never know what I will find here–it’s always an adventure!

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you emaclean! Will your typeface loving friends be commenting? LOL! We can take it.

      Glad you enjoy the blog. You are right about never knowing what will turn up here. Quiet nature or some sort of popular ruckus. (Not that that happens TOO frequently!) Really glad you are entertained.

  6. martha bergin says:

    Do you think it would be possible…IF…Popular Culture became irrelevant???
    What if we all lived so close to the Heartbeat of the Universe that we spent our time Dancing instead? And Lindsey Lohan was “just a stranger on the bus” like on and me?

    • Kathy says:

      Hi Martha! Wouldn’t that be something if popular culture became irrelevant? (It almost is in my life…almost…and maybe yours too?) Love your suggestion of what will happen. We’ll all dance! Lovely image… And wasn’t that Lindsey on the bus with you last week? LOL!

  7. Colleen Lloyd says:

    Hi Kathy, I had such a good laugh reading your Comic Sans post but will admit I’m out of the loop…waaaaay out, when it comes to popular media savy. I did appreciate the opportunity to update, though! And I always love your sense of humor. The way it shines it’s light in the most unexpected places and brings them to life. If someone is going to make me think, I always appreciate them making me laugh first!!
    Am in awe…what you went through to get this done! Wonder what’s happening in the heavens? If there is some sort of mischevious alignment that is effecting us unsuspecting Cancers?
    Hugs 🙂 and can only imagine how much you enjoyed that glass of wine.

    • Kathy says:

      What IS happening in the heavens, Colleen? Now I’m trying to remember when your birthday might be. Hope it hasn’t already passed by…

      It was funny–when I said to Barry yesterday that I was going to write ANOTHER comic sans blog–you wouldn’t believe the expression on his face. It was priceless!

      Glad you enjoyed the sense of humor. Phew! You never know! At least one family member questioned my sanity. ha ha…

  8. Kathy – I loved the Comic Sans post — it was funny, and made me laugh. But I think I love this “behind the scenes” post even more! It gives us a good look inside that noggin’ of yours.

    And just like Colleen, I can only imagine how much you enjoyed that glass of wine!

    • Kathy says:

      It’s a strange noggin’, Laurie. Strange indeed. It doesn’t think about the world in the usual way… well, sometimes it does. And oh yes! That glass of wine was pure relief! Comic relief. NO! let’s not go there. We will not use the expression “comic relief” again in this blog. Or I will need another glass…

  9. Susan D. says:

    All I can think to say is this: “Thank you for the Comic sans Relief.”

    • Kathy says:

      Susan, is the relief that you’re not going to have to read about this again? LOL!

      • Susan D. says:

        No, no, no … hee-hee. It was a double entendre as in you (Kathy) are the Comic but there was no relief for you for many hours while birthing your brainchild!

  10. quietpaths says:

    Ha,hahhahahah. Oh dear…. you poor thing. I mean, it’s great but, oh my.

  11. quietpaths says:

    I did see some of your progress with that post on FB. I actually use CS for printing out cheery looking address labels. Shh, don’t tell anyone.

  12. barb says:

    Kathy, I didn’t know what to comment on your Comic Sans post, so I meditated instead. I’m sorry – especially now that I know how much time you spent on it. I’ve learned this about you – you are tenacious! Is that a Daddy Long Legs on the faucet? I haven’t seen one in ages.

    • Kathy says:

      Hi Barb~~at least two family members said the same thing. They said they read that blog and not a single comment came to mind. So don’t apologize! Yes, it’s a Mr. Long Legs on the faucet. Hopefully he’s no longer in the house.

  13. Carol says:

    I wish to personally thank you for taking essentially a whole valuable day to publicize the trials and tribulations of the innocent Comic Sans. It is, after all, such a relaxed, laidback font, it can scarcely defend itself. And why, oh why is an innocent font being punished for the error of man? If not “error”, then poor judgment. Truth is, not all people see the personalities of fonts when they pick them. ‘Tis sad but true. Some people think “what the heck difference does it make what ‘font’ I use. I mean, who really cares. Isn’t it the words that matter?” Silly people. The font really needs to mimic the tone and intent of the words. It requires thought.

    It’s the thoughtless that create the problems for the innocent.

    • Kathy says:

      Carol, I am smiling. Comic Sans thanks you and wants to shake your hand. It really sees you “get it”. Yep…the thoughtless create problems for the innocent. You got it! 🙂

  14. Karma says:

    It appears I was correct in my comment on the last blog about how much work that post must have been! I still can’t get over the 7 hours!

    • Kathy says:

      Karma, I was going to email you and tell you that you had it nailed in your original comment. I wanted to call you up and just tell you all the sordid details when you suggested how much work it had been. I am—almost—recovered from last Sunday!

  15. P.j. grath says:

    Kathy, I love the spider on the faucet. The photo, that is.

    Love the garbage sign, too.

    Take heart. My favorite philosopher, Henri Bergson, wrote a book ON LAUGHTER. It is not funny. He analyzes humor–not funny. It is actually my least favorite of all the books he ever wrote.

    Don’t hit me, but———Cavaliers? As in “what sport the Cavaliers played”? Plural. No apostrophe!

    Love your blog, always. You are a wonderfully creative person, and there’s never any knowing what twist or turn your thoughts will take next. That’s a gift you give the world.


    • Kathy says:

      Pamela, that spider was an early morning surprise! Good thing we noticed it before we brushed our teeth…

      Bergson’s book sounds like an interesting read! Humor…not funny…hmmmm….

      As for that errant apostrophe: oh no! Does that mean I’m going to have to start editing more carefully? Yikes! That would really put me over the edge. (Yes, looking at it, it certainly is obvious there’s no apostrophe there. Most certainly.)

      Thank you for enjoying the creativity. I have no idea what will appear next either! Every day is a gift.

  16. If I am not ooohing and ahhing at your beautiful pictures I am laughing at your unique sense of things and the style with which you write it. Thank you!
    P.S. -Comic Sans is my favorite print style.

    • Kathy says:

      I am glad you were entertained, Jessica! Thank goodness! It feels worthwhile to have spent seven hours getting it published. Want to hug you, girl!

  17. Jessica Priest says:

    Hi Kathy, I’m glad you decided to publish that blog! When I read it, it totally made my day. I think it’s so silly that people are such font snobs. Lol…it was definitely very creative and fun to read!

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