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!
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?
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…)
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. 🙂