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I guess I should clarify something I didn’t bother to mention here earlier. In the beginning, Mike and I had discussion on Blogger vs non-Blogger systems. There is a whole load of personal issues that he mentioned on his own blog (relating to his job and the specific purpose of it) that factored in to the discussion. His whole point was that a technical person can use a centralized service like Blogger because it works for them. In part, that was in response to my “You’re a techno-geek! Why don’t you use something you can hack and tweak?” questioning of him. I wasn’t the first person to ask him that, so he responded to the pros & cons of both. I agreed too – Blogger serves a great purpose and there are lots of other techno-types that use it too.

So here is my long babbling post summarizing everything – and I think that we should all have a group hug at the end, don’t you?

I took our whole discussion and ran with it here on my blog after he said that others had made the “herd” comment. Again, there is a big picture here – they had seen many jump to MT because “it’s the latest cool thing to try”. Understandable. My response though was that to go with MT or any other self-contained system, you have to be willing to dedicate yourself to it – it takes money for hosting, etc. It also takes time to learn something new, and there are people who walk away from it because they just can’t figure it out. (On the other hand, I had a Blogger template moved in to an MT template in about 10 minutes last night, and it would have been faster if a div tag hadn’t been giving me problems.)

The key thing here is that after talking, he apologized. He realized that the “herd” comment wasn’t appropriate and he saw my point of view. I apologized too, I didn’t mean to make him feel attacked in our private discussions when I questioned his blog software choice. (He really is super smart to the point of constantly amazing me…) We agreed on points that we both had made – I think Blogger serves a great purpose, and look at how many people use it daily. All was good and well.

Ciscley brought up how women are more willing to move on to a new software – they don’t have hang ups about it. Men like it once they move. Manda mentioned that there are some people out there that might see us MT users as “clique-ish” and while I can see their point, I should also point out that I don’t even notice what blog software people are using until I try to leave them a comment. I don’t look over at a sidebar and go “ooooh… they are using (insert name here) so this blog isn’t good enough to read.” The writing of a blog means EVERYTHING to me, and I have linked to people using all sorts of software.

Jonathon & Shelley brought up an interesting question – is MT the ultimate blogging software because men and women love it? Have Ben & Mena struck gold? I think they have. You can decide for yourself.

But when I read Carla’s post, I realized that maybe … just maybe … I needed to clarify all of this for everyone. I don’t want anyone to think that Mike EVER said anything about MT not being good enough because “of a girl’s role in it’s development”. Far from the case. He said all along that MT is great and he has planned for some time (I first heard about it in September, so at least 2 months) to use MT for his cooking blog. It wasn’t until his YACCS comments in his main blog started freaking out that this ever came up. That and the techno factor. Then I pointed out that I also had my selfish reasons for wanting him on MT – so he could write code for me too!

So we’ve made peace. And the discussion has been truly interesting. But please realize that peace has been made, apologies exchanged (if you want to call them that) and things clarified. The initial question was “what do you use and why do you use it?” The only gender question that ever came up was one of wondering if more men used it then women or vice-versa…

So now it’s time for a big group hug! Can we all kiss and make up?

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

7 replies on “Clarification…”

Wow, if this is an example of you all squabbling, I’m going to send some of the people who comment in some of my postings over for a lesson, because I thought was everyone was actually pretty cool, and very civilized.

Impressive — people CAN disagree cordially, and be friends. Novel. I wonder if this will catch on in weblogging?


Hehe, wow, this feels like such a Full House moment. Is it wrong that I’m tempted to just start screaming about how MT is the BEST EVER? (even though I don’t necessarily believe that) Hehe – I never really thought it was a big argument, either … just more of a questioning debate. 🙂

If anyone thought the completely unrelated ranting that was going on in my comments was a reflection on Mike or the real discussion (which I think you did a great job of mapping out here) I certainly apologize.

I have bad taste in friends, but Christine definitely doesn’t. Mike’s the bomb! 🙂

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Regarding my post from Friday night/Saturday morning… if you are just now reading the site, post-skins, the “default” skin is Netscape 4 friendly. It is not perfect in Netscape 4, but it works. On the other hand, for those of you that have upgraded your browsers within the past year, I now offer new compliant skins that break in Netscape 4. I will warn you on the skins page if I know it doesn’t display properly in a certian browser. I was asked by a wise man why I would want to design a site that I know won’t work in ancient browsers. I posted this in the comments on the earlier post, but I figured I would share my thoughts here too:

1. I did a skin that looks bad in old browsers because (a) I wanted to do an ALL CSS layout, no tables, just so I could say I did it and (b) I knew I was setting up skins, so people with old browsers wouldn’t be locked out. CSS Layout courtesy of BlueRobot tweaked with hours of patience and beating my head against a wall. It renders faster and is closer to being compliant. (I still have a few errors to fix, but I will get to that soon.)
2. New browsers have been out for a looooong time now. Sorry, I am not going to design for ancient browsers. That’s insane. It is time for me to learn new things. Upgrade, get compliant. 🙂 If you want to read more on that rant, go to The Web Standards Project. I will always offer 1-2 “old Netscape” skins, and the rest of us can see lots of pretty designs that might not work in old browsers. Sorry.
3. I did, however, make sure I provided at least one “old Netscape” skin initially so that Kymberlie wouldn’t complain. I also intentionally set it as the default skin for the site so that everybody else that was entering for the first time would see a skin that worked cross-platform.

But please change the skin. Make me feel good. I can’t tell you how many hours I have spent working on it, not to mention everyone’s help and the wealth of knowledge that Amy provided. It took her 6 months to figure it out. It took me a day & a half, plus another day to get the site set up to use stylesheets correctly.

If you have tried to e-mail me, it seems I forgot to pay the cable bill. Ooops. Check is in the envelope in my dayplanner, never mailed. So e-mail earlier than 2pm CST bounced. Ruhrooo… Fixed it though, and E-mail should be tweaked by this afternoon, but I will be offline tonight unless I can get dial-up access set up. Know what that means though? More time to create more skins! (Waiting on the tech guru to fix my graphics software… so the skins may be more CSS fun until then!)

Web Standards Project

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.