The Blogger’s List of Summer Fun

My friend Michael recently did a post, citing Time Magazine’s list of summer fun. It got me thinking that there should be a special list for bloggers.  We are our own breed after all, logic would follow that we have our own brand of fun. Right? Here’s my list:

1. Heat got you down? Take the whole family to your local cyber cafe. There you can help the spouse and the kiddies start their own blogs. The only fights they’ll be after that, is who gets the computer first. Coffee and extra laptops not included.

2. Invent an inflatable blogger raft. Remember those plastic slipcovers your Aunt Edna covered her entire livingroom suite with? Why not take that technology a step further and create your own plastic laptop slipcover? Duct tape it to your favorite inflatable raft and blog in the pool while the rest of the family splashes and plays. Cupholder optional.

3. Start a home business. While blogging is loads of fun, there is no reason to do it for free. Use tee shirts, coffee mugs and mouse pads to proudly promote your blog. They are popular and can be mass produced by underpaid workers in China for pennies on the dollar. Sell them to your co-workers, friends and family for a tidy profit and get free advertising to boot.

4. Start a blog-i-nary. Hey, if Wikipedia can start a pop culture, ever- changing, user-written, online dictionary, then why can’t you get some of that action? Have contests on your blog for suggestions and entries as well as using your own bright ideas, put it together with some nifty pictures and sell it as a downloadable ebook for $9.95. Proceeds can be used to pay for the aforementioned tee shirts, mouse pads and coffee mugs.

5. Live-blog Movie Reviews. No need to stay home in a stuffy apartment blogging while the rest of the family hits the 10-plex to catch the summer blockbusters. Just grab your brand new Iphone and blog the movie while watching and pigging out on popcorn and overpriced soda pop. Thumb-brace recommended. Also works well with rock concerts – neckstrap for Iphone recommended for this venue.

6. Gather blog fodder. How many times have you been in a hilarious situation and said to yourself, “I am so blogging this?” Well why not really do something about it? Stuck with that annual visit to the in-laws at the beach house? Great! Take a voice-activated tape recorder with you and conseal it on your person. Everytime something bloggable happens you’ll have it all on tape. Take your laptop with you and explain to the family that you are working on your novel at night – how are they going to know that you’re really transcribing the tape of that day’s fun activities? A win-win, if you ask me. Avoid swimming or any activity that could short circuit the tape recorder.

7. Have a blog-off instead of the traditional picnic. Aren’t you just a little bored with soggy potato salad and melted jello molds? Forget all that and have your blogger buddies meet up with you at the local park. Elect a moderator to throw out topics and race to see who can blog it the fastest and the bestest. Winners, must drink a frozen margarita after each round – drunk blog offs start at sunset. Charge the laptop batteries before leaving for the park. An extra set of clean clothes recommended.

8. Find creative ways to get new readers. How will you find new readers if you constantly sit home alone, blogging? They don’t grow on trees and they aren’t hiding under your sofa. Get out in the world. Take  your laptop with you wherever you go. Like the grocery store. When you spot someone having a shopping dilemma, offer to let them read your latest post. Note how many times they nod in agreement and laugh. Then move onto the produce department. In the library, offer to let someone use your laptop for five minutes if they read your last post and comment on it. You can do this virtually anywhere, bus stops, taxi cabs, airports, coffee shops, the list is endless. Being proficient in self-defense, recommended.

9. Teach your dog how to type so they can guest blog. Sometimes you just need to get away from the keyboard. You need a break but you’re worried about your stats. Buy an elementary typing software program, install it and teach your dog or cat how to use it -, doggie biscuits and kitty treats are great motivators. You may want to use plastic laptop slipcover to prevent permanent drooling stains.

10. Start a blog-cast. Face it, in the summer whatever they throw on television is crap or reruns of crap. People are bored. So why not offer to webcam your neighbors and friends while they are drunk and making asses of themselves? You can set it up on an endless loop and entertain thousands for days. Meanwhile, you can sit on the patio with a Guinnes and a cigar. Signed release and waiver forms recommended.

Okay, those are my ideas, what are yours?


20 thoughts on “The Blogger’s List of Summer Fun

  1. Look for a post from my bengal, Guinness in the not too distant future.
    I loved #8. That might even work . . . especially in produce. People always seem so damn contemplative when they study the cucumbers, don’t they?
    As far as my “50 things” post goes, I realized soon after hitting “publish” that it really sucked the big one and I’ve since deleted it.
    Hey, we all blunder now and then.
    Some of us more than others, I guess 😉

    Hey Mikey,
    Yeah the produce department is positively inspiring. 😉

    I dunno if the post sucked the big one. It’s not your fault that Time Magazine has no imagination. Besides, it inspired me to think of my own list, so I guess it ain’t all bad. No blunder. No worries.


  2. Oh, yeah.
    Love that pic.
    Nice thighs. All eight of them . . .

    Well me and my thighs thank you. 😆 Okay, it’s not really a picture of me, but it coulda been. 😉


  3. This list was so good, I can’t think of anything to add. Put me on that list for the blog-off. Margaritas – I’m so there. I’m taking my laptop on my vacation next week because you never know what kind of blog-worthy bizarro crap will happen. BTW, I am NOT taking The Shirt with me.

    Sounds like a fun trip. Be sure to take your webcam with you, it might catch some really memorable moments. 😉 Oh and I have an idea for the shirt…wrap it up and take it with you the next time you go grocery shopping. Stand at the front door and the first person to comes through the door, hand it to them and tell them, they’ve won a prize for being the 1500th shopper of the week. That should be fun. 😆


  4. Great ideas! How about instead of a family reunion, we have a blogging reunion! Everyone brings their laptops and a covered dish to a wi fi hot spot picnic pavilion!

    LOL – sounds good. Where shall we meet?


  5. I agree these are great ideas. Makes me think you’re probably a hoot to be around in real life.
    That picture is timeless.

    We could definitely have fun raising some hell. I would love to get a group of bloggers and do the grocery store one. I wonder if we’d get any takers. 😆


  6. Hi WC,

    Most excellent work, with many ideas I could use if we could afford either laptops or vacations. You did, however, miss the obvious, starting a travel blog 😉

    the Grit

    Hi Grit,
    You’re right…I did miss the ever-popular trog. The grocery store one doesn’t count, eh? Too bad. 😆


  7. No time to read anything, and not having time to read WC’s posts just seems like no time to enjoy life.
    Sorry my dear, I’ll catch up eventually.

    Hey Spaz,
    No worries, I figured you were busy. You have a life after all, unlike me for example. 😆


  8. Haha, cool ideas! Whenever I tell my non-blogging friends that I ahve a great idea for a blog, they think I’m Looney Tunes. Expanding the blog readers is a must!

    Hey Catchy!
    Well, maybe you should force-feed them some blog reading and they’d get into it. Especially if you are serving them magaritas on a hot afternoon. 😉


  9. I had my blog fodder together once. Sneezed and that crap is all over the place. Some places I really do not want to talk about. 😦

    OH btw. Your picture reminds me of a lot lizard I avoided at all costs. Same build. She wore white spandex shorts with a pink wife beater t-shirt and it seems to me she always had a dew “bag” on her head. Smelled like Galveston beaches and there is no doubt in my mind she had sand crabs in the bad places.

    LOL Squawky!
    That sounds like a big glass of twouble to me. 😆

    BTW, where you be? I can’t find you. Is your blog back and running? I miss your down home words of wisdom.


  10. Oh just click my name and you can catch me there.

    I finally settled that small problem of name infringement. I won btw. I don’t have to change my nick to Thalmus Razulala or something like that.

    Well, great minds think alike, cuz I just did that very thing and made some comments too. Glad to have you back in the fray. Missed you.


  11. Funny, funny funny..I can’t just think what to say. You wrote that so well. I’m wondering why I read it to myself in a different accent tho. I read it to myself in this…..Kinda er…’Rollup, rollup rollup…accent. Like a fairground man was trying to attract you to one of the rides sort of accent…. Thanks WC.


    Hey Di,
    That’s funny, but you know, sometimes I read things in my head in different accents – maybe the character just comes to life? I dunno. Glad you got a laugh. 😉


  12. You are a genius! I am so working out the details of my blog-cast. I’ll be able to do it from my inflatable blogger raft!

    Oh yay, can’t wait to see the blog-cast. 😆

    What’s your url, btw?



  13. I’m spending my summer deciphering del.ico.ous, digg, feedburner, technorati, RIPE, typekey, Whois, GeoURL, Google Analytics, and all those other bizarre, trendy, blog-o-terms.

    I mean really, what is this stuff all about and do we really need to digg or bury things? And why is that word separated by periods?

    I feel like an grownup missing the joke in an elementary school classroom…

    Hey Ham,
    If you figure them out, let me know. I’ve been doing this almost a year and I still don’t have a clue.


  14. The photo associated with this post was taken by my grandfather, Paul Altobell. He took it sometime in the early 1940’s. He loved that photo and had it blown up to 18X20 and proudly displayed it on his living room wall. I grew up staring at that photo. I believe he called the photo, “Lady that has no friends.”

    Hi Paul,
    This is very interesting information – your grandfather was a very talented photographer. I love the photo and would like to continue using it for this post but will remove it if you prefer. Thanks for reading.
    Writer Chick


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