Um, hi. CRABBY MUCH? I told you I was hormonal. I mean, what in the blue blazes do I care about how other people mange their blogging hobbies? Do I give two shakes of a lamb's tail? NO I DO NOT.
Seriously! How does it affect me if people choose to focus on promotion rather than on creating something worth promoting? NOT AT ALL, that's how! Do I even notice who's doing it and who's not? No! Did I even know those promotional sites existed before LAST NIGHT? No! So what is in MY bonnet? How come I'm STILL making crabby remarks? I mean, look at that sentence about "promotion rather than creating something worth promoting." BIT-CHY.
And would I want someone else flouncing in telling ME how to handle MY blog hobby? Certainly not! Some people think ads are stupid, and what do I have over there?---->
A big old ad, that's what! Do I want someone saying, "Ads are stupid! What are you, a writer or a BILLBOARD? What are you doing, blogging or SHILLING FOR CAPITALISTS?" No! So what business do I have flouncing around saying that the promotion websites---which, as I say, I spent all of five minutes learning about---are stupid? None, that's what! NONE!
Furthermore, did I even take a few minutes to make sure I was making my alleged "point" clear? No! It was near bedtime, so I just dashed it off and went away in a snit. NICE. So now it's like I'm flinging dirt around at everyone who has ever hoped---utterly naturally---to attract more readers to their blog, and has taken perfectly ordinary steps to do so! NICE. And who was it who just finished saying that when you vent, you have to make sure the shrapnel will not hit innocent bystanders? THAT'S RIGHT.
Sigh. So here is what I am: sorry if you got hit by annoying little bits of my vent shrapnel. Because I didn't mean you. And I can say that with 100% certainty and 0% lying, because I had literally NONE OF YOU in mind, nor have I ever noticed your blog-promoting activities with narrowed eyes, nor do I care what blog-promoting activities you participate in. You know who I had in mind? An imaginary person, possibly based on my pyramid-scheme-participating high-school boyfriend: someone grasping at anything that looks like fame or fortune, no matter how stupid and useless. Someone who doesn't understand that attention for the sake of attention is meaningless and stupid. Yes, that sounds just like him. Well, or like Paris Hilton. And they don't sound anything like you, now do they? And so I should have been a little more careful before I started yelling at them, now shouldn't I?
So let's kiss and make up! I've got fudge AND brownies! The brownies turned out really awesome, too:
Kiss and Make Up Brownies
3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) butter
5 squares (5 ounces) unsweetened baking chocolate
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and butter a 9x13 pan. Melt butter and baking chocolate in a large saucepan. When melted, remove saucepan from heat and use saucepan as a mixing bowl. Add sugar, then add eggs and vanilla. Then add flour and salt. Then add pecans. Do not eat all the batter; instead, put it into buttered pan and then onward into the oven. Bake for 28 minutes. Remove from oven. Let cool (HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA---just a little joke there! Do not burn tongue on pecans.).
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