Tuesday, June 16, 2009

My cute wry voice and hideous template

‘I will fucking rip you apart’ is the URL of a man/ men/syndicate/ blog reviewers called Love Bites.

Crowley introduced me to them and said go for it. So I did. I sent in my blog to be reviewed by the red-bandit brigade. This was a good 8 weeks ago, I think.

School’s over, results are out. Read full verdict here if you like. They said nice things. (I love the comments!) They also said some not very nice things. But with a name that ends with tear you apart, how could I have expected them to not have, right? Still, my heart bled. And since I don’t want anyone to think my blog design is hideous, I shall “revert back” to my old favourite header.

I suppose what I still won’t do is translate Hindi words to English. To write nimboo paani and put lemonade in brackets – I think not! At some stage, I might make my peace with asterisks and footnotes, but go read.

El: baby, the header is not me interviewing someone. I promise. This is just me listening intently to someone! =)

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

u deserve a 5 star.. am a fan!
also, just out of curiosity, is that u in the header pic?

Nimpipi said...

hello, yes, thank you, is:)

Indyeah said...

Thats a damn good review :))
and you deserve every bit of it :))
Congratulations !!:))

Indyeah said...

You deserve every bit of the praise I mean :D

Love Bites said...

Do you think maybe you could at least do a glossary on your site so that those of us who don't speak another language can interpret your posts?

Also, all the reviewers this week at least--ARE WOMEN. ;)

Love Bites said...

p.s. Do you want help with your template?

manu said...

I would say thats a pretty damn good review nimpip.. cant please the entire universe right? .... and I love the way El gave em the ol' one-two in the comments.. :D .. she got your back yo!

cathatfished said...

i LOVE the new template and hated the old one :D so, yaay!

Nimpipi said...

Indyeah: Thanks love. You're too kind.

Love Bites: I got defensive, did I not? Noo, I don't think you were 'harsh-harsh'... just well...teensy weensy bit bit harsh. Overall I love you. Look at me, taking your suggestions into account!

Reviewers, women, weally? Wow. I missed that vibe..

Anyway YES I NEED HELP WITH A TEMPLATE! Do YOU think the new header is better though? Less jarring, smaller, more personal? Say yes.

Manu: Sigh. What a guy. Eternal balm to my soul you are! XOXOXOXO

Cat: Hated?? Fine! Make me whimper.
(P.S: you owe me an email reply, bitch)

ian in hamburg said...

Hey, you did very well, considering the flaming middle fingers and other stinkbombs they fling about at random.

Inayat said...

no man, don't do the glossary/word thing. While I hate reading and not knowing the translations of certain french/spanish words used, I think the writers a poof if he/she includes a bracketed translation. I think you should pass on that.

And by 'interview' I recollect you said it was you listening to someone show off their memory or some such..and since you the journo I just thought ki maybe it was an informal interview type thing.

chandni said...

they were positively kind to you, going by the history of reviews ;)

Love Bites said...

Nim:

Still way too much crap in the sidebar. Header image is smaller, but now more difficult to read. Maybe put the text at the bottom of the header?

Love Bites said...

Some good templates here:

http://www.instantshift.com/2009/03/09/120-best-free-blogger-templates-around/

http://btemplates.com/

Nimpipi said...

Chandni: Helloo.. yaas, I'm greatful:)

Love B: look look, side bar = spring cleaned! good blogger feng shui plus ten points to me for obedience!=) Oh and thanks for those links. Just need to familiarise myself with html-type terms now. Or outsource the familiarisaton, it's more likely.

Nimpipi said...

Erm, I didn't look at every comment evidently...

IAN IN H: Helloo! Yep, I feel honoured! =)

Also, that thing you have on your blog about not receiving a nickle from google adsense? I agreed so wholeheartedly that i shift deleted my own stupid ad slug.

INAYAT: Good memory on YOU, woman! The someone is a lady I spent a lovely afternoon with a while back. Her age notwithstanding, she got dresssed and wore that mehndi-green sari because I was coming to meet her. =)

Trouble said...

Well done on the sidebar, Nimpip!

Nimpipi said...

Thenkyoooo thenkyooo!:) How clean is my valley! I see an example in your red though. Declutter, breathing space, good karma, all that..

kedar said...

your earlier template was much better. i mean the black on white. all you should have done was dusted the side bar. but, how do you explain black on orange? that too, puke orange? and guess what, your page is now 5 cages inside one big white cage. why?

Nimpipi said...

What does five cages inside one big cage mean? okay, I swapped orange with off white. Little bit of orange though, I still like.

kedar said...

here we go. picture cages the title. green box, a number. orange strip, the subtitle. off white, your posts. and the sidebar, those links. 5 down? cool. now, these five are cooped up inside a tall white one that runs from top to bottom.

i just think you should open it up. bring down the fences. let them breathe. and run into each other. and, trust me. it's okay to have a big yellow header. it's a header, right?

... said...

Hideous template or not.. I still love to read your blog!

Love Bites said...

Nim:

E-mail me at pillars_of_color@yahoo.com and we'll see what we can do with your template.

Rajiv said...

hey young lady,you r gud nd dont xchange ur ISTYLE. Aap sab ko khush nahi ker sakti kabhi bhi.
keep blogging nd best of luck
hav a nice future,maam ji

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