Thursday, December 18, 2008

First Time Ever! A Contest on HLAC!

While surfing the blogosphere, I have been impressed with how "fancy" some blogs are out there. My friend Pam's blog is uber fancy! She's even got a jukebox playing when you click over to her site. The music is great, it just scares my dog. (He is usually sitting on my lap when I'm on the computer.) I am fairly computer illiterate. I've been trying for weeks to expand my margins to no avail. (Hucklebuck, if you're reading this, I could use some advice!) Another interesting phenomenon on many blogs (especially blogs written by women), is "The Contest". I guess everyone loves a contest! Me, not so much. I'm just not very competitive. I know, I know...incredibly un-American, but what can I say, that's how I roll...

But for my loyal readers, I thought I would make this one exception. Especially since for some weird reason (aka - an SCL shout out), my site counter has been hitting some pretty impressive numbers. I also think people just like reading the comments. Although, I gotta tell you, unless you read all the blogs in my sidebar, you're likely to miss large segments of the conversation.

Back to the contest. Here's what I'm looking for. Find blogs in the following categories:

-funniest (don't say this one. Nobody likes a suck-up.)

-most thought provoking or challenging

-weirdest content (G or PG rated please)

-blog with the nicest layout

I'm sure you're all wondering what wonderful prizes await the winners in each category! Perhaps your own personalized slanket? A box of Hot Pockets! autographed by Jim Gaffigan? A sarcasm thesaurus? For those of you expecting a wonderful reward for HLAC's first contest, let me just say:

"I don't think so. Homey don't play that!"

It's not that I don't want to give out prizes. It's just that I can't deal with the pressure of having to actually mail anything out. I still have every one's CDs by the way. I also have 3 books for Mare sitting on my nightstand. I am a horrible procrastinator. I'll attempt to get the CDs and the books in the mail before Christmas, but I'm not making any promises!

But seriously, I'm interested in what ya'll come up with. I'll start:

Pigs and Pigs is, as the name would imply, a blog completely dedicated to pigs. Not even real pigs -- stuffed pigs, piggy banks, pig signs. If you have a freakish attraction to this kind of thing, this blog is Pigtastic!

Okay? You get it? GO!

P. S. - You're not allowed to use your own blog. (I don't think I need to mention any names here.)


Helen said...

calvacade of bad nativities. It is a blog devoted to bad nativity sets. Actually, I like some of them. others ( the ones entirely made up of dogs or cats) not so much.

Helen said...

Title the visitor sees.

katdish said...

Dang! Helen is gonna be hard to beat! That was some nativity awesomeness! Did you see the link the "Part II"? The "nativity set ping pong paddle", and "Were you raised in a barn?"

I think that just made my entire day!

Sherri said...

Most thought provoking/challenging would be

today's post, kinda' disturbing.

I'll get back with more later.

Annie K said...

Hey, some of us have to work around here. I don't have time to surf the net for fabulously ridiculous and funny blogs...

katdish said...

Oh, seriously Annie! I think you need to re-examine your priorities!

jamie {rose cottage} said...

I shall have to ponder. But just had to say, I love your quote at the top of your sidebar, especially combined with the photo. LOL!

Stacey said...

I'm probably showing my nerdy side but I get a huge kick out of The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks.

No, it's not always laugh-out-loud funny but it makes me smile every day!

Hucklebuck said...

There are lots of sites out there with pre-made designs for your blog. It's just a matter of copying and pasting code.

Here is one that Stacey used for her blog: Once you click on a background you like, they give you step by step instructions on how to update your blog.

If you have any questions or problems, let me know.

katdish said...

Stacey - LOVE that blog! I've been guilty of the unnecessary quotation mark myself. I'm a fan of "air quotation marks" myself.

Huck - Thanks! I'll check it out. You're alright for a little, plastic shiny dude!

Sherrie - checked it out. You're right pretty tough to watch. I made like 3 different comments on there. He' probably like, "Okay. I get it. Shut up already!"

Oh, and here's my vote for best blog layout: Steele the Day. Cuz I'm a sucker for polka dots, and I like her choice of muted colors. (Listen to me, acting all decorator and what not.)

And for funniest, because I like to think I put the Asian in Caucasian, here's my fav: engrish dot com

Sherri said...

You spelled my name wrong.

Stacey said...

Katdish, I feel your pain. If there were a blog, about unnecessary comma use, it would, surely, be just for me. :) Thankfully, the "air comma" never caught on.

Oh, and for cutest blog layout I like my friend Andrea's on her book blog:

Beth said...

Ha. I am horrible about mailing things, too. I'm even better about making justifications as to why I didn't send something. I have Jon's birthday card that I got ready last week STILL at my house and his birthday is TOMORROW. My justification? Well...I've been kinda busy...maybe it'll be funnier if arrives a month or two late.

I'm not good at contests. You see how my submission to Sherri's contest went. Expect something similar. Unless you really do give me a personalized slanket. Then I'll be scouring the internet for the best blogs until my husband pries my little laptop from my cold, cold fingers.

Steph at The Red Clay Diaries said...

Okay, I have a weird one, but I can't figure out how to make a link. (argh)

As for funniest...
Sherri, I'll nominate you if you nominate me! (Don't tell Katdish!)

katdish said...

To the person whose name I spelled wrong:

I'm sorry. Does "Smurfette" have one "t" or two?

Anonymous said...

Helen! Hahaha you're supposed to change "Title the visitor sees" to the name of the website. Or "Click Here" or something. That was hilarious.

For most thought-provoking, I would probably say Persecution Blog.

Sherri said...

I nominate Steph@redclaydiaies as the funniest blogsite.


Not just because she told me to either. It is a really funny site!

*Ya' know Katdish, you really need to watch your spelling and grammer in your comments.I'm a very detailed oriented person now and it's very distracting. Thank you.

Sherri said...

to view Steph's funny blog.

Beth said...

It's not a blog, but it's just for

katdish said...

Steph and Smurfette are disqualified.

Beth - Thanks. You know by sending me that, you're basically telling me to expect more of the same in your world premiere snuggie video.

Angela wins for most thought-provoking. (I haven't even had time to look at it yet, but considering Angela is the only person on this comments page (besides Jamie - and she didn't enter) that can be serious for more than 5 minutes in a row. I'm sure it's the winner.

Don't like my rules? Tough!

Steph at The Red Clay Diaries said...

My life is now complete. After thoroughly perusing the Cavalcade of Bad Nativities, I can go on to my reward.

If you have not gone to that site, stop everything and GO.

No! No time to leave a comment for Katdish! Just go! Go! GO!

Why are you still here?! You must not miss the naked troll Mary and Joseph! And the LAWN GEESE? With a rubber duckie baby Jesus? Spectacular.

Okay. I'm done.

Katdish, do you know where I can get any free samples of this ginkgo biloba of which you speak?

sherri smurfette said...

Yo Steph! Smurfette here waiting for the reciprical shout out to my blogsite?

Was that just a trick?

I don't care if we are disqualified. You need to keep your word!

(I fall for this kind of stuff all the time!) ;0

Anonymous said...

Most thought-provoking: She's a very wise little cat.

Funny, weird, and beautiful photography:

One of the worlds great story tellers:

Sweet, funny, and some of the cutest kid pictures:

Last but not even least:
Edgy, funny, heartbreaking, and real.

WV ticanic = What you really have if you eat outside in Texas.

Steph at The Red Clay Diaries said...

I totally and wholeheartedly nominate smurfette's blog for funniest. Because it is absolutely, without a doubt, the most thigh-slappingly hilarious and entertaining site in the world, lo in the entire universe.


Anonymous said...

My friend Chris, blogs about his life in general...with a 5 yr old daughter named Gracie. He's hysterical & heartfelt about life. You generally need a PSA for liquids when reading.
Check out Normal Chaos at

katdish said...

Hey guys,

I deleted a few comments here, not due to anything you said, but because of my general snarkiness. I don't want this to become my little soapbox to the world! (unlesss we're talking about the prosperity gospel, of course!) Thanks for setting me straight!

Anonymous said...

Yay! I won! I won!