I mentioned this recently at The Other Blog: The Other Blog is going to be no more as of the end of the year. Which is kind of a drag, because in addition to the handy payment that gig dished up on a monthly basis (one thing I’ve really come to appreciate in the world of freelancing: predictability. In my experience, it tends to be a feast-or-famine situation where I’m either drowning in assignments or sitting around trying to word one of those Oh hiiii, just checking in, reminding you of my presence and availability and dirty, dirty love for your sweet, sweet checks emails) I’ve really enjoyed writing over there. It’s been nice to have a specific place to put the All Mommyblog, All the Time stuff, not that I’ve exactly kept it out of this blog but you know what I mean.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking of what to do with Purple Is a Fruit, and I’d love to get your feedback. Look, I made a POLL:

What should happen to Purple is a Fruit?
Create a new blog and continue posting to it the same way you’ve been doing at ClubMom
Forget doing another blog, just include more parenting crap here on this site
I don’t care about parenting stuff, so . . . you know, do whatever you want. God.
  
pollcode.com free polls

If you have an “Other” (Lair, Cave, etc) type of answer, hit me up in the comments. Cool? Cool.

In other news, JB recently told me he thought I seemed more “complainy” with this pregnancy. This he said to a woman the size of a African rhino with heartburn, the Jimmy Leg, chronically demented sinuses, and a need to visit the bathroom approximately 829156 times per night.

And so with that in mind, I will tell you, despite being EXPRESSLY FORBIDDEN to do so, that JB is a man who gets choked up during “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”.

Ha. So there.

Lastly, if you haven’t already seen these great WoW ads, please enjoy. The first one makes wonder just why I haven’t had more Mr. T in my life in recent years.

Comments

38 Responses to “Maybe Mr. T is pretty handy with computers!”

  1. Kirsten on November 27th, 2007 3:02 pm

    I have to wonder why you didn’t choke him for that comment. Does he not know ANYTHING about pregnant women? My husband has learned how to duck fast if he dares to make any comments about my complaining because I will surely throw something directly at his head.
    Besides – it’s much different for you this time around, what with the toddler wrangling and all :)

  2. angela on November 27th, 2007 3:03 pm

    Can you perhaps “pitch” Purple to the people over at WorkIt? Or another MomCommunity? Maybe you can turn it into another paycheck.

  3. Sandy on November 27th, 2007 3:11 pm

    I second Angela’s suggestion. Maybe to Alphamom?

  4. Michele on November 27th, 2007 4:09 pm

    I am a WoW player (If you are too, let me know your server!) and I got so excited about those commercials. My husband and I wanted The Shat to say, “Froootshhhooooock” with his hands. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, nevermind… I’m crawling back under my geek rock now.

  5. Pickles & Dimes on November 27th, 2007 4:09 pm

    With your rabid following, I think you should try to pitch it to someone else.

    And my husband gets the same way during Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. And he’d probably kill me for admitting it too.

  6. fairydogmother on November 27th, 2007 4:31 pm

    You know, with the holiday season upon us I hope that while JB does his shopping he considers the fact that he has a lot of making up to do for that comment.

    I would be sending my honey to go shopping at the Apple store or perhaps Expedia, but that’s just me. ;)

  7. Anne L. on November 27th, 2007 4:37 pm

    Oooh, JB is so busted.

  8. andrea on November 27th, 2007 4:46 pm

    I’ll miss the other blog, but think you should concentrate on finding yourself more paying gigs, rather than just keeping all of us happy. Or there is always the option of taking that time and spending it on yourself or shortly on a new little human that is coming your way.

    I can picture a little tear running down JB’s face. For the record, it makes me weepy too, but then again, I am a hormonal woman. just saying.

  9. Bianca on November 27th, 2007 4:59 pm

    Isn’t Milk and Cookies a paying gig too? If so, I’m with Angela for pitching “Purple” there as well.

  10. Keaton on November 27th, 2007 5:08 pm

    I’d say JB has got the right idea: it’s funny to pick on someone who, as soon as they might get angry, would have to run to the bathroom before they could extract any sort of due punishment. Way to be a man!

  11. sundry on November 27th, 2007 5:20 pm

    andrea: for what it’s worth, I do consider time spent blogging (at least on the more personal blogs) to be time well spent on myself. I mean, otherwise I’d be clicking my heels and shouting WOO HOO NO MORE CLUBMOM, you know? More non-blog paying gigs would be really really good (and I am definitely pursuing what I can), but nowhere near as fun as writing about how I got poop in my ear after a particularly stressful diaper change. Not that, uh, that’s ever happened.

  12. Shawna on November 27th, 2007 5:23 pm

    What I’m curious about is, what will happen to the Purple is a Fruit archives? Can you move them somewhere or are they technically not your property?

  13. samantha jo campen on November 27th, 2007 5:31 pm

    I just wrote a post today about me being complain-y too. And how I felt guilty about it. But screw it–we’re pregnant. IT’S OUR RIGHT!

    I say pitch Purple to a place that could pay you. But if not, then keep writing it seperate. I’m sure you’d keep your audience if you don’t have a lot of crossover. Unless you want to merge. Then do that.

    See? Aren’t I helpful? :-)

  14. jonniker on November 27th, 2007 5:59 pm

    What I loved about Purple is a Fruit is that it was always about being a parent, and it was varied in length. Some days, it was just a moment, but when that moment stood alone, it was much more special than it would have been had it been tacked on the end of a post.

    Personally, I would like to see you continue it as some sort of stand-alone entity whether you get paid or not (I’ve always been of the mind that paid blogging gigs are … well, very temporary, but that could be my own jaded-ass mind). If you like to do it (which I think you do), then hell yes, do it for you (and, um, me, but who’s counting?).

    Also, by “stand alone” that could just be some sort of series here, if you don’t want to host another site (because I know that gets expensive, I know it does).

    I’ll really miss Purple is a Fruit. It was by far my favorite paid blog anywhere, because it never felt like you were doing it to get paid. It was obvious that you really dug it, and that made ME dig it even more.

  15. andrea on November 27th, 2007 6:09 pm

    Poop in your ear? I don’t remember reading that one… Of course blogging about your mom life is time well spent. I should have said spend the time really relaxing–although writing can be a very relaxing process–especially when there are no deadlines involved. Whatever you end up doing be sure to keep us filled in on all the poop stories.

  16. Cari on November 27th, 2007 7:04 pm

    Everything Jonniker said. Exactly.

  17. willikat on November 27th, 2007 7:07 pm

    i think you’ll be wildly successful whatever you decide. i think you should be getting paid for all your writing! i read all three of your blogs, but it is kind of nice to have them segmented. you’ll have a crazy good audience no matter what.

  18. Colleen on November 27th, 2007 8:24 pm

    I absolutely LOVE Purple is a Fruit. It would be fantastic if you could continue it as a separate blog. My reasoning is partially because I love the name of that blog so much. Which is sort of random, but anyway… In sum, if you write it, I’ll read it.

  19. Donna on November 27th, 2007 9:14 pm

    Haven’t you realized yet that no matter what you write, or where you write it, we will read it?
    If you can get paid for it, that’s a perk for you…..the fact that we can read your stuff? Perk for us! Just let us all know where to go, that’s all we need.
    And JB? You’re in troooouuuble!

  20. Josh on November 27th, 2007 10:45 pm

    Alright, now that I made my presence formidably felt in your puny poll, (do whatever you want as long as you keep my belly aching from laughter and other assorted feelings of goodness) I will dish out some wicked wisdom from the depths of hell. I too get choked up during Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. And I almost cried once during Dirty Jobs. And you can all kiss my manly white ass if you think it’s sissy to shed tears during the movie 300. I mean, the guy said “the good Lord saw fit to give me a spare [eye]!” Holy fuck that’s moving! And no, I’m not joking, I’m serious. For real. That made me cry in public. Tell JB he’s got nothing to be ashamed of. Constructing homes in only a few days as a gift for deserving families is a moving thing. Charity with tools is the only manly form of charity! I cried for real when they came to Raleigh. It was beautiful. Sometimes it’s ok to feel emotions. Like when you have a new love, or a kid, or you kill someone with your bare hands. As long as you don’t pout about like some rhino with RLS, it’s still manly. (bahahaha, sweet burn huh Sundry? Didn’t see that coming did you! Nah, I’m kidding)

    And WOW is nasty lame. I hate to say it on the internet, because I’m sure “they” are watching, but for real. LAME! Golden Eye 007 was cool. Super Mario World was cool. Tekken 3 was cool. WOW is retardedly gay. Stop playing it and never mention magic or gnomes again, ever.

    Side note: Mr. T is awesome, and one day I hope my already gigantic balls grow big enough to shave my hair like his. Or if they don’t, I’ll just join the Hell’s Angels and tattoo my eyes pure red so I scare UFC fighters more when I eat them alive, because that is way less manly than Mr. T’s hair.

  21. Josh on November 28th, 2007 12:26 am

    Damn, back to what you originally posted about. I guess I sort of missed it and whatnot. My bad Sundry, I got off topic. Anyway, should you start a new mommy blog of your own, post more mommy shit here, or just do whatever the fuck/hell you want? Well, I never got most of the stuff on Purple IAF. I’m clearly not a mother, and upon closer inspection, I’m not even a parent. In fact, it’s sort of weird that I read your blog at all.

    But I do enjoy your parenting stuff. I love how you feel like the good year blimp, and your kid shits in your ear, and every step of development you find some way to get a picture that you can poke fun at about how your kid is right this minute!

    However, I also love the other stuff. The stuff that makes you yourself, without the child involved, because I know that part will never go away. I like the adult side. And before JB even pipes up, shut it dude, I meant the grown past Captain Planet stage. The, I am a fucking adult and blogging about being a mother is not the only thing I do stage. I love the zombies, cussing and even the occasional sex reference. (see piledriver) I wish my life were as interesting in as little a vulgar way. It’s like your life is Mulberry. (but I’m no Barney Fife)

  22. Amanda on November 28th, 2007 12:30 am

    I bought Mr. T talking keychains at stupid,dotcom several years ago. Best stocking stuffer ever. I pity the fool who doesn’t have one.

  23. Jem on November 28th, 2007 5:10 am

    I’m not sure why, but this made me think of you. Maybe because of your workplace?

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/books/nonfiction/9d7b/

  24. Eric's Mommy on November 28th, 2007 6:53 am

    Mr.T is AWESOME!!!!

  25. Leticia on November 28th, 2007 8:01 am

    Ditto Jonniker.

  26. FashionNoob on November 28th, 2007 8:18 am

    I love that WoW ad. My husband is currently in full addiction.

  27. GoingLoopy on November 28th, 2007 8:28 am

    So, Sundry – DO you play WoW?

    I’m another WoW dork who will admit it. I LIKE MAGIC AND GNOMES AND ESPECIALLY MY GNOME WHO DOES MAGIC AND HAS HAIR THAT LOOKS LIKE A PENIS ON HER HEAD.

    *ahem*

    As to the Purple is a Fruit question, you were sort of struggling with the “what to do with Milk and Cookies” issue – why not make that one Purple is a Fruit, and since the Milk & Cookies seems to be more focused on product/activity recommendations, post those things on SundryBuzz?

    Even though I’m not a parent, I like Purple….because you remind me of some of my friends who ARE parents, and because you’re honest about the good and bad. If you end up posting more parent-y stuff here, I don’t think anyone will quit reading. :)

  28. H on November 28th, 2007 8:57 am

    Ditto on Josh’s second comment. I am a parent, but my kids are much older. I find your commentary on parenting entertaining and interesting, but I read your blog because you’re funny and your posts are thought-provoking, regardless of the subject. I voted for the last option, but not because I am disinterested in the parenting topic.

  29. Kristie on November 28th, 2007 9:58 am

    I think you aren’t human if you don’t get choked up during that show. I mean, have you seen how pretty Ty Pennington is?!

  30. telegirl on November 28th, 2007 11:32 am

    I already voted for adding more parenting tidbits on this site, but I got to thinking that your other site is so “squeaky clean”. Can you even say the f-bomb there? So, either dirty-up your PIAF and add it here or combine the other two. Purple is a Cookie? :)

  31. Brooke on November 28th, 2007 4:55 pm

    Well, I’ll read you whether you have one blog or two or three, so you should Mommyblog wherever. I like your parenting stuff, especially since your new boy will be about 2 months older that my new boy [grabs coattails and hangs on].

  32. Niki on November 29th, 2007 12:07 pm

    I’m torn. I read tons of ‘mommy blogs’, and I’ve got Purple Is a Fruit bookmarked. Sometimes I wish I heard more parenting discussion on this site, but…I don’t know. I like being able to choose between the two.

    That said, I’m sure I’ll read you whatever you decide to do. Unless this new font drives me crazy. I find it very very hard to read, and I find myself reading fewer of your posts because of it. (*worry*)

  33. She Likes Purple on November 30th, 2007 4:16 pm

    Linda, I think you should know that I’m trying to have a baby and I have thought about how freaking excited I’ll be when I get good and knocked up and I can read Purple is a Fruit for more than just a deep appreciation for your funny and brilliant writing skills. When I can read it for parent tips and suggestions.

    PLEASE KEEP IT AS A SEPARATE BLOG.

    Pleeeeeeeeeeease.

    Ignore all 300 people who said to just incorporate stuff over here.

    I also like Purple and think all blogs that reference purple in any way should be maintained.

    Forever.

    (That was kind of guilt-inducing and also a little crazy, wasn’t it? My apologies! Kisses!)

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