I wasn’t quite sure what I would be getting with this blog. The title of “Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans” could be taken any number of ways. It could be that the author moved, it could have to do with Katrina, it could be that the author actually won a pageant and became “Miss New Orleans” and well it could be a bunch of other stuff too.
But when I first arrived, I noticed the title was “I can leave my hat on” which doesn’t mention New Orleans at all. The url mentions New Orleans, so I knew I was in the right place, just that the author changed directions.
There was one other thing I noticed: blarring music of some song I never heard of. This isn’t myspace. This isn’t the year 2000 when midi files were all the rage. It is 2007 and a little boundary for the music would be nice. An option to turn it on is always better than forcing me to turn it off (more on this later).
The author is Laurie and has been posting for a long time. A really long time. Her blog goes all the way back to October of 2004 and this is where I get the original idea for the blog. A place for Laurie to reminisce about her vacations past with friends in New Orleans.
This leads to some issues I have with blogging. Namely posting too much information. It is one thing to talk about old stories and not name names. But it is another to post pictures to go along with the stories for the world to see. I don’t know how many people I have talked to since I started this site about what lines to cross and which ones not to. Sure the pictures might not seem like they are bad, but what happens when your kids, or in Laurie’s case, her grandkids find the site and ask about the bars and the partying and all the other stuff? I just don’t recomend posting so much personal stuff.
With that said, the most recent posts about the bird were extremely funny (cause they are true) and gave me insight where the other posts would be going. Laurie posted this blog under humor, and most of the posts are rather funny. It is written in such a way that it is very easy to read and like a good comedy you know you will enjoy it.
There are two things I think the author should change. The first is the music that plays automatically. Maybe it isn’t so bad for new readers who don’t venture off of one page, but for someone like me who goes through almost the entire site, it gets annoying. The second, as mentioned, is the personal stuff needs to be toned down just a bit. While I like some of the details, as I said, some lines are just too far.
On the plus side this is a very enjoyable blog. I think most people will find themselves entertained by the way Laurie writes. It is almost as if she considers each and every reader her closest friend. Overall I have to give this blog a 3 because of the two big flaws I listed above.Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans