Review 2876

The !omg blog, which for those who don’t know “OMG” is an acronym for Oh My God, thus the, oh my god blog.

This humorous blog by New York City blogger, Frank, stays true to its title and features funny news items and comical photos. Frank has been blogging for awhile now, his archives go back to June 2003, which can explain why his blog seems natural and not forced.

His posts feature commentary on reality shows like Survivor and The Amazing Race to a news story on the opening of a Chinese KFC and Eliot Spitzer running for New York state governor. Plus crazy product reviews like a full facial coverage ski mask to finger Shocking Roulette. Oh there are links to some adult content, but nothing mature Internet readers aren’t able to handle.

The design is simple, without the cartoon designs that have become popular, and it was not done by a blog designer either. Instead the site has a plain black background with pink navigational bars, giving it a clean and easy to use feel. The right hand column has the typical blog features, calendar, links and buttons. His list of links named “You Should,” links to horoscopes, a tarot reader, a French blog directory and NY subway map that are diverting and useful.

I would have liked to have seen an About Me section, so I could learn more about Frank besides what was listed in his posts and links.

Overall, I found !! omg blog !! to be an enjoyable and entertaining read without pretense.!! omg blog !!

Review 2784

I always have a bit of apprehension going to weblogs titled “Inside the Mind of [insert name here],” because it seems that the inside of people’s minds are scary places. But, Cali’s mind isn’t scary at all, in fact, it’s rather upbeat. Cali’s weblog, “Inside the Mind of Cali,” was like reading an inspirational poster. And while some people might think that that it would be annoying, it was actually very refreshing to see someone talking about the brighter things in life…especially when many weblogs have become an outlet for teenage angst.

Cali begins many entries with links to articles of someone overcoming extreme odds in their life, and then reflects on her own life by comparing and contrasting the article. Her writing style reminded me of “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” I also loved how rhythmic some of her sentences where. For example: “Ever meet someone who is a mirror of yourself? The same background, the same feelings. The same likes and dislikes. Looking at them is like looking into a mirror of yourself a few years back, walking down a path that feels like no one has walked before” is just one example of how Cali’s sentences flow into one another, like a lullaby.

I will admit that at first, I couldn’t believe anyone could be so cheerful all the time! I actually tried to find some flaw, some angst, some despair in her weblog. I checked as many entries as I could, but somewhere in the November archives, I gave up and accepted that Cali tries to see the silver lining of every cloud. It gives her weblog a very diary-esque quality.

My one beef with the whole thing is the weblog’s layout. I found my eyes straining to read the bright blue text against the black background, where some of the text was in bold and some was not. The link color was a bright aqua color and sometimes got lost in all the blue and black on the webpage.

But otherwise, “Inside the Mind of Cali” is a good read, simply because it makes you reflect on your own life and try to find your own silver-lined cloud.Inside the Mind of Cali