Tuesday, October 15, 2013

questions the internet makes me ask

I spend a lot of time reading blogs these days - probably more than I should. I see a few things pop up over and over, so you probably do too. Maybe we have some of the same questions. In case we do, I have researched answers to the questions that the internet, and blogging in particular, makes me ask.

What the hell is Fireball?

Y'all, I had never heard of this til I entered the blog world. Maybe it's because I don't frequent bars and didn't go away to college, but it is cinnamon flavored whiskey. That sounds terrible! Probably because I prefer drinks that taste like kool-aid. But bloggers love the stuff! So maybe I will too?

What is a Type B personality?

SO many bloggers call themselves Type A. I was reading Kerry's post and had to wonder - what are the traits of a Type B personality? So, I went to the most reliable information source in all the land - wikipedia - and learned this:

" The theory describes a Type A individual as ambitious, rigidly organized, highly status conscious, can be sensitive, truthful, impatient, always try to help others, take on more than they can handle, want other people to get to the point, proactive, and obsessed with time management. People with Type A personalities are often high-achieving "workaholics" who multi-task, push themselves with deadlines, and hate both delays and ambivalence.

People with Type B personality by definition generally live at a lower stress level and typically work steadily, enjoying achievement but not becoming stressed when they are not achieved. When faced with competition, they do not mind losing and either enjoy the game or back down. They may be creative and enjoy exploring ideas and concepts. They are often reflective, thinking about the outer and inner worlds."

It makes sense why so many bloggers describe themselves as being Type A. I don't know many people who aren't stressed out when they don't achieve, but if this is you, please teach me your calm ways.

Who decided that pumpkin and chocolate go together?

I guess you all did. Let's agree to disagree with this one as I am definitely in the minority. I just can't wrap my brain around pumpkin spice M&Ms.

Why so many rules?

I like linkups. I think a lot of us like linkups - a blog topic I don't have to think much about and the possibility of new readers? Sign me up! But then there are rules with linkups like you need to follow all the hosts (there are 10 of them) in multiple ways (there are at least five options) and it's too much clicking! All I want to do is type my post and crop my own image in the linky tool and try to make new friends! I get that it's a way to come together and market your blog but do you want me to sign up to follow you just so your numbers increase? I mean maybe, I get that, I guess, but don't you want participation in your linkup too? There were a few different opinions about this on twitter yesterday and I would love to hear yours. And don't even get me started on giveaways... I have to really want something or it has to be ridiculously easy for me to enter one. Also, I am lazy and I enjoy going against the grain.

How do you get your nails so perfect?

My friend Joey tried to answer this the other day (perhaps via email as I can't find a blog post) and said that she washes her hands with really hot water and then gets rid of the excess polish by... picking. My word, not hers. Is that your secret? Because my nails are always a mess.

Can you provide more insight into any of these questions? What are some questions the internet has made you ask?


  1. Back when I used to do link-ups (I find that fewer and fewer have interesting, not-shallow topics), I thought the rules about following were ridiculous as well. The same with hops and give-aways. Do the hosts really think anyone will sign up to follow all 10+ of them?

    Outside of an occasional pumpkin spice Frappuccino, I don't quite care for the seasonal craze. Funny that you mention pumpkin spice and chocolate, because I have seen so many chocolate pumpkin spice cookie recipes!

  2. I avoid getting nail polish on my skin by not going near the "edges". It's hard to explain typing it out, but it works. And even though I didn't get paint on the entire nail, it's still close enough that it gives off the illusion that I have paint covering the entire nail. Maybe I could try a tutorial sometime :) If I make any mistakes I just quick wipe it away before it dries. If you ever get your nails professionally done, watch them hawk-eyed, you might learn a few tips and tricks.

    I stopped participating in blog hops because of having to follow 10million hosts every week. One-two hosts are okay, but more than that gets crazy.

  3. Okay now i get why most bloggers are Type A. We multitask like mofos!! I have never had Fireball and probably never will. I am not a big pumpkin person so I don't get all the hype. The linkup where they have 5 hosts and 5 co-hosts and go follow them all, no thanks buh-bye!! Too much.

  4. I take my time with my nails, wait a long time between coats, and scrub the cuticles in the shower the next time I get in. So I always do my nails at night or many hours before I get in the shower to go out. I actually see a lot of bloggers post at home manis that look like an epic mess to me. LOL

    I am Type A and a first child.

    Fireball sounds awful and hideous and when people rip a hole in their stomach from it, they'll learn.

    I don't mind following two to three hosts ONE way, and I always link back to the host in my blog post. But I don't want to follow more than three hosts any way.

  5. I had never heard of Fireball either until I started seeing it all over blogs. Pretty sure I had enough Goldschlager in college to never make me want cinnamon in my liquor again!

    I will click my way right off the page if I have to follow more than one person. How do they manage their reading list?!

    I haven't had pumpkin and chocolate together yet, but I'm sure I'd like it because I like all things chocolate. :)

    I am a weird mix between Type A and Type B. It's pretty frustrating to the Type A side of me!!

  6. but for reals, all the extra rules to sign up for giveaways is the worst. i won't do it if i have to more than comment or already be following you on bloglovin' #lazy

  7. I am with you on the Fireball. Never had it, never knew what it was until I started blogging. Same with piko tops...I'm still not entirely sure I know what the hell they are.

    I am on board with some pumpkin and chocolate--like pumpkin brownies and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Pumpkin spice M&Ms just sound disgusting though.

  8. Haha, I totally hear you on the too many rules for link ups. Some of them make you do 400 million things!!!

  9. I had my first taste of Fireball whiskey not too long ago. It was a free shot, so I figured why not. Ugh. Think red hot (like the candies) flavor that burns all the way down your throat. There is a reason I don't normally take shots -- ones that are straight liquor are sooo gross.

    Pumpkin spice M&Ms? Yuck! I like chocolate chips in my pumpkin bread. Yep, chocolate chips go into the mix. :) I would prefer chocolate chips in my pumpkin bread, rather than cream cheese. (Call me crazy, I know.)

  10. I prefer candy corn M&M's...I don't think I could handle the pumpkin spiced ones. I am guilty of PSL from Starbuck's though. I have looked forward to those for years and years! I don't understand the Fireball craze either, however...I recently heard some people dump a shot of it in apple cider beer. Now, that might be good if it is a lot of cinnamon and not so much a whiskey taste. I am not a fan of the whiskey.

    I wont participate in a link up or give away if it requires me to follow more than two people. Some of the give aways get ridiculous. I don't want anything THAT bad!

    I am at a loss for the nails. I don't make too much of a mess but they aren't perfect, and mine chip within a day. Do yours chip? I mean we all type up our blogs. How does one simply not chip?!

  11. I am one of the people who will (would) complete all of the giveaway demands, then undo all I had to do when I know the giveaway has ended and a winner has been chosen. So...I don't think it is having the outcome they desire. Maybe I'm the only one.
    Yuck at whiskey. No, thank you. Clear liquors only for me ... not that I'm a raging alcoholic. Just if I drink...anyway.
    New reader and love your blog!

  12. I agree, not a fan of those M&M's!

  13. I disagree! That fireball stuff is nasty! Not good! Pass on it!

    The neuroscientist in me must respond to the Type A vs Type B....it doesn't exists! It's just a popculture tool to try and pigeon hole people into a category; not a thing though.

  14. Yuck. I do NOT like fireball. It tastes like red hot candies, but it burns sooo bad. I don't really like shots though.

    And I know what you mean about all the rules. I hate it! I guess it's just an easy way for them to gain followers really fast, but I'd rather gain readers because my content is awesome.

  15. Wow, I haven't heard about Fireball in a long time! Like you said - it was college! I wish I could be type B. Seems like life would be a bit easier LOL
    I agree with the rules point. I never know if I've done enough!! I think perfect nails = lots of professional manicures!!

  16. Goodness, I wish I could answer your questions but, unfortunately, I have the same ones!

  17. I think type B personality people don't care enough to label themselves as a 'type' lol

  18. I haven't tried the M&Ms, but have you ever had a bite of an Oreo pumpkin cheesecake? Because those things are really really delicious (IMO). And Fireballs basically taste like Dentyne Ice, which I like, but I also like whiskey in general.

    As for nails, I gotta go to the salon to get them anywhere near looking like these bloggers!


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