Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New Stuff

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

Today's title has multiple meanings. First, when you look to the left, you'll see I have installed a search engine on my blog (this was yesterday's 31DBBB Challenge). You can search any word and it'll pull up all my entries that have that word (you know, just like Google would do, LoL). It's apparently supposed to also be able to search my tweets, but that feature doesn't seem to be working quite yet. Still, I'm kinda impressed that I got it on there without asking for any technical help from one of the boys. Please, try it out! :) (and let me know if it's not finding something you know it should, etc.)

The other meaning for the title fits back with the 'new' theme of the blog. I need new stuff to draw new users. Since the announcement that I was going to stop doing the internet tools on Fridays, I lost 8 RSS subscribers, which is a fairly large number when you consider that this isn't read by as many people as the big-name blogs, where 8 people leaving may not constitute a big deal.

So, the new blog is going to have some rhyme and reason. Mondays are still going to follow the normal series that I do. I am going to aim for 3-4 posts each week, and they are going to each have a different format. On Fridays I plan to review the shows I watched in the previous week. Now, I know it's the off-season for a lot of stuff, but I watch four TLC shows (three currently running new episodes), and at least two hours of other stuff daily (like I've been on a big Jeopardy!) kick lately. Another post (probably the Wednesday ones) will just be lists. Sometimes they will be questions to think about, or shows that have something in common, or plots that have been overdone. The fourth post of the week (which will probably not always happen, and is subject to be on random days as I see fit) will include a game/contest, along with more trivia-esque stuff. I'm hoping this will get some more people involved with commenting and such.

Now, to leave you with a tad of a list (since the length of my posts is generally a complaint)...

Since I talked about Flash Forward a couple of days ago, I figured I'd give a nod to the other Disney Channel original shows, and a brief comment on each.
- Flash Forward, obviously being the first.
- The Famous Jett Jackson, I once entered a contest to spend a day with Lee Thompson Young, the eponymous character. (didn't win)
- Bug Juice, a show that I thought only excelled in its first season.
- So Weird, was too X-Files for me.
- The Jersey, had some awesome guest stars, but the circumstances were so fake.
- Even Stevens, some great storylines, but adding Beans was too "Cousin Oliver" for me.
- In a Heartbeat, which I've never heard of.
- Totally Circus, which was semi-interesting, but I think it woulda been cooler to focus on older kids.
- Lizzie McGuire, where Lizzie and Gordo never really do get together. Oh, and a huge plug for three-way calling.
- The Proud Family, I hated that grandmother character.
- Totally Hoops, which was lame and lasted all of one season.
- Kim Possible, which somehow wouldn't die.
- Totally in Tune, which aired the summer after I graduated high school, and I never saw it.
- That's So Rave, which somehow managed to kill my great memories of sweet Olivia on The Cosby Show.
- Lilo & Stitch: The Series, which I am too shallow to watch. I actually don't like watching the Lilo & Stitch movies because I don't like the "realistic bodies" on animated characters, LoL.
- Dave the Barbarian, which I never realized was running on Disney, for some reason I thought it was a Cartoon Network show.
- Phil of the Future, had a great premise, but after two episodes, I was too bored to continue.
- Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, which I refused to even give a chance.
- American Dragon: Jake Long, which I have never heard of.
- The Buzz on Maggie, which had a cute premise... but I never saw it since it seemed to be over so quickly.
- The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, which I still will watch when it comes on. I really think this show is hilarious.
- The Emperor's New School, I gave it more than enough chances to impress me. I LOVED the film (flashback to first seeing it in Bio II when Hoier was away or something), but the show is just blah.
- The Replacements, never saw it... the commercials just aren't appealing.
- Cory in the House, which is a ridiculous idea. And a spin-off of Raven, so I won't plan on ever watching.
- Hannah Montana, is a semi-cool premise, but too tweeny for my tastes.
- Phineas and Ferb, just looks too 1980s-Rocko for me to get into it.
- Wizards of Waverly Place, which is pretty decent. If I was ten years younger, I'd probably be all over it. I might catch it sometime, but it's only so-so.
- The Suite Life on Deck, which I actually have not yet caught on television. But, it has been renewed, so maybe I'll have a shot one of these days.
- Sony with a Chance, I haven't heard of, but sounds like I wouldn't enjoy it. I don't do that SNL/30 Rock thing.
- JONAS, which will premiere on May 2nd. It's about the Jonas brothers (who have the last name Lucas in the series?) and how to be a pop star but have an ordinary life. Nope, not planning on catching this one, either.
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