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TGIF – Links from the Blogads Network

by Paige Wilcox
Friday, October 5th, 2012

It’s Friday! In celebration of this momentous occasion, especially if this will also be a long weekend for you thanks to Columbus Day, here are some completely unrelated but highly enjoyable posts floating around the Blogads network:

GalaDarling gives a round-up of some of her recent favorite Internet finds:

A round-up within a round-up. This is very inception-y.

Design Seeds offers up pretty design inspiration based on colorful yarn:

Almost inspires a person to learn how to knit. Almost.

Immaculate Infatuation’s weekly Friday Fives feature gets a revamped format from Anson Mount of Hell on Wheels:

Rather than Mount just giving a straightforward rundown his favorite restaurant recs, the man wrote a screenplay. Definitely worth a read.

In case you’ve forgotten, the Rich Kids of Instagram are still rich. Need proof? They’re still documenting it, too:

So very happy for them.

The brave WTF, Pinterest? blogger divulges a dark secret–her ’80s glamour shot:


photo by flickr user Bob B. Brown

Lamebook Makes TIME’s “50 Best Websites 2012″ List

by Paige Wilcox
Monday, September 24th, 2012

TIME curated a list of the top 50 Web sites that the “editors find to be useful, entertaining, innovative or just plain addictive,”  with Blogads’ partner Lamebook making the cut!

Lamebook.com is a popular and consistently hilarious resource to view the latest ridiculous and lame posts that people find worth sharing on Facebook. TIME described Lamebook as being “less about Facebook and more about human nature — whether you’re into social networking or not, there’s something for everyone here.”

We here at Blogads are thrilled for Lamebook’s recognition, and we highly suggest for anyone interested in the absurdity of human nature to check it out. Make sure to also check out the other sites that TIME highlights here.

Om Nom Nom- Links from the Blogads Network

by Paige Wilcox
Thursday, September 20th, 2012

I’ve gotten in the habit of bringing my lunch to work and then promptly eating it by 10:30 a.m. In light of this, here are some food-related posts from around the Blogads network to help torture fellow self-saboteurs:

Immaculate Infatuation’s busboy guest reviewers give their take on Rosemary’s:

In the second installment of the Busboy Review series, this video documents the restaurant review of Rosemary’s in the West Village from two lovable busboys, David and Charlie. Some favorite quotes from this review include:

  • “Yo, dude- you just got us purple drank…”- Charlie on how David embarrassingly ordered red wine when everyone else was clearly drinking white
  • “It’s basically a thunder dome, you know, of, like, fresh people trying to eat stuff.”- Charlie on Rosemary’s layout

Extra Fancy also gets some love from the busboy guest reviewers on Immaculate Infatuation:
So after the watching the review for Rosemary’s (above), I had to go back and watch the first installment in the Busboy Review series (two makes it a “series,” right?). David and Charlie review Extra Fancy in Willaimsburg, where they both work/have worked. Favorite quotes:

  • “He puts the food down like you want to have sex with him. You know? It’s, like, amazing. You like the meal before you get the meal.”- David on Charlie’s food running technique
  • “If you’re under 25, go for the shrimp roll. Like, you don’t have to be ashamed to go for the shrimp roll. It’s OK, you know? Over 25, like, pump it up a bit: go clam bake, go steak, ya know? Mix it up. Under 25, shrimp roll.”- David’s menu recommendations

The Purple Foodie has found a new-found love for avocados and gives the recipe for Avocado Toast:
WANT. I like any recipe that only requires assembly. Also, I consider the avocado the butter of the fruit world. And before you look it up–yes, I double-checked that avocados are in the fruit food group.

A Foodie Stays Fit provides the recipe for  Sweet Potato Waffles:
Anything with sweet potatoes is alright in my book, and I’m pretty sure they’re considered a super food because of their vitamins, so…let’s do this.

Cutest Food always gives adorable lunch ideas, like this Three Little Cats Bento:
Well, this puts my PB&J to shame, but I feel like replicating this would really cut into my morning snooze schedule. One day, though. One day.

photo by flickr user billaday

Featured Blogger: Sonja Foust of Pintester

by Paige Wilcox
Friday, September 14th, 2012
Sonja Foust is on a mission to test all of the good, the bad and the ugly that Pinterest has to offer. Her hilarious attempts (and failures) testing out DIY Pinterest how-tos and recipes on Pintester.com has garnered her a strong and loyal following. In addition to her site, keep up with Sonja on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Pintester's Sonja Foust

Q: When did you start blogging?


A: I started Pintester.com in December of 2011, but I’ve been blogging in some form (starting on Xanga– remember that?) ever since blogging was even a thing– so, like, 2001 or something. That OLD old stuff isn’t online anymore, but quite a lot of my old-ish stuff is still online at sonjafoust.com.


Q: What originally got you interested in blogging?


A: Umm, vanity, probably. I was enamored of the idea that someone could read what I’d written and then immediately comment on it. Having an instant audience was a pretty heady feeling and I never quite got over it.


I started Pintester.com specifically because I wanted a blog with a little tighter theme than just “the life of Sonja,” and I’d started a little bit of humor writing on my “the life of Sonja” blog and it had gone over pretty well. So Pintester.com was a chance for me to exercise my humor writing, and also a way to make something out of the stuff that I was already failing at. Yes, I was a Pinterest failure even before the blog.


Q: What are your favorite types of DIY pins to test?


A: Well I think I started out with mostly recipes because, hey, a girl’s gotta eat. But the beauty pins seem to be the most popular. People love it when I slather questionable things on my face. I’ve never been crafty, so I have to push myself to try the craft-stuff, but when I do, it usually fails hilariously, so I guess it’s worth it. My favorites are still the recipes, though, because even if they fail, there’s food involved.

Design Inspiration – Links from the Blogads Network

by Paige Wilcox
Thursday, September 13th, 2012

If you’re in a design rut and looking for some ideas for your office, home or crafts, we’ve got you covered.  Take notes from some of the aesthetically-gifted trendsetters from around the Blogads network:

InhabitatCinderella-Inspired Pumpkin Room Transforms edg Creatives into Fairytale Brainstormers
I don’t remember Cinderella necessarily doing her best thinking in the pumpkin carriage (ie- should have planned a better exit strategy for later that evening), but creative office rooms seem like a great way to invigorate creative thinking!

The Graphics Fairy – Vintage Clip Art: Marvelous Pocket Watch
Consistently serving up different clip art ideas for your next craft or project, here’s one of the latest features inspired by steampunk.

Curbly – How To: Cheater Chalkboard Art
If you want to jazz up your walls and love artsy chalkboard typography, this is a great cheat-sheet for how to get it.

Design-Seeds – Color Sprig
Having trouble deciding which colors go best together? This a beautiful and soothing color palette.

Mr. Kate – DIY Whiteboard Wall
Terrific idea for an office space or kids’ room! Just add a moon-bounce floor, and we’re in business.

photo by flickr user Rilind Hoxha

Things I Learned on the Internet Today- Links from the Blogads Network

by Paige Wilcox
Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Half of the fun in procrastinating on the Internet is the opportunity for unexpected education. To help you get back to being a productive human being, for today at least, here are some quick learnings curated from around the Blogads network:

MethodshopPortland vs. Austin
With the addition of the Portland Digital eXperience (PDX) to the MusicFestNW lineup, MFNW may be the new and arguably better version of Austin’s SXSW. Well, I’ll be!

Regretsy – View It in a Room
“Claw Predator Rings” are a real thing. These exist in the world. Someone makes these…and now you’re better for knowing.

The Comics Curmudgeon – I’ll just have to “suspend” my disbelief (that anyone would say this ever)
Low-end suspenders are slightly more affordable than low-end belts. This, I truly did not know.

Lamebook – Spelling Counts
Proof-reading is dead. This isn’t breaking news, but we should all take a moment. RIP.

Crazy Aunt Purl – A year from now you’ll wish you had started today
September is a great month to start fresh on a goal. New Year’s resolutions are for suckers.

photo by flickr user Marc_Smith

Barometer: ‘Legitimate Rape,’ Trump, Newsweek, and more

by kaley
Friday, August 17th, 2012

Welcome to the first post in our Barometer series, where we help you gauge the atmosphere in the political blogosphere, 7 days before the RNC.

ThinkProgress – Growing Number of Conservatives Call on Akin to Resign after ‘Legitimate rape’ Comments
Because the female body doesn’t have ways to “try to shut that whole thing down.”

Outside the Beltway – Donald Trump Gets ‘Surprise’ Convention Role
Will The Donald’s presence be a boom or bust for the GOP?

Wonkette – Hero Election Officials in Ohio Save Voting Process from Black People
Republican party chair wants to remove early voting accommodations for urbanites.

The mag’s controversial cover tells Obama to “hit the road.”

Conservatives (obviously) dislike Supreme Court ACA ruling, but less than average Internet user!?

by Henry Copeland
Friday, June 29th, 2012

A survey of 2,011 liberal and conservative blog readers taken in the 24 hours after the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Obamacare found that liberal blog reader support for the ruling was strong, while conservative blog readers were unhappy about the ruling. What’s surprising is that the average Internet reader (13,311 responses) was even MORE displeased by the ruling.

This data is in sharp contrast to polling done in the days before the ruling yesterday, in which a plurality of Americans hoped the Supreme Court would not overrule healthcare law. Is our data wonky or is there a serious undercurrent of dissent here?

The poll, taken after the SCOTUS decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, shows that liberal blog readers are over 2.5x more likely than conservative readers to support this ruling.

To round out today’s post, we’re including some background data gathered in recent weeks on people’s health and health care coverage.

Conservatives are 1.5x more likely than liberals to feel older than their current age.

Yet, liberal and conservative blog readers are equally likely to pay for health insurance through an employer or other organization, and 14% less likely than the internet average.

Posts about our prior survey results are here, here and here and here.

The Supreme Court results come from surveys conducted by Blogads in conjunction with Civic Science on 6/28 and 6/28; the general health questions were answered between March and June on political blogs including Political Wire, Wonkette, Drudge Retort, Right Wing News, Althouse, Outside the Beltway, News Hounds, Pandagon, Linkiest, Wizbang, Viral Footage, Informed Comment, The Agonist, Jack and Jill Politics, Yid With Lid, Burnt Orange Report, Chicago Boyz, NoisyRoom, The Steel Deal, MyDD and damnum absque injuria.

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Liberals and conservatives find common ground on technology

by Henry Copeland
Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

While our recent surveys have focused on ways in which conservative and liberal blog readers disagree, this week’s results show they do actually agree on some things.

Readers of liberal and conservative blogs agree that the personal computer will take a backseat to mobile devices over the next decade. They also feel strongly that employers and schools should not have access to their private social networking information.


Fans of political debate will be relieved to know that America’s political polarity has NOT yet subsided.

Conservative blog readers are more than four times more likely to be very concerned with national security threats and more than three times more concerned about the US federal deficit.

Ever wonder why do partisans’ views on things like mobile phones and school privacy match so neatly, while opinions on issues like US security differ so strongly?  Most likely this is because the parties have not (yet!) staked out positions on those issues.

As Ezra Klein notes in the June 25 New Yorker,

Each of us can have firsthand knowledge of just a small number of topics—our jobs, our studies, our personal experiences. But as citizens—and as elected officials—we are routinely asked to make judgments on issues as diverse and as complex as the Iranian nuclear program, the environmental impact of an international oil pipeline, and the likely outcomes of branding China a “currency manipulator.”

According to the political-science literature, one of the key roles that political parties play is helping us navigate these decisions. In theory, we join parties because they share our values and our goals—values and goals that may have been passed on to us by the most important groups in our lives, such as our families and our communities—and so we trust that their policy judgments will match the ones we would come up with if we had unlimited time to study the issues.

Posts about our prior survey results are here, here and here.

The numbers come from surveys conducted between March and June on well known political blogs including ThinkProgress, Political Wire, Wonkette, Drudge Retort, Right Wing News, Althouse, Outside the Beltway, News Hounds, Pandagon, Linkiest, Wizbang, Viral Footage, Informed Comment, The Agonist, Jack and Jill Politics, Yid With Lid, Burnt Orange Report, Chicago Boyz, NoisyRoom, The Steel Deal, MyDD and damnum absque injuria.

Many of these blogs are members of Liberal Blog Advertising Network (LBAN) and the Conservative Blog Advertising Network (CBAN).

If you’re a blogger and would like to see how your readers compare to the readers in this study, send us a note to data@blogads.com.

Conservative blog readers say country is moving in wrong direction

by Nick Faber
Monday, June 4th, 2012


In a recent survey, conservative blog readers were 2.8x as likely to say the country is moving in the wrong direction than their liberal counterparts.

On linchpin issues of illegal immigration and increased government spending, conservatives are more likely to be “very concerned” than liberal blog readers. (more…)

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