Monday, February 19, 2007

Say No To Crack

For the second straight week the blog we reviewed received mixed results and almost made it into our current Top-50 list.

Say No To Crack has several fans among our reviewers, but the detractors and the marginally amused kept this blog from scoring too high.

"I think the content is great! It's always something interesting and it's never raunchy."

"Some of the material seems recycled or unoriginal. I've seen it done elsewhere."

"While I could see how it could be amusing to some I just don't find it funny."

"Always has something somewhat interesting to catch my eye."

"I am prejudiced against blogs that use photos, news stories and other links as their main content. I'll probably rate this one much lower than those who have no such bias."

"This blog is definitely above average. The blogger is doing a quality job running her site."

"I like this blog. At first, I wasn't sure about the concept. Having people to submit jokes and pictures seems like a little bit of a cop out. As I read more though, it grew on me."

"Very informative."

"This blog is primarily a dumping ground for content that was created elsewhere. Granted, some of this pilfered content is funny, but it's not at all original as it relates to Say No To Crack. There are very few actual ‘original’ pieces of content. I didn't find these original entries amusing enough to consider this blog a humor blog."

"It must be a lot of work to gather the funny links, pictures, videos etc. and post them on a regular basis. I found most of the content mildly funny. I did find some really good links through this site."

"I can see where some of these posts are cute but that’s about it. I like my funny a little more raunchy. I like it nasty. I like it to cross the line. None of this crosses the line. It’s G-rated fun for everyone. If that’s your bag, this is the place."

DESIGN – 6.8
"The design is better than a standard Blogger template but it’s nothing special."

"The design is very bland and boring, but it gets the job done. At least the sidebar isn't cluttered with ads."

"Very neat and professional. I liked it!"

"Minimalist, yet somewhat lacking oomph! However, it does not detract from the content."

"Just a basic template with weak graphics. Definitely nothing to celebrate."

"Clean and simple. My two of my three favorite qualities in a blog design."

"Posting a picture someone sent you doesn’t compare to all the hundreds of people who slave over their blogs with quality, original works."

"A misplaced comma here and there."

"She knows her way around a sentence. I'd like to see more of what she thinks of the videos and items she slaps up on her blog."

"There isn't much of it, but it's good."

"Basing this on the original content, the grammar isn't great and the spelling errors I found suggest that those who maintain Say No To Crack have no proofreading policy in place."

"There's really not a whole lot of writing (it's mostly funny photos, etc.) but what I do see there is well written."

"There isn't enough writing to give me a definitive sample."

"This is kind of hard to fuck up, because the author writes so little anyway. This is more of a news/odd information blog."

"This little bit of writing doesn’t deserve a lot of points."

"Any blog with an about page gets big points from me. I’m neutral about the reader box and the sidebar doesn’t have anything else to be annoyed about. Lots of ways to subscribe to feeds and support the blog. Good job."

"I hate being asked to submit content (jokes, pics, links) to a content-less blog. Who's doing the work, the blogger or me? Maybe my review shouldn't be used since I'm predisposed to hating the entire concept of this blog."

"I really like this blog and I visit it often."

"I hate those ‘members viewing’ boxes. Why would I give a shit who else is reading your blog at the same moment as I am?"

"The blog author's name is Anita Bath. Get it? Anita Bath. That's pretty much all you need to know about the kind of humor here. Lame? Funny?"

"I intensely dislike humor blogs that are light on original content and can't even muster witty commentary on the pilfered content they present. I believe sites like Boing Boing have this genre of Web site covered well enough that Say No To Crack has little reason to exist in it's current form."

"No complaints, a very nice, non-obnoxious blog. I took a couple of points off because most of the content isn't all that funny, which kind of defeats the purpose of this blog. But the idea itself is great."

"Anita posts every day."

"I'd read this blog a couple more times and then be bored. It's not the bloggers fault. About 99 percent of blogs make me sleepy. I just expect to be fed ice cream through the computer screen."

"If I had more time, I would check in regularly in the hopes of finding more good links. But I don't, so I won't."

"Probably not ... only because nothing stood out."

"Other than how clean the design was, and how short and to the point most of the posts were, I just like a little more excitement than there was to offer on this blog."

"I already do."

"Doubtful. It just didn't grab me by the small hairs and scream, ‘I will not be ignored!’"

"Maybe twice a week."

"No. I can't think of any reason that I should."

"No. I have my own blog to come up with content for."

OVERALL – 71.1


  • Sorry for the delay. It's been a rough week here at BlogLaughs headquarters.

    By Blogger BlogLaughs, at February 21, 2007 8:08 PM  

  • Thanks for all the thoughts, positive and negative, everyone! Seems like this is a rather tough crowd, with a rather different sense of what is considered "funny" or interesting vs. my other readers.

    Because I now average 200,000 readers per month, I tailor to the masses, so I can understand that you wouldn't like the site if you're looking for long witty articles. I just try to add a little smile to everyone's day, and to do so very quickly, so I can understand if it's not everyone's cup of tea.

    Thanks again everyone, and keep smiling.

    Anita =)

    By Anonymous Anita, at February 22, 2007 5:17 AM  

  • Also, I have a quick question for the reviewers:

    Where is a "members viewing box" on my site? I'm not sure what that means, and as far as I know I don't have one (at least not purposefully). If I do have such a thing, let me know where it is so I can get rid of it.

    By Anonymous Anita, at February 22, 2007 6:28 AM  

  • Anita: The Internet is a big place and we admit our reviews represent a very small sample size of readers.

    I'm happy for your success, but you can't be all things to all people. For every person who loves something as tame as "Stuff on My Cat," for instance, there is an equally valid person who would rather gravitate toward a site like "Love Me Or Blow Me, Either Way."

    Both blog readers are valid. Both opinions are valid. We're just here to start a discussion and point people to the kind of blogs they might enjoy. We have no illusions of ever being any kind of judge or jury.

    Thank you so much for understanding that and taking this review for what it is.

    As for the "members viewing box," I believe they're talking about the View Reader Community box at the bottom of your sidebar. Some people like those things, some people don't.

    It's your blog. Do what makes you happy. Just because a couple of anonymous people at a small review site mention they don't like it shouldn't have any bearing on what you do.

    If you and your readers like it, that's all that matters.

    Thanks again for the kind words.

    See, not everyone thinks we're fatties who probably had sandwiches thrown at us in high school.

    By Blogger BlogLaughs, at February 22, 2007 7:07 AM  

  • Only the Canadians think I had sandwiches thrown at me. I can't help that I'm fat.

    Ok, I could help it but I'm too lazy.

    By Blogger Derek Knight, at February 22, 2007 7:46 AM  

  • We should all be so lucky to have 200,000+ readers/viewers.

    If you enjoy what you do, Anita, that's all the motivation you need.

    Happy Blogging!

    By Blogger It's Me, Maven..., at February 22, 2007 11:32 AM  

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