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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Blog Update!

So, I recently noticed more posts in the Google Cafe, regarding my question, "Does My Blog Suck?" After reading the new comments, I realized that I should probably only make a few changes to this particular blog (.... since I really like it, and changing it dramatically turns it into something completely different from what I intended.). Therefore, instead of gutting this blog, which I love, I am offering a different, related site for those who prefer a more traditional, linear experience.

My goal in creating A Jab at Work was to create a really unique, fun, and interactive space, where you can do a lot of things at once, while you conduct your job search. (See the description/intro to this blog, at the very top.)

To those who really don't understand how to navigate this page... let me explain how I intend for it to work.

1) The left column has new posts. (About anything work-related.)
2) The right column has a variety of things that you can always expect to find here.
(Job links; Related RSS Feeds; Opinion Polls; and, Products for sale etc.)

Finally, there is no need to view the entire site at once. The idea is to provide a space that one can scan to find something that one likes, each time.

To those who still absolutely hate this format, please visit my other blog:
Jobs . It's much more basic.

(So, what changes did I make to ajabatwork?)
1) I removed the ads that appear between posts.
2) I removed some of the ads in the right hand column.
3) I've moderated the size of the posts, so that they are not too long and not too short.
4) I've changed all of the html addresses to titled links.
5) I've changed the color
6) I've adjusted several template and style elements.

Thanks for the input everyone. I hope that the new site is a good alternative option for those of you who offered constructive criticism.


Sandra said...

I didn't see your site before so I can't compare but I think it is okay. I don't think it is too busy. I know lots of successful blogs even busier. Comment on other blogs and usually they will come back and comment for you too.

AJAB said...

Sandra, Thanks for your comments. I really appreciate them. I've taken a lot of banner ads off of my site, but I hope to replace with them with less busy links. Also, I'm glad to hear that you've seen other sites that are busier than mine. That's encouraging because my personality just can't quite shine through if I'm too conservative. Also, I agree with your advice, and I do post to other sites a lot... but I'll make a renewed effort, since you've suggested it :)

A Jab At Work Poetry (Poetry about Work)

“Work” by AJA-B, 08/30/09

The life I live is full of Joy,
But fool of sadness have I been,
If rumblings uttered prove us coy,
Then, truth be told both where, and when,
Was once a pair that teetered then,
O’er brinks or hills,
That they could scarce,
Find liquid, bars of salt, but bills,
And toil, though notice paid none dare’st,
To sweat, and pack, and tape, and wrap,
To call, and quest, rebuffed for cost,
To drive five states, and back, for gas
Traverse, from here to there to drink,
While aching back, and sweat-soaked shirt,
Proved naught the laborers’ worth, but stink,
And why should hecklers, wreckers blurt,
And hurl insults until they hurt,
While hypocrites sit conditioned in,
Till out a pair sent all they’d earned,
To others seeking extra, win,
‘gainst those that taught themselves, and learned,
Volumes, nearly choked and burned,
As plumes of hate, and stacks of smoke,
Sparked flames, which brinksmanship, did stoke,
Hellacious fires that GOD awoke,
& Smote the devils’ flames whose’ fire,
Could not the heights of clouds aspire,
& Up the pair in now a shell,
found seeds to plant that vines did swell,
Fat, filling, fruit and tasty cheer,
Revealing teeth, “from ear to ear,”
Now brimming, happily forgiving, hope,
Refilling cranial stores to find,
Surviving, counts for little more than sustaining life, and wasting time.

Digressing now though more is there,
I advise you work, but ne’er care,
Hard work, and success are not the same,
But without the first you’ll reap the blame,
For being weak, and seeming lame,
To end I wish you all the best,
Catharsis exhausts, I needs must rest,
Good luck, “You’re hired” I hope you’ll find,
To ease your cares, and soothe your mind.

© 2009 AJA-B

A Jab at Work Survey

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