Well, it's catchy, all right, but it's not ideal, from the standpoint of communication. I admit that. I feel a twinge of apprehension, and then I launch my standard response to anything I don't understand, which is to pretend everything's fine. Walk in bleeding from the armpits and pixilated with a purple rash, and I'll tell you "oh that! I had that before. It's nothing. You'll be right as rain in no time." Then comes the whump sound and soon you and your suit are stretched out in a box. I embrace denial as a life strategy.
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So I kick the can down the road. "I'll look into it," I say, "just as soon as we get to the bottom of this fiasco in Benghazi." I have been led to believe this is a grown-up approach.
Besides, it's not really a problem, I tell myself. People can still click on the title and it will go straight to my blog. They know that, right? Then I remember the people who complained that my posts are funny but they're really short and end in the middle of a sentence, and I realize that no, some people don't actually get that at all.
You can set up your email notifications to deliver the entire post, or just a snippet that cuts off after a certain number of letters. I chose the snippet because I want people to go to my blog where they trip the magic people-counter. But I've never been completely thrilled with the notification. For one thing, although I put my posts in at 3AM every Wednesday and Saturday, Google doesn't fire off the alert until later in the evening. "Let's do dinnertime," Google says, with the sensibilities of a telemarketer.
Then I looked at my people-counter and discovered that my audience has dropped off quite a bit in the last couple months. So I logged into Blogger Help Forum and typed out my question. I had no real hope this would work out. Even if someone did hammer out a reply, it would come with instructions that I'm thirty years too old to understand, and I would give up, feeling irritated, which I prefer to feeling stupid. "First, determine the ID or class of the relatively positioned column, clear your browser's cache/cookies, and then simply add the following between your style and /style tags..." it would say, and I would say, "go fuck yourself."
So if some of you are reading your first Murrmurrs in months because you read "--[if gte mso 9]!" and you thought I'd lost my touch, settle in! You've got some reading to do. Pootie and I will be here playing Scrabble Twister until you've caught up.