Part I – Design
Immediately, we were impressed by the butterfly, and the fact that the background is olive green – we approve of olive green. However, upon closer inspection, the main window has a small but irritating sidescroll (IE6/Win98) and the archives were nearly impossible to navigate. There was no date-based archive indexing of any kind, and the individual entry pages had merely a plain timestamp at the visually insignificant bottom, so we were soon lost in the mists of time. Only a short frayed thread of luck prevented us from emerging in the year 1972 and rushing out to buy sparkling platform dance shoes.
Part II – Writing
From an entry dated March 31:
I noticed in my last few posts I basically borrowed from other people to create something to write. Why? I asked myself that same question. The only answer I could seem to come up with is that my actual life is just too boring to write about.
This is the crux of the matter. An abysmal peppering of emoticons and chat-room abbreviations aside, our subject Tricia does not suffer from poor writing. Nor does she suffer from a boring life, at least not by blog standards – raising two sons is hardly a monotonous occupation. But she does suffer from a lack of self-confidence, or something along those lines, which means most of her entries are humdrum renditions of the Friday Five or Monday Mission or other blogging memelets. When she does venture out on her own, she’s a bit rambling for our tastes and could really use a few more paragraph breaks, but otherwise writes decent introspective riff material. Unfortunately, an introspective riff every couple of weeks is not sufficient to hold our attention.