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Okay, friends! Thanks to the fantastic efforts of Jennette, my very own personal web fairy from Make My Blog Pretty, the Snerkology juggernaut is ready to re-launch! All of the archives from the original .com site, the Blogger site, AND this WordPress site have been combined, and the blog will be relaunched as at 11:00 p.m. EST (not PST) tonight. World Famous Nosh, Snerkology Media, and Photos by Tiffany will soon follow, though since they already have their own domains you won’t see much of a change – they’re all just going to live on Dreamhost where they can be safe and backed up in case of an alien attack. Or zombie apocalypse.

That means as of tomorrow morning (or even 11:01 tonight, if you’re so inclined) you can start at the VERY FIRST SNERKOLOGY ENTRY of 9/15/2000, and click “next” through ten and a half years of my blatherings. Does that sound like a good time or what?

What that also means is that you need to update your links and feed readers to point to I’m pretty sure you’ll be redirected anyway, but just to be on the safe side, I recommend updating the links. You wouldn’t want to miss a SINGLE PITHY MOMENT, would you?

See ya on the flip!

** Updated 7:30 p.m. – New blog is going live at 11:00 p.m. EST, not PST.


Hello, friends! Happy New Year!

A non-zero number of you have asked about my writing schedule for 2011. I think this was spurred by the fact that you (they) saw less of me over at UpTake and Beyond Megapixels in November and December. The special project I was working on at UpTake occupied my writing quota – if you follow me on Facebook you may have seen the “playlists” I was publishing for a while (like this one). Now that the project is wrapped up, I’ll be going back to my regular posting schedule of two vacation blog posts per week. As for Beyond Megapixels, I’ve decreased my writing quota over there a bit (7 per month at the moment, plus the contributions of a very excellent guest writer), but we’re hoping that will pick back up in the new year (oh, and I know I pimped it on Twitter and Facebook, but if you haven’t read my latest article, you should! I’m proud of it, and it’s been getting really positive feedback! Which was the point.). Finally, I’m still writing for Demand Studios, to the tune of about three or four articles a week.

It strikes me, as I peruse the job boards for more freelance work, that I’m much more optimistic about being able to one day support our family on my writing income. It also strikes me that, as much as I love photography, it is to my writing that I continue to turn to pursue my ambitions. I guess one’s first love is always one’s strongest love. Plus, of course, it’s easier to freelance in writing when one has a full-time job – I can write at night and on weekends and only have to contend with my own schedule. It’s harder to line up photography gigs around a full-time job.

Not that I plan on backing off on my photography goals. Quite the opposite is true – I am now a card carrying member of NAPP and I bought a subscription to Kelby Training just last week (both tax write-offs!). I’ve only watched a few training videos so far, but the very first one, a photo walk of New York City with Jay Maisel, was worth EVERY PENNY of that subscription. If you’re serious about learning photography, and you’re looking for a great alternative to formal education, consider signing up for Kelby Training! It’s a truly excellent resource. And I’m totally plugging them for free – I seriously doubt that anyone at Kelby Media Group even knows that I exist.

Bill continues to encourage me on the photography front – he got some overtime over the holidays and wants me to spend it on gear. That was a supremely generous gesture, wasn’t it? So I’m looking at a 580 EXII Speedlite. Further along on the gear-purchasing front, I still have plans to turn Amanda’s bedroom into a small studio eventually, and now that I have Kelby’s “10 Essential Studio Techniques Every Photographer Needs to Know” training under my belt, I know exactly what I need. A wide roll of white paper on a rod and stand to serve as a simple yet effective background, this Elinchrom strobe kit, this Elinchrom softbox, and this Westcott strip bank. For $1600 and an understanding of how lighting works, I can do professional work that rivals, well, the professionals! So, that’s my next big purchase to be worked for over the coming months.

Then I’m going to get this 70-300 telephoto (there’s a much more expensive L-series of the same focal range and speed, but I’m not convinced the extra GRAND is worth it, and reviewers agree with me). This macro lens and this wide angle lens will wrap up all the lens purchases I wish to make. I hold no expectation that I’ll be able to purchase all of these within the next year, or even within the next two years. A wish list is named thus for a reason.

When I worked with my friend Karen’s daughter and her friends back in October, I found that I really enjoyed the experience. I think my niche just might be that sort of assignment. I like going to client’s homes or working on location (as my work with Sandstone attests to). My friends have asked my why I don’t want to be a wedding photographer – to which I respond that I don’t want that kind responsibility. I don’t want the responsibility of capturing the details of the most important day of a person’s life. I work much better in a less formal atmosphere. Hence wanting to develop my own studio, and enjoying location work that doesn’t involve gowns and cake and nerves. I would much rather attend a wedding and gift the bride and groom with the shots that I took as a guest.

I also like shooting a variety of subjects – people, sure, but also products and architecture and landscapes and food and sports. I guess I liken it to being a General Practitioner, rather than specializing in a particular service. One of my goals for this year is to further formalize my portfolio, which demonstrates examples of all of these types of photography. I have a portfolio on my media site, but it needs to be updated and re-vamped. Plus, it provides access to ALL of my photos on Flickr, and, well, many of them are NOT portfolio-worthy.

Finally, there will be a total overhaul of Snerkology, its domain, and its off-shoots. Snerkology (including the original site), World Famous Nosh, Snerkology Media, and Photos by Tiffany will all finally be under one roof, and hosted on Dreamhost. I am very excited about this in particular, as the site redesign has been a long time coming. Details are just about finalized (yes, I’m hiring someone, and she comes highly recommended), so rest assured you guys will be receiving regular updates. For now, I’ve just finished my own page which helps to summarize my Internet domination. I think it needs a better picture on it still, but for now that one will do.

I think that’s quite enough ambition for one year, don’t you? AcronymCo continues to find me employable for some unfathomable reason, we have a trip to Maine and a trip to Indy planned this year, I have grand plans for debt payoff and eventual solvency (mostly), tax season is upon us so I have to get all of THAT crap together in the next few weeks, I have a workout schedule that I think finally jives with my level of ambition (snort) and my schedule… and I don’t understand what it is within myself that disallows even one SECOND of laziness.

I’ve been reading everyone else’s blogs on the subject of the coming year, so I know I’m not alone.

BRING IT, 2011!

Hi gang. Over the next several months I will be attempting to re-create all of the entries on the old domain to their new home here, as well as apply headers to the Colloquial archives of September 2003 through March 2005 that didn’t translate during consolidation (if they don’t have headers you can’t click on them to read the entire entry from the archives). I also need to re-create some of the Blogger entries from Snerkology The Weblog Version that didn’t make the original transfer to WordPress (August 2007 through January 2008).

Though I will try to remember to turn off the automatic Tweet when I’m blogkeeping, you may end up seeing some ancient history show up in your RSS feed. I don’t think there’s a way that I can get around that, though if anyone knows of a way I’m all ears. So, sorry for any inconvenience or annoyance.

The upshot of all of this will mean that eventually everything will exist in the WordPress structure, and I can finally switch from to I will then install the core WordPress software and host everything on my Dreamhost account (I will forever remain a Happy Dreamhost Customer) so that I can better customize my site and have everything backed up in the event of an alien attack.

This is going to be a LOT of flippin’ work. I think eventually I’m just going to let Operation::Goddess go (I write about fitness related stuff at No Butts, and I don’t have a driving desire to maintain the capability of going back to see what I had to eat in March of 2005 – though I might run through the archives just to see if there are any articles worth re-creating). There’s only a handful of entries at Waking Mind, so those can easily be recreated. I just purchased a domain name for World Famous Nosh (update your bookmarks, though you should be redirected), so eventually I will host that stuff too.

This hobby of mine requires a lot of administrata.

Ten Years Later

Posted: September 15, 2010 in blogkeeping, Memory Lane, Pimp

This was the very first Snerkology entry I ever wrote.

Fast forward ten years, and here we are.

Holy crap.

I wrote 439 entires at the old Snerkology domain, and WordPress tells me that I have 1,520 posts existing on this domain. Those also contain the posts that successfully transferred over (I know I’m missing some) from the blogger version and the companion blog, both of which I FTP’d to Dreamhost when I was writing them, so they’re preserved for posterity.

That’s a lot of words.

I have no plans to stop. I think Bill would pitch a fit if I did – he rather likes having a family archivist and historian.

I have nothing more profound than this to say: Ten years. Go me.

If you’re looking for recappy goodness, my other anniversaries had more words:

My 100th Entry
First Anniversary
Second Anniversary
– Didn’t write a Third Anniversary entry per say, but here’s what was going on then.
Fourth Anniversary
– A mention of the Fifth Anniversary.
– A brief mention of the Sixth Anniversary.
– No mention of the Seventh Anniversary, but here’s other stuff happening in that timeframe.
– The Eighth Anniversary, when I made you guys write guest posts so I could be a slacker for a week.
– A big, yooge recap for the Ninth Anniversary.

Thanks, as ever and always, you guys, for still being here!

New theme!

Posted: June 3, 2010 in blogkeeping, Bring the funny, Calvin

Do you love it? Do you hate it? Do you care?

What amuses me is that I will, during the life of this blog, probably change the theme three thousand times. So if anyone looks back at archived entries, posts like this one will have no context. Ah, time, you whimsical bitch.


Now, because I told Bill I would, please consume for your amusement the following conversation that took place last night during dinner:

Bill: “You know, I’ve always wondered about something.”
Tiff: “Oh yeah? What’s that.”
Bill: “What would you do if you were, oh I don’t know, poking around on or something, and suddenly discovered that I was your half-brother?”
Tiff: (long slow blink) “Wha…at?”
Bill: “What would you do if I was your half-brother? Would you still stay with me?”
Tiff: “Uhhh… ummm… ahhhhh…” (longer slower blink)
Bill: (expectant look)
Tiff: “Um, well, no, we’d have to split up. But we could still be friends… you know, later. After the horror subsides.”
Bill: (all butt-hurt) “What? You’d leave me? Just because I was your half-brother?”
Tiff: “Well, um, yeah.”
Bill: “But WHY?!?”
Tiff: “Um, because you’d be my brother…”
Bill: “Your half brother!”
Tiff: “Still, we’d have a mutual parent! That’s just… ew!”
Bill: “I can’t believe it. You’d leave me! I mean, we could just keep going as we are now. We’re not going to have kids… we wouldn’t have to tell anybody!”
Tiff: “Um… yeah. Sure. Okay, whatever. What the heck are you getting all upset over?”
Bill: “I knew it! I knew you were just looking for an excuse to leave me!”
Tiff: “Wha… wait, what???”
Bill: “You’d leave me! Just because I was your half-brother!”
Tiff: “You know, I thought it was only girls who were supposed to get all butt-hurt over a hypothetical situation. Clearly, you are the girl in this relationship.”

Aaaaand she’s out!

Posted: November 24, 2009 in blogkeeping, Drama

Okay, people, here’s where you get confused. Ready?

“Laura” = Tiffany
“Calvin” = Bill
“Michael” = Robert
“Marie” = Amanda

All the other “characters” names are pretty much their real names, as far as I can remember (I was once going to give even the PETS their own nom-de-nets, then I was all, “Jaysus, fucker, get a life.”). I’ll correct ’em as I go along, how’s that? Some things are still going to remain as they were – referring to my primary employer as “AcronymCo” being one of them. I won’t be publishing my address and phone number, either. Some bloggers I know actually do that, and I wonder how much harassment they get as a result.

This is going to take some getting used to. Whenever I talk about Bill my fingers automatically want to hit Shift-C. Anyway. If you happen to see any areas of the site that need names updated (the “About” page is next on my list) let me know!

I’m still going to write as “Laura Charon” over at Beyond Megapixels and UpTake – at least until I talk to my editors about whether or not they want me to change over there, since I’m removing the veil of anonymity.

So! Uh, yeah. Anticlimactic much? Yet, I feel kind of nervous. God knows why. This is bound to make things easier on me.

daffyMy lovely friend Jayne has begun a photography and fine art collective called JLM Photo Design. Since the world could use a little more beauty in it, stop on by and offer your support, won’t you?


I have a shyte-tonne of work to do.  I’m back at work at AcronymCo after a week off – this week I’m covering for a co-worker while she is out on vacation, plus I’m digging through the pile of e-mails and associated tasks that were waiting for me this morning, and I’m training on Jen’s desk over the next couple of weeks in prep for covering for her during her maternity leave. 

Anyway, because I have so much work to do, as a result I’m writing over here. I’m kind of stymied for how to even begin, really. Ever get so busy that you totally seize up? Yeah, me too. I was just e-mailing with the aforementioned Jayne and I said that something would have to give, eventually, because I’m planning on going back to school in the new year. Housework seems to be the number one candidate to get dropped. Calvin will have something to say about that, I suspect.

Speaking of Calvin, he has been working SO HARD lately that even the seduction of overtime pay is starting to pale in comparison to achy feet and a tired mind. Not that we’re ACTUALLY complaining, mind you – in an economy where unemployment is so high, to be thus employed is a coveted condition. And God knows we could use the money. He was in Tucson all last week, will have to go back for at least a day this week, then is heading up to Flagstaff on Friday to work through the entire weekend.

I’m going to go up to Flagstaff, too. I’ll hang out in his hotel room, occupy myself with writing and photography throughout the day until he completes his mission du jour, and then we can hang out after work together. Last week was interesting – what with me being on vacation and Calvin being out of town. I enjoyed the alone time and accomplished a lot of stuff that needed to get done. But that was enough, those long days apart, so I’m crashing his gig next weekend. He doesn’t seem to mind.

I’m proud of, and grateful for, my guy.


So, yeah. Vacation last week was… interesting. A good sampling of how my sabbatical is going to go next summer, I suspect – planned travel notwithstanding.  It was not so much of a vacation as much as it was a shifting of concentration from one job to another. Having a deadline is an interesting concept, and I have near-daily deadlines that I have to meet, every week. I still have yet to entirely figure out how to arrange my time around everything that needs to get done. Research is required for every article that I write – some articles require more research than others. Each article averages about an hour to an hour and a half to research, write, edit, and promote (Stumble, Twitter, Kirtsy, Digg, Reddit, Delicious). Five articles a week for BMP, and (shooting for) five articles a week for UpTake, is fifteen hours a week. Sandstone’s website and marketing is taking up about three hours a week, depending on the events that are going on (if I photograph an event, that adds probably another five or six hours). So on a “busy” week, I could be working for 24 hours on the various projects.

(Look out, she’s doing math again.)

Am I whining? No, not really. I’ve mentioned before, I like being busy. And I think the stuff that I have on my plate is manageable. Goodness knows many people work 70 and 80 hours at their “day job”, away from home and stuck in an office. That I can accomplish much of what I need to do, comfortably in my jammies and sitting on the couch next to my husband… well, that just makes me fortunate. And therefore, grateful.

It does make me more absent than I’d like to be, from here, from No Butts (hah!  exercise?  what’s that?), from all of my friends’ blogs.  And actually, to that last point, I’ve been READING everyone’s blogs (you’re all in my feed reader) but commenting has fallen off.  I’ll strike a balance eventually, rest assured.

Yeah, I know you were worried.

1iconpenTomorrow is my nine year journalversary. I guess I persist in continuing to call it an on-line journal rather than a blog, in my head. I’m old school that way.

I have written THOUSANDS of entries. That’s “thousand” with a capital T. Between my old domain (which I plan to reactivate some day soon), the old Blogger site, and the two “satellite” blogs I had before I landed on WordPress, not to mention Operation::Goddess and World Famous Nosh, I am a wordy, wordy bitch. And ancient, with respect to the world of on-line journaling. Do you remember those days when folks had an on-line journal that they hand-coded, AND a blog that they just tossed blurbs and pimps up on? For that matter, do you remember using Notify List to send an e-mail to your subscribers every time you posted a new entry? These were the days before feed readers and Twitter, people. I mean, does anyone even use CuteFTP anymore?

I am a veritable dinosaur.

Lots of my fellow on-line journalers are gone, now, and that makes me sad. No more First Person Particular, no more Shelleyness, no more Athena of Lexxicon, no more Footnotes. Elle is gone, and Columbine is gone, and Anna of Don’t Try This At Home. But you know what? I’m looking at my VERY old links page, and there are more people on it that are still around, than have gone away. They may have changed locations and even names, but they’re still rockin’ the internet. Weet is still cracking me up, Dana still has her Bobofett-ness, Jen still has her Fu, Jayne still dispenses wisdom from across the pond, Mo’s still reigning over the campus, Rob’s still darn tootin’, Robyn rules her back forty, Carrie’s still moving earth and building sandcastles, Eliza’s still drawing the girl, Sole Prop’s as lovely as ever, Jessamyn is still incomparable. I’ve read them all for years and years. They’re still out there, and that makes me happy.

John Scalzi’s Whatever remains the constant in my life – which is good, since he’s the one that got me started on on-line journals in the first place. A search of the internet waaaaay back in 1999 for “books on-line” revealed his Agent to the Stars (read it, it’s awesome), from which I found his journal, from which he linked to Shelley (Shelleyness), who linked to Viv (First Person Particular), with whom I became fast friends (and learned her real name, which is why I started with a nom-de-net, too), who got me started on my own on-line journal (and fixed my html. a lot.)

What a long, strange trip it’s been.

So. In celebration of this auspicious day, I’m choosing one entry from each year that my journal has existed, and one photo that summarizes that year (not necessarily related to the entry). A difficult task, I assure you – and the ever-changing site design keeps cracking me up. Some of these are posted on the Best Of page, but many are just simple examples of the day-to-day mindset I was in at the time. I think that within these entries you can see how I’ve grown as a writer, progressed as a person, shared the mayhem of my life, and beat you all senseless, my beloved readers, with all the words, words, words.

I love you guys. Thanks for sticking around.


November 6, 2000 – Comfort Food, Bugs, and Thou.

The very first picture of myself I ever put on the website.  My God, you guys, THE PERM.

The very first picture of myself I ever put on the website. My God, you guys, THE PERM.

April 30, 2001 – Learning the Difference

Calvin and Michael drooling over the new motorcycle.  Wow, we still had the Suburban back then.

Calvin and Michael drooling over the new motorcycle. Wow, we still had the Suburban back then.

February 27, 2002 – Life is lived in moments.

Heather took this picture of me and Calvin at a company Christmas party.  Notice the hair is getting better (thank God).

Heather took this picture of me and Calvin at a company Christmas party. Notice the hair is getting better (thank God).

April 4, 2003 – Laundry

Calvin with infant Robert.  Man, we had a crappy digital camera back then.

Calvin with infant Robert. Man, we had a crappy digital camera back then.

October 18, 2004 – Now With 30% More Tolerance!

Christmas with Heather and Gina.  The pajamas were mandatory.

Christmas with Heather and Gina. The pajamas were mandatory.

January 4, 2005 – A-B-C-D… Yellow

Me and Marie in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.

Me and Marie in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.

October 11, 2006 – Typical Conversation

Baby butts in the back yard.  Good grief, I miss those boys.

Baby butts in the back yard. Good grief, I miss those boys.

November 7, 2007 – Yet Another Day in the Life

In Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  Home, in more ways than one.

In Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Home, in more ways than one.

July 24, 2008 – What are YOU doing for the next hour?

Camping at Big Lake.  Writing in my journal.  I just cant quit you, journal.

Camping at Big Lake. Writing in my journal. I just can't quit you, journal.

February 5, 2009 – Lollygagging

Still in love.

Still in love.

Okay, gang…

Posted: August 13, 2009 in blogkeeping

1iconbangheadoncomputerStill tweaking, but what do you think about the new design? Like it? Hate it? Indifferent?

Anyone? Is this thing on?


Need a guru.

Posted: April 23, 2009 in blogkeeping, Halp, Your Opinion Matters

1iconbangheadoncomputerHi gang, I need your help. I know a lot of you are either in the business of web design/development, or are very familiar with it. I’m looking to consolidate Snerkology in its various forms, and I need help figuring out how. Here’s what I eventually want:

1. as the main domain. I own the domain name and I want to use it, by gum. I could do that now and all of my WordPress entries would redirect there, but I’d lose visibility to all the stuff currently under the domain (namely the journal archives, which are important to me).

2. WordPress as the publishing platform (which would require purchasing and downloading the stand-alone software, I know).

3. Dreamhost as the web host. I currently have an account and all of my old domain archives are there, including what used to be posted on Blogger (Colloquial, Snerkology The Weblog Version – both of which were converted to WordPress). I don’t want to use the non-webhosted option of free WordPress any longer, I liked it when everything was with Dreamhost.

4. All of the old Snerkology archives converted to the WordPress platform. It would mean sacrificing the various templates I used when I journaled in HTML, but it’s really the content and pictures and whatnot that are important, not the template I used at the time.

5. Essentially, everything in one place, under one domain, with a single publishing platform and a single web host. Maybe even possibly to include Operation Goddess, World Famous Nosh, and Waking Mind.

So! How impossible is my vision? Can anybody do all of that? Does anybody know of anyone who can? I’d be willing to pay. Not, like, a million bucks, but something reasonable. Once everything is converted and organized I can go back to managing it all myself. Things are just waaaaaay too spread around.