Tuesday, June 19, 2007

They Should Pay Me for This

This is not a sponsored post, but that doesn't stop me from sharing when I find something cool.

I love magazines. If I could find a job that pays me to hang out in libraries and Barnes and Nobles to read magazines and nap, I would be a happy Ugly Naked Guy.

Alas, some dreams are not to be.

Today while I was in Home Depot buying a $6.47 box of screws when I only needed six of them, I saw a magazine that caught my eye, and I made a point to look it up online when I got a chance.

Well, I now have another place marked in my del.iou.us bookmarks--no thanks to Jon at Chimeric Daydreams who said that he would explain what all those cute little icons at the bottom of his posts were for, but never did, leaving me to figure it out on my own.

Anyway, the magazine is called ReadyMade and it is a very hip kinda do-it-your-self projects magazine "for people who like to make stuff."

I'm not sure why I like the magazine and the website because I never make stuff. I guess I am in love with the idea that if I weren't so lazy, I could make stuff using this cool magazine as a guide.

I know that Opal at Vegan Momma would make this stuff (if she hasn't already). She would especially like the sod couch (above) or the tips on recycling. These are not your typical How-to-Remodel-your-Bathroom-on-a-Budget projects.

Another nifty project would be perfect for the aforementioned Jon whose photography would be great paired with the picture book frame project.

One of the most useful features of the website version is the part where you can go back in the magazine's archives and find all of the projects they have featured. Each of those tasks has a recipe-like index card telling you what you need (including skill level), how much it will cost, and step-by-step instructions.

If any of you try the sod couch, let me know! (Opal?)


Opal: Vegan Momma said...

Oh I love that couch. I remember trying to make a hedge chair when I was younger. I felt sorry for the hedge, lol. Thankfully it survived my abuse.

You know you need to move on over to WordPress. The icons at the bottom of the post are called sociable tags. It's a WP plugin. If you like someone's post you can tag it.

This creates a "social bookmark" that you are sharing with others. In doing this, you can drive more readers to "tagged" website.

I have done this with a few websites that I like, and the owners told me they received a nice amount of hits.

Jon's probably too busy smelling camera fumes or doing some geek tech work which would explain him forgetting to follow up with you. LOL. ;-) He needs to try some of my hardcore green drinks then he wouldn't forget a thing. LOL.

I love Home Depot! It's one of the few stores I'll actually stay for longer than a few moments. I dislike shopping.

I'm off to check out that magazine.

Ugly Naked Guy said...

Opal, I knew you would love the couch! I have a template all picked out at wordpress, I am just afraid. I want to keep all of my old stuff and transfer it over and I know that is possible, but...

No, I did find out about the social networking on my own and added tags under my post.

Opal: Vegan Momma said...

Thanks for posting this. You should just do it. If you need help just send me an email. I think you might like it a lot better. There is a lot of great plug ins especially if you want to monetize your blog.
A friend was on blogger, and he finally made the move a few months ago it took a lot of prodding on my part, lol.

I would back up your blog first before making the move. Actually that's something everyone should do regularly. Because of the high amount of posting I do I backup usually every day.

Ugly Naked Guy said...

Thanks Opal. I will probably do it this summer. Will I just keep my old blogger address and make something to re-direct people to my new wordpress blog?

I know that I can transfer all of the content to my new blog, but I want to be able to re-direct anyone who is looking for Ugly Naked Guy.

Diane said...

The couch is cool, but I can't even keep up with the rest of my yard! I'd hate to have to weed the upholstery too. Sounds like a fun magazine, though. I like do-it-yourself stuff. Especially if you get to eat it afterwards.

And I totally understand the hesitation to move to WordPress. Seems pretty overwhelming to me too. I've been avoiding it even though it must be done!

Opal: Vegan Momma said...

If you purchase a domain and host it on your own server yes you can. If not you can always create an entry that points people to your new address. That's what I did when I moved from Typepad.

jon said...

I'm over here smelling camera fumes and doing some geek tech work! Oh... some one said that already.

I love ReadyMade... it's where i got the specs for the cheapo laptop case

sorry I let you down on that there explanation. I am notorious for just such thing. I am paving a really hot road with my good intentions.

Ugly Naked Guy said...

Hey, don't worry about it. I am sure that I will let you down someday and then we will be even. :)

jon said...

P.S. I like the old book cover picture frame. very tasty. I might do a few for sale online!

Ugly Naked Guy said...

Make sure to give a heads-up when we can see what you did with those, Jon.