Hi guys. Well. Our fears have come to pass, and Videogum, the best place on the internet, is no more (I’m posting this a day early because I don’t know what’s going on tomorrow, so, if a benevolent millionaire ends up saving VG at the last minute, disregard everything below). But we will carry on! It’s like an evil bank has foreclosed on our beautiful mansion, but we’ve moved into a cute studio apartment and got a job at a coffee shop, where we’ll struggle with hilariously simple tasks at first, but then hit our stride, become the best barista ever, and meet a handsome architect who wears button-down shirts with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows.
I’m Theresa, by the way, formerly known as ladyrainicorn. I’m 30 years old (so, 73 in internet years), have written some things you can read if you want, and here is a picture of me in a restaurant bathroom:
I overdid the eyebrow pencil that day. Anyway, I think the goal shouldn’t be to try and replicate Gabe and Kelly’s brilliance, because that’s impossible, but to create a place where we can all hang out and continue to be funny with each other. So, in this post, I’ll be going over how to comment here, what to do if you want to be a contributor, and what to expect from me while this place is still all shiny and new, like a baby deer (adorable, but a little unsteady on its feet).
If you want to use the same icon and username that you did on Videogum, you’ll need to make an account either on WordPress itself (you don’t have to create a blog to have an account) or Gravatar, and make sure you’re logged in while you’re commenting. If not, you can just put enter a name and email address (which won’t be shown publicly) and WordPress will assign you a random colorful icon thingy. You can also log in with Facebook or your Google account and all that jazz.
You CAN post photos and gifs in your comments, but you can’t just paste the URL like we did at VG. You have to enclose it in HTML tags, like this: <img src=”URLHERE.gif“/> I know, it’s annoying. Apparently this is only working for me right now because I’m an administrator, but it will eventually work for those of you who will become “authors.” Still, pretty annoying that it doesn’t just work for everyone.
Please contribute! Not just yet, though. I’m still learning my way around WordPress, so I’m going to hold off asking for contributions until sometime next week (probably Monday), when I’ll make a whole post about what to do and where to send stuff. Until then, please think about:
1. Whether you have the interest/time to become a regular contributor, say, a few times a week or once a day, and what you’d want to cover (ghosts are mine! I call ghosts!). You’ll need an actual WordPress account if you want to do this, because then I can make you an official author of the blog so you can edit and post things yourself.
2. Any ideas for one-off articles you’d like to write, about any topic, even if you can’t contribute regularly.
3. This is a free blog, at least for now, so we have limited storage available and can’t have too many photo, video, or gif-heavy posts. We can still do a weekly animal video roundup, for example, but we’ll probably have to just host one video ourselves and then link to the others, like they did in caveman times.
Unfortunately, until I win the lottery (like I deserve) or Chris Evans realizes that we’re meant to be and whisks me off to get married (like he deserves), I can’t pay anyone to write stuff here, so I certainly don’t expect anyone to dedicate their life to this blog. However, I do ask that you be realistic about how much time you have to spend before volunteering to become a regular contributor. Obviously shit happens, and if your circumstances prevent you from continuing to post, we’ll all understand, but I don’t want our blogger eyes to get bigger than our blogger stomachs, especially when it comes to things like TV recaps, which can quickly get overwhelming.
And finally: please bear with me.
I have a full-time job and other responsibilities to neglect, so it may take me some time to get everything together. In the meantime, there will probably only be a few posts per day, so we might fall behind on what all our friends on TV are doing. I appreciate your patience and your puns.