Hitting the Big Time: Mashable!

So if you hadn’t heard, Snailbird recently made it into the popular online magazine Mashable. Now we’ve been featured in quite a few online articles and showcases, but I think it’s a safe bet that Mashable is the biggest and most well-read site that has given us a few visitors. And not just a few – our visitors and hits have gone through the roof! Thank you Mashable! Interested in the article? You can find Snailbird featured in 20 Resources for Displaying Twitter Updates. Check it out, comment, and adore our cute little twitter bird!

Blog of the Week/Month/Whatever

Wow, a post on the weekend you say? She must be mad! Yes, yes, I’m mad. I’m also bored out of my mind and sick of looking at duplexes online (with the amount of houses I spent snooping around today in the unbearably sweltering heat of the Texan sun, I am completely surprised I wasn’t either 1: arrested as a potential serial cat burglar, or 2: shoveled off the pavement in the form of a melted pile of sizzling egg-goop (what a great description, huh?) – either of those were open options). Anyway, have a blog post.

As some of you may have noticed, I am a blogger. Therefore, I love to read blogs too (crazy, huh?). So because I enjoy sharing the happy little nuggets of good reads (and I haven’t done it in quite awhile), I thought I’d throw another blog at you to add to your feed reader.


Run Jen Run

Not only is Jenny a witty writer, but she’s a fantastic photographer, and a wonderful client to work with. She was one of my first (and still one of my favorite) blog clients to work with professionally and her feedback was fantastic as well. Anyway, as a blogger, she is charming, intelligent, and downright hilarious at times. I love her Photobooth Chronicles the best – who knew you could say so much in just four small pictures.

Jenny is also the founder of the ever-growing TequilaCon, which is something I hope to attend next year depending on where they decide to hold it (hey, idea! Austin? Seriously, I’m totally throwing it in the ring here, guys). Tattoos, tequila, and bloggers? There really is nothing better.

Anyway, check out Jenny and all of her awesome photos, blogs, and tequila love over at her snazzy blog Run Jen Run. You won’t be sorry you did (but you will be sorry if you don’t – just saying).

Showing Off My Body!

HTML Body that is.  What happened to my design, you ask?  Surely you know!

Today is the Annual CSS Naked Day! Go check it out and learn more about what this means and why I’ve stripped myself naked just for you!

This design isn’t as great as my last participation into CSS Naked Day. There are a few bugs, like my page links and the fact that there’s no header saying that you’ve reached Snailbird.com. But hey, it still works! Right?

Yep. Happy CSS Naked Day, all!

New Snailbird Design!

And we’re live! The brand-spanking new, took-way-too-long-to-code, Snailbird design is finally up and running!

I don’t think I have ever spent so long in one sitting (or series of sittings as it where) working on one design before. I have been staring at this thing for days on end. I’m not even kidding, all I ate today was a couple of shortbread cookies because I didn’t want to stop until I finally had this kicked in the butt. I think I successfully pummeled it into submission (and fixed up some of my pages while I was at it).

Do I need a reason for the change? Well one, I wanted this site to show off my creative design talents as much as possible. I want the design to show what I’m capable of, both in coding and in creating original and unique designs. And two, I wanted a design to reflect my own personality, and while the last one retained some of my identity, I thought it was boring. I am a colorful person, I love to draw, and I love nature and all things related. This is me.

Plus, I just think it’s cute. Isn’t that what’s important in the long run? Cuteness? Okay, maybe not, but I’m happy with it. Got comments, critiques, praise, complaints? Let me know. I’d love to get some feedback on this design. Does it work for you? Too much? Tell me!

My eyes and fingers need a rest. I’m taking the rest of the night off. Have a good weekend all!

I’m Loved!

I Love Your Blog Aw, so I got tagged for this meme by Amanda who I recently made friends with through NaBloPoMo. She apparently likes my blog so much she thought I deserved this little badge-thingy. I feel special.

Here are the rules as I see them: Answer the following questions with one word only (I almost forgot that part), then tag five other blogs who you feel are awesome and deserve some form of recognition. Then they post the badge, answer the questions too, and tag the blogs they think are awesome. Easy. So here we go.

The Questions

01. Where is your cell phone? Desk.
02. Where is your significant other? Bathroom.
03. Your hair color? Blonde.
04. Your mother? Bed.
05. Your father? Bed.
06. Your favorite thing? Ash.
07. Your dream last night? Tower.
08. Your dream/goal? Travel.
09. The room you’re in? Den.
10. Your hobby? Dreaming.
11. Your fear? Failure.
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Austin.
13. Where were you last night? Home.
14. What you’re not? Warm.
15. One of your wish-list items? Camera.
16. Where you grew up? Goondocks.
17. The last thing you did? Scratched.
18. What are you wearing? Pants.
19. Your TV? On.
20. Your pet? Sleeping.
21. Your computer? Cricket.
22. Your mood? Content.
23. Missing someone? Yessum.
24. Your car? Littlecar.
25. Something you’re not wearing? Shirt.
26. Favorite store? Michaels.
27. Your summer? Blur.
28. Love someone? Very.
29. Your favorite color? Green.
30. When is the last time you laughed? Now.
31. Last time you cried? Yesterday.

Favorite Blogs

01. Ash Niels
02. Leigh Jaszlics
03. Meg Smitherman
04. Mac Case
05. Jennifer of Tropical Fruit

That was actually kind of hard narrowing it down, but I think I did a good job. If I tagged you, don’t forget to post the “I Love Your Blog” badge in your blog. You deserve it – why? Because I love Your Blog. That’s right.

Ash just wandered out here with no pants on. I gotta go.


And we’re back up, with tons of help from my previous host.  Thanks a bunch, Dan!

I’ll be making quite a few changes to reflect the new domain name.  For now, I’ll work with the old set up and the old title of Coyote Dreams until I get up the new theme that I’m working on.  The old site will continue to redirect to this page, but it’d be helpful if everyone updated their links.

I’ll blog for real when I get a chance to.  Right now, the house needs to be cleaned (after which the cats will once again knock everything down and undo any work I might actually accomplish).  Hey, at least it makes me feel better.  Even if it is just a half-hearted attempt.

How is it Monday already?


And no, not the Monty Python kind.

I just spent a good three hours sitting in front of my laptop, finally going through the enormous backlog of spam comments that have been building up over the summer. Why do people spam? Is it like telemarketing? Do they get paid for ever comment or email they send out? Whatever the reason, I have a few things to say to these telespammers.

First off. Yes, I’m a lesbian. I like girls. And while I appreciate your thoughtfulness in linking me to several hundred lesbian porn sites, I’m really not that into watching other girls do it – especially in some of the ways you describe in such detail. And I am not at all into watching gay men do it, so from now on, maybe you could hold back on those sites. It’s not exactly up my alley, if you know what I mean.

Second. I’m a sucker for comments. So you definitely fool me every once in awhile when you say what a great site I have, or the article I wrote was fascinating, but could you maybe do it without posting a link to car dealership or an online cooking site that doesn’t really lead anywhere? I like cooking, but I’m not going to take a class online for it. It also kind of disrupts the flow of the comment when you link it mid-sentence. “Your site is [link]blackberry iphone![/link] awesome!” That doesn’t exactly help your disguise as a normal reader.

And finally, to my non-English writing spammers. I don’t know what you’re saying anyway, so maybe it’s not worth your time to spam me. Try some other site in Russian.

Okay, off to do real work. And by real work, I mean putting on music and procrastinating on cleaning the house.

(Also, I maybe have accidentally deleted some real comments in the midst of this – if you’ve commented recently maybe you should check to make sure it’s there now. If not, post again! Unless you’re a spammer…)


I’ve only done this once before, and I think that was like 2005. But it’s for a good cause so I’m doing it again.

CoyoteDreams has gone pink! That’s right, it’s October, which means it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Web sites will Go Pink during the month of October to bring attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, get people talking about breast cancer, and raise money for research. But to be clear, raising money isn’t the primary purpose of this web event. The hope is that you turn your site pink (in whatever way works for your site), educate yourself about the multiple issues related to Breast Cancer, then take that knowledge and tell someone else what you’ve learned.

Check out Pink For October. Learn more. Spread the message.

A Triumph and a Little WordPress

Lots going on today. First off:

Go, Go California!

2 down, 48 to go.

In other news, I’m revamping my blog a ton. The current theme up is from ScribbleScratch, and I’m working on creating my own, so just sit back and enjoy for now. At the moment, I’m trying to figure out the Flickr Feed. I had FAlbum but it wasn’t working with my side bar at all (I coudln’t get the side bar to stop showing up on the photo pages even though it’s only suppose to show up on this page), and now I have FlickrRSS but for some reason it’s just not working. It says there’s an error even though I’m doing what the installation instructions say. Good grief.

I keep messing with it, but if you have any input on it, let me know. I could use the help.

Update in the house searching: I have two leads. One for a two bedroom home (which we’ll take if we really have to) and the second lead is from the same landlord: he’s looking into buying a three bedroom right now and he says if he gets it, he’ll let us know. I’m hoping to hear from him Monday, and if all goes well, we’ll have a place to rent for the summer until next May. Which would be great. Cross your fingers for us.

That’s it for now. Blah.