beer with bloggers ad

I’d usually ask Linette to help, but, seeing as how she’s busy with paying graphic design customers, I thought that I’d put together an ad for the upcoming Beer with Bloggers event myself. I did this in Word, which is a pretty good program for graphic design. Feel free to use it to promote the event if you like, or, better yet, make your own. So far I’ve heard from two Ypsi City Council members, the Mayor of Ypsilanti, three Ann Arbor bloggers, and about six from Ypsi that they’ll be there. Blog readers are encouraged to come as well, but only if they leave comments. Lurkers, if identified, will be driven out into the cold, unforgiving Michigan winter without wireless access.

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  1. elviscostello
    Posted February 7, 2008 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    I’m planning to be there, before I head to Vegas, Baby!

  2. elviscostello
    Posted February 7, 2008 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    You can read me at Walberg Watch

  3. mark
    Posted February 7, 2008 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    OK, I did a search and went to Walberg Watch. The first thing I saw there was a link to a site called…… I almost shit my pants. Seriously. I thought that maybe someone out there had discovered something about me that I didn’t even know about myself. Thankfully, it’s another Mark that they’ve figured out the truth about.

  4. John on Forest
    Posted February 7, 2008 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    I’ll be there.

    I say let the lurkers stand against the wall like flowers.

  5. mark
    Posted February 7, 2008 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    Surely someone out there can annimate that image so all the colors flash… And how about spinning pinwheels and fireworks? And can Clementine say something scarey in a robot voice, like, “I pitty the fool that don’t come to Frenchie’s”?

  6. Andy C
    Posted February 7, 2008 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Mark, your ad is amazing. Using Word for graphic design is like play Bach on a kazoo. I love how the “s” on “Frenchie’s” drops down, and oh the spell check under line, it’s too much. You are doing for graphic design what The Shaggs did for music!
    I’d like to suggest you hang the cardboard sign outside Frenchie’s the night of the event. I was going to suggest Clementine wear it like a sandwich board but it’s much too cold for that.

  7. John on Forest
    Posted February 7, 2008 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    198?? Why don’t you paint the sign on your stomach, Mark?

    Really it is an awesome ad, tho

  8. mark
    Posted February 7, 2008 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    Andy, if you need for me to teach a “Design in Word” course at the college, let me know.

  9. Ol' E Cross
    Posted February 8, 2008 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    I just think it’s adorable that you got Clementine a little drunk for that photo.

  10. Mr. X
    Posted February 8, 2008 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Mark’s stomach is already covered in an elaborate patchwork of interlocking unicorn head tattoos. At least that’s what it looked like in his last Easy Rider pictorial… His breasts, I might add, were amazing.

  11. Posted February 8, 2008 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    As a tribute to your ad & Andy C’s comment, we would like to offer to kick off the meeting with a kazoo duet version of Bach’s Sonata #3, ok?

  12. Blogging for Beer
    Posted February 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Here’s an idea. What if a local bar agreed to subsidize blogging? I’m not suggesting that they let bloggers drink free all the time, although that would be nice. What if they gave one free beer to any blogger who mentioned their bar though? The same would go for coffee shops.

    “Signing out from Aubree’s, where pizzas are half-price tonight.”

  13. Posted February 8, 2008 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    I don’t have a kazoo, but I have a nose whistle. Can I join in on the Sonata? I may come, but t’s hard for me to go out on weekdays.

    And I agree with Andy. Word is teh yuck.

  14. mark
    Posted February 10, 2008 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    I’d been hoping for a ukulele four-piece, but, as none seem to be in our price-range, I guess we’ll go with a kazoo duet. Thank you for offering.

  15. mark
    Posted February 11, 2008 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    So, no one is going to take a shot at fixing the ad, making it better?

  16. Ol' E Cross
    Posted February 11, 2008 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Unless you point us to a supply of stock photos of Clementine holding “Beer Bloggers” signs, what chance do we really have at improving?

  17. Yota
    Posted February 12, 2008 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Have you not access to children and cardboard?

  18. hd
    Posted February 12, 2008 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    I think you need to better define the term ‘lurker’ or you maybe unnecessarily alienating some of your audienc – what about those of us who always read, but rarely comment, due to the painful embarrassment of near anonymous contact. Over computers. While wearing gloves. And hats.

    I feel that my bi-annual comment and the subsequent grammar-related panic attack earns me and my kind a term better than lurkers – but, then again, maybe not.

  19. thirdcity
    Posted February 14, 2008 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Mark, you’re really stacking the cards against yourself in the deal of life here. Wait ’til your daughter gets to be a teenager – you are so dead! (Hanging a cardboard sign on her, oy veh!!)

    What’s on the agenda for Frenchies on Thursday?

  20. mark
    Posted February 15, 2008 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Still no agenda.

    And I’m sorry that I suggested lurkers would be slaughtered. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, I have flowers and chocolates for them.

    In all seriousness, I lurk on most sites, rarely, if at all, leaving comments. It is no crime. Yes, I wish that more people joined in the conversation here, but I don’t hold it against them. People are shy. I understand that.

  21. John on Forest
    Posted February 18, 2008 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    This is this coming Thursday, right?

  22. mark
    Posted February 18, 2008 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Yup… Hopefully I’m over my cold by then.

  23. John on Forest
    Posted February 19, 2008 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    Two days from now

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