04/07/09 Update: Well, I’ve had this MySpace account for a year and a half, so I think I’ve given it a good shot. Didn’t work out. More annoying than helpful. So I closed it tonight. I much prefer Facebook.
Every time I talk to my friend Red about my blog, he asks me why I don’t get a MySpace page. “Feh!” I answer. “Feh!” Not because I think MySpace is a terrible thing. But because I don’t like not being able to format my site exactly the way I want it to look. And because I’ve seen so many fugly looking MySpace profiles. And because I can’t control the advertising on there.
Well, tonight I finally caved in and did it. So I don’t have a great post about plastic today because I spent all of my blogging time creating my MySpace page. It’s at http://www.myspace.com/fakeplasticfish. Red says anyone who wants to draw an audience to their site nowadays has got to have a MySpace page. And it turns out that most of the environmental organizations that I support do have a presence on MySpace.
So if any of you are on MySpace, feel free to befriend me. I already have 10 friends after one day. And if you have suggestions for how I could make the page more appealing, I’d love to hear that too. I’m not planning on spending oodles of time on MySpace. I just want to use it as a way to get people over to this site to read about plastic.
And since I’m asking for advice, can any of you tech-savvy bloggers give me some advice about blogging software? Right now I’m using Blogger, but since I host my own domain, I can’t use a lot of the new tools that Blogger has installed. What blog software is better? Typepad? WordPress? I just want to be able to make my site more easily navigable so readers can find the specific information they’re looking for.
And finally, here’s another question to throw out to the group: Anyone have advice about plastic-free cosmetics? Marika asked me that question the other day and I really didn’t have a good solution. I confess I’m a very low maintenance girl. I put on makeup maybe once or twice per month, if that. The cosmetics I already had before I started this plastics project will probably last several more years. (Okay, I know you’re not supposed to keep cosmetics that long because of bacteria and whatnot. But honestly, I’m 42 and I haven’t gotten a terrible infection so far, so I’m not that worried.)
I do know about the Cargo Plant Love lipstick that comes in a corn-based container and whose outer carton is embedded with flower seeds. Has anyone found a good alternative for blush? Eye shadow? Liner? Mascara? And whatever else people put on their faces to look glamorous?
When I was in junior high and high school, I would begin every year religiously making up my face and styling my hair in the morning. After the first month or so, my appearance would gradually go back to its natural state. I thought it was just because I was lazy. But you know, when you’re avoiding plastic, natural is the easiest way to go! And also, you won’t have people looking at you funny when you show up to work without makeup if they rarely see you with makeup on in the first place. My co-workers make a big deal when I wear a little lip gloss and eye liner. I guess it’s kinda nice that way.