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from Oddly Enough Blog:

Hey, I never said I’m proud of myself!

Blog Guy, I've just started a new blog, and I could use some advice from a veteran like yourself. What do you do if you want to get a lot of traffic, but you don't want to work very hard for it?

That's called cheap pandering to readers with click-bait, and blogging professionals don't do it.

Yes, but just between you and me. If you wanted to pander, just once, what would you do?

I'd go for a wide audience. I'd anchor it with a really good new photo of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. A close-cropped face shot, just oozing with charm.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Who’s the cutest one of all?

I'm going to do something a little different today.

There is this writer named Bart King, whose job is almost as much fun as mine. He turns out books with titles like "Big Book of Gross Stuff" and "Pocket Guide to Mischief."

His latest one, called "Cute! A Guide to All Things Adorable," has just been published, and I enjoyed it very much. Bart offers clever insight into what makes things seem cute, and why.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

And then, the Mama Grizzly said…

Blog Guy, you set up a lot of fantasy shots for your readers, and we appreciate them. Maybe it's time to share one of your own fantasies with us.

Well, since you mention it, this photo would be a great example of one of my ultimate fantasies.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Those cute ears will make a great trophy!


What's up, Blog Guy? You look concerned about something.

I am. I just saw these photos of two panda cubs born in Spain.

SPAIN/They're adorable! What's wrong with that?

Did you miss the part where I said they are in SPAIN, the place where poor creatures are slowly tortured to death before slobbering, bloodthirsty crowds?

Besides bullfighting, this is the home of the running of the bulls, the fiery "purification of the horses" and similar traditions too numerous to mention.

from Tales from the Trail:

Panda diplomacy: the remix

USAThe latest chapter in the long story of panda diplomacy was written at Washington's National Zoo, where the Chinese government agreed to lengthen the "loan" of popular panda pair Mei Xiang and Tian Tian for another five years. Actually, the loan is conditioned on whether they produce a new heir or heiress to the cuteness of panda-dom in the next two years;  one or both could be exchanged for more fecund substitutes.

They have a good track record: Washington native Tai Shan, born in 2005, headed back to China last year.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Bamboozle small pandas for a living?

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Blog Guy,  I've read that some pandas are being reintroduced into the wild. This fascinates me, but I worry that panda cubs raised around humans won't be able to adapt.

panda costumes combo 280That's not an issue. All the humans these cubs come in contact with are dressed as pandas.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

The world’s goofiest panda?

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Blog Guy, I know you're probably very busy on a Saturday morning. Can you give me something really, really goofy to watch over and over?

Absolutely. Check out this video clip of pandas playing.

panda face 220Meaning no disrespect Blog Guy, but I've seen that before. They're cute, but hardly goofy.