Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Button? Button? Who has the button?

When I was a little girl my mom had a quart jar shaped like a little bear with a hat on its head. It's where she stored her buttons. On rainy days...boring days...I'd sometimes take down the jar and play with them. Not that there was much I could do with them imagination-wise, but I liked sorting thru them and making piles of similar colored ones. Most were ordinary but some, like the little lemon-shaped ones of yellow or brass ones, were a bit more unique. I don't know what happened to that jar. I wonder if it's still at my father's home where my stepmother lives, stashed away in 'his' room of belongings he'd brought along from our family's former life when he married her. I think the odds of ever claiming any of that old stuff is history now.

Another childhood memory of buttons was playing "Button? Button? Who has the Button?" during inside recesses on especially rainy days. That, and "Heads Up Seven Up", I believe the other game was called. I'm dredging the names up almost 45 years after they happened, so bear with me. I grew up in a small town along the southern border of the Olympic Rain Forest in Washington State so we had a lot of indoor recess days.

Which brings me to the obsession I seem to be observing on a lot of blogs now with blog buttons? Does everyone have a blog button? What is the need of a blog button? I'm a complaining old fuddy-duddy, I know, but I find a long list of them in a sidebar very distracting. But, like all other blog 'fads' that come and go, it seems to be the 'in' thing right now. Not for me. I'm not a follower. My blog will remain button-free. Sometimes I think it will remain 'entry' free...I seem to be going thru a bit of a no-time-to-sit-down-and-think phase in life right now. But I plug away when I find a chance. Too many things on my plate right now to focus here. But that's ok. Or so I tell myself.


Sandy said...

My grandparents owned a laundry when I was very little. Underneath the counter at the front of the store my grandmother had an old drawer from a Singer sewing machine full of buttons. It was one of my favorite things to play with. You brought back nice memories with this post.

Regarding the blog button. I respect anyone who has a clean, neat blog, like you do. I have a button which was designed when I first started blogging. I have no idea who has it or if anyone is grabbing it anymore. I admit I am still sort of caught up in the follower thing, Trackers on my blog, but it is becoming less important. I have always written my blog for me but I do appreciate and look forward to comments.

Wander to the Wayside said...

Ok, I give up, what is a blog button?

4evergapeach said...

I'm with WTTW...What's a blog button? Like you I have been a bit absent, but much more so I'm ashamed to say. I enjoyed reading about your button jar though. It can be comforting to remember fond memories. Hope all is well with you!

Anita said...

Good segue!
I'm with the others; I'm confused by the button thing too.
Is it all the award pictures? Maybe it's the blogging groups memberships, too.
Either way, to each his own, as I used to hear my mama say. :)

Betty said...

On my last blog I made myself a button. But I don´t need it. I think whoever wants to come here, can come visit and if they want to come back they will add my blog html to their readers, so they don´t need a button. What I would like though is a new blog design. Something that makes my blog look much cleaner and simpler. I agree, that those rolling blog buttons on the sidebar are distracting and I don´t like them!

Kelly @ Impowerage said...

A button is a way for other bloggers to advertise your blog to their readers. It also is good for your site because it provides back links which is good for search engine optimization.

If you don't like a long list of buttons you can create a short row of rotating buttons or put them at the bottom of your site.