Dear Ministry of Silly Blogs Staff,

Now that the Month of NaBloPoMo Silliness has Officially drawn to a close (at least in most Time Zones), many of you may be Wondering what is to Become of the Ministry of Silly Blogs. I am quite Pleased to say, with both Seriousness and Silliness, that the Ministry of Silly Blogs will Continue into the Future. We at the Ministry believe that there is a Great Future for Silliness, especially in the Realm of Blogging, and we are Committed to Continuing to Promote and Celebrate such Silliness.

As the Future of the NaBloPoMo Ning Group is Uncertain, all Official Ministry Business shall Henceforth be conducted via the Official Ministry of Silly Blogs Blog. Questions about the Ministry of Silly Blogs, or about Silliness in General, can also be addressed via email to ministryofsillyblogs AT yahoo DOT com . Other communication may be attempted by Semaphore, Smoke Signals, or Miming, but results may Vary.

For those of you who have not yet claimed an Official Ministry of Silly Blogs Job Title, many Positions are Still Available. Details about this Process can be found on the page called The Official Staff of the Ministry of Silly Blogs.

We at the Ministry had hoped to provide Frequent and Regular posts of Links of Silliness, but the High Demands of NaBloPoMo blog-related Reading and Writing left us less time that we had hoped for such a task. It is therefore hoped that once the Frenzied Pace of November is behind us, we can Continue to Promote Silliness at a More Leisurely Pace. We would like to offer some Retrospective Posts to highlight the Blogging Silliness that has Happened over the Past Month.

If you wish to Submit links to your Own Silly Posts of the Past Month, please leave the Links (along with your Official Job Title, if you have such a thing) in the Comments for this, or any other recent post. Links for other Silliness that you have Encountered and Admired are also Always Welcome.

As always, we wish you Much Silliness.

Sincerely Silly,

The Chief Minister of Silliness
The Ministry of Silly Blogs
(aka alejna)

Having finally gotten up off our Metaphorical Lazy Ass, we at the Ministry are Quite Pleased to Finally be able to Offer to a Very Fine Selection of Silliness that has been posted in the Blogs of our Official Ministry Staff (and Perhaps in the Blogs of Official Ministry Onlookers):

We have also had a Variety of Excellent Submissions of Silliness from Various Untitled Members (or On-looking Non-members) of the Ministry of Silly Blogs, who Should Really consider Getting an Official Ministry Job Title:

Thank you to all who submitted these fine links. A Selection of other links, such as the Many Fine Links to Silly Websites, will Happen at Some Point.

The Director General of Generally Indirect Silliness (aka Nerevised) offers to us a link to a News Article on a Topic that is Near and Dear to Our Collective Hearts here at the Ministry: Silly Job Titles.

On a Similar Topic, We are most Pleased to Announce that an Additional 6 members of our Staff have Claimed Official Job Titles:

Second Assistant Minister of Silliness: Jonny of Out Of Hans

Head of Ministry Intelligence, Wit and Goofiness: ThePearLady of Slices from the Pearlady

Director of Pastafarian Outreach: Cobwebs of The Art of Darkness

Deputy Chief of Goofiness: Mistress Snarkypants of Snarkypants

Exceptionally Imposing Figurehead with No Actual Responsibilities: Katstuff of Just Katstuff

Grand Secretariat of Bureaucrazy: laura of at home. together

For those who remain Untitled, and Desire a Title, please see the Officially Silly Instructions at the bottom of the Page Entitled “The Official Staff of the Ministry of Silly Blogs.” (There you will also find the Entire Titled Staff of the Ministry of Silly Blogs. If you have Claimed a Title and you do Not see Your Name or Title Listed, or should you Discover some other Error or Omission, it is most Likely due to Error on the Part of the Chief Minister of Silliness, whose Many and Varied Responsibilities have recently been known to keep her from the Realm of Silliness more Often than She would Like. Please Just Send her a Gentle Reminder by Email or Comments, or perhaps send her a Scone. She is Quite Fond of Baked Goods.)

Additionally, Three of our Ranks have expressed interest in Assuming positions of Moderate Responsibility (or at least Moderately Silly Responsibility), involving the Highly Coveted Level of Official Co-Authors of the Ministry of Silly Blogs. More information about these Exiciting Developments will arrive Shortly. (Or at least at Some Point in the Foreseeable Future.)

Dearest and Silliest Ministry Staff Members,

I have Mentioned Previously that We at the Ministry would Greatly Welcome Persons who would like to be Official Co-authors of the Official Ministry of Silly Blogs Blog.

Veronica, Our Chief Silliness Advisor, has asked the important question about the Potential Position of Official Co-author: “Does that involve real work?”

Ah, that all depends on what you consider “Real Work.”

I can without any Qualms, solemnly swear that Co-author Positions at the Ministry of Silly Blogs do not currently, Just Now, or at the Present Time, Entail, nor are they expected to Entail at Any Point in the Foreseeable Future, any of the Following:

  1. Scrubbing Toilets
  2. Operating Heavy Machinery
  3. Digging Trenches, Wells, Pits or Holes of any Dimension
  4. Motivational Speaking to Auditoriums Full of Bored Adolescents
  5. Trapping Wild Animals
  6. Remuneration

Positions of Official Co-authorship are Expected to Involve the following:

  1. Verifying that Submitted Links of Silliness Adhere to the Official Criteria to Determine the Silliness of Websites
  2. Posting LInks of Silliness, ideally with Some Sort of Brief Description of their Silliness
  3. Participating in the Establishment of Official Criteria to Determine the Silliness of Websites
  4. Writing with Excessive Use of Capitalization

Additionally, Co-Author positions offer the following Optional Possibilities:

  1. Potential for Advancement in the areas of Personal Silliness Development
  2. The Posting or Cross-Posting of Original Silly Content
  3. Replying to Comments on Posts of Silliness
  4. Scouring the Internets, with Particular Focus on the Blogosphere, for Silly Content Worthy of Ministry Attention
  5. Chuckling, Chortling, Giggling, Guffawing, Snickering, Snorting, Snarfing, or (in limited Contexts) Cackling
  6. Noodling

Please Note that the Above Lists are not meant to be Exhaustive of the Possibilities for any of the Above Categories. There are many Additional Duties which Would Not be Expected to be Performed.

If you are interested in taking on this Adventure with Me, please send an email to:
ministryofsillyblogs at yahoo dot com

Sincerely,
The Chief Minister of Silliness

p.s. Thanks to Many of You for your Extraordinarily Silly Links. We will be posting them Shortly, once we can Muster sufficient Motivation to get up off our Metaphorical Ass and sort through the Silliness.

Official Silliness Updates

November 10, 2007

I’m sorry to have kept you waiting, but I’m afraid my blog has become rather sillier recently, and so it takes me rather longer to get to work.¹

Many thanks to those of you who have left Comments, Emailed, Applied for Positions, and/or Submitted Silly Links for the Ministry of Silly Blogs. I feel extraordinarily Humbled to be a Part of such a Silly Group. Also Extraordinarily Silly. Another Post of Officially Silly Links will be Posted posthaste. Or at least relatively soonish.

We at the Ministry of Silly Blogs would like to encourage all Staff Members of the Ministry of Silly Blogs to submit posts of their own Silliness, in order to properly Highlight the Extreme Silliness of our Group Members, and thus of our Group. We would like to regularly post a List of Silly Posts of the Past Week or So. Additionally, we welcome Archival Posts of Silliness.

The Official Ministry of Silly Blogs NaBloPoMo group now boasts 48 Silly Members. And We at the Ministry do indeed like to Boast, especially where Silliness is Concerned.

We are pleased to report that 5 More Official Ministry Positions have been filled and/or created by Ministry Staff Members. Please welcome to our Ranks the following:

Secretary of Defense Against Squirrels: Ashley of If You Can’t Do Something Smart…

Chief Mistress of Leprechauns, Oompa Loompas, and Hobbits: Rach of Rachelskirts

Director General of Generally Indirect Silliness: Nerevised of kiwi countdown

Adjutant for Silliness Education, Indoctrination, and the Letter P: Bee of welikeplay

Chief of Staff: Anitra of I Love a Kiwi

In addition, 18 Official Positions had been filled at the time of our Last Official Update. Thus, there are now 23 Official Ministry Positions filled from among the 48 total group member. If my Arithmetic is Correct, this means that there are approximately 327 more members currently eligible for Official Ministry Job Titles. If you are among the Untitled Individuals, you may want to consider choosing a title from the list below, or creating your own title from the Mysterious Workings of your own Silly Mind. (For details on how to apply for a position, please refer to the previous Staffing Update.)

The Following Positions are still Accepting Applicants, including some Newly Added Silly Positions:
Minister of Internal Exterior Organization
Director of the Special Task Force on Mimes
Exceptionally Imposing Figurehead with No Actual Responsibilities
Deputy Chief of Goofiness
Head of Ministry Intelligence, Wit and Sarcasm
Supremely Powerful Director of the Department of Job Title Assignment
She/He Whose Job Title Shall Not Be Named
Second Assistant Minister of Silliness
Semi-Permanent Under-secretary
Undersecretary to the Third Assistant Minister of Silly Blogginess
Head of the Department of Jokes Involving Gerbils, Hamsters, and Other Small Mammals
Chief Investigator of Squid Intelligence
Curator of the Museum of Silliness
First Director of Secondary Silliness
Second Director of Primary Silliness
Silliness Liaison
Attache to the Undersecretary of Attaches
Chief Noodler (title suggested by the Director General of Generally Indirect Silliness)
Position of Pseudoscientific Quacktackery Attache (title suggested by the Director of the Bureau of Investigations of Particularly Silly Phenomena)

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¹ Actually, it’s not so much the Silliness, as the Quantity. I have added an Intimidating Large Number of Blogs to my feed reader for NaBloPoMo. And what’s worse, these are blogs that are showing new posts Every Single Damn Day. Sometimes even more than one post. Curse you, Prolific Bloggers! Seriously, if any of you want to join in as an Official Co-author, that would be Swell.

I am Pleased to announce that many Staff Members of the Ministry of Silly Blogs have claimed or created Official Ministry Job Titles. Thank you for your various applications, which I received via Email, Comments, and Smoke Signal. If you applied for a Position, and do not see yourself on the List Below, please let the Ministry know via Email (ministrofsillyblogs.yahoo.com), Comments or Singing Telegram.

At Present, our Ministry Staff looks Thusly:

Chief Minister of Sillines: alejna of collecting tokens

Minister of Silly Socks: Celtic Angel of Celticangel.org

Undersecretary of Fun: Jessi of The Quirky World of Jessi

Director of Silly Quality Control: Sassy of eye heart internet

Director of Everything Else: Magpie of Magpie Musing

Super Secret Minister of Public Affairs: Evil Pink Cupcake of Evil Pink Cupcake

Director of the Bureau of Investigations of Particularly Silly Phenomena: fireweaver of laboratory tested¹

Grand Ambassador of Canadian Silliness and Such: Pamplemousse of French for Grapefruit

Chief of Stuff: azahar of casa az

Director of Chortles: merrymishaps of merry mishaps

Oversecretary of Underpants: Sarcastic Mom, aka Lotus, of Sarcastic Mom

Grand Poobah: Madame Meow of A Daily Dose of Zen Sarcasm

Chairman, Standing at the Back Dressed Stupidly and Looking Stupid Party: srah of srah blah blah

Chief Mistress of Leprechauns, Oompa Loompas, and Hobbits: Rach of Rachelskirts

Chief Silliness Advisor: Veronica of Sleepless Nights

Very Important Personage Whose Job is Somewhat Mysterious: Calliope of Silliness.org

Other Very Important Personage Whose Job is Somewhat Mysterious: Erika of DRY Ink (This title is pending, depending on the ending decided by the Applicant, which doesn’t rhyme with ending)

Additionally, the position of Eighth Minister of Pants has been claimed by urban pedestrian of urban pedestrian, who has made the following announcement.

Greetings, I would like to nominate, appoint and accept myself in the postion of Eighth Minister of Pants.

Thank you

As my first official action I would like it to be known that from here on “pants” shall be known as “trousers” by one and all and designated as such in all official an unofficial documents and correspondence. Anyone not abiding by this proclamation will face severe penalties. SEVERE, I tell you! Signed, The Eighth Minister of Trousers.

As I, Chief Minister of the Ministry of Silly Blogs, have close Professional Ties with the Ministry of Pants, I fear that this issue may need to be more fully debated. Or we may have an Official Feud on our Hands.

The Following Positions are still Accepting Applicants, including some Newly Added Silly Positions:
Minister of Internal Exterior Organization
Director of the Special Task Force on Mimes
Exceptionally Imposing Figurehead with No Actual Responsibilities
Director General of Generally Indirect Silliness
Secretary of Defense Against Squirrels
Deputy Chief of Goofiness
Head of Ministry Intelligence, Wit and Sarcasm
Supremely Powerful Director of the Department of Job Title Assignment
She/He Whose Job Title Shall Not Be Named
Second Assistant Minister of Silliness
Semi-Permanent Under-secretary
Undersecretary to the Third Assistant Minister of Silly Blogginess
Head of the Department of Jokes Involving Gerbils, Hamsters, and Other Small Mammals
Chief Investigator of Squid Intelligence
Curator of the Museum of Silliness
First Director of Secondary Silliness
Second Director of Primary Silliness
Silliness Liaison
Chief of Staff
Attache to the Undersecretary of Attaches

How to Apply for or Accept a Job Title:
You are welcome to choose from among the Job Titles above, or are invited to Designate a Job Title of your own Creation. (Or if you would like to add to the list of Job Titles for others to choose from.) If you would like to have a Job Title assigned to you at random, I will Happily assign one to you. If you have a Job Title listed, but would like to change it, let me know. If you would prefer not to have a job title and/or a link from the Ministry of Silly Blogs Blog, let me know that too.

It would be most helpful to me if you would send the following information to the Ministry ( ministryofsillyblogs@yahoo.com ):
1. your name (as you would like to be listed)
2. your blog name (as you would like it to be listed)
3. your full blog URL
4. your desired Job Title (and possibly an alternate Job Title)

Additional Opportunities from The Ministry of Silly Blogs:
If you would like to be an Official Co-Author of The Official Ministry of Silly Blogs Blog, I would Welcome your Company. You would need to have a WordPress account. If you don’t have one already, you can get one lickety split from WordPress.com.

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¹ fireweaver has also suggested the alternate Position of Pseudoscientific Quacktackery Attache, which, pending her approval, may be Available for Someone Else to claim.

mustache0004.jpgNerevised of Kiwi Countdown has brought our Official Attention to the high levels of Silliness that can be found at Mustaches of the Nineteenth Century, a weblog that is “A Daily Celebration of The Golden Age of Upper Lip Hair.”

This site offers regular offerings of mustachioed imagery, which are additionally often offered with insightful commentary.

Dear Gentle Reader,
Many of the following pages have graphic and clear images of the masculine mustache in all its forms, both sublime and grotesque. My intent is not to shock or titillate, but merely to inform on the subject. The Nineteenth Century gave us many things, but above all it was a hotbed of facial hair experimentation and this is but a poor sampling of those many lost forms.

It has begun

November 2, 2007

Dear Staff of the Ministry of Silly Blogs, or Potential Staff of the Ministry of Silly Blogs, or Potentially Silly Random People Who Stumble Across the Ministry of Silly Blogs,

The Official Silliness of NaBloPoMo has Officially Begun. Official Ministry Job Titles are being distributed for the Express Purpose of Additional Silliness. Job Titles will be posted on the Official Ministry of Silly Blogs Blog, along with a link to your chosen Blog. More information (or possibly just more confusing information) can be found here.

Several of you have already tentatively accepted or requested Official Job Titles. So far, we have the following:

Chief Minister of Sillines, alejna of collecting tokens
Minister of Silly Socks, Calliope of Celticangel.org
Undersecretary of Fun, Jessi of The Quirky World of Jessi
Director of Silly Quality Control, Sassy of eye heart internet
Director of Everything Else, Magpie of Magpie Musing

The Following Positions are now Accepting Applicants:
Second Assistant Minister of Silliness
Semi-Permanent Under-secretary
Chief Silliness Advisor
Undersecretary to the Third Assistant Minister of Silly Blogginess
Grand Poobah [update: this Title has been Claimed]
Eighth Minister of Pants [update: this Title has been Claimed. And modified.]
Director of Chortles [update: this Title has been Claimed]
Director of the Bureau of Investigations of Particularly Silly Phenomena [update: claimed]
Super Secret Minister of Public Affairs [update: claimed twice.]
Head of Ministry Intelligence, Wit and Goofiness
Oversecretary of Underpants [update: This position has been claimed. Twice, even.]
Head of the Department of Jokes Involving Gerbils, Hamsters, and Other Small Mammals
Chief Investigator of Squid Intelligence
Curator of the Museum of Silliness
Very Important Personage Whose Job is Somewhat Mysterious [update: Claimed. Thrice.]
First Director of Secondary Silliness
Silliness Liaison
Chief of Staff
Chief of Stuff [update: Claimed]
Attache to the Undersecretary of Attaches

How to Apply for or Accept a Job Title:
You are welcome to choose from among the Job Titles above, or are invited to Designate a Job Title of your own Creation. (Or if you would like to add to the list of Job Titles for others to choose from.) If you would like to have a Job Title assigned to you at random, I will Happily assign one to you. If you have a Job Title listed, but would like to change it, let me know. If you would prefer not to have a job title and/or a link from the Ministry of Silly Blogs Blog, let me know that too.

It would be most helpful to me if you would send the following information to the Ministry ( ministryofsillyblogs@yahoo.com ):
1. your name (as you would like to be listed)
2. your blog name (as you would like it to be listed)
3. your full blog URL
4. your desired Job Title

The Ministry of Silly Blogs will also regularly be posting Links of Silliness. (Thanks to Nerevised for contributing our first Link of Silliness, which will be posted within the next few days. Or tomorrow. Probably not tonight.) You are invited to send me links by email (ministryofsillyblogs@yahoo.com) or by way of any of the comments sections here at the Ministry of Silly Blogs Blog. Links can be for your own Silliness, or for Silliness that you have found on the Web. Recent or Old work just fine, as long as there is Silliness.

In fact, I was thinking it would be nice to highlight the Silly Favorites of the Ministry Staff. If you have some favorite Silly Posts that you have written in the past, and that you would like to Share, send me a list of, say, between 1 and 5 links. (Send the full permalinks, please.)

Additional Opportunities from The Ministry of Silly Blogs:
If you would like to be an Official Co-Author of The Official Ministry of Silly Blogs Blog, I would Welcome your Company. You would need to have a WordPress account. If you don’t have one already, you can get one lickety split from WordPress.com.

Here are some Official Ministry Seals and Official Ministry Badges as well as an Official Ministry Face with Googly Eyes.

Feel free to use these on your own blogs, with a link back to either the Official Website of the Ministry of Silly Blogs, or the NaBloPoMo Ministry of Silly Blogs Group Homepage. You are welcome to scale or alter them. You are also welcome to design new Ministry Bling, or make requests (such as for color changes).

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The Official NaBloPoMo group has been created for the Ministry of Silly Blogs.