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Sep 07, 2006

Opportunity Knockingk

Cuteoverloadtile_1Listen up, Peeps, here's Teh Deal. Without the good people at TypePad, CuteOverload simply could not exist in it's current form. What do I mean? Well, When you have a high-traffic website, the amount of data that flows out, called bandwidth, can be <singsong> expensive! </singsong>. Big photos don't help—it's like a BIG PIPE of HAMSTERS flowing out to all ya'll. (Er something.) There is a large cost associated with pushin' that data out!

Recently when TypePad called me, I picked up a hot pink phone, brushed away the bunnies, and said; 'CuteOverload, how may I help ya?" Their kind peeps axed me to take a look at a new blogging service called 'Vox'.

At first, I was all, "um, HOW can this be any better than TypePad?" 

Well, I found out.

It's like they took all the good parts of TypePad and made an even simpler way to blog. Post content in a flash—even my Grandma can do it. It plays nice with ANY content you want to talk about. YOur pets, your beau, your stinky receptionist job, your annoying boyfriend—you name it. The templates are fabu, and you can change them as often as you like. Putting your thoughts on the Web, sharing photos, commenting, blogging from your mobile phone is even easier than a puppy snorgling.

Anywho—don't take this kitten's word for it. Check it out for free, yo. It's by invite-only and as C.O. readers, the first thousand peeps GET IN FREE!

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Um, am I the only one up at this hour? I'm not all that internet savvy, but this sounds like a deal to me! (First post! AHAHAHAH!)

 |  Sep 07, 2006 at 11:26 PM

Nope, I'm up, too. And I just signed up for Vox!

Although I'm not sure why, since I'll probably never post anything to it...

 |  Sep 07, 2006 at 11:31 PM

I'm with you, AuntieMame. I think I'm the running for the most techno-illiterate of the peeps and I now have an account.

Let's just watch all the people who can't get in now that we've signed up. Boy, will they be steamed.

 |  Sep 07, 2006 at 11:34 PM

We'll just add each other to our friends lists (Do they have friends lists? I didn't even look at the options...) and be the most techno-illiterate members with the longest lists of people who never read our blogs that we never post to.

 |  Sep 07, 2006 at 11:38 PM

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 |  Sep 07, 2006 at 11:50 PM

That sounds like a great idea! I'll start a blog, do one post ("My life as a single girl with a cat"), and then wonder why no one comments or keeps checking it. Brilliant!

 |  Sep 07, 2006 at 11:56 PM

Neat, thanks. All this post needs is something cute and fluffy to go with it.

Noel Cower
 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 12:08 AM

hmm... Maybe I'm more techno-illiterate than I thought. It looks like my blog address has already been taken (wha?) so I can't register. I've tried all sorts of tricks so I guess I'll just be left behind. Sigh.

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 12:13 AM

I got one too - thank you, Meg!

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 12:18 AM

On further thought, I think I cursed myself with my First Post Dance. THAT'S why I can't get a Vox account. Let that be a lesson to the rest of you.

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 12:21 AM

I've been a member over there for a couple of months now ( http://cafechristina.vox.com ), though I haven't posted in a while. I got sick a couple times in a row (food poisoning and colds) and wasn't much in the blogging mood for a while. I just got over a cold, so maybe I'll jump back into the fray.

For anyone who signs up, check out the templates. There are dog and cat layout choices. All we need are hamsters. ;)

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 12:36 AM

Oooh, thanks for that! I was kinda upset when the same layouts came to LiveJournal and I couldn't use the ScribbleCat Gray one (because I'm not a paid member), so this makes me quite happy - I can now have a layout dedicated to my own kitty, even if I never update the page. :)

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 01:10 AM

Thanks so much, Cute O!

Ummm... what's Cute O's URL in Vox? :D

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 01:50 AM

oh my, neighborhood just went to the dogs, erm, cats.
yeppers, I is in! w00t!

probably won't do anything with it, I do all my writing here... ;P

Account Deleted
 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 04:10 AM

Ohh, could I have an invite please? Thanks (=

goofy girl
 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 04:32 AM


click on the link "GET IN FREE" on the list line of Meg's post, or copy'n'paste the address in your browser:
and follow instructions to enter your email address. you will get an email back from VOX with a code to enter in the invitation page. NOTE: for me, entering the code resulted in a 'invalid code' message. I followed the 2nd method which is to go the link in the email and that worked fine.

good luck, hth

Account Deleted
 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 04:44 AM

erm, on the first line of above post,
"click on the link "GET IN FREE" on the list line of Meg's post"

should be:
"click on the link "GET IN FREE" on the FIRST line of Meg's post

Account Deleted
 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 04:46 AM

Woohooo thangQ for this update. I've joined and gonna have a ball!!!

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 04:46 AM

lol.. so typepad called you up, and said, 'hey, you're using too much bandwidth? go with our competitor and leave us alone.'

i'd sign up.. but i already have a website i don't use and a myspace page.. :-S

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 04:46 AM

Yea, I realized that after I had posted the comment, thanks for your instructions anyways!! Thought it was like gmail where you needed the persons email, etc.

goofy girl
 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 04:49 AM

hey DBoD, I think that Vox is a product from SixApart, the makers of TypePad.

maybe they figure we are a bunch of spinsters and gentlemen bachelors that will post endlessly about "Muffy did this" and "Floppy sneezed! it was sooooo cute!". ya know, the kind of stuff noone would read. ;)

Account Deleted
 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 04:51 AM

no prob goofyg, glad you got in!

Account Deleted
 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 04:52 AM

cool, thanks! I'm in! :)

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 04:53 AM


noooo, don't get left behind! wha happened? is http://singlegirlwithcat.vox.com already taken? how's about Amy'n'Elvis.vox.com?

and don't worry if all the CO invites get taken before you get back. I gots five [proudly preens] so I'll save one for ya!

Account Deleted
 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 04:59 AM

"maybe they figure we are a bunch of spinsters and gentlemen bachelors"

mariser: aren't we? at least i am.. haha.

can we add friends to other blogs on vox, like how myspace works? now i'm getting tempted. the last thing i need is a 3rd blog not to use.. but i love teh free and limited. lol..

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 05:09 AM

I'm in. Now I need to do the formatting and think of something to say. :D

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 05:43 AM

I signed up a while ago to document my kitty Krammer's battle with kitty anorexia. i just uploaded a 38MB video (< 2mins)of me "assist-feeding him", so I'll say I'm impressed with VOX's capabilities!


katherine & krammer
 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 05:50 AM

Does this mean that the CO RSS feed over at LJ won't work anymore? :(

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 05:56 AM

I wanted to do this, but vox's terms of service or privacy policy won't display (after repeated attempts).

Hhhmmm suspicious.
*shifty eyes*

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 05:56 AM

hey.. i was just thinking that if we all get blogs at this vox place, AND we can add friend blogs similar to myspace, we can have our own little CO community thing going..

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 06:00 AM

DBoD sez,

"hey.. i was just thinking that if we all get blogs at this vox place, AND we can add friend blogs similar to myspace, we can have our own little CO community thing going.."

... and add our Frapper Cuteologist maps

...take over the World!!

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 06:19 AM

Nobody better steal my blog name ideas!

Because I need it for the blog I'll never have!!!


 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 06:19 AM

Ooohhh.. take over the world.. i actually have a really nice picture of myself that I can see working well as a 45ft tall statue..

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 06:24 AM

Got mine! Thanks!

Kittensnorgler: check your popup disabler settings in IE, or third party popup blockers if you have them.

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 06:25 AM

Yay! I joined! Hey guys I am a lurker and decided to finally say hi. So yea. Hi. Heh.

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 06:33 AM

hey i went ahead and signed up.. lol.

this is what happens when i have nothing to do at work.

anyway.. here it is if anyone is interested:

hopefully i'll use it.

thanks meg! :D

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 06:34 AM


first off, I'm so glad to see Krammer is eating better and improving. I was sooo scared when I read 'kitty anorexia', but Kramer seems to be recovering well. !yay!

second, Krammer is gaaahgeous! his face markings are lovely. and Stewart is a cutie.

third, thanks for the chance to see Vox in action. looks pretty good!

Account Deleted
 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 06:35 AM

I've been doing the bounce from one service to another - I dumped Live after they blocked embedded video, dumped LiveJournal because I couldn't take the duh-rama. So w00t, signed up here and I'll play with it a little. We should use that "URL" function here to add our current vox URLs so people can find us.

No, I didn't start with this reply. Don't know for sure what mine is yet - still signing up. ;)

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 06:36 AM

Yippee! Thanks, MeggieMoo!!!


 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 06:38 AM

I'll let y'all guess what my URL is...

Account Deleted
 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 06:41 AM

Meg sex "a BIG PIPE of HAMSTERS."
I must have a plumbing problem here at Casa James - I have no hamster pipe :( Is it the one that comes up in the bathroom that I can't work out what it's connected to? I hear scratchy noises sometimes - maybe that's it..? What size valve do I need to tap the pipe and avail myself of hot n'cold running hamsters? Please advise - I wanna ham'roo!! :(

Tony James
 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 06:51 AM

Sorry - that should be "Meg seZ" - it's Freudian Slip Friday!![blush]

Tony James
 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 06:51 AM

Long time lurker, decided to join in on the fun: So here's mine: http://fatcat.vox.com/ :)

ps: I loooove CO, you make my day! (had to be said!)

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 06:54 AM


I am not touching that Freudian slip. not even with a 10-foot pole. or dik-dik.

Account Deleted
 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 06:55 AM

hi Katrine/fatcat,

welcome to the neighborhood. make yourself at home. grab a kitten or three. and send over some of those pancakes your boyfriend is making. ;)

Account Deleted
 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 06:57 AM

hey good idea saska..

i guess that neighbour thing is what i was looking for. cool.. :D

so mine's in here, and i'll try to remember to keep including it when i post.. i'm going to start adding you people if you post yours. you've been warned. ;)

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 06:59 AM

i just went and it said all the cuteoverload invites have exceeded for this event?! :( i had to submit my email and got a message saying vox will email me when a spot becomes available. *pout*

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 07:03 AM

WAAAAH!!! I just missed getting in on the coolio Vox action - oh well, and I would have used it too . . .


 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 07:06 AM

I shall take the cuteness of my *greyhounds* and move on over to Vox! Blogger's been giving me fits lately anyway. Not up & running yet, but it's at www.greyhoundsinseattle.vox.com

 |  Sep 08, 2006 at 07:12 AM

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