Notice anything different about today's post? You probably don't, but I do--or I will in about 80 words. Tonight's musings, you see, are being composed not in their usual venue at Blogger.com, but rather on the Best. Website. Ever: "Written? Kitten!" (http://writtenkitten.net).
The site is exactly what it sounds like. OK, maybe that requires a bit more explanation. If you go to "Written? Kitten!" you will find an empty text box. Start writing in the box. After writing 100 words, you will be rewarded with a picture of a kitten! And as if that weren't enough, every 100 words thereafter--OH, I JUST GOT MY FIRST KITTEN OF THE DAY! OOOOOOHHHHH, IT'S A WIDDLE OWANGE OOGY-WOOGY WIF BLUE EYES AND A WIDDLE PINK NOSE!!!!
As I was saying, every 100 words thereafter, you will receive a "fresh kitten." If this isn't a cure for writer's block, I don't know what is. And consider the pedagogical possibilities. I'm thinking of requiring my students to type all their assignments on this site. "I'm sorry, Johnny. But I wanted at least a five-kitten essay. This is three kittens at most."
One caveat: You cannot save work on "Written? Kitten," so you need to copy and paste your work to a word processing program or e-mail every kitten or so. Still, it's more than worth any such minor inconvenience. Thanks to Ms. Brandy Gibson for introducing me to this site, a site that could go a long way towards making the world a better place.