Being a P.O.S. blogger means never having to say you’re sorry.

by Ash on June 1, 2010

Last Summer, I noticed a phenomenon sweeping the blogosphere – post after post of apologies for being off the grid. Whether is was kids at home, vacations away, rehab, whatever, the guilt-laden stories gave me an idea – how about a sidebar button declaring someone’s status as a P.O.S. blogger?

That’s Prisoner Of Summer by the way. 

I believe the more-commonly used meaning of that acronym also correctly reflects how most bloggers feel when they must tend to other duties besides writing, commenting, twittering, stalking, etc. on an extended basis thanks to our public school system not embracing year-round education.

Damn it. 

So copy and paste at will (each button links to this post explaining the P.O.S. movement). This year I’ve created five (5!) different buttons – I hope one suits your style. And remember, when you see one of these friendly little buttons, it means it’s not you, it’s just Summer. Cut ’em a little slack.

A massive load of thanks to The Graphics Fairy, where I scored all the free vintage photos (tons of fantastic stuff), as well as to Sneaky Momma, my favorite site for all my bloggy design question needs (she taught me how to do the HTML boxes – sqeee)

Shades of Blue and Green

Shades of Blue and Green

(something seems to be a little odd with the box below. I’ve tried to track the HMTL issue, but as P.O.S. bloggers go, I’d rather be writing or entertaining my kiddos then disecting computer gibberish, so use this instead please:

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Shades of Blue and Green

Shades of Blue and Green

Shades of Blue and Green

Now, if you would excuse me, Youngest wants a chocolate cupcake for lunch. Coming darling…

P.S. If you want to create your own button for your site, please feel free! Check out Shell at Things I Can’t Say. I’m totally commissioning her for next Summer.

And please, please, please – do not hesitate to contact me directly at ashatshades(at)gmail(dot)com if you have ANY issues with the HTML. We can hold each other, and figure it out.

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Shell June 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm

This is hilarious! Love it! Trying to decide which button to snag!


Mommy Lisa June 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Shell directed me here and I stole a button! 🙂 Awesomesauce.


Adrienne June 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm

This is great I am so a P.O.S blogger


blueviolet June 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Ha! I’m one of the lucky few who have the exact same amount of time to devote! 😉


froggity! June 1, 2010 at 3:12 pm

YAY! i must say i enjoy this… POS here i come…


The Planet Pink June 1, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I LOVE this!! Way to take the pressure off!


angie June 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm

These are brilliant. I’ll definitely need one this summer…..with NO apologies. 🙂


kate June 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm

So is there one that doesn’t have a start date? I would hate to be committed to that , as I am year-round POS blogger (NOT prisoner of summer.)


gigi June 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm

I see my POS status coming down the pike. As of this coming friday. I am definitely snagging one of those badges…choices, choices!

Finally got you back up in my news feed…hurray!


quirkyloon June 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Heh heh heh. All of these are great. I can’t help but think that I don’t need valium just during the summer…more like year-round!

Now if I could just get a dr to subscribe me some!

Yes, I would love me some bonafide chill-pills! hee hee


Jen June 1, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Great buttons but you are totally know fun. What fun is it to actually spend time with the kids. I find it much more fun to lock them in a room with knives while I ignore them for computer time.



Heather of the EO June 1, 2010 at 9:48 pm

The buttons? Hilarity. I love it.


Elaine June 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I’m gonna totally be a P.O.S. blogger this Summer. I gotta grab one of these fab buttons. But which one? Gah, they are all so great! Happy Summer my friend!


tulpen June 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Love these! I think the Valium one suits me best.


My oldest goes to this really cool school, which runs a 6 week summer program. He’ll be gone 8am-3pm three days a week.

I know. Go ahead and hate me.


Alexandra June 2, 2010 at 12:28 am

Oh, my kids get out this week. I was just thinking this.

those who love us, will still be there come fall.

Awesome buttons!


Colleen June 2, 2010 at 3:25 am

That’s a great idea! I can’t wait to steal one of these as soon as I get a chance to log on from a non-gov computer so I can actually SEE them, ha.


michelle June 2, 2010 at 9:14 am

oooh… such a hard choice. Love them all.


Denise June 2, 2010 at 11:44 am

I love the buttons and plan to use them accordingly. And thanks for letting me know I am not the only mom who thinks baked goods are perfectly acceptable lunch fare.


Ann's Rants June 2, 2010 at 7:13 pm

These are awesome. Truly awesome.


Lawyer Mom June 2, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I LOVE those buttons! And I NEED one!


Elizabeth June 3, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I love your buttons, but I for one plan on doing a lot of “shooing” and keeping up with the blog and the reading. Maybe it’s because my kids are older —

Happy Summer!


Secret Mom Thoughts June 4, 2010 at 9:26 am

Love these buttons. I’m grabbing one.


Elle June 4, 2010 at 9:54 am

This is a FANTASTIC idea! Love the buttons and the concept. I don’t have children to tend to, but I have an incredibly busy summer semester at school.

Found your blog through Shell at Things I Can’t Say, and I’m so glad I did!!


mama-face June 4, 2010 at 4:48 pm

welp, I just spent part of a post apologizing for my absence…

but the durn buttons won’t work for me… I tried.



jayayceeblog June 5, 2010 at 9:15 am

Those are completely fabulous buttons. I no longer have kids at home so I need to come up with a few buttons for Just Bein’ Lazy and Nothin’ Post Worthy!


Katie June 6, 2010 at 9:59 am

I love this! Just may need to snag one.

Choices, Choices…


Gale June 7, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I love em! Don’t really need them because I have two kids too young for school and it’s not that much more chaotic with the one being home (next year I’ll have two in school–yeah!).

When I really need these is HOLIDAY. Halloween through Christmas I just have no time to blog (though I make time for my shop blog (Scribbleprints)…since that’s sort of when I need to most, Texifornia (my other blog) becomes a ghost town.

Anyways, love your humor!


Shannon June 7, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I’m a POS blogger this summer…

but I can’t get the buttons to work! 🙁


Lee of MWOB June 7, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Yay for bringing POS back. But I need one for every season of the year. Can you swing it? I needed a Prisoner of Spring button for sure. I say it’s time to do it year round.



Toni @ Hemp & High Heels June 11, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Great idea! I made one for myself. Thanks for the link to The Graphics Fairy!


Crazed Mama June 13, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Bitchin’ this is just bitchin’…nice job!


seriouslyahomemaker June 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm

oh my! i love these! i just now tried to insert use these buttons on my blog and got errors each time. both in the text and as an html gadget. all that shows is: “shades

help! i would love to link to these!




Laura June 27, 2010 at 8:41 pm

You read my mind. This is brilliant! I do feel so guilty. One of the things I always do is respond to everyone, but now, notsomuch! I want to be with my kids. I am going. To grab this and put it somewhere as soon as possible.


Alexandra July 18, 2010 at 10:39 am

These are great!

I love them..knowing where to get them, and how to do them. FUN. With a capital F.


Elizabeth July 18, 2010 at 4:38 pm

It’s funny — I came here through Michelle’s site (Just Eat It) but had forgotten that these buttons were yours! I remember reading this post and thinking how I’d NEVER use one of the buttons because I couldn’t imagine not blogging like usual. But I’ve hit the summer blogging blues, I think, like everyone else and want a button. The only trouble is that out here in Los Angeles, the land of massive budget cuts, the opening of school in the public system has been pushed to September 13th!!! Yikes! I might get one of the buttons and just title it one weeke plus!


Adoption of Jane July 27, 2010 at 11:23 am

I like the Nanny button but i can’t seem to get it to work. It shows Shades as the link but no pic. If you go to my blog you can see what I am talking about under my followers. Is there another link?


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