Ask Merriweather is an Ask a Pony Slice of Life blog about a mare named Merriweather, a former military lieutenant, now the owner of The Summer Song Cafe, joined by her son, Meadow Lark, and her employees, China Saucer and Loose Leaf. The story goes by relatively lighthearted, as expected for the genre, going for a simple day-by-day bracket, with asks going by simple, short answers.
It starts when Meadow Lark creates a blog for his mom in an attempt to help draw business. Merri, not sure on how to use the tumbly thing merely goes along with it. Time goes on, and the blog works, business is actually up. Some more personal questions then came up, which Merri did not take well. After frying the computer, she goes to the bar with China and Loose Leaf, and Merri begins to talk about her military days. After she finishes her trip, while said employees get sloshed, goes home, but not before the bar's owner, Rusty Nail, asks her out. After going Bwahurglefurtz, she gets home, and goes to sleep.
The next day goes about as normal, with the exception of China noticing that Merri is now wearing mascara, the two have a quiet arguement, and the story goes on.
The blog had gained popularity thanks to the help of other blogs including Ask Iron Will and Ask Pony Kirby.
Tropes for this blog include:
- Alternative Character Interpretation: The blog provides one for Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, as well as for the Cutie Mark Crusaders, as well as pointing out that they are really just kids who argue every now and then.
- The Cameo: Par for the curse with Ask a Pony blogs there are dozens of cameos from other blogs and canon characters.
- Covered in Scars: Merri, due to her tenure as a former Special Forces soldier.
- Character Development: As the blog has progressed, Merri has gradually become more comfortable about talking to her followers as the blog has continued, especially as they have shied away from talking about touchy subjects.
- Disappeared Dad: Meadow Lark's father. Unlike most other examples, he is fully aware who he is, and is only curious about the how rather than the who
- Fantastic Racism: Or perhaps speciesism, which Merri tries to deny, but she's very adamantly against changelings, period.
- Genius Bruiser: Merri might have a lot of raw power to throw around but a good chunk of her skills comes from experience and ability in applying her skills.
- Glory Days: Merri still looks fondly on her days in the guard, and expresses regret that she had to quit on occasion.
- Good Parents: She has her issues, but Merri is a caring and kind parent and works hard to be such.
- Magic A Is Magic A: The blog takes this approach to the show's cosmology, setting up rules to explain and justify how magic works and applying them to a variety of situations in order to creative a cohesive world.
- Mama Bear: Do not threaten Meadow Lark. The former special ops pony will make sure you do not survive the attempt.
- Mighty Glacier: Merri. Justified, as she has Earth Pony genes in her to make her sturdy, on top of having a limp to slow her.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Discord himself. Word of God says that he would've made the Star Trek reference more obvious, if it weren't for the fact that Discord is so hard to draw.
- Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: Ponyville ends up feelings like this, because Meadow Lark insists that its a boring town... where monsters crop up very consistently and all sorts of major magical events occur, to an almost weekly basis.
- Retired Badass: Merriweather herself, now working in a cafe instead of military duty.
- Handicapped Badass: She is crippled in several parts of her body, including her leg and her ear.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: She attempted this with for duel she had with Blueblood in her younger years, but her superior wasn't so willing to let that happen.
- Spell of Choice: Hamsterball, as the mod calls it. Exactly What It Says on the Tin.