Fuse #8

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Balls! says the Queen

See, Roger? I can purloin it and make it my own title. That's the beauty of blogging.

So. Funny story. I wrote an article for Horn Book aaaaaaaaand... they printed it. Really top drawer of them. I am now a "blogonatrix" according to Roger. I can live with this. It's easy to live with words that don't, but should, exist (though a Google search came up with at least two other people in the world who have used the term "blogonatrix" in the past). In related news, there's a cool new History portion on the Horn Book website at the moment. I'm kinda hooked on the letters section. Did you see the Roald Dahl exchange with Eleanor Cameron? Aw, snap!

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At 12:23 AM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Ah. Now. I wonder if I might suggest that commentators in this tiny box discuss what they did and did not like about the article. I want to know what you felt I left out in the piece. Or what I could have talked more about. If you would be so kind.

At 5:27 AM , Blogger Monica Edinger said...

Congratulations! Reads very well and it was especially nice to see your very distinctive voice very much there (if a bit toned down;)

As for what you left out --- that feels like aiming at a moving target. What seems hot now may be ice cold by the time an article is published. Especially hard when dealing with blogs, social networking, Web 2.0 and so on and as they are causing such changes. It will be interesting to read your article in ten years given all this.

At 8:00 AM , Blogger Liz B said...

Congratulations on the article.

What was left out? I don't see anything so much as being "left out", as this type of article is an intro to blogs for readers, especially the "why"; so now there is room for articles with more depth, etc. I mean, with the wordcount issues it's not like one can write a book on kidlit blogging. (hhmmm.....)

At 9:23 AM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Absolutely true on both counts. Writing anything on blogs can possibly outdate itself in a week, let alone a year. Even after I handed in a potential blogroll, people kept halting their blogging activities or cranking them up willy-nilly. You'll note that in the actual article itself I tried to keep blog names to a minimum. At the same time, we can't keep ourselves from writing on the subject just because it may age poorly. It's a pickle.

Fortunately, I don't think there's ever been a book on a form of blogging that's ever made more than a wooden nickel. I mean, would YOU spend good money on something you do for free? Not bloody likely.

At 6:42 PM , Blogger Greg Pincus said...

I am reminded of years ago when the only books on the Web you could buy at the store were the ones that were "300 Cool Links!" Imagine that today?

Good article, and I love blogonatrix. You have always been one, I think, just unnamed. I agree that asking what's missing is probably not so helpful. It was good. It sounded like you. Success! (And congrats!)

At 8:06 PM , Blogger Liz B said...

everytime I see books on how to blog and flickr I think, "why? Isn't it out of date the moment it's printed?" That said, to (dis)prove my point, I've taken one out of the library to read so I can mock or be humbled, accordingly.

At 12:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought it was great - you stuck to the basics of "here's what they are and where we are now" and didn't try too hard to predict what they'll become. And like Gregory K said, it sounded like you, which means it was also highly readable and entertaining. Well done!


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