Friday, May 27, 2011

Armchair BEA Post: Blogging About Blogging

Sadly, we're at the last day of our wonderful Armchair BEA event. Today, we're talking about the more nuts and bolts aspect of blogging as some of our colleagues are meeting up at the Book Blogger Convention. I'm sure that there are things that I could write about seriously here but it's been a long week and so I thought I would go out with a bit of levity. So, without further ado, I bring you

Top Ten Things Not To Do on a Book Blog

10. Write solely about the books your pets are reading.
9. Write detailed reviews of your college textbooks, including intriguing passages from Campbell's Biology.
8. Begin your reviews with the last paragraph of each novel.
7. Write all reviews in iambic pentameter.
6. Simply post links to other bloggers' deep thoughts about the book with the line "what they said ..."
5. Compose a ballad representing the emotional journey of the main character and then set it to play each time someone visits the post page.
4. Write each post as white text on a white background with the heading SPOILERS when there actually are none.
3. Post a vlog of you reading your previous day's blog post out loud.
2. Read only books you know you will hate so that you can get "controversy traffic".
1. Set your blog to private so that you can trash friends and family members in your reviews.

I hope everyone had a fun week! I'll announce the winner of my giveaway tomorrow so be sure and get your entry in today!

Putting the fun back in blogging,


  1. close on number biggest peeve is light yellow...I simply cannot read it and one of my formerly favorite blogs uses it and I cannot see what they write....oh well. sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you...

  2. Loved the list; thanks for starting my morning off with a good laugh.

    don't think I'm guilty....LOL

  3. What have you got against Campbell's Biology, eh? Got me through tough times, that, plus it's a great doorstop.


  4. Bwhahahahaha--have you actually run into people who do these things? Oy! How frustrating!

    Just for giggles, i might have to try a mini-review in iambic pentameter now that you've mentioned it ;)

  5. love your take on the post! I will go berserk if someone will start their review with the last paragraph of the book. :D

  6. Excellent post! Thanks for the laugh, although you have given me a few ideas..... ;)

  7. I've taken to unsubscribing to sites that are becoming vlogs. I listen to music while I read blogs and I don't want to sit through someone rambling about their books when I could read the same post in half the time.

    To blog well you need to know: your topic, your audience and your voice. Come learn more.

  8. But my cat has excellent taste in books!

  9. Oh man, guess I had better stop posted in iambic pentameter! :) This is the first blog I've seen to take this approach to today's topic. Very nice!

    Stopping in via Armchair BEA and am a new follower!

  10. Number seven is the worst. I'm glad you finally stopped doing that -- I know you felt like you had to do it to be like the cool kids, but I really only started loving your blog after you stopped with the iambic pentameter.

  11. Thanks for a funny and entertaining post. I do think writing your posts in iambic pentameter would be kind of cool though. And a review in ballad form? Don't give me any ideas!

  12. i love that you approached this with a sense of humor! most everyone (including me lol) seems to have taken it quite seriously. great post :)

  13. Eeek, all of those sound horrible. I would stay less than 3 seconds on a blog with any of your 10 points.

  14. Awesome! You do put the fun back into blogging.

  15. Joem - Yes, a blog definitely needs to be readable by all!

    Diane - I don't think you are either. :)

    Book(ish) - Between my husband and I we have 3 Campbell's doorstops!

    Birdie - Luckily I don't think I've ever seen a single one of these. They are definitely worst case blog scenarios!

    Maindenveil - I would too! That would be a site never to visit again!

    Alexia - Oh no! I hope they're ideas for having a little fun and not for real blog changes. :)

    Pussreboots - A vlog once in a while is fine with me but I don't watch frequent ones either, usually because I read blogs on my iPhone and it's not convenient to try and watch a video on there.

    Tracy - Does your cat read more fic or nonfic? ;)

    Suziq - Wouldn't that just be the worst?!

    Kristyn - Thanks! I started a serious post and then just felt silly and went with it instead.

    Jenny - Yeah, it did get a little annoying, didn't it? Now I'm going 100% haiku.

    Jenners - Aww, thanks! I might have been channeling you a bit while writing it!

    Bibliophiliac - If anyone can write a ballad about a book, I actually might be willing to take a listen.

    Bailey - Thanks!

    Leeswammes - Don't they? I think they are all awful!

    Todd - Thanks, I tried!

  16. My cat is big on fiction! Favourite books: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga and Life of Pi by Yann Martel :)

  17. LOL!!!! This totally made me crack up laughing!! :)