September 2007 Archives

Week 34 of mental_floss blogs


Week 33 of mental_floss blogs


Yeah, so that post last week with 90 comments? Now it has 186. So pleasing to me.

Thought on blogging: it's getting both interesting and tiring -- I think these things are related. What I mean is, I finally think I understand what I can do with the mental_floss blog -- I can pose interesting experiential questions to this audience to trigger a personal interaction. The best examples so far are asking about authors you've "finished" last week, this week's one song on repeat, the post a while back about a borrowed cat. The 120 Minutes post brought out some of that connection for people of a certain demographic. In general I think my contribution to this blog will be in finding and relating these sort of conversation-starting questions -- this is a bit different from the (very well done) "list of things" or "where are they now" posts that are the core of the blog, but I think it's my personal brand of content. In some ways, the novel writing is seeking a similar connection, it's just not as direct or immediate.

Having said all that, I don't think I can figure out a new compelling question every day (nor will the audience really want to engage that much, I don't think), and filling in all the days takes some doing. far, so good.

Week 32 of mental_floss blogs


This week marks my first 90-comment post! Woo.

Week 31 of mental_floss blogs


A short holiday week!

Week 30 of mental_floss blogs


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