1. How many blogs do you read, and how do you decide what those blogs are going to be? Is it based on content, update schedule, writing style, connection to the blogger, combination of the aforementioned? Do you have tiers of blogs – i.e. some that you read every day, others that you check in with about once a week, others that you read only when you have a lot of time and nothing to do? How do you keep track of and/or organize the different tiers? Do you use Bloglines? Personalized homepage? Folders in your Favorites file?
2. Of these blogs you read, how do you decide when and where to comment? Are there blogs on which you always comment? On which you never comment? On which you comment only if you feel particularly compelled by the topic? Do you feel obligated to comment on any blogs? Do you ever shy away from commenting, even if you feel you have something to say?
3. If you are a blogger yourself, do you link to other blogs, either in your sidebar or in a blogroll somewhere? If not, why didyou decide not to? If so, how do you decide which blogs go in that list? Do you put all blogs you read in there? Do you put your favorite ten in there? Do you put all blogs you have ever read - even just once - in there? How often do you add people to it? When was the last time it was updated, and what prompted the update?
4. Again, if you’re a blogger, how do you actually blog? Do you type posts directly into the Blogger page, or do you draft them in a word processor first? Do you keep a list of potential posts somewhere for ideas? Do you draft posts and keep them for a rainy day or do you put them up right away? Do you keep stats on past posts? Do you file your past posts anywhere? Do you keep stats on comments? Am I the only truly crazy one among us who does all of these things?
Okay, I’m really very curious, so please tell me your blogging tales. In return I will, um, answer these questions myself in Friday's post. So there.
Day 16 of SaBloBoMo: Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut
Until I had to teach a subset of these stories to my classes at Elite, I had only ever read two stories in this entire book: “Harrison Bergeron,” and “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow.” I read them freshman year of high school in my English class, and I loved them. I had no idea what satire was yet, nor did I understand any of the various rhetorical devices he was using. I just knew I loved those stories.
When I taught the book, I got to know even more great stories, like “EPICAC” (which has lead to multiple occasions of my writing “15-8. Oh.”), “Who Am I This Time?”, “Deer in the Works,” and “The Euphio Question.” The great thing about short stories is that you can go through a book of them in small chunks, because each story goes by so quickly. Vonnegut is a tremendous satirist, and has an amazing sense of irony. But beyond that, he has a point to his stories, he has a greater purpose than entertainment. Which makes the stories just that much more entertaining. Great book.