Friday, July 27, 2007

The Blogger Tips Collective (Meme)

Thank goodness Amy over at Sleepy Reader tagged me for this meme, because it jolted me out of my work-induced haze and reminded me that I have been a bad blogger lately.

The bad news is, this meme is all about how to be a good blogger.


-Start Copy-

It’s very simple. When this is passed on to you, copy the whole thing, skim the list and put a * star beside those that you like. (Check out especially the * starred ones.)

Add the next number (1. 2. 3. 4. 5., etc.) and write your own blogging tip for other bloggers. Try to make your tip general.

After that, tag 10 other people. Link love some friends!

Just think - if 10 people start this and the 10 people pass it on to another 10 people, you have 100 links already!

1. Look, read, and learn. ***

2. Be EXCELLENT to each other. **

3. Don’t let money change ya! *

4. Always reply to your comments. *******

5. Link liberally — it keeps you and your friends afloat in the Sea of Technorati. **

6. Don’t give up - persistence is fertile. **

7. Give link credit where credit is due. ****

8. Pictures say a thousand words and can usually add to any post. **

9. Visit all the bloggers that leave comments for you - it’s nice to know who is reading! ***

10. Thrown in something humorous occasionally, to keep things fun.*

11. Make it easy for your readers - use tags and labels and keep it simple!**

12. Memes are fun and a great way to get to know other bloggers!*

13. Don't expect perfection from yourself. If you overthink your posts, it can be agonizing work. Just let 'er rip!

-End Copy-

Someone's got to keep it on goin'... (anyone recognize those Amy Grant lyrics?)

1. scarbie doll at Martinis for Milk
2. doth at Friends Keep Saying...
3. ragdoll at Tragic Right Hip
4. Lesley at Lesley's Book Nook (even though she's on vacay)
5. Cipriano at Bookpuddle

Okay, five is enough for me...Go to it!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Boot-Scootin' Books?

At my old job (a long, long time ago), when I used to travel a lot, my colleagues and I played the airport boredom game, whereby you try to guess the occupation of passersby simply based on their clothing, hairstyle, actions, etc. It was a fun, brainteaser sort of game that passed the long layover hours amusingly.

Today, I found myself thinking about a similar game, but this time I was considering my neighbour across the street. I have never officially met her (they moved in not too long ago) but she is frequently out in the front yard with her chocolate brown dog (a lab mix?) wearing short shorts, a bikini top, bare feet, and a cowboy hat. Oh, and she's blasting Carrie Underwood from her truck's stereo while she does her boot-scootin' yardwork.

Instead of wondering what her occupation is (Does she have one? I dunno!), I found myself wondering what types of books she likes to read. Does she devour a good swashbuckler with Fabio on the cover? Perhaps a little chicklit late at night? Or maybe, just maybe, being a cowgirl at heart, she's into Louis L'Amour. I'll bet she's more sophisticated than I give her credit for. I'll bet she's a Can Lit girl.

One of these days I'll finally wander across the street to say hello, and it will be one of my first questions because after all those years of the airport game, I never got to know if I was right about a person.

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