Sunday, March 25, 2007

Does Your Blog Sizzle?

The subject of writer’s block has been bantered around a lot and there is even debate as to whether it even exists. I am not going to say one way or the other but occasionally I need a jump start. Thanks to Anne Wayman at the Golden Pencil for listing those 101 Great Posting Ideas that will Make Your Blog Sizzle from Philip Liu who writes the I Help you Blog blog. With a list like that you are sure to have a great supply of jump starters.

Then a few days ago Liz Strauss invited Joe Hauckes over to speak at the SOBCon Virtual Conference March 12 Joe wrote about Why Navigation is Important to You and Your Readers.

This is just two examples of how much information and sharing are going on all over the blogsophere. I have something with a different twist. I am sure there are books lying around your desk right now. Pick one up and turn to…let’s say…page 123. Go to the third paragraph and read. What does it say? What is the name of the book and Author?

I just reached up and grabbed a book I’ve had for quite a few months. The name of the book is “Warlord, No better friend, No worse enemy". Author is Ilario Pantano (with Malcom McConnell). The third paragraph says:

“Then I pulled on the fully modified Kevlar vest, loaded with my ammo and gear. Heavy. It would be hard to run far wearing all this. Even with the insulated roof, the GP tent was hot and I was sweating from the effort. And this was only the end of March. What would July and August be like?”

Did your paragraph make you want to get back to reading or did it spur new ideas?

Write it down,

P.S. No fair to search for a favorite book. Just grab the first one you see.... I'm watching.


  1. Wouldn't you know that Peter Bowerman's The Well-Fed Writer is parked right here to my left (I'm literally bumping it with my forearm)? Here goes:

    "I started at $50/hour. You won't make anyone flinch - except yourself - with a $50/hour rate unless it's someone who's never hired a writer before. While there are a lot of those out there, just because it may seem high to them doesn't make it so. $50/hour is actually going to sound too low to seasoned copywritin-buyers, to the point where they may wonder how good you really are."

    Despite his bad sentence structure, he makes a point. :)

  2. I'm linking to you, Karma. You hae a neat site!

  3. Thank you Lori,
    I need to learn about this linking stuff. I think I'm doing it right.

    I have The Well Fed Writer as well (and I've read most of it) but :( it was under some folders.

    Your site is upbeat and I like your positive and informative ramblings.

    Come back again.