February 1, 2008

Bundle Blog

Today I am not blogging here because me and my hives, we are going to a DOCTOR. But.

I blogged HERE last night, and you can make clicky if you want to read all about helpful things that eat other things.

The above is a group blog were Karin Gillespie has gathered a wealth of crazy-talented southern authors, including Cassandra King, River Jordan, Julianna Baggott, Quinn Dalton and many more. There are lots of these group blogs now, and I want to know what you think about the concept. I am still fence sitting, and I will tell you why later…If you haven’t visited a group blog before, here are some more I LIKE, that I think work.

1) Class of 2k8
A host of debut YA and Middle Grade authors. I like how this site looks, and that it offers a lot of static content as well as a blog. I like the fact that they are all debuts, and I wonder if next year it will be all new writers and a class of 2k9? That will be cool. My son is a HUGE reader and I have already found a book he is eager to get his paws on. Wind control IS important!

2) Naked Authors.
This is where one of my favorite writers (and frequent FTK Best Beloved Commenter) Cornelia Read blogs with 5 other crime writers. I like the SMALLNESS of this group—I don’t get lost and not know who is talking. I like how they use a lot of images. Also, reading that blog has sent me out to get several of their books, and I have not been sorry.

3) I liked Literary Chicks, while it lasted.
I now read Lani Diane Rich’s SOLO blog which is HILARIOUS and DARLING, but she does not blog often enough for my tastes. *glares at Lani*

4) The Outfit
I especially have enjoyed following Kevin Guilfoile’s coverage of a BIZARRE crime in the Chicago area.

ANYWAY – I shall probably be blogging over at A GOOD BLOG IS HARD TO FIND at least once a month. What do you think about group blogs? Love? Like? Hate? Why?

LASTLY! I have been sick (I may have mentioned this SEVERAL HUNDRED MILLION TIMES) and I missed World Blog day for THE LIAR’S DIARY by Patry Francis If you read
Jennifer Weiner’s excellent blog or any of of about 3 MILLION other blogs and websites kept up by agents, authors, publishers, booksellers and readers, then you already know all about this, and you are cooler than me, and here I am late to the party with only hives and virulent self-pity as an excuse. I knew the blog day was January 29th. I just didn’t know when that day CAME. When you never get out of your pajamas, it all begins to run together.

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AT ANY RATE, pretend it is January 29th, and go look at Patry’s Website and see if her “Outright Chilling” (as The New York Daily Says) debut, pipin’ fresh and hot out in paperback, might be to your liking.

Posted by joshilyn at February 1, 2008 7:30 AM
Comments

Thanks for the great Class of 2k8 mention! We're looking forward to a great year!

Posted by: PJ Hoover at February 1, 2008 9:56 AM

Personally, I am lukewarm on the group blogs. They seem choppy and uneven as a result of being written in so many voices. I don't enjoy them as much as I enjoy this blog and the few other individual blogs I read pretty consistently. I prefer the continuity of one voice at a time -even though I can never predict the content, I know what to expect in terms of the voice, if that makes any sense.

Posted by: Jill at February 1, 2008 12:50 PM

Yes, what Jill said. It's sort of the same issue I often have with novels told in a multiple first-person POV. I always (Poisonwood Bible aside) end up liking one of the characters more than the others, and then am sort of bitter and resentful when my favorite isn't narrating.

But of course, I will always read YOUR entries there with delight. I loved the one about Things That Eat Things. And I will check out the ones you linked to because it may be a way of finding a new writer to like, and what's not good about that?

Posted by: Aimee at February 1, 2008 12:54 PM

I also have trouble following group blogs. I can never figure out who is posting (even if it's right at the top in bold print-- somehow I always overlook it)

But I went and read Kevin Guilfoile's posts on that murder. Very um... creepy.

Posted by: Laura L at February 1, 2008 1:55 PM

Ditto on the group blog. I like coming here everyday to catch up, laugh, learn. Get Better..

Posted by: jean at February 1, 2008 2:00 PM

Aw, sweet thing--thank you for the linky-love for we Nakeds. And I hope you're feeling almost better and are rid of the hives....

Posted by: Cornelia Read at February 1, 2008 2:25 PM

Do I like group blogs? I'm not sure if I've read enough of them on a regular enough basis to have an actual opinion but that's not something to stop me from giving one. Hmmmm.

On the negative side, like you mentioned, it's hard to remember who's talking sometimes and it's not cozy and friendish (that's fRiendish, not fiendish), just the blogger and you, one of several handful/dozen/hundred best online buddies.
And some group blogs have large spaces between new entries or they fall behind and feel mildly abandoned. I tried participating in a smallish group blog for photo artists but it didn't get going well and is quietly composting away behind it's URL.

On the plus side, it's a good way to discover new buddies and new reads and new bloggers and new ways to avoid doing the dishes. I have found some of my favorite sites, authors, artists, etc. from links on blogs. It's much easier than finding gems in the slush pile of of a Google search. I don't read any group blogs on a regular basis, but I do read blogs regularly that I have FOUND at a group blog.

Posted by: Laume at February 1, 2008 7:05 PM

I like group blogs. I loved Literary Chicks and Squawk Radio, both of which are no longer. It seems it would be easier to blog in a group so the burden is not on you to say something (not your problem, right?). But obviously even the pressure of a group blog can be alot. Since LC and SR I sort of have not kept up with others as much - Running with Quills, Fog City Divas, Riding With the Top Down...

Posted by: Kay T at February 1, 2008 7:25 PM

I like group blogs if for NO OTHER REASON than it took going to "A Good Blog is Hard to Find" to discover that, HELLO, you are going to be at a bookstore...not near me, but within 8 hours of me, and that is near enough to me to make me look at my husband and say, "I'm going to Boston on March 19th." Which, in turn, gets me a, "You so crazy," look from him and the dog. But whatev. It's YOU. And TGWSS. And that is most important of all.

Posted by: Casey at February 1, 2008 11:34 PM

I too am a big fan of the Naked Authors! The other multiple person blog I read faithfully is Murderati - once you hit it on a Ken Bruen Tuesday, you will be charmed too.

Posted by: Fran at February 1, 2008 11:50 PM

I am a big fan of Murder She Writes a group blog by five crime writers of different genre. Each is responsible for a specific day of the week, often they write on a topic for the week. They (like here) have created a sense of community with their readers.

Posted by: Cele at February 2, 2008 1:03 AM

Well, how lovely to come here to my favorite blog and find that I've been missed. I have to admit, since the LC went dark, I have been terribly remiss about blogging. But I did one today, just for you. And about you. Because you're adorable and we need to go shoe shopping in NYC again.

http://www.lanidianerich.com/?p=55

Smooch!

Posted by: Lani at February 2, 2008 8:26 AM

I find the smaller a group in a group blog, the more likely I am to like it. For instance I love Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, which is a two-person blog (I'm not sure if two is a "group" exactly, but OTOH it isn't a solo blog!) but it seems like the more people are contributing to a blog, the less likely I am to read it regularly because I find the overall voice of the blog just too uneven. Frequent updates are nice, but if a lot of those updates are written by people whose thoughts I don't really enjoy reading, well...kind of defeats the purpose.

Instead I will tend to subscribe to a few group blogs through Bloglines and will watch for posts from my favorites of a group and read only when they post.

Posted by: DebR at February 2, 2008 8:54 AM

Good points, DebR, I tend to agree that too many cooks spoil the broth but a smaller group blog can be great.
I used to love Literary Chicks, too.

I'm waiting for the day I'm asked to join a cool group blog - waiting, and waiting...

Posted by: diane at February 2, 2008 11:28 AM

I visit some group sites, but I have the same problem you hinted at: having trouble really getting to know the writers, since hey switch so often. There just tends to be less of a community, and less interaction in the comments. Plus, there's a lot less consistency. There are a couple I follow, though: Running With Quills, Plot Monkeys, and Romancing the Blog. They're not my favorites, however.

Posted by: Caryn at February 2, 2008 12:54 PM

P.S. I do think that they are a good way for authors to help each other out, since each author's blog has followers who follow her/him to the joint blog and may discover other authors whose work they hadn't read before. And plenty of people read group blogs, so I think it's a great advertising strategy.

Posted by: Caryn at February 2, 2008 12:56 PM

Another fan of MSW here. I liked the Chicks, too, while they lasted. And I like the idea of sharing the work of keeping a blog updated. I'm lucky if I get to mine once a week!

Hope you're feeling better!

Posted by: Patti at February 2, 2008 10:04 PM

I like some group blogs... like, uh, mine (www.MamaNeedsaBookContract.com) because I might find something different there each day... and I like the 'conversational' style between the authors.

Posted by: Heather Cook at February 2, 2008 11:57 PM

I just ordered your book Friday so I can be a part of the virtual signing! I'm very excited and I just want to say thank you for doing this. It means a lot that you actually care about us.

As for the group blogs, I think they are either hot hot hot or terrible. So just make sure you love it if you want to get involved.

Posted by: aka nik at February 3, 2008 3:35 AM