This Weeks SBQ Meme.....

Today's SBQ was suggested by Heather and is:

How do you decide which stitching blogs are worth repeat and/or regular viewings? Are there certain things you look for in particular? Are there things you wish there were more of ? Less of ? Is your blog a good example of what you like to read?

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Wow, this is a very good and very tough SBQ this week.

First off, I don’t have all that much time during the week to read many blogs. So I have to keep my blog viewing to those that have primarily the same stitching tastes as me, and the content of their blog is well over half counted cross stitch (show me your WiPs and finished pictures). I’m inspired by progress pictures and have discovered many new designers via blogs. Another Plus, the author must have an engaging writing style. I’m a big fan of spell checker, consistently poor grammar and sentence structure frustrates me. Non-native English speakers obviously have a little slack there.

I don’t want to see endless postings from "quiz farm" or "quiz galaxy" question mills. I don’t really care to hear about the weather, kids, cars, husband, or in-law problems. I don't mind a few posts where necessary ranting occurs. But constant bitching and "Oh woe is me" is a real turn-off and those blogs don’t get a second chance with my limited time.

I like an orderly and well structured blog page. Side frames for instance, I don’t mind seeing model pictures of the WiPs you’re working on as long as there’s a link to show me a sub-page or tag page so I can see more. I also like to see what books you’re reading, not just the name of the book. My big pet peeve is over doing it with blinkies, I feel …, clocks, and weather related banners etc. That stuff can really take forever to load and it gets really frustrating waiting for the page.

The one thing I try to do is read the replies to the SBQ, which is how I found some of the blogs that I now read. I have to say I like it when people comment on my blog, but that isn't a necessity.

"Is your blog a good example of what you like to read?" Well to paraphrase another blogger’s answer. I write for myself with no one in mind. My blog is a quick and easy way to keep track of the progress of my projects and new stash acquisitions (I knew my money was going somewhere), and the fact people choose to read and/or comment is just an added bonus.

And there you have it……

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Kathryn said...

"I also like to see what books you’re reading, not just the name of the book."

Ha, ha, ha. If I had pictures of all the books I am currently reading, I would spend all my time just looking up their pictures! (I'm a fast reader.) I used to LJ and review books I was reading, but it got to be too much like work. I also know too many authors and hate to give bad reviews (though in person I am glad to tell you all the popular authors I don't like.)

If you like Jim Butcher, have you read Rachel Caine? I finished the first four or five Butcher books, but am more into hard science fiction than fantasy (though fantasy authors write more quickly.) Right now I am working my way through the Hugo nominees, so I can vote. My favorite novel so far is Glasshouse by Charles Stross, but I also loved The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, which unfortunately did not make the ballot. You might like His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik.

Mistress Golden Needle said...

Touché Kathryn –

I’ve hear of some, but haven’t read any of the authors you’ve mentioned. I was a hard core Star Trek the Next Generation fan, back in the day, and bought every paperback including the spin-off series. After 15 years I kind’a got burnt-out.

I was reading RCTN newsgroup when I tripped across one of Mary Pulver’s (aka Monica Ferris) posts and gave her a try considering she combined my two favorite topics – stitching and mystery/murder stories. I discovered Jim Butcher by way of James Marsters (aka Spike from Buffy:tVS) I wanted to find out what he’s actual speaking voice sounded like, bought Storm Front on CD and wound up falling in love with the characters/world of Jim’s books.

Now-a-days, I’m an extremely slow reader. I like to visualize everything in my head like a DVD movie and have a tendency to re-read the fun sections twice over. That and I just can’t seem to find the time that I use to, to read. There’s just too many good TV shows that I can’t miss. {ha ha}

Jan J.