I would not usually buy an anthology of ‘online’ writing as it just seems too silly, losing all the hyperlinks and hyperconnectivity, but felt happy to invest in this project when I read:
“This anthology is an experiment to see how this writing, these writers, stand up to the challenge of the page; or, to put in another way, to put them up in front of another audience which may be more page-loyal.”
I guess we’ll never know what percentage of people who read the book are ‘page-loyal’ and not really online readers of blogs but I suspect some will be drawn into the world as a result.
I encourage you to buy a copy of the anthology but if you are not so inclined, I’ll link to some of my favourite posts from the collection. All, ‘stand up to the challenge of the page’.
The curious half-life of an ethically inadequate object is a piece of writing that any ‘reader’ would love to have written. The intelligence of the writer is what one finds really enjoyable and the subject matter, honesty, perception, Macbeth and Bill Clinton, is of interest to a very wide audience. I now have an RSS feed from the Solid Gold Creativity blog and would recommend it to all.
Some of the regulars who comment here already know Angela Meyer’s blog but please read and bookmark, Embracing the medium: what makes a successful cultural blog? as it is a significant addition to our understanding of bloggers and what they do.
My enjoyment of Penni Russon’s poem, Fragments from a fragmentary mind, which I had read previously at her blog, was definitely enhanced by having a sense of her and Martin from our twitter conversations.
Alan Baxter’s, ebooks are the future matches my perception of our reading world now too and it is interesting to hear that his sales on kindle are exceeding hard copies! Also, this post, not included in the book, really made me laugh
I mostly read teacher/education or political blogs and this collection has broadened the field for me significantly.