A quickie

No post this morning folks. Am eyeball deep in assignments (which actually isn’t very deep, when you think about how small an eyeball is, but you know what I mean). So, talk amongst yourselves*.

Questions to get you started:
1. Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? (Share any favourites, please)
2. What’s the hardest thing you’ve done in your life?
3. What should I talk about at the Emerging Writers’ Festival on Sunday?

Oh, and if someone wants to make me this by Sunday, that would be awesome: the best dress in the world.

* Psst: If you’re new here, please introduce yourself, say hi, crack a joke, the floor is yours.

24 responses to “A quickie

  1. woohoo!! the blog is ours!! let’s do what we want!

    ok.. now that i got that out of my system

    I MUCH prefer fiction to non-fiction – this is exacerbated with the fact that ive been back at uni and am craving getting my head stuck in a good book. Im about to go on a month’s holiday to South America and Antarctica, so there will be many stopovers and time for relaxing reading – so hit me up with some good reads!

    My favourite author is Tom Robbins. His style of writing, topics covered and sheer wackiness speak to me. His books are always a please to re-read also as his prose his flowery and you get something new out of it every time.

    hmmmm hardest thing ive done in my life?
    crikey!… what a broad question.. hmm.. eaten humble pie after using my newfound questioning techniques on some lovely unsuspecting people? naaah.. that was much harder on them..

    will have to get back to you on this one.

    as for the fest – id go with something along the lines of how to measure the success of a blog or blog post.

    I see some of your posts that youve clearly put plenty of thought and effort into and they get 3 comments.. others are seemingly less content rich and they get us commenters going absolutely berserk.

    So how do you measure the success of your blogpost? hits? thoughts created in the reader? (notoriously hard to measure) or something like insightful comments (beware researchers lens..) or number of commenters..

    Its a hard one! Worth of discussion!

    • good points all! I think the posts that generate comment traffic seem to be the ones that ask/raise specific questions where an answer is not black and white so people discuss the shades, sometimes vehemently. Also posts that discuss a controversial subject matter where readers, who often agree with each, suddenly let loose really distinct views.

      NWN – I sent you a link to a Saudi woman’s blog. It might be an interesting point of reference to compare your feminist blog to hers. As I read her blog I kept thinking about her audience and the censors and the ‘system’ she goes up against as well as the sheer weightiness of the issues she was railing against. She keeps going when it must feel so pointless at times.

    • Pah! Phatmaniac, you didn’t eat humble pie at all!

      But in answer to your question, I think a successful post is one where people who leave comments come back to reply to other comments. When people who know more about a topic than I do – I’m looking at you, Pirra and kimsonof, with your military knowledge, and Lexy with your policy knowledge, and Deborah, berryblade and Linda Radfem with your knowledge of feminist history, and Law and Shoes with your legal knowledge, and K with your ability to see the rudeness in anything – share that knowledge. That’s what makes this place successful.

  2. 1. I like both equally, but tend to read more fiction as it holds my attention better. For non-fiction, I like reading about early feminism (1800’s). I love contrasting what was important to women from different eras. Much in the way womanhood is many faces, shapes and colours, so too is the many faces, shapes and colours of the feminist movement. I also love reading historical fiction that makes you think about Indigenous issues. For that I love Debra Adelaide.

    Regular Fiction? I used to be a literary snob now I’m more of a common book slut. Though I really don’t go in much for popular fiction. I really love the works of Murakami and Valente. Speculative fiction, new weird, steampunk. That’s my bag.

    2. Hardest thing I ever did? Sever ties with my mother. It’s amazing how much shit I cop for that, even still after all these years. But if my husband treated me the way my mother does, (toxic) then no one would bat an eyelid if I severed ties with him. It can get tiring at times. I no longer bother justifying my actions to others cause frankly it’s nothing to do with them and what do they really care whether or not I have a relationship with my mother?

    3. You’re talking on blogs right? I like Phatmaniac’s suggestion. Is it branding that makes for a successful blog? A good handle? The amount of personality the blogger puts into their words? Tone? Style? How do you construct a successful brand that is uniquely yours and flog it to the internet at large?

  3. Phatmaniac – you love Tom Robbins, too! Great, you’re the first person to agree with me on him. Yay!
    Furthermore I prefer fiction over non-fiction because reading stories allows me to gather knowledge non-intellectually … hm, is that even english? Well, my point is: art in whatever fashion is meant for teaching people emotionally about life.
    I didn’t yet come to think about the hardest thing I’ve ever done – it’s early morning and my housemates distract me (they’re chatty) – obviously I didn’t do many hard things, otherwise I couldn’t be distracted that easy.
    On the fest topic I agree with Pirra and Phatmaniac – what makes a blog successful? How did your blog develop? Did you use existing networks or build new ones? Did the blog change substantially through time? And if so, why?

  4. I like that the standard sewing machine was on the table and the over-locker underneath. I have never got the hang of my over-locker, it is the white elephant that sits in the cupboard and regards me with an evil eye as I bring out the trusty Bernina to complete the sewing task of the moment.

    • Whenever I’ve used an overlocker, I’ve managed to get other bits of fabric caught in the seam, so once you unpick the mistake, you end up with a hole in a side panel. Stoopid, stoopid, stoopid.

  5. Oh and the hardest thing I have done in my life…….packed up a house with a two year old and a new baby to migrate across the world alone. The two year old didn’t sleep at all because he had been given an instruction to look after his mother and even at that age he took it seriously. Bleary eyed landing in Sydney with two trolley loads of stuff and a pusher and no assistance given.

    Yes I know refugees do it harder but after that anything in life has been a doddle.

    • That sounds like a nightmare. I have bad dreams all the time about having to move house NOW and I’m not packed yet.

      • NWN, Glad to know I am not the only one moving who has nothing packed. Of course I still have 27 days to go….(and no home yet to move into…thank you DHA)

        Jayne, I take my hat off to you. A six day road trip with three kids and a husband moving interstate is hard enough for me. I cannot imagine doing that alone as a migrant.

        • I have the moving and not packed dream even when I’ve been living in the same place for years. About once a week. Drives me nuts.

          Of course, we do have to pack up and move soon too. This house is up for auction on December 12. But no kids to wrangle, thankfully. Just about a bazillion books.

  6. It’s late, I should be asleep, but hellooooo!

    I read mostly fiction, with the occasional biography thrown in. I read a lot though. Books are like food 🙂
    currently reading Jasper Jones, which is great (hence why I am still awake, 2 hours after going to bed). Before this I read Leonard Cohen’s biography which was good too.

    I have had a pretty blessed life, so picking the hardest thing is, well… hard.
    Probably starting again in Australia after breaking up with my then-boyfriend. He was the only person I knew here (never move country for a man) so as well as being crying in a heap on the floor heartbroken I was really alone.
    Worked out well though, my friends are the BEST.

    Not really sure what you should talk about, I agree with the above. Perhaps about the difference between discussion and disagreement. I notice on a lot of blogs that sometimes voicing a different opinion to the blogger and regulars can bring the wolves a-circling. Although sometimes people are just arseholes and you have to tell them to fuck off 🙂

    • You and ManFriend are the same – you devour books. I used to be like that, until I started spending too much time on the internet. Now, I find it hard to read for more than half an hour without getting distracted. Oh, who am I kidding? Ten minutes.

      There’s only been a few people I’ve had to tell to fuck off, which is pretty lucky for an opinionated feminist blogger.

  7. hey.. what did you end up talking about?

    • Blogging.

      Of course.

      I talked about why I started my blog and what I get out of it. And I used your suggestion and talked about what makes a post successful. Thanks for that. I got lots of questions and lots of laughs, and I want to do it again.

  8. Non-fiction beats fiction hands down.

    It’s been a few years since I’ve read a fiction book. In protest of my dead boring reading habits I am trying to read Freedom – Jonathan Franzen’s new book and it’s so self-indulgent I want to stab myself in the eye. I loved The Corrections, but in Freedom, Franzen’s contempt for his characters is just unbearable.

    So in conclusion, non-fiction for the win.

    Recommendations: Everything written by Hunter S Thompson EXCEPT for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

    I recommend Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail (the Nixon vs McGovern campaign), and Better Than Sex (about the Clinton Presidency).

    • Winner! I read non-fiction too. Maybe one fiction book every couple of years, and only after someone forces it on me.

      I also don’t finish books if I’m not enjoying them. Why waste your time on a shit book?

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