Saturday Review, birthday weekend edition – Travels in the Blogiverse

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Daily Mish Mash, via My Friend Amy
Across the Blogiverse

Sometimes I feel like I’m perpetually in the new-friend stage, even with friends who aren’t so new

The recession may be a good thing for dating coaches

It’s the bread that gets me every time, too

The real meat here is in the comments – a genuine discussion of whether blogging is about connection or community

Advice for wives and husbands

This week’s parenting advice from a non-parent – a little bit blunt, perhaps, but it certainly clarifies who’s in charge. Somewhat related: the things we learn from other people’s children; Parent of the Week (part 1)

Parent of the Week (part 2), via Not Always Right:

Pharmacy | Hampton, SC, USA
(A man was picking up a prescription for his infant child.)
Customer: “How much did you say the prescription was?”
Me: “$49.99.”
Customer: “What’s the difference between this and what I can get over the counter?”
Me: “There’s no cough medicine you can give your 8 month old, sir, other than this.”
Customer: “Well, what’s in it?”
(He picks up the prescription papers and starts rustling through them.)
Customer: “If I can buy everything that’s in it over the counter, I’ll just make it myself.”
Me: “…excuse me?”

Also from NAR: I worked at a zoo for four years, and this happened all the time.

Defining a good bad movie

R U (& ur kids) not speling rite b/c of txt-speak?

Everyone talks about the weather… (link via Karen of Verbatim)

Bookmarks: Reading-related reading

I Tweeted this on Tuesday:

florinda_3rs: To my book-blogging followers: a friend’s new career-advice book needs reviewers! DM me for details

I have not taken on book-publicity work – this is a favor for one of my favorite women. The book is The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use by Karen Burns, who has been blogging as Working Girl for a couple of years now. Please check out the links to the book and Karen’s site, and if it sounds like a book that might interest you and your readers, please contact me off the blog (e-mail me at 3.rsblog AT Gmail dot com) and I’ll put you in touch with Karen. My own review copy arrived in yesterday’s mail, so you’ll be reading about the book here soon!

This “beginner’s guide” to book-review blogging is also a good “checklist” for the more experienced blogger. Bonus: the “stoplight guide”

Trish asks: How do we help encourage everyone in our lives – not just our kids – to read more? Also via Trish – hey, I won a Slanket!

“Chick lit” vs. “wit lit”

Getting paid to review might sound nice, but what about being required to write a favorable review and post it on assigned sites in order to earn that pay?

Enjoy your weekend – I’m certainly hoping to enjoy mine!

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  1. You hit all the discussion hot spots this week — and there were some good ones: connection vs. community, selling out to paid (positive) reviews, etc.

    Thanks for the link to my IM/txt comments. I didn’t mean to start a NCLB conversation, but that’s where it has gone!

    I hope you’re having a great bday weekend!

  2. Thank you for the great links, Florinda.

    I was reading about the pay for favorable reviews on LT last night. I am glad Tim decided to add something about that. I would love to make money reviewing books, but not at the cost of my integrity and freedom to speak my mind freely.

    Bread is my downfall too. 🙁

    I especially liked the article about defining a good bad movie. 🙂

  3. Thanks for including my “chick lit vs. wit lit” post! I just posted another piece that lots of folks seem interested in: NOTE TO … Glamour Magazine. Hope you’ll check that out at well. I think it’s a good message to spread around.

    I’m going to add your blog to my blog list!! Thanks, Penelope

  4. Kathy (Bermudaonion) – Thanks! It was a very fun weekend.

    Marie – Hope they kept you busy :-).

    Dawn – NCLB gets blamed for a lot, and I think it deserves much of it. Considering what its aim is SUPPOSED to be, I am floored sometimes by the things my kids don’t seem to be learning in school.

    Wendy (Literary Feline) – The “good bad movie” post came from Marie Phillips’ blog. She’s the author of Gods Behaving Badly, and her blog is frequently hilarious.

    The ethics of reviewing are becoming quite a discussion topic lately, and that probably needs to happen.

    Penelope – Thanks for stopping by. I saw your “Note to…” post and liked that as well. Your blog is on my regular reading list :-).

  5. Chris – That was a great post; happy to link it out. And it’s warming up a bit here so I’m not sure how much I’ll use the Slanket right away, but I’ll be glad to have it anyway!