Lindsay’s blog has been one of my favorites to keep up with over the course of this semester, and not just because I’m obligated to like it since she’s my roommate. I’ve thought her “lists” idea was really innovative from the get-go and I’ve been so glad to see that it hasn’t yet gotten bland. While writing a blog of lists gives her the flexibility to write about whatever she wants, all of the posts still fit really well together because she is able to capture the same humorous voice in each one. She maintains an honest though sometimes self-depreciating perspective when writing about the many topics that piqued her interest this semester. It seems as though she could write about anything and still get her readers laughing. I like the way she titled her posts since they always included an amusing alternative title from which you could tell what the slant of her post was going to be. My favorite post is one of her firsts, titled: “A List Revisited, Or How I Ended Up Wearing Dickies to My Eighth Grade Graduation”
“For a couple years, when I was about twelve to fifteen, I decided I wanted to look and act like a total idiot. This was okay, I reasoned, because music was my “life” and all the “punk rock” musicians I liked also looked and acted like idiots. Not everyone totally understood my position – one time while visiting family in Ohio, my mom felt it necessary to explain me to my extended family and basically asked them to send up prayers that my exclusively-red-and-black closet was a phase – so I learned some HTML, made an Angelfire website with the tagline “My awesome site with my awesome interests and some just plain awesome stuff,” and made my first foray into public listing by professing that society simply couldn’t do without punk rock.”
I think she does a fantastic job of hooking her readers in right away with this introduction as she does in nearly all of her lists. It almost doesn’t even matter what the list itself says (although you should definitely take a look at this one since it’s hilarious). All of her posts had this semi-anecdotal quality to them that connected them all together and made it an enjoyable experience to read.
Another blog I really enjoyed was Shawn’s blog, “Talkin’ Traz.” I too was really excited about Alcatraz and got progressively more and more disappointed as time went on. I particularly liked his blog because of its honesty – it was more than just a guide to the episodes. I liked how he was able to flow from the plot to the themes to his opinions seamlessly. His blog had the potential to be very repetitive (since every episode was basically exactly the same) but he was able to keep it new and different with every post. My favorite part of the blog was probably his titles. I love word play and he clearly had a great time coming up with them! I also really liked how he included an important quote from each episode at the beginning of each post. The site was well organized, and I really enjoyed his character ratings page as well as the links he found to interesting websites so readers can gain other perspectives on the show as well. I think Shawn did a wonderful job of taking advantage of the blog platform. My favorite post is the one about Johnny McKee:
“Great. Another episode, following the EXACT same plot. I really don’t understand. Lost was one of the best shows ever on television (next to 24, in my opinion)… so what happened to J.J. Abrams in the mean time? Did he go insane?
If you didn’t watch the episode, I can put all 44 minutes into a few sentences. Johnny McKee turns up, and he uses poison to kill people who bully him (just like he did before he was put inAlcatraz… gasp!). Hauser, Rebecca, and Doc track him down, eventually apprehending him. We also find out that Tommy Madsen, Rebecca’s grandfather, used to always be in the infirmary having blood drawn and having tests run on him. That’s it.”
I like Shawn’s writing style because, as I mentioned, of its honesty. He’s not trying to draw out the plot and tantalize his readers. It’s somewhat sarcastic, but also sums up the episode pretty succinctly. This particular post, although probably the one where Shawn is the most frustrated, actually to me demonstrates that he’s allowing himself to have fun with it. He’s giving himself the liberty to truly express his opinion in an amusing way while still maintaining the integrity of his blog.