One blog I really enjoyed reading was Sophie’s Novel Terrain. I admired the way Sophie effortlessly brought the landscapes of these books to life. She made it extremely easy for her readers to picture themselves in the setting of various novels. Some of which, I might add, are very heavy and those I imagine were difficult to dissect. In my opinion, at least, Dickens’ is not an easy read. One post that stood out to me in particular was from earlier this semester, In the Land of Pride and Prejudice and Chickens.
Men would have to court women without the help of the internet. You would not be able to click a button and have a fresh bunch of roses delivered to your lover; instead you would have to saddle your most noble steed and ride for hours (in England, it will most likely be in the rain) and arrive at your lover’s house looking like a drowned rat with a bunch of drooping roses. What an effort! A good-old Austen-styled ballroom dance sounds fun until I think about the corsets and lack of air-conditioning, and- perhaps most important- lack of deodorant.
Sophie brings a strong voice to her post, one that made me laugh several times. Her interjections are powerful and straightforward. They state the facts that are often overlooked by readers (i.e., “A good-old Austen-Stylend ballroom dance sounds fun until I think about the corsets and lack of air-conditioning…”). Her sarcasm adds spunk to her writing that make her posts very fun to read!
Another blog I looked forward to reading was Nicole’s The Last Supper. Her tone is conversational and her writing style is amusing to read. Here is an example from her post, “KKC” (aka the Krispy Kreme Challenge):
I was literally the slowest person on the team – okay, I’m not the fastest runner in the world, but in all my years on Track and XC I was never the absolute slowest. That’s why when I heard about the Krispy Kreme Challenge, I knew I’d finally have my chance to shine.
The Challenge: 2.25 miles there + 12 donuts + 2.25 miles back; < 1 hour, no throwing up
I know. I KNOW. Finally – I could definitely out-eat all of these serious runners; I’ve pretty much been training for a race like this my whole life. (My parents felt a weird balance of pride and disgust.)
I like that Nicole doesn’t have to try to get her readers to like her. Her honesty and her wittiness do that for her. Nicole implements a personable writing style that made me feel like I could relate to her. She isn’t afraid to make fun of herself and I think this is a very important factor for good blog writing!