I attended a talk by George Murray on blogging on Sunday evening, at Ottawa’s Library and Archives Canada. If anyone who was at the session is reading this post–this blogger is the young South Asian woman in the red turtleneck from the third row.
George Murray is the founder of bookninja.com, a literary blog I visit regularly–not so much for the news as for Murray’s crusty take on all things literary. How can one not love a blogger whose commentary on Jenna Bush’s proposed novel goes:
I cannot possibly get my finger far enough down my throat for this one. I need to puke legacy bile for this one. I need to puke a meal that a paramecium ancestor of mine digested a billion years back to truly do this utter bullshit justice. This is truly a sign of end times.
Thank you, George.
I re-confirmed I’d made the right decision to spend 5 dollars on a ticket when Murray mentioned that The Guardian was the best newspaper in the world. Yes, it is; read it for yourself and see.
Murray went on to talk about blogging in general, stating that personality of the writer and content are the two forces that make a blog. In other words, say your stuff well and update that blog everyday. It’s not exactly ground-breaking advice, but hearing it from a successful blogger who is a poet married to a feminist scholar has the sort of chastening effect an email from my mom can never achieve… I’ve now resolved to be more regular about updating this blog.