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“What are you working on?”
“An anthology of blogs.”
“I didn’t know you had a blog.”
“I don’t. It’s an anthology of other people’s blogs.”
“How do you find good blogs?”
“I read. I surf. I look at blog contests. I follow links. I ask people about the blogs they like.”
“Is a good blog hard to find?”
“Yes. Very.”

A Book of Blogs? WTF!!

Sarah Boxer, a former New York Times reporter an
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 12th 2008 by Vintage (first published 2008)
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May 30, 2012 Zoe rated it did not like it
First of all, if you picked this up hoping for (as the title implies) some examples of great blog-writing, you're going to be disappointed.

I was recently asked to do a blog for work, and although I already read plenty of blogs, I thought this would be a convenient way to see what’s out there and what is considered a “masterwork” in the world of blogging.

So, I just flipped through this, reading whichever stories caught my eye. I came to the realization that when it comes to blogs, it’s really all
Mark Flanagan
Feb 20, 2008 Mark Flanagan rated it it was ok
I didn't actually read this book, but I did compile the 27 blogs that New York Times journalist Sarah Boxer lists in her book as masterpieces:


Becker-Posner Blog

Click Opera

Cosmic Variance

Diary of Samuel Pepys

El Guapo in DC


Get Your War On
Sarah Funke
Apr 02, 2008 Sarah Funke rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes books, wonders about blogs, but doesnt really want to read them online!
I recommend starting with Boxer's hilarious introduction (which will restore your faith in the idea that some people still have standards, even in the blogosphere), and then reading the first entry of each blog she includes. You'll know the ones you like immediately, because you won't stop after the first entry. If you don't, it's ok to move on (say I), there's something -- a lot, in fact -- here for everyone and no need to get bogged down with, well, I won't name names, but there are some I cou ...more
Erin O'Riordan
May 11, 2011 Erin O'Riordan rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
What a great selection of blogs, from the silly to the sublime! It's a shame some of the authors are no longer blogging, especially El Guapo in DC. Actually, not all the bloggers are writers: some are cartoonists, one is a photographer and one is an animator. One of them is Samuel Pepys, who lived in the 18th century but whose famous diary can be found in blog form. My favorite line is from Alex Ross: "Greatness and unruliness are often interchangeable." This book is full of surprises.
Feb 27, 2008 Colin rated it it was ok
I don't know how to categorize this one - I read the Advance Reader's Copy over several lunch breaks at work. A book about blogs - OK - but without any real conclusions about them, just samples of what they have to offer. In some ways fun, but in some ways you'd be better off just searching the Web randomly.
Teena in Toronto
Jul 05, 2012 Teena in Toronto rated it did not like it
From the thousands and thousands of blogs out there, I'm not sure how the author chose the 27 she profiled.

I checked them all out. Some are okay; others boring. Each blog has a chapter with actual blog entries. I only recognized two.

This book had promise but fell flat with me. So I won't be recommending it.
Douglas Lord
Aug 25, 2014 Douglas Lord rated it really liked it
Interesting authors, different viewpoints, good writing, and you can curl up with it next to the fire.
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Aug 18, 2008 Amber rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
I really like blogs, but this book was a terrible disappointment. You can't just take a bunch of random blog posts from completely unrelated blogs and slap them together to make a book. Without the context of who the writer is and what they write about, these posts were incomprehensible.
Jul 27, 2008 Meadow rated it did not like it
This was not really "Ultimate". I couldn't even get through the whole book. Blogs should be read on the internet.
The Librarian
Nothing really new or mind-boggling here.
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