Thursday, October 08, 2009
::text of comment::
- Mark Sarvas, The Elegant Variation
Sholis writes that this is the first time he's seen a blog quoted on the front of a book. He then questions the format used for referencing a blog. "The Elegant Variation" is printed in italics, just like a magazine or book or other publication. He seems to be asking if a blog really deserves that kind of respect or recognition.
I wondered instead why the blog is referenced by its title and not its URL.
I also wonder how rare it really is to quote a blog on the cover of a book. I assume blurbs rely on an appeal to authority in trying to convince people to buy or read the book, so a quote from a famous blogger or blog would certainly be appropriate. Without getting into whether certain bloggers are famous for their blogs, for writings for online magazines, or for offline work they publish online, I looked at the covers of a few books I had in my library.
- Rattled, by Christine Coppa (2009). Blurb from the cofounder of Nerve.com.
- Silent America, by Bill Whittle (2004). Only blurbs taken from comments on the author's blog, where these essays first appeared, cited as "Posted by XXX, date" with the blog's URL in the author bio.
- The Cult of the Amateur, by Andrew Keen (2007). Blurbs from founders and VPs of sites like Wikipedia, Citizendium, HealthCentral Network (healthcentral.com), CNET, Personal Democracy Forum, and ZDNet. Only HealthCentral has a URL. Blog names are not italicized.
- World War Z, by Max Brooks (2006). Blurb by the Onion's A.V. Club, which may or may not be considered a blog. Site is italicized.
- Hackers and Painters, by Paul Graham (2004). Blurbs from two co-creators of Slashdot.org. URL is in the same font as authors' names, but book titles are in a different font.
- Blog!, by David Kline, Dan Burstein, Arne J. De Keijzer, and Paul Berger (2005). Blurbs on the back by famous bloggers, described as "Celebrity blogger" or "Army blogger" followed by a name but no URL.
Just a few thoughts.
And according to this article, I totally agree with your opinion, but only this time! :)