(Long time, no see, sorry.) 🙂
I’ve just shared a writing challenge with some blogging friends elsewhere and I thought some of you might be interested to take it up too.
The idea came to me because where I am we’re in lockdown again and because of that I restarted my Lockdown Diaries. But I quickly realised that there is nothing much happening and that reminded me of an old favourite book:
Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau
In this book Queneau re-wrote the same bland incident in ninety-nine different styles – can you match it?
The challenge is simple: Every day I publish a diary entry (between 4 and 6 pm GMT, typically) in one those styles, accompanied by Queneau’s original.
My yesterday entry is here: Lockdown Diaries II, Day 7: You Know
I invite you to write a reply in that same style. You can post it in the comment section on my blog or if you prefer, on your own blog and link to my blog and/or leave a message for me in the comments so that I can come and read your entry.
Please note this is not a competition with prizes just a little blogging fun!
Hello everybody! We’re organising a bloggers’ party on 23 October, see details here. All are invited to join in and to make new friends. 🙂
Any of you ever felt that you’re a blogger inside a hamster wheel?
I was looking at statistics and began to wonder what they do to the unwary blogger.
Don’t Read My Blog
Do you agree or disagree?
I’m doing the Dogwood 2016 photography challenge and I just posted four photos and a vote to accompany them for last week’s theme, Black & White Landscape.
Anyone here care to cast a vote as which one is the best of the four, it’d be much appreciated! (Also any comment you care to leave as to why.)
Along the Thames
Thanks in advance 🙂
Hello lovely people!
Just looking for some advice regarding how to present bilingual posts – after some experimenting I’ve come to the decision that alternating chunks of text is the best (the page jumps didn’t work for e-mail followers). I now got two formats that I tried and I’d like some opinions which one is easier to follow?
The first method I used was to differentiate the second language by putting the paragraphs in italics like in this post:
Rest in Peace? The Wandering Remains of Christopher Columbus
But because my theme puts quotes in italics and I sometimes use italics in a text anyway, I thought that maybe putting the second language in a different colour might be better. Like this post:
The Siege (El asedio)
In which format is it easier to follow the text for a monolingual reader?
Thanks a lot in advance!
I had a go at another bilingual post – y me costó bastante, de verdad!
Anyhow, here’s the result:
The World According to Tolstoy (El mundo según Tolstói)
…for anybody who loves Tolstoy, especially War & Peace and Mario Vargas Llosa!
Y si alguien aquí quiere ayudarme y me corregir los errores, le agradecería!
Have a good day, folks! 🙂
Just asking! 🙂 I’m busy working on adding bilingual content to my blog and today I published only my second genuinely bilingual post (English-Spanish). Since I’m neither a native English speaker, nor a native Spanish speaker I feel unreasonably proud of this achievement… and would also welcome some feedback! 🙂
Two Versions of The Old Man and the Sea (Dos versiones de El viejo y el mar)
Thanks a lot! (¡Muchas gracias!)
Anybody else noticed that half of your followers must have quietly passed away since signing up?! 🙂
On my blog the follower count is (slowly but) steadily increasing but I swear the traffic isn’t. Or at least, not in proportion! All right, so I don’t go around advertising the blog – I figured a while ago that it was a mug’s game, at least in my case – but that should just result in potentially no new people signing up. What I don’t get is: why do people sign up if they can’t be bothered to read afterwards?!
And no, I didn’t suddenly start to write worse stuff than I had say 4 months ago! 🙂 (If anything, practice probably made me more coherent.)
Any insights from the collective wisdom here?
Recently I decided to depart from my usual type of posts… I thought I’d try a bit of ‘tweeting’. 🙂 Let me know how you like the result!
Pride & Prejudice in a Dozen Tweets