- be occupying more of my free time than television through something called "blogging";
- spawn so many fantastic "blogs" that some of them would be turned into books, also known as "blooks"; and as a result
- spawn a literary prize just for blooks.
The panel of judges includes Cory Doctorow, one of the editors of BoingBoing (point of note: I used to buy BoingBoing regularly in the early '90s, when it was only a print zine. Are you impressed? Because there was no point in my mentioning that if you're not impressed), and Paul Jones, one of the great minds behind, among other things, Project Gutenberg.
Looking at the shortlist of Blooker finalists makes me worry, though. I mean, I've been frittering away my time on the internet for years, so how have I managed to miss so many of these blogs? Has my frittering been for naught? Perhaps I'm not the skilled fritterer I've always believed myself to be. But that's a dark path of thought I shall not follow today.
I took a few minutes to tool around some of the contenders' blogs, and so far I'm rooting for Gus Openshaw's Whale-Killing Journal, if only because it -- on top of my friend Shona's urging -- have me now hankering to read Moby Dick. And that's no small feat, let me tell you.
From the introduction:
On June 11, 2004, an Oakland, California cat food cannery worker began keeping an online diary (known as a "web log" - or "blog" for short) to enlist the public's aid in finding the whale he alleged had eaten his wife, infant son and arm. The first few entries appear below.But why click and scroll when, in just a couple of days, this blog apparently will be available in old-fashioned book form "at BarnesandNoble.com and in bookstores throughout the Seven Seas." Arrr, matey... that's good readin'!
Edited later to add: I take those last three paragraphs back. After reading Carrie's post in the comments section, I went to Gary Openshaw's Whale-Killing Journal and actually read several entries, rather than just superficially enjoying the premise the way I did in my last go-through. And not to mince words, but it kinda sucks. Sorry, Gary Openshaw. I wish you the best of luck on the high seas. Don't take any crap from that whale.
So... can anyone else give me their informed scoop on these Blooker contenders? Who are you rooting for, if anyone?