In 2001 the United States of America’s Army changed their official slogan from Be All You Can Be to the rebel macho, yet still working for The Man, An Army of One. I have to admit, I never understood why they changed it. I’ve got mentors, friends and proteges [at least in my mind] who have all been in one branch or another of the Armed Forces so I have a passing familiarity with the military beyond what I read in SF. The overwhelming impression that I’ve gotten is one of teamwork and cogs in a huge machine that just can’t be stopped. There are specialized parts, ie, the Special Forces for various branches, but even they just don’t go out and shoot people willy nilly because they can. Or even if I want them to. Which is kind of sad, because I have to tell you folks, I would make a GREAT military dictator.
In fact, if you decode the picture above, it actually says “Bookstooge would be a Great Dictator”. I guess Charlie was just ahead of his time.
Now, all of that just to introduce what I actually want to talk about. Co-Blogging.
I was talking about this very lightly with Miss Abigail on one of her posts where she mentioned it and I was decrying how I could never do that, etc, etc. Afterwards, I started thinking about it a bit more seriously. Here on WP I follow several sites that have 2 or more writers and from what I can see, it works out pretty well:
- The Ladies from Bibliosanctum
- PcBushi and his various Bushi’s
- Lashaan & Trang at Bookidote
- Brothers Robert & Jared at Reading over the Shoulder
I was realizing that it is more than the fact that I am a control freak, must have things on a schedule and only want “Yes sir, yes sir” posts that push me away from Co-blogging. The first, and biggest, is the fact that I initially set this blog up to simply record what I read. I actually started on Blogger in ’05 and that was a carry over from a paper notebook from ’00. I copied my blogspot to wordpress just as a backup [you’ll soon get the idea that I’m pretty paranoid about info disappearing] and in the last couple of years have started blogging socially right along with my book reviews. But everything is geared specifically towards me, Bookstooge.
Mrs Bookstooge is a big reader as well, but she tends to read fan translated chinese/korean/japanese stories, what I’d classify as “light novels”. She has NO interest in reviewing. I got her to join Booklikes in ’14 and that lasted for about a month before she just let it lapse. I don’t think I could let her into my blog here because my expectations would be a weekly post and she just isn’t geared that way. This is literally “my” blog.
With that in mind, I started thinking of scenarios where I would be comfortable co-blogging. Honestly, I got lost after about 30 seconds of thinking. I wouldn’t want someone who is JUST like me because that would be wicked boring for the readers. I wouldn’t want someone who is so different that I’m constantly consigning them to the stygian infernal pits. ‘Cause man, that gets very stress inducing very fast.
Also, for all that I like schedules and order, I get pretty stressed out if I feel like I “have to” do something. I never review, or blog, when I don’t want to. I just have enough words bubbling out of me that I want to write several times a week. But put me on a schedule and poof, I’d dry right up. And what happens if I get in a fight with my co-blogger? Because I get in tiffs with everyone online. That is one of the reasons I limit the number of people I follow.
So for me to do co-blogging I’d have to start a new “project co-blog” blog, find someone who I get along with 99% of the time and most importantly, find someone who isn’t quite as brilliant as me because I can get insanely jealous and if their posts got more likes than mine, I’d go into sulks and probably quit. Really, I’m just a big baby.
And that sums up pretty well why Bookstooge will probably always be a Reviewer of One. Thanks for putting up with my ramblings.
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