Blog Name: James Linnane Bookchat Corner
Author Name/Pen Name: Lisa Sumner
Platform by: Blogger
About the Blog:
About the Author: James Linnane is a scion and resident of Ireland, who claims to be getting old and lazy after living an action-packed life.
Blog Purpose: James Linnane’s Bookchat Corner is basically a place for anything that’s on his mind, be it poetry or a local get-together.
Major Topics: Poetry, books, meetings, humorous quotes, and conspiracies.
Technical: The Simple template is exactly as stable as one might expect, and useful for those who simply want to put words on a page without worrying about the various multimodal aspects of the modern blogging experience. Bookchat Corner uses only the default gadgets and everything runs smoothly. The picture in the header is giant, and, while a very nice photo, it bumps the beginning of the content clear off the page when loading the site or changing content pages. Either shrinking or cropping it would be a wise decision. Personally, I’d crop it right up to just below the sailboat, since that big expanse of lake is not especially eye-catching.
Blog is stable in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
Content: As a fairly new blog, there is only so much content to sift through. The content type follows no set type or schedule, but poetry by the author, and quotes from comedians are both common. Occasional posts about meeting, or events also pop up. The non-poetry content is of moderate quality, possibly because the author is still getting used to the platform, and its quirks. For example there’s one giant dump of content on secret societies that is huge, unformatted, and appears to have been copied directly from a newsfeed. As for the poetry, I thought it was fine, but of course the first time two people agree on the quality of poetry will be thirty seconds after a poet figures out how to clone him or herself–and sometime in the next minute one of them will change their mind. Linnane shows no hesitation in trying out different sorts of poetry, from serious to comedic, so it’s likely that fans of poetry will find something to their liking.
Major Subjects: Writing (poetry, general)
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