When Cyborg was announced for his own stand alone comic, I was excited. Cyborg has been with just about everybody’s team since his creation, so it stands to reason that he would eventually get the chance to get his own comic. Of course, I’m not sure that anyone expected it to take this long.
I read this book for obvious reasons. I run a blog, but I also want to be known as a blogger. I want a bigger readership, and I currently want to be paid to blog. If this site never gets monetized I’d be perfectly fine, but getting checks for writing has always been my life goal.
In any case, Blog,Inc. talks about why blogging is good to build the brand of a creative. Joy Cho runs her own blog, Oh Joy!, and, in this book, she goes step by step over what you need to know about building a blog of your own. Littered throughout this book are Cho’s interviews with eighteen other bloggers about why they decided blog and how it changed their lives. I liked this book simply because it made me think about what I really want to do with this blog, and how I should go about getting more readers.
I first bought this book because Amazon said that it was often paired with Dear White People, which was what I had really intended to buy at the time. How To Be Black sat on my bookshelf for three months until my boyfriend picked it up, then spent another four months being partially read at his apartment until we recently broke up. When I got it back, I decided that it would be a good idea to actually read it, and that took me all of two days. I don’t know why I took so long to read this book; it’s very funny and insightful.
Baratunde Thurston’s How To Be Black is not a step-by-step guide on what you need to do to be a black person. It does not work that way. The novel really talks a lot about Thurston’s experience as a black man growing up in Washington, DC, having attended the premiere Ivy League school, and making a way for himself in the United States of America.
First thing’s first, this is a horrible birthday. My daddy, Rev. Dr. E. Conrad Howell, is dead. And I don’t know how to take that. How am I supposed to take it? What am I supposed to say? I am horrible with personal feelings, and the only way I know how to deal with things is to write it out. So here I am writing this out.
As I’ve said before, I read more than just novels; I want to give loves to the comics I read as well. This week was all trades, but, if the mood strikes, I might add some other books if I can’t get the word count for that review up to over five hundred. I’m going to try and do this every Friday, so make sure to subscribe.