Sunday, March 16, 2008

Waiter Rant - Should Bloggers Become Authors?

This has been one of my favourite blogs for a while now. Good waiters should be all about excellent service, a little bitter, smoking cigarettes and having witty conversation out the back.

The waiter rant, is short tales of waiter life, sometimes outrageous and sometimes sad, usually witty and dry. And joy of all joys he is writing a book. While I don't know if I could take a whole book of the blog style of writing, it will be interesting to see what the transition from blog to book is like.

Just like in the nineties where being a good stand up comedian would land you a TV show, the 2000 equivalent is a book deal from your blog. If the TV shows are anything to go by, you usually get a watered down family friendly version of the once edgy comedy that got noticed in the first place. Books are less likely to be dumbed down and censored so with any luck some of my favourite bloggers will be making the transition to off line media and having their writing mettle truly tested. Writing for the web is a completely different kettle of fish than writing a book. Web browsers typically have a short attention span and don't want to read anything that requires scrolling. Short and snappy works well, but would that work for a book, I might feel a bit assaulted if I read 400 pages of "short and snappy" or would it work? Would it become a page turner allowing my TV/Internet generation addled brain to really work in the niche it has become molded too?

I don't know.

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