Man Book Club: An Apology?

man book club true dunce academyBy now we’ve all read or seen or heard about The New York Times article skewering all-male book clubs.  These groups, consisting entirely and exclusively of men, purportedly get together and do nothing but read books by men about men.  And, we can only assume from the context, also drink whiskey and tell sexist jokes and reminisce about the good old pre-women’s suffrage days. Whether this is genuinely newsworthy or just calculated clickbait, I’m not sure, but one thing is certain; the corresponding outrage is real. Continue reading

AbeBooks.com Shout Out

underratedA friend recently tagged me in a link to an article on obscure and hard to find and grossly underrated books according to 21 of our favorite authors.  I was overjoyed.  Book recommendations are my favorite, and a book recommendation from a favorite author, especially of an underrated, hard to find book, seems like just about the best thing in the world, right? Continue reading

Vacation Reading: Florida Edition

Left to my own devices, the suitcase I would bring on a Florida vacation would be 90% full of books.  If there happens to be any leftover room for a toothbrush and a swimsuit, great.  Anything else would be superfluous.  But as my wife is fond of reminding me, these are no longer viable packing options, given our current circumstances. Continue reading

In defense of “pen name” blogging

If it's good enough for him...

I recently read a blog post whose author was (pretty aggressively) calling out anyone and everyone that blogs under a pseudonym.  A pen name.  A nom de plume.  A character.  A nickname.  An assumed identity.  Basically, if you referred to yourself anywhere in your blog by anything other than your official, legal, government-ratified name, this author was accusing you of treachery, dishonesty, and (worst of all) not keeping it “real.”  GASP! Continue reading

Independent Book Blogger Awards

Hey Everybody,

Goodreads asked me to enter our humble little blog in this Independent Book Blogger Awards contest.  So I have.  The first round is audience voted in, and then a panel of judges picks the winner.  There are four categories: Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Young Adult & Children’s, and Publishing Industry.  I categorized us as “Adult Nonfiction” because we don’t really fit any of the categories (we also break most of the rules and will probably be kicked out immediately). Continue reading

Blogging Questions? Ask them!

I know some of you are bloggers. Most bloggers I know would like to get more readers/money/something out of it.

If you are in that category, today I want to open it up for questions.

I’m making a lot of it up as I go along, just like everyone else, regardless of what they tell you, but I’ve done all right.

World’s Strongest Librarian generally gets over 100,000 visitors each month.It also got me a book deal.

Dunce Academy is doing better every month, despite almost zero promotion. If I had more time, it would not be hard to increase the traffic by the proverbial leaps and bounds.

I’ve learned some things that work, others that don’t work so well.

So ask if you have questions. I’ll answer if I can, admit if I am speculating, and flat-out tell you that I have no idea if that’s the case.

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