Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Link roundup

1. "Master of horror John Carpenter presents Blockhead’s Revenge — a 'gritty, sexy, scary' Peanuts reboot starring the cast of MTV’s Teen Wolf."

2. How to build a relationship with a blogger before asking for a review.

3. Grantland:

ex-Cleveland Brown and Minnesota Viking LeRoy Hoard — a physical, bruising former running back — famously (though perhaps apocryphally) described his running style as the antithesis of the space player: "If you need one yard, I'll get you three yards. If you need five yards, I'll get you three yards."


  1. #2: that was a fantastic exchange.

  2. Let me see if I understand #2 correctly. The person was asking for a review of their book, and her response was that if you help me with my career, I'll plug your book. That's a total ethical breach to me. At Cartoon Brew, we plug and review things if it's something that interests us, plain and simple. But we NEVER ask that people give us something in return for a plug. Knowing this blogger trades favors for coverage will make me question anything I read on her site.

  3. I don't think that's exactly her point - - she talking about requests from random people she's never heard. Not offers to review books by strangers she's familiar with, and books she has reason to believe will be worth her time.

  4. There are three reasons to review something:

    1. You're given the opportunity to review something you have reason to believe you'll really like

    2. You don't think you'll like it, but believe your audience will be interested in it

    3. The creator is a friend you want to help out

  5. Ok, I think I understand the point, but I still don't agree with it. Requests from random people goes with the territory of running a successful media enterprise, whether it's blogging or more traditional forms of media. I don't expect anything from anybody when I receive these requests, nor do I wish for anybody to cozy up to me because they want coverage. I guess it's a different approach.