Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tanni Haas: Making It In The Political Blogosphere. A Review...

Dr. Haas was nice enough to send this small cog in the political blogosphere an electronic copy of his newest book, "Making It In The Political Blogosphere".    I actually was quite touched that I would be selected along with such heavy weights as iOwnTheWorld, to read and comment on this book.

Big Fur Hat, at iOwnTheWorld, posted his review just hours ago and gave it 4 1/2 "big fur hats" out of a possible five.  That galvanized me into action and I quickly opened my copy.  Due to my speed reading skills, I was able to finish the book in record time.

Dr. Haas has interviewed bloggers who would be considered by most, based on their daily hits, to be the "A-listers".   Included are both conservative and liberal bloggers, weighted in favor of liberal.  I don't really think that makes a big difference, and it was interesting to read the backgrounds of different people, their thoughts on blogging, and the pitfalls many face when entering this field.

Overall, if you've not been around the blogosphere very long, the advice given by this group of disparate bloggers will bring you some insight.  An amusing aspect is the contradictory advice often given between one blogger and another.

As with all things having to do with blogging, do what you want.  It is, after all, your blog.

Would I recommend this book?  Why, yes - yes I would.  

Who is Tanni Haas, Ph.D.?

Leonard & Claire Tow Professor and Full Professor, Department of Speech Communication Arts & Sciences
The City University of New York – Brooklyn College

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Tanni Haas holds the Leonard & Claire Tow Professorship and is a Full Professor in the Department of Speech Communication Arts & Sciences at the City University of New York Brooklyn College. An avid political blog reader, he is the author of The Pursuit of Public Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism (Routledge, 2007), which is due out in Chinese and Korean translation, as well as three dozen scholarly journal articles and book chapters on political blogging and other forms of citizen-based journalism.

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