1. Sneak into the minds of unusual people.
Never Threaten To Eat Your Co-Workers: Best of Blogs allows you to go inside the minds of extraordinary people such as a reality TV star, a war journalist, a video porn store clerk, a Star Trek child star, a public defender and more without having to leave the room. It's not every day that you can read diary entries and essays from people in the world living interesting and sometimes downright bizarre lives. Think of it as a TV episode of "True Hollywood Story," without the annoying Hollywood part.
2. Save time looking for quality blogs to read.
I'm a huge blog addict, but I also don't sleep much. Which means I have the time to read loads of blogs on a daily basis and find gems within the muckety muck. Unlike myself, a normal person spends quality time with loved ones, or has better things to do than surf the Web for hours. Thanks to this book, blogophiles can read some of the best blogs that may have been looked over. In fact, in compiling this book I found twice as many great writers than I knew were already lurking about. If anything, this book should open your eyes to a new crop of writers who write about everything from surviving jury duty to playing practical jokes on uptight coworkers. Basically, we sift through all the crap out there so you donÕt have to.
3. Show your DIY spirit.
Getting this book published wasn't easy. Some agents and heavyweight book publishers don't like to publish unknowns, especially unknowns whose writing only appears on a blog. By buying this book, you send a clear message that you don't want to be stuck reading books by Stephen King and Tom Clancy. You want fresh voices, thoughts and opinions. Purchasing a book like this means you are in essence voting to show you want more new writers like this to have a chance at success. When you give bloggers a chance to have their work published and read outside the online realm, you may in fact be helping the next Hunter S. Thompson or Candace Bushnell make his or her mark on an otherwise not-in-the-know public.
4. Support your blogging comrades.
As we all know, writers fall under the starving artist category, and bloggers are no different. When you buy this book, you are putting your money in the pockets of writers who may never have been paid for their writing before. In essence your money goes to a new generation of writers who write because they love it, not because they have a multimillion-dollar book deal, a high-profile agent or mainstream book club backing them up. This is eye-opening book of fresh writing supported by folks like you who starve for something more than just the usual grocery store paperback.
5. The more the merrier.
You get more for your money with an anthology like this. Instead of reading the meanderings of one blogger, you get to walk in the shoes of numerous bloggers with varied backgrounds, writing styles and personalities. Whether you can identify with a frustrated video store clerk or a hopeless romantic who canÕt stand telemarketers, thereÕs something for everyone in Never Threaten To Eat Your Co-Workers: Best of Blogs
6. I am Woman, hear me Blog!
This book isn't just packed full of stories for the boys. In fact, Never Threaten To Eat Your Co-Workers: Best of Blogs features some of the funniest and thought-provoking essays from the XX chromosome set too. Read surreal tales from video porn clerk Ali Davis, or laugh aloud at the rants from a mom just trying to feel sexy at the grocery store. Or read a rant weÕd all like to say to an old lady who cuts in front of us in line from Heather Armstrong (Dooce.com). And that's not all, the book also includes writings from Janet Feeney (Snarkcake.com), Allison Lowe (Hateyourdaddy.com) and Carla Sinclair (Island Chronicles).
7. See what all the fuss is about.
If you're new to this whole blog thing, this is a great book to give you an idea of the kinds of blogging you'd see online today. This book isn't just for the typical blog addict, it also makes a great gift for a out-of-the-culutre-loop parent or luddite pal who just doesn't understand what the heck a blog is. Granted this isn't some techie highbrow book on how to code frames and embed pictures of you and your pet potbellied pig. This is blog literature, man! Never Threaten To Eat Your Co-Workers: Best of Blogs showcases great stuff written not by well-known novelists (at least not yet anyway) but by people just like you who have something to say.
8. Look like a cool hipster.
Friends and family members who spot this book on your coffee table will say things like, "Wow, Best of Blogs, eh? I had no idea you had your finger on the pulse of technology trends as well as the next phase in contemporary literature!" Or they might just say, "You know, that book cover really brings out the blue flecks in your eyes."
9. Scare Co-workers.
With a book title like, Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers: Best of Blogs at first glance it may appear to be a self-help book for anger-management-challenged cannibals. This may come in handy the next time an incompetent officemate jams the printer with flyers to his next party. Simply leaving this book on your desk for all to see, not only helps to market a fine book, but could also send a disturbingly clear message to the people who annoy you the most within range of your cubicle.
10. You can't dog-ear a laptop.
With the conveniences of technology, sometimes we forget the simpler pleasures in life like curling up in a comfy chair with a good book. You just can't curl up with a laptop in the same way. If you buy this book, instead of just looking up all the blogs online, you have an object you can carry anywhere (the subway, the park, the loo), that you can dog-ear, doodle in or write notes in the margin. All of these things cannot be done with a laptop.
Where to Buy It
There are plenty of places online (and off) to buy Never Threaten To Eat Your Co-Workers: Best of Blogs. However, if you don't see it in your favorite book store, ask them to order it via the ISBN number: 1590593219. If you have a photo of how the store showcased the book, email it and I'll post it here!