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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-06-12 17:55
Subject: [personal] Greatest hits?
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Stealing a page from arcaedia, I have a question primarily directed at long-time readers of this blog. (Or anyone who understands my tagging system, I suppose.)

It’s almost the fourth anniversary of this blog in its current form (ignoring my recent switch to WordPress with an LJ echo). First post is here, from July 14th, 2004. I’ve made 5,810 posts since then, offered 12,093 comments and had 41,476 made to me.

In all that time, what are your favorite posts? I’m mostly thinking about writing process, but it might be polls, travelogs, kid-related, whatever? If I were to put together a list of 15-20 “greatest hits” links, what would it look like?

Bonus question: who should I be reading that I’m not?

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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User: paulcarp
Date: 2008-06-13 01:05 (UTC)
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This post is one of my all-time favorites. The topic of interest to me, and the photos are excellent. Plus, it's near Hanford.
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User: neutronjockey
Date: 2008-06-13 02:35 (UTC)
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Editing the Wild Anthology is one of my favs.

I'm a huge fan of Link Salad --- the days it doesn't get posted I admit to feeling an unbalanced universe.

The [process] "writing" tags are my favourites amongst the writing tag cloud.

Artwork by the_child is always awesome. I'm eagerly awaiting Artwork by the_child: the pre-teen years.

So other than the one anthology-related post I only have tag related items I'm afraid.

As far as people "you should be reading"... the infinitely talented maryrobinette ..outside of that, I think most of everyone on my flist were "met" here on your blog or eBear's blog.
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Twilight: Imperious
User: twilight2000
Date: 2008-06-13 02:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I get a kick out of almost all of them -- but tend to pay most attention to the ones that talk about the business of writing/writing process (as that's where my head is at present) and the daily salad links (as those are just plain fun).
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User: snickelish
Date: 2008-06-13 03:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The ideas in your span of control post keep returning to me, although I'm not sure I've digested them all yet. I also really like your recent post on first sentences and titles, as much for your later comments on titles as for the post itself.

Generally, yeah, the process posts. And also the career posts.
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User: gaaneden
Date: 2008-06-13 06:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I just started reading you after meeting you at Norwescon. The posts I've liked the most were your writing drabbles and your link salad - in a mundane sense. All of your posts about cancer have my full attention because of you being the second person I know with the cancer you have. I understand more of what my friend went through because of you.

Reading? Me, of course! Unless you don't want to read someone in the lobby of her writing career about to go somewhere and flailing around like a Great Dane puppy dog as she figures things out.
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russ: watchmen
User: goulo
Date: 2008-06-13 08:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I liked that post where you revealed that you have made 5810 posts in less than 4 years. That's almost 4 posts per day. Crazy!
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User: dionysus1999
Date: 2008-06-13 13:36 (UTC)
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I ended up adding you after John Scalzi posted a link about your exploring the missle silo site. I still feel that that was one of your best posts.
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User: singingwinds
Date: 2008-06-15 16:49 (UTC)
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I second the soda test panel, I sent that one to all my friends! Snorting good fun. :D

Also enjoyed the Hanford trip. You got some awesome photos and you always have great commentary. :D
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