Last month I invited the Read and Critique Group to review 3 sample postings from eQuipsblog. I printed out the postings (including pictures) so it would be simpler for the prospective reviewers. The sample blogs included Too Bee or Not Too Bee (August 26, 2017), Uncivil Rights (February 25, 2017), and Taking Books to the People, Part 1: Little Free Libraries (March 17, 2017). Alibi—Word does not organize the postings as well as WordPress, so the examples did not look exactly like the blog does.
- Use your own pictures.–I do when I can. Sometimes I write about things that preclude me from using my own pictures. I frequently use Creative Commons, if I can’t use my own pictures.
- Give us a definite conclusion.–In Uncivil Rights, the critiquer wanted a definitive answer on what constituted an uncivil right since I had failed to define the word. She then spent several minutes letting the group know where she stood on the issue. The next critiquer wanted the reader to draw his/her own conclusion on where civility ended and uncivility began. (Sometimes there is no definitive answer based upon the continuum of opinions.)
- Give us more information. This mostly stemmed from the Too Bee or Not to Bee blog. Many wanted more information on swimming bees. According to Bee Source, they swim on their backs and use their wings to drive themselves along. Someone wanted to know what size water container to provide for bees so they would not drown. Other critiques wanted me to write about other pollinator such as bats or do follow-up bee blogs throughout the year. One wanted to know where I spotted the swimming bee-it was at the spa pool of the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville. One person did not understand this sign because there were no bees in the picture. The Honey Bee Flight Path ahead was taken at the Market at Grelen in Somerset, Virginia, which is now closed for the season until March 1, 2018.
- Where did this take place? The question about the swimming bee was easy to answer. Where are the Little Free Libraries located is a more difficult question. The LFL pictures that I took are identifiable, but the ones from Creative Commons are more difficult. Little Free Libraries does have a map which can make it easier to find local LFLs.
Little Free Library at the Peaks of Otter Lodge near Beford, Virginia off the Blue Ridge Parkway
Little Free Library at Ednam Forest in Charlottesville, VA