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The Jack Factor

So... you think you can blog? We'll just see about that, shall we?

Bond's Big Leather Couch

The Blog: The Couch

First Impression: "Whoa! That is a SERIOUSLY busy blog!"

Appearance: Alright... Let's get this portion outta the way as it will probably be the only really critical thing I have to say here. I *might* not be the biggest fan of the layout of this blog but this is just me. After reading through this guy's work, I feel like his writing is so good that he doesn't need to distract from it with so much clutter. HOWEVER, he obviously has quite a following of people who don't mind a bit and, frankly, if clutter doesn't deter people from reading your blog then who gives a rat's ass.

I like the header a lot. I love the transition of images of Bond throughout his life starting as a child to current. Whoever made the header did a great job on it and it suits the personality of this blog really well.

Sigh. Sidebars. Yes, one of my pet peeves are cluttered sidebars but I will say that although there is a LOT of stuff taking up space here, it is done in a fairly orderly fashion. Sort of. My biggest complaint is the presence of many, many tiny little couches that sections off each and every individual thing. Now, I like the couches and I love the personal touch that they add, but I think there are too many of them. I'm thinking that if everything in the sidebars were organized with all images on one side and all links on the other side, then it would be easier for readers to navigate throughout the actual content and find what they're looking for without having to browse each and every time.

I also think that maybe instead of having a graphic advertising, a blog talk radio show button followed by a tiny couch followed by an award button followed by a tiny couch... etc, etc... maybe there could be tiny couch sections. For instance, take all of your support buttons and linky buttons and put them in between two of the tiny couches instead of following each item with one. Does that make sense?

This is also a prime situation to suggest something that I will suggest a lot: scrollerbars or scroller boxes. In Bond's case, scrolling would take away from the sidebar content with one exception: The blog roll. This guy has a shitload of blogs he recommends and obviously loves these blogs enough to not only link them, but offer a short sentence about what the blog he is linking is about as well. This is awesome as it helps people know what they would like to be reading about and it also shows the bloggers why Bond think they are the shit. However, I would do that up in a scrollerbox. Simply because Bond just loves so fucking many blogs. Ha!

The same tiny couch issue I'm having in the sidebars, I also have in the posts. Sometimes, they are few and far between and then other times there is a couch after every paragraph and when the paragraph is only two sentences long, you become very distracted by the giant couch images.

I like the colors on this blog and feel like they are comfortable and fitting. The overall appearance of this blog reminds me of one of those super genius people who stay in their house all day and read. Like, there are piles of books everywhere. It is a cozy, yet manic feeling.

Content: Shit, Bond.. You are one COMMITTED blogger. I'm sitting here reading through your posts and you are fucking insane! But, in a great way.

Bond is the most thorough blogger I have ever read. I'm not joking here, folks. Say he is writing a post about a particular band he likes (and there are many as he is an avid music lover). The post WILL include images, music players, detailed history of the band and why he thinks they are the shit, any historical info about the band, great moments in band history and even a huge list of albums and song titles to include the copy write years they were put out. That... is some serious devotion to your blog. He clearly wants people to have every aspect of gaining knowledge that they can and he tickles the senses of learning like crazy.

This kind of detailed posting tells me something: Bond is either quick as hell or has the fastest fingers on the planet. Or, he takes HOURS to write a post. I seriously am blown the fuck away by how committed he is to his writing. Holy fucking cow, my friend.

Detail aside, let's talk about the quality of his content. Bond has themes that he runs on certain days of the week that go over topics like sports or music but he also writes posts about.. well, about everything, really. These posts are so refreshingly balancing the brain exercising you get from the stat posts and it is in these posts that I think this guy shows his colors.

To be blunt: Bond puts most bloggers to SHAME. This guy has NO BUSINESS keeping his words solely on-blog. There needs to be a book out there. Really. You think you can write? Read Bond's work and then compare yours to his and then ask yourself that question again. He will make you feel retarded.

Obviously, he is a very intelligent man, but more importantly, he is extremely down to earth, open, honest, tactful and endearing. If I were a woman I wouldn't just hop in the sack with him... I'd be wanting the fucking ring on my finger. He's a keeper and coming from a totally straight guy, this says a lot.

I spent hours reading through Bond's Matinee posts and I have yet to finish them as they are long, long, long. These posts are just another testament to his writing skill and they are like cliff hanging mini stories where you can't wait to read what happens next. Well, haha, fuckers because I didn't have to wait. I got to get lost in them and what a fun place to be lost. Who knew someone could mix sexiness and dark, twisted horror so well??

It's been a while, Bond, buddy. Maybe you are pressed for time these days, but we need another installment of the Matinee and pronto.

What I love: The detail. The way he words things. The way his true personality can be found within each sentence he writes. The way you read this blog and feel like you have just found your long lost best friend/brother. You wanna go take in a ballgame with this guy. Ladies, you'll wanna take a long fucking walk on the beach with him. He's just an honestly likable guy.

What I hate: Too many tiny couches and lack of sidebar organization.

Suggestions: Like I said before.. I'd just section things off differently and make it easier to navigate. Many people who have blogs with so much clutter drive me crazy, but I tend to be a lot nicer about it when the writing (which is most important) is fantastic. As is the case here. Also, reduce the amount of couches in your posts. They distract from the great writing!

Final say: Here I go with my beloved analogies again, ha ha ha. Bond's blog is like a community. It's like being at a family barbecue and if you are new to his blog then you will quickly discover that you want badly to be a part of this family. He is open, thoughtful and has a lot of depth to him. This is not a blog that I simply recommend, but I encourage people strongly to dive right in. GREAT blog!! And very deserving of the awards it has recently received, btw.
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At August 13, 2007 at 10:17 AM, Blogger Bond said...


Jack, thank yu very much for the review...I actually busted a gut laughing at your comments to the ladies and wanting to jump in the sack. A couple of co-workers came over to see I I was OK.

Funny you should mention the sidebars, as THE COUCH is in a refurbishing stage at the moment. It should have been done earlier, but I have been helping some friends with their headers and blogs.

Oh, my header, was done by me.

I plan on adding scrollbars and have begun to do exactly what you suggested to the side bar- reorganizing and grouping...so we think alike. when i am done, i will let you know- though I hope you come sit daily ...there is always room for another person on THE COUCH.

Your comments about the writing flatter me. I am not the fastest typist and some of those posts (especially the Tuneage Tutelage posts) are the result of days of research and then days of writing.

Monday Matinee is coming back after labor Day. I have been working on putting THE QUEST together as a novel over the summer- though I am stuck at the moment.

OK, well this comment is almost as long as some of my posts.

I do thank you for your kind words.    

At August 13, 2007 at 10:30 AM, Blogger Bond said...

Well my recommended blogs list just got one longer....OLOLOLOL    

At August 13, 2007 at 10:34 AM, Blogger Jack Jack said...

Bond, if you consider yourself slow then it doesn't show in the slightest. Your posts are incredibly well thought out!

Thanks for letting me know you are out there! A good blog can be hard to find :-)    

At August 13, 2007 at 10:46 AM, Blogger Turnbaby said...

I think you hit the nail on the head about our good friend Bond. Excellent review.    

At August 13, 2007 at 11:59 AM, Blogger Travis said...

Thanks for your great review and recommendation of The Couch. I've been taking my seat there daily for nearly a year now.

I agree with most everything - except I like the little couches. I think of them as thoughtful places to hang out for a minute and catch my breath while I'm visiting.

And it really is a place to visit. I like you community analogy - I've always thought that's exactly what Bond has developed.

I've never had trouble navigating Bond's place...and in fact he has directed me to lots of the blogs I visit on a daily basis.

Thanks again. Bond deserves every accolade.    

At August 13, 2007 at 12:11 PM, Blogger Dixiechick said...

I too like the little couches... being an old fat lady they help me rest during the journey.

All jokes aside... Excellent review about my dear friend. I've been sitting on The Couch for over a year and hardly ever miss a day.

Thank you again.    

At August 13, 2007 at 1:15 PM, Blogger Julie said...

Hey Jack!

Yes, you stumbled onto a wonderful world with Vinny! It's fairly unanimous with regards to the love of the couch. It goes way back....you should ask for the story, if you don't already know.

When he misses a day I get concerned....that's how diligent he is in his craft.

The reason Vinny has a massive list of blogs to read is because he gave birth to the majority of them! Yes, he is my blog god and I love him.

Just another loyal coucher of over a year.    

At August 13, 2007 at 1:26 PM, Blogger Desert Songbird said...

I found Bond's Big Leather Couch by accident last November, and I've been a regular visitor ever since. Your comments regarding his writing skills are insightful and accurate.

A great review of one of the finest out there.

And yes, being a woman I can honestly say I'd love to marry this man (if I wasn't already happily married, that is). He's a wonderfully devoted friend and father who is charming and sincere as well.    

At August 13, 2007 at 1:33 PM, Blogger Bond said...

ahhhh youse guys make tears come to my eyes....

(the $10.00 check will be sent to each of you tomorrow...promise!)    

At August 13, 2007 at 2:30 PM, Blogger Jack Jack said...

See??? This is what I'm saying! You have a fan club!

And count me in on it, sir.    

At August 13, 2007 at 6:34 PM, Blogger Anndi said...

Congratulations Jack,

You've managed to find a gem we've known about since.. well, I've been sitting on The Couch basically since it's early days as a simple footrest.

Hope you join the rest of us as regular readers, .. oh.. and having met him personally... ladies, you don't know what you're missing. He truly is a wondrous man, if I were single.. well...    

At August 13, 2007 at 7:15 PM, Blogger Starrlight said...

An excellent choice! Vinny is awesome and one hell of a writer. You hit the nail on the head, it is like a community there =)    

At August 13, 2007 at 7:43 PM, Blogger Julie said...

This comment has been removed by the author.    

At August 13, 2007 at 7:45 PM, Blogger Julie said...

Wooo $10! Save it and get your tooth fixed sweetie!

Ummm I did a typo above...hence the deletion.    

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