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BorgBlog
Take a peek over Jim Borgman's shoulder


Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Posting Comments

I've been told by phone, email and in person that there are a lot of you who enjoy cruising BorgBlog, but who never feel moved to post a comment. That's no mystery to me. Mostly I post my sketchbook pages (not much to rouse comments among those shards and seeds of ideas), and sometimes finished cartoons. When I do pose a direct question, many of you respond.

Yesterday some of us bloggers met with the Big Bopper (editorial page editor Dave Wells) and learned that Papa Gannett judges the success of a blog largely by the number of comments a posting receives. Anything over five comments per post is considered successful.

So I'm not trying to manufacture success here, but if you do like BorgBlog an occasional comment will help keep it alive and thriving.

Thanks!


27 Comments:

at 10/31/06, 9:44 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll vote for you

 
at 10/31/06, 9:52 AM Blogger Doogie said...

I'm of the oft quoted opinion that I'd rather people wonder why I didn't speak than wonder why I did, but I'll try to post more often, not just when I have something interesting to contribute.

 
at 10/31/06, 10:21 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Papa Gannett sucks. But the BorgBlog rocks! Keep up the good work Jim.

 
at 10/31/06, 10:34 AM Anonymous mkolb said...

Good morning from scenic New Jersey where I start every morning readings Zits. It's a welcome relief after the editorial page text.

You brighten up my day - thanks.

 
at 10/31/06, 10:56 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, I read the blog everyday, and this it's just the third time I post a comment, did you read that
Mr. Gannett?...

 
at 10/31/06, 11:11 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry that every talented journalist in this country has to work for some clueless large corporation like Gannett, where every story, image and blog needs to be quantified in some hokey and irrelevant way.

I enjoy looking at your sketchbook and your blog. I hope that the good people above you realize that the bottom line in the fourth column used to be the distribution of information as opposed to how much profit could be reported to stockholders.

 
at 10/31/06, 11:21 AM Blogger Dan said...

I subscribe to the BorgBlog RSS feed in Bloglines. Checking out what's going on in your head is one of the highlights of my day.

Please keep posting to this blog.

 
at 10/31/06, 11:52 AM Anonymous Shawn said...

BorgBlog is one of my favorite sites and I check it daily. Out of the many cartoonists I admire, Jim is the only one who provides such a unique insight to the work behind the final art.

 
at 10/31/06, 11:59 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am also one of the quiet thinkers... I love to read your comments and learn about how your ideas evolve.

Keep it REAL!!

 
at 10/31/06, 12:23 PM Blogger Tony Rowlett said...

Hello from Anchorage! Zits and Peanuts are my absolute favorite strips to read in the paper. I check your blog every single day looking for your jewels... I also get a lot from your sketchbook postings, a wonderful idea. Thanks, man!

 
at 10/31/06, 1:43 PM Blogger Steve Willhite said...

I love the BorgBlog! It's great to see the finished toons along with the process leading up to them. I stop by every day. I wish more cartoonists did this.

Thanks!

 
at 10/31/06, 1:52 PM Blogger David Wells said...

The Big Bopper huh?
Well Hellllloooooo Baaaaaaby!
Actually page views count a lot too.

 
at 10/31/06, 3:20 PM Anonymous J, Harbin said...

Nothing will get a response like a show of hands in favor of BorgBlog! (Except a gun control cartoon that is.)

 
at 10/31/06, 3:21 PM Anonymous h. brown said...

Blog on!

 
at 10/31/06, 3:23 PM Anonymous J. Carey (NJ) said...

Great site. If comments help, I'll leave one often.

 
at 10/31/06, 4:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I comment/vote to do more than just keep it alive. This blog is a daily addiction. I have to visit every day. Love the sketches and insights!

Thanks Jim!

 
at 10/31/06, 5:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the Blog

 
at 10/31/06, 6:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always read, often find others have left a post I agree with, hence I have never posted. Hope the BIG bananas and bean counters don't exercise dry, humourless decisions on Borg Blog.

 
at 10/31/06, 9:05 PM Blogger Brendan said...

That's actually not the best way to measure a blog's success - howzabout links from other blogs - but no matter what I'm here for you, Jim! Keep it up!

 
at 10/31/06, 9:53 PM Anonymous robbles said...

Ditto on Mkolb's comment from N... from DE, I start each day with breakfast, TV (I won't mention networks now), and the paper with Zits. I have commented previously as I felt led to, on your Castro cartoon, and probably a few more. thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

 
at 10/31/06, 11:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hate to post, love your blog

 
at 10/31/06, 11:09 PM Anonymous tim said...

I read the BorgBlog everyday. My free-lance cartoons are published in a Sioux Falls, S.D. newspaper owned by Gannett. Although Luckovich won the most recent Pulitzer, Borgman is the best political cartoonist. I agree with the comments from all the bloggers, especially the one from anonymous at 4:40 p.m. My co-worker says her favorite strip is Zits.

 
at 11/1/06, 12:55 AM Blogger Jim Borgman said...

Thanks, troops. At ease.

 
at 11/1/06, 4:23 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

dun stop blogging, jim. i like your little ideas and doodles a lot on your blog, and that constant peek over your shoulder is priceless.
-fan from singapore;)

 
at 11/1/06, 11:35 AM Anonymous M@ said...

You'd think the number of RSS feeds querying your blog would be an indication of your popularity...

 
at 11/1/06, 11:41 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

how many times does that happen -

you do a volunteer activity - corporate guys hear about it, put a metric to it, and voila!

you now have "goals" to achieve. once a labor of love - now a metric of success.

gotta love those corporate bean counters!

PS - we get the same treatment here at GE..................

 
at 11/3/06, 10:30 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too enjoy the BorgBlogaRama. The StarBucks sketchbook ideas to finish pieces... doesn't get any better in the political cartooning realm.

 
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