Dear Mary: If you came out of your wee little windowless political world, you’d find a lot of chicks who blog. And whatevs, there are women who blog about politics too – but that’s just a TEENY TINY portion of the entire blog-world.
So, without further ado, Mary – I have put together a list for you of just a SAMPLING of the ladies on my blogroll. I’ve even gone to the trouble of finding a cool post or 2 for you to read – so you won’t have to scan through the blog yourself.
The problem, Mary, seems to be that you want to be taken seriously. You think blogging is serious. But for most of us out here, it’s a HOBBY. When you start taking a hobby too seriously, you are in danger of becoming a whining blowhard.
HERE ARE THE LADIES WHO BLOG. (and again – it’s just a sample from the blogroll)
1. A Dress A Day. This is a blog I check in with on a daily basis – because her title is not a lie. She posts every day. She’s a terrific writer – and although I don’t sew (I mend, and that’s about it) – I love her insights, her photos, and her enthusiasm.
Posts to check out:
Secret Histories of Dresses part 1
2. Alexandra Billings. Yes, she is one of my best friends. But the woman can write better than any political blogger chick I know. Please. Not even a contest. Don’t even try, CHiPs.
I’ll just point you to her latest: a tribute to Lana Turner.
3. Blind Cave Fish (or Jess). It’s rare that you come across a writer that can make you laugh out loud. She does, on a regular basis. She has a whole series that she does that I adore called “Bad Poetry Written when I was a Teenager”. HYSTERICAL. Here is the latest. To give you another taste, here is her response to the Colin Farrell sex tape.
4. I shouldn’t even have to remind you of Book Slut. Yes, she has a co-blogger who is male, but Jessa started it. Fantastic blog. Indispensable. Read it every day, Mary. Get your head out of your political ass, mkay? Big world out there.
5. City Wendy. Wonderful writer. I actually was going to link to one of her posts the other day but I got sidetracked. So here it is: Meeting Summer Again. The part about the people salsa dancing on the sidewalk gave me little goosebumps. A writer who can make you revel in everyday observations.
6. Cursed to First. Beth’s Red Sox blog. Although I am partial, of course, to the topic – it’s more than that that keeps me going back. It’s her writing. I’d watch her go head to head with any of the thinly talented political writers ANY day. (I won’t name names, but I know who I’m thinking of.) Okay, I’ll stop snarking at Mary and political bloggers and get on with it. Beth has a GIFT. Just yesterday she wrote a post about ghosts in Fenway that is well worth a read.
6. Emily. Of course. Emily. It’s hard to even know what to pick, frankly. She’s a wonderful writer – a good friend – she makes me think, makes me laugh out loud, makes me her partner in outrage, etc. etc. She’s a gem of the blog-world. I just scrolled through at random looking for stuff of hers that I love. Came across this – her response to the book Geek Love. And this one made me cry when I first read it, and I got choked up again when I read it just now. I’ll say no more about it. And PLEASE do not miss her laugh out loud funny live-blogging of Battlefield Earth. Seriously.
7. Anne. I’ve written about her before – and why I find her blog so unique, so special. I don’t care WHAT she writes about. I’m there. Here’s a random sampling.
Her description of a random charming moment
Again: every day there’s something like that at her blog. She’s great.
8. Go Fug Yourself. Seriously. These girls have now entered the cultural consciousness. I go there every day. It’s not just the photos that are funny. It’s the WRITING, the observations.
9. Curly McDimple Uhm, what to even say? FUNNY. TOUCHING. Here’s a random sample from her most popular posts:
I love how Curly’s post titles are kind of like the titles to Robert Ludlum books.
11. Ilyka Damen. That’s her new blog – with not as much content on it yet – but check out her old blog. The woman can WRITE, folks. She’s fearless about it, too. I think she’s terrific. I loved her “Blog Against the Strawfeminist Week”. Here’s her wrapup. But scroll back through it to see Ilyka in all her glory.
12. De. I’ve been reading her for … wow … for years now. I never know what I will find when I visit her blog. Sexy stuff, book reviews … and I just have to link to this: Scroll through here and read her Evacuation Monologues from last September, during the Hurricane Season from Hell. I love her.
13. Mental Multivitamin. I don’t know much about this blogger except that she is a she – and that she is a kick-ass writer and thinker. She homeschools her kids – and provides us with periodic glimpses of her nightstand, which I love. She also has posts like this one. I read her blog, I go visit it and read entries like that – and it’s like she single-handedly banishes any brain fog I may have.
14. Mimi Smartypants. I won’t forget the thrill when I first discovered her. I felt that weird little prickle up my spine … ohmigod … this is a truly FUNNY writer. They are so rare that I treasure them when I find them. For example: her book review of The Lorax. Tears of laughter, I am telling you, tears!
And seriously: this is one of the funniest things I have ever read: THE MAJOR SESAME STREET ARCANA AND A CONSIDERATION OF WHETHER OR NOT I WOULD HANG OUT WITH EACH (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
The woman’s brilliant.
15. Sarah K. I love Sarah K. I love how free she is with her blog – she chats to it, she shares her life with us, she gives us details, recipes, she is obsessive about Alias, and American Idol (this is just ONE example) … she just seems like an awesome person, and her personality sparkles off the page. I enjoy “hanging out” with her, virtually.
16. Tassy from Spread the Pink. A pink-haired sexy girl who lives openly on the web – no holds barred. I am thankful to another awesome blogger -the Mighty Jimbo (I should do a praise-list for boy bloggers on my blog-roll next! This is fun!!) – for pointing me her way. He’s got pictures of Tassy up here and here. (He’s an incredible photographer, in general.)
17. My friend RTG – back to blogging after a hiatus. She blogs about politics – but it’s her fiction and her essays that leave me drooling for more. She’s a scrumpdiddlyumptious writer. Every word tastes good, seriously. This one almost made me weep. And then fascinating glimpses of her life in posts like this one. RTG understands structure. Her posts always have it.
18. Roo. I love Roo. I read all of her posts – but check out stuff like this. She’s a costume designer. It’s great to get glimpses of her work. I love artists. She is one, and I love to see whatever it is she’s working on.
19. Joan. As in Joan Crawford, as you can tell. A rated-X blogger, for the most part! Flirty, fun, informative, and fearless. I love Joan – she’s got a beautiful writing style, and her comments section has a vibe to be admired. Full of old friends, and admirers. Very little friction – it’s really fun to hang out there. She’s another one, like RTG – her personal posts have structure. I read her every day. And then there’s this post in memory of her grandmother who had just passed away. Joan’s special. I love her stuff. She also started a project called Seven Inches of Service - an amazing blog carnival written by a group of military wives and girlfriends.
21. My girl Lisa!!! Who has just posted pictures of herself with these words: “I leave you to ponder just how massive my hair was in the late 80s.” I love that woman. Never met her, but I consider her a friend. One of my favorite things about Lisa is that she found my blog by Googling “St. Elmo’s Fire fan club”. I mean … seriously. She’s a kindred spirit.
22. Sars at Tomato Nation. The woman is an industry unto herself. And she’s one of those people who seems to be just wired comedically – she sees things in a funny way – and better than that: she is able to explain all of that to us in a way that makes US laugh. She’s a true gem of the Internet. If you’re not checking in with her on a daily basis to see what’s going on over there – then I honestly don’t know what to say to you about your own deficiencies.
23. Tracey at Worship Naked. Seriously, you have GOT to start reading this woman, if you are not already. We’ve got the American Idol hilarity (here’s just one example) – we’ve also got her beautiful posts on neat artwork she has found on the Web – like this one on paper and her whole artists trading card obsession … Tracey’s the kind of person who gets so passionate about things that she transfers that to the reader. It is totally infectious. And then she is also capable of breaking your heart in a million pieces. I mean – wow. I always feel honored that she lets me into her world. Seriously. It’s an honor.
I’ve skipped many worthy people – I just, frankly, went down my blogroll and yanked out people. There are more – if I left you off, IT MEANS NOTHING.
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