Drowning in a Sea of Blogs

I so thoroughly enjoy my daily blog-checking routine. I have a gigant-o list of blogs under my “Favorites” tab, but I broke out my favorite “Favorites” into their own space. So I check Read Roger, Fuse #8, Chicken Spaghetti, Tiny Little Librarian (who I wish posted more – I love her stuff)…and all the other usual suspects. I check all those without fail. Then there are a few outlying blogs that I check once or twice a week.

So what’s my point? I've branched out to author blogs now! Which makes sense. They’re writers by trade. Why wouldn’t they write fabulously articulate, routinely hilarious blogs?

Obviously, there’s westerblog. I swoon over Scott Westerfeld’s books.

I love Sarah Miller’s blog, too. I have to confess that Miss Spitfire wasn’t previously on my radar, even though I read the reviews and put it on a selection list for the librarians. It just flowed quietly right by me. But I just checked it out from the library because I started reading her blog first and knew I had to continue reading her stuff. She reviewed Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn, which was one of my favorite books as a kid. And she mentioned that most everything she knows about King Arthur she found out from Anne of Green Gables when Anne recited “The Lady of Shalott.” And I thought I was the only one! I’m convinced that Sarah Miller is a kindred spirit. I swoon over her blog, and I’m sure to swoon over Miss Spitfire soon.

My other favorite author blog is Justine Larbalestier’s. In particular, check out her post about “the worst book ever written.” It’s a fantastic blog entry, and you have to read the comments as well (Return to the Secret Garden?!). What is the book Justine is referring to?!?! Enquiring minds are dying to know! I’d take a stab that it’s Latawnya the Naughty Horse* (posted by Alison) but, unless it has a message about abstinence too, it doesn’t fit the description.

And let’s not forget Robin Brande and Mitali.

So now you have more blogs to check daily, too. If I’m going down, I’m taking you all with me.

*For real laughs, check out the readers’ reviews for Latawnya on Amazon. Classic stuff. The stuff of cult classics. This is the Manos: Hands of Fate of children’s literature.


Anali said...

So suprised you don't use an aggregator. I'm a huge addict! I'll just add Westerblog to my agg.

Anonymous said...

Laura, thanks for the shout-out. Most kind of you.

Unknown said...

Oh god, I'm confessing my ignorance...What is an aggregator???

Laura said...

Oh, they're wonderful. It's a site where you can subscribe to all of your blogs and it keeps track of who has updated, so you don't have to check ones that haven't updated since your last reading. Then the posts open in the same window, so you don't have to go through all of the links. Bloglines (www.bloglines.com) is great, Google has one, too -- Google Reader, I'm not sure of the direct address.

For Bloglines, go to the Feeds tab and then add away! Have fun!

fusenumber8 said...

Manos! You're a MST3K watcher too, I take it. How else would anyone get the Manos: The Hands of Fate reference.

Sarah Miller said...

I'm so glad you found me! A girl can never have too many kindred spirits.

Unknown said...

Oooh, thanks, Ell! I'm on my way to saving time and being organized!

Fuse #8, it takes a MST fan to know one!

Sarah, you're absolutely right.