I find that in today’s review run i am equally intrigued by quality writing as i am interested in people’s lives. Am i just in blog overload? Or was this trio the most personable of the entire blogging alphabet?
First up, team UV, weighing in at a slight 44 blogs (over half of which were BlogSpot) with a 25% failure rate.
My favorite U may have been Ugly Green Chair. At first i just found a picture i enjoyed, which happened to be of her clogs. Then i realized that i enjoy all of her pictures. I’m going to ask if she’ll loan me a photo to use as a background option, possibly this one.
Ubiquitous uses her juicer as an excuse to cleanse, refreshingly not because of a diet, but just to stay clean and healthy. I happen to share her opinion that the vast amount of processed foods in our diets has a lot to do with the increasingly varied health concerns we’re all saddled with.
Once, when i was in the hospital, i couldn’t eat solid foods for three days. When it was over i thought i wanted pancakes with syrup, but when they got near my mouth i felt nothing but revulsion – my body was rejecting them. I wound up eating some fruit instead.
Vindauga makes a great post about how children develop skills at different rates, and it is hilariously labeled in the category of “Things My Kids Will Talk About In Therapy One Day.” Also, an informative post on adoption. Up Popped a Fox is a Lesbian Stay-At-Home-Mommy Blogger who struggles with issues like buying gender-neutral gifts and balancing motherhood with feminism. Urban Mom wishes she could find a way to get back to school for her BSN, something my mother struggles with to this day. Ventura Mom gave me a healthy chuckle with her post about her independent tyke.
I usually don’t touch religion with a ten-foot pole from two browser windows away, but Upheaval has a thought-provoking and touching post about friendships across religious boundaries (even if the two religions are pretty similar).
To borrow from the Es for a second, Emerging from the Ashes documents a blogger’s extradition from the Mormon church, and makes for interesting reading, including a truly thought-provoking post about how children use religion to define themselves.
In contrast to previously linked Doctor Anonymous, my favorite V was VetMommy, whose name says it all. She made an endearing post about an early success with a sneezing dog, and a greatly useful post about human medications you shouldn’t give to pets. I am somewhat in love with this blog. I wanted to be a veterinarian up until the point my mother reminded me that i was deathly afraid of dogs. And, that was in, like, ninth grade. Way to go, mom.
On the whole the Es were not quite as personable as the UVs. They were 40% BlogSpot, 25% WordPress, and had a failure rate of 30%.
My favorite E was letter-favorite Ethicurean, a group blog about the ethics of eating. Or, in their own-words, “[An Ethicurean is] someone who seeks out tasty things that are also sustainable, organic, local, and/or ethical — SOLE food, for short.” Check out their Turkey Guide.
That is the sort of site that will stay bookmarked long after NaBloPoMo has ended.
EJ Takes Life had me in giggles, but i wasn’t sure what to link until i came upon her drunken theatre audition, which could be a chapter right out of my life. Eliza’s Corner pointed me to the ingenious spell[ing] with Flickr.
I like blog themes, even mushy ones, and Elvis Pug is in the midst 30 Days of Thanksgiving. Another color theme: Em Dot is highlighting fellow favorite female Flickr photographers; Mary Jane 2040 is my favorite so far. And, proving that NaBloPoMo has the Long Tail of blog topics covered, Embalmbed to the Max is a blog about death and its aftermath.
Finally, I became completely lost in the words of Everyday Goddess whilst eating dinner; she’s a solid read with a twist – she works in the entertainment industry, and she is trying to break into directing. As you may have noticed, i’m a believer that ambition is always a good thing; i wish only the best for this aspiring filmmaker!
Here’s a parting thought, mostly for my own benefit: when you find a NaBloPoMo blog you like you ought to leave a comment, even if it’s just “good post!” Not everyone obsessive checks trackbacks, sitestats, and Technorati – the best way to say you like a blog is to say you like a blog. So, if you find any new favorites from this bunch, be sure to let them know (and, i’ll try to do the same).