I’m glad you asked, Hypothetical Reader! There are many blogs that I read on a regular basis. In fact, my admiration for these bloggers was part of the inspiration for Courtney Coherent. Here are my top 5 favorites.
Sarah Dessen is my favorite young adult author, and I have been reading her blog since middle school. After years on a very simple LiveJournal, she recently transitioned to a snazzier blog on her website. She also happens to be the person whose career I would replicate if such things were possible. Although she won’t discuss books as she’s writing them, there are often interesting tidbits about the rest of the publishing processing. Plus she loves pop culture almost as much as I do. You can see why I consider her a kindred spirit.
Some people have baking blogs, and I have scrapbooking blogs. There are several that I follow, but Cathy’s is the only one that I check daily. She was my favorite contributor to Simple Scrapbooks, by far the best scrapbooking magazine on the market, which stopped publication in 2009. (Stupid economy.) Luckily I was able to keep up with many of its contributors in the blogosphere. Cathy is a character, for sure, and I admire that almost as much as I admire her streamlined scrapbook style.
Tara is another find from the Simple Scrapbooks era, but her specialty is photography. She posts less frequently than Sarah or Cathy. Then she posts photo sessions with clients or her family, and the wait is totally worth it. The woman works magic with light and color. A Tara Whitney photo session with someone special would be a dream-come-true moment for me.
This doesn’t count as a blog, you say? Sure, it serves the functions of an official musician’s website, announcing new tour dates and merchandise. But look a little closer, and you will see that all the posts are written by Tegan or (more frequently) Sara. For that reason, the site doubles as a place for them to relate a weird experience or (more often) tease each other. As any fan will tell you, the bickering is an essential part of the T&S experience.
I’ve told many of you about this site already, perhaps several times. Still, I couldn’t end this list without mentioning my favorite feminist humor blog. Although many people contribute to the site, it’s the baby of one Edith Zimmerman, who describes herself as “a grave young woman who spends all her time on the internet.” I will admit that one motivator for starting my own blog was an intense desire to become best internet friends with Edith. Or perhaps insinuate myself into The Hairpin’s inner circle.
So if you’re feeling bored, Non-hypothetical Readers, click on one of these links. Or all of them! Don’t read them too often though, or you will steal all my small talk material.