Blogs I Like

Keith Moon. A drum roll and a half.

Perhaps because my own blog is so untidy, riddled with contradictions and, frankly, embarassingly variable in its quality, I’ve developed a liking for to-the-point blogs or blogs that limit themselves in some way.

It’s okay not to go on forever. (Do as I say, not as I do, obviously.)

Apparently, I’m wrong about this. Blogs that limit themselves to one subject are out. Out. It’s all about the personality these days. You can blog about as disparate a set of subjects as you like and as long as, twitter-style, people like the sound of your voice, you’re golden.

Friends, I hope you’re interested in writing, ruminations about writing and the teaching of it because other than this, I have little else to offer. Blogs with similarly one-tracked-minds that I’ve found and liked recently include…

*drum roll*

*dancing girls*

*swish, swish*

Vanessa Gebbie’s The Coward’s Journey. Vanessa has started to blog interestingly and candidly about the journey of her novel in the making – The Coward’s Tale – which recently sold to Bloomsbury and will be out soon. As a piece of promotion it works because it isn’t just a one note broadcast of what is available when and where you can buy it – it offers information, insight and experience in spades – there’s plenty that’s useful here.

Alexandra O’Toole is blogging about her experience of taking a distance learning MA in Creative Writing. I love MA blogs, and this one in particular because the writing-notwriting-despairing-about-writing-nothavingtimetowrite-can’tbebotheredwriting-scaredaboutnotwriting-readingsomethingbrilliant-writing-wordcount-notwriting cycle is disturbingly and reassuringly familiar as well as elegantly and wittily written.

That’s all. I need to empty out my feedreader of blogs I have lost interest in, so recommend me new fodder. Please. 

2 responses to “Blogs I Like”

  1. Charlotte says:

    Thanks for those two links. I look forward to checking them out, since I also need to expunge some boring blogs from my feedreader and concentrate on good ones.

    Since you asked, I’d like to recommend Distraction No. 99 by YA author Nova Ren. She blogs passionately and beautifully about writing.

  2. Paul Lamb says:

    Ironically, I’ve thought that it’s actually easier to write a single subject blog than one that’s all over the map. With a single subject, you always know what you’re going to write a post about. But when you don’t limit your subject matter, I think you (not YOU you, of course) can seize up with indecision.

    There are a number of writerly blogs I have stopped reading because they started making posts about their kids’ birthdays, their travails at the grocery store, and so forth.

    Yeah, I’ll keep coming back here!

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