This is another week when I am acutely aware that I am not a book blogger. Most of the blogs I follow aren’t about books!
Top Ten Blogs or Sites That Aren’t about Books
- Fuchsia Revolver: I would be a horrible hosted blog if I didn’t give a shout-out to my hostess, Anna. She runs a number of sites. I found her on a “please host me for free” directory back in 2006, when I moved to WordPress from Blogger. (I can’t remember what the site now.) That was back before WordPress.com existed, so the only way to use WP was to get hosted. I wasn’t ready to host myself, so Anna took me under her wing, and we’ve had a great partnership (or at least what seems like one from my end) ever since. I’m no longer hosted at her other domain, Burned Bridges, since I bought Lindsay Loves, but she still hosts me, and I’m still very grateful.
- Cute Overload: I subscribed to this blog once upon a time, but I had to unsubscribe because I couldn’t handle the volume. Three to four times a day, the editors post a video or photo of one of the cutest animals you’ll ever see in your life. (This puppy is still my favorite.) I love them all except the sloths. Sloths’ toes freak me out too much for me to ever think they’re cute. Even baby crocodiles are cuter than baby sloths. If you’re having a bad day, Cute Overload will knock the blues right out of you.
- Grammar Girl: An old boss introduced me to Grammar Girl, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I remember back before the Quick and Dirty Tips network was started and GG’s site looked kind of lame. (Side note: I remember that about The Leaky Cauldron, too, but that’s another item on the list.) I like GG’s real name (Mignon Fogarty), and her style. She, like me, acknowledges that there are some areas of grammar that are currently changing, some which are changing but shouldn’t be, and some that will make you look like an idiot. I don’t do podcasts, but I subscribe to her weekly newsletter and love it. Through her, I have also become a fan of Get-It-Done Guy, both incarnations of Modern Manners Guy, and the new Domestic CEO (which is the best substitute title for Stay-at-Home Mom I’ve ever heard).
- The Leaky Cauldron: I don’t remember how I found TLC, but I’m so glad I did. As I mentioned in the last item, I remember TLC back before its podcast and back when its page background was orange. This was back before the Harry Potter movies, and I think even before I started blogging. Wow. Leaky remains my favorite source of Harry Potter news, though. It’s a different world now that all the books and movies have been released, but the fandom is still alive, and Leaky is partly to thank for that.
- Austin Catholic New Media: I promote ACNM here all the time. I describe ACNM as a new media collective focused on sharing Catholicism with a specifically Austin flavor. I don’t sprinkle a lot of Austin-ness in with my book reviews, but the podcasts and many of the other contributors’ posts do. We’re all from the Diocese of Austin, which is what brings us together. So far, we’re the only diocesan group of this kind. It’s exciting to be on the front lines of something that could be (and already is?) incredible.
- Transitus Tiber [now Bearing Wrongs Patiently]: Kim is one of the only bloggers I don’t know in real life that I would still call a friend. She came into the Church shortly before I found her blog (through a Catholic Carnival, I think), which is where her blog title comes from. Not long after I became a regular reader, she got married and started sharing her journey through motherhood. We’ve never met, but I think that if we did, we could be great friends.
- Writing Now, Naming Later: Lyzii, who is a friend of mine in real life, is the only ones besides me who is a regular blogger. She blogs about being a wife and mom, but she’s also a teacher, so she tells stories about that, too. She connects me to the person I used to be.
- Jimmy Akin: Jimmy works for Catholic Answers, one of the leading apologetics organizations in the U.S. I’ve been following his blog at some level for several years. Lately, he hasn’t been posting much original material besides videos. If I wanted videos, I would follow a YouTube channel, not a blog.
- Land of Broken Hearts: If you’re going to have a favorite band, you’d better keep up with it. Switchfoot‘s official newsletter only comes out once a month or so, so for day-to-day news, I rely on the ladies of LOBH. It was through their updates that I eventually got to meet Jon Foreman. In gratitude, I will be following them for quite some time to come.
- Bad Catholic.: I’m a very recent follower of Marc’s blog, but I don’t think I’ve ever come across a newcomer who achieved so much fame so quickly. He’s been called this generation’s Chesterton. I hope he can keep himself grounded, though, and get through college and get started on his career without getting sidetracked or burning out. He’s too much of a treasure to risk losing.
Hooray! I got all ten this week. It’s not really a good sign that one of my most productive TTTs in a long time is entirely non-book related, but I’m sticking with it for now.