OK, so maybe it is. Kind of.
The Chicagoland Contingency
Although these ladies don’t write directly about life in the Windy City, their awesomeness reflects the city I used to call home. I like to imagine them all eating hotdogs with poppy seed buns while they’re writing. Janice writes Snide Reply and Lisa writes A Gripping Life. It’s good that at least people will get all my references to the 773-202-LUNA commercials.
Your Virtual Living Room
Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name. Or at least where you will be lambasted with Canadian magnificence, in the case of Le Clown. Sweet Mother once wrote that one of the best things you can ask for is for your readers to have a party in the comments section, and I agree wholeheartedly. It’s a lot easier to set up a tidy blog than it is to clean up your place after a raging kegger. Head over to Madame Weebles’, Guapola’s, and Brigette’s Banter too for a place where you will get swept up in a community that won’t give you a hangover. Or maybe it will. Whatevs. We don’t judge.
Don’t Call It a Mommy Blog
My friend Paul sent this to me:
After I got done
crying a little pensively thinking about the weight of that tweet, I thought of the mommy blogs that are (by the grace of God) thoughtful, fun, and not trying to sell you Ergo carriers. And I came up with Shoes on the Wrong Feet, Piperism, and Excitement on the Side. All have made me laugh out loud and tear up at one point or another, and all inspire me to be the best mother I can be. A Rich, Full Life In Spite of It and Becoming Cliche are also fantastic blogs by ladies who might get on to me for putting them in this category. But like I said, these are not mommy blogs. They are blogs by women whose motherhood collides with their sense of humor and creativity.
My Real Life Friends
My real friends blog too! Well, at least the good ones do. My friend Melissa has a nature photography blog over at ::crickets::. You have no doubt checked out besfrinn Cameron’s blog at Krug the Thinker by now, but now her mama Mary Beth has also joined in the blogging chorus at Mindful Magpie. For delectable treats and food tales, check out my old pal Kendra’s blog Over the Spoon.
Here’s the part where I declare unabashed love for several bloggers who have shown me that rare kindness that is made all the sweeter given that we’ve never met in person. Ashley of Zebra Garden knows all my secrets and I am honored to call her a friend. Never Contrary is written by one of the most multi-faceted ladies you’ll come across, and I love the way she thinks about pretty much everything. Same goes for Southern Sea Muse. Her mind meanders in the best possible ways and invigorates and refreshes me. She’s basically the blogging equivalent of Orbitz gum. Mockingbird, Don’t Write is freaking WONDERFUL. She grew up in the Memphis area, too. Since I don’t write too much about Memphis, I defer to her thoughts on the South and ditto all of them.
Why get cable when these people are clamoring to entertain you? (Actually, given the current lineup on TLC, why have cable anyway?) Lily in Canada is hilarious (and FYI, a pretty golden tweeter to boot @longlegslily). Mooselicker sees the world from an intriguing perspective and will have you doing the same. Then there are those who are single-handedly keeping the adult diaper business going strong: Speaker 7 and Childhood Relived comment on current and nostalgic pop culture, respectfully (haha not that kind of respectfully). More recently, I’ve gotten borderline obsessed with Psychobabble (this girl is madly clever) and Sincerely, Slapdash.
I like to think that I was pregnant with the best people on the Intertron (Jell’s word, not mine.) Babies on the internet are much less stinky, much more quiet, and cuter than the ones out in the real world. Plus their parents are pretty cool. That’s why I love these moms and their babes: I’ll Sleep When They’re Grown, Shotgun Fetus, Bellissimom, Broken Condoms, Dear Expletive Baby, Southern Fried Chicken in Vegas. And this dad: & Squatch Makes Three.
If You Tried to Categorize These, You’d Be Missing the Point Entirely
Ever wanted to know what goes on in the mind of an ever-inebriated Canadian teddy bear? Liquorstore Bear. Boom. You’re welcome. How about a skewing of the most redonk clip art Microsoft ever produced? Clip Snark. And crafting mixed with posts about a dog named Panda, comic strips about going to Denny’s with your family, and pictures of whales? The Tragic Whale. These are some of the most creative blogs on WordPress. Your head will explode.
There are roughly 21,334,986,830 travel blogs. Luckily, I have skimmed the fat and deliver to you the ones that won’t bore you to tears. Obvs, I have a place in my heart for Korea. Topicless Bar nails the expat existence in SoKo with levity. An American in North Korea is an amazing photo blog that gives you images into the Hermit Kingdom. I highly, highly recommend it. Moving away from Asia and into Scandinavia, I also love I’d Rather Be in Iceland. It’s written by a British gal who (duh) would rather be in Iceland.