Blog love

Last week, the lovely and talented Bridgeen was kind enough to include me in the list of bloggers that she follows and considers worthy of nominating for a “Versatile Blogger” award. The award is for blogs that are well written, unique, and full of love. It’s a “chain letter” of sorts, but it’s also very personal and seems to be focused in the non-commercial blogging word. Bridgeen didn’t nominate me because I have lots of followers and a snazzy catch phrase – she nominated me because she sees value in my blog and appreciates my writing. And, that’s pretty awesome!

While I typically write for myself, it’s lovely to know that someone else enjoys my blog and values some of what I write about. In her post about her nomination, Bridgeen said:

I believe blogging is moving back towards its origin as an online personal journaling tool once more, but this time with more savvy and better photography. I for one am glad to see that change coming, I always preferred the personal stuff and glimpses behind the curtain.

I agree with her wholeheartedly. While I do love some of the bigger, more commercial blogs (Apartment Therapy, for example, has been a long time favourite), my preference and attention tends to go towards blogs with a personal touch, even if they’re primary focus is to keep people updated about their projects and products.

The rules of the nomination are that I now need to share 7 things you may not know about me and pass on the nominations to others (in theory, I’m supposed to nominate 15 others, but instead, I’m just going to tell you about a few of my very favourite personal blogs that I follow somewhat religiously).

First, 7 things:

  1. I’m a collector. This is my way of saying that I want all the pretty things (in fact, I believe that I have hoarding tendencies, but have managed to keep them mostly in check because of #2). Pinterest is a godsend for me. I can collect all I want without taking up a lick of space.
  2. I’m also an organizer. Some might say that I missed my calling by not becoming one of those people who goes to other people’s houses and helps them organize and purge their stuff (I have, in fact, helped many friends do this). This is why I’m terrified of becoming a hoarder – I want all the things, but I hate cluttered spaces.
  3. I have a degree (with Honours, oh la la) in marine biology. I love the ocean and I miss living near the ocean so much that sometimes my heart aches just thinking about it. If I could afford it, I would quit my job and go back to school to study something like environmental policy so that I could get a job in an ocean related field. (My degree is over 10 years old now, so it counts as not-a-whole-hell-of-a-lot.)
  4. One of my all time favourite comic artists is John Allison. His story lines are diverse (and sometimes nutty) and his characters are fun. I have a pencil drawing of Shauna Wickle carrying her “Books not boys” book bag on my desk at work.
  5. I’m a librarian, but I’ve only worked in actual libraries for less than 5% of my librarianship career. This has included a student summer job and two practicums. That’s 5 months out of almost 10 years since I started studying library related stuff!
  6. Animal rescue videos are my kryptonite. Just the other day, I spent the whole evening watching videos from the UK’s Wildlife Aid and The Dodo. OMG, ALL THE FEELS! Seriously. I’m too damned macho to weep openly, even in the safety of my own home, but there were many particles of dust randomly falling in my eyes!
  7. Van Gogh, Picasso, and Klimt are my favourite artists. I’m not really sure why, but I think it’s because they were the first artists that I recognized as not only being good in the traditional “draw what you see” sense, but also being good at pushing the boundaries in ways that I found very interesting. There are many other artists who have done the same (and who may be more deserving of praise), but these guys were my first loves. Especially Van Gogh.

There you go. Now you know more about me.

As for blogs? Of the 40-odd things I follow in Feedly (my newsreader of choice), only about a dozen are personal blogs. Of those, I only really read a couple semi regularly. Most of my friends aren’t bloggers and many of the bloggers I’ve found over the years have a very narrow focus on their blogs (which I get a bit bored of) or are blogging mostly to support and promote their business (a valid but, ultimately, monotonous reason for having a blog).  These are the blogs I’m mostly likely to read:

Geen Geenie: Of course, I follow Bridgeen. I actually still have her old blog in my feed, too, even though she doesn’t update it anymore. I like her blog because it’s diverse and personal. And, it’s an interesting look into the life of an artist.

Hodgepodge & Strawberries: One of my few friends who blogs. While her blog is often kid-centric (not something you’d think I’d be too interested in), it also includes a lot of awesome gems (like her recent dissing of the new E.L. James book).

Kandise Brown: Another friend. She’s a wedding/lifestyle photographer. Often I skip or skim those posts, but I really like her more personal posts and her personal pictures. She’s a great photographer, so I love to follow her.

button button: Julie is one of the few quilters I still follow. Her blog is mostly quilting and stitching, but her work is gorgeous and she does a lot of great tutorials.  I wanted to include her because it’s one of the few blogs I read regularly and because she recently started a series about what quilts mean to people, which has been very interesting.

Fog & Swell: She may not post too often, but she’s an incredible artist and I love to read about her adventures in nature.

Wonder Pens: This is technically a commercial site (Wonder Pens is an independent Canadian stationary shop), but the blog is a lovely mix of shop updates and personal insights. I love the light-hearted approach to telling people about new products and the honest look at life beyond the shop.

I follow a few other blogs fairly regularly and have added a few from Bridgeen’s list, but, in my opinion, these are the best of the personal blogs on my list.

Thanks again to Bridgeen for including me in her list. It was very thoughtful and gave me an excuse to review my blog list.

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