Introducing Saturday Morning Blogroll

The ground rules for Saturday Morning Blogroll are pretty simple: I’ll spend half an hour every Saturday morning on a “next blog” browse, and see what I find. Some Saturdays, I’ll spend that half an hour looking through tags to see what people are thinking about, say, Life, or Buttons, or School. (I know, there’s no tag for the Button-obsessive blogger, not yet anyway.) On Saturday, then, the search tool for locating best blogs will be, basically, serendipity. The rest of the week, the fine editors at Best Blog will continue to adhere to the highest of standards and the most finely honed of methods. Which is to say, I have no idea how they go about this.

As for my own standards, like all of us, I’m a sucker for good writing, for pictures of food and far away places, and for distinct voices, so that’s the kind of thing you’re likely to find here any given Saturday. There’s so much talent in this community that it would be a sad Saturday if I couldn’t find at least two Best Blogs in half an hour.

Without further ado, this is what I found when I woke up and began to click on the “next blog” button:

distraction no. 99. For every writer out there who’s working on getting something published and hasn’t yet broken through, this woman articulates what that feels like — mostly, it seems to involve finding creative ways to handle rejection. (For now anyway. I’m guessing she’ll find an agent one of these days, as long as she doesn’t move to L.A.) There’s lovely writing here, particularly about New York City. It was just her birthday. Check out her site and wish her a happy day.

Deskbound. Deskbound’s post, Everything’s Lovely in all its Lovely Gloriousness (May 22, 2006) is a masterpiece, something I will commit to memory and repeat every Monday morning on my way in to work. The voice of this blog is so wonderfully pissed off and the captions of some of the photos are so funny, that he deserves a really wide audience, people who read him because he’s good, rather than because they are searching for blogs that feature the words “poo” and “incest.” I can think of a number of people who would be offended by this blog, so up front I warn you that he makes fun of, in no particular order: the pope, incest, defecation, Charlie Sheen, and members of the Bush administration, including the head guy himself. There is a very funny post about members of the Bush administration who wear moustaches. Deskbound also makes fun of his colleagues, his workplace, and the world. I’m sorry he’s deskbound, but we’re lucky this is how he’s chosen to exact his revenge.

See you next Saturday.

13 Responses to “Introducing Saturday Morning Blogroll”

  1. 1 Michael 4 June, 2006 at 12:34 am

    Those are some good selections. Welcome to the team. "God had a wee on the pope"….what a strange post title

  2. 2 bloglily 4 June, 2006 at 12:38 am

    Thanks, I’m delighted to be here.

  3. 3 Zack 4 June, 2006 at 2:51 am

    GREAT idea for finding a Best Blog…

    Keep up the good work.


  4. 4 nova 4 June, 2006 at 6:06 am

    Thanks so much! I’m thrilled to be included 🙂

  5. 5 bloglily 4 June, 2006 at 6:30 am

    Nova — You’re richly deserving of mention! As I said on your site, I’m looking forward to seeing your books flying off the shelves at fine bookstores everywhere.

    Zach — thanks! It’s fun to see what terrific things people are up to. (and your photos are lovely, by the way)–BL

  6. 6 NA 4 June, 2006 at 5:08 pm

    Your site is very nice… Please come visit mine at:


  7. 7 inadvertentgardener 5 June, 2006 at 10:59 pm

    Definitely a couple of interesting sites! I enjoy using the Next Blog function, too…there’s always something suprising around the next corner…

    The Inadvertent Gardener

  8. 8 bloglily 6 June, 2006 at 12:09 am

    Any thoughts on what makes you stick around when you click on “next blog”? What catches your eye? I’d be interested to hear from people about what draws them in to a site initially — and what keeps them there. Best, BL

  9. 9 inadvertentgardener 6 June, 2006 at 12:43 am

    First thing? When was it last updated. Also, I look to see if the blog owner has changed the About section and the tagline and stuff like that — it just shows how new they are to the process.

    Next, I just start rolling down the posts on the front page. If I get through three, I consider throwing the blog into my Bloglines account so I can follow it for awhile. After a week or two, if it’s not keeping my attention, I delete it out. I’m following too many blogs already to not be selective!

    The Inadvertent Gardener

    P.S. Blogliily, thanks for stopping by my blog!

  10. 10 seajlorraine 9 June, 2006 at 3:34 am

    Two interesting choices… I like the variety! =) I’m pretty new at this (and sometimes overly verbose!) so if you come to one that’s teetering on the edge of being dysfunctional, it might be mine. lol Trying to spice it up though!

  11. 11 Kerryn 9 June, 2006 at 10:13 am

    A few thoughts on what draws me in and keeps me reading…

    First, is it an English language blog? My first and only language is English – the only thing that might stop me hitting next immediately is if the author has posted photos.

    Secondly, what theme is the author using? Certain themes have me reaching for the mouse before the site has finished loading. What makes me run? I find light writing on a dark background excessively hard to read. Anything overly girly makes me think uncharitably about the age of the blogger. Difficult navigation. Clutter.

    Thirdly, content, content, content. Scan the front page. Does anything grab my interest? How about the categories? Is the author writing for a particular audience? Am I part of that audience? Could I be a part of that audience? Does the front page make me want to read further? Does the author want me to stick around (is there more original content than linkage)?

    If a blog makes it past those hurdles it may make it to my Bloglines account because I have one last criterion. If the author’s first language is English, can the author spell?

    Now I’m off to check whether I’d satisfy all of my criteria.

  12. 12 bloglily 9 June, 2006 at 10:29 pm

    Inadvertent Gardener and Kerryn — I’ve been busy, as Kerryn says, checking to see if I’m meeting all your requirements! Your ideas about what draws you into a site are terrific and inspiring and articulate things we all think, but just haven’t put into words.

    Seajlorraine — Your story is so inspiring. Our struggles to overcome huge obstacles interest me very much and are a wonderful blog topic — a woman who’s managed to lose 200 of 400 pounds is someone we all have a lot to learn from. I’d say you’re teetering on something quite far from dysfunction!

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