Archive for July, 2006

Sugar and Spice

Arjuna's Onion ChutneySugar and Spice is an Indian cooking blog. Everything in it looks … well, nice.

What makes this a Best Blog?

  • frequent updates
  • inspiring photos
  • clear writing
  • passion for its subject

It’s a lucky day when Saturday Morning Blogroll (ok, ok, I know it’s Sunday) comes across a blog like this.

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Here’s a blog with a nice list of links related to the ecosystem and saving the earth.

Fergis Writes Letters

Fergis Writes Letters

Fergis does indeed write letters. His blog is full of them. Problem is, nobody ever answers them. Maybe that’s because they’re often addressed to those who don’t habitually answer letters: the Canadian twenty dollar bill, Count Chocula, his recycling bin.

What makes Fergis a Best Blog? Perseverance. No one’s answered his letters but he’s kept blogging away. Wit. A vision that’s all his own (who else would think to wrap a rant into a letter)?

(You might be asking yourself, how did Saturday Morning Blogroll find Fergis? We’ll tell you one thing: it wasn’t because he wrote us a letter. But maybe someday he will. We might even answer.)

Best Blogs Revisited

Oh boy here it goes. I thought I would take some time to look back and reflect on some of the blogs that I personally have reviewed on Best Blogs. Are they still updating? Does their content still hold up to Best Blog standards? Well let’s take a look shall we.

Continue reading ‘Best Blogs Revisited’

Tim The Foolman

A Fool and His Words Are Soon Parted

Tim, the author of A Fool and His Words Are Soon Parted, isn’t foolish. Like most court jesters, he just tells it like he sees it. Turns out, he has wise and interesting things to say about technology, parenting, books, and, my favorite, career limiting moments (CLMs).

(Saturday morning blogroll found Tim while scrolling through tags for “vacation.” Turns out, there’s a lot more to Tim than just that.)

Jana’s Journal and Sketchbook

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Jana’s Journal and Sketchbook

Jana draws and watercolors beautifully. Her sketchbook and journal blog is full of wonderful pictures — like these watchful cats. And there’s something new almost every day, from her magical Moleskine notebook.
Jana lives near San Francisco. A lot of her work features what she finds in her daily life there. She’s a fine writer, too.

We really like the look of Jana’s Journal and Sketchbook!

Luke’s Life

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I was looking over this guys blog and was thinking to myself:”Hey this guy kind of looks normal. Let’s feature him on the blog.” Plus, this guy’s into computer science”. And then I thought to myself, “That’s really cool.”

Luke’s Life is a blog about…well Luke’s life and sometimes it’s about computer science but most of the time it’s about other cool things. Nice sunglasses!

Saturday Morning Blogroll: Tag, You’re It

As you must have noticed by now, WordPress has treated us to a riff on tags that’s a ton of fun and well worth looking at. You can read more about it here, if you haven’t already. And so, today, we’re going to play tag.

I began by looking at a couple of tags on subjects I guessed would be of interest to a lot of us. In the end, one was the obvious choice. It’s the thing that’s more important than anything else this weekend and no, I’m not talking about North Korea, Gaza or the elections in Mexico.

You got it. I’m talking about World Cup. Football. Futbol. Fussball. Not soccer.

Looking at the World Cup tags, a clear favorite emerged, limited somewhat by the fact that the only language I speak is English. (she hangs her head in shame.)

So check this guy out. He’s English, and he loves football so much that even though his blog began as a way to pay homage to the University of Southern California Trojans, the quintessential American college football team, he was drawn to world cup blogging, like a moth to a flame. No, make that a football fan to a pub.

And for people who aren’t major world cup fans, here’s a delicious alternative — an Australian couple who are cooking in sync with World Cup teams. I liked The World Cup and Plate a lot.

So — Tag, you’re it. Tell us about your favorite tags and the blogs that go along with them. (As long as it’s not in the middle of the match!)

And whether you are rooting for France or for Italia, enjoy the game!

Writing Strategies For Your Blog – Part II

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The Message:

Every writer must find a voice. Skillful poets and painters develop their artistic voices through years and years of practice. If you really want to get better at writing, you’re going need a lot of practice and you’re going to need some virtual elbow grease.

Cliched writing, in general, usually comes from a voiceless person. Copying is bad and crimping someone’s style is painful. Cliched writing is one step away from quoting your favorite blogger. Don’t do it.

The Bad Example:

Word: Opt
Used in a sentence: I opted to buy the Macbook at the Apple Store.
Incorrect usage: I opted you through the gap in the door with using the sniper rifle.

Additional Tips:

Don’t use the passive voice and don’t use really weird words without knowing their true meaning. Lorelle has a list of good grammar tips. If you don’t know what the terminology is, ask your English professor. I know that a good percentage of you people are still in school which by the way starts in a couple of months.

HAGS

Michael

Saturday Morning Blogroll: By The Numbers

This Saturday Morning Blogroll is dedicated to all the list-makers and numbers gurus out there in WordPressLand:

  • 18: Total number of blogs looked at during my half hour of blog-hopping via the “next blog” key. Would have been more if I hadn’t been interrupted by a six year old who couldn’t find his shoes or his favorite weapon.
  • 5: Number of blogs that were in a language I don’t speak.
  • 5: Number of blogs that were last updated when people were still listening to cassette tapes and believed Ronald Reagan was the worst of all possible presidents.  (My, how things have changed.)
  • 2: Tech blogs that displayed not an ounce of humor or flair. (Note to tech bloggers: it’s okay to have a personality!)
  • 1: Password protected blogs
  • 3: Blogs that should have been password protected and were not. (Note to personal bloggers: If you’re going to go on about your broken heart, how about something other than your favorite song lyrics about broken hearts?)
  • 2: Truly outstanding blogs. The number might have been larger had people updated more often or if I’d been better educated and, for example, learned to speak Mandarin or even Spanish!

So, without further ado, here they are:

Only 2 Rs: For history buffs (in this case, the First World War) and writers, and anyone else who enjoys a well written, literate blog that’s frequently updated. Only 2 Rs is a writer, and a person who’s got great ideas about books. This is one I’ll return to often.

Angry IT Manager: Proof that you can talk about tech subjects in an enlightening and entertaining way.

Have a great weekend all!


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