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Mirkwood

 

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Mirkwood’s a lit blog with a bit of a twist. The author is smart and eloquent about books. But Mirkwood can also tell you a little something about how to use CSS and the new Sandbox theme to make your site look really spiffy. How about that?

In case you love to read and you’re wondering about lit blogs: WordPress is home to many great lit blogs. If this interests you, here are a few links, just on WordPress alone: Tales From the Reading Room, Charlotte’s Web, Make Tea Not War, Eoin Purcell’s Blog, Everything in Between, Distraction No. 99, Great War Fiction, QAZSE, Quirk, Ruth’s Reflections, So You Think I Can, Words of My Father.

This just scratches the surface — if you write a lit blog, or follow them, or have some opinion about them, use the comments section for what it’s for: tell us about lit blogs.

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.

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.)

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.)

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!

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!

Beatles Blog on Saturday Morning Blogroll

(Half hour glass, tea cup, computer: All the tools needed for Saturday Morning Blogroll to function.)

This morning, not even ten minutes after I'd turned my half-hour glass over and started clicking on "next blog," I found Beatles Blog.

What's not to like? The blog contains a variety of posts on all things Beatle, the band that's part of our musical DNA. You'll find recently discovered Beatle memorabilia, stuff about the Paul McCartney-Heather Mills split, news of the children, and a lot more. He's been posting for a few months, the site looks professional and well-organized with lots of good links. And you get the feeling there's a lot more to come.

Happy Father’s Day From Saturday Morning Blogroll

It’s unusual to find a blog that’s a tribute to a parent. Rarer still, a tribute to a parent who was a very good poet. Here’s that exceedingly rare blog: Words of My Father. Words of My Father is very simple: every few days, the son posts one of his father’s poems, poems he discovered after his father died.

I wish the son would say more about the father, who seems to have been the kind of man who wore a suit and was a business traveler like lots of other men — the kind of man who probably didn’t say very much about what he noticed and felt. Except it turns out he wrote poems.

They’re good poems. I especially like the one about the statute of Christopher Columbus. And Raisins. Some of them are funny, and some of them are a little sad. As the father says, “knowledge/is/sadness.”

If you have a chance today, stop by and tell Jonathan (the author of this blog) he’s a fine man and a good son, and then enjoy his father’s poems.

And Happy Father’s Day (yes, I know, it’s a day early!) to all you fathers out there. 

Robo: Saturday Morning Blogroll Goes To Iran

Inspired by recent BestBlog commentator, Inadvertent Gardener, I went looking in the tags for gardening blogs. I found some nice sites. And then I found something extraordinary: Robo.

Robo is not a gardening site, although the author does work in a greenhouse. It is also written from right to left. Don’t let that put you off. When I look at blogs in languages other than my own, I look at the pictures. It’s kind of a relief to let go of words. Have a look at caricature and pictures on Robo. I like his greenhouse pictures, and the women marching, and the flowers. But what sold me on this site are Robo’s flickr (فلیکر) photos. (I’ve linked directly to flickr; you can get there from the widgets bar also.) They’re interesting, lovely. Even if you don’t know what he’s saying, the blog is typographically beautiful. Robo seems to also have an interest in posting some in English — so that’s something to look forward to.

One final thought: Even when we do not share a common language, we can still speak to each other, with enough good will and enough good pictures.

And a question (or two): Do you ever look at blogs in other languages? What common language do you discover you share?

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.


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