We’re back with some Link Love, and this week’s theme is “5 Bloggers Whose Writing Style You Love.”
This was a challenging one to curate, because I read blogs for lots of different reasons, and often, I “read” craft blogs more visually than textually. So I decided to go with a very literal interpretation of the theme, and focus on blogs I actually read for the writing. And it was a great exercise, analyzing which ones these were in my reader. As always, you’re invited to join in the fun here – just post your five fave blog-writers on your blog, and then go to the bottom of this post and pop your link into the list!
I’ve been reading Lisa’s blog for… dang, quite a few years now. I still remember the first time I read her blog, and how captivated I was by her funny, chatty writing. She gives you the impression of being a guest in her home, hanging out with her family and being allowed to put your feet on her coffee table.
…And I think this is important, too – Lisa really understands how to organize a blog post visually, so it’s comfortable to read on screen. She never over-writes, she wraps her paragraphs in white space, and she intersperses with lots of beautiful photography. It’s amazing how much those elements make any blog more readable.
This blog is a newer favorite of mine – I met Sherri earlier this year through a chance email, and have become a loyal reader. She writes about patchwork and quilting (among other topics) in a very thoughtful way, and always makes me consider this craft differently. She’s working on a book about improvisational patchwork right now, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
(Yup, THAT Wil Wheaton.) If you’ve never read this guy’s writing, please stop what you’re doing and read this recent post of his. It gorgeously encapsulates his skill in capturing the everyday stuff of life, and then pulling back to contemplate the threads of meaning woven through it. I can recommend every one of his books, too.
Oh, your grumblings of nepotism! Stop that for a minute and just listen. I’d read Mom’s blog even if she weren’t my Mom. In every post, her unbridled enthusiasm comes through, whether she’s dabbling in one of her many crafts, or sharing the history of a Christmas cookie, or showing travel pictures. Mom stays tuned into her delight, and she truly witnesses the passing seasons – not an easy thing do to when the dull day-to-day encroaches, and I totally respect it. (I, on the other hand, have no idea what month it is most of the time.)
In case you don’t know, John Green is an author of young adult fiction. (This recent book is a bestseller.) He continually amazes me with his ability to analyze convoluted political and social ideas with clarity and humor. And he has a way of being cerebral, intuitive, and damn funny at the same time.
His blog is a Tumblr, which means it’ll be confusing for non-Tumblr-users, but take my advice – scroll around for the longer posts and read those. They’re always worth it. Or, watch any of his YouTube videos. This one on our health care system in particular.