This time of year makes my skin itch. Mainly because the heat is always on and the air is so dry, but ALSO because the weblog awards come out about now and everyone gets all weird about it. Everyone says “those are SOOOO 2004.” But let me tell you, I was in them (ok, one) in 2004, and I’m not proud to admit that I buckle under the pressure of a pretend award like the zipper of my jeans do on Thanksgiving.
That doesn’t stop me from nominating you, though.
As “they” say, I hope it truly is just a joy to be nominated because you have been.
In no particular order, I will tell you who to nominate. Not only will you do so (waves hand as if using the force) but you will tell others to do so as well. (waves hand back)
Here, ladies and gentleman (one) is my predication for the final contestants of this year bloggies.
Clearly, Chookooloonks is a must. I’ve known Karen since 2004 when she first adopted her daughter, Alex. I love Karen’s spirit and joy and positive nature. I fly to her like a moth to light. Sometimes she even hugs me.
Rachel Divine is another amazing photo blog. She shares tips on how to be great and lets us follow her life in Australia in one blog. Truly worthy of a look for everyone.
Please, please, read and nominate Amanda Magee at The Wink. She’s profound, well spoken, and brings so much positive light to my day, I seek her out when I feel frustrated or down. She’s truly someone who reminds you, in amazing voice, to be thankful for your life. She’s funny as hell to boot.
You can’t think of writing without thinking about Megan at Velveteen Mind. She’s long winded in a poetic sort of sense. She won’t write daily, but when she does, you’ll sit down to read the entire.thing.
Do you remember those commercials, “If you love [over-priced well known fragrence], you’ll love [enter awesome but less expensive smell here]”? I feel like that with Blythe. She’s as funny as The Bloggess, as witty as Louis C K and more approachable than your best friend. She’s that awesome. Also? She’s my cyborg. (You’ll have to ask her to explain that.) Without a doubt, Blythe Jewell deserves the humor nomination as well as your undivided attention.
Someone who sort of just sprint in to the blogging scene with confidence and sparkle, for her writing and personality, is Jessica of Mamma’s Gone City. She’s adorable, her children are adorable, and she’s taking New York City by storm. Entertaining and Sassy, Jessica is living the opposite Pioneer Woman as she dives in to city living from her suburban home.
Hey Laura What started this year as well. It’s a wonderful resource for whole foodie types, hippies, family people, and smart people in general. Laura researches everything applicable to every question she receives giving advice on things from amber teething rings to making the best damn soup ever. Go ahead, research on her site, ask her anything you want, and be amazed at the wisdom that flies back at you. No, seriously.
Best Kept Secret
A best kept secret is here in Seattle. Sizzle is a blogger’s blogger. She’s entertaining and thoughtful and engaging. It’s almost like sitting at the coffee table with her. I swear she is talking DIRECTLY TO ME. Not you, no, well, maybe both of us. But her conversational style makes me think I talk to her every day. I wish I did.
The Spohrs are Multiplying is a fabulous journal about Heather and Mike and their new daughter Annabele. We watched in horror as their Maddie passed away and mourned with them as they leaned on the Internet for support. We loved them when they announced their pregnancy and we gave Annabele a high five in utero (ok, maybe that was just me.) Her writing draws us in but her family makes us stay. We love their humanism, we revel in their joy and we hope for their delight.
This category is easily the hardest one to narrow down so let me help you here. Lean close and listen carefully ‘cause I’m only gonna say this once. .... Today.
Busy Mom is a long standing blog of awesome. Consistently funny, smart and honest in a down-to-earth way, you can’t go wrong knowing Elizabeth. She’s a strong person with a great family going through the tweens and teens and defining herself as the person between them all. We’ve been there through her parents’ health troubles and watched her youngest grow from busy baby to busy school boy. You’ll love Elizabeth from day one and you’ll keep reading for five years. (If you’re anything like me, that is.)
Lea (ahem) embraced motherhood with more passion than most people I’ve read. We know her as Lea, the girl who is dating Simon, but her blog has grown along with her home. Watching her family take form is part of what makes her a friend. She shares her life of being a working mom and living in California. Her blog is as homey as her personality and I love going there. It’s like walking in to an old friend’s house where she already knows how you take your coffee.
Ok, look, everyone reads Amalah, right? I’m sure you do. But? If you don’t? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU. Amy doesn’t really NEED any sort of pimping at all but the thing about Amy is that it’s been, Oh, I dunno, FOREVER, and she continues to be amazing. She’s sort of what mommy blogging was before it was MOMMY BLOGGING OMG. Also? She’s pregnant again and that makes me every sort of happy because she makes adorable babies and we’re done growing human beings in our house. I’ll just snuggle hers. No, that’s not weird or anything.
Honestly, there’s more. But my leg hair has grown about seven inches during the writing of this one post and my children are currently jumping off high things with sharp objects yelling “TARZAN” and I’m pretty sure I was just fired from work because I forgot to show up yesterday. Oh, wait, yesterday was Sunday? Great. I need that job.
Go forth and spread joy, people. Spread the joy, the nominations and if nothing else, recommend a few good reads. We can all use more distractions, if they’re quality ones.
How can she be a secret when she has readers all over the country?
By Mighty Hunter on 2011 01 13
I love this.
Your choices are sooo good; so solid.
If there’s one thing that really pisses me off about all of these awards (and there are sooooooo many of them) is that all the good people really get overlooked. All those people you have mentioned up there? ALL GOOD.
By alimartell on 2011 01 13
Ali, I totally get it. I’m a fan of SO MANY great bloggers (like you, dude) and I’m also tired of the same people, although wonderful in and of themselves, getting all the attention. i want to spread that around, yaknow? So many great people, let’s get some more recognition going. Nothing against the usuals, they’re amazing, sure. But there are more amazing people, too.
By Mrs. Flinger on 2011 01 13
ahahaha! You’re too sweet. ::blush::
By laura on 2011 01 13
Well I can honestly say this is the first time I’ve ever been compared to Designer Imposters knock-off perfume. But it really IS jut as good as the real thing!
P.S. Our half human-half cyborg babies are going to be beautiful.
By Bejewell (BLYTHE) on 2011 01 14
SUCH a great list of blogs! I usually stay far away from these contests, 1.) because I’m never in them and 2.) because there are just too many great blogs to choose. I love your summaries though…you make voting a little easier.
By Mama Kat on 2011 01 15
Don’t forget my new fave blog: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/. There is not an entry every day but I find myself laughing out loud til the tears flow on nearly every entry. See especially this one: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/11/dogs-dont-understand-basic-concepts.html. SO FUNNY!
By Amy on 2011 01 15
Um, doooood. Thank you for including me there. xoxo
This list? Full of awesome. So honored to be on it. And amused at how many of the others on this list = people I totally love and admire. Yay.
By Lotus Carroll / Sarcastic Mom on 2011 01 15
Thank you! Wow. I am totally flattered that you thought of me, not just to be nominated but the kind words you said about my blog/me. I truly am touched.
(Mighty Hunter? GROW UP and don’t rain on the parade. Jeez.)
By sizzle on 2011 01 16
The thought of my grandma being gang raped in a subway is funnier than the Bloggess.
By Lord Gravy on 2011 01 16
One of the best things in the world is getting recognized by people that you admire, respect and love. I’m so honored to be included in your list of AWESOME. Truly. Wow.
By Jessica on 2011 01 17
you lot are lovely, sweet people in a mean world,
By handyman manchester on 2011 01 18
Great picks, my friend and I would really, really LOVE to see @busymom get some
By Liz @thisfullhouse on 2011 01 19