Monday, December 28, 2009

2009--Blogs I Have Loved

This is a tricky post to write, but I want to write it because I want to honor the blogs that have moved me as a person this year. While this is certainly not conclusive, it's a good sampling of the bloggers that have managed to break through the cyberspace wall and touch my heart, challenge my mind, or just entertain me.



Letters from Kamp Krusty--no one was happier than me when Brant started blogging again. I really don't know anyone who manages to consistently make me laugh and challenges me to see things that really matter as well as he does. It's my favorite blog, the first one I will read when I see it's been updated, and I hope he doesn't disappear completely again.

Rabbit Room--this is a group blog and I must admit I do not read every single post. I have my favorite bloggers who blog there, and I'll read the others when I have time. However, I couldn't possibly love this blog or the concept of it more. I love that it's a place where thinking people of faith question, examine, and celebrate life, art, and faith. My favorite blog post of the year anywhere is quite possibly Andrew Peterson's Christmas post, which moved an emotionally drained and sick me to tears when I read it Christmas night. Posts like this are the reason I love reading blogs, the reason I think reading blogs can make me a better person.

Things Mean a Lot--I don't think there are words that convey the tremendous respect I have for Ana. Her reviews are so emotionally engaged, she's the picture of diplomacy, empathy, and heart. She is good willed and gracious and so very intelligent. The thing about Ana is that I greedily read every word she writes, but it's also the comments she leaves around the blogosphere that have made me think twice about things. We have two very different world views and I'm grateful that if anyone is going to challenge me to think differently about things, it's someone who will do so with patience and understanding. And yes, like for so many others, she's added to my wishlist like crazy.

Beth Kephart Books -- I can't even remember a time when I didn't know the beauty of Beth Kephart's words and that's the highest compliment I can pay an artist. I appreciate so deeply her ability to find the beauty in the small moments of life. She captures with her words the deepest heart of life and love and I sometimes feel guilty I will tweet all her posts simply because I love them so much. The fact that behind the words and images on her blog is a person of genuine warmth and such...goodness is an added reward.

Moored at Sea -- Jason's blog is a fairly new discovery for me, but I'm so glad I found it! (and Amanda's, too, of course!) Jason is one of those smart people who also has great heart, which makes for the PERFECT kind of book review in my opinion. Strangely enough, I think this is a rare combination. I've been moved by his reviews and while they might not make me read the book, I want to read pretty much everything he writes.

Angieville -- Angie is a true writer, and I love reading her reviews. She does have the power to move me to purchase books but I just love her love for books in general if that makes any sense whatsoever. She comes across as a someone who loves books without any pretentiousness and although I'm certain she'll face some disappointment in life being Team Gale, I still always look forward to her posts.

Televisionary -- I can explain it this way...Jace's LOST recaps are my favorite. I do read some of his other analysis but we don't watch many of the same shows, but if we did, I'm certain his recaps would be my favorite. He is, quite simply, my favorite television writer.

Daily Mish Mash -- I just love Jen. She always always makes me laugh. And she's unabashedly a fangirl. And she got her picture taken with Ryan Gosling this year! I am always happy to read her updates because I know they'll put a smile on my face.

YA Fabulous -- I think Renay might have stopped blogging or something, but she definitely deserves a place on this list for her amazingly thought provoking posts. Her words have a way of getting under my skin and then I can't stop thinking about them and eventually I realize she's right.

As I said before, this is not a conclusive list, but when I think back on the year, these are the blogs that....changed me in some way. And I want to say thank you, and I want you to have the chance to discover just how wonderful these blogs are as well.

And I want to say thank you to all of you who read this blog. I know you don't have to and it means a lot that you choose to spend a few minutes now and then with me. You make me feel incredibly blessed with your comments and emails and faithful readership. I hope to bring an even better blog to you next year. Thanks for reading!




Amy

20 comments:

Laura Hartness said...

Thanks for this list-- I'm going to go check these sites out!

Laura Hartness
The Calico Critic

Beth Kephart said...

Dearest Amy,

Five a.m. in the morning here, and I write from inside a wind storm. I come to you as I often do for warmth, but there you go, doing so much more.

Thank you.

Love

b

Nymeth said...

Aw Amy. Thank you, for everything. I have learned a lot from you too, and I love the fact that we've become friends even though we're very different in many ways. But the things that bring us close speak higher - and I don't care one bit if this sounds cheesey :P *hugs*

bermudaonion said...

I only know two of those blogs, so you've given me a nice list to explore!

Beth F said...

Great list -- I know several of them, but you have exposed me to a few more I'm adding to my reader.

Care said...

Happy New Year Amy! I appreciate you.

Jason Gignac said...

Thank you for the kind words, Ms Amy :). I was really, actually surprised to see me on your list! Thanks for your little recommendation, it lifted my day considerably, I hope you have a wonderful 2010 :).

Diane said...

What a wonderful post, and some of these blogs are new to me, so I must check them out. Thanks so much, and have a terrific reading year in 2010.

Sandy Nawrot said...

All of these blogs are new to me, except for Ana. I had the priviledge of being matched up to interview her for BBAW, and I felt like I'd won the lottery! She is truly amazing, and definitely deserves to be on this list! And of course, I'm sure we would all agree that you should be on every top list out there!

Jen said...

Loved your blog. Readers might also be interested in another article I found, about beauty and dry eyes. It can be found here at this website:

http://whatistheeye.wordpress.com/

Natasha @ Maw Books said...

A wonderful list of blogs with a few that I'm not familiar with. I love your passion Amy and I love that you just love everybody else!

Angiegirl said...

Aw, Amy. You got me all teary-eyed! What kind words. I'm honored to be on this list and I'm so glad we've become blogfriends this past year. I remember listening to your panel at BEA and thinking, I've got to check out My Friend Amy more often! :)

Oh and also--TEAM GALE FOREVER!! Mwa-ha-ha-ha!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

It's what moves us forward as individuals that matter the most! Great list.

Kelly H-Y said...

I know of Beth Kephart and completely agree! I'll have to check out the rest!

softdrink said...

I was reading Jason's blog for the first time the other day...I just love how uses Ms before a woman's first name.

Renay said...

Ha! Thank you. :D

Jenny Girl said...

Some of these are not famailiar to me, but I know Angieville and you are quite right! I'll check these others you mentioned.

Amy said...

thanks for stopping by everyone and I'm so glad so many of you are going to check out these fantastic blogs! Happy New Year to you all!

Chris said...

What a great post Amy! This put a smile on my face :) I couldn't agree with your list more. And the blogs that I didn't know are certainly ones that I'll be getting to know!

Michelle said...

Excellent picks here! I love that you have a way to slip in the Team Peeta vs. Team Gale debate into just about any post. haha

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