Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday Five - Blog roll spotlight

Even before I found myself reduced to one-handed typing, my blogging had been pretty erratic recently - & this is part of a more general decline, I think, as twitter & fb enable us to keep connected via one-liners hurled into the ether as we rush to our next appointment. It's not the same, though...I guess those networks have mostly replaced the blog posts that were all about sharing news (I was startled at how pleased I was to be able to tweet from A & E), but a real blog entry is far more satisfying, both to read and to create.
So I'm very happy to know of a plethora of great blogs. I suscribe to bloglines, which spares me the need to check all my favouites every day, but as Mary Beth has invited us to list 5 of our must-reads, here are some of those I turn to directly I spy an update. The full list, of course, is substantially longer - & pretty certainly includes you

Reflectionary - Songbird was the first American blogger I "met", probably the first blogger to whom I didn't have at least a tentative, friend-of-a-friend type connection. I found her, not sure how, very early in our blogging lives. Now she is my soul sister, a friend whose thoughtful writing & gentle wisdom I value so much...I still haven't quite forgiven God for putting us on different continents - but I guess if Songbird lived here in the UK I might never have met some other wonderful women. This time last year we were all afloat together.

Telling Secrets - Elizabeth is an inspiration - the kind of priest I'd love to be - and her blog is in turn funny, passionate about social justice, poignant in the transparent love which suffuses her ministry. I'm so grateful for her writing.

Digging a lot - a new find this year...in my rather derailed Lenten practice this year I have really appreciated Graham's series "I'm thinking about Grace". I'm looking forward, too, to seeing where his blog will take me when Lent is behind us.

The Crimson Rambler
- when I first visited & discovered the warning "caution: this blog is protected by irritable panda bears" I knew that the Rambler and I had a similar sense of humour. Since then I have discovered we have much more in common(including our debt to the metaphysical poets in shaping our faith)- & her writing style is a delight.

Jen Lemon -
joyously creative, Jen seems always to have the courage to dream the most beautiful dreams, and to act to make them come true. I love it!

8 comments:

Singing Owl said...

I so agree that FB et al while easier, is not the same. I hope blogs do not go the way of the transistor radio. Rev Gals and others have, quite literally, changed my point of view, my questions, my theology (a little!) and my life. One of your choices was unknown to me, so I will check it out when I have a bit more time.

Sally said...

I enjoy digging a lot too, some great links there.

Auntie Knickers said...

I agree with you and Singing Owl on FB v. blogs. Also, I looked at Jen Lemen and it was lovely. Thanks!

Jan said...

FB is addictive, but I find much more depth on blogs. Thanks for the new links--I'm off to visit!

altar ego said...

Thanks for introducing me to Crimson and Jen--treasures! I already know the others...

Songbird said...

I'm glad we found each other!

Mrs. M said...

When I got to Telling Secrets, I kept reading and reading... a good indication that I need to add it to my feed! Thanks for the nudge.

Graham said...

Thank you for the link!

Keep blogging- I enjoy your stuff- you write about the ordinary in a far less 'look at me' way than most (me included!) do...

I have no idea where I am going after Lent- looking after kids for a week who think I am addicted to blogging!