I’ve been seeing lots of discussions lately about what makes a great blog. What design elements people love, and what makes them run screaming. Why you stop following a blog, or why you start following it. (Another one on following.)
And each time I read the posts, it made me think of my favorite blogs. Some of them are my favorites because they always seem to have a discussion I want in on. Or because we have similar taste in books, and if I miss hearing about a book, I’ll find out about it because of that blog.
Others are favorites because they’re well put together. Nice clean lines, and have a large (or large to me) following, and I look up to them as what I’d like to be one day. *grins* While still having other elements like similar tastes, or good discussions.
But I’m not going to get into all of that too deeply. I’m sure we’ve all already said all the things, and most likely more than once. So why am I rambling this time? Because I’m going to share a few of my favorites and why. And then I want you to do the same. Maybe we’ll find some new blogs to stalk, or find out just how many we already have in common.
On Starships And Dragon Wings: This was literally the first book review blog I stumbled across as a newbie book blogger. And it’s still one of my favorites. Anya does a lot of neat features, including her weekly giveaways that allow you to link up your fantasy and sci-fi reviews, discussions and giveaways! She also has a feature where she gives mini reviews of the books she’s currently reading. Which is one reason my TBR never seems to shrink…
Not Yet Read: I don’t honestly remember how I ended up at Tabs’ blog. I think I may have followed a link in a comment at Anya’s blog. But I’m super glad I did. She has a wonderful thing called Art It Up where she showcases her latest artsy stuff. Water colors, painting, crochet toys, doodles, I’m constantly amazed at what she can produce. She hasn’t posted as many book reviews lately because she had a baby, and then a reading slump. But we seemed to be getting the same ARCs a lot for a while. *grins*
Booked Til Tuesday: Think I found Kel through Tabs’, but I could easily be wrong. I love reading Kel’s blog both for the discussion posts, and for the fact that she’s a hard to please reviewer. Not always of course, but when all the other blogs I follow are giving out 4-5 Stars and she’s giving 2 Stars it’s nice to see exactly what it was that irked her. (Because sometimes it ends up being something I know would irk me too!)
Nose Graze: No clue how I found this blog. But I love the coding tips, as well as the blog discussions, and other rambles. I also adore her Tweak Me theme and UBB plugin. Ashley always comes across so knowledgeable, without being standoffish or unapproachable. Most of the time I forget she’s younger than I am, she just has that ‘I’ve been around a while and know what I’m doing’ air.
Feed Your Fiction Addiction: Again, no idea how I ended up here. But Nicole always has such fun ideas! She co-hosts the Discussion Challenge, and has recently started a Monthly Wrap Up link-up as well. She reviews a number of genres I don’t read, so I don’t always read her book reviews. But she has enough other posts going on that I want to read, she made the e-mail subscription and favorites list!
And I’m stopping at 5, or I’d never shut up. And I ramble along enough as it is! *laughs* My other favorite blogs can be found in my sidebar if you’re curious.
So now that I’ve told you about 5 of my favorites, I want to hear about yours! Which blogs are your favorite? Why are they your favorites? Tell me what blogs I need to add to my stalking list and why!