For me, blogging is a community based around dialogue. The blogger says this, the readers say that, and the whole thing ends up being a conversation instead of one person shouting into the ether.
The readers are just as, if not more, important as the blogger who writes the posts. So as a part of the 2010 WordCount Blogathon, I hope being able to share those blogs that I just can’t make myself not read promotes the community that I find inherent to what making the blogosphere great.
In No Particular Order:
- We Fly Spitfires – Gordon (like a couple of the other bloggers on this list) was one of my inspirations for starting a blog. His brief yet interesting blog posts always make readers feel at home commenting, and he’s just a swell guy himself. If you consider yourself an MMORPG fan, why are you not already reading his blog? And if you are, leave a comment and boost his self esteem a little.
- Bio Break – I found Syp’s blog when I was trying to find out just what blogging was. His daily ramblings always make me smile, and he even got a job recently working as a columnist for Massively. If that doesn’t speak to the quality of his writing, I don’t know what does. While I might not always play the games Syp talks about, I can appreciate his style. And if you haven’t already, check out his NaNoWriMo Novels he’s posting serially on his blog.
- Nik at Nite – Are you a LOST fan? A Whedonite of any flavor? Do you just love intelligent discourse about TV from someone who is ridiculously passionate about it? Then give Nikki Stafford’s blog a shot. Continually updated and always interesting, Nikki finds things in TV and pop culture most of us only wish we could. She is also presenting a keynote speech at Slayage this year; I look forward to meeting her in June.
- Whatever – John Scalzi is probably my favorite new author. I discovered his blog by accident, but since then, I have found myself eagerly awaiting the updates it provides in my RSS inbox. An author who actually interacts with and cares about his fans gets a lot of respect in my book, and his The Big Idea segments have introduced me to multiple books I might not have found otherwise. He supports newbie writers like few I’ve ever seen. And since I want to one day make a living writing in his genre, his newbie tips and pokes and prods are good for me.
- Guide to Literary Agents – Chuck Sambuchino offers a great deal of insight into the world of publishing with his blog. My personal favorite section of his blog is called Successful Queries, where—you guessed it—he goes over actual writer queries that have succeeded and pokes and prods them until we can all see why they were successful. On top of this, he provides what I see as the most comprehensive agenting blog around.
My RSS reader is simply not limited to 5 blogs. Here are 5 more blogs (again, in no particular order) from my feeds that should keep you entertained after you’ve picked the above ones dry.
- Bleh With Barry – A colleague of mine this past year and new to the blogging scene. Art, comics, pop culture, literature, and theater? Check it out.
- World of Matticus – The WoW healer blog. Do you keep people alive when playing WoW? Do you get kept alive by people in WoW? Then read Matt and his cronies. (Note: WoM will always have a special place in my heart for allowing me my first series of guest posts after I started blogging.)
- Nathan Bransford, Literary Agent – Much like Chuck Sambuchino, Nathan keeps me apprised of what’s going on in the publishing industry so I can not be totally over my head once I finish this novel and get it out there.
- Tobias Buckell – Have you ever read any of his fiction? If not, do it. Also, check out his series called Just a Draft which is his look at the inside workings of actually being a working author; the essays are neat.
- World’s Strongest Librarian – Friendly blogger-in-residence Josh Hanagarne just makes life a little nicer with his blog. Living with Tourette Syndrome, working as a librarian, and moonlighting as a kettle ball weightlifter, Josh’s blog may be one of the most uplifting and positive blogs out there.
What blogs can you just not avoid reading when a new update comes across your desk? Sound off in the comments!