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Honest to blog?

Ok, ok, lame title. I watched some of Juno this weekend, and this post is about blogs, so I had to.

Lately, I’ve been astounded at how many blogs exist. Especially food blogs. I check them like most people check the stock market or sports stats. And so many of these blogs make me think, I should have thought of that! I mean, Ezra Pound Cake?? I stole my blog title from a freakin’ TV show! Other new blogs in my Google reader include The White House Blog (so informative!) and Design*Sponge (so pretty!).

As you know, it’s now officially awards season. The internet is a-buzz about the Oscars, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals (for children’s books), and several other awards that come around at the end of a calendar year. The Well-Fed Network (basically a network of food blogs) announced the winners of the 2008 Food Blog Awards. I’m really happy that Smitten Kitchen won in the writing category. I thoroughly enjoy Deb’s recipes and photos, and she has a natural way of writing like she’s actually talking to me. This is especially useful when it comes to cooking and you need some reassurance or some flat-out encouragement. Another one of my faves, the Kitchn, won for Best Group blog, which is no surprise since Apartment Therapy has a great network of blog contributors. Their postings are concise, cover a wide range of topics, and have introduced a lot of new concepts to me.

There’s still time to vote for the 2009 Bloggies, which honors blogs in a variety of categories. I voted for the blogs I honestly read, and also found a lot of blogs I want to check out. I encourage you to browse through the categories and see what’s out there.

And JAG, er, I mean, all you readers in Chicago should check out The Printed Blog, a controversial new endeavor bringing printed articles from blogs to commuters, kind of like a newspaper. I’m torn, it’s rather wasteful compared to actual blogs, but it gets information to those who might not otherwise come across a blog. It’s probably intended to comfort the few who are used to reading an actual paper. Let me know what you think.

Look at that, I’m informing the masses! Could there be a Bloggie in my future? Not with headings like that. Oh well.

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2 Responses to “Honest to blog?”

  1. January 28th, 2009 at 9:34 am

    El Jefe says:

    I’ve thought about how everyone has a blog. And then I actually started using Google Reader and am trying to check in on my friend blogs not just my music and film blogs. Every time I actually consider posting my blog or starting it, I remember I can just use Books & Bars site for that forum and hopefully increase traffic there.
    Plus I post things on Facebook and know that more people will probably see it, maybe even read it. I don’t know if having an actual blog is overkill for me. Encourage me, Jessica. Tell me, where should I post my deeper thoughts? To blog or not to blog, that is the question.

  2. February 2nd, 2009 at 11:42 am

    JAG Ultra says:

    I got a shout out. Awesome. Also, I have a friend who just had an an article-thing in The Printed Blog. Random.

    And I’m glad you acknowledged the questionable nature of your title. Worst line in the movie.