Last week the very lovely penni awarded me a ‘thinking blogger award’, which really made my day. I find penni’s blog eglantine’s cake fascinating, as she talks about writing and motherhood and young adult fiction – all things I wouldn’t mind getting into at some point… (Also I was super-pleased because she liked my post about paragliding, always a good thing.) Anyway, it’s sort of a meme, and you’re supposed to nominate five more blogs. The rules are here, and here are five blogs that I love!
1. Stephanie Trigg’s Humanities Researcher. This is the first blog I ever read, and it’s what sold me on the blogging idea. Stephanie is a medievalist at the University of Melbourne, and she started the blog to track the (long and tortuous) progress of applying for an Australian research grant. Shortly after that, however, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, so, in her words, the blog ‘mutated to include more reflections on the interplay of the personal and the professional’. Which it does. Her writing is beautiful and touching and clever and funny, and it gives academia a human face.
2. Strange Fruit. Fifi’s poetic posts and beautiful images, as well as the calm, peaceful way in which they are always laid out, provide the perfect balm for any day. A mix of art, poetry, the Australian landscape, birds and fishes, and longings to fly.
3. firstperson thirdcat. An Adelaide blogger, and therefore close to my heart. Thirdcat’s writing is witty, quirky, wry, and always a pleasure.
4. Poppalina. Ooooh, this one’s lovely. Shula follows a pattern: Mosaic Monday, Flashback Friday, and Breakfast Sunday, and I don’t know which one I like best. Well, at the moment it’s Breakfast Sunday, as I’m currently obsessed with food and her breakfasts are to die for. There’s always lots of pictures, and lots of colour. This is a profoundly hopeful blog, with generous helpings of yoga and craft on top of the ingredients mentioned above, although it touches at times on the darkest sides of life.
5. Old English in New York, by Mary Kate Hurley. Another medievalist blog (there’s thousands of them). Mary Kate is a graduate student living in New York, and what I really like about this blog is the thought and care she puts into her ideas and the lovely, succinct way she expresses them. She’s just as likely to be talking about Neil Gaiman’s new adaptation of Beowulf or the space centre at Disney World as about Augustine’s Confessions, and she has a passion for Doctor Who. This, in my opinion, is a very good thing.
So there you go. Blogs give such interesting windows into lives completely different from your own, or which sometimes seem refractions on your own – where you could have been or might be one day, or would have been if something had been different… I like them. Thanks guys.
Now, I’m off to eat some brown cheese.