Weekly Geeks 2009-01

Well, we're back at last, and Dewey's spirit lives on in every Weekly Geek post. I had the honor and pleasure of posting the first assignment for the return of WG. And I've been so busy visiting everyone's posts this morning, I haven't even finished mine!

Our assignment this week:

In the spirit of the amazing community building that Dewey was so good at, tell us about your favorite blogs, the ones you have bookmarked or subscribe to in your Google Reader, that you visit on a regular basis. Tell us what it is about these blogs that you love, that inspire or educate you or make you laugh. Be sure to link to them so we can find them too.
Some days I make myself crazy trying to keep up with all the blogs I want to visit. Thank goodness for retirement! and for Google Reader which manages all my favorite blogs and lets me know when new goodies are posted. To think a year ago, I hardly knew what a blog was!

I have several categories of blogs I follow; for this post, I'm limiting myself to three in each category, which is really hard to do.

Book blogs:
  • books i done read - Raych writes the funniest reviews on the planet. I hope she wills me her sense of humor. She is so irreverent - a quality I admire in a person!
  • Tripping Toward Lucidity - Andi was one of the first book bloggers I connected with. She's also very funny and thoughtful, writes great reviews and shares her daily life with us, the good, the bad and the ugly! She's also busy with a few other blogs and an online 'zine. Not to mention teaching and going to school. Sheesh.
  • Cornflower lives in Edinburgh and has quite a following. She recently separated her book blog from her "other" which has fantastic photos, textiles, recipes and food photos that will make you drool puddles. This link is to her book blog where she runs a monthly book group and writes fantastic reviews. Also hosts a lot of giveaways.

Photo blogs:

I've recently become addicted to photography and there are some wonderful blogs and memes out there (my photo blog is now separate from this one). Here are some of my favs:
  • Lisa's Chaos - Lisa and her husband are professional photographers and their work is stunning. Very creative and fun stories, too. Lisa hosts one of my favorite photo memes, Macro Monday. I love macro photography!
  • Spatter - what can I say. Awesome photos. Interesting stories. June travels a lot, so there's a great diversity to her photography.
  • Heaven in Belgium - Jientje has a lot of fun with her camera and shares tips with us. She's very creative in her photo setups and is, well, just a nice person.
Other - writing, politics, whatever:

I think what has astounded me most about the blog world is how people are writing their everyday stories in such creative ways. Whether it's about raising children, moving to a new town, the '08 election or just pondering, this is definitely a new way of finding community and sharing our stories, which is a good start down a road to peace. It's such a wonderful way of connecting and finding similarities and learning about differences. Some of my favorites in this category are:
  • Diane's Addled Ramblings - this woman is funny!!! She writes about being a single mom, about writing, politics, dating - all with a style that keeps me wanting MORE.
  • i am saved by the buoyancy of citrus - this is Raych again, her non-book blog. Again, funny! Everyday. Someday I will ask her where she got such a quirky blog name.
  • So Not Zen - I recently discovered this blog; another very funny writer about the everyday, the joys and woes of parenting. She's doing a daily gratitude post. She also lives just across the Columbia River from me. And I love the name of her blog. And this bit in her "about me" cracks me up: I want to think like Buddha, not look like him.
Can you tell I appreciate humorous blogs?

Well that ought to keep you all busy for awhile! Now I'm off to see who else has posted to Weekly Geeks. I will have to pry the laptop off my hot thighs by the end of this day. No, not HOT as in buff - HOT as in this laptop is now the temperature of a waffle iron.

Visit the new home of Weekly Geeks and see what others are geeking about.


Andi said...

Yayyy for new-to-me blogs because with this batch I officially won't be writing my syllabi today. Ha! You're a lifesaver, Terri! And thank you for including me in your list. :)

sherry said...

I'm going to have to check these blogs out. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This is the second Cornflower mention I've seen. Can't wait to check it out.

Irish said...

If you like humerous blogs then you should take a look at Bibliolatry's blog. Her's is one of the first ones I encountered on the net at one of the reasons I started a blog of my own. Now if only I could be as funny as she is...

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

Hi newbie here. I have checked out several of them already. Great links. Lisa's Chaos is on my blogroll - love her photo's. Thanks.


gautami tripathy said...

Thanks for get going the Weekly geeks

I am going to check out those non-book bloggers from your list!

Weekly Geeks is back!

Ali said...

Hey Terri, a thousand thank you's to you. This WG has been as perfect as it could be without Dewey.

I think I figured out a while ago that we live in the same city, but I just figured it out again. Cool.

Anonymous said...

My Google Reader has 72 unread items and it's all your fault! I keep adding new subscriptions.

Seriously, this was a great idea Terri. Awesome job!

Jientje said...

Wow, thanks Terri!!
Being mentioned in one breath with Lisa and Spatter is quite an honour for me, thanks !
I did not know Lisa was a professional. She does amazing things, I admire her so! I'll probably never reach her level though!

Gattina said...

Thanks for your comment on my Round Robin post, I was looking for yours but can't find any !

Kerrie said...

Thanks for assisting in keeping Weekly Geeks going terri. I've enjoyed being part of it in the past

Julie said...

I tried to leave a comment on your photo blog...had technical difficulties. So I will say here I am loving your photos, especially the dinner conversation and your urban landscapes!

And dang, my google reader is already jammed with blogs, but I don't have a single book blog on it. Until now. I will have to do a cleaning out, trade some of the blogs I don't really read for book blogs now (and yours, of course!)

Diane said...

Oh, thank you so much!!! I'm flattered and honored! (And this is the sort of 'gossip' I can handle... it's way better than the 'Good God, how much weight can Diane gain before she actually explodes?!' sort. Sigh.)

*claire* said...

Hi Terri, thanks for stopping by and thank you for hosting Weekly Geeks! I'll be going around and checking your list. :)

Shana said...

Oh, boy, just what I need, a bunch of blogs I haven't read to get hooked on. That's what Sundays are for, right?

Thanks for the shout out, neighbor : )

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the welcome, Terri! I'm looking forward to joining you Geeks every week! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the welcome, Terri. Now I have to go visit everyone's listed blogs. I try and visit the limerick site every day, just for the chuckles.

raych said...

Will you my sense of humor? Are you planning on hexing me dead as soon as I do?

Thanks for the listings! And 'bouyancy of citrus' comes from an old Mitch Hedburg skit, who is hilarious and also, sadly, dead. Maybe I should have gotten HIM to will ME his sense of humor.

Dreamybee said...

Hi Terri,

The new Weekly Geeks blog looks great! Thanks for all the links.