Good day, everyone!
The results are in!
The poll titled, “Are blogrolls of any value?” established the following:
82 percent believe that blogrolls are a great way to discover new blogs
0 percent feel they make non-included bloggers feel left out
10 percent don’t have an opinion regarding blog rolls
7 percent cited “Other”
Given these results, I feel we can conclude that the majority of the readers of this blog think blogrolls are keepers.
I believe this post generated wonderful feedback that gave us insight as to why some bloggers want to prevent the blogroll’s extinction.
We learned that some readers use their blogrolls as a prompt to visit other blogs, while others feel that they’re a reflection of the blogger’s tastes.
We also learned that some bloggers rely on comments to discover new blogs and that some blogrolls urgently need to be updated.
Some bloggers are stoked when they discover their name on someone’s blog roll and hurt if it’s been left out or removed.
Some think it adds to the clutter of a blog’s interface and some would rather it have its own page.
Finally, everyone agrees they dislike extremely long blogrolls.
The idea to write a blog post about blogrolls came to mind last week.
I’d been toiling with the possibility of featuring a post that showcased some of my favorite blogs.
I was inspired after seeing how bloggers are spreading blog love by giving awards, featuring blogs, and having guest posts.
For example, the lovely Anika, from By Anika, has a feature called “Spreading the Love,” where she features bloggers and their views on fashion.
Beautiful Corinne, from Everyday Gyann, showcases a different blog weekly in her “Blog of the Week,”
And sweet Brynne, from Presence of Magic, has created her own award, the “Presence of Magic Award,” to bestow on those bloggers she feels have helped her blog grow.
Today I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite blogs.
Motivated by the results of the blogroll poll, I feel this is another way to point readers in the direction of wonderful blogs.
I also hope this will inspire other bloggers to do the same since this would add to further discovery.
Without further ado, here are the blogs I feel you have to check out!
Atoll Annie and the Non-Specific Rim– The first time I read this blog, I sat in front of my laptop with my mouth literally hanging open. Annie, its writer, had managed to blow me away with a writing style so captivating, witty, and, real, I felt cheated for not having discovered it before. It immediately turned into my favorite coffee companion.
A Day Without Sushi– I feel the best way to describe Amber’s blog is by saying it’s “eclectic.” This blog is sure to entertain you with posts that range all the way from reviews of television shows to informative ones that help readers unravel the mysteries of Twitter and its hashtags. Amber never fails to impress with fresh content that will keep you coming back for more.
Everyday Gyann– If ever you find yourself lacking for inspiration, motivation, or encouragement, a visit to Corinne’s blog is a must. Once there, you’ll be compelled to read post after post to absorb her wonderful messages of love, faith, hope, and kindness. Reading this blog is a step in the direction of becoming a well-rounded individual.
Me as a Mother– Heidi is the author of this gem. She combines her exceptional photographing skills with razor-sharp wit to deliver posts that make you feel that mother or not, you are not alone. Heidi’s most distinctive characteristic is her “realness.” No fake, plastic, sugar-coated nonsense from this sister. Her posts feature her family, her life, and her friends. However, it won’t be long before you feel like you’re reading about your own life; with its ups and downs and everything in between. A definite must read.
Presence of Magic– Blog author Brynne wants you to believe in magic. Why? Because she feels it’s alive and all around us. Skeptics will quickly turn into believers after reading just one of Brynne’s magical posts. She will enchant you with her kindness of spirit, unique writing style, and penchant to see the good in everything and everyone. With every post, Brynne opens her heart and soul and invites you to use your imagination and believe.
The Ole Master Plan-Lori is on her way to becoming a published author. She shares with her readers her word count progress, Friday haikus, and personal stories. She is witty, down to earth, and engaging. She’ll draw you in with her love of nostalgia, which she shares through old family photos and endearing posts of her family and friends. Lori’s blog will have you believing in friendship, perseverance, and did I mention she writes the most wonderful haikus? Two energetic thumbs up!
Next week I hope to bring you another installment featuring other blogs that, in my humble opinion, you have to check out!
What blogs do you recommend we check out? Let us know in the comments section!
And now, a little Roxy love to get you through the week.