Gracchi gave me the “Thinking Blogger Award” and wrote an awful lot of nice stuff about this blog and others blogs he likes here. Now this meme originated at this post, and quite honestly, I wish the originator of the meme had given me more criteria to work with, for I’m not sure exactly what blog doesn’t make me think. Everyone has original and thoughtful content, and I’ve learned a lot from any number of blogs.
Nonetheless, there are five I’m reading and responding to regularly that are enormous aids in my thinking, and I think they should be singled out and given this award. It is quite an honor, after all, to have helped at least one person think. And I’m sure, given my obtuseness, these blogs have inspired others to do that rarest of rare activities:
1. Shannon: her livejournal expands the notion of thinking, because she’s a difficult photographer. She sees the darker side of life, and there’s something wistful, not necessarily “evil” or “has to be changed immediately,” inherent in that world. If you can’t see much of her work – I think much of her LJ is friends only – try the link on the side (conveniently labeled “Shannon”) which goes to her website. Her LJ has prose, but it is the pictures which speak most.
2. Amy King: I wish I could write poetry like she does. I know there can’t be anything easy about how the words flow, but wow, she makes it look really, really easy.
3. Amber: I don’t comment here anymore, because I always read her blog via RSS, since she always finds something interesting to bring my attention to. Her concern with legal and libertarian issues may not be unique, but she might be the best at blogging about it, at least from the perspective of keeping my attention.
4. Kristine Lowe: So much of the Internet is concerned with what the Internet means from marketing and media standpoints. The key is to get a good, informed discussion going, and that, quite honestly, rarely happens. It does happen at her blog.
5. Josh: The latest posts on Anselm are the tip of the iceberg. His blog is deceptively simple, even when it is polemical. Look for his posts on American foreign policy in Ethiopia, or on the movie “High Noon,” or on temptation and sin. He assumes his reader knows a lot, and he just wants to add a little bit extra to that knowledge – a rare virtue in this age where people thinking shouting in comment threads is going to change the world.