Hello, pretties. Here’s another guest contribution by writer Cass Brookes. I know, I know, this blog has been sadly neglected these days. I realize I won’t be able to post as often as usual because I have a lot on my mind, what with the wedding preps and all. If you want to contribute or guest post, feel free to email me, although bear in mind that I won’t be accepting every post. I’ve been getting a lot of those spammy guest post requests from dubious senders who don’t seem to have a clue what my blog is about. I’m sure you know what I mean. Anyway, enjoy this post! Have a great day! :)
Despite what pundits say, the blog is far from dying out. We now live in a world where blogs have far outgrown their humble beginnings (Huffington Post). Bloggers get book deals (The Inky Fool), and blogging itself has become a career. Here’s a list of those who make the blogging world a great place to be.
What My Daughter Wore
Fashion blogs are everywhere. There are more blogs devoted to fashion than to any other subject. So, it’s refreshing to find one that isn’t simply picture after picture of a stylized young narcissist. Instead, What My Daughter wore captures the sartorial choice of Jenny Williams’ daughter and her friends in colourful and insightful hand-drawn portraits. Expect creative headwear and lots of graphic tees.
There have been a whole host of TV shows devoted to the pains of adolescence. But not so many devoted to the troubles of 20-somethings. Yes, growing up is hard, but not nearly as hard as life in your 20s. Jessie Rosen covers the predictable problems of body image, falling in love and relocating for work with a humility and sincerity that elevates the subject matter. She truly achieves her aim: “to remind you that you’re not alone.”
Yes, you guessed correctly. Dronestagram is the Instagram for drone strikes. It’s a sobering subject that juxtaposes aerial photography of the attacked areas with details of number of deaths and degree of damage caused. Countries include Yemen and Pakistan and the posts are regularly updated with reports coming from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
No list would be complete without a food blog. Almost as ubiquitous as the fashionistas, the foodies have some fantastically useful blogs which include in-depth restaurant reviews to budget recipes. Heidi Swanson, 101 Cookbooks’ creator, has been blogging for more than a decade and in that time has penned and photographed what amounts to one giant recipe rolodex. Expect food porn and hunger pangs.
If you like to keep abreast of happenings in the sporting world, you can do worse than check out the Youwin blog. It combines the latest news with opinion pieces on sports from the UK and the rest of the world. And if you like your betting options to be in close proximity to the latest happenings then you’ve come to the right place.
The Inky Fool
Mark Forsyth, aka The Inky Fool, has carved himself more of a niche in the blogging market. A recently published author, with The Horologicon, he spends his time looking at the weird and wonderful thing that is the English language. Words that have fallen out of use, words whose meanings have been forgotten, and the origins of phrases – nothing escapes his playful eye.
News From Me
Mark Evanier’s blog bills itself as one ‘about TV, movies, theatre, comics, news, politics and other forms of fantasy’. Some of his most recent posts are however a recollection of his late father in which Evanier talks about his fledgling career as a writer and his father’s world class worrying amongst other things. The videos he posts are often inspirational and hilarious, and his writing has that subtle brand of humour that keeps you reading on.
Beer Labels in Motion
This Tumblr blog by Trevor Carmick does exactly what it says on the tin and transforms the artwork of beer bottles and cans into animated GIFs. Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch will snap and bark at you and Yeti’s Imperial Stout features Bigfoot himself wandering across the bottle. It’d all be enough to disorientate you after one too many but it’s more likely to get you involved in a conversation about just how he does it.