There’s a little song my girls like to sing that goes, “Make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver and the other’s gold.” Today I’m going to tell you about some new and old blogging friends.
Two new friends recently gave my blog awards and a kind mention. I look forward to getting to know (or imagine) them better:
G. Martinez Cabrera has several blogs, writes many genres, and has been published widely. I can’t keep up with this guy but I’m having fun trying. One thing I like about his personal essays is that he often starts writing with a gun pointed at the thing that irks him but by the end of his riff, the gun is always pointed at his own temple. I like a writer who can dish it out and take it. Make sure to check out his graphic novel: Ostenspieler & the Book of Faces.
On his blog, Abominations, Marc Schuster is multi-genre, widely published, and always clever. I appreciate a writer who can be cerebral and scatalogical at the same time and Marc knows how to skillfully balance the high and low. He has book reviews, interviews with rock stars, short stories, his own paintings, links to published work, and writing and grammar lessons which he manages to make fun (and funny).
When you read somebody every day, they come alive in your imagination. The following is a list of four of my imaginary friends (and a brief description of how I imagine them). These are blogs I truly enjoy, but I tried to limit myself to those I have not already mentioned.
If WordPress was high school, then Averil would be the most popular: the prettiest, smartest girl, everyone’s best friend, voted “most kissable” in the yearbook. Even the teachers hum “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” when she walks in. And man, can she write. Her blog is a banging, flashing party crammed with all the people you want to know and the hostess walks around in her stilettos and backless black dress, introducing everyone with clever anecdotes and telling racy jokes. It’s FUN.
He’s the best English/Art professor you ever had, the guy who changed the way you saw the world. He’s ambidexterous; he does collage and fiction and often at the same time. You get to class early so you can sit in the front row, but when you arrive, he’s already talking, and when it’s time to leave, he’s still busy at his easel. He has glue caked under his fingernails a faraway expression and when he goes off on a riff, it’s like falling into a kaliedescope.
These guys are a clique of cool upperclassmen who wear architectural glasses and curated “pieces” of clothing that scream New York, with pockets full of fountain pens and French cigarettes. They quote Nietzsche and Faulkner, read first editions, know famous people, and have a secret handshake you’re dying to know. (Be sure to check out their questionnaire.)
Bluebirds are cheerful. Courtenay Bluebird is, too. She has the kind of optimism that moves you so when I need a little song, a little tralalala optimism and a break from the ruthless world, I visit her blog. She does essays and poetry and photography and dance parties. She is funny and introspective and deep. Don’t miss her pillow book, a la Sei Shonagon.
It occurs to me as I write this that my favorite blogs are the ones that seem to be written by a clear, strong personality (or an artist with a consistent style)–if not a caricature then a fully realized and undeviating character.
I wonder which came first, the personality itself or the characteristic style of writing? Did you think up a personality for your blog or did it arise naturally? If you could characterize the face behind your own blog or the personality you show to the world, how would you?
What does your blog face look like?