Friday, October 14, 2011

Let's go to the hop...

No, it's not a '50s dance party.  It's a blog hop, and I'm in on the action.  There are a lot of great writers out there, and this is a good way to find a great many of them all at once.  More specifically, Matt and Alex are running a blogfest with more than 200 blogs linked together.

As a participant, I'm supposed to recommend three blogs and why you should visit them:

The Literary Lab: This is my favorite writers' water cooler.  The three moderators raise interesting points about reading and writing, and the community of followers add to the discussion in the comment threads.  Writing is a long process, and there's always more to learn.  Following the experiences of others is a great way to pick up new tips / tricks.

Nathan Bransford: I started following Nathan's blog in hopes that he would one day represent my writing, and I continue to read it now that he is done agenting because it's insightful and well-written.  Plus it's another blog where the comments are a big part of the attraction.

D. Michael Olive: Mike's posts are a combination music review and wine review...two things that sit close to my heart!  Mike has introduced me to many guitar and bass greats.  His link compilations can serve as an incredible distraction, though...they make me want to pop a cork and sit back and listen to 45 minutes of music, the rest of the day be damned! 

BONUS BLOG:

Roger Ebert: I've been a fan of Ebert's movie reviews since the late '90s.  Even if I don't agree with his rating of a film, I enjoy reading his opinion of why he rated it that way.  His blog takes that same writing (Pulitzer prize winning, I might add) and applies it to a wide variety of topics, from film and TV, to his battle with cancer and subsequent perseverance, to politics, religion, and the world.

13 comments:

Anita Saxena said...

Wow. So many new blogs to check out. Thanks!

Rick Daley said...

Anita- It's a cool link list, it grows as new blogs are added. There are about 30 more now than when I first posted!

Suzie F. said...

Hi Rick. I've read your comments over at Nathan's blog and saw that you were participating in the blog hop. Had to follow after seeing your Silly Walk in front of Buckingham Palace.

Have a great weekend!

Rick Daley said...

Suzie- Thanks for stopping by and for following. The Silly Walk was the highlight of my trip to London, I've been a Monty Python fan since I was 8 years old!

Matthew MacNish said...

Rick! I'm so glad to see someone mention Nathan. I too dreamed of one day earning his representation, but I've learned so much from him and his blog, I'm at peace with his decision to move on from publishing.

As a co-host of the fest, I just want to say thanks so much for taking part in it!

Donna Hole said...

Awesome Rick; I'm glad you participated in this too :)

I love the Lit Lab, but I haven't been by there as often as I'd like.

.......dhole

Rick Daley said...

Matthew- I think Nathan gets overlooked sometimes because so many writers follow his blog, it's kind of a given. But I've learned so much through his posts I am compelled to mention him.

I think this blogfest was a great idea, thanks for helping to launch it!

Donna- I think we all alternate between participating and lurking in the blogs we follow. I have many I read, but only a few that I comment on regularly. It depends on what all is going on in my life that day ;-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Roger Ebert! That's cool. As a uber movie gook, I approve. Thanks for participating in the blogfest!

Rick Daley said...

Alex- Ebert is a gifted writer and an extraordinary thinker. He's had some battles with health that are quite moving. I lost my mother to cancer and I love to see someone kick it's ass.

Thanks for hosting the blogfest, I found many new blogs and I know several people recently found my blog from it, great job!

Melissa Sugar said...

Hi, I am still visiting from the PIF blogfest. I did not have a chance to meet as many bloggers as I would have liked to on Friday. I am off to check out two of the blogs that you suggested that I am not already following. I am already a Big Nathan groupie. Thanks for the links

Nice to meet you

Jeremy Bates said...

missed the pay it forward blog, so stopping by fashionably late! nice to meet you :)ge

Domey Malasarn said...

Rick, Thanks for mentioning Literary Lab in your list! You've been there from the beginning and helped to make it so much fun. The list of other blogs is pretty amazing!

Kristen Pelfrey said...

Hi Rick,

I'm still hopping; I take my time!
Thanks for the new links to check out!