Sunday, January 11, 2009

Weekly Geeks #1 - Favourites

I am so glad that Weekly Geeks is back. I can't think of a better tribute to Dewey than to keep the events that she started and was passionate about going. This week's Weekly Geeks theme:

In the spirit of the amazing community building that Dewey was so good at, tell us about your favorite blogs, the ones you have bookmarked or subscribe to in your Google Reader, that you visit on a regular basis. Tell us what it is about these blogs that you love, that inspire or educate you or make you laugh. Be sure to link to them so we can find them too.

Now, you may have noticed that I don't do things in small numbers. You only have to look at the number of books I have out from the library to realise that, and blog reading is similar. I have 750 subscriptions in my Bloglines account and it is constantly growing. In order to try and help cope with that, I have my feeds divided into several categories including Authors, Historical Fiction, Craft and the ever helpful Others category (which includes things like LOLcats and Cake Wrecks). Two of the categories are Must Reads, and then Book Reviewers and Romance blogs i.e everyone else. The Must Reads are the blogs that I, well, must read. So if I only have 10 minutes, I will work my way through those blogs, and then come back later and read all the rest. Even if your blog isn't in the must reads category, I will always make an effort to get down to 0 unread at least twice a week, so it's not that I don't read your blog. I do...eventually. I kind of don't like singling out blogs because there are loads that I like to read, and I am always adding more.

In my must read book reviewers category a lot of them are for people who I have either been friends with through boards etc, or who I feel have become friends through blogging, and then those that I read because I really enjoy their content, even though I am probably on the periphery of their blog world! There are more than 50 of those alone, so it would take forever to link to them all so instead I am just copying the lists from Bloglines to here:

* A Reader's Respite (0) (0)
* A Striped Armchair (0) (0)
* A Work in Progress (0) (0)
* an adventure in reading (0) (0)
* B O O K L U S T (0) (0)
* B&b ex libris
* book-a-rama (0) (0)
* Bookfoolery and Babble (0) (0)
* Books 'N Border Collies (0) (0)
* Confessions of a Book Addict (0) (0)
* Cosy World (0) (0)
* dovegreyreader scribbles (0) (0)
* Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'?
* J. Kaye's Book Blog
* Le Canapé (0) (0)
* The Literate Housewife Review (0) (0)
* Matilda
* Musings of a Bookish Kitty (0) (0)
* Oklahoma Booklady (0) (0)
* Random Jottings of an Opera and Book Lover (0) (0)
* Rhinoa's Ramblings (0) (0)
* Sassymonkey Reads (0) (0)
* Saving my Sanity ... (0) (0)
* So Many Precious Books, So Little Time (0) (0)
* Stephanie's Confessions of a Book-a-holic
* things mean a lot (0) (0)
* The Written World

When it comes to romance blogs, these are my must reads:

* Aneca's World
* Book Binge (0) (0)
* The Book Bitches (0) (0)
* bookgirl's nightstand (0) (0)
* Dear Author.Com (1) (0)
* The Good, The Bad and The Unread (0) (0)
* Jennie's B(ook)log (0) (0)
* Julia's Books Corner !
* Karen Knows Best (0) (0)
* the life of a dumpling - books, books and books (0) (0)
* The Misadventures of Super_Librarian (0) (0)
* nichtszusagen (0) (0)
* Nobody asked me... (0) (0)
* Nocturnal Wonderings (0) (0)
* Nose In A Book (0) (0)
* Ramblings on Romance Etcetera, Etcetera (0) (0)
* Rosario's Reading Journal (0) (0)
* Sandys Reading Journal (0) (0)
* Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
* (0) (0)
* Thrifty Reader (0) (0)
* The THRILLIONTH page (0) (0)
* Zeek's Page (0) (0)
* ~ Stacy's Place on Earth ~

You know, it probably isn't so great to list them all like that because it makes it clear how much of an issue I have when it comes to doing things in moderation! LOL!


  1. Marg, your links are bloglines links rather than links to the blogs, so they can't be followed. Just thought I'd let you know.

    I'm happily wasting my Sunday by following blog links instead of doing anything else I should be facing up to!

  2. I'll come back later and fix them. Have already spent hours parked in front of the computer, and I really need to do some other stuff. You know.. clean and boring stuff like that!

  3. Hi new to weekly geeks. I've read many of the ones you mentioned. Great blogs. Now I'm off to fix dinner.


  4. Thanks for stopping by Robin.

  5. Thats a lot of choice. I too like visiting few of those!

    Weekly Geeks is back!

  6. 750?????? That is, by far, the largest number I've seen mentioned.

    Happy Weekly Geeks!

  7. We meet again Marg. Funny, in my RSS reader when I first saw them, I thought they were links. Did you do something that made them into just a list?
    Happy Weekly geeking anyway

  8. Oh Marg now you make me want to check all those blogs I don't know yet and add them to my bloglines. :-)

  9. Sometimes I just add loads to my Bloglines account Ana!

    Kerrie, yes, I changed them into just a list.

  10. 750! You have me beat. I'm close to 300. Or 400 :P

    And I have a Must-Read folder too, except I was unoriginal and just named it Folder 1 :P As they say, so many blogs, so little time.

  11. Nymeth, the only things I can say in my defense is that I have a lot of craft blogs I subscribe too, oh, and that I am a bit obsessive.

  12. Thank you so much, Marge! I have you in my Reader, too, and I always make sure to keep up with what you're reading. I get great historical suggestions from you! :-)


  13. Hey Marg! Saw your RSS feed in my email today and came to visit your blog. Thanks so much for adding me as your romance blog must read! I was surprise and excited to see mine there :)

    You know, I visit your blog daily. I may not post a comment but I do visit you daily. The bloggers you listed, seem to be awesome people. Now that give me new blogs to visit. Thanks for the lists! :)

    Again, thanks! And I hope you are having a good weekend :)

  14. Marg, I'm so with you on this. I have a really hard time doing things in moderation, too. I'm not up to 750 in my GReader (yet), but the number grows by leaps and bounds every day. It's sort of ridiculous how many new blogs I find on a daily basis.

    However, I hadn't thought about organizing them in my reader before you mentioned it. That is such a wonderful idea! Too often some of my favorite blogs get lost in the shuffle, because they're hiding in with links I only skim (like news feed links and etc).

    I think I'll spend today organizing my reader!

  15. Wow. 750. That is a ridiculously large number! I'm surprised you find anytime to read or blog yourself with that many subscriptions!

  16. ok Marg you have more subscriptions to your reader then I have unread I am not feeling so bad.

    I do have 450+ to read though - so much for getting under 200!

    Organising into groups sounds like a good idea...thanks

    I thought I might join weekly geeks, so I just added that.

    but for now it's back to My Book,

    Jane life&Times

  17. Out of curiosity, I just checked and I have 593 feeds in Google Reader. Some of those may be out of date - if the blog isn't being updated I wouldn't know.

    Like Marg, I have a bunch of categories including books, stitching, scrapbooking, podcasts and the always necessary miscellaneous. Books is by far the biggest.

  18. Hi Marg, I just left you an award on my blog :-)

  19. Wow-750! I'm not sure how many I have (though if I include my news feeds, it's probably close). I have a "Fave Book Blogs" folder too-you're in it. :) I'm so glad I'm in yours!