Okay, so I was otherwise engaged on Friday. I still intend to spend time once a week telling some of my favourite bloggers how much I appreciate what they bring to the blogosphere and how much it adds to my life to be able to spend part of my day reading what they have to say.
I started with this post, and today I'll pick five more great blogs. I heartily encourage you to go, and read, and laugh, and cry, and be amused, amazed, and/or intrigued. And if you have your own suggestions for blogs to visit, please dish them up.
The Kept Woman is an exceptionally talented writer who combines razor-sharp wit and a lovely sense of the absurd. She was also named Porn Queen of the Internets (and in fact, actively campaigned for the title), but if that's what you're looking for, prepare to say "What the hell? I mean, she's hot, but .. porn? not so much." So maybe you won't get porn ... what you will get is consistently amusing, consistently clever writing. Her tales of the trials and tribulations involved in building a house are hilarious and cautionary, and - as I've told her on a number of occasions - should be gathered into a book.
Marit is another blogger that Allison and I agree on - we both think that if we met her in real life, she'd be a person we would want as a friend. I love - just love - her hilarious postings about her gay dog Pete, who rolls in his own feces and attacks sunglasses and prefers her dad to her. I think I'd like Marit's dad, too. Maybe not prefer him to her ... but Pete and I wouldn't have an argument.
Humblebub actually is a real-life friend. He writes articulately and passionately about our Island, and although I don't always agree with every conclusion he draws, he is an model of sober reflection and proponent of civilized debate. His tips on technology have been a godsend for me - the man knows his stuff. And if you want passion, and emotion, and adoration, read his posts about his German Shepherds. Craig's tribute to Kes is a wrenching but lovely eulogy for a wonderful friend. I've always said "Show me someone who doesn't like dogs and I'll show you someone I don't trust around people." Craig's passion for dogs - including his latest puppy, Trek - is just another reason I value him as a friend.
Another good friend is Circus Kelli. She's smart and funny and has more energy in her baby finger than most of us have in our whole bodies. She manages to blog regularly in her "spare" time, after caring for three kids in their early school years and a full day of work . I read Kelli's posts when I think my hectic schedule of up-at-eight, putter around writing and researching and surfing and chatting and caring for puppies is going to wear me to a frazzle. Kelli could do all that, juggle three kids, and have time left over to relax and put her feet up. I find Kelli enormously entertaining, although I think keeping up with her would kill me.
Torrie lives in The Big Apple, is pregnant with her first child after a couple of heart-wrenching misfortunes, and hangs out with some very cool bloggers. I kinda think they're the ones who should be impressed, because in addition to being a fine writer with a sassy attitude, Torrie is a wonderful photographer. When Nikon comes to you and says "Here's a free camera, could you take a picture for our next ad in Time Magazine (among many others)", you figure maybe you're doing alright behind the viewfinder.
So there's my Friday Five for this week. On a Sunday. So ... sure, late. But worth the wait. Go visit them. I'll have more for you next week. Or, you know, whenever.