Dude, we’ve been tagged…

h1 March 29th, 2007 by Eisha and Jules

Thinking Blogger Award…Twice, in fact, over the past two weeks. First by Fuse #8, as a “Thinking Blog.” And then by Lindsey at Zee Says to list 5 non-bookish blogs that we read. So we’re multi-tasking by responding to both memes in one post.

First, the Thinking Blog meme. We’re flattered. And a little baffled. We mean, yeah, we’ve got advanced degrees and stuff, but we also say “dude” a lot. It’s actually pretty funny, if you look at the reviews we were cranking out when we first started this blog back in August. They’re all “blah blah protagonist’s motivation blah alliteration blah blah synecdoche yadda yadda pathetic fallacy blah.” We were trying so hard to be, you know, professional and stuff. Now we tend to trade knock-knock jokes back and forth, and ask people what their favorite curse word is. And yet we got tagged, by one of the smartest blogs in the kidlitosphere. Go fig. Maybe it’s just a ploy by the intrepid Ms. Fuse to get Eisha’s boots. (Yeah, that’s right, I’m on to you, Bird…)   

Right, so, anyway… In return, we’d like to tag a few more Thinking Blogs we dig: Chicken Spaghetti, Propernoun.net, the Excelsior File, the NCBLA blog, and Journey Woman. Thanks, all, for providing smart, interesting content and unique perspectives on literature and other issues we care about.

Second: the Non-Lit-Blogs meme. We’re pretty heavy on the lit-related blogs, but between us we were able to come up with some that aren’t all about books.

  • Go Fug Yourself. Oh, come on, who doesn’t?
  • PostSecret. Jules just discovered this one thanks to Kelly at Big A little a listing as one of her non-lit blogs. Eisha has read the first and second books, and drops in on the blog occasionally. Compelling stuff.
  • SPOGG. This is the blog of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. That’s right, we’re card-carrying Grammar Nerds.
  • The Sneeze. Eisha just discovered this one by accident a while ago, and it’s wicked funny. The best part is the “Steve, Don’t Eat It!” series. Did you know there’s such a thing as pickled pork rinds? Ew.
  • Martinimade. This may be sorta cheating, because it’s the blog of Adrienne Martini, author of Hillbilly Gothic (a memoir about her struggle with postpartum depression). But she’s also a friend of ours, and writes with wit and candor about raising her two children, knitting, and the writing business.
  • Entertainment Weekly’s Popwatch — Light, fluffy pop culture news. There are some decent writers there, and every now and then you’ll come across some mildly amusing gems, such as this, though I remember Kelly Herold saying before that she’s deathly afraid of squirrels, so this won’t be your thing, Kelly! (Squirrel milk, anyone? Actually, the inebriated squirrel is disturbingly funny, despite all the heavy breathing and sad, sad misspelling of “pumpkin.” Is an inebriated squirrel an Animal That Should Have Its Own Picture Book perhaps?) . . .
  • Literally. It’s a blog that tracks the increasingly rampant misuse of the word “literally.” Did we mention we’re Grammar Nerds? And see for yourself. Isn’t it fun (in a nerds-will-one-day-take-over-the-world kind of way)?
  • Finally, I (Jules) would like to add some smart-mama blogs that I admire and wish I had time to read more regularly but get to them when I can:
    1. MotherTalkAndrea Buchanan, the author of Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It, which I reviewed here way back at our blog’s birth; Stacy DeBroff; and Miriam Peskowitz provide the following: ” . . . {A} service for writers who are also mothers, and who write the kinds of books that women who are mothers like to read. We connect writers with readers through several different kinds of viral PR: in-person literary salons, virtual book tours via blogs, and radio broadcasts/podcasts and targeted e-newsletter mailings.”
    2. Literary Mama — the blog of the “literary magazine for the maternally inclined”
    3. Reading Moms (“a place to catch up on the latest discussions about the books we’re reading for fun, the books we’re reading to our children, at work, in bed at night”), which is temporarily on hold, I believe, but I hope it gets movin’ again soon with new and updated posts. It’s a great blog . . .

That was fun, and thanks for the tags, everyone! As for tagging forward, uh, we’re not very good at this, and it also seems as if everyone has done this already. How about Elzey at The Excelsior File, Brooke at The Brookeshelf, and Kristen at pixie stix kids pix — just ’cause we really admire them and would love to know what non-lit blogs they read, though we’re not sure if they’ll even see this or want to play along (and if they weren’t so inclined to play along, that’d be okay, too). Who knows — they might have already been tagged, too. Oh well . . .


8 comments to “Dude, we’ve been tagged…”

  1. […] 29th, 2007 Thanks to Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast for drawing my attention to the excelsior file. Having just spent some time in the blog’s archives I’ve got to […]

  2. Stop trying to hide your ultra-intellectualism. We all know you two are smarty pantses (for example, you can tell me whether the plural of smarty pants is, in fact, pantses).

    Just don’t let it go to your head, dude.

  3. Actually, since smarty-pants is a plural already, you don’t need to pluralise it (any more than you would pluralise sheep which is the same in the singular and the plural)…

    Oh, sorry, you weren’t asking the pedant in the corner, were you Robin… Slides quietly away….

  4. Isn’t it smarties pant?

    Dudes, thanks for tagging me.

  5. Michele, go ahead and be a smarty pants with me any time you like. I can take it.

    Susan, THANK YOU for that laugh.

  6. Thanks for the tag… Glad I’ve got you all fooled into thinking I think.

  7. Jules and Eisha,
    Thanks SO Much for playing along. I know you two are busy chicas. And I like your non-lit blogs. Post Secret seems to be popular.

  8. Hey, thank YOU for the tag, Lindsey.

    PostSecret is definitely addictive. I’m telling you, though, “Steve, Don’t Eat It!” is not to be missed.

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