Friday, March 19, 2010

reading list

One rainy lunch hour not long ago, I decided to clear out my clutter of Google Reader subscriptions. I checked the last entry of each of the 60+ feeds I was subscribed to. Over 20 of them were abandoned blogs, either with the most recent post dating to a year ago or a 'good bye, this is the end of my blog' farewell. Those ones were easy choices for unsubscribing. Then, there were several blogs written by fun, active ladies which have now become 100% mommy chat which doesn't interest me so much. Sorry but, delete. There are also blogs which documented a particular time for someone living or traveling overseas, like 'a wanderer in Bhutan', 'Operation Cromulent' or mis-trans-la-tion. I'm sad to see those stories have ended, but I accept it. Delete.

This leaves me with 40 subscriptions (in addition to my regular actual news reading), but I do still feel like I'm missing out on something. For example, I would like to find a good art history blog and a smart archaeology blog. Plus, I'm always interested in reading more expat stories. I am also searching for a style/fashion blog that speaks to me: I'm an average woman who likes clothes but who can't afford or get away with couture or edgy designer pieces. Can you recommend anyone to me? This blog is awesome but the fashion really doesn't relate to my lifestyle. I find the daily smugness displayed here to be off-putting even if the clothes are pretty. I check out what this girl is saying occasionally but the self-branding can get overwhelming for readers like me who don't need a personal glitter guru. I guess the blogs about knitting/sewing one's own clothing appeal to me more because the authors are more grounded.

So, here is the list of who I read, i.e. who made the cut (I'll update my sidebar links, too). You'll see I really go for expat blogs, crafty ladies and women who I feel I can relate to. A special ♥ goes to the ones that I'm particularly loving these days. Am I missing someone I should know about?

8 comments :

Sameer Vasta said...

Thanks Andrea. I'm flattered to be on the list.

Pema said...

YOu have lot of Bhutan stuff. Its interesting actually to see someone thousands of miles away show interest in a small country like ours.

greg said...

Hi Andrea,

Before I stumbled upon your blog, I was a regular reader of 35 Degrees. I had gone through a couple of years of being fascinated by Westerners who were living in Japan. Is it right to define Australians as Westerners? In this context, I think so.

Anyway, 35 Degrees was one of the blogs I kept coming back to, though of course I had never met the author. Eventually, I stopped reading, as it seemed to have become 'mommy chat', as you put it. Now, thanks to your list, I checked it out again, only to find I had missed the whole brain aneurysm episode! I have some catching up to do.

By the way, how do you feel regarding complete strangers (like me) reading and commenting on your blog? I know for some it's what the internet is all about, but others feel it is something of an invasion of privacy. Just curious.

Greg

Julie said...

sweet, I made the cut!! :D

I hear you about blogs that have ended, and blogs that get a bit too mommy focused. Sometimes a cull is necessary!

Suzy said...

Glad I'm not too mommy-focused and still make the cut! ;)

I agree re: Icing, some of it is fun to read but the self promotion gets a bit tiring. It's one I stopped subscribing to a while ago, but still drop in occasionally for a look.

I'm loving Japan blogs at the moment because I'm missing Tokyo - some of my favourites are:
http://jollygoo.blogspot.com/
http://hellosandwich.blogspot.com/ (she's actually based in australia but very stylish and lots of japan content). And very purple person too.

I like http://wikstenmade.blogspot.com/ for style / fashion links and a dose of New York.

I'll look forward to reading some of your suggestions.

laura k said...

I'm glad to hear that you enjoy reading my blog. I've been a little quiet lately, but hoping to remedy that this weekend. Something about March always seems to make me clam up a little, blog-wise.

Bhutanese Blogger said...

Andrea - thanks for having me on your reading list.

Deanne said...

What an honor! You have also inspired me to clear out some clutter ;) I may even add some of your suggestions instead. Thanks so much! d xx

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