Wow! Thank you, thank you, thank you for the votes in the Catholic New Media Awards! I sincerely appreciate it. I was shocked when I saw that I got Best Written Blog, Most Spiritual Blog, Best Blog by a Woman, and People’s Choice Blog. No pressure though.
It’s only fair to note that some popular blogs weren’t on the nominations list, and likely would have beaten me in a very humbling way if they were (cough-cough American Papist). Nevertheless, I thought I’d put all the extra traffic I’m getting from the awards wins to good use by highlighting some great blogs that deserve a bigger audience!
This is by no means an exhaustive list of my favorite blogs; in fact, it’s an off-the-top-my-head collection of sites I like to read that you may not know about. I just about drove myself crazy trying to come up with a coherent list, my thought process being something like, Of course I want to plug Brandon…but he’s already getting tons of buzz from his book. So maybe Leila Miller? No, everyone’s already reading Leila. And JC Sanders is a must-read…but everyone knows about him now that he’s writing for VirtuousPla.net, right?” After about an hour of this I decided to just go through Google Reader and list the first few blogs I saw that always lead me to spend too much time in front of my computer because of their awesomeness. Thus, I present to you…
The Fulwiler Award for Excellence in
Making Me Waste Time on the Internet
Would someone please give this guy a book deal? And a TV show? Marc Barnes is a desperately-needed voice in modern Christianity: he’s young, smart, orthodox, full of energy, and hilarious. If you’re not reading his blog, stop what you’re doing right now and remedy this grievous error.
Example post: Y’all Suck at Sinning
This is the new blog of Aimee Cooper, who used to have a blog called The Historical Christian. Her posts are always lucid and insightful, and never fail to give me something to think about. And you’ve got to love someone who took the initiative to start a door-to-door evangelization program for Catholics!
Example post: The Death of my Brother, and Hope
This blog by Abbot Joseph (yes, he’s a real abbot) is so full of profound thoughts that I usually have to wait to read it until I have time to really digest everything he says. It’s the perfect read for a quiet morning when you have a cup of coffee and some time to dig deep into some serious spiritual reading.
Example post: The Dynamics of Despair
This is a new lifestyle blog by Zoe Saint-Paul that includes some great contributors (like M.C. Cabaniss, who enjoys “bourbon, books read in hammocks, picking on the mandolin, and searching for the perfect biscuit recipe” — love that). Between the beautiful pictures and well crafted prose, these ladies will inspire you to unplug from our fast-paced world and live slowly.
Example post: Just a Note
If you have even a mild interest in science and astronomy, go add this blog to your bookmarks right now. Michael Baruzzini does an excellent job of highlighting the most interesting stories from the world of science, occasionally examining them from a Catholic perspective. It’s one of the most readable, well done science blogs out there, so the fact that it’s Catholic as well is a great bonus.
Example post: Every Experiment Proves God
If I waited one more day on this, I don’t think I would be able to put Steve in the “undiscovered” category. His blog is blowing up, and for good reason. His tales of being a faithful Catholic while being gay are funny, touching, inspiring and insightful. He’s a great writer with some important things to say.
Example post: What Did You Expect?
What a great idea for a blog: A roundup of the best Catholic videos. I don’t think I’ve seen a video on there yet that I didn’t find to be well worth my time to watch.
Example post: Rationality of Belief in God
Marissa K. Nichols is a mom who’s also getting a Master’s Degree in Theology, and she shares great reflections on faith and life from the perspective of a wife and mother. All of her posts are well-reasoned, thought-provoking, and sometimes humorous.
Example post: Bringing Children “to the Sidewalk”
What I love about Dorian Speed (yes, that’s her real name) is that she’s funny without even trying. As a fellow tech nerd, we sometimes exchange emails about how to get the CSS in the master WordPress template to render correctly with the HTML generated by the PHP, and she manages to crack me up when writing about that. On her blog she covers everything from catechesis to homeschooling to general life stuff, and it’s always good.
Example post: Black Friday: The Year I Learned My Lesson
This is a great group blog written by Catholic young women for the purpose of encouraging one another as they seek to stay strong in their faith in our crazy culture. Their sincere, sweet tone is a refreshing antidote to a lot of the negativity and cynicism that’s out there in the blog world.
Example post: Love, Freely Chosen
Congratulations to the recipients of this extremely prestigious award! I’m sure that as soon as I hit publish I’ll think of five more that I want to kick myself for not mentioning, but if I analyze this anymore I won’t get it posted at all. Enjoy checking out some of these great sites, and thanks again for the votes in the New Media Awards!