The Pick of the Bunch – A Small Favour

Pick of the Bunch

The blogs that I enjoy reading the most are personal blogs. I love to view the world through other people’s eyes. I love the conversations which develop through comments. I love to read the words that others choose to share through the blogging medium. Consequently, I would like to do something which celebrates the genre of personal blogging, but to do this I’m going to need a little help from you. I have an idea for a project that I would like to do, but I’m just at the very first steps of information gathering at the moment. So, what I need help with is recommendations for personal blogs. If you have a look down at the links on my blogroll, you will see a number of really excellent personal blogs. What I would like you to do is tell me which blogs I’m missing out on. I’m looking for good writing, with or without photos, but above all I’m looking for original and unique voices. The blogs you suggest could either be your own, those that you subscribe to in feed reader or those that you’ve chosen to include in your own blogroll. Please feel free to suggest more than one! I’ll list all suggestions in an upcoming post, with the ultimate plan being a series of posts on personal blogging.

If I could just ask one more small favour – if you could possibly inform your own readers about my request, it would be very much appreciated. If you do decide to help me out in this way, I’ll write a separate post with links to all those who promoted the request.  Also if you stumble, digg, or delicious, please consider submitting this post.

Thanks in advance to all those who decide to help. Let’s find the pick of the bunch!


January 14, 2008. Admin, Creativity.


  1. hensteeth replied:

    My blogroll has always been a list of blogs I’ve recently discovered. And 95% of them are personal blogs.

    I believe life is all about learning and loving. Personal blogs speak to me in a profound way that touches my mind and my heart.

    (I’ve always wondered if I offend those bloggers whom I regularly visit by not listing them in a traditional tit for tat blog roll. But, oh well.)

    There is a man who blogs in fascinating detail about all things spaceflight related. His underlying story is about raising his young daughter alone since his wife passed away last year. I believe he would like readers who are interested in spaceflight, and also to know he has support in the blogosphere.

  2. organicsyes replied:

    I have taken a look at your blog before…this gives me food for thought. I am quite new to blogging…loving it!

    I believe I got an idea from you and sent gratitude out to others who have helped me on this cyber journey.

    I will think about some wonderful blogs that I have read and connect back.


  3. On a Limb w/ Claudia replied:

    Boy those apples look good. What kind are they? Yummy kind, I bet.

    Boy, Amy, I’m not sure what you are asking for. Our favorite personal blogs? or what makes a blog our favorite blog? Sorry to be such a nudge, but – um – sorry?

    Oh, I was talking to my neighbors mil (who is from Scotland – Glasgo, I think) and she asked if you were from the Highland or the lowlands. 🙂

  4. Penelope Anne replied:

    YOu have Redneck Mommy on there, so I will pull from my blogrolls… you want to limit to women… you want a rating? I know some really funny people, but you have to be aware they have adult content….so tell me what you want and we can go from there.

    I know personally, I’d love more readers but I also don’t want to lose the personal touch of my blog, so I am going back to trying to find what I want from my blog.
    You can really catch my voice on my writing blog ~>

  5. amypalko replied:

    Thank you so much for your suggestion, Hensteeth, I will most certainly follow it up. I, like you, believe there is great value in personal blogging, but I feel that it often gets overlooked by those fixed in their own specialised niche. I just want to do something that celebrates personal blogging and let others see what you and I already do.

    What a lovely idea, Organicsyes. I’m sure you made a lot of people happy by just saying a simple thank you 🙂
    Oh, and yes, please do connect back once you’ve had a bit of a think.

    Not actually sure what kind the apples are, Claudia, as I just saw them at the market and was drawn to their colour and their arrangement. They do look lovely though, don’t they!
    Sorry I wasn’t clear enough in my writing! I was asking for what your favourite personal blogs were so I could follow up and subscribe to any of your suggestions. If you want to tell me why, you’re more than welcome to!
    Oh, and I’m from the lowlands, btw 🙂

    Adult content is fine, Penelope, but you don’t need to limit it to women, as it isn’t a gender-focussed project. Oh and you don’t need to rate them for me either. Just a few suggestions for me to follow up, would be great. I’ll most certainly follow up on your writing blog, Penelope!

  6. Penelope Anne replied:

    Amy, if my comment doesn’t show let me know…email me at
    and I will send the links to my fav blogs.

  7. lindsey clare replied:

    hi Amy. i’ve seen your name in the comment section of Gala’s blog so i thought i’d come and visit. i’m not sure what constitues a ‘personal blog’ but i guess you mean anything that isn’t tied to a specific subject.

    you could have a look at my blog, it’s mostly about everyday things like food and photography and things that i’m doing at the moment.

    i’m really fascinated by blogs too, and the insight that you can get from reading someone’s blog.

  8. amypalko replied:

    Welcome, Linsey Clare! I hope you come back often 🙂
    I will definitely pay a visit to your blog. It sounds exactly what I look for in a personal blog!

  9. toni replied:

    Hi Amy! I have a LOT of favorite personal blogs, but these are the ones that have been connecting with me a lot lately:

    And I do hope you get to visit me too! 🙂

  10. amypalko replied:

    Thanks for those recommendations, Toni. And, yes, of course I’ll come and visit you!

  11. washwords replied:

    hmmm… umm me? 😉 and everybody I have listed on my blogroll, including, umm you now. You write beautifully. Glad I found you (blogher).

  12. amypalko replied:

    Hey, washwords, I’m glad you found me too 🙂

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