It’s been a busy couple of months, and I must apologize to my faithful followers (hello, Judy!) for not having written much since the massively successful TCM Summer Under the Stars Blogathon, for which I earned a Blu-Ray copy of WEST SIDE STORY (1961).
Although I’ve been dreadfully remiss in my writing obligations, I have found time to read quite a bit. Here are some websites I’ve been following recently. With all the craziness with my travelling and the hullabaloo with the government shutdown, it’s been nice to kick back at the end of the day and be reminded, by the internet no less, that there is still humor and humanity to be found in the world. These blogs and websites definitely helped.
Messy Nessy Chic: “blogging on the offbeat, the unique and the chic”
The author of this blog/website is Vanessa, a.k.a. Nessy, a London girl living in “an incredibly cluttered little room with a view” in Paris. Her posts are heavily image-based, but she does a good job using text to elucidate whatever is in the pictures. The subjects of the posts range from groovy back-alley book stores, to hidden art museums, to vintage advertisements, to world fashion trends. Nessy has a certain panache for finding the aesthetic beauty and mystery in the crumbling decay of abandoned places around the world.
Favorite recurring feature: “13 Things I found on the Internet Today“
“HelloGiggles is a positive online community for women (although men are always welcome!) covering DIY and crafting projects, beauty, friendship, sex & relationships, pop culture, pets, television & movies, nostalgia, fandom, tips on savvy and stylish living meant to inspire a smile. Founded by Zooey Deschanel, Molly McAleer and Sophia Rossi. Reader contributions are welcome and published daily.”
That pretty much says it, really. This is probably the most chill and girly feminist site on the net. Not surprising considering the general philosophy of Zooey Deschanel, one of the sites creators. If you are looking for something all about the Hollywood celebrity Deschanel, this is not the place to come. However, if you apreciate Deschanel’s attitude toward sexism and femininity, you will definitely enjoy the content on this site. There is a really good mix of images, articles, videos, and forum discussions.
LEAST Favorite recurring feature: “Nails of the Day” I’m just not that into nail art.
Favorite recurring feature: I love getting the Weekly Giggles newsletter in my inbox every week.
Movies, Silently: “Celebrate silent film”
There are a lot of movie blogs out there devoted to the silent era, ranging from the obscure to the banal. What sets Movies, Silently apart is recurring Animated GIF feature. Fritzi Kramer, the author of the blog, makes her own GIFs, accompanied by HILARIOUS captions. They are always good for a laugh. I have to say that these GIFs have done more to get me excited about watching silent films than all the reviews and academic articles on the planet! In June, Movies, Silently also hosted a great Funny Lady Blogathon.
“22 Words collects a blend of everything from the serious and creative to the silly and absurd. As your source for the crazy, curious, and comical side of the web, 22 Words can be counted on to share funny and fascinating viral content as well as more obscure (but equally interesting) pictures, videos, and more.”
Content on 22 Words covers a lot of ground. Although there are plenty of funny viral videos and images, you will also find more thought-provoking topics in the fields of science, nature, history, etc. For the most part, the tone of the overall site is positive, though the occasional twinge of cynisism can occasionally surface.
I like gleaning what I can from following 22 Words on Facebook. If I go to the website, I tend to get sucked in and wake up from a Rip Van Winckleian internet sleep several hours later. Very dangerous.
Feministing: “Young Feminists Blogging, Organizing, Kicking Ass”
“Feministing is an online community for feminists and their allies. The community aspect of Feministing – our community blog, campus blog, comment threads, and related social networking sites – exist to better connect feminists online and off, and to encourage activism. We hope that the Feministing community will provide a forum for a variety of feminist voices and organizations.”
Feministing, like the Ms. Magazine blog, is essential for keeping myself informed about what’s going on in “The Movement,” what issues feminists are thinking about, writing about, working to change. My first favorite feature is the Weekly Feminist Reader, a compiled list of links to posts across the web that would be of interest to the feminist cause. My second favorite recurring feature is the Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet of the latest international news about causes, issues, laws, and events that concern feminism.
So although I haven’t been writing much, I have been busy filling my mind with weird, wonderful, and sometimes funny ideas about life and the world we live in. These website/blogs have gotten me thinking that I should have a recurring feature. I enjoy writing film reviews and participating in blogathons, but I feel like I need a specific spiel of my own. Any ideas? Let me know in the comments below if you can think of a recurring feature you’d like to see on either the Margaret Perry website or The Great Katharine Hepburn blog.