Where My Lady-Bloggers At?

July 2, 2012

Sometimes, you have to clean house.  Other times, you have to stock up.

Over the last three years, my blog reader has had a lot of changes made to it.  I’ve cleaned out lots of dormant blogs.  And every once in a while, I go blog shopping.

I recently noticed that my reader was a little…unbalanced.

It seemed my reading slanted quite heavily toward the more testosterone oriented.  There were actually very few women that I was subscribed to.

I didn’t make this conscious choice.  I just have had a hard time finding women that are writing things that I’m interested in.

But on my latest blog shopping spree, I decided to correct this.  I could forgive an occasional post about crafts or baking if the rest of the blog was really melting faces and punching kidneys.

So, here they are.  The ladies who are rocking my blog reader these days.

How to Talk Evangelical

Addie Zierman’s blog is one after my own heart.  She’s an introvert in a decidedly extrovert-oriented Christian culture.  And she has little patience for Christian-speak, even such sacred cows as “doing life together.”  I wish I had written it.

Kathy Escobar

Another great post about a Christian cliche.  We all want to be “missional,” right?  Because who doesn’t like being someone else’s pet project?  Lots of good stuff here.

Nish Happens

I guess you could consider Nish Weiseth a “mom blogger.”  She is a mom.  She writes a blog.  But I don’t put mom bloggers in my reader, so she can’t be a “mom blogger.”  And if you don’t buy that logic, too bad.  She writes good stuff on her blog, and at A Deeper Story.

Ally Vesterfelt

Yeah, Ally had a blog last year.  This is kind of a new one.  And she and her handsome hubs, Darrell run Prodigal Magazine, which I write for.  And Darrell and I collaborate on a lot of stuff.  But that doesn’t really matter.  Ally’s writing is solid stuff.

Of course, my list wouldn’t be complete without the ladies who have long graced my reader.  Nicole’s Modern Reject has long been one of my favorites, for her no-bullcrap attitude.  Jamie too.  I’m waiting with bated breath to see what becomes of the very worst missionary.  I was star-struck last year, getting to meet her and El Chupacabra at the Bloggers Meetup in Atlanta.  Tamara continues to get in my face.  And Alece provides more inspiration and encouragement than I can handle.

That’s it right now.  I’d love to find more.  But here’s what I want to know.  If you’re a guy, I want your favorite female bloggers.  Ladies, tell me what dudes you’re reading these days.

I’m taking Wednesday off to celebrate America by eating meat and blowing stuff up, but I’ll see you back here on Friday.

31 responses to Where My Lady-Bloggers At?

  1. This is easy. I always read what you write, and you’re a guy. I know–I’ve met you.

    I also read elchupacabrawrites.com (He’s married to Jamie, the very worst missionary), Skye Jethani (skyejethani.com), and Glen Packiam (at http://glennpackiam.typepad.com/my_weblog/). Glen’s books are also very much worth reading. See http://compost-blog.com/2009/08/25/book-review-secondhand-jesus/

    And then there’s John Cowart, your faithful commenter, except his computer has been broken for a while. I hope he’s back online soon! He writes at http://www.cowart.info/blog/.

  2. Thanks for the list! I’ve picked up a lot of blogs on my list that are crafty type blogs and as much as I love to see the amazing things people create, I am dangerous with a glue gun so I need some new reading!

  3. My blog reading habits vary from month to month, but yours is pretty much a constant. You’re just freking hilarious to me. And very truthful.

  4. The majority of blogs I read are written by women. One of the beefs I have about blogs is that someone will start a blog and I get so excited about it and then the posts stop after a few months. Get tired of checking in to see if there is anything new.

  5. Jason Cormier July 2, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Besides my wife one female blogger I think it worth the read is Ann Voskamp. Her blog always makes me feel like I had church.

  6. I find that my reader contains all male-oriented blogs. Like you at one time, I find it hard to find women who write what interests me. Thanks for the suggestions, though. I may have to check some of these out!

  7. Thanks for the shout out, Matt! Though, fair warning. I’m 100%, without a doubt, an inconsistent blogger. :) Rather than post every day for the sake of “just blogging,” I’d rather blog when I actually have something to say. I find it’s much better for both me & readers to just cut the crap. Ha!

    Thanks again! Great list of women to be a part of.

  8. Here’s another lady blogger you may find interesting – I recently started reading her blog and find it fascinating and love how outside the box some of her posts are – challenging and encouraging.

    http://www.theveryworstmissionary.com/

    Thanks for what you do!

    Carl

  9. My favorite guy to read right now is Nick Edwards.
    iamnickedwards.com

    He’s friends with Max & Lauren Dubinsky, if you’ve heard of them. He’s the Make it MAD guy makeitmad.com, and she runs Good Women Project, but also has a blog of her own, laurennicolelove.com

    Enjoy!

  10. I get in your face? That’s hilarious, encouraging, and a little embarrassing. Thanks for the shout-out. :)

    A couple of my favorite guy bloggers are Preston Yancey (http://seeprestonblog.com/) for deep thoughts and Knox McCoy (http://www.knoxmccoy.com/) for general hilarity.

  11. Such an honor to be listed here. Thanks again Matt.

  12. Nicole Cottrell, the Modern Reject. Period. She is what femininity is all about, and I have the joy of speaking to her husband now and again, and he is as believable as she is.

  13. Addie and Nicole are two of my favorites too! Bethany Suckrow is one you should add to your list, though. She’s a solid writer—telling a good story with good writing. http://www.bethanysuckrow.com/

  14. And as for guys I read. My favorites are:

    Tony Woodlief: http://tonywoodlief.com/
    Guy Delcambre: http://guydelcambre.com/
    Andy Crouch: http://www.culture-making.com/

  15. thank you for your kind words, matt.

    and two guys who consistently kick out solid content: http://benarment.com and http://stephenbrewster.me

  16. Matt,
    Sorry I’m a bit late to the game. I was finishing up vacation, but anyhoo…

    Thanks a bunch! You’ve been so supportive of me and my writing. I’m blessed by it.

    Can I say that and still maintain my “no bull-crap attitude?”

    I’d add to the list Bianca Juarez of In the Name of Love. She is a dynamo! Also, Cathleen Falsani of the Dude Abides, Sarah Bessey, and my friend Renee Klug of Quiet Anthem. Love me some Ally, Alece, and Jamie too and have just been starting to read Tamara and Nish as of late.

  17. Oh, totally missed that…

    DUDES I read and love:

    Sammy Adebiyi http://www.sammyadebiyi.com/
    Jamal Jivanjee http://jamaljivanjee.com/

    These dudes rock my face off..in a good way.

  18. sarah bessey (my favorite lady-blogger) made a list of 50 female voices: http://sarahbessey.com/in-which-i-present-50-church-and-faith/#.T53qKKtYu8A

    two man bloggers i appreciate are mason slater and ed cyzewski.

  19. I have to limit my blogs because I don’t have much time and love to read and respond to the comments. So you and The Barba (www.ramblingbarba.com) are pretty much it as far as reading stuff regularly.

  20. I’m late to comment here, but I will anyway. Favorites guy bloggers – Shawn Smucker and Kevin Haggerty. Shawn tells amazing stories and I love love love stories. Kelvin’s Friday Funhouse is hilarious! His other posts about following his dream (serious) and what he has learner from his wife’s pregnancy (funny) are pretty awesome.
    Shawn- http://www.shawnsmucker.com
    Kevin- http://www.theisleofman.net

  21. So glad I found you today after your follow on Twitter. Love how that works! You have some sensational women in your reader, many of which have changed how I do life. I have what has been called a “tiny blog” in a world of some very “big blogs” yet a couple of the women writers mentioned above continue reminding me just to do what I do and that is tell stories of how God has rocked my world!

  22. Really like your blog! I too found you on twitter. I started my blog in August this year and I’m hooked. The community of people out there are really great. I’m a follower. :)