As a result, I've had some time to really comb through the 2008 Okie Blog Award nominees, and I want to let you TDT readers know about a few blogs I really like but have somehow flown under my radar - until now.
Oh, the mommy blogs. Because I need (a lot of) reassurance that I'm not crazy and that I'm not doing everything absolutely, totally, completely, 100-percent wrong.
Rocks in My Dryer, nom'd for best overall blog, best family blog and best writing blog. Duh.
A Piece of My Mind, nom'd for best writing. I love crunchy hippie chick moms.
Blithe Revival, for best family blog. Great writing.
moms are for everyone, for best family blog. Lots of new baby love happening in this woman's house. Ah, those are some great days. Plus, I love that the bloggers at moms are for everyone and Blithe Revival are buds. Maybe one day my blogger buddies (here, here and here) and I will be pitted against each other in what would promise to be a grandiose battle to the death for an Okie Blog Award. Heh.
There are a few left-wing blogs in Oklahoma. They exist! And, surprise, they're way decent.
Okie Funk, nom'd for best overall blog and best political blog (I wonder what would happen in a dueling blog match between my favorite hometown blogger Michael Bates at Batesline.com, also nom'd for best overall blog and best political blog, and Kurt Hochenauer. It'd be fun to watch, anyway.) and Peace Arena. Also, Alternative Tulsa and Blue Oklahoma. Maybe one day a bleeding heart Tulsan with a laptop and an equally encyclopedic knowledge of this city and its people will take MB to task. Someday? Maybe? No? Okay.
Redneck Diva, nom'd for best humor blog. I get this woman. Is that bad?
Irritated Tulsan, nom'd for best humor blog and best unusual blog. I love the Photoshoppy goodness happening on this blog. Check out the top 20 posts, but not at work, unless you work someplace that's cool with you laughing your hind-end off and not acting like an android all day long.
IROK Radio, nom'd for best audio blog. IROK is the handiwork of the folks behind the always-awesome Dfest, Tulsa's landmark music festival. Lend thine ear.
Confessions of a Pioneer Woman, for best overall blog and best looking blog. Do not visit this site unless you want to be sucked into the all-consuming vortex that is the world of Ree Drummond. At first she was just rich, but now she's rich and famous. A huge Osage county cattle ranch and a catchy blog will do that for ya.
Two-Headed Blog, for best commentary. I love the concept of the two-headed blog, and the little two-headed-type person on the masthead makes me laugh. And, there was a great post about the Price Tower Arts Center posted there recently. I dig.
Rather than leave the house only to trudge around in the snow, give these blogs a read today. Local blogs are kinda like farmers markets and public transportation - the more they're patronized, the better they get. And that's good for all of us.