I don’t read many blogs, I must admit. Blame the short attention span of my generation but I generally can’t sit in front of a computer and read something without clicking a dozen other links, listening to music, playing solitaire, coming up with an evil plan for world domination and doing other stuff just for the hell of it. That’s one of the main reasons why I hardly have one of those well-connected blogging-circles. But just as in real life, I don’t really need to know a hundred bloggers, I have a few very amazing people in the internetz, who are not only amazing reads but are also pretty awesome people (assuming that they are people and not cats with fake moustaches pretending to be people).
Muriel is badass (and I know he will enjoy that word), he mainly writes about politics and religion but also does a wide array of fiction, reviews and recently also some online role playing (I assume they all pretend to be cats in moustaches that have adventures in Brussel…). Muriel’s comment sections are frighteningly long, elaborate and pretty well-behaved, considering that he usually writes about hot topics like abortion, circumcision and capitalism (he is a little Ron Swanson on that account). It’s not only very informative and interesting but also very funny which is a rare combination, like a healthy burger or a complex Top40 song.
One of my earliest commenters has an on-and-off-blog with amazing writing on all sorts of things, mainly prose, culture and music and she has a wonderful way with words that – sorry, international readers – might not make it through the language barrier. However, for lovely photos, music tips and the joy in German texts it is worth a look and all the German readers will probably really really love the beautiful theater of her texts.
David writes about music and he does it very well. I never really read any music blogs, I have a good network on labels and agencies, I have a bunch of streaming-sites and listen to the radio occasionally, so usually, I don’t need any music tips from humorless youngsters that try to carbon-copy every other music magazine. For my previous work I once looked through dozens and dozens of music blogs and was a little taken aback how boring they all were. But David certainly isn’t, there is a little surreal edge to his reviews and he writes from a personal point of view and doesn’t pretend he is working for the Rolling Stone or Pitchfork, which means that it’s personal and fun to read. Oh, apropos, he also now and then adds some off-topic-entries which are the salt in the soup of a good blog.
Jhubner is the mother hen of a lot of music bloggers. He is the magical combination of a musician, music fan, 9 to 5-worker and family man. He is what we call in Germany “die eierlegende Wollmilchsau” (look it up, it’ll be fun). He created a little community of people that get to know each other through his blog that mainly features music reviews but also little anecdotes and thoughts on things in general. To be honest, I never stick with a music blog for the music tips, although they are a nice addition, no, I stick with a blog for the writing and the person behind it. And J is a great writer and one of those guys I only know through the internet but whose company I would probably also enjoy in real life (even – or especially – if he were a cat with a moustache). Actually, I think that goes for all the four blogstars (urgh, sorry for that word). So check them out, they are awesomesauce in the sauciest way possible.