Sunday, December 21, 2008

Top 10 Kansas City blogs

Present Magazine has asked for a list of top 10 Local Blogs, and I'll go ahead and join in the game. This list is much different than one I would have compiled last year - a lot of good blogs have folded or simply shriveled to occasional postings. I hope to feature a few that haven't really gathered a ton of attention otherwise, in the hopes that I can get their name in Present Magazine.

It was sneaky of Present Magazine to not specify what they should be "tops" in. In making the picks, I am going to focus on blogs with a distinctive voice that publish regularly. Mostly, it's just who I think is doing great work lately, and it's a personal list. I could expand it to 30 without a whole lot of effort - there is some great writing going on out there - and I'm going to ignore a few that others are listing simply to be a little contrarian. So here goes, in no particular order:

1. Ancillary Adams: Ancillary Adams is the center of his own universe. He has political opinions, and he states them when they're on his mind, but he's not a political blogger. He loves sports (even, for some reason, professional basketball), but he doesn't use his blog as a cheering spot for any team. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of 80s movies, and he shares a weekly quotation. Despite its broad range, the blog is just a perfect guy on a barstool, spouting off on what comes to mind, but not ever really getting personal. Ancillary Adams is a guy's guy - sharing the stuff you can laugh at with a buddy.

2. Erin in the Real World: Erin describes herself as "the hottest pickle in town", and, whatever that means, I think she's probably right. Silly and boundingly enthusiastic, she'll write the funniest and almost-inappropriate pieces you can find. Her multi-chaptered series on her courtship of Mr. Perfect may be a perfect blog example of my favorite joke on the difference between men and women.

3. Tony's Kansas City: A lot of people are carefully constructing their lists to avoid Tony, but no serious list of top Kansas City bloggers can ignore Tony. Even if you don't like him, he creates more posts on all Kansas City topics than the rest of us combined, and it wasn't very long ago that a link from Tony would bump my own numbers up for the day. He's used his humor to hurt people, but he's also created the most-read and most powerful blog in Kansas City.

4. Frighteningly Uncommon Sense: Faith is a character I love to read, and I thank my lucky stars I don't live or work with her. Easily annoyed, quick to condemn and frequently wrong, she's also funny and strong. I might not be able to get through a conversation in a bar without an argument, but I'd happily buy her a beer. Her self-description captures her essence: "SUPER-pissy. Would you people stop pushing my buttons? GAH!"

5. FuKCed City: This blog is too new to have really earned a place on my top ten list, but they have provoked more literal laughs out loud from me in one month than anyone else in a year, so why not?! Their sample depo page is horribly wrong-headed, but funny, funny, funny. When I see that they have a new post, I click over with a mixture of dread and anticipation.

6. Observant Bystander: If blogs were sold like magazines, most of us would be cheaply published and sold on the newsstand, like the Daily News or some other tabloid. Observant Bystander would be sold in warm, quiet bookstores filled with leather comfy chairs, among the fine literature.

7. Noodletown: Noodletown has had an infant to distract her from her blog for a while, but she's still the Monarch of local foodbloggers, and we have a great selection of food bloggers for her to rule. This is an optimistic choice - I really hope she finds more time in the coming year to enthrall us with great recipes and reviews. I feel bad choosing one food blog out of the plethora of great ones . . .

8. Hip Suburban White Guy: HSWG is profane, funny, and always worth a read. He's kind of the Mad Max of the blogosphere's Thunderdome. I think I might be a lot like him if I were single and I suffered a major head injury.

9. My Spyderweb: Nobody has done more for the sense of community in the local blogosphere than Spyder. She gets the word out about the gatherings, can always be counted upon for support, and is simply one of the nicest people I know. Her blog is funny and often features snippets of good fun from around the internet, and no description of local blogs would be complete without acknowledging her role.

10. Absolutely Feisty: Earlier, I described Observant Bystander as being sold in the literary section of a great bookstore, while other blogs would be sold on the newsstand. Absolutely Feisty wouldn't be sold, it would be printed on posters and pasted in bright colors on walls. She's a blast of fresh air in a room - she's the bucket of gatorade getting dumped on a coach. Intense, direct, and personal. Read at your own risk, and you'll be going on a roller-coaster ride through the life of a young woman barely keeping it together through all the challenges of single-motherhood in a weak economy. I cheer for her.



Blogger m.v. said...

Nice list, I agree many good ones are not as active anymore, even Spyder and Noodletown,

12/21/2008 11:23 AM  
Anonymous PlazaJen said...

I'm still waiting to just make your blogroll.... ;)

12/21/2008 4:02 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Meesha - you were one of the ones I had in mind when I said I wasn't listing all the shoo-ins.

PlazaJen - I'm mortified at my lapse in blogrolling, and I've corrected it. Sorry!

12/21/2008 4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But Tony has, at least once, posted something negative about the personality of at least one member of the City Council.

12/21/2008 10:36 PM  
Anonymous Nuke said...

We have a bit of overlap, but a couple of your recommendations are new to me. I'll have to check em out.

Your funniest thing tho, was the comment about Faith. I couldn't stop reading her blog because it is so well done, but I was sure we would hate each other. I tell you tho, in person, she is still strong willed and opinionated but also a lot of fun.

12/22/2008 9:24 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Thanks buddy. I'll choose to take being the center of my own universe as the compliment I know you meant it to be.

It was very humble of you not to put yourself on the list. You got me started, and probably several of the others around here too.

12/22/2008 4:12 PM  
Anonymous As old as the Hills said...

Dan you are dumb as a bag of hammers.

12/22/2008 10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 10:36 p.m.,

Why would City Council members take what Tony has to say personally?

12/23/2008 2:57 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

I should do a better job hiding my crazy...

Thanks Dan!

12/23/2008 11:12 AM  
Blogger Spyder said...

Thanks Dan! I will try to blog more often & do you proud! What you wrote was very sweet.

12/28/2008 12:30 AM  
Anonymous karen said...

Thanks Dan. I agree that Spyder has done so much for our little circle of writers. As far as some of the comments about posting lulls: I think blogging (at least in my experience) runs in cycles - on again/off again. Life intervenes, you lose your muse, writer's block. And then, it all comes flooding in at once and once again, you HAVE to write.

Again, thanks Dan. One of our cicle of KC bloggers said to me the other night, "Dan's the sweetest guy you'll ever meet." I concur.

12/28/2008 10:56 PM  
Blogger Absolutely Feisty said...

Really honored, Thanks!

Some blame the inactivity on Twitter.

Some also say that twitter-ers sit down when they pee.


12/29/2008 12:32 PM  
Anonymous Marly said...

This is a good list. If you ever consider posting a 2009 list, I'd like to submit my blog sites for consideration. I actually have two, but one is more active than the other. They are:

Thanks for this list. Looks like some great blogs to check out.

12/22/2009 6:57 AM  

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