Saturday 4 January 2014

Family and Friends who blog...

I still haven't finished a book this year, despite being halfway through about eight at the end of 2013 - don't know what to blame this on - so instead of my inaugural book review, I thought I'd do a quick round-up of friends who blog (as opposed to friends met through blogging).  I've mentioned most of these before, but long enough ago that a reminder is worthwhile.

Irrelevant picture of Sherpa being perfect.

Colin's Online Diary
My brother Colin has had a blog for much longer than I have - well, 3.5 years longer - and although he doesn't mention books all that often, there is still plenty to amuse and delight.  He's very funny and nice, although you might want to skip the occasional post about football or right-wing politics (twins can be very different!)  If you hop across now, you'll be able to read his round-up of his films of 2013...

Our Vicar's Wife
I gave (well, borrowed from the Provincial Lady books) my parents the nicknames Our Vicar and Our Vicar's Wife, which they have taken on themselves with good grace.  My Mum's blog covers countryside life in Somerset, as well as the wacky activities she gets up to there.  Our Vicar is yet to start a blog, but I reckon he might be persuaded to in a few years' time when he retires...

The Pygmy Giant
This isn't technically a blog, but my bestie Mel co-edits a flash fiction website with her husband and another friend - that is, pieces of fiction under 800 words.  It went on hiatus while she did things like move house and get married, but it's back now!

Washington Wife
Go and harangue my other bestie for not updating her witty and lovely blog about moving to Washington DC...

The Surplus Spinster
My friend Andrea - whom I've probably mentioned in relation to the Simon and Andrea Film Club - has started up a very promising-sounding blog about the spinster in the 20th century.  Andrea did a history DPhil which involved looking at British spinster missionaries in India - indeed, we shared a few of the same spinster reading for our respective DPhils!  Only one post so far, but it mentions E.M. Delafield...

I'm sure other friends of mine have blogs, but those are the ones that came to mind!


  1. Please post as many irrelevant pix of Sherpa as you like so I can get my cat fix ! Thank you!

  2. There is no such thing as an irrelevant picture of Sherpa. Sherpa belongs in as many posts as you can possibly manage (and I say this as someone who is generally averse to cats - Sherpa being the notable exception).

  3. Sherpa is looking inscrutable! I'm back blogging. Don't know how long it will last.

  4. Washington Wife should indeed blog more. I love the title of this post seeing as I am re-reading Brookner's Family and Friends right now.

  5. I'm not sure I know anyone who blogs. Or maybe all my real life friends are bloggers and I haven't found out - *looks around worriedly*. I wondered if Sherpa was blogging, actually, from the pic. Twitter is both more thematic and more a cat concentration span thing, I suspect.

  6. I think Sherpa is one of the cutest cats online - more pictures on a regular basis, please!! :)

  7. Thanks for the mention, Simon (reflected dramatically in my stats!).
    I now feel guilty for having neglected the blog in recent months. Sherpa's fan club obviously wishes to see more of her - she whispered that she would be happy to oblige, as I tried to eat my breakfast cereal without her stealing it from the spoon. Ah... bless her!
    So look out for her tail and whiskers over the next weeks.

  8. It is great to see so many people from the same family blogging! I don't know anyone else (other than those I've met through blogging) who blog. I wonder if the blogging habit is genetic?!


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