Actually, the prompt for today is "Tell us about three new blogs you found this year."
I made it a point to go to the "soup page" -- where NaBloPoMo participants would put up links to their posts -- and read what others had written. I tried to select three or four different blogs every day, but sometimes I was just too tired at the end of the evening (which is when I found myself writing my blog entries).
I was disappointed at how many people didn't follow the daily prompts, because part of the fun for me was reading how different people approach the same subject. I was discouraged at how many really bad blogs are out there; "bad" is, I suppose a little unfair. I was discouraged at how many blogs I had no interest in reading once, let alone returning to. I think many of them would not have been started if Pinterest had existed when they were started -- there were countless crafty blogs and recipe blogs and helpful hints blogs, all with the same cookie-cutter style of writing and all with the same so-cute scrapbook appearance. I found them tedious and uninteresting.
Even so, I did find a few gems among the participants ...
Tara, at Faith in Ambiguity, writes beautifully about subjects that interest me. Come on, y'all know me: How could I not click on a blog link with that title? She wrote a heart-wrenching post about another person's loss on Thanksgiving Day and a giggle-inducing one about her encounter with David Sedaris.
Isobel, at What a Witch, writes powerfully about subjects that matter. The categories on her sidebar are varied, but this month she's been writing a lot about racism in this country and what it's like to be a Person of Color in the South (specifically, in Florida). She has gripped me with her passion and her knowledge and her facts (remember facts?).
That's only two blogs, and the prompt calls for three. If my eyes weren't already drooping, I'd tell you about GingerSass and RedDirtKelly and PurpleDreamer and Tamara and LittleMissAttitude and a handful of others. But for now, my friends, this will have to suffice.