Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Thinking Blogger Award

I don't usually covet memes, or awards. But I've been having little qualms of envy watching this one make the rounds: it's exactly why I got into blogging in the first place.
Though the blog isn’t updated as often as I’d like to see, A. consistently shares thoughtful comments with us here, bringing a much needed infusion of logic to my thinking and writing. When A speaks, I listen.
I'm very pleased to accept the designation and the tag: thanks very much, Terry! (Terry definitely deserved her award: she's a great blogger and I definitely find lots to think about over there!)

The rules of the meme are simple.
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn't fit your blog).
I thought it would be hard finding good thought-provoking bloggers who hadn't been tagged, but it turned out that there's a lot of folks on my reading list who haven't gotten the credit they deserve yet:

Sepoy at Chapati Mystery -- He is leading us historians into the digital wonderland. Also a kick-ass writer and historian. Reading CM is a continuing education in all things South Asian. I can't believe nobody's tagged him yet!

Brandon Watson at Siris -- Philosophy, theology, original poetry, logic, and, sometimes, other interesting things. Plus an even disposition and civil approach that makes disagreement a pleasure, though it's very difficult to win.

Sara Robinson at Orcinus -- It's Dave Neiwert's blog, originally, but the long-time commenter known as "Mrs. Robinson" joined him as a co-blogger a while back and it's been great. She's a futurist-in-training, a fantastic social analyst.

Ralph Luker at Cliopatria -- Tirelessly feeding our need for history news, trenchant commentary, and mentoring bloggerly connections, not to mention being a fine historian in his own right.

Nonpartisan at Progressive Historians -- Really, the whole collective community there deserves a nod, but Nonpartisan is the founder, the lead blogger, the one who recruits fantastic crossposts from all over the political and historical blogosphere. Also a nice guy, with interesting ideas. I can't wait to see what comes out of his sojourn in grad school, and his commentary just might make this next election cycle tolerable!


Qalandar said...

Really glad to see Chapati Mystery/Sepoy get this recognition -- whether one is a "professional historian" or layperson interested in the subject, the scholarship, reflection and passion sepoy brings to the blog is infectious.

Terry said...

What a wonderful list! I'm looking forward to reading them all. Thanks!