I've heard of chain letters ... but chain awards?
No worries. The Liebster Blog (Liebster = Ger. "dear, darling") is really a good way to get people to follow some of the more obscure blogs in the Catholic blogosphere. You can either follow forward and read the wonderful blogs I've picked — the trick was whittling them down to five — or follow backwards to see who picked me (Subvet from Blowing San #1), and who picked them, and so on and so forth. Either way, you're bound to find some good new writers.
Here are the rules:
- Copy and paste the Major Award to my blog.
- Link back the person who gave me the award.
- Pick out five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award.
- Hope that the five blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs.
And my five picks? Hmmmmmmm ....
- Linen on the Hedgerow: Just barely qualified with 181 followers, Richard Collins helps keep me up to speed with what's happening in the Catholic Church in England (as opposed to the Church of England — all that's happening there is a falling into a genteel desuetude). Great fun, a ripping good read, with all the dry, understated humor you'd expect from an Englishman of some education.
- not a minx, a moron, or a parasite: Pretty, witty and wise beyond her years, Trista Leigh is one of the Bright Maidens whose praises I sing as "what feminism should have produced but couldn't". For a good sample of her writing, try the first one I read: "Wearing Crucifixes and Condoms".
- St. Joseph's Vanguard: The home of Catholic Answers apologist and author Devin Rose. His book If Protestantism is True (which I reviewed on The Impractical Catholic) has 327 "likes" on Facebook — far too few for such a great apologetics tool — but his blog has a mere 57 followers. A really nice guy who writes with great intelligence and charity. Go read him and bulk up that number.
- The Corner with a View: Julie Robison is another of the Bright Maidens ... attractive, intelligent and confident. Most of her posts have great extracts from great literature and poetry, wonderful passages from saints, mystics and popes, but occasionally doing the pop references (like this great quote from Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame). Go have your mind enriched.
- Catholic Boy Richard: I just discovered Richard a couple of months ago. A former Protestant minister who was involved in LGBT causes, he writes with great charity and enthusiasm ... a truly pleasant change from all the bitter, sarcastic and angry blogs that (as Simcha Fisher once said) "always make me want to hide in the catacombs, to get away from those awful Catholics. Brrr."
- HONORABLE MENTION — Kissing the Leper: You read Elise Hilton's blog and you'll see why I couldn't find it in my heart to leave her out.
So many other people I wish I could have listed but: 1) they have too many followers; or 2) I couldn't verify the number; or 3) he already nominated me, so nominating him back would defeat the purpose; or 4) their writing has been sporadic due to other obligations (the other Bright Maiden, Elizabeth Hillgrove at Startling the Day, and my friend Rob Hall's Road to Rome).
So what are you doing still here? Go read these great writers and spread their names around!