Best of our TU Independent Bloggers, March 30 2017: Ten for Thursday

Before I get started with this week’s recap of the great writing by the Times Union’s crew of independent and community bloggers, I must address something.

It was a comment made in a staff blog earlier this week, and it still bothers me today.

In her blog last Monday, TU staff blogger Kristi Gustafson Barlette wrote a piece about certain thoughts in the Capital District, a “When I think of …” recap.  Here’s the piece.

The part that irked me?  This portion.

“When I think of great blogging, I think of Amanda Talar (who is coming back to the east coast). I also think of Matt Baumgartner and really, really miss his blogging.”

Wow.  When Kristi Gustafson Barlette thinks of “great blogging,” she references two people who haven’t blogged for the TU in YEARS.  Not taking anything away from those bloggers – they have written amazing posts in the past – but it totally ignores the fantastic writing and observations of the Times Union’s current bloggers and raconteurs and observers and writers.  Whether you agree or disagree with their topics and thoughts, they at least deserve your attention and consideration.

Maybe if Kristi Gustafson Barlette took a few moments and actually read these blogs, she might indeed find some new favorites.  Some new “great blogging” examples.

Heck, I find examples of “great blogging” from the Times Union’s community and independent bloggers every week.

Including this week’s roundup of great posts …

  1. Heather Fazio’s blog, “Boobs.  My first Mammogram and an MRI adventure to boot.(Read this first.)
  2. Susanne Marie Poulette’s blog, “‘It is almost like, in a way, committing murder.’
  3. Rob Hoffman in the “Hoffman Files” blog, “But that’s what makes baseball great!
  4. Judi Englund in the “Holistic Health” blog, “Want to feel at home?  Stay at home.
  5. Rabbi Matt Cutler’s blog, “What is with those ‘Yids With Lids’?
  6. Jeremy Olson’s “Cardboard Empire” blog, “The scientist of gaming, part 1.
  7. Sara Rose Wheeler’s “Roaring Twenties” blog, “Writer’s block.
  8. David Kalish’s “The Ruminator” blog, “In memoriam to Old Man Winter.
  9. Sonja Stark’s “PilotGirl” blog, “Hiking the Lisha Kill Preserve.
  10. Katie Lembo in the college blog, “Controlling My Anxiety.
  11. Lawrence White’s “Field of View” blog, “The Time To Recuse.
  12. Frank Robinson’s “Rational Optimist” blog, “The Gorsuch hearings: American exceptionalism.

Yeah, yeah, I know there’s twelve listings in this list of ten.  But here’s the thing.  When I think of great blogging in this area, I think of all these bloggers – and more.

So take a moment today and enjoy these Times Union independent and community blogs.  You’ll be glad that you did.

I know I’m glad that I did.