Bloggerhood Etc. 4/28/14

Redskins and Dolphins in SB VII

The Redskins of my childhood (Photo: Getty Images)

Happy Monday! Wait … is there such a thing?

Here’s the best of week …

Best Article.A Decade Without a First-Round Pick” by Mike Tanier on Sports on Earth.

Most Honest.Infertility Awareness Week: A Catholic Perspective” by Aimee Murphy (and numerous contributors from a Facebook infertility support group, some of whom chose to remain anonymous) at Ramblings of an Interested Party.

Most Poetic.The Popular Poet” by John Blase, guesting on Addie Zierman’s How to Talk Evangelical blog.

Best Reflection.Shared Sacrifice” by Msgr. Micheal Heintz at America.

Best Photoblog.Pattern” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.

Biggest Blowout (in any sport, ever).NBA Y2K: OutKast’s quest for 404 points in one game” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

Best Special Needs Post.3D Printers: The Future is Now” by Jolene Philo at Not Alone.

Best Guest Post.In which we’re telling a new narrative about gender roles and racial reconciliation” by Osheta Moore at Sarah Bessy’s blog.

Most Thought-Provoking.The Day the Place Cards Were Burned” by Natalie Trust.

Most Nostalgic.Traveling the Oregon Trail” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Best List.Top Ten Ways to Misuse the Bible {from an ex-fundamentalist guilty of ALL ten}” by Elizabeth Esther.

Best Video.Play House” by Alex Allmont on Vimeo.

If only LEGO did that when I was a kid!

Bloggerhood Etc. 3/17/14

Green Chicago River

The Chicago River, dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s also Monday, so time for the best of the week from around the blogosphere.

Best Special-Needs Story.iPads help disabled children speak” by Alandra Johnson at The Bend Bulletin.

Best At-Home Parent Post.In which I don’t mind if my tinies see me on the computer” by Sarah Bessey.

Best Guy Post.A MANifesto” by Joshua Wood at Blog of Manly.

Best Snapshot.This is What Homeschooling Looks Like” by Karen Gann at Homeschooling in Huntsville.

Most Honest.Standing Naked in Front of Strangers (and Other Occupational Hazards of Memoir Writing)” by Elizabeth Esther.

Best Questions.The Four Questions of Christian Education” by Anthony Bradley at The Acton Institute Power Blog.

Most Adorable Scientific Study.Why DO babies laugh? That’s what a scientist set out to learn… with tantalising results” by Kathryn Knight at Daily Mail Online.

Least Judgmental.Neither Do I Condemn You” by Alise Chaffins in Knitting Soul.

Best Marriage Post.‘I Choose You.’ Brief Thoughts on Marriage From An Unmarried Feminist” by Melissa Otterbein at Like Birds on Trees.

Best Title.The Thing About Kicking Ass and Also Not Being Enough” by Tamára Lunardo at Tamára Out Loud.

Best List.7 of the Mistakes Both Men and Women Make When Dating Online” by Anna Wickham at Good Men Project.

Best Video.Restaurant Etiquette” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

“I want Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity!!!”

Bloggerhood Etc. 1/20/14

hat orientation blueprints

Image: Spencer Hall (SB Nation)

The best of the week, including three hilarious posts from SB Nation, which features some of the best sportswriting on the Internet, and three fantastic special-needs posts. Some weeks it’s so hard to narrow these down, so why try?

Best Diagram.Hat Angles are Important: A Helpful Guide” by Spencer Hall at SB Nation (image above).

Best Guest Post. “Promise, an Apraxia Monday Guest Post” by Stacey Shubitz at Leslie Lindsay’s Speaking of Apraxia blog.

Best Microstory.On a Bus Ride of Redemption” by Tamára Lunardo at A Deeper Story.

Best List.5 Tips for Loving People Through the Loss of a Marriage” by Natalie Trust.

Best Special Needs Post.Here be Dragons” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Worst Pants.Pantsform: Jim Harbaugh’s Pants, Reviewed” by Spencer Hall at SB Nation.

Best Statement.I Am Not Diabetes” by Scott Benner at Huff Post Parents.

Best Win.What Happens When the President Sits Next to You at a Café” by Robinson Meyer at The Atlantic.

Best Essay.A Toast Story” by John Gravois at Pacific Standard.

Best End to a Trilogy.Breaking Madden, 49ers vs. Seahawks: BEEFTANK’S Path to Self” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

“Oh how good it is to have fled, to have become free!” —Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha.

Bloggerhood Etc. 11/18/13


Infinite McAfee (Image: Jon Bois/SB Nation)

Best of the week (an extra-long list with two videos)…

Best Title.Breaking Madden: Pat McAfee, Destroyer of Worlds” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

Best Real-Life “Breaking” Madden” Character.White Swan Monster Running Back Tony Picard Biggest in Nation” by Dirk Knudsen at Northwest Prep Report.

Best Response.But Marriage IS For Me” by Hannah Heinzekehr at The Femonite.

Best Special Needs Post.A Little Space” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Most Disgusting.Glove and Boots Product Testing: The Rollie” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube)

Best Pope Shoutout. “The Thing That’s Shocked Me Most About Pope Francis” by Zach Hunt at American Jesus.

Best Cut We Wish Was Left In.I’m depressed and living hurts too much …” by Elizabeth Esther (and cut out of her upcoming book, Girl at the End of the World).

Best Comic.A Year of Parenting” by Grant Snider at Incidental Comics.

Best Reality Check.Chasing After the Christian Power Couple” by Natalie Trust.

Best Video.Hot Wheel Builds the Ultimate Track” at Hot Wheels’ YouTube Channel.

Bloggerhood Etc. 11/11/13

Football contributions of folks named Johnson.

Infographic: Jon Bois/SB Nation

Best Bad Idea.Breaking Madden: One team, 46 guys named Johnson” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

My question: what if an NFL general manager just started drafting every guy named Johnson that he possibly could? Frankly, it’s not the worst idea I’ve ever heard, so we’re going to give it a try. This is a two-phase experiment:



Special thanks to the largest Breaking Madden ensemble cast ever assembled, and to all y’all who applied for inclusion. While making these players, I spent so much time looking at the word “Johnson” that the silent “h” actually started looking weird and out of place. Mission accomplished.

Best Question.Are You a Bully?” by Thomas Blevins at Elevate Dads.

As a dad, this is what hits me hardest…

According to Child Trends: “Children who have less-involved parents are more likely to bully others, as are those who have siblings or parents who model or endorse aggressive behavior. Parenting styles linked to social bullying include those lacking nurturing or that rely on psychological control of children; children with parents who manipulate relationships to assert power or gain attention are also more likely to engage in social bullying.”

Wow. Can we just agree right now that we will never be our child’s bully?

Best Guest Post.One Small Change: Tipping My Hand” by Cara Strickland, posting at Addie Zierman’s blog How To Talk Evangelical.

It is easy for me to picture what a person in need, or a person hurting, looks like in my mind. I will tell you this: that person is not smiling at me, pulling out my chair and asking what I’d like to drink.

Best (and Geekiest) List.Top 10 Things You Can Upgrade with a Little Electronics Hacking” by Whitson Gordon at LifeHacker.

Retro Pac Man console

Image: Lifehacker

Best Commentary.Marriage Isn’t For You” by Seth Adam Smith.

… a true marriage (and true love) is never about you. It’s about the person you love—their wants, their needs, their hopes, and their dreams. Selfishness demands, “What’s in it for me?”, while Love asks, “What can I give?”

Most Scenic Pub Crawl.The Bend Ale Trail is the Perfect Weekend Away” by Evelyn at Momsicle.

My husband and I are trying to make fun stuff happen in our lives. Don’t get me wrong, our pets K-Pants and Baby Woww are fun, but they’re fun in a very volatile, Hangover sort of way. Some morning, about 16 years from now, we’re going to wake up with splitting headaches and ask ourselves, “What just happened?!? Do you remember any of it?”

In the meantime, we’re adding in a few lucid moments without the gremlins.

Wisest.How the Hidden Dangers of Comparison are Killing Us … {and Our Daughters} : The Measuring Stick Principle” by Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience.

“The world isn’t a forest of measuring sticks. The world is a forest of burning bushes. Everything isn’t a marker to make you feel behind or ahead; everything is a flame to make you see GOD is here.”

Happiest. “All Together Now!” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

Also one of the best Beatles covers ever.