July is Blogger Appreciation Month (on my blog)!

I've been reading blogs for a long time and blogging consistently for hardly any time at all, relatively speaking. As I've been blogging more often I've found two things:1. The more I blog, the easier it is to blog - ideas come more readily and posts are written more easily when less time passes between posts. (This is not dissimilar to what I've found writing short plays for Too Much Light . . .) 2. I frequently have the impulse to employ the styles and devices of my favorite bloggers. Generally I resist this impulse - those ladies (they all happen to be ladies) have worked hard to establish their voices and grow their audiences and success, who am I to come along and pluck up their gems for my own gain? - BUT for the month of July I'm going to go the other way.

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. This month, I'll be highlighting my favorite blogs - and the ones which have the greatest influence on my own style - both by pointing you to some favorite posts and by creating my own posts in homage to each blogger.

Leave a comment and let me know which are YOUR favorite and/or most influential blogs!*

*See what I did there with the "leave a comment" thing? Tons of other bloggers do that all the time which, in turn, makes me feel self-conscious doing it myself. But I really do want to know what you think! So I'm claiming "leave a comment" as my own from now on. :)