I don’t follow many blogs at all. In fact, I’ve been looking for some new blogs to follow. I’m pretty picky, though.
What most appeals to me is good writing. My Tumblr is obviously writing-intensive (let’s put it this way: if you looked up “long-winded” in the dictionary, instead of finding my face next to the definition, you would find a ridiculously unnecessary amount of words) and longreads — like the aptly named “Longreads” site — alway make me happy.
There are some individuals that I follow — some are people who I know in real-life (sirsamurai; calispeaks; dividedbyframes; narimonk; bllsmk) and some are people that I’ve met here on Tumblr over the past few years and find interesting or funny and would love to hang out with “in real life” (totaldrivel; jheath and irish-mexi; la-fraude-belle; giantsquidandlocomotives; caitlinfaith; imathers and nudewave; neutralangel; ghost-al-qaeda; thebombbag; notnadia; littlebrownskinnedgirl; dyslexianature; carveher; kaiyves). I know that I’m probably missing someone that I am a fan of, so I apologize.
I also follow some publishing companies with really solid Tumblrs, like the Oxford University Press, Little Brown, W.W. Norton, Knopf, Doubleday, and Vintage Anchor just to name a few. Then there are certain publications or content providers that I like to follow: The New York Review of Books; The Missouri Review; Stadium-Love-; The Paris Review; Millions Millions; L.A. Review of Books; LIFE; The-Feature, Lapham’s Quarterly, and Colonel Chris Hadfield.
And, of course, last but not least, there are some history sites that I really enjoy here on Tumblr beginning with the always-awesome Tuesday Johnson (tuesday-johnson; drtuesdaygjohnson; heckyesamericana). The Presidential Libaries are well represented with a great jump-off point at Our Presidents. The LBJ Library is one of my favorite places in the world and on Tumblr! The Archivist of the United States has a wonderful site, and Today’s Document from the National Archives never fails to live up to its name with a great post.
Although I do tend to be picky when it comes to the blogs that I follow, I actually really am in the market for some new additions. If I don’t follow you, please don’t take it personally — I can’t even get make a noticeable impact on the questions in my inbox, so simply following everybody who follows me would probably result in epileptic seizures whenever I scrolled through my dashboard. However, if you think your Tumblr fits in pretty well with the ones I listed above — especially if your posts are heavy on the writing and easy on the GIFs — give me a heads-up. Or, if you know of a site that you think I’d enjoy, who is it?
Before I post my LONG-AWAITED answers to the Proust Questionnaire, I just want to remind everyone that I actually wrote posted a new essay today: Ronald Reagan’s Private Correspondence With America. It’s not even that long despite my well-deserved reputation as an overly wordy horse’s ass! I hope you’ll check it out and share it and not be annoyed in a couple of days when it runs in AND Magazine and I shamelessly plug it again.
Next up is the Proust Questionnaire! Who’s excited besides the one reader who sent it to me and requested that I complete it? Don’t all raise your hands at the same time now.
(By the way, a fitting alternative title to my Proust Questionnaire post might be “Anti-Climactic”.)
I know that many of my readers were also fans of the writing that my friend Keith Davis used to post on his Tumblr. For those of you who wonder where you can find his work, he has a piece prominently spotlighted in the back page slot of the current issue of In My Bed Magazine. You can subscribe to In My Bed online, or find it IN PRINT at selected bookstores throughout the country.