Every year, I like to gather together some of my favourite bloggers/fan writers and give them some extra exposure. If you’re voting for the Hugos, consider these bloggers/blogs for the ‘Best Fan Writer’ and ‘Best Fanzine’ awards!

My Favourite Blogs of 2011

Staffer's Musings, edited by Justin Landon

Staffer’s Musings, edited by Justin Landon

Landon’s blog is new to the scene, but in the nine months he’s been around, he’s become one of my favourite voices in the community. He’s funny, but manages to use that sense of humour to eloquently and convincingly articulate his opinions and insights (even if I don’t always agree with him). He seems to post a new review each day, and he’s begun to interview authors. I expect big things of Landon in 2012. Plus, he looks like this.

Some posts of note:

His blog: http://staffersmusings.blogspot.com/
His twitter: @jdiddyesquire

Bookworm Blues, edited by Sarah Chorn

Bookworm Blues, edited by Sarah Chorn

Sarah’s got a quiet blog, but there’s a lot of wisdom there and I often find myself agreeing with her opinions. She writes some of the best reviews on the ‘net.

Some posts of note:

Her blog: http://bookwormblues.blogspot.com
Her twitter: @bookwormblues

Sam Sykes, author of BLACK HALO

Sam Sykes, author of Black Halo

Sykes is best known as the author of Tome of the Undergates and Black Halo, but it’s his blog that really impresses me. He’s not afraid to tackle weighty issues, defend his cover art or use his acerbic wit to make a point. Consistently interesting.

Some posts of note:

His blog: http://samsykes.com/blog/
His twitter: @samsykesswears

Mad Hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review, edited by Michael

Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf & Book Review, edited by Michael

Michael always seems to beat me to the punch where cover art is concerned, and for that alone I recommend his blog. Great commentary, concise opinion.

Some posts of note:

His blog: http://booktionary.blogspot.com/
His twitter: @madhatterreview

Epiphany 2.0, edited by N.K. Jemisin

Epiphany 2.0, edited by N.K. Jemisin

Nevermind that she wrote one of my favourite novels of 2010, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (REVIEW), like Sykes, Jemisin’s an author that has taken her blog beyond the realm to self-promotion to tackle interesting, hard-hitting topics that concern genre readers, writers, publishers and fans alike. Always makes me ponder.

Some posts of note:

Her blog: http://nkjemisin.com
Her twitter: @nkjemisin

So, then, what were your favourite blogs in 2011?

  • Antonis M. January 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Great post and great choices. I’m happy to admit that I’m already subscribed to almost all of those blogs (along with yours ofcourse!) and they always deliver!

  • Justin January 5, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Unexpected, but wholly appreciated. Thanks Aidan, I like you too.

  • Bibliotropic January 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I just found a new blog or two to read thanks to this post. I was already subscribed to most of the ones you mentioned, but I’m always looking for more new awesome blogs to read. Thanks!

  • Sarah (Bookworm Blues) January 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Wow! I am flattered that I found myself on your list. That really made my day. Thanks!!

  • The Mad Hatter January 6, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Awhh, shucks. Thanks. You’re right on the money about Justin and Sarah.

  • Scott January 6, 2012 at 6:12 am

    All great blogs, and yeah I read both Justin and Sarah on a daily basis. :D Nice post Aidan!

  • Michael J. Sullivan January 9, 2012 at 4:33 am

    A great topic and Staffer’s Musings, Mad Hatter, Bookworm Blues and of course yours have already been blogs I watch frequiently. But now I have new ones to tune into. Thanks.