Follow Friday

Just been having a conversation with someone I’m following about how to find good blogs to follow on WordPress.

I don’t use the search function very often. I have found the occasional good stuff via search, but it is rare.

Instead, I follow the blogs of people who write good comments on blogs I’m already following. Or people I find on Twitter or Instagram who share an interesting article. Or people I know from other contexts.

I have also followed a lot of people whose posts are featured in Wrycrow’s excellent series, Friday Foraging.

In this post, I am going to share a list of the people whose blogs I am following on WordPress. (The title is from #FollowFriday on Twitter)

An A to Z of blogs I follow

Not all 134 of them, but the ones that are still posting and likely to be of interest to my readers. (All quotes taken from their “About” page, if they have one.)

Anima Monday

I think I found this blog via Wrycrow’s Friday Foraging.

Animism is the experience of connection with the world. This may sound mystical but it is an everyday thing shared by most people. Have you ever thought the sky looked moody? Is your dog a member of the family? Maybe you tolerate an old machine’s idiosyncrasies because you’ve been through so much together.

Anima Monday is a collective of people interested in sharing our experiences of animism. We are passionate about inviting people to re-connect with the world. For those already there we want to normalize that sense of enchantment. All are welcome. We don’t sell anything here but hope and ideas.


AtheoPaganism

I think I found this blog via Wrycrow’s Friday Foraging. Or maybe via John Halstead.

“Atheopaganism”: a supernatural-free, godless tradition of celebrations, observances, meditations and other meaningful practices, the goal of which is to increase happiness both individually and in society, and to foster the development of a more sustainable, just and kind world.


Dana, The Druid’s Garden

I found this blog via Wrycrow’s Friday Foraging.

I began this blog in 2010 to document the work of my druid adept project for the AODA, and it has evolved and grown quite a bit since this time! In 2010, I purchased a home with three acres and a pond.  This home and land, which required much clean up, healing, tending. Using permaculture design principles, reskilling, herbalism, systems thinking, and a lot of hard work, I transformed the land from a consumptive space to a productive one and to a sanctuary for all life.  In 2015, I was called back to the land of my birth in Western PA and am now working on work with the land here in my ancestral homelands.


Detained Voices

Found via the movement of people resisting deportations in the UK. (Movement for Justice / Close Campsfield)

The statements that appear on Detained Voices are the stories, experiences and demands made by people held in immigration detention centres in the UK or those who have family members or partners in detention. The site is operated by supporters outside of detention. The vast majority of the statements are written verbatim from a conversation over the phone. The statement is read back for the author of the statement to make changes and confirm that they wish it to be published. The rest are received via email or fax.


Divine Multiplicity

I can’t remember how I found this blog; it was probably via another polytheist blog. It’s a collective of polytheist bloggers from different traditions.


Fiona Glass

I can’t remember how I found this blog; possibly via Instagram, or the #FolkloreThursday hashtag on Twitter.

When she isn’t being a pane in the glass, Fiona writes darkly humorous paranormal romance, often featuring gay characters and almost always with a twist in the tail. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines including Mslexia, Paragraph Planet, and The Library of Rejected Beauty. She currently has two books available: gay vampire romance ‘Echoes of Blood’ on Kindle, and paranormal romp ‘Got Ghosts?’ from Fox Spirit Books. You can find out more about both at her website.

Fiona lives in a slate cottage within stone-throwing distance (never a good idea in Glass houses…) of England’s largest lake with her husband, several pot plants and a vast collection of books. She enjoys history, gardening and photography, and rarely has her nose far from the pages of a book – or a cup of tea.


Imorgana Quinn

Found via the comments on Nimue Brown’s blog, I think. Imorgana writes about life, landscape, and writing.


In the Desert of Set

I can’t remember how I found this blog; probably via another polytheist blog. The author is GB Marian and he writes about Setianism.


Jack Barrow

I met Jack at a Pagan moot I used to go to. I read his books too – they’re great.

…blogging about a life of writing and philosophy; creating fiction and non fiction, sourced from pop philosophy and the irrational. Occasional outbursts on matters political, comical or just the downright infuriating. About to publish a travelogue about a six week tour of the 39 Historic Counties of England while trying to unravel life’s big questions.


Kallisti

I can’t remember how I found this blog; probably via another polytheist blog.

 This blog is about Hellenic polytheism — specifically Hellenistic Syncretic Polytheism (or HeSP, which you can pronounce hesp, like Hesperos). It means that I worship Greek gods, engage with philosophy and theology, and yet maintain some practices, outlooks, and fusions of all of the above with my root culture; it’s different from the religion practiced by Greek orgs like YSEE or LABRYS even though some/many of the ritual practices may look the same. You will see the word Hellenism in most older posts; I’m trying to move away from that and towards HeSP so we have more clarity of terminology.


Lorna Smithers – From Peneverdant

I found Lorna via Gods and Radicals.

POEMS FOR THE LAND AND MYTHS FOR THE OLD GODS OF BRITAIN


Major Arqueerna

Found via Twitter.

Be gay. Do magick.
I’m a nonbinary, bisexual queer person and acting high priest of a Wiccan/ceremonial magic coven. I specialize in teaching Tarot, Hermetic Qabala, and the intersections of queerness and magickal practice.


Michael, Unhinged and Unenlightened

I can’t remember how I found this blog; possibly via commenting on another blog.

‘Unhinged and Unenlightened’ is hopefully going to be a site where I collect my various thoughts and ideas regarding mental illness from my spiritual perspective. A lot of topics come to mind, and I’ll try and collect them here. There may be rants, personal analysises, and hopefully eventually some academically sourced articles. If all goes well, I’m aiming to update once a month in times of un-wellness, and bi-monthly in wellness. But we shall see what the gods & goddesses have in store.


Mike Finn’s Fiction

Found via the Remain community on Twitter (people who want the UK to stay in the EU). It’s a blog of book reviews and short stories.


Nimue Brown – Druid Life

I found Nimue Brown’s blog via Wrycrow’s Friday Foraging, though I had of course heard of her already.

Ponderer, singer of songs, teller of stories. Hill walker, daydreamer, editor, marketing person, occasional press officer on demand, reviewer, Steampunk, Folky ,and Green activist… I have a lot of hats.

I discovered Paganism in my late teens and Druidry in my early twenties. I’ve since been a Pagan Federation volunteer, completed the OBOD grades. I also helped out for a while at The Druid Network as well, these days I’m a member, just contributing the odd essay and review.

I was a founding member of west midlands Druid Gorsedd, Bards of the Lost Forest. During my decade in the west midlands I also ran meditation sessions, workshops, a closed ritual group and a folk club.

I’m now back in my native Gloucestershire, after a period of living on a narrowboat, I’m now in more conventional accommodation in Stroud. I live with my lovely and very Druidy husband, artist Tom Brown a fabulous tigerboy and a lot of houseplants and spiders.

I’m very much immersed in the vibrant life of Stroud and exploring bardic and Druidic things.


Occultivated

Found via Instagram.

Uma and Iris met in 2010 while formally studying in a Wiccan coven. Uma is a Capricorn – fiercely independent, calm on the outside and intense on the inside, she both loves and resents structure. Iris is a Gemini. Opinionated, a bit challenging, a bit of a joker, and loves starting new things but isn’t good at finishing them. 

Our teacher always half teased that Capricorns and Geminis make the most challenging students, which always made us cackle with glee. Both of us do best when held accountable so we quickly found that working together, talking things out and sharing our processes helped us go further, learn more, reflect better and laugh more. 

After we experimented with spagyric tinctures (aka lighting things on fire, breaking dishes, smoking out the house, melting Iris’s stove and Uma’s husband thinking WTF is my wife doing now), this blog was born…


Perditus

Found via the comments on Nimue Brown’s blog. Perditus is a Druid who writes poetry.


A Phoenix in Oxford

Kat posted a brilliant thing on Twitter about Susan Pevensie in the Narnia books. I was hooked, and followed her blog and Instagram. (For the record, I prefer Lucy Pevensie.) She writes about her spiritual journey, CS Lewis, and progressive Christianity.


A Pilgrim in Narnia

Found this blog through the Tolkien scholars community on Twitter.

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis and the worlds he touched, like children’s literature, apologetics, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, and writing, as well as the work of his fellow Inklings J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Williams.

Personally, Lewis’ work draws me in. From the The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe as contraband Christian theology in my childhood to the clarity of his thinking in The Screwtape Letters or Mere Christianity, I am invited into Lewis’ Narnia, his world where the real is more than touch and taste and scent, where it is increasingly evident there is more than there is and there is meaning behind that is-ness. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through his work and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia.


The Queerness

This is one of the very few blogs I found by using the search facility on WordPress.

Founded in 2015 by Lee Williscroft-Ferris, ex-Editor-in-Chief of So So Gay, The Queerness is, quite simply, a team of writers giving a platform to queer voices.

Our principles are very simple: intersectionality, respect and quality.


Wrycrow

I found Wrycrow because they comment on John Halstead’s blog. Wrycrow is one of my most favourite blogs. Brilliant.

I’m a queer Pagan librarian [they/them pronouns], finding magic in the mundane, working with the land, sea and sky to craft meaningful relationship here and now.

I have studied with Druid College UK and am a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.

I have an MA in religious studies specializing in the psychology of religious belief, and am also active in the growing Death Positive movement. I contributed an essay to the anthology Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans edited by John Halstead (Lulu, 2016), and have also been featured on the Humanistic Paganism blog.

I can generally be found walking the woods, fens and marshes of East Anglia, or curling up somewhere with a good book.


Zen and the Art of Tightrope Walking

Found this one via Twitter. Someone I am following on Twitter posted about Dame Julian of Norwich, and the author of this blog posted a link to her post about Dame Julian.

I am a professional writer: that is to say, I earn money (and a few other benefits) by doing so. Not my living, yet, I have two day jobs for that. I write about life, I write about what is important to me. I write fiction and poetry and I ought to warn you that some of what is billed as fiction is true and what is billed as….non-fiction may actually be something else entirely.

6 thoughts on “Follow Friday

  1. Thank you for another mention, Yvonne. Much appreciated. I follow quite a few of the blogs on your list and I will have a look at some of the others. My whole WordPress adventure started with Nimue Brown after reading her lovely book, Druidry and Meditation, a book that more or less threw itself at me from a shelf in my local library. I started following her, then you, and then followed others whose comments I liked, and eventually set up my own blog. I am enjoying WordPress. It’s the only Internet platform I engage with.

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  2. Pingback: Follow Friday! – Unhinged and unenlightened

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