First, I must say that I would prefer to title this “3 Favorite Female Writers,” as the sort of blogging I’m discussing is no different from what one thinks of as traditional “writing.” But that could be confusing. I would also prefer “3 Favorite Female Internet Writers” only because the term “blogger” seems to lack the promise and sturdiness (and, yes, perhaps impressiveness) of “writer.” People think that anyone can be a blogger. And they can. But, that also means that anyone can be a writer. And they can. The key is to be a very good writer, and to be a very good blogger. Here are 3 of them — 3 fantastic female bloggers I think you should start reading.
Simone of her blog Skinny Dip. (pictured above.)
Simone writes with her entire heart stories about “life, love, sex, relationships, and everything in between.” She’ll candidly discuss sex and educate her readers about the latest sex toy gadgetry and she’ll also inspire her readers with tales of relationships gone almost right. Simone’s getting it all together and she’s showing us how, by telling us her mistakes — but also her triumphs. My favorite piece from her was about her determination to date an older man who wasn’t prioritizing her time the way she was his. “I was really looking forward to spending some quality time with Fitness Guy over the long weekend…I received a text from him on Thursday about hanging out with him over the weekend and it said: ‘I’m going running tomorrow morning. You can come if you want’ Frustrated, I burst into tears. I’M EXHAUSTED FROM RUNNING AFTER YOU ALL THIS TIME, AND NOW YOU WANT ME TO PHYSICALLY RUN AFTER YOU?!” So right, so good, and yet so funny.
E.A. Hanks, of The Huffington Post and her blog Impudent Ways.
“I’m the sort of girlfriend who will bring you a sandwich,” Hanks once wrote. Hanks can do it all, I think. Journalism, fiction, poetry, and probably other things I’m not even aware of. Her recent post on Joan Didion and Malibu is a perfect example of her ability to tie prose into a piece that begins as a profile of an artist she admires and segues into her relationship with said writer’s work and the feelings that come with it. Her now legendary interview with graffiti artist Haksy cannot be missed.
Julia Gazdag of Hello Giggles and her blog Anyroads.
Julia writes about things I shy away from, namely, politics. Especially heated political topics. She is fearless. She pours research and heart into every article, all backed with facts and statistics, like any good writer should, but some don’t. She responds to her critics, engaging them in thoughtful discussion in the comments section, which is a rare thing to see. But she has many other areas of writing. For example, one of my absolute favorite things Gazdag has written is her breakdown of The Little Mermaid. It’s funny, biting, and brilliant. A quote: “Ariel and Stalking Victim take a tour of his janky kingdom and really bond. It’s a special day for everyone.”
And if I may humbly mention down here, my new eBook, I Forgot To Be Famous, is out now! You can get it here, and for just $2.99. It’s essays about dating, Los Angeles, and how they collide, plus pop culture musings like, what would When Harry Met Sally… look like in 2013?
Keep writing, ladies. You know that phrase, “this town ain’t big enough for the both of us”? Total bullshit. There is plenty of room for more, good, female writers and bloggers.
Photo credit: Simone by Shoetease.com via Skinnydip.
Almie Rose is a writer from Los Angeles. She has a blog, Apocalypstick. In addition to Dating & Hookup she also writes for Hello Giggles, The Frisky, Thought Catalog, and Genlux Magazine. Her book, I Forgot To Be Famous, is out now. You can follow her on twitter @apocalypstick. Her favorite pastime is eating and drinking and sleeping and then eating again.
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