Best way to roast the broomstick. Must try. Five Stars.

Femelist 2004

Instead of doing a typical year-end review of things — I had a baby, and then I got really sad and angry, and then I ended up in a psyche ward, and now the baby has teeth, it was a good year — I thought I would open up a post about the women on the Internet who have touched my life.

Most of the year-end reviews I have read include a whole bunch of links to men and their websites and then more men and then more men. It’s not that I don’t think men contribute a whole stinking bunch to this wonderful place, I just think it’s time to REPRESENT, ladies. We are writing, we are designing, we are setting standards. We are uniting, we are building communities, we are giving the world a more friendly, more empathic, more beautiful voice.

Here is just a small list of the women who have helped me survive this year:

Heather Powazek Champ
Gail Armstrong
Claire Robertson
Margaret Mason
Sarah Brown
Mrs. Kennedy
Mimi Smartypants
Rebecky
Jenandtonic
Melly
Sarah Hepola
Finslippy
Melissa S.
No Title Yet
Julie
Juliet Martinez
Tracie Masek
My Lovely Beth
getupgrrl
French Toast Girl
Deb
Leahpeah
Shauny
Dotmoms
Old Hag
Kelly
Brooke

Please feel free to post a link in the comments to the women you feel have contributed to this whole wonderful Inter-world: Designers, writers, crafters, mothers, sisters, friends, lovers, photographers, editors, painters, illustrators, geeks, nerds, dog and cat owners.

Happy New Year, Ladies. Thank you for sharing your lives with me. It’s good to be alive.

  • dooce, that’s funny — i was just conversing with the estimable cinetrix (whose film site i recommend: http://pullquote.typepad.com) — about why it is that, when it comes to personal websites, ladies are leading the way. my theory is that women make better bloggers because 1) we’re more inclined than men to open up and share our lives with strangers; 2) we’re more interested in our own and other peoples’ everydayness than guys are; and 3) as mothers or potential mothers, we’re used to the concept of working really hard for free — basically, we can’t say no, which is an important quality in a blogger.

    also: i just name-checked you and mimi, the founding mothers of the personal blog, in my contribution to the year-end culture survey on slate: http://www.slate.com/id/2111569/

    happy 2005 to the blurbodoocery, and keep on writing. — liz, or sometimes dana

  • Way to a go, Dooce. I notice you never seem to post on other sites — very generous of you to give a shout-out to your favourites here. Wonderful gesture.

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

  • You inspire me, Ms. Heather. Keep on rolling. And check out these ladies as well:

    http://fullmoon.typepad.com/chaos
    http://snarkland.com
    http://uniquelyalike.com

    Happy New Year!

  • drawdawn

    http://honestyrain.blogspot.com

    a way with words, super sense of humor, an awesome mommy and a great friend.

    My year has been better because of her!

    All the best in the New Year Heather & family.

  • sam

    My best friend, Jenni, has a website about her husband, Jeff, who is in Iraq with the Marine Reserves. It started out as a way for her to communicate with his family about how he was doing, but it has turned into an incredible blog about how she’s handling all of it. She’s so funny and insightful – you owe it to yourself to read at least a little bit, especially if someone you know is serving in the war. You are awesome Jenni!

    http://www.jenniferlandgilbert.com/jeff/

  • Oh, without a question Miss Doxie. She’s like Dave Barry with tits, except funnier, and with cussing.

    http://www.missdoxie.com

  • Meghan

    Most of my current favourites have already been mentioned, but there are a few that I love who seem to have stopped writing this past year.

    http://belledejour-uk.blogspot.com/ (as somebody already mentioned) has a book deal,

    http://www.jenfu.net/ should, if she doesn’t already,

    http://www.bornsquishy.com/ has a terrific attitude and I’m sure is a wonderful mother, if only she would share the details,

    and http://www.skinnykat.com who was one of my all-time favorites but seems to have just dropped off the face of the planet.

  • The first blog I ever read that indeed inspired me to blog is http://www.misfitting.com.

    I love Dooce as well and have been inspired by some of her writings.

    Happy New Year Fellow Bloggers!

  • Me sister, Rachelle.

    http://rachelle.typepad.com/

    Oh and, Men rock.

  • Doughnut

    Sweet Pea is a great site….

    sweetpeakate.typepad.com

  • I do not really have anyone to add, since that was pretty much a list of my bookmarks and RSS feeds. But I do want to say keep on rockin’ witcha bad selves ladies. You make me feel envious, proud and empowered all at the same time.

    Happy New Year all!

  • I love beautifulwoe on Diaryland. Her writing is emotive, human, and often funny. She’s a very special person.

  • ling
  • Sorry! I made a link but it didn’t show up. The address is: http://beautifulwoe.diaryland.com

  • Susana Gallardo over at
    http://www.chicanas.com

    Mimi Smartypants at
    smartypants.diaryland.com

    And the imitigable Sharyn November from
    http://www.sharyn.org

    She was the first friend I made online, and have exchanged emails and messages with her for almost 10 years. She is such an incredible person, with a great wit.

    I give you all “mwahs”!

  • happy new year heather… you’re a legend 🙂

  • Lainey
  • P.S. I’m drunk. I meant to write “inimitable” not “imitigable” in reference to Sharyn.
    Sharyn, you rock.

    You too, Doocesita!

  • Thanks for sending props to the women out there. More thanks for your endless drive to keep writing and writing and writing so we can read.

    Happy New Year!

  • Chunquie

    I can honestly say that no woman has had any effect on me at all this year. None positive, and blessedly none negative. Not online, at work, in person – nowhere.

    Sorry. That’s it.

  • also, Beth over at http://www.sothefishsaid.com….good writer…even better friend

  • Dooce you REPRESENT strength, courageness, humor and love. I love your posts and they have inspired me.

    http://www.fondofelves.com
    http://www.divingreality.com
    http://www.iamzoot.com

    The woman who most inspires me every year though does not have a blog. In fact she has just gotten the hang of emails with attachments and playing Me Jong. This woman is my mom. Strong, beautiful and down to earth. Happy New Year to all women!

  • Amy

    I have to say my homeskillet Lindsey over @ Yankee Girl Designs(www.lindseyandray.com/ygd) she cracks me up and about 1/2 my hubby’s paycheck goes to her each month, her pieces rock my world. *waves* Hi Lindz I know your reading this 🙂 Love you girl!!!

  • OK … a list of blogs I check every day and sometimes several times a day … (and we can assume that dooce.com is the first among equals):

    http://www.tomatonation.com – Sars from Televisionwithoutpity.com (which incidentally is mostly written by women) – she’s funny, smart, and has an amazing advice column

    www. frolicanddetour.com – MissAllie from TWoP, Linda is mentioned above (#45) and is just an exquisite writer

    http://www.crankychick.net – Tess is polar opposites of most of the net women I know. Some smart, funny, opinionated writing.

    http://mamadunce.blogspot.com/ – One of Canada’s funniest women, Cynthia does some clever stuff.

    http://www.jodiverse.com – also mentioned somewhere above – funny and quirky and great food pics.

  • I’m new to the blogging world, however, the first person to inspire me to write is a female scientist from florida. She is the main encourager in my writing life and I have never even met her! She is always making me laugh through her blogging thoughts!
    http://floridagatorgirl.blogspot.com/
    And of course, Heather, you are the sole purpose of my husband’s strange looks as I laugh in uncontrollable manners at our computer screen….Ciao!

  • jennifa

    i really like jenny @ http://www.ljcfyi.com. her and http://www.dooce.com are my daily reads!

  • morethandonuts.blogspot.com,
    cause she makes me feel less klutzy, and that’s hard to do.

    and major shout-outs to teacher blogs, who have SERIOUSLY been keeping my head above water (& my student’s heads out of toilets) for the past two years. including, but not limited to, http://www.msfrizzle.blogspot.com, http://www.firstyearteacher.blogspot.com, http://www.hrhjohanna.blogspot.com, http://www.puddledog.blogspot.com,
    http://www.tangentialthoughts.blogspot.com

    great idea, heather! i will come back to this page and link to some of these ladies when i’m looking for the bloglovin’.

  • I pretty much read most of the blogs that are connected to the names of people who post here.

  • There would be no magic in my beans if it weren’t for the talented Amanda at http://www.painted-turtle.com.

    Thank you, Dooce, for making me laugh out loud when I needed it most. Happy New Year!

  • just a few that keep me going, make me laugh, and remind me to notice the little things:

    today.maganda.org
    wockerjabby.com
    bluishorange.com
    thisfish.com

    thanks, dooce, for posting this and being one of those ladies on my list.

    happy new year.

  • Doug

    Our new daughter-in-law turned us on to you, Dooce. Now you’re one of my fave web chicks, right up with my wife, Katy.
    http://www.fallible.com

  • abc

    LOVE The Midwestgrrl.

    http://midwestgrrl.blogspot.com/

    and just discovered Ordinary Morning.
    http://www.ordinarymorning.net/
    Yay!

  • Jennifer

    I check Stacey’s journal every day, so funny:

    http://stsaling.diary-x.com

    And you! Of course!

  • me

    I’m going to say me because I should be grateful that I get out of bed every morning instead of putting a gun to my head. Gotta love the depression.

  • Cin

    So many new links to explore ! But I’ll always begin with your site and
    http://www.penelopeillustration.com/journal.html

    many thanks to you ladies for all you have taught me !

  • jm

    Dooce is still tops and Mimi Smartypants was my first blog crush 🙂

    Other daily musts for me:

    Sars! – tomatonation.com
    Sewgeeky! – goingjesus.com (nothing more irreverently funny)
    Heather @ the Stitch! – verymerryseamstress.com/stitch.htm
    Ilsabe’s Daily Special! – ilsabeoconnell.com/dailyspecial/
    Lisa – http://www.twolooseteeth.com

    And to women who can really pull their weight when it comes to power tools (in the normally male dominated world of old house renovation) They keep me motivated

    Chateau Ste. Mold – aphramedia.com/blog/
    Housemade – housemade.blogspot.com
    Heather – 1912bungalow.com
    and, especially,
    “The Wife” @ Brickman House –
    brickmanhouse.com

  • Heather, this post of yours seriously makes the shit flow.

    Katherine: http://datinggod.typepad.com/datinggod/

    Lisa B-K: madameinsane.com

  • jm

    p.s. Ilsabe @ Daily Special is also a great friend and neighbor who mixes an AWESOME drink 🙂

  • What a nice post! Heather, you are both sweet and a bitch (in the best sense of the word)!
    I’ve been inspired by you and
    http://www.livejournal.com/~inflammatio
    http://www.zendinou.com in both my thinking person and my inner artist!

    Best to you and Jon and lovely, Leta in 2005!

    Wanda

  • You.

  • DM

    flea at buggydo.blogspot.com and frog at betweenthelakes.blogspot.com. I think they are completely awesome and am so glad I found their blogs because they led me to yours. Also lioness-pride.blogspot.com and deann.blogspot.com. They are very cool.

    And then there is dooce.com. Heather, you amaze me. I look forward to another great year.

  • WOW! I’m humbled to make the list. Really.

    Here some amazing woman who are basically amazing:

    http://www.jengray.com/index.html
    she is pure beauty…thougtful and wonderous.

    http://spiritofone.typepad.com/
    Robyn’s brilliant mind will inspire you like no other

    http://openbook.typepad.com/katey/
    Katey is delight

    http://www.ladonnawitmer.com/
    LaDonna’s Poetry is mesmerizing. Her talents overflow.

  • Not that anyone is going to see it way down here but Esther at myurbankvetch.blogspot.com is great. Funny, moving, smart and well written. Worth a read even if you’re not Jewish or single.

  • jane

    You and Brenda (http://www.secret-agent-josephine.com/index.htm) are the two bloggers I read every day. You both inspire (and amuse) me in different ways.

    Happy New Year!

  • I love Tertia at http://tertia.typepad.com/so_close/ and of course her whole “Vagina Posse”. They are such brave, strong women.
    Claire at Loobylu has been mentioned, but adore her because she was inspiration to learn how to knit, something I now do almost every night, and something that has cheered me up this year.
    And of course Dooce.com, for helping me to realise I can be myself and not feel ashamed of that.

  • i have to say how rockin’ happy i am that both katie (sweetpeakate) and dooce are on this list! these women rock the house …

    me, i’ve got a blog list of like 5 million, mostly women. i guess checking them out would be easier than me having to write them all out here …

    cuz i’m lazy!!!

  • Nell

    Fatima, from Dubai, is a big inspiration for me. She finds beauty everywhere and shares it with the world in her photos:

    http://www.flickr.com/people/efatima/

    She is also a model, even though her society shunned her. Talented and independent, she’s a role model for me.

    Happy new year, Heather!

  • lilretrogirl.blogspot.com

    i have to make sure i put her up here … she has been so good to me! wonderful woman, just amazing!

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