Thursday, January 11, 2007


Taste is such a subjective thing.

What tickles my funny bone may irritate yours.
What I find delicious you may find odious.
What you think is gorgeous might be "just okay" for me.
What I think is good reading might be just blah to you.

My taste in blog reading is as eclectic as my taste in books and music. Just look at my blogroll (and the list isn't even complete, there are some others that I regularly read but haven't yet added to my blogroll). There's funny, serious, and everything in between.

Hats off to the funny bloggers, I admire your skill. I think it's damn hard to consistently come up with something that's so uproariously funny. It's like you guys are on happy pills all the time, dancing to the mad piper's music, injecting the cyberworld with your own brand of hilarity that translates into laughter in my corner of the world.

Hats off to those who share parts of their everyday lives and do it so well. You have a knack for making what some might perceive as mundane seem so much more interesting. Again, it's a matter of being subjective. What looks to be mundane to one is important to another, and the way it's written (or illustrated) makes me realize that perhaps everything is important after all--just in varying degrees and from different perspectives.

And so I meander my way through the blog world, lingering at this site and that, reading your thoughts, reacting to them; chuckling at the wits and smart alecks; rejoicing with those who share good news, commiserating with those who are feeling bad; marveling at how each one uses the written word in his or her own way to express the inner self.

But every so often I come across writings that stop me in my tracks, rivet me, mesmerize me, hold me in thrall. Perhaps they leave others unmoved, but what I do know is that they touch a chord deep inside me, one that resonates and thrums from the top of my head to the tips of my toes.

I wish I could write that way. I wish I had their voice. I'd like to think that I have that kind of voice. But even if I did, I don't know how to coax it out. It isn't just what is being written about that grabs my attention and doesn't let go; it's the way the writer uses words to conjure unexpected images, crafting their thoughts with nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, figures of speech, as artfully and as naturally as a spider weaving a web.

I am captivated, captured, a helpless but willing victim of their magic.

And I fall deeply, madly in love with the written word all over again.


houseband00 said...

Uyy. Senti pa ren si Lizza. =)

Lizza said...

HB: Che! (Guevara) Haha!
Hindi naman senti post ito ehhh! Okay, sentimental about words then. :-)

Odat said...

Hey you...I think the same about you!! You do write that way...I wish I could write like you...So there!!!!!

Schmoop said...

Dont sell yourself short Lizza. You write really well. But I do agree with you, a well placed word, a well written sentence or phrase turns me on...Cheers

H said...

I thought I'd be the first to comment [at least this time] cause I knew you were brewing a post.

but the bastard electricity keeps going. And then my comp takes ages to start up on backup.

But. I digress.

Okay. So, I am overwhelmed. Amazed at how generous you are... and absolutely bewildered at how you can say 'you wish for a voice like that'. Girl. I suggest you read your own blog too, and an amazing story... that I recall of a night of reckoning.


I love unreliable witness! thank you. How is it that you discover all these super cool blogs?

H said...

Oh and. HUG. hug. huggg.

Foofa said...

Your blog often contains meaningful and profound posts. Sometimes the topic is important, others more mundane but they still mean something. That is what keeps so many people coming back.

Natalia said...

Yaay more bloggage to read!


Lizza said...

Odat: Hey you! Thanks for the kind words. And thanks for always bringing a smile to my face with your sunny personality.

Matt: Thank you. Oh, yes. Well-written somethings are savory, yummy.

H: Ahem. I think your writing is sublime and I grovel at your feet.

Ohhh, I neglected to give credit to where credit is due. Found Unreliable Witness through Yaxlich, he left a comment there.

Huggggs to you too, soul sistah mine.

Natalie: Thanks! I'm glad you like my kind of mundane. Congrats again on post #100!

Natalia: Thanks for checking them out. Oh looky! You and Natalie come after each other again, that's happened a couple of times before. :-)

Looking forward to more of your cool Nat quizzes!

mist1 said...

Good bloggers keep me going.

Lizza said...

And bloggers like you enrich my online experience!

Unknown said...

Seems you´ve described ME when I visit YOU =)

Kiyotoe said...

Sometimes I read one of your posts (like this one) and I think it sounds like music. Rhythmic and soothing. You have a "way" with words, but I think you already knew that.

Did you just want to hear the Dragon say it? Fine.

"Rhythmic and soothing. You have a "way" with words, but I think you already knew that."

said it twice.

Liz Hill said...

Lizza--you aways have great stuff be it mundane, profound, silly, whatever. I think you have your own 'voice' and it is captivating in it's own way. I appreciate your 'finds' but I appreciate your talent just as much. And I am madly in love with the written word---always have been----it never wanes.

Lizza said...

Sanni: Ha! Thanks, you're so sweet.

Kiyotoe: Lest it be said I was fishing for compliments...

I was NOT.

But thanks for the (twice-given) compliment anyway. :-D

Turnbaby: Thank you very much! I love reading your writing too.

Mike said...

(I'm reading your older posts to try to catch myself up)

Remember when I said I use your blog as an example to explain to others how to blog well? One of the main reasons your blog is so neat is because you consistently leave posts that are worth reading. I don't think I can recall a time when I read something of yours that didn't make the 'trip' to your blog worth coming for.....

(Okay, so I'm years behind and these posts mean nothing to you anymore, but this is what we get when I'm offline for 3 years!)