May 28, 2007

QuakerPagan tags TGRUp as a Thinking Blog

From a comment I posted to Cat on QuakerPagan Reflections, after she tagged me for a "Blogs that Make You Think" meme:

Ah, blog memes.

Thanks so much, Cat, for including The Good Raised Up in the list of those blogs you've tagged.

And now I am in that awkward position of figuring out what to do about it.

I guess I'd have to say that as a blog writer, I don't typically "play well with others." The blog writing I do is very often an extension of the concern I carry among Friends. As a number of readers point out, I don't stray very far from the theme of Quakerism!

Some memes I've been tagged with I've simply ignored. On a rare occasion, I might pick up on someone else's "generic meme," in which no one has been tagged per se, but the theme travels among Quaker blogs at the very least.

Well now: You've given me something to think about (again). Maybe a girl like me can learn to play after all!
And now I'll pass along the Thinking Blogger Award (and all the relevant info) to:

1. Of course I'll point to Martin, the Quaker Ranter himself. Many of his Quaker posts make me think quite a bit about the state of the Religious Society of Friends, but more than that, it's how he's set up his blog and the spin-off site QuakerQuaker that gives me things to think about, about how best to connect with others through use of the internet.

2. Peterson of A Musing writes about his own experiences as a gay man, a survivor of the ex-gay movement, a theatrical performance artist and activist, his Quakerism, etc.

3. Heather of A Friend in Need writes stories about her experiences among Quakers and elsewhere move me in unexpected ways.

4. Rachel of the Velveteen Rabbi, gives me much opportunity to revisit the Jewish tradition of my family--and has helped me make better sense out of Judaism I grew up with. I don't visit the VR frequently but when I do, I am bound to rethink much about my early years...

5. James of Nontheist Friends--which isn't a blog at all, of course, but the website includes posts that have really stretched me. Plus, leave it to me to color outside the lines...

Of course there are lots of other Quaker blogs I could point to, but hey, I have to let others tag 'em, don't I?
AMENDMENT, a few days later: I heard from Martin that he's likely to be too busy to respond to the tag, so I'm going to tag my friend Robin of What Canst Thou Say. And, if I could do it over again, I would have "broken the rule" and gone ahead and tagged her earlier as #6, because I enjoy so many of her posts!
Here are the expectations for participating that I'm supposed to post. They're called "rules" in the original post from The Thinking Blog:

If you’ve been tagged, here’s how you play:
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think;
2. List to this post at The Thinking Blog so that people can find the exact origin of the meme;
3. Optional: Display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award.’


rbarenblat said...

Thank you for the tag and for the kind words! I'm delighted that reading VR, even occasionally, offers you an interesting window onto your first religious tradition.

I participated in this meme recently; if you're curious, here's the list of five thinking bloggers I tagged...

Liz Opp said...

Hey, Rachel -

I half-figured the meme would make its way around to you. ...Perhaps after this summer, I can spend a bit more time relaxing and reading up on the Velveteen Rabbi, among other blogs.