A Load of Bright
An atheist's views on religion and the supernatural

Introducing my Blogroll

I feel that A Load of Bright is now past its initial fluid phase, and is well into the process of consolidation. The first six weeks have been a little bit like moving into a new house. I’ve had to get settled in and get used to where everything is. I’ve put up a few pictures, arranged, and then rearranged the furniture and experimented with different layouts. Just as home improvement is a perpetual project, I dare say I’ll keep making odd changes from time to time, but on the whole I’m fairly happy with things as they are.

Since I’ve started this blog, I’ve discovered and begun to read more blogs than I used to. My blogroll is now complete, in that it contains the blogs I either read on a regular basis, or try my best to read on a regular basis, time permitting. Whenever I do add a new blog I’d like to make a habit of introducing it, so I thought it would only be fair to say a few words about each of the blogs I already link to.

So, in alphabetical order:

Atheist Revolution is one of the blogs I used to read (and still read) on a regular basis. It is well established and very popular for extremely good reasons. This is up there with the best available.

Atheist Self is, like A Load of Bright, relatively new to the blogosphere. Written by a closet atheist, it is sensitive but powerful.

Black Sun Journal is a blog I have long been aware of, but have only recently begun to read regularly. I don’t always agree with everything said there, but it is well written and challenging.

Bligbi is one of the blogs I’ve discovered more recently, but now one of the first ones I check. Highly recommended.

Dangerous Intersection is an enticing blog written by a team of authors on a wide range of topics, including science, religion, culture, politics and media.

Daylight Atheism is the sister site of the excellent Ebon Musings, which had a massive influence on me along my path to atheism. DA is, in my opinion, the best atheist blog on the internet, and I’m proud to say that I’ve read every single post to date.

Debunking Christianity is written exclusively by a team of former Christians. Their knowledge of both sides is evident in the incisive refutations they offer.

Evanescent is written by my former colleague and long suffering best friend Ellis14. For those of you who have read my deconversion story, this is the former Jehovah’s Witness who sparked my fascination with atheism. A highly entertaining but stimulating read, this comes with my special recommendations.

Friendly Atheist is written by international author Hemant Mehta. His cheery personality and keen intelligence shine through every word he writes.

God is for Suckers is a very well researched blog written by a group of atheists. Although I don’t think the title encourages theists to hear us out, as an atheist I thoroughly enjoy reading it.

Kill the Afterlife is a blog I discovered while researching my article The Credit We Deserve. It echoes the thoughts I expressed in that article, and although I have not read as much of it as I would have liked, I have found it very impressive.

Lynn’s Daughter, Thinking is one of the most movingly honest blogs I’ve encountered. Food for thought, truly written from the heart.

Naked Pastor is, at the time of writing, the only theistic blog I link to. In my blogroll policy I state that I will link to a theistic blog only “if I think that a positive, open minded approach to atheism is encouraged there.” Naked Pastor amply meets that requirement. Although, for obvious reasons, I disagree with the majority of what is said, I find the writing and artwork to be witty and clever, and the acceptance of criticism refreshingly forthcoming.

No More Hornets makes me laugh more loudly and frequently than any other blog I read. Please don’t think though that it is merely a joke fest. On the contrary, the intellect on display is sufficient to compete with any I know. This is one of my personal favourites.

Nullifidian is another blog that I’ve started reading more recently. Cleverly and articulately written, and very well presented.

Pharyngula is a superb science blog written by a professor of biology – and it shows! It recently had the honour of Richard Dawkins himself quoting from a post during a live debate.

Skeptico is a blog devoted to critical thinking. It provides a wealth of arguments and evidence against superstition of all kinds.

Spanish Inquisitor is the newest addition to my blogroll and one of the newest atheist blogs available. The quality of writing at this early stage indicates a strong and successful future. Well worth a read.

And that’s it. Many of my readers may have found their way here through one of these blogs, but you may see others here you’re not familiar with. Please check them all out and enjoy them, but don’t forget about me.

9 Responses to “Introducing my Blogroll”

  1. Wow! Thank you for that very-much-appreciated compliment! I’m really touched (no, not in that way!) 🙂

    It’s great to see another British atheist blogger: there’s not that many of us that I’m aware of (basically me, and TW and Heather over at Why Don’t You).

    Most of the genre appears to be dominated by those from the USA. Not that I’m complaining – it’s just nice to have some more company that understands the importance of, at least a metaphorical, nice cup of tea and a sit down.

  2. Null, there probably isn’t as much of a sense of need for a blog like this in the UK, as there is now in the US of A. I can really feel a groundswell of reaction rising against the religious right, George Bush and fundamentalism that I didn’t notice 5 or 10 years ago. Or even three years ago.

    So let me join you in thanking tobe for the mention. It’s nice to see more and more voices from all over.

  3. Thanks Load of Bright for the honorable mention. I wrote a short article today and referenced your site in it.

  4. Great choices! (I say this in a spirit of complete impartiality, of course. 🙂 ) I’m honored to be listed among so many worthy sites, including a few I haven’t heard of myself. I’ll definitely have to check out the ones that are new to me.

  5. Thank you kindly for the words of encouragement, tobe. Looking forward to keeping up the dialog(ue)–across the pond. 🙂

  6. Ah, would that my own, infrequently updated, blog were as interesting as yours!

    Nice list of places for me to go to visit, too. Cheers.

  7. Thanks to everyone for the responses, and your welcome. At the risk of sounding sycophantic, I’ve not dispensed any praise that wasn’t deserved.

  8. Thanks not only for the listing but also for finding some great blogs which I haven’t discovered yet. Very cool.

  9. Your site is looking better and better all of the time. Great job. I like it when someone tells something about each site rather than merely link to it. I need to do this myself. Thanks!

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