I'm terrible about keeping up with these things; perhaps it slipped my mind, perhaps I've simply been lax with checking, but I somehow allowed Ragnell's One Year Bloggiversary to go by without posting. Ragnell's one of the most prolific comic bloggers around, working not only on Written World, but also on When Fangirls Attack!, Zamaron, and Blog@Newsarama (though you won't find her under a nom du blog there). Of course, it's the former which is cause for success here.
The Sound of Music had a good point: the beginning is a very good place to start. Marvel at how someone who approached the blogohedron with such trepidation could end up with one of the most widely-read and highly-regarded blogs around. It's a real rags to riches story. Then, you could move on to her early comparison of the Green Lanterns to the Arthurian Knights, or you could discover her deep love for Donna Troy. Keep reading and you might find where I subconsciously stole my "things I'd like to see" post idea.
I could direct you toward her precise predictions regarding a particular veridian vixen, which led in part to this controversial take on that infamous refrigerator. Seeing her thoughts on Seaguy makes me want to re-evaluate that particular miniseries; I'll make a mental note of that.
I'd be remiss if I didn't direct you toward her Favorite Women of the DCU. That, my friends, is essential reading.
You might be sad to know that Ragnell is afflicted with a terrible disease, one which affects mostly English Majors; I have a variant strain myself, Millifaceted heroicus connectivitis or Joseph Campbell's Disease. I think you'll find that, as with many with mental ailments, it really only helps her writing.
One of her most widely-known contributions to the world of comic blogging is the Depressing or Damned List, a collaboration with Kalinara, which acts as a macabre companion to the above-mentioned Refrigerator List. If you're looking for something in a similar vein, you might want to check out Monday Misogyny, a feature which we all wish was less recurring than it is.
I may not always agree with her, but there's no denying that Ragnell consistently offers intelligent posts which approach both current events and classic criticism from a fresh point of view. She may have an unhealthy obsession (or two, depending on how you look at it), yet she still manages to run one of the best blogs around, no ifs, ands, or butts about it.
Happy Bloggiversary, Ragnell. It's been a fantastic year, and you've managed to cram several years worth of high-quality blogging into it. I think we all owe a debt of gratitude to your sister for "bothering [you] to create a blog or live-journal or something like that" in the first place. So thank you Kim, and thank you Lisa, for such a vital, fantastic contribution to the blogohedron. Here's to another wonderful year!
Thanks, Tom, you're making me blush.
Don't do that, you'll totally clash with your blog's color scheme :).
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