There a few blogs out there that are off the beaten path but well worth the time to peruse. None of them have overly large followings and only one of them has gotten recognition of any kind. That doesn't mean they're not worth your time. So here are my own awards.
Best word imagery able to transport you to another place:
Monkeys on the Roof
This link is to a specific example of Val's amazing talent. Read it and go on safari.
Best able to knock your socks off with raw emotion and amazing photography:
Pacing the Panic Room
Ryan is simply amazing. Go read the one about his mom and the comments.
Best letter to the future:
A Letter to Xander
Keely is better known as the UnMom, but here she's Xander's mom. She tells him about all the crazy, wonderful things he does and how much she loves him. Sappy? Sometimes. Funny? Often. But an amazing idea that I hope she continues and that Xander someday reads.
Best able to piss me off (in a good way) by opening my eyes to things I'd rather not see:
It Dawned On Me
Don't go if you're not prepared to be incensed. Diane is passionate about human rights. Some of the things she talks about are difficult to hear. And all the more important for it.
Best new find:
Zirgar's Fresh New Brain Squeezins'
He's funny. He holds back nothing. He thinks Rush Limpburger is a tool. Just my kind of guy.
Most unique idea for a blog:
Speaking in CAPS
Jim not only writes his posts, he records them. Both can be found on his blog. It's a truly neat idea.
That's all for now. I keep finding new ones. Some big. Some small. They'll keep being added to the never-ending list on the sidebar. Check them out.