Many people have been trying to figure out how to give writers more exposure to readers or how one gets to read good writers (and there are many) beyond the Editor's Picks and Most Highly Rated posts. Here's my hat into the ring. (See previous selections here, here, here, here, here, here, here.)
Each evening after dinnertime, I'll start us out with my favorite posts of the day with small descriptors. While a selection by the Editors is not an absolute disqualification, I'll tend to avoid them. If you wish, you can go read them and perhaps come back and make a comment. Or better still, you can make a comment about a post you liked and I'll add it to the body of the post which should grow as the evening wears on (thus the"Crawl" part of the scrawl). Here goes.
We don't do too much navel-gazing at the Scrawl, but these two posts offer interesting takes on recent events at Open Salon.
odetteroulette: Community Character, or Creativity Needs Both Sun and Dirt A rumination on community and creativity worth reading.
McGarrett50: Going Meta: Is OS Succeeding or Failing? Analyzes the same issues via 2 x 2 matrices.
cyclopic: Slavery was Good for the Slaves--Holy Scheise! At least so believes a "nationally syndicated consevative commentator."
Bart Stratton: McLaughlin Group Stoops to Race Baiting Another nationally syndicated neocon Neanderthal.
spikelopez: The Police and Racial Profiling A solid first post from a Juvenile Probation Officer about a problem that is probably under the radar for most of us.
psychomama: Kinky Ethnic Hair Another new poster hits the ground running. Issues of ethnic diversity, multiculturalism and discrimination -- in Ireland.
Chuck Hatt: One World Another first post. Quietly meditative.
Christopher Ryan: Time to Boycott Kellogg? Facts about the inventor of packaged sugar snacks for breakfast I bet you never knew.
joe stafura: Forgive the Young and those seeking Knowledge A proposal to use the stimulus spending package in forgiving student loans. Do you agree?
Tinkertink69: Tink finds love in his mailbox Love in the time of cholera, virtually.
grif82600: SALINA, MY TRUE LOVE: WE WILL BE SO RICH!! Grif's reply to Tinkertink's true love, perhaps.
AFreeSpirit: Note to all soon to be brides And if true love were to prevail, handy advice to the brides-to-be.
wendy93639: A Lesson in Southern or 'Oh, that's so nice!' Comedy of manners across the Mason-Dixon divide. It's very nice.
sciencechick: Losing my religion Thoughtful and well thought through essay on science and faith.
Mumbletypeg: Hoarding Gourds The author has faith in gourd (yes, I know that's terrible), facing the enormity of past indiscretions. Delightful.
voicegal: Thursday Night Serenade (Poetry Alert) Anyone leading off with Gerard Manley Hopkins is an automatic pick! Made young again by poetry by and with the young. Must Read.
onecorgilover: B. M. O. C. Oh to be young again. Delicious description of teenage angst and that first crush.
And we end with three for your visual delectation:
Stacey Youdin: Reflection and Refraction Beautiful photography reflecting playful (fractured?) mind.
designanator: 28 Days of Flowers, Gardens, and Parks Day 8 Take the grand tour of Edinburgh, Scotland with a wonderful guide. The tour starts on Day 6, but this series of photo essays started February 1. I recommend them all.
Nora Sawyer: To do: And this is what I intend to do after I finish posting. Aww.
Larry Lawson: A little respect goes a long way... Heartfelt and heart-warming ode to real multiculturalism. Picked by Harp
Matthew Decoursey: Similes are cool; metaphors are hot. "This is a great follow-up to his fascinating prior post about how we think. Through language, visually, some other way?" Picked by Caveat Canem Croceum
undertow: used car lot hell "Very funny. It distills the experience of millions into one hilarious paragraph." Picked by Smithbarney
Thomas Neubauer: What Do You Get From Your Internet Experience?" His first blog . Definitely worth reading." Picked by shewhowouldprevail
Merwoman: Christine's Artwork, Part I, Portraits (with Nudity! ). "Beautiful paintings. HAWT." Picked by Caveat Canem Croceum
Nahatsu: A little from Column A, a little from Column B "Memoir of her childhood Down Under." Picked by Padraig Colman
Sunday Bonus Pick:
Monte Canfield: Monte's List of Must Read Posts, Week ending Feb.7, Vol. 5
Have good reads. And please make your suggestions to add to the list.
(If you like the idea, rate this post. That'll keep it on the feed, so others can read. Also might get it on Most Read, which'll get even more to read, and provide the People's Alternative to the Cover. Also, and perhaps more importantly, rate or comment on posts you visit to acknowledge, validate and encourage the writer.)