Britney Spears announced the birth of her baby boy on her website. Wil Wheaton, of Star Trek Next Generation fame, has one of the most popular celebrity blogs online, sharing personal thoughts, writing, opinions, and looks at the Hollywood world. Barbra Streisand rarely spares words as she offers opinions and views on the war with Iraq and other political and governmental hot topics. For some comedy and political views, Dave Barry updates his blog several times a day with one liner punches or essays on current events seen from his unique and enjoyable twisted perspective. Rupaul (RuPaul Andre Charles) has turned drag queening into a fine art as an actress, talk show host, and singer, so who wouldn’t want to keep up with such a dramatic life through the diva’s blog? Moby, never far from media attention or controversy, tells about his life and travels around the world, keeping fans up-to-date.
Celebrity blogs are popping up everywhere. While they used to only have websites and fan sites, now they have something to say. The blogs of the stars run the gamut from very famous to the eccentric. Among the very famous, Rosie O’Donnell writes poetry and stories about her children and life, as well as about her career in a way that is fresh, fun, and addictive, not your normal blog. Among the delightful and borderline eccentric is Jamie Oliver’s blog which covers all things food, cooking, and the delightful and enthusiastic antics of the best selling author and TV chef.
There are various celebrity blogs that could also be grouped by genre. A group of celebrity bloggers that I found interesting is the Star Trek group. William Shatner, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Aron Eisenberg (Nog), Kate Mulgrew, and John Billingsley (Phlox) are among the actors who brought the various versions of Star Trek to life who share stories about their work and their lives through their blogs, often talking about how Star Trek changed their lives.
One of the group of celebrities blogs that fascinates me the most are the writers who blog. Writing is their job, their business, their life, and yet blogging gives them another writing outlet. We, their fans, can keep up with their stories and work, as well as having the luxury of getting to know the authors of the books we take to bed and bath. Peter David, long time science fiction, fantasy, and television writer shares his schedule, interests, and views with his fans. William Gibson, author of Neuromancer and Pattern Recognition, talks about his book research and the process of writing his books. David Gerrold, another sci-fi writer, must enjoy blogging as he has several blogs he fills with his writing. As do two of my personal favorites, Orson Scott Card, author of Ender’s Game and the brilliant The Tales of Alvin Maker series, and Alan Dean Foster, a world traveler and author of more than 100 books such as the first Star Trek Logs, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, Carnivores of Light and Darkness, The Commonwealth series, Cachalot, the Flinx Series, and the Spell Singer Series.
Writers from other genres also enjoy writing in their blogs such as Anne Rice, Meg Cabot (Princess Diaries), Claire Cook (Must Love Dogs), Jennifer Weiner (In Her Shoes), and Neil Gaiman (Sandman). In fact, I could do a whole post on nothing but author and writer blogs! Stay tuned!
Some celebrity bloggers can’t write for nuthin’. Spelling is bad, and stream of consciousness essays are almost impossible to follow. Others, well, you know they didn’t write it themselves, though most do try. The writing sounds like a secretary or PR staff member, reporting more on the promotional activities of the stars than really talking about their lives. Few keep up daily or even monthly posts, often with three month to one year gap between posts. Or they will blog constantly for a few months and then other interests will pull them away for long periods of time, like many bloggers. After all, celebrity bloggers aren’t much different than the rest of us bloggers, they just have a larger and more enthusiastic audience interested in their lives than we do.
Why Celebrities Blog
Going through the websites and blogs of the rich, famous, infamous, and celeb, I was amazed at the diversity. Some like Barbra Streisand and Michael Moore are determined to change the world around them, even though their viewpoints may be drastically different. Others do it for the publicity, without a doubt, putting Pamela Anderson at the top of that list.
Others are in it for the art. Jeff Bridges Doodle Art is actually amazing, pushing web page design to new extremes as images tell the story through doodle, handwriting, and links within the graphics themselves on the various topics.
While there are many celebrity bloggers, there are even more bloggers blogging about celebrities, which we will look at in a future post.
Why are we interested in these celebrity blogs?
The fascination with the lives of people who have stepped out of obscurity has been around for thousands of years. Palace and political gossip was a way of spreading news, scandals, and even information, true or not. The lives of public figures has long been of interest to the masses, often with the mythology that we can look through the window on their world to see a better life than the one we are living. Or shake our heads and think, “Even with all that money, they still do stupid things.”
Either way, blogs written by the stars help people understand the person behind the stardom and help the stars share their story, their hope, courage, and opinion. Many stars use their fame to indeed help change and improve the world through their words and their efforts. And many of them use their blogs as one of their efforts.
Here are some famous star bloggers:
- Mariah Carey
- Bare Naked Ladies
- Gillian Anderson
- David Duchovny
- Bruce Willis
- Al Roker
- Gene Simmons
- Jenna Elfman
- Melanie Griffith
- Jamie Oliver’s blog
- Rosie O’Donnell
- Dave Barry
- Barbra Streisand
- Britney Spears
- Michael Moore
- Sheryl Crow
- William Shatner
- George Takei
- Nichelle Nichols
- Aron Eisenberg (Nog)
- Kate Mulgrew
- John Billingsley (Phlox)
- Peter David
- William Gibson
- David Gerrold
- Orson Scott Card
- Alan Dean Foster
- Anne Rice
- Meg Cabot (Princess Diaries)
- Claire Cook (Must Love Dogs)
- Jennifer Weiner (In Her Shoes)
- Neil Gaiman (Sandman)
- Pamela Anderson
- Jeff Bridges
Do you have any favorite celebrity blogs to add to this list? Tell us about them and why you like them.
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