In one of the finest traditions of the internet, Batocchio has again solicited the best posts in the estimation of our blogosphere, and once again, a lovely crop has been cultivated for your reading pleasure, in the spirit of the gone, but not forgotten champion of small blogs, Al Weisel/Jon Swift (page defunct now, but the internet never truly forgets). Head on over for a recap of the year, to engage with the work of bloggers you have not read before or whom you haven't read for a bit or just to revisit the work of the writers you already enjoy in light of what they found to be their best this time around. It is always a year-end treat.
I'm also going to give props to Batocchio's latest, and his own submission to the roundup--it's a good history of where conservatism has gone, and the problems with addressing it. It's just comprehensive first-class work.