Instead of droning on and on about my year in review and what I hope to accomplish in 2008, I thought I would instead highlight my favorite websites from the past year:

Offbeat Bride is a site tied to a book of the same name, written by Ariel Meadow Stallings. Both the book and site are must-reads for anyone who is planning a non-traditional wedding. Because of my studies, my entire belief system in regards to marriage has been turned upside down and it’s been refreshing to witness other couples mix things up a bit.

Electrolicious is the personal blog of the author listed above. I love reading her blog because she captivates me for too many reasons to count—she’s a freelance writer, pop culture guru, yoga-practicing vegetarian Seattleite photographer who has amazing fashion sense. What’s not to love?

Racialicious is the most comprehensive, intelligent website focused on race relations. Updated on a regular basis (yay!), posts often focus on race in popular culture. And I really appreciate the fact that a majority of the readers offer thought-provoking discussions in the comments section of each post.

Whedonesque. After five months of fairly regular television viewing, I have finally finished Buffy the Vampire Slayer and am one season away from the completion of Angel. Besides mourning the loss of major amounts of time (Buffy alone was 144 hours of programming!), the experience was completely positive. The creator, Joss Whedon, has renewed my belief that television can be a better medium than film—however, most of the current shows on TV are botching it big time. Whedonesque is a fan-created and maintained blog that Joss himself uses to update the world about new projects.

Buzzfeed is a quick and easy way to keep up with pop culture trends across all mediums, from the web and fashion to politics and architecture. If you’ve ever felt behind-the-times (is Chocolate Rain a new candy?), this site is for you.

FlowTV and Media Commons are my two favorite academic websites this year. Flow focuses solely on television, while Media Commons studies all facets of popular culture—but they both include cutting-edge theory on the media and the intersection of race, sexuality, gender, etc