When embarking on this new adventure three months ago, I never realized the scope of soap-related blogs and sites.
And every day, it seems like I discover another.
Not only that, but several sites have been nice enough to place links to Soapbox on their site, which helps spread the word about us.
So I’d like to return the favor and tell you about them.
Serial Drama.
A perfect name for a soap blog, no?
And what a fun blog it is!
Becca – she calls herself Evil But Twinless – and Mallory are the soap bloggers who write and run the site.
Serial Drama pokes fun – gently and sometimes not so gently – about our favorite soaps.
Becca and Mallory and their blog were featured in the Nov. 28 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Their blogs are witty – and hysterical. Check them out.
The Bradford Anderson Fan Blog
Penny put up our link on her site and she also wrote a short piece on her front page a few days ago about us, which was extremely nice of her.
The site contains all things related to Bradford Anderson, the wonderful, funny, unbelievably talented actor who plays Damien Spinelli on General Hospital.
If you’re a Bradford Anderson fan – and who isn’t – then this site is a must.
The C.H.E.R.I. Initiative
C.H.E.R.I. is a fan-based initiative designed to raise awareness about five veteran One Life To Live actresses: Catherine Hickland (Lindsay), Hillary B. Smith (Nora), Erika Slezak (Viki), Robin Strasser (Dorian) and Ilene Kristen (Roxy). A major component is a writing-intensive campaign designed to promote the importance of these women to ABC-TV and Walt Disney management.
The C.H.E.R.I. group is passionate in their support for the importance of these actresses to OLTL.
David Canary Home Page
This is a fan tribute to the wonderful, veteran All My Children actor David Canary (Adam).
There are some great shots of David from his Bonanza days – one of my favorite shows of all time.

I’ve been thinking a lot about hair lately.
I don’t know. Maybe it’s all the drama and tragedy and tears happening on my favorite soaps that has me turning to more trivial thoughts.
In any case, I’ve been checking out characters’ hairdos more closely than usual. And now I’ve decided to share some of my observations.
Lucky you.
OK, here it goes …
The long … : Normally, I’m not a fan of long hair on guys. Yeah, I’ve read my share of romance novels illustrated with Fabio’s flowing tresses, but it’s safe to say it wasn’t the hair that drew me in. So imagine my surprise when I found myself liking the long locks of J.R. on All My Children and Jason on General Hospital. In J.R.’s case, it totally fits the direction in which the character is going. He’s spiraling down; it makes sense that he wouldn’t take the time visit a stylist. Well, unless it was a stylist/bar, but you get my drift. And then there’s Jason. Sometimes the feathered look is a bit much, but as Michele pointed out, there’s not much that can make him look bad in my eyes. He’s super dreamy … um, yeah, ahem.
… and short of it: On the flip side, how good did GH‘s Johnny look with his new trim and style? He just hopped a notch on the hunk scale with that itty, bitty change.
Blindingly blonde: OK, I’ll admit I’m a bit biased towards brunettes, for obvious reasons. But, really, my next criticism isn’t so much about blondes in general; it’s about a certain shade. Sami on Days of Our Lives and Lindsay on One Life to Live are perfect examples. I get that these characters are supposed to be bold and brassy, but guess what? These actresses can pull that attitude off without the platinum prop. It’s just too much.
Bland brunettes: Now, this is going to sound strange, and slightly hypocritical given what I just wrote in the previous paragraph, but please, GH, give Maxie her old hair back. Or at least lighten it up a bit. Darkening her tresses made her look mousy, and we all know Maxie is anything but. Another character who isn’t pulling off the new hue is Annie on AMC. It’s too dark and seems to swallow her up. I find it distracting, and it takes away from what should be a powerful story surrounding her psycho brother.
There you have it. A fascinating read I’m sure. But perhaps I wasn’t the only one who needed a break from some of the sadness on soaps.
If so, hair’s to you.
Oh, ha ha …

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I started watching soaps in high school as a means of escape.
It was a way of pretending that I was popular, that I made the cheerleading squad and that the cute trombone player in the band was my boyfriend.
In reality, I was a band nerd, playing my French horn in the marching band during football games instead of leading the cheers in those much-coveted saddle shoes. And that cute trombone player; you guessed it; he didn’t give me the time of day.
So I’d come home from high school, turn on the soaps and pretend that I was Erika Kane – that bitchy, scheming, beautiful siren who always got the guy.
Fast forward 30-plus years later and I am still watching the soaps to escape – but for different reasons.
Much of my job is reporting on topics that are complicated, serious – and sometimes downright sad.
So after work, with the help of TIVO and SOAPnet, I decompress by escaping into fictional towns like Llanview and Port Charles.
I always loved soaps, but I wouldn’t call it an addiction – that is until Kara suggested we attend Super Soap Weekend in 2005.
Kara and I are very different. For one thing, she’s kinda quiet and well, let’s just say I burst out of my shell after high school.
That first SSW was beyond our greatest expectations. It fueled my interest (although my husband uses the term obsession) in attending other fan events and actor encounters. More about those later.
Kara and I are gearing up for our third SSW in November. For me, meeting the actors behind the fictional characters brings a whole new dimension to soap watching. Going to fan events is the ultimate escapism and it’s a way for me to be a bit wacky and far away from my very serious job.
I have Kara to thank for that.
So although I started watching to escape the dreaded high-school blues, soap watching these days is fueled by my friendship with Kara, actor encounters and the advent of the internet, which allows us to share our experiences with other soap lovers.
So how about you?
How did you get pulled into the addicting world of soaps?