Do you like blogs?
Hint: the correct answer is YES because unless you hate the internet, which you obviously don’t, there are tons and tons of blogs out there and there’s bound to be at least one that’s just right for you! For example, Under the Tapestry.
(See how I just linked you right back here? Clever, girl*…)
Personally, I looove blogs. Some because they are written by people I love. Some because the content is absolutely fascinating to me. Some because the people are so different from me and incredibly knowledgeable about something that is otherwise very foreign and I find them completely engrossing. I love different blogs for a lot of different reasons, but every day I think I am becoming more and more blogophilic. (I’m hyrodphilic too– always thirsty.)
For that reason, I thought I’d share some of my favorites from each of the aforementioned categories.
I know lots of people with awesome-dot-com blogs. (Awesome.com is a trademark of one of my former labmates. It’s his, totally his, I can claim no credit for that excellent turn of phrase, but I use it anyway. Hopefully, he’s out there somewhere, like beantown, saying dang, dang, dang. Because then we’re even.)
First and foremost is my good friend Chris Lema over at ChrisLema.com. He’s a big WordPress guy and knows pretty much everything there is to know about the interwebs and how to make it work for you, plus a little bit (ok, a lot) about everything and anything else. (Except being a mom. His wife is waaaay more knowledgeable about that.) While his subject matter truly boggles my mind, he speaks my husband’s language, and he’s married to the most amazing woman on the planet, so I follow him. Every once in a while I learn something– you know, like how to pay for lunch. (True story: TWO times, I have managed to pay the check while out for a meal with Chris. I’m still waiting to hear back from Guinness Book, but all signs point to a world record.)
My cousin Holly has a great blog too (well, she’s my husband’s cousin’s wife, but cousin works here I think… we have the same last name). It’s called Mom Taught Us and she shares all sorts of amazing and delicious kitchen creations. Yes, I’ve actually had some in her kitchen. Jealous?
My friend Dawn has a beautiful, beautiful blog at cupsruningover.com. She’s. Flipping. Fascinating. You will love her, she’s impossible not to love. Go read her blog, be impressed, be inspired, but then come back and love me too! (The fact that we recently reconnected at this moment in time is absolutely bizarre and I can’t wait to write all about it in some sort of super special feature sometime very soon. Plus, we wear the same size shoe, which means I automatically love her. Without giving anything away, it’s larger than average, to be sure.)
Another grad school friend, the very talented doctor Lara Lacombe is a real life writer– of romance novels! How sweet is that?! (Yes, I am technically a writer for a living, too… but my writing is significantly drier than Lara’s, to say the least! Except one time I did write a case report about a woman who suffered a stroke as a result of sexual intercourse. Decidedly un-sexy.)
Last, but most certainly not least, is my favorite day-job client and friend Dr. Rajan Kanth. His website is full of all sorts of wonderful medical and self-learning tools! Dr. Kanth is always teaching himself new things and I love it when people love to learn!! Also, before I met Dr. Kanth, the only thing I knew about Nepal was that it was the location of Mt. Everest. Now I know that Dr. Kanth is from there, too 😉
Then there’s all those other people. The internet people that I don’t actually know, but that I absolutely adore. For example, I’m pretty sure that if I saw CaitlinHTP on the street I would give her a hug, behave as though we’d been best friends a while, and then be hauled off to jail for being the biggest creep ever. Seriously though (the other part is only not serious because I am not much of a hugger by nature), Healthy Tipping Point is a revelation. I love it. I also love Bridget from Stumbling Towards Perfect because she makes me smile and makes me cry. It’s heartfelt, nearly local, and gorgeous. I love Jeannett at Life Rearranged because she’s totally mom-spirational, even though I don’t have any kids, and I love her take on life in general. Her Sunday Smiles are 100% inspirational 100% of the time and InstaFridays are genius! Same goes for Tsh & Co. at SimpleMom. Speaking of amazing mom’s, I can’t forget the Crappiest mom of all. Seriously, go read her Target post, catch your breath, and then come back.
Did you read it? How hilarious is she?!
And the subject matter people. They are amazing too. I wonder if I could ever write something so meticulously researched, so very expertly explained. (But then again, that is my day job… which is precisely why I don’t do it here. It is really, really nice to write without citing, to just say whatever you want with the justification of “because that’s what I think.” I don’t think most reviewers would buy that.)
My favorite ever is Dr. Yoni Freedhoff of Weighty Matters. Dr. Freedhoff is an MD and when I say MD, I mean it like he’s an actual, practicing physician who isn’t trying to make money selling you the latest miracle weight loss drug (ahem, “Dr.” Oz). He presents the radical notion that the best life to live is the healthiest one you can enjoy and I love him for it. If you know me, you know that weight is a thing in my life. Something that plays on that dreaded second track and cultivating a positive attitude toward myself and others in that respect is paramount to me. Dr. Freedhoff has a great perspective if that’s something of interest to you.
Other subject matter experts I love to follow include Oh She Glows (even though I am far from Vegan), PhD Comics (because Jorge Cham gets it), PostSecret (because yes, I consider Frank the world’s leading expert on the subject of secrets), I F*ing Love Science on Facebook (I learn SO much!), and the list goes on.
If you’re a friend of mine and blogs have never really been your thing, I would encourage you to branch out and try subscribing to one or two. Perhaps even this one 😉 I used to use Google Reader to subscribe to blogs, but switched to Feedly when they shut down. Feedly is super simple… I highly recommend giving it a try. But there’s also the email subscription option (see the box on the right). If you subscribe by email, every time I update, it will come straight to your inbox. I’m nothing if not convenient. (And begging for subscribers. Is this begging? It might be begging. Subscribe.)
If you’ve been around the blog-o-sphere for a while and you find me somewhat intriguing, then I am truly delighted to be part of your life! Thank goodness for the internets, yes?! Bringing people like you and me together since… ummm… what year was it when I first started IMing via AOL? It’s been a while anyway. (I wonder if I still have an away message up…)
So glad you’re here!!
*Clever girl… that’s what the dinosaur hunter says in Jurassic Park when he realizes that the velociraptors** teamed up to hunt him.
**Trust story: I look an awful lot like a velociraptor when I run. Ask any of my high school cross country teammates.
7 thoughts on “There must be some toros in the blog-o-sphere…”
Thanks so much for the shout-out Rachel! I might have to fictionalize your case study for a book someday… 🙂
I really like the other blogs and websites you recommended–my follow list has just gotten quite a bit longer. Thanks!
Ha! If you could turn this poor woman’s plight into something romantic, I would be CRAZY impressed!! I can’t wait to read your real book though!!!
Rachel- you are too too kind. Seriously- some of those blogs I love (Oh She Glows- love it!) and many I hadn’t seen but have added to my (extremly long feedly list). I am honored to be included on your list- and apparently we are going to have to collaborate and make sure we release our blog posts that are so similar on the same day! You did it again. Ha- I would say maybe we were sisters separated at birth except I’m pretty sure I’ve never been to MN b/c I’m often cold in 80 degree weather, AND that would be totally unfair that you got the long beautiful curly hair I’ve been wishing for all my life. We do have the big feet in common though…so there’s that. Seriously thanks friend. Looking forward to “hanging out” with you again!
Too kind?! Not a chance, my dear!! I’m seriously so excited for connecting with you and finding out about the crazy amount of common ground we have!! <3
Dang! This blog is awesome.com, I’d even say kickass.org or entertaining.edu
Thank you for all the great blogs I can read instead of writing my paper! LOL! Can I add http://www.hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/ to the list?
Good point, Stephanie, friend! I almost forgot about the brilliance that is hyperbole and a half… especially her (relatively) recent post on depression. Has everyone ever used words and pictures to describe those (non-)feelings so absolutely perfectly?! No… I think not.