I decided that during this lull in my posting frequency I’d take this opportunity to suggest some other great blogs for you to read and enjoy!
This is just the list of blogs I follow closely (like, go out of my way to read everything that’s posted as soon as possible after it’s posted). And I’ve listed them alphabetically because that seemed the most egalitarian. Actually, that’s probably not egalitarian at all. But then, picking five blogs from the millions of blogs out there isn’t really egalitarian anyway. If you promise to read the list to the end, that’s probably the best way to wring as much equality out of this whole endeavor as possible.
Tucker and Victoria and their two kids sold practically everything they owned, quit their jobs, and otherwise bucked convention in order to live a long-time dream of living aboard their sailing vessel, s/v Convivia. This blog chronicles both the journey from land life to boat living and the journey that’s now underway as they travel about, living their dreams and having a blast while they’re at it.
Leigh and her wife, Helena, sold everything, bucked convention (notice a trend?), and moved to Brazil two years ago to open a raw foods retreat center. I’ve been following this blog for as long as it’s been up, I think. I highly recommend going back to the first posts to learn about the decisions that led up to the Big Decision to move south. Those posts in particular I found very inspiring. Now Leigh and Helena are embarking upon a journey of another type entirely (which you can read about on Helena’s blog, Helena’s Healing Circle). This is the only blog I follow that is written by someone I’ve never met in real life. I think this says something for the quality of the writing and the compelling nature of the story Leigh tells.
Stacy is a mom of four who teaches violin and homeschools and just in general lives it up in the mountains above Salt Lake City. Her writing is hilarious and insightful, and I firmly believe I would read her blog even if she hadn’t been the doula at my son’s birth (although I might not have found it).
I’ve envied Jenny’s writing style since we were in seventh grade together. She always wrote the funnest, quirkiest notes (and she won second place in the writing contest in which I only won fifth. But no one remembers that now). She teaches archaeology in Tucson now. I remember the day in eighth grade when we were swimming at her neighborhood pool and she declared that she was going to be an archaeologist. Or was it just that she thought Indiana Jones (or maybe just River Phoenix) was hot? I can’t remember now. Either way, it involved reenacting a scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and it seems prescient in retrospect. The only complaint I have with her blog is that she’s not been blogging so often lately. Maybe praising her publicly will inspire her to write more frequently (or will, perhaps, embarrass her and make her less likely to post in the future. In which case, check out her archives. Actually, check out her archives anyway. And if you can find the link to her dormant dog blog, “dog in progress,” definitely click it (it’s the bottom link in the right-hand column…I won’t give you the direct link because I want you to visit Something Made first). Start at the earliest posts. You will laugh until you cry, I promise).
Zoie wasn’t planning on becoming a mama, but when that’s the path she saw in front of her, she took off on it wholeheartedly. The journey has been a rocky one sometimes, and Zoie bares her soul in every post, confronting issues of depression and compassion and grief and choosing the path that’s chosen you. She’s also a warm and devoted supporter of other people’s writing. I seriously don’t know how she keeps up with all of the blogs she reads, but I’m glad she does because it means I don’t have to…I just check out what she’s reading and tweeting and pick and choose when I have time to read.
So, there’s my blog reading list. There are a few others I check all of the time, but they’re friends’ family blogs, and I’m not sure they have universal appeal. There are others that I check every now and then and love, but they aren’t in this reading list because I don’t check them ALL the time.
Regardless, they’re all listed in my blog roll, so peruse over there if you’re looking for even more to read.