July 30

3 Fantastic Blogs Worth Sharing

Anyone who knows me, even for a second, will figure out that I love to read. I always have a book with me, no matter where I am at any given moment. I’m the one at the stoplight, book in hand, trying to finish a paragraph before the light turns green. It’s become a game among family and friends. “What book does she have with her now?”

I also love people. I’m fascinated by them. I like to watch them and hear their stories.

These two parts of me are what draw me to blogs. A good blog satisfies my desire to read and gives me an opportunity to peek into someone’s life and learn a bit about who they are. And, sometimes, the really good ones teach me a something about myself.

Today, I’d like to share with you a few of the blogs that I’ve enjoyed reading. I find them entertaining, motivating, and even inspiring. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I have.

  1. Just My Blog

    Just My Blog is an entertaining blog written by Lindsay that often makes me laugh out loud. I especially love the little stories she tells about her daughters, Pumpkin and Dumpling. They never fail to make me smile. What I like most about this blog is its lack of a niche. She writes about many different things and I find the variety fresh and fun. I’ve yet to find a single post on her blog that I didn’t like.

  2. Cora’s Story

    I discovered this blog through a recent post on Lindsay’s blog (mentioned above) and was immediately hooked. It’s the story of a mother’s tragic loss of her baby girl at 5 days old and the courage to deal with that grief and find a way to give her daughter’s brief life a powerful purpose. I can’t even begin to imagine the grief she faces every day. My heart hurts for her. But, at the same time, I admire the courage it takes for her to write her blog and tell Cora’s story, so that other mother’s out there can learn from her experience. She’s a strong, brave woman and I want to do my part in making sure that Cora’s story is heard around the world.

  3. Awkward Family Photos

    This is one you have to visit because it’s just plain funny. It’s more for viewing than actually reading, but the comments are sometimes as laugh-out-loud funny as the photos. Fair warning though. If laughing hysterically tends to make you pee a little, visit the bathroom before you visit this site, otherwise you might end up with a damp chair.

If you enjoy these blogs as much as I do, be sure to pass them on so others can enjoy them, too. If you know of any good blogs you’d like to share as well, even if it’s your own, please leave a comment below and tell me about it.

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June 19

Blog Review: Blogging Without A Blog

Reading blogs on the internet is a lot like panning for gold. You have to sift through a lot of grit and sand to find the good stuff. If you don’t give up, you’ll find a lot of gold flakes that make the search worthwhile. Every once in a while, you get lucky and find a gold nugget.

Blogging Without A BlogBlogging Without A Blog is one of those gold nuggets.

The blog is written by Barbara Swafford. She describes herself as a wife, mother and grandmother who created the blog as a place to record the lessons she’s learned from blogging. In the process, she has built so much more. She has created a community of wonderful people who come there, not only to learn from Barbara, but to share their own thoughts and lives as well.

Although I recognize the WordPress theme used for the design, it is a perfect fit for her site. It flows well and is laid out to make it easy to find whatever you are searching for. Anything not found on the front page can be found by using the search bar on the pen in the upper right corner or via the links along the top of the page.

Best of all is the content. Barbara’s posts are both informative and thought-provoking. They are well written and posted often enough to keep you coming back for more yet far enough apart to give you time to think about and respond to each one. The “assignments” at the end of each post encourage her readers to do just that. I have yet to find a post that wasn’t followed by a lively discussion between Barbara and her followers, all of them insightful and informative on their own. It is obvious that Barbara cares about each of the visitors to her blog.

I was somewhat disappointed to find it no longer possible to post your blog to her blog registry, since the comments section for posting has been closed. But in the end, it doesn’t really matter. I’ve found just as many wonderful blogs from links in the comments as I would have by looking in the directory, maybe even more so. Reading the comments allows me to see the writer’s personality, peaking my curiosity, much more than a simple directory listing would.

Thanks to Barbara’s wonderful site, I’ve found many wonderful blogs to read. Now if I can only find the time to read them all!