Today on Blog Month, I don’t want to talk about my blog.
Look, I know this isn’t the only blog you read. My blog is the required curriculum, but there’s a lot of extra-curricular enrichment to be found. The fact is, I’m able to keep blogging because of all the other blogs I read. Other blogs are like blogging steroids.
So today’s lesson is: if you want to be a better blogger, read more blogs. And don’t just read the big blogs. Read the little guys too. Just because someone doesn’t have any readers, it doesn’t mean they aren’t a secret diamond. Two years ago, a few people took a chance on me even though no one was reading, and I’d like to think it paid off for them and me.
Here’s a few people who are in my blog reader, both big and small, Christian and non-Christian. Go get yourself some new blogs, and tell us what you are reading!
The Christian Blogs
The Humor Blogs: Jon Acuff at Stuff Christians Like is pretty much the original Christian humor blogger, and he was kind enough to let me guest post for him several times when I was just starting out. It’s been about a year since my last guest post, but I’m hoping to change that soon. If you like SCL, make sure you’re following Bryan Allain, who always makes me laugh. Plus, he’s just down to earth and a nice guy in person. His card says he’s the Michael Jordan of humor blogging…baseball Michael Jordan.
The Doubting Blogs: Rachel Held Evans is bold and fearless, and I love her first book, Evolving in Monkey Town. Plus, she’s just announced a new book that she’s writing. Much like The Year of Living Biblically, she’ll be attempting to follow the Bible’s commandments for women down to the letter for a year. Good luck with all that. And if you enjoy reading Rachel’s thoughts on doubt, Jason Boyett recently moved blog platforms and is now with Belief Net, but he’s talking more than ever about doubting instead of belief on his blog, O Me of Little Faith. He is the one reason I would ever move to Texas.
The Sarcastic Blogs: Matthew Paul Turner has only gotten better the longer I read his blog, Jesus Needs New PR. He’s a former fundie kid crying out for reason in the church. Plus, I don’t know where he finds some of the stories and Jesus pictures he features, but they will make you cringe at what Christian culture is truly capable of. If you like MPT, check out the guys at American Jesus.
The Culture and Media Blogs: Brad Ruggles always has some interesting story to share, and he’s the one who organizes the Bloggers Meetup at Catalyst each year. If you like Brad, check out Justin Wise at Be Deviant. Not only is he in Des Moines, making him probably my closest blogging neighbor, but he writes a good blog about Christian culture and social media.
The Lady Blogs: Anne Jackson’s blog is inspiring, even when she’s not updating it. I know I cannot say that about my blog. Because I cannot write like a lady. If you like Flower Dust, check out Alece Ronzino at Grit and Glory and Lindsey Nobles.
The Current Events Blog: Todd Rhoades at Monday Morning Insight has kept this blog afloat a number of times. There have been days where I just don’t know what to write. A quick visit to MMI, and I have a selection of controversial Christian current events to choose from. Subscribe to that blog, but beware, you may be able to start predicting what I’m going to write about once in a while.
The Hilarious Non-Christian Blogs
Not Always Right is a blog about idiotic customers. The customer is always wrong, and this blog always makes me laugh.
And just because I’m a huge nerd, I love The “Blog” of “Unneccesary” Quotation Marks. It’s full of photos hilariously misused quotation marks. It makes me wonder if half the people out there failed third grade English. Here’s a note, if you’re confused. They should not be used in place of underlining, italicizing, parentheses, exclamation marks, or anything other than a “quotation.” Hence the name “quotation marks.”
Oddly Specific is basically full of pictures of inadvertantly hilarious signage. If you like that, Friends of Irony is also good. Because the internet was always meant to broadcast everyone’s failures.
And I’m sad to say that one of my favorite funny blogs just ended its run, but it’s still worth a read. Check out The Problem with Young People if you want to get into the mind of curmudgeony eighty-nine year old Donald Mills. Disclaimer if you are easily offended, or at work: the language is PG-13.
Besides that, I’m surrounded by a bunch of blog friends who’ve been reading, encouraging, sometimes helping me out when I get in a bind, many of them for two years now. They’ve all got blogs of their own. Seriously, if you are short on blog friends, connect with these people, and you will be in good company. They are all cool people who I drop in on regularly.
I’ve got a bunch of other blogs in my reader, but it’s time to hear from you. What does your blog reading routine consist of?