In the last couple months I decided to make an effort to start reading some new blogs as well as my very favourite blogs. I think it could be very easy to forget the initial rush of beginning to blog is in part about finding kindred spirits and finding blogs to read that challenge you or make you think. I miss doing the "20 Comments" challenge where I forced myself to go to 20 blogs once a week...often finding a new blog to explore.
So here are a couple of new blogs I have been following recently...
I had been reading many of the comments by Pjazzypar Traces Of A Stream on Malcom's Pop Culture Dish for the past year. I finally started following her blog and what an inspiration. Pjazzypar writes about many social issues with thoughtful in depth examination. I feel lucky to read her blog. Right now she has a compelling post on Marvin Gaye and his death, and on "one size fits all" jeans that expose the knickers!
And Malcom's blog I've written about here before...which I love because he writes about music classic tv, with such an understanding of it's iconic emotional narrative. I've been turned on to several great movies, thought about songs and tv that I hadn't thought of in years treated with respect. Malcolm not only understands the effect of pop culture as a positive force in his life but he seems to be able to tap into it's powerful narrative roots for us all. Plus, he has an awesome voting poll every week!
"Even Brothels Give Away Free Gas!" Predictably Irrational is a blog written by a economist who just wrote a book by the same title. Remember how much I love the book Freakonomics and their blog? Well this blog is written from a similar line of enguiry about human behaviour and money/cost/economics...if that makes sense. There are two realy fun posts there right now about "Even Brothels Give Away Free Gas" and "Gifts:Ridiculous Or Useful?"
When we make decisions we think we're in control, making rational choices. But are we? Entertaining and surprising, Ariely unmasks the subtle but powerful tricks that our minds play on us.
Living Oprah is about a woman who is trying to do all of Oprah's recommendations for a year. I know, how funny is that? As an Oprah fan, I still pick and choose what to read or look for after she makes recommendations for books or food: it would never have occurred to me to literally do everything Oprah features on her show. But this Chicago performance artist has decided to find out if living like Oprah has any affects on her life and to blog about such affects. I think her idea is a really terrific concept and I look forward to reading along. Some people really come up with great ideas for "concept blogs"!!! Congrats Living Oprah! Living Oprah got some publicity this week and you can read an interview with the blog writer here
I came across a totally compelling blog written by Jane. Jane has recorded several videos has an active YouTube page and her blog is journal of surviving and recovering from BiPolar diagnosis. This woman is a living breathing testament to hard work, positive thinking and research to heal oneself. I immediately enjoyed her posts because she talks about several aspects of healing that I believe are valuable to all of us, even if we haven't been suffering from emotional challenges. She says we must move beyond labels, diagnosis and fear for recovery and she never ever sounds like a whigner. I find every archive really an awesome reflection of her spirit and hard work. I think she is the future of healing in mental illness research! She writes steady and with responsibility here at BiPolar Recovery.
The X Factor has some of the most riveting posts on the mysterious and unresolved death of Sam Cooke. For fans of Sam Cooke, for crime buffs and for some of the best in depth blogging I've seen...check out "X Dell". He also has some awesome articles on many cultural mysteries like the covert governmental drug program "MK-Ultra", Marilyn Monroe, The Grail Legacy and Alien Abductions. His blog is a motherlode!
Steamboats Are Ruining Everything I just started reading today. I got turned on to it from a New York Times blog I follow called Paper Cuts.
Happy surfing and reading!