“I wanna see it yeah, heh . . . . . BLOGS! Blogs for com – men – ‘try!”
(To the tune of “Flesh For Fantasy”)
“Blogs For Com-men-try” is the tongue-in-cheek Billy Idol-derived name of the Google Doc listing some blogs I regularly comment on. In the interest of “radical Web 3.0 social media nakedness” or whatever the trendy term is, I’ll share a small part of that list with you to promote and honor some people I’m proud to be blogging buddies with.
In the interest of keeping this post shorter than War And Peace, this list will necessarily be incomplete — if you aren’t on the list, you’ll almost certainly make it into my next round of link love. Let’s begin, as we must, at the beginning:
Albert, amateur boxer and professional (or at least professional-quality) blogger, needs no introduction. Head abbot of a virtual urban monastery comprising some 6,000 virtual monks, The Urban Monk seamlessly merges the psychological insight of the West with the spiritual wisdom of the East.
Davina Haisell, writer and intrepid wilderness adventurer from the Great White North, writes with disarming honesty and clarity about her experiences. I hope I won’t embarrass her too seriously by pointing out her poetry, which is one of my favorite parts of her blog.
Evan Hadkins is a blogger, hailing from Down Under, on health, spirituality, psychology, philosophy and a host of other topics. I think Evan is a unique combination, in that he’s a genuinely learned guy who writes from the heart, and I think nearly anyone who checks out his site will get some value from it.
Evelyn Lim, it seems to me, definitely “walks her talk” when it comes to spiritual practice. She’s followed her intuitive guidance in changing careers, designing her online business, and revamping her blog title, and her posts help readers listen to their own inner voices. She also has irresistibly adorable daughters.
Evita Ochel positively radiates warmth, kindness and enthusiasm about what she’s doing in the world. The site I just linked to is but one part of her blogging oeuvre as we say en francais, ”Evolving Beings” — there’s also Evolving Wellness and Evolving Scenes. She’s just doing too much evolving for the rest of us primates to keep up with!
Wherever to begin in discussing the captivating conundrum of Jannie Funster? For starters, she takes photos of the holes in donuts, her part-time gravatar is a blue bunny set against what appears to be an Obama campaign t-shirt-style background (I know Blue Bunny definitely gives me Hope), and she is the world’s first Canadian from Texas. And she has truly been a Hanna-Barbera-style Superfriend to me!
Karl Staib is another blogger down in Texas (clap clap clap clap clap). Karl writes about bringing humanity back to the corporate workplace, where I think it’s sorely needed. I also like his dry sense of humor, which is showcased in his videos.
Mark a.k.a. tobeme a.k.a. The Naked Soul writes heartfelt and insightful posts about his journey of self-discovery. This is neither here nor there, but I was just reading Mark’s post called “Knocking On God’s Door,” and I was like “is he going to refer to the Guns N’ Roses version of Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door? Naaah, why would he do that?” And then he goes and puts the video right at the end of the post! Rock!
One fateful day, mild-mannered Megan Bord stumbled upon the secret to existence — that life is meant to be enjoyed — and thus went the secret origin of the superheroine known only JoyGirl! Suffice it to say that JoyGirl is to blogging what The Joy of Cooking is to cooking.
Michelle‘s site has been repeatedly responsible for distracting me with hunger pangs during my workday. She takes close-up pictures (and provides recipes) of various vegetarian victuals so tempting it’s all I can do to keep from jumping up and jogging to Whole Foods.
The title of Patricia’s site, Patricia’s Wisdom, is certainly appropriate — Patricia is definitely wise – and she imparts her wisdom in an earthy and unpretentious way, grounded in her personal experiences. I particularly like the stream-of-consciousness-style posts she does sometimes, like this one, where she gives us her raw, in-the-moment experience of living.
Sara Healy is not only a superlative photographer, but she also regularly puts up her photos on her site and gives away stuff (or at least encouragement) to people who make up cool stories about them. And if you just want to show up and make silly comments without participating in the contests, like I do, she’s okay with that too.
Stacey Shipman is a yoga teacher, multifaceted entrepreneur and, as I once said, “wellness warrior” from Boston. Stacey has done some posts recently about stretches you can do from your desk — no yoga mats or pretzel-shaped poses required — that I’ve appreciated.