I had a dangerous moment this week, teetering on the brink of insanity. I needed to write a blog post, but I was too busy reading other blogs. This is a new thing for me. I’m such a mirror-kissing solipsistic narcissist that thinking about anyone but myself is terrifying and bed-wettingly scary.
Ok, that was a semi-joke with too many adverbs in it. Aspiring writers, take heed: words that end in “ly” should be used sparing…ly. Oh, it’s always tempting, but not always a good idea.
But reading these blogs is a good idea. Just be ready to meet some very cool people that will suck the time out of your day.
I was a bit overwhelmed by the week I spent in New York a couple of years ago. Janette was pregnant and threw up on everyone she saw. But Christa almost makes me want to go back so I can try to see things the way she does. Her writing is positive without being sappy, critical at times without being hysterical or shrill, and she is grateful for all the right things. Best of all, this lady can write! Start with her My Year Of Hopefulness series. She is @Christanyc on Twitter.
Jay Schryer writes about a lot of different things, but like most talented writers, it really doesn’t matter what he is writing about. Not to me. He thinks deeply without getting all crazy and glassy-eyed with mysticism. And he’s a great music critic. Start with I Totally Screwed My Karma. @jayschryer on Twitter.
The blog of my coach and friend, strongman “Unbreakable” Adam T. Glass. Adam will be the first to tell you he’s not a writer, but it doesn’t matter. I go there to see him lift 400 lbs with one finger, not for whimsical musings on ponies and lollipops. Adam is one of the most intelligent people I know, and he’s certainly the strongest. One day I will expose him as a robot. If you’re interested in reach your goals, his online training program is excellent. Go say hi and marvel at the potential of the human body.
Laura Cococcia wrote a guest post for me here back on WSL a few months ago. I was hooked. This person can write, and wow, can she tell a story. She left a job with Google to do some traveling, writing, blogging, and commenting here on my blog. I don’t think she left Google just to come comment here, though, but I can’t say for sure. Laura tells stories. She focuses on people and occasionally interviews them. Again, I never know what she’s going to write, and I rarely care. It’s enough that Laura is Laura. Here she is on Twitter.
Chris Beardsley writes a fitness blog that is not at all typical. It’s hard for me to say why. Garage Gym Online talks about a lot of typical things, but in a way that resonates with me. Chris cares about fitness for many different reasons, all of them in line with my own. He sets goals and he achieves them. I admire his focus, determination, and honesty when they fall short. His advice is right on and his spirit and attitude inspire me every time I drop by.
Smart, funny, wonderful writer and speaker, and almost always saying something worth hearing, Justin Kownacki is one of my buddies, even though he doesn’t know it. And anytime someone’s writing prowess begins to approach my own, first I get nervous, then I accept it and praise them to the skies. Wait, I meant anytime someone’s writing prowess surpasses my own. Great stuff all around. Start with The Meme That Ate My Brain.
That’s it! You now have six additional places to spend your time productively, versus six additional places to waste your time.
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