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Six Blogs I Love

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. 

1. Christa In New York

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.

2. Porsidan

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.

3. Walk The Road Less Traveled

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.

4. The Journal Of Cultural Conversation

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.

5. Garage Gym Online

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.

6. Justin Kownacki: Armchair Sociologist and Perpetual Contrarian

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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  • Chris Beardsley November 6, 2009, 4:08 am

    Thanks for the endorsement, Josh. I was just starting work here in the UK when that popped up on my Google Reader and made my day.

    Have a great weekend.

  • Laura Cococcia November 6, 2009, 6:41 am

    Getting your post in my inbox was the best part of my week. You are extremely kind my friend – you’ve been a great inspiration. And yes, I spend ridiculous amounts of time on your site. But it always pays off in a lesson or laugh. Thanks friend.

  • Christa Avampato November 6, 2009, 6:55 am

    Josh! Thank you so much for all the kudos – I am honored. Love love love this blog and your insights.


    • Josh Hanagarne November 6, 2009, 7:37 am

      @Christa: You’re welcome, you deserve any praise you get.

      @Laura: You have to do something else with your week. This can’t be the best part! Go do something fantastic today or tomorrow before it’s too late

      @Chris: Have you decided what we’re going to do for our 32nd b-days yet? I was thinking 32 snatches with the 32.

      • Chris Beardsley November 6, 2009, 11:56 am

        You promised me deadlifts, Josh 🙂

        But then 32 with 32kg has an agreeable ring to it. I can’t think of anything poetic with deadlifts.

        I have a couple of weeks to prepare after your 32nd, anyway, as mine is not until early January (whether a couple of weeks is enough to learn how to snatch, we’ll find out)…

        • Josh Hanagarne November 6, 2009, 12:38 pm

          I forgot about that. I’d way rather do deadlifts. forget about snatching.

  • Heather November 6, 2009, 7:43 am

    Josh, please congratulate Janette on her excellent gastrointestinal aim during pregnancy in NYC. Next time she’s pregnant, could you send her up to my local BOE? Thanks for all the new reading! I look forward to it! 🙂

  • Lori November 6, 2009, 10:41 am

    As I’ve fairly recently started walking in the new-ish world of blogging (to me, anyway), I’ve been slammed by the stunning writing of many blog authors. There are some really amazing sites out there!
    Jay at Posidan is one of my absolute favorites and I’m really happy to see him here.
    Thanks for posting this article, Josh.
    Of course, you’re in pile of favorites, too (loved your Halloween post – The Face at the Window).

    • Jay Schryer November 6, 2009, 10:49 am

      Lori, you’re one of my favorites, too. 🙂

  • Jay Schryer November 6, 2009, 10:48 am

    Thank you, Josh! That really means a lot, coming from you. Your blog is one of my favorites, too. I can’t wait to check out these others that you’ve mentioned!

  • Tim November 6, 2009, 11:07 am


    Thanks for turning us onto some fresh blood, I mean blogs. There are truly some very talented people out there and I continue to be amazed at how blogging has given a lot of people a voice that they never had.

  • Karina November 6, 2009, 12:46 pm

    How am I ever going to get working on my own blog with all these awesome blogs to read? I already knew about a couple, but the other 4 are brand new. Thank you for sharing this!

    • Josh Hanagarne November 6, 2009, 1:07 pm

      Karina, that’s the eternal question. Answer it and you’ll be rich.

  • Justin Kownacki November 6, 2009, 3:03 pm

    Muchas gracias. It’s good to know that what I’m writing can occasionally suck readers in to the extent that they fall behind on their own dreams and goals. I’m like the Doctor Phil of not helping you.

    • Josh Hanagarne November 6, 2009, 3:07 pm

      That’s exactly the validation you were looking for, isn’t it Justin? You’ve arrived:)

  • Zeenat{Positive Provocations} November 6, 2009, 3:14 pm

    Awesome List of Blogs Josh!! Porsidan tops my list 🙂
    And that post…is one of my favs too 🙂 Jay Rocks!!
    Am going over to check out these new blogs I dont know about.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Josh Hanagarne November 6, 2009, 4:34 pm

      Zeenat, you’re right about Jay and that post. When are you going to come write something for me?

  • Daisy November 6, 2009, 6:45 pm

    Like I need to spend more time on the Internet — but these look great!

  • Kathy Casey November 8, 2009, 2:21 pm

    Loved – loved – loved “I totally screwed my karma !!!”
    Thanks for always providing the best stuff –
    But now – I have to do my own research on the symbolism of the evil grasshopper….and see how bad I have surely screwed my own karma.

    Been away for a while (lotsa crazy stuff going on) *what’s new?* he thinks….
    But I’m glad to have a moment to catch up on all that I’ve missed. Now I will get zero done today. Thanks for that!

    always the best,