Since my 10-books-a-day-for-a-week was so popular, I thought I’d also share my 10 Can’t Miss Blogs with you. Obviously, I read more than these 10, but these are the 10 that are always, world without end, amen, in my Reader.
Gracious, I love reading blogs. LOVE IT. I mean, obviously, I’m a blogger, after all. But it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the Internet.
For a while there, I subscribed to blogs willy-nilly, liked All The Pages on Facebook, followed everyone on Twitter – there was SO MUCH happening, I loved it. But, like most of us, I don’t have time to keep up with that kind of overwhelming conversation – however profitable and wonderful (some of) it is. It started to crowd my real-life and thoughts. And that wasn’t good.
I’ve become a bit more protective of my online space. In addition to managing my Facebook, Twitter, and email inboxes in a way that they serve me instead of the other way around, I’ve had to make some hard decisions about blog reading.
The truth is that I can only keep up with about 25-50 blogs through my Reader before it becomes overwhelming, and I start to feel pressure from the 526 UNREAD in the header. So I unsubscribed to everything, zeroed it out, and only subscribed to the ones that I absolutely could NOT miss. I didn’t subscribe to blogs that made me angry, or blogs that irritated me, or blogs that made me feel like I didn’t measure up. Nope, I subscribed to the blogs I found consistently interesting or inspiring.
(Now, to be honest, I still love to read blogs, so my solution was to create a special bookmark list for those others that I still want to keep an eye on from lifestyle to mommy-blogs to cooking to photography to doctrine and theology to ecclesiology to news and views or writing and publishing. Then, if I have a bit of extra time, like this week when Brian is travelling and I’m sick as a dog, ahem, I just visit them and read to my heart’s content. But they aren’t in my reader, making me feel behind and overwhelmed if I don’t get to them.)
A Deeper Story: Tales of Christianity and Culture – A collective of kick-ass writers, A Deeper Story was created as a place for tackling divisive and nuanced issues through narrative and personal story. I am always moved by what I read there, and the commenters are full of grace instead of arguments, too. (Disclosure: I also writer for Deeper Story, but I was a subscriber before I joined the team.)
A Holy Experience – I have followed Ann’s blog for years now, and she is the most faithful, consistently beautiful and insightful writer. Her heart for God, her love for her family, has profoundly influenced how I approach my spirituality, and my mothering. Her photographs are peace-making, and she’s the one exception to the rule about No Automatic Music on Your Blog. Sometimes I open up her blog, and just listen to the music while I chore around in the kitchen.
Rachel Held Evans – Rachel isn’t one of the 50 Women to Watch according to Christianity Today for nothing. She is bold, provocative in the best ways, a thinker, deeply theological, and funny as hell.
The Runamuck – Amber Haines takes my breath away with her beautiful writing, she’s got the soul of a poet. I think she’s part priestess.
Adventures in Babywearing – Steph isn’t exactly babywearing anymore so the title is a bit misleading. But she’s the master of “just write” and she can say more in a simple story or observation in a paragraph, complete with sermon and subtext and take-away, than most of us can say in a book. She’s honest, too. I am taking cues from her on how to write about the tinies and my life as a mother without compromising their private moments and thoughts.
Sorta Crunchy – Megan was my first blog crush, and now she’s a dear real-life friend, but that’s beside the point. She wrote a book called Spirit-Led Parenting – one of my personal favourites – but she writes on everything from television to immigration reform, cloth diapering to clothes, church to family. (She writes like she talks. True story.) I love how she sees the world, and I’m so personally invested in her life now that I couldn’t miss a single post.
SheLoves Magazine: Stories of the Sisterhood – The manifesto of SheLoves is that we would be women who love (and I love that). Every single day of the week, there is a story about a woman in the world. It can range from women in Haiti, to women in Costa Rica, to women in Surrey, everything from single to married to mothers to grandmothers. Every voice and perspective is so unique. They are doing a monthly theme right now and I love reading how different women approach the same idea or concept. (Another disclosure: yep, I write here, too.)
The Carnival in My Head: Kathy Escobar – Kathy may eschew proper capitalization, but she brings the good stuff. She’s outside of the institutional church thing in what she calls “a messy little community” called The Refuge. She’s also a mother of five, and a pastor. She writes about disillusionment, being an ex-good-Christian-woman, freedom, all the stuff that gets under my skin and makes me want to give standing ovations, bang on pots and pans, that sort of thing.
Simple Mom – Tsh was one of the first blogs I ever actually subscribed to, and through her links or shares, I eventually found most of my “tribe” in the Internet world. An entire empire of sites now, this one covers everything from finances to time management, cooking to parenting, it’s such a useful resource that lines up with much of how I like to run our life.
Eugene Cho – Eugene comments on issues in the Church with a gentleness and wisdom beyond most others. He’s a good place to turn for perspective without cynicism. He’s a pastor, an advocate, and thinker. I love the work that he does with One Day’s Wages, too.
Your turn: Which blogs are your favourites? Why?
Make sure you include the link so that the rest of us can read it, too.