I love to read blogs regularly because, whatever the content, you really feel as though you get to know a person through his or her blog. It may be about books, it may be about cooking, it may simply be about life in general, but a blog is a true picture of personality. Like your favorite news anchor, or a radio voice you listen to on the drive to work each morning, the bloggers you regularly follow eventually gain your trust and offer something more than just a post every once in a while. They are individuals who, for whatever reason, you seek advice from -- advice on book suggestions, advice on no-fail recipes, or advice on what workouts will yield the best results.
I wanted to share with you a few of the blogs I visit almost daily, without fail, because they offer personality, stories, and advice that I can't get elsewhere. These are an eclectic mix of blogs that I read for various reasons, none of which are the same for any two blogs. So, here you go -- what I'm reading each day (besides books):
|Heather Armstrong, photo from HGTV.com|
|Jessica, photo from HowSweetEats.com|
|Mandi & Kids, photo from TrainerMomma.com|
|Holly & Jude in Tanzania, photo from McNealsinGeita.blogspot.com|
McNeals in Geita: Some of you may already know (because you know me outside this blog, or because you've read it here before) that my brother Carson and his family live in Africa. In March 2009, my brother and his wife Holly moved to Tanzania, Africa, to do missionary work there. The next January, they returned for a brief visit and for my nephew to be born. They flew back to Africa in April 2010 and have been there ever since. Internet connections are precious because they are our family's primary method of communicating with them, and especially for seeing pictures of our little Jude. They began a blog before leaving, and frequently post there. Holly writes about day-to-day living in Africa, where life is so different it is difficult to imagine. She shows the differences in shopping, daily household chores, relationships, the health system, and so much more in her posts about their life there.
|Joshilyn Jackson, photo from JoshilynJackson.com|
Faster Than Kudzu: I love everything about southern author Joshilyn Jackson, from her books to her blog. FTK is a hilariously funny blog dedicated to.... Well, really I'm not sure. Jackson writes about her life as a writer, but she also writes about her family. She also features books and authors who she reads herself in an ongoing 3Q series of posts. (Three questions to an author, and usually a fabulous giveaway.) Oh yes, and there are possums. And internet cat pictures. Did I mention she's funny? Just head over there. You'll see.