Some say blogs are dead.
Those people are idiots.
Some say blogs are unreliable, biased, and poorly constructed.
Well, mainstream media is too… so those people are stupid, as well.
I enjoy blogs.
Do I consume my news from blogs? No, that’s what Twitter is for 🙂
I do, though, consume content. What good is a blog without content — content that conjures up creativity?!?
My google reader app on my iPhone is loaded with a few dozen blogs that I like to frequent, but there are three from this past year that I just couldn’t get enough of…
I look back on the blog that Joy & I had while we were living in South Africa (serving as missionaries) and chuckle. I wish that I would’ve had 1/2 the cajones as Jamie to just be real w/ people.
Don’t get me wrong… there are parts of living in South Africa that I miss everyday. Anything and everything we shared was true. God showed up day in & day out in some major ways. I desperately miss the kids that we got a chance to hang w/ on a regular basis.
But… there were also parts that straight-up sucked. Absurd living arrangements. Scraping by at times to keep the electricity on in our flat as we wait for our next ‘support check’. Subjected to some food that ran through our bodies like a runaway freight train…
I love reading Jamie’s blog because she has a way of sharing with you how lame some things can be, but has the ability to use humor in a manner that it never really comes off as just complaining. (That’s probably why I shied away from ever letting it all hang out — I’m just not that witty.) She never feels the need to half-heartedly declare that everything is peachy. And she never cowers from presenting the jaw-dropping, thought-provoking questions that beckon to be asked.
Brewster’s blog is pure gold for all things creative. Stephen takes everything that he has forged from experience (both individually & collectively in regards to teams/leadership) and presents it to the reader in concise, poignant nuggets of wisdom. Whenever I find myself stuck within my own creative process, I know that I can easily spend 15-20 minutes on Brewster’s blog and then I’m ready to HUSTLE.
His content inspires me to pursue dreams, develop ideas, and craft my talents. Whether you are a songwriter, designer, film producer, or whatever — Brewster’s blog is a must have in every creative’s toolbox.
On multiple occasions, Joy has called me out on my man-crush for Carlos Whittaker. Honestly, I have a lot of respect for Carlos. First and foremost, his authenticity is legit. Faith & family are his priorities. He’s ridiculously creative & totally balls-to-the-wall when it comes to hustle.
All of this comes across in his blog.
Aside from maybe Seth Godin’s blog (the dude is yoda-smart), I would kill to be able to cultivate a community like what Carlos has on Ragamuffin Soul. One of the most discouraging things when it comes to blogging/writing is the lack of feedback one receives from the sweat & tears that go into crafting a dynamic post. Almost on command, each of Carlos’ posts are flooded with an overwhelming response of comments. It can make someone fragile & insecure like me a little jealous. Yet, if we only create to receive a response then we will soon cease to generate any further original ideas because we only seek affirmation from others.
side note: Do we compose our creation(s) for the love of such craft or do we fabricate a conception of things just to gain applause?
Anyway, Carlos is real. He is vulnerable. He says everything that you want to without the hindering fear of losing his job, forfeiting fake friendships, and/or receiving the stink eye (cuz’ haters gonna hate).
So… what were your favorite blogs from 2011?