6 Blogs That Will Make Your Life Better

Monday, November 15th, 2010

There is a lot of stuff on the Internet.

Some of it’s funny, some of it is smart, and some of it just sucks you in for no good reason other than HAMSTERS DANCING ARE ALWAYS FUNNY! REPEAT!

But occasionally, something on the Internet actually makes life offline better.  And if you’re really, really lucky, you stumble upon something that makes you better.  These blogs, I believe, can actually change the way you see the world, how you think, and who you are.

6 Blogs That Will Make Your Life Better

1. Hole In The Donut by Barbara Weibel

Photo by Barbara Ann Weibel, from her recent trek through Nepal in search of a rhino.  Yeah.  Barbara was hugely successful in a former life.  She made a lot of money, owned a lot of property, and seemed to be living the American dream.  The only problem was that she hated it.  So she quit.  She decided to travel and write and take pictures and come hell or high water, she’d figure out a way to afford it all.  Now she travels the world sleeping in the cheapest places she can find.  She’s currently on a 6 month solo trip through Asia.  Oh – and she’s in her 50s.  Reading this blog will make you be more brave and dream bigger.

2. Native Born by Faiqa

OK, yes, she is one of my very best friends and so I may be biased.  But I honestly believe that the world would be a better place if everyone could sit down and have a conversation or two with this woman.  She writes on her blog about her perspective as an American Muslim who was born and raised in this country to parents who were born and raised in Pakistan.  Her husband, who was born in India and grew up in Saudi Arabia, recently became a US citizen.  She has the unique opportunity to see the world from multiple angles, and she shares much of that with the readers on her blog.  Reading this blog will make you smarter and more compassionate.

3. Morningside Mom by Caroline Jorgenson

At first glance, this site may appear to be “just another mommy blog”.  And,  yes, she talks about her children and that’s great and all – but once in a while she lets her passion for good citizenship out onto the page, and that is where you’ll find real magic.  Caroline spent much of her childhood in Africa and her appreciation for our common humanity is obvious.  She is smart, passionate, but still level-headed – a balance I continually fail to achieve.  Reading this blog will make you want to vote and volunteer.

4. Chookooloonks by Karen Walrond

Yes, I know, I’ve talked about Karen a lot recently.  But she has probably been the single most influential person in my life over the last 3 months – which is pretty powerful considering I’ve only ever met her once. What she is doing with her “Beauty of Different” book and message is, I believe, of critical importance.  Reading this blog will make you love yourself, finally.

5. Motherhood in NYC by Marinka

I read a handful of humor blogs, and this is my favorite.  What I love about Marinka is that she is funny and smart.  She avoids controversy for the sake of controversy, but manages to sneak in a bit of wisdom with her dry wit.  You’ll walk away going – wait a minute? Did I just get a lecture about common sense while I was laughing at her?  If Tina Fey had a blog, it would be this.  Reading this blog will make you laugh and think, usually at the same time.

6. Man vs. Debt by Adam Baker

The premise of this blog is simple: Adam and his wife are working to get rid of all of their debt while also living a life of purpose.  OK, maybe that doesn’t sound all that simple, but it’s a real, day-to-day look at the process of selling everything you own and following your passions on a regular basis.  Reading this blog will change how you look at stuff and money.

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  1. Knowing Faiqa and Caroline for reals, I can attest to their amazingness.

  2. Reading two of these gets me a silver star or something, right? Especially since I will be checking out the others. Love finding excellent new sites…thanks for the intro!

  3. muskrat says:

    I drop in from time to time on all but one of these…wish I had more time to read blogs regularly!

  4. Alexandra says:

    What a wonderful idea for a post. AND LOVE Marinka’s tweet about switching up the order.

    Seriously, thank you for the recs., b/c quality, quality is time well spent somewhere.

    Like your blog here, and all the service you do for those struggling with depression, weight loss, and sometimes just not fitting in.

    Thank you

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am going to be a kiss ass and say yours. You are always inspiring me to live the life I want to live,to work in my past issues,have fun,and care about my friends.

  6. Morningsidemom says:

    Kind of dying here with so much gratitude and many many gushy thanks. Dang. Much love, my friend.

  7. MarinkaNYC says:

    I don’t know what I did to earn a spot on this great list, but jaws of life won’t get me off of it.

  8. Sheila says:

    I’d learn so much more from Faiqa’s blog if she’d link to the definition of some of the words she uses….it’d also be a real time saver for me. Kidding….mostly.

  9. Beetlebabe572000 says:

    I agree 100% with Faiqa. I have learned so much from her.
    I’m looking forward to Hole In The Donut.

  10. Zoeyjane says:

    I’m a recent convert to Faiqa and Karen’s domains, but now I’m gonna have to check out the other ones, too.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I feel all cosmopolitan that I already read two of the six! I’m looking forward to checking out the others.

    I also think it’s funny that out of all the pictures of Faiqa in the world you chose Zombie Faiqa. Heh. She’s lovely undead or alive.

  12. Thanks for the awesome recommendations, hon!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Good question. I’m thinking about it way too hard, because I’m not sure of the answer right now. Maybe I’ll have to post mine. :)

  14. Ann's Rants says:

    Yes, Marinka is the funniest/smartest/cold-wariest of any blog I’ve ever read. She amazes me.

  15. Faiqa says:

    I am so honored to be on this list. Even more honored to be described as one of your “very best friends.”

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  17. Naomi says:

    Love the all! Half were already on my radar … and I’ve added the others to my reader. Thanks!

  18. I love you, Miss Britt. And I miss working with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your oh, so kind words about my writing.

  19. I love you, Miss Britt. And I miss working with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your oh, so kind words about my writing.

  20. Asouthernfairytale says:

    Chookooloonks, I giant puffy heart her.
    seriously. love!

    Thanks for the new blogs to read!!

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