Have you ever felt exhilarated by stumbling across a blog that speaks to you? I go through my reader every now and then to find new material and good reads. Here are three that I highly recommend – click on the image for their homepage, or the link to the article I read (perfect timing for Blogging 101’s assignment).
The Goat that Wrote (TGTW)
From his about page, Goat tells us he has been trekking everywhere on his feet. Writing from Brisbane, Australia, he’s been trekking the mountains of the United States, Korea, and Japan, just to name a few. There’s an honest and raw touch to how he writes. He’s passionate about walking, nature, going places by foot. I’d imagine him to be a loyal friend, and someone who makes delicious eggs and coffee over portable stoves.
If you’ve been hiking/trekking before, you’d know it’s hard. It takes preparation, skill and a sturdy frame that can take you long distances with a heavy backpack for stretched periods of time. To some it’s second nature – despite the inconveniences, it’s what they love most, and feel at home close to nature. For tamed city dwellers like myself, it sounds like boot camp.
I loved hiking as a kid. I wasn’t afraid of the sweaty T-shirts, heavy backpack, and bugs in tents. The best parts were star-gazing at night with zero light pollution, hovering over just-made hot chocolate telling stories in the wild. This love gave way to city life, clean transportation, and dressy parties. Not that the love for nature can’t exist with cosmopolitan life, but the latter eats away at the spirit of the former.
Visit Goat’s blog. If anything you’ll find someone who’s truly dedicated to and good at one thing in life.
Why? Because Science.
Author of Why? Because Science. Thea Beckman, born in the 80s, is an intelligent, angsty, witty writer who takes no crap. I say angsty in a good way. Her tagline is “Combating Stupidity Since 2012”. You get a picture of someone who won’t tolerate stupid questions and is herself, well-versed in the realm of science (she has a masters degree in atmospheric science).
Her post “We Are Star People!” had me cracking up. It’s science accurately put yet comically described. I’m thinking Jon Stewart (Daily Show) on racism, or John Oliver (Last Week Tonight) on Scottish independence, but for science.
I don’t think she’s religious. She’s not religious. If I had kids, I’d let them read her blog. Introduce them to the beauty of understanding this world through the lens of scientific proof and reasoning. But in a fun, engaging way. If you find the We Are Star People! post too long, at least scroll to the bottom for the video. Just do it!
Kristen Lamb’s Blog
Kristen Lamb tells you to quit. In no uncertain terms she spells out the path to success: quitting. Not without discernment, but knowing when to stop climbing a mountain when it’s just not the right mountain to climb. Or, climbing it through a different route. She describes how writers have this complex of nursing and re-doing their first piece of work when really they should have abandoned it long ago. Focus on a new project. What I got out of her article on quitting is this: if there’s something that you’ve been working on for years and just can’t seem to get it published, you either quit the book and work on something else, or publish it yourself. Either way, there needs to be some form of action. Deadlock is bad. Quitting is often branded as the loser’s route. Quitters never succeed. Quitters don’t ever make it.
Far from the truth, Kristen discusses how some successful writers today are where they are precisely because of them knowing when to quit. It’s a new thought, for someone coming from a culture that abhors quitting. You only quit because you can’t do it. In this homogeneous city with few career options, anyone not making it big in the corporate world is sort of a quitter. “Sort of”, because as long as you make it big in non-traditional fields you’ll be given the nod. We’re a city that respects money. But before you make those big bucks, be prepared for a lot of shelling and shaming for making those non-traditional choices.
Kristen’s post is a quick read, but might just be that push you need to stop hating your job and do something you truly believe in.
Image credits: from the posts of The Goat that Wrote, Why? Because Science. and Kristen Lamb’s Blog respectively