So, I once covered a cycling event for a newspaper.
I knew nothing about cycling.
I do know something about people, though, so I spoke with the cyclists as though they were people.
Novel concept, I know.
I spoke with a team that said, as a warm-up for the road race they were about to partake in, they rode all the way to Asheville. That’s a car ride of more than two hours. Uphill. Extremely uphill.
It was amazing to me that cyclists would, when they’re not cycling – cycle.
Then I realized that as a writer, what did I do on my time off?
I read. Other writers.
Which is the same, only it burns .032 percent of the calories cyclists do, I realize. Still, I’ve found the same when I began blogging.
Some blogs are atrocious. Some, tough to read. Others, riddled with advertising, huge blocks of text, or typographical/grammatical/political mistakes.
Still others just don’t do it for me.
Others do. Others are inspiring or laugh-inducing or just plain good reads.
I’m not a real big sharer on social media, really, but when I run across a good post from one of the handful of blogs I subscribe to, I want to share them.
Here’s the first collection. They’re all good reads I took something from, whether it’s an idea or a concept or just a really, really good impression.
They come from bloggers named Madge and Crystal and Kim. Some have tons of followers, others, significantly less. Their words, though, made me want to turn to someone and say, “Hey, did you see this?”
Give them a click and see what you think. Just don’t forget who your favorite blogger is.
1. Madge, in “It’s Madge … an adult survivor guide,” on motherhood
2. Crystal, in “Philosophical Mama,” on her baby boy growing up
3. The Wayward Son, in “Losing My Religion,” in the real value and agenda in equal rights
4. Kim, in “Reflections of Now,” on getting her smile back
5. Helaine Olen, in the New York Times’ parenting blog, “Motherlode: Adventures in Parenting,” on how bankrupt Olympic families are just like yours and mine
Give them some comment love, and don’t forget to tell me what you think, too.