October 15, 2012

Blogs I Should Read - What Do You Suggest?

How many blogs are there?  A conservative estimate places the worldwide total at well over 200 million. Though it is almost impossible to quantify how many are active,  probably half would be an acceptable number. Of that 100 million roughly 65% are in English. 

I have 17 blogs on my satisfying retirement blogroll and probably sample bits and pieces of another dozen or so each week. That leaves me just under 65 million I don't read.

I am in a bit of a blog reading rut. A well written post in almost any subject can give me fresh ideas or a new perspective. Occasionally I will follow a Google search and stumble across something good. But, that seems rather inefficient.

I'm turning to you. I'd appreciate your telling me about some of the blogs you enjoy. It doesn't matter what the subject. I can gain something from almost anything. The only two requirements are it is in English and the blogger updates material at least once every few weeks.

List the name of the blogs and I will find them. Please don't type in URL links. Just like the spam comments I wrote about last week, I'd rather not post anything that leads someone directly to a site before I have a chance to check it out.

What I propose to do is take your suggestions and check out every one of them as I have time. Then, I will write a follow up post, listing the blogs that I found most interesting and helpful to me. From that list I will probably update & freshen my blogroll and which blogs are in my Google Reader. I will prune and add to my e-mailed blog list.

So, in addition to helping me, I hope this experience helps you discover hidden gems you might like.

Remember I am looking for well written, well done blogs. Don't assume I wouldn't be interested in any particular subject. I may not be, but if the blog is a good one I can still find inspiration or ideas. In fact, the wider the subject matters I explore the more I'll like it.

Thank you! I'm ready to read some gems.

30 comments:

  1. Surviving and Thriving and Frugal Cool by Donna Freedman-great sense of humor and money saving tips.

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  2. Like you, I read all different types of blogs. I love reading your blog because it helps me understand my dad's mindset a bit better as you both are the same age.

    Here are some blogs I like to read in no particular order: (a) Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity (b) Hongkie Town (c) Tea Leaf Nation

    My favorite type of blogs are not niche bloggers. More like daily life bloggers, those blogs make me feel like I have made a new friend. But most of those blogs close down after awhile because the money is just not there.

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  3. I like Rambles From My Chair. It is a blog about everything-family,books,travel,life. He has beautiful pictures too. I always enjoy my visit there.

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  4. I enjoy Rural Revolution. It's written by a homeschooling mother and wife who with her family lives in rural Idaho. Although not strictly a "survivalist" blog, it does give insight into living simply and economically. Plus, I agree for the most part with her conservative views.
    Jeff in Oklahoma

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  5. Well, let's see, here are a couple I read every day, or as often as they post.

    The Simple Dollar---money saving tips.

    Garden Rant---garden related

    You Grow Girl---ditto

    The Gift of an Ordinary Day---gratitude

    Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome--American Expat Foodie.

    Huffington Post--GPS for the soul and the Over 50 blogs/posts





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  6. One I follow, but hesitate to list on my own blog role because it's a tad aggressive for some folk, is Mr. Money Mustache's blog. His philosophy is that financial independence can be reached by aggressively controlling one's spend rate, and shares many of his personal thoughts on how to do so. The blog contains some profanity, probably reflective of the writer's own age, and the many 20 and 30 something's that follow him, but if you can overlook that, there are some really spot on thoughts on living a full life without spending gobs of cash.

    I'd attribute our giving up both cable and our land line phone, plus beginning to bike to do many of our errands, directly to Mr. Money Mustache and his blog.

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  7. Mr. Money Mustache. This blog is shows people how to live frugally and retire early.

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  8. Maria's Nutritious and Delicious Journal. Your body will thank you!

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  9. Lacking Ambition--Mr. Money Mustache--Early Retirement Extreme

    Interesting how many recommendations have to do with frugality. What I'm learning is that frugality goes beyond saving money, it gets to the core/philosophy of life.

    The Lacking Ambition blog fascinates me. The guy is young and thinks so clearly in his own head. He does it his way, its different from the norm, but he has the balls to trust his instincts.

    I like this post, now I have other blogs to add to my blogroll I'm sure;-)

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  10. I read many blogs. The majority are writer/author blogs but not all. For me the writing is key. One of the best is Diana Bauer dot com. I started reading her blog when it was A Certain Simplicity. An expat from my city now living in the Piedmont region of Italy running a B&B with her husband. Her first novel is being released Nov. 1st and she's coming stateside for the book tour. I can't wait to meet her in person. She's also an amazing ceramist.

    Winsombella is another great blog. She is an amazing photographer and writer from Colorado. THE best photos and prose!

    For my sheer enjoyment I read Counting Ducks. You would immediately know he is British the first time you read his blog. Dry wit and sometimes poignant insights.
    b

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  11. Well, gee... mine :-D (2 Fat People in an RV - since re-named The Big Beastly Adventure)

    Seriously, if you are thinking of RV'ing, then there are a number of great websites and blogs that have great tips and stories. RV-Living (Vorts Lifestyles); Better RVing (really useful) and then the RV forums on rv.net.

    Happy reading!

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  12. This comment contained complete URLs that I have edited. Thanks, Ann for all the great sites:


    Have been reading your blog for a couple of years and really enjoy it. Some others I read: blog.vagabonders-supreme.net/--the best RVing blog I've found rvsueandcrew.com/--gutsy woman who travels with her two dogs. retireearlylifestyle.com/--perpetual travellers sites.google.com/site/paulvicgroup/--the grandparents of perpetual travel newdressaday.com--the ultimate in frugal clothing makeover and fun, too. Ann M.

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  13. Blogs that I enjoy include: The Non-Consumer Advocate, The Frugal Girl, One Hundred Dollars a Month, Midway Simplicity, Becoming Minimalist and of course...Yours:)!

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  14. I am writing down these blogs and look forward to some reading. Sure glad you asked this question. I just read Life with Father blog this past weekend, you might look at that one.

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  15. Oh, what fun! Some of my favorites are already on your list. You might like Vishnu's Virtues and Going-A-Musing. Both are great fun, thought-provoking, and well-written.

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  16. To everyone who has provided a blog or two (or 4!) thank you! I am checking out each one and will have a follow up post next week.

    If you just stumbled across this post, please keep leaving your suggestions. We all benefit.

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  17. Orionid meteor fireballs: the most recent topic (of many different but similar topics) over at my blog.

    Bob, check out the link for my moniker

    ...

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  18. Ironically I found your site through your discussion of link spam, and here I am writing a comment with a link. Hopefully you find my English more understandable than some of your other commenters! Check out the sofacents blog. Discussion of becoming a somewhat involuntary stay at home dad, and lots of photographs!

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    1. I did take a look. A 47 year old taking care of a 3 year old...that should make for some interesting articles.

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  19. Hi Bob, I'm wondering if some of your readers might also like my blog:

    Frontage Road to Zen: The Retirement Chronicles
    http://zen-road-retirement.blogspot.com/

    Thank you,

    Joan C.

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  20. Bob, Joan C. posted on Stage of Life a few days ago and listed a link to her blog. I read a few posts and found her style entertaining, enlightening and just down right relate-able. When I came over to share the info with you, guess what - she had already found you. Look up!

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    1. Thanks Joan and Suzanne & Malcolm,

      I take a look!

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  21. Hi Bob,
    Found your site through Barbara Torris's "Retire in Style." My husband and I retired just over a year ago. Not sure if this is Kosher or not, but I would recommend my blog if you are looking for something that might put a smile on your face. Somehow trouble always finds us. Check it out. honeydidyouseethat.blogspot.com/

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    1. Barbara is a good friend and blogger. I'm happy you found your way here. Please come back often.

      It is entirely Kosher to recommend your own blog. I'll go check it out now. I'm always looking for something to put a smile on my face!

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  22. Does anyone know of any good video blogs posted by boomers, or ones that would be of interest to boomers or retirees? Sometimes when I am working around the house or kitchen, I use the time to watch YouTube videos that are educational, inspirational, or that just make me think. But, I can't find many that are worth watching that deal with retirement or baby boomer issues. Thanks

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    1. NextAvenue.org is a blog sponsored by PBS. Besides featuring some of my material(!) they have a video section that you may find intructive.

      Baby boomer magazine (http://www.babyboomer-magazine.com/) has a lot of videos.

      If you are looking to expand your mind, TED.com is the best. A huge library of videos in all sorts of categories are available.

      Hope this helps.

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  23. Not about retirement per se, but this is how I am spending my retirement! Linda's Bead Blog & Retirement
    Mostly about my line of handmade jewelry, but also about our travels. We just returned from a month in Oaxaca, Mexico and I'll soon start blogging about that (as soon as I get our zillion pictures edited and pared down!).

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  24. Well, I'll just go ahead and put myself out there: my blog is called NitaDances. I will be retiring later this year (the great countdown has begun)! I don't blog about retirement (yet), but you may find something interesting there. And if not, well, as you said there are millions of blogs out there to choose from. :)

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    1. 89 days to go to retirement? You can taste it now! I love the picture of the wine glass and the visual behind it. Stay in touch and let's exchange information and ideas about your retirement journey!

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  25. Hi, I'm new :-)

    I recently discovered a blog called "Interstellar Orchard" - a young lady (very young, compared to me!) who decided to go full time on the road, working at part time jobs around the country. Very adventurous girl.

    Karen

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