Here are links to some of my favorite blogs: (Please see the separate page for spirituality and self-development blogs.)
Personal & Humorous Blogs
(By which I mean personal blogs and humorous blogs. They don't have to be both - though they sometimes are.)
Cardiogirl: I think what first made me sit up and take notice about Cardiogirl's blog was a post she did about about people sitting alone on park benches talking into cellphones, as though they all needed human company but nothing too close. That's the sort of unexpected observation you can suddenly get amongst these entertaining and prolific snippets of everyday life. Oh yes, and every post is topped by a color-coded running shoe. Like I say, expect the unexpected...
Earth2Karen: Karen's subtitle says it all: "The random thoughts of a bisexual Buddhist/Wiccan treehugger... just your average girl next door."
Life In 360: An eclectic series of posts from Vinni in Pune, India. Subjects covered include software & the internet, music, business, politics, rock music, comics, life, love, and MBA (which Vinni is studying).
Of Course, I Could Be Wrong: The title gives you a good feel for this prolific blog by the Anglican vicar who calls himself Mad Priest. His incredibly frequent posts reflect his hilarious wit; his concern for people; and his scant regard for the excesses of the Christian Right. "If you think you don't belong," Mad Priest says in his sidebar, "you belong here." Here's an example of a particularly amusing post I've just come across.
People In The Sun: This is another of my very favorite blogs. Having lived in Israel, Britain, and now the USA, this guy can write both movingly and wittily as he tells stories from his past and keeps us up to date on current events in his life. All this and his profile picture is one of the cutest things I've ever seen. (I don't say that about many male bloggers...)
Raised By Chaffinches: "I was abandoned as a baby by my parents and brought up by a lovely chaffinch couple," reads the subtitle of Birdy's blog, though the posts themselves are much less wacky than that: most of them gently amusing snippets of Birdy's life, with a smattering of references to wildlife and the occasional fit of setting the world to rights.
Silent Cacophony: Thoughtful personal posts by Canadian primary school teacher and writer Chase March, who always comes across as a thoroughly decent guy.
Smaller Than Life: The heyday of scriptwriter Salvadore's blog was late 2006 when he posted daily pictures of an abandoned bathmat in the street outside his house. Then the Grim Reaper (aka the council refuse department) came along and since then he's had to content himself with other random slices of everyday life. But it's still very funny.
What Guilty And Baddie Did Next: The perceptive - and very honest - account of GS's relationship.
Art & Photography Blogs
Boogie Street: A personal journal from accomplished artist Mr Zip, who shares with us the evolution of some of his paintings together with snippets from his life. And as if this wasn't enough, you get to see the paintings too, which I think are wonderful. Though they're mainly architectural and landscape pictures, I always get the feeling that the local inhabitants are lurking in the pictures just out of view, carrying on the business of their everyday lives. (OK, so maybe it's just me...)
NEW! Gypsy-Heart, I Am: 'Painting & dancing in the light'. Heartfelt artwork and words from gypsy-heart.
NEW! Joanna Vaughan's Cape Cod Photoblog: Wonderful photos!
Maui Skies: Another blog that does what it says on the tin. Fill your soul with Maui's celestial light.
Montana Outdoors: Montucky says: "There is a very beautiful world out there in the wild country. It is my wish to make it visible, by words and photographs, to those who are interested in seeing it." Wonderful pictures.
New York Nitty Gritty: Stunning pictures of NYC. This guy knows photography.
Peripheral Vision: Lynda Lehmann's lovely blog features her nature photography and abstract paintings, plus her ideas about life, creative process, and preserving our planet. She writes: "I'm interested in the spiritual aspect of art and our connection to nature..."
Stepping Stones: Travel photos - and more - from the globe-trotting Traveler One.
Travel Photo Blogging: I sometimes get offers to swap links from places I don't expect - and sometimes I say yes. Who, after all, could resist a travel blog from Ljubljana in Slovenia? Especially one with pictures of a 'beware of the bear' sign.
Blogs about Blogging
Blog About Your Blog: A community blog which aims to give bloggers a platform to share their ideas and articles. So anyone (including me!) can apply to blog here to publicize their own blogs, share information, or do whatever they like. You can write about anything you like but most of the articles are about blogging: how to get more readers, improve your blog etc. etc. It's a great place to pick up blogging tips.
Blog Dumps: The Secret Of Life was one of the first blogs to appear on Wolfbernz' blog directory, which now has a blog of its own, with info on the latest submitted blogs and an eclectic range of posts.
FronTools: A very useful collection of links to free online tools for blog development etc.