I had planned to have a post today on the value of the past. This plan was prompted by comments on my last post from Damien and Devin (of whom more anon).

But I didn’t feel that I was ready to write it yet. At the moment I have had comments from people who have good websites, that I wanted to point people to, and I’d also been emailed by someone with a good website, that I wanted to point people to.

So today’s post is about those blogs. The one on the past I think will be ready to go next week.

Damien Riley writes a blog called Postcards from the Funny Farm. (He lives in California but doesn’t mention if this is the reason for the name.) As you would expect he writes with a light touch. But that doesn’t mean that he isn’t saying some worthwhile things. His post on Eckhart Tolle’s advice to ask, “Is that so?” is simple and very helpful. Damien writes well – it is easy to read and what he has to say comes across clearly.

Devin is a psychotherapist. His blog is called The Mental Emotional Health Blog. His posts are often quite short and punchy – a list of resources (such as his one on suicide prevention) or a couple of simple thoughts (such as Two Random Thoughts). He also does longer posts that explore something in more depth (his most recent is The Mind of a Child). This blog is not about the stories of suffering but what you can do to live a (mentally and emotionally) healthier life. He doesn’t do case studies either (or at least I haven’t found one). So don’t be concerned that you may find yourself reading stories that will stir up things you don’t want stirred up. His blog is full of useful information and well worth visiting.

Now, a change of pace. Nature’s Health Foods is a site authored by a couple, J.R. and Marilyn (I don’t think they live in Dallas). As you would expect it is about healthy foods and healthy eating (emphasising the organic). They also have lots of recipes as well as useful tips on how to cut down the fat and sugar and still have things tasting good. They also have pages on skin care, weight loss and supplements. Their site has a huge amount of information. Their style is matter of fact and down to earth. Their blog is an amazing array on how different foods are good for you and how they can be prepared in appetising ways. If you are looking for one place to start eating more healthily you will find pretty much all you need to know here.

Another change of pace. I don’t know if it comes across but I care about the quality of writing on blogs. (I don’t claim to be the best in this regard, only that I make an honest effort to keep improving – suggestions for improvement (preferably politely phrased) are welcome (feedback of the ‘you suck’ variety will be politely ignored)). I was glad to discover a week or so ago a blog by Bob Younce on writing well for bloggers. Bob’s blog is called The Writing Journey. At the moment he is doing a series on how to write a food blog (though it is a good study for others with blogs on other topics too). He also covers the business side of blogging – freelancing and making money as well as some of the technical side – search engine optimisation (for those new to the blogosphere this means: ways to help your site appear higher up the lists given my search engines (such as google) in answer to what people type into them). As you would expect Bob’s blog is very well written and he uses a variety of styles – story-telling, attention grabbing, instructional and much more. If you are a blogger, or just someone interested in writing better, Bob’s site has a wealth of useful instruction and case studies. It is my (not so) humble opinion, that if blogging is to gain respect we need to pay attention to the quality of our writing. I am glad to be able to point people to Bob’s blog as a way to help us improve the quality of our writing.

These are all blogs that I find to be very worthwhile. I think they will reward the time you spend on them.

For those who are new to my blog. I plan to release a free report in the next few months. I have finished the text and would be grateful for any comments you would like to make. (It is fairly long, it probably is best read in a series of chunks.) It is called (tentatively) It’s Not About Success. You can click on this link to the page in the sidebar, under Site Info, on the left of the screen (under the title). If you aren’t new and haven’t read and commented on it I’d like to hear from you too. All feedback (from bouquets to brickbats) very welcome.

4 Comments to “Blogs I Can Recommend”

  1. Devin says:

    Wow, thank you for the kind words. I’ll also plan to read the other blogs you mentioned. I have already started checking out Damien’s blog, and totally agree that his writing is clear and easy to read.

    You also have a great blog here, Evan. I’ve been visiting almost daily, and have listed you in my Blogroll. One of these days I’ll return the favor and provide the positive feedback I have for you on my site.

    Thanks again!

  2. Thanks for the write-up, Evan! And thanks for being a part of the community over at Writing Journey.

    I’m hoping to take a look at your Success report material this weekend. I’ll let you know what I think!

  3. Damien Riley says:

    Wow. Your blurb on my blog is excellent, I may replace my current “About” page with it! Thank you so very much, I am honored beyond that which I deserve. I’ve been enjoying your site and continuing to read it.

  4. Evan says:

    Hi Devin,

    I’m glad you like Damien’s blog too. Also thanks for adding me to your blogroll.

    Hi Bob,

    Looking forward to your feedback on the report.

    Hi Damien,

    I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my blog.

    Thanks to all of you for reading my blog and taking the time to comment. Both are very much appreciated.

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