Archive for the 'Christmas' Category

Joni Ruhs

In light of it being the day commonly known as Christmas Eve I thought it would be appropriate to bring you a family oriented best blog. So in that spirit I am happy to present to you Joni Ruhs.

Joni is a stay-at-home mom who has, as she puts it, “lots of thoughts on lots of things.” This, thankfully, is something that works to our benefit for Joni manages to blog away the daily trials and joys of family life (as well as her own personal thoughts) with more than sufficient humor, candor, and insight. One of my own personal favorites was Joni’s musings on the issue of teaching Santa to children.

So to satisfy the family-oriented part of all of us I would encourage checking out Joni Ruhs, yet another honoree in our December Blog a day.

photo, “Merry Christmas-From Me & My Tree”, by Kate McElwee.

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Poetry In Verse

Greg Landeim has been a lot of things.  A surveyor, an engineer, an analyst and an architect just to name a few.  Now, though, Greg is doing what he loves to do and has decided to share that passion with us.

Greg Landeim is a poet and his blog Poetry In Verse serves as a kind of showcase for his work.  The works themselves (as far as my limited literary skill can attest to) are very well composed and, even more importantly, enjoyable to read.  Plus, with a range of subject matter ranging from the sacred to the daily the reader’s attention is not likely to wan quickly.

What really makes me like this blog even more, though, is the author’s encouragement of commentary.  He is laying his art out before the public’s eyes and inviting the public to express themselves back.  It is really the ideals of the blogosphere in action.

So if you are looking for a shot of artistic insparation and community you might want to check out Poetry In Verse.

Fresh Fodder

Cool things for under $10.  How great is that? Updated regularly, interesting choices, short, clear text.  Pretty great stuff and very handy for this time of year, when you’re looking for things that aren’t going to kill your bank account. 

Yes, yes, I know, we’re a bit behind on our December blog a day.  It’s the party a day that’s getting to us. 

White Thoughts No-One Sees

The discovery of today’s best blog came about in a slightly different manner than my usual method. This blog was actually one I stumbled upon via a pingback on our “Blog a Day” post. Apparently Kerryn thought it would be interesting to write about us instead of the other way around. So, now to the review.

White Thoughts No-One Sees is a personal blog written by a woman named Kerryn. Kerryn is an Australian who is apparently not afraid of a challenge which is evidenced in her latest post telling of her desire to “read a book that I want to hurl against the wall in a fit of pique.” In all seriousness, though, Kerryn seems to be a blogger with a knack for expressing her thoughts and reporting the events of her life with wit and wisdom.

Some andecdotes of note include (but are not limited to):

Overall, White Thoughts No-One Sees is a well written and personable account of the life and thoughts of this Austrailian woman of many roles.

A nice find for our December Blog-a-day.

Edgecast: Make Your Own Media

Bingo. I clicked on the tag for “Christmas,” curious to see what people are saying about this holiday, hoping for something a little out of the ordinary and there I found Edgecast: Make Your Own Media. It’s run by Conn Ó Muíneacháin, Irish language podcaster, former broadcaster, and a guy whose Christmas post tells you how to find videos of Santa speaking in many of the world’s languages — even in sign language. Like all good sites, this is written by someone who’s clearly in love with his subject and a terrific writer to boot.

The only thing I want for Christmas from Edgecast? More pictures! (I know, that’s very shallow when you’ve got a site that’s so beautifully written, but I like to look at things too. And I like to have something to steal from a site to illustrate my BestBlog post. I briefly thought of looking for a photo or drawing of something or someone recognizably Irish wearing a Santa hat for today’s post, and then decided even I couldn’t descend that far in the face of a site so good. And — probably more plausible — I don’t have time for that sort of thing if I’m going to get a site up every day this month.)

And thanks to reader Rhea, author of the wonderful Boomer Chronicles, for her email yesterday nominating several blogs. If you’d like to nominate a wordpress blog (that’s any blog with wordpress in its url: xxxxx.wordpress.com) you can email us this month at bestblogonwordpress (dot) yahoo (dot) com.



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