Alrighty then, it’s Sunday funday, so I am going to have a little fun with this blog post.
There is a group of female bloggers that I follow regularly in my Google Reader feed. As a group they provide daily inspiration and perspective in my life. Oh, and quite a few laughs along the way. I’ve had the good fortune of meeting many of them in real life but feel like I know all of them well. All but one have nothing to do with my industry so they often help me start tangential thinking on subjects.
I have provided links to both their blogs and their Twitter handles.
Bananzattack written by @bananza – Last Fall while searching for a new voice for this blog I found Anne’s blog. Several of her posts from last Summer provided the courage I needed to become more raw and out there with my readers. I figured out that you guys want to know I am a real person with some of the same real problems you deal with everyday. Now, help me thank Anne by checking out her blog and leaving some comments on her posts that speak to you!
These next three claim they started their blogs in part because of my blog posts. I’d prefer to think they started because it was just time.
The Production Side written by @DKKipp – Closest to someone in my industry. A great writer who has an amazing amount of comments for a new blogger – Go Debbie Go!
what i’m loving today written by @rachelbernhard – Rachel is a great writer and she just writes about what’s on her mind today. Normally fun and light and sometimes introspective.
j_neitzel writen by @j_neitzel – Jodi is just getting started but I sense a great writer so I am keeping my eye on her blog. It’s going to be fun to say “I knew her when” after her first novel gets published.
More great blogs to read:
Barbara Maldonado written by @bmaldonado – I met Barbara at a Tweetup and even though I met her in real life first I consider her my first of many great Twitter friendships. Her blog takes a professional look at social media with a personality all Barbara’s.
Candid Carrie written by @candidcarrie – I wish Carrie would just send me an email each morning to remind me that life is supposed to be FUN. Enough said.
Conversation with myself. written by @krittabug – Just go read it. If you aren’t doubled over in laughter by the end of the 2nd or 3rd post I’d be pretty surprised. Don’t be fooled, however, Krista covers some pretty heavy topics as well and those have helped me deal with issues in my own life.
Don’t Sell Yourself Short written by @meganpfischer – A great blog about marketing, social media, and life – always a good read.
Sarandipity written by @sarandipity – Equal parts great photography, funny writing, serious writing done in a funny way, food stuff, craft stuff. She’s fun go read her blog.
Sara Santiago written by @sarasantiago – Sara comes from a big family like me and upon meeting for the first time declared my wife Cheryl and I family. She meant it. If you aren’t a big fan of strongly opinionated people Sara’s blog may not be for you. I love it and only wish she’d post a little more often!
Stacy’s posterous written by @stacysnook – Everyday for 500 days Stacy is sharing what’s going through her head. She’s on day 36 as I write this. Trust me, it’s always worth the look. Stacy is awesome and loves life.
Tracey’s Space written by @tmgessner – I think just because Tracey ended up last (alphabetical and all) you should consider it saving the best for last and click on over to take a look for yourself. Besides when Tracey runs a race she’s often the first Fit Milwaukee woman to finish.
I originally wanted to title this post “Chicks I Read” but thought some of them might be offended. What do you guys think – would that have been a better title?
Candid Carrie says
Thanks, Jim. I’ll add you to my mailing list.
I’m going to pretend you started blogging because of me. I’m also going to pretend that you aspire to be me someday. Further more, I am going to pretend that sometimes you slip up and call your wife “Carrie” because to me, those things would be fun. And I’m all about the fun.
If you wanted to call this “Chicks I Read” I wouldn’t have minded …
First of all, thank you Jim. I’m truly honored to be included with such awesome women. I’ll be checking out every blog you listed!
Over the past few months, you have been such an inspiration to me. Your support and encouragement means the world. I’m looking forward to the day we get to meet IRL! 🙂
I like that you will read all the others – wasn’t part of my “plan” but it makes my day just like you starting your blog and I’m still amazed at the number of comments your “If print were really dead” post got – that was just awesome!
Oh, and “Chicks I Read” wouldn’t offend me. I like it!
So far two OK’s with Chicks I Read – getting ready to change the title….
Barbara Maldonado says
Thank you very much for including me in your blog, I am truly honored for the recognition. I am very happy we met and have built a great friendship that began with a Tweet Up many months ago. I wish you much success and happiness.
Looking forward to future posts!
Barbara / @bmaldonado
It should be ‘Hot Chicks I Read’ – imagine the clicks you’ll get with that title! I’m honored to be on the list. Thanks for the links to all this great reading.
Anne, or maybe “Hawt Chicks I Read” – my pleasure to include you.
Already thanked you via the Almighty Twitter, but bloggers love comments, and who am I to deprive you of one?
Thanks for including me on your list! I’m proud to be among such a fine group of awesome babes 🙂
Now I suppose it’s my job to put the proverbial proof in the equally proverbial pudding keep the blog rocking.
Stacy Snoook says
Awwwww. Thanks Jim. That means so much to me. I also enjoy your blog and look forward to seeing you in my reader. 🙂
Rachel and Stacy – Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I realized last night while speaking the Katie Felten’s MKELive group that JImRaffel.com has turned into a community. I built it, feed it and take care of it everyday, and you guys come out and comment. – Thanks to the two of you and everyone else who stops by. – Jim
Chris from Racine says
Great list Jim
Chris – Thank you but of course you are now the third person I realize I forgot 🙁 – Go check her out folks you can click on the link above by her name. Oh well, there will have to be another female bloggers post sometime soon!