Last Fall, I wrote a post titled 5 Badass Women Bloggers You Should Be Following based on my discoveries as I journeyed down the rabbit hole (more on that later). Now, admit it: most of the blog posts we come across on our social media streams end up sucking monkey nuts. You know it and I know it. Like many of you, I once had nothing but lame social media blogs listed on my google reader (“They” told me these were the blogs that mattered). And like many of you, I usually found myself asking, “Why the hell am I subscribed to this stupid blog?” And like many of you, I was living in “The Blogging Matrix”, floating by in a sorry state of blog ignorance; a slave to the blogging elite (the evil gatekeepers!).
Then I discovered Captain Smack, popped a red pill, jumped head first down the rabbit hole and began acid tripping on blogging badassery. My eyes were open. I was free. I ran outside, tore off my shirt, looked up to the sky (it was raining), raised my hands to the heavens (just like Andy Dufresne did after crawling through 500 yards of prison shit and piss in “The Shawshank Redemption”) and yelled, “Free at last; free at last; thank God almighty I’m free at last!”
Then I went back inside, dried myself off and made myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Oh, and I haven’t looked back since. So free your mind and check out these 5 badass bloggers:
Abby Has Issues is where writer Abby Heugel documents her brilliant insights (whilst wearing yoga pants and running mental marathons). Admittedly, she started blogging as a way to write for enjoyment and not just employment. She confesses, however, that if she could somehow blog for employment, she would experience more enjoyment. In other words, she can be bought. Capiche?
Oh, and she’s also an author of a book of essays also called Abby Has Issues. Now, with all the lame books being written by folks who just want to land lame speaking gigs at lame conferences, do yourself a favor and buy her book (yeah, I own a copy and paid for it myself). Her observations on every day life are hilarious and the dang thing costs only $10 ($2.99 on Kindle!). Need more persuasion? Check out I Smell and I Don’t Have Kids, So I Brag About Pets. Nuff said?
Flourish in Progress is the blogging home of Elizabeth Jayne Liu, a former single teen mom who spent her 20’s mothering, loving, drinking, crying, partying, yelling, working, sighing, pacing, moving, scrimping, saving, shopping and dancing. Now a happily married stay-at-home mom who enjoys watching reruns of “Little House on the Prairie” and listening to Gangsta Rap, she started blogging to chronicle her 30th Birthday Project. Check out her Monday Dares section of her blog then check out what’s a good substitute for swearing? drugs. and crotch calamity…then tell me she ain’t badass. I dare you.
Good Day, Regular People is where Alexandra Rosas Schultze, an overanalyzing, oversensitive, overwhelmed mother of three boys living life in a small town where she finds herself like a fish out of water, writes. Suffering from severe self scrutinization brought about by an “interesting” childhood, Alexandra claims her blog saves her life. Everyday. “I spend my life wishing I would say what I was thinking”, she says. “With my blog, I can say it.” And she says it with humor as evidenced by posts like When Someone You Love Has A Blog and Just When I Was Beginning To Like You. So pay the empress a visit…because you can’t use your friends as therapists forever.
It Builds Character is a collection of parents writing not necessarily about what they know best, but at least what is immediately in front of them on a daily basis. They understand that parenting has a steep learning curve but is a heck of a lot more fun with other parents with whom you can laugh, celebrate, or commiserate. The good news about this blog, other than posts like The Worst Things About Parenting, No. 17: Nutshots and 10 Things That Changed When They Showed Up is that the many contributors to the site also have their own blogs you can investigate. This should keep you busy until my next Badass Blogger Post.
Just Making Convo is the blogging home of writer Becky Cardwell. She’s a ‘Mommy Blogger’ who doesn’t have any kids. When asked why she would call herself a ‘Mommy Blogger’, she replied, “Don’t you think that’s being a little racist? If women can vote and watch sports and make sandwiches and stuff, why can’t we have mommy blogs even though we don’t ever plan on compromising our barren yet extremely resilient wombs?” She also claims to be a not-for-profit Scientist, specializing in Anti-Social Experiments. I say she’s just a badass blogger who’s ‘Published Convo‘ alone would send most blogs scurrying back to the rock they crawled out from under. And when you consider posts like How To Help Your Dog Lose Weight and The Black Hole (one word: Colposcopy!), you’re not gonna care that she doesn’t have a real job.
So there you have it, 5 more badass bloggers to enrich not only your blog reading experience but your life in general. Consider your eyes opened. Now go…and sin no more.
Know any badass bloggers I may have missed? Speak up.