I have made no secret of the fact that much of my inspiration for blogging came from reading other blogs. Before I burned out from my job, the only blogs I read were mainly doom and gloom type. I was concerned about politics, peak oil and economic collapse to name a few cheery subjects. Needless to say these were not healthy topics to think about.
In a way you become the media you consume. I certainly became what I was consuming. World view can be shaped by the bubble you surround yourself with, and my world was full of worry and stress. As I went from the emotionally damaged train wreck to The Happy Philosopher you hear from today, I realized that my perception of the world was almost as important as the world itself. Actually no, it was MORE important.
When I started finding blogs about financial freedom and early retirement, my perception of the world changed. It was a slow process at first. I started reading about people that were doing things that no one I knew in real life were doing. They were talking about things that never came up in casual conversation.
My previous perception of the world was that everyone just followed this script that was written out for them by society. I had no evidence that anyone did things any differently. In retrospect there were actually a few people I knew doing these things, but they were very quiet about it.
In real life you kind of have to be careful about how crazy and unconventional your ideas are. Not really actually, but it feels this way. Many of these people just dropped off my radar and went about their business. The ‘normal’ people remained. This is selection bias 101.
The Early Days
When I started looking for alternatives there wasn’t much out there, or if there was it was difficult to find. I stumbled upon Jacob’s blog which was as radical and subversive as they come…I loved it immediately, but it was not a template I could follow.
Shortly after discovering Early Retirement Extreme I read a crazy sounding guest post by an even crazier sounding guy named Mr. Money Mustache. If you have been reading this blog you have no doubt seen his work as I reference his articles frequently.
His more mainstream (but equally subversive) message and relatability was what I needed. From there I discovered other FIRE bloggers and eagerly absorbed massive amounts of material. I branched out into other philosophies and areas of interest, but this was the genesis.
This stuff shaped my world view. These tiny acts of uncoordinated expression made me who I am. I didn’t agree with everything written of course, but I found a group of blogs that I could relate to and they became my support network during my journey.
As time went on it seemed like the blog-o-sphere expanded at an exponential rate. This is awesome and amazing, but also represents a big problem. As data increases we can’t consume it all. We are forced to become filters. Being a filter is hard thankless work, and as you know if you have read any of my Weekend Reading series, I want to help you.
If you are a regular reader of my blog it is likely you want to become more happy and free in your life. Although the topics I write about may seem scattered and disconnected at times, they all have this common theme. It may be hard to see at times, but it is there.
There are many other wonderful blogs out there, and I have thought about doing some sort of list or blog roll, but the task seems daunting, and quite frankly…I am lazy. I have an idea of the sorts of blogs I would include, but I can’t know them all. There are simply too many.
Let’s Try Something Completely Different
I want to try an experiment. I know there are a lot of bloggers that read my blog. It’s kind of what we bloggers do. And if you are reading my blog, there is a chance that you are blogging about something that others reading my blog will want to read. I want to create a list of bloggers that my readers may be interested in, but instead of me running around the internet looking for blogs, I want the bloggers themselves to self-select.
Additionally this will give me a list of cool blogs to check out when I have free time. There are so many awesome blogs I just don’t have time to read, but if they are here I can go back to them.
This is where I need your help. If you have a blog or blog-like-entity (BLE), and you feel my readers would enjoy reading your blog, please do the following:
- List your blog below in the comments. Make it so that when a reader clicks on your avatar they can get to your blog.
- Tell us why a reader of my blog may be interested in your blog, (i.e. how does your blog relate to the things I am writing about. Is it a blog about philosophy, happiness freedom, financial independence, etc.?)
- Find the one post (not 2 or 3 or 10) that you think will get my readers hooked on your blog. Remember, people have very short attention spans so make it one that will hook them. Maybe I will eventually make a list and link to them.
- If your blog is a landing page to sell some product or service it probably doesn’t belong here. I trust you all to use good judgement.
Let’s create an organic blog roll and see if we can’t make something pretty cool and different from the standard. I want to help my readers create their own unique online tribe and find blogs that they may not otherwise stumble upon. If you know of any bloggers that may enjoy reading my blog please sent them this post and invite them to participate.
I will do my best to stay out of the comment section and let you all be the focus. This is my small way to give back to all the wonderful bloggers that have helped me out along my blogging journey.