A friend did a survey about his blog recently and his main question was what would you like to see on my blog? I thought about it for a little while and came up with what may be the most frustrating answer he will get:
Whatever you’re interested in.
I wasn’t trying to be unhelpful or force him to make the decision himself, the truth is I’ll read or listen to or watch anything that the creator is interested in (within reason). If they’re interested and passionate about it, I’m willing to give it a chance. I’ve discovered quite a few interesting things this way.
Here are five blogs I enjoy that span a wide range of surprisingly riveting subjects.
Thoughts on Fantasy
This site covers everything from world-building to word-choice and although I don’t care for reading reviews, I find much of the other content interesting. Nicola Alter discusses books, tv, and movies, and how they work (or don’t).
She has written some interesting articles on the elements of various fantasy sub-genres, as well as a great series on world-building. Though her focus is specifically fantasy, she discusses a wide range of sub-genres and subjects within her niche. It’s an enjoyable and interesting read, though she hasn’t posted that regularly in recent weeks.
The Wee Flea
As a child, and even into my teen years, I had little interest in politics and what the rest of the world was doing, but this changed as I grew. David Robertson was a Free Church minister in Dundee and his blog provides an excellent commentary on our politics and culture — but from a Reformed worldview.
Though much of the news can be depressing, the Wee Flea looks at it through a biblical lens and helps believers work out how to interact with and respond to the world we live in without becoming like it.
Denise Portis is a university lecturer. That would be interesting in itself but it’s not primarily what her blog is about. The reason I found Hearing Elmo is because Denise Portis has Meniere’s Disease (among other things) and I was being investigated for it at the time. I had googled ‘Menieres’ and her blog was one of the results. It’s nearly a year since I was officially diagnosed but I’ve been following her blog a bit longer than that.
Hearing Elmo is a great insight into life with chronic illness (particularly the invisible kind). I’ve found it helpful to read her tips and tricks for surviving the Meniere’s life and always enjoy her various adventures — and misadventures — with her trusty service dogs.
We Are Chefs
This one I found through an article promoted by WordPress’ ‘Discover’ account. Admittedly, I don’t read all the articles. I’m not particularly interested in the who’s who of the cheffing world, nor the different prestigious prizes.
We Are Chefs is the official blog of the American Culinary Federation and my favourite articles are the ones about food history and food itself. The most fascinating article last year was one on the history of spoons but there was a great one about pulses recently too.
Perhaps the most unusual on this list is another stumble-upon, Corvid Research. It’s the quirkiest but also my favourite. Written by Kaeli Swift, PhD, it covers her research on the crow family. It also includes my kind of puns, they’re hilarious — but that’s a matter of a pinion.
Don’t ask how I found this marvellous corner of the internet, I did and I’m glad. I’ve always had a soft spot for crows and their relatives. Reading something so interesting but so different from my normal diet is both enjoyable and refreshing.
How about you? Are there any websites or blogs that you enjoy which cover areas outside of your normal interest?