Every month, I publish an answer to a reader’s question. Here’s a transcript of my answer to a reader’s question about which personal blogs I follow. Hi Lisanne, you communicate with readers via your personal blog. Do you have examples of other personal blogs you follow? Thank you!
Thank you for your fun question. I’m always open to supporting other people’s work! To me, the personal blog serves as an excellent means to show readers your window at the world. As you say, it’s an instrument to connect with people from anywhere in the world. There are many of them, and some of them I find truly inspiring.
The Marginalian for example, is really one of its kind. The blog is written by Maria Popova, and she is a huge inspiration to me when it comes to the way she offers readers insights and pieces of literature that are both timely and timeless.
I also like the way Richard Branson uses his blog to give readers a glimpse of what’s happening behind the scenes of the Virgin Brand. His blogs range from his latest business ventures to life learnings, or snapshots from his life on his private island. Therefore, his blog posts are light, and fun.
In like manner, Bill Gates uses his personal blog Gatesnotes to update readers on his latest ventures. Gates uses the platform to share his knowledge about clean energy, and global health. He also shares book recommendations and the latest news about The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which are always fun to read and thought-provoking in some way.
Additionally, Anthony Bourdain was an author and journalist at CNN who left behind a personal blog called Explore parts unknown, which still exists. Bourdain was a 28-year veteran of professional kitchens, and in 2000, he published a memoir called Kitchen Confidential about his experiences in the culinary underbelly. He also hosted the Emmy Award-winning travel docu-series, “Parts Unknown” on CNN, and on his personal blog, you can find published field notes of his travels. I always found these blog posts a joy to read because the way he writes makes you feel like you’re in another world for a moment.
The last one that comes to mind is the blog of James Clear. His blog is simple to read, but under the surface, he is very intentional about everything he puts out into the world. If you want to learn everything about habit forming and improving your life on a daily basis, James Clear might be the right person for you to listen to.
I hope this answers your question. I’ll update the following section from time to time, and add more personal blogs I’ve found.
More examples of personal blogs
- The blog of Bruce Elliott
A painter from Chicago who shares his thoughts and opinions freely on his blog. Some posts delve a bit into the political. He is part-owner of Chicago’s Old Town Ale House, and it’s a fascinating look inside local daily life in Chicago.
- Brain Food by Shane Parrish
A carefully curated and written weekly newsletter and blog, with interesting food for thought on improving your thinking and decision-making.
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