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’ve chosen the personal blog as an instrument to communicate with readers. Do you have examples of personal blogs you follow yourself? Thank you!
Yes, of course. The personal blog is a perfect way 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. The Marginalian for example, the blog of Maria Popova, is a huge inspiration when it comes to offering readers insights and pieces of literature that are both timely and timeless.
I also like the way Richard Branson uses his blog to give a glimpse behind the scenes of the Virgin Brand. His blogs range from the latest business ventures to life learnings, or snapshots from his life on his privately owned island. His blog posts are light, and fun.
Gatesnotes is another personal blog, which might be the most well-known of all. It was founded by Bill Gates and he uses the platform to share his book recommendations and the latest news and acknowledgments about The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Even though Anthony Bourdain is not here anymore, his personal blog Explore parts unknown 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. The book became an international bestseller and since then he hosted the Emmy Award-winning travel docu-series, “Parts Unknown” on CNN. On this personal blog, he published field notes of his travels. These field notes are written narratively and put you in someone else’s shoes for a moment as if you’re in another place in the world.
The last one that comes to mind is the blog of James Clear. His blog is very simple, but he is very thoughtful about everything he puts out into the world. If you want to learn everything about habits and improving your life daily, he successfully positioned himself as a thought leader on that topic.
Here is a list of the mentioned blogs, I’ll update this section with more examples of personal blogs if I discover a new one:
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