guide dog + blog = Guide Blog (noun): a blog that assists other bloggers by providing much-needed direction, guidance or steerage; capable of helping us change course so as to lead us to a better place, and even if just for a short time helps us all feel not so alone; the ever dependable blogger's best friend.*
I've been blogging for less than a year and I'm so happy Chelle (a true guide blogger) recommended it. It saved my sanity. It was exactly what I needed. Just before I joined this world, I had been thinking about keeping a journal again. I needed something to help me sort through my ever-more-jumbled thinking. For a big chunk of my 20s I kept one but it wasn't creative enough for me and I was too stupid then to realize that I could make it more than a journal. Blogging is the solution that treats my life (my teen daughter's phrase).
Over this past year I relished my blogging experiences and the bloggers who likewise love it: writers, artists, ranters, teachers, questioners, goofs, comics, armchair philosophers and more. People wanting to connect to the virtual ethos and just ride it like a surfer. Dare I say, I found my peeps? And they feed my fire: creative people, people with raw, honest voices, people who make me think and definitely make me laugh too. This is my criteria for all the blogs I follow.
Some days, someone's post was just exactly what I needed. In my opinion, those are guide blogs. Those seeing-eye blogs pointed me in a better direction, even when I didn't know I needed one. And so to thank them, I present my wordfuse blogger award to ten of so many (in no particular order) and recommend that you experience some of their posts, especially these ones that over this year, took me where I really needed to go:
Blog O Cheese
As Vinny C's It
all writey then
Highway 10 Revisited
*It was so hard to choose just ten. This post may have a part two.