The blogging world is bursting at the seams with writers. You could spend 17 hours straight reading, then taking a break for sleep or ordering pizza, your choice, and pick up again on the internet and still, you wouldn't have covered even a sliver of all the voices out there.
But I have a list, a few that I can always count on for smart, relatable, touching, and introspective content. Writers who are funny, relevant, and make me feel at home when I click over. It's a short list, but it's made up of some powerful wordsmiths:
--Deb Rox of Deb on the rocks. Stone cold drop dead laugh out loud. With whiplash smarts thrown in. She writes and edits for BlogHer's entertainment section, too. To miss a post of Deb's is to miss an experience in originality that'll leave you breathless. Don't miss her writing, anywhere. Also, she's the only true rock star I know.
--Vikki Reich of Up Popped a Fox. Seriously, this woman combines humor with poignant moments. She leaves me in my tracks. Vikki has a unique voice filled with the wisdom of someone who is a work in progress and knows it. She brings you along. Vikki's been blogging since 2006 and has received the Beyond the Pure Fellowship for writers.
--Deborah Goldstein. I met Deborah at BlogHer and I didn't escape unscathed. She charms like a magic potion. Her blog Peaches and Coconuts is based on something her father would say, "Some people are like peaches, soft inside, hard pit inside, some like coconuts, hard outside, soft inside." She writes of the beautiful messy of parenting and the art of tending to young souls, and takes care of us, in the process.
--Life with Roozle is a daily blog read for me. Casey Carey-Brown is the author of this blog that features her daughter, Riley. You'll click over for the heart-melting photography, but it's Casey's pure, direct style of writing that'll capture you. One of my favorites, no doubt. Casey was BlogHer Community Keynote 2013 for a reason you'll see is obvious.
--Susan Goldberg keeps a blog called Mama non grata. The title is every bit as captivating as the author behind it. If you're tottering on whether Canadians are as cool as you think they are, she seals the deal. Her writing spans motherhood while being motherless herself, and her posts always leave you still while you take in just what she's shared. She's a genuine gift on the internet.
All of the bloggers mentioned here have one thing in common: They write some of the best content on the internet. Pay them a visit, and you'll be as blown away as I was when I first found them.
*Thank you to Liz Gumbinner of Mom-101 and Deb Rox for inspiring this post. It was long over due, on my part. The back story: a list of Top Mom Bloggers was recently released. No LGBT bloggers were on that list. Whether an oversight or not, we won't know. But the fact remains, LGBT bloggers have a voice that belongs among the voices of the blogging community. The women I've listed here are part of this LGBT community, as well as being some of the most talented, gifted writers in my internet. After less than ten months of blogging, I was able to find the women listed above. To not have at least one blogger from the LGBT community on a list of "blogs to follow" isn't a good thing. I find it unrealistic that none of these women are known to a list making community. Lists that are incomplete rob so many of the opportunity of delightful internet discoveries. Not to mention, diversity.
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