My Favourite Blogs and Channels of 2017
I guard my inbox pretty carefully. Maybe you’re the same? I don’t want to be inundated with emails. I like to read books so I’m careful not to spend too much time reading shorter pieces online. Movies are my thing so I don’t spend a lot of time watching YouTube videos. Given all of that, I’ve surprised myself this year by finding twenty places where I love to hang out online. Without further adieu, and in no particular order, here are my favourite blogs and channels of 2017.
13 Favourites Come from Our Profound Journey Tribe
One of my goals for Profound Journey was to find my tribe of women who want to live vibrant, creative, purpose-filled, passionate lives. I’ve needed to look no further than twelve blog sites and one channel of Profound Journey tribe members. Whether you’re interested in life transitions, travel, or humorous takes on everyday life, I hope you’ll find something that you will want to subscribe to and follow. The names in brackets will be familiar since many are frequent commenters on Profound Journey.
So What? Now What? started out two years ago as a blog about life transitions–like preparing to go from a goal-driven career to purposeful retirement. Since then it has transitioned to include discussions about mindfulness, wellness, travel, grandparenting, and just about anything else that goes into living a vibrant life. (Christie)
Shallow Reflections is a humor blog, and the name was born from a running joke between my husband, Patrick, and me. We said it was our shallowness that brought us together and keeps us together to this day. My mission is to give you some free laughter, sparing no personal expense in the process. But don’t be surprised if occasionally I write something serious. (Molly)
The Glasgow Gallivanter. Gallivant: to go around from one place to another in the pursuit of pleasure or entertainment. I write about my experiences as I gallivant around Glasgow, Scotland and the wider world, lavishly illustrating my posts with husband John’s photographs. (Anabel)
Travels with Fran. For the past sixteen years, my husband and I have traveled extensively as international educators. During that time, I wrote about our travel to places like Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Cambodia. Now I am adjusting to life back in Canada, and am on a different kind of journey, exploring life as a second-time retiree. I’m starting to discover new interests in addition to gathering opinions about articles I am writing for my memoir. I do not write regularly, only when the inspiration strikes! (Fran)
Natalie the Explorer. I share my fun experiences living a car-free lifestyle in Toronto, Canada, and traveling internationally. I’ve been to 45 countries and am eager to explore more soon! When not planning for my next adventure, I work on my goals of healthy living. (Natalie)
My Life Lived Full. I believe that life is what you make it. Some people prefer to keep it safe and stay within their comfort zone, but I think that life is lived skipping along the edges of my comfort level. I am retired now and I’ve discovered that my passion for a “life on the edge” hasn’t diminished. As I explore this next chapter of my life, my blog is about my stories, both past and present. (Joanne)
Debbie L. Kasman. I write about spirituality, female leadership and the need to transform education. Dan Pink put my blog on his reader-recommended list in 2016. I haven’t written a lot lately. I’m working hard to finish my next book! (Debbie)
Roaming About. Mark and I are full-time nomads, part-time sailors, RVers, house and pet sitters, and lifetime adventurers. We have freelance careers and live on a tight budget, seeing the world, being free, and experiencing life on our own terms. My blog is about all that–and more. It is about an alternative lifestyle to inspire a life less ordinary. (Liesbet)
Retirement Reflections. I lived in Beijing, China for fourteen years. Leaving international life behind, my husband and I retired to Vancouver Island, Canada, in June 0f 2015. That’s when I started Retirement Reflections, my blog of adventures, discoveries, and reflections. I love the connections with others that I form through blogging. (Donna)
Susan Millard. I have a YouTube channel with almost 1800 subscribers that I hope you will enjoy. On my channel, I show you how to accomplish things like drawing, keeping a journal, baking, crocheting, making jewelry, and bashing RC vehicles and then fixing them. I also do product reviews, and I have lots of other ideas I’m brewing. Ha ha. That last comment will make sense if you watch the video! (Susan)
Retirementally Challenged. I started my blog before I retired, in part to work through my ambivalence about my upcoming life-changing event. Now, several years later, I enjoy writing about all sorts of topics including travel, relationships, photography, gratitude, and whatever else pops in my head (even, sometimes, issues surrounding retirement and aging). (Janis)
Retirement Transition. In July 2014, I retired from a 30+ year corporate career with one company. I didn’t have a plan in place for what came next. I am a planner by nature, so the days after retirement became a journey of transition which I am still in. In my blog, I hope to connect with others on a similar transition journey from full-time career to what comes next. (Pat)
Dr Sock Writes Here. Mine is an accidental blog, begun as a short-term experiment ten years ago when I was preparing to co-teach a course on educational technology. Then I discovered that I loved writing blog posts. At various times, my blog has been mostly about writing, or art, or retirement. It has always included a large component of life according to me. Because I needed to keep my personal thoughts separate from my professional persona, my blog was written under an alias. Now that I have retired, that may be changing! (Dr. Sock)
5 Favourite Sites and Channels About Creativity
Tara Leaver. I love Tara’s site! Her site description is so apt. She offers “motivating encouragement, wild enthusiasm, exciting ideas (both thought provoking and inspiring), and concrete actions to take in service to your dream of creating art that is true to you.”
Dirty Footprints Studio. This is the site of the 21 Secrets online courses that I’ve purchased and have been thoroughly enjoying. Connie doesn’t blog very often, but I enjoy her passionate enthusiasm when she does. And, like Tara, she has some excellent free resources.
Rod Bergeron. You’ll recognize this name. Rod is my art teacher . He describes his channel as “Not just drawing and painting tutorials. I have worked with artists across the spectrum, from absolute beginners to highly experienced masters. I want to help you get the most out of your creativity.”
David M. Kessler. David helps painters, both amateur and professional, to loosen up their painting style, understand art design fundamentals and discover the joy and freedom of abstract painting.
Daniela Uslan. I began following Daniela when I was first starting Profound Journey and she was writing about blogging. Her current interest is to ‘help writers cut through the mental junk, become better writers, and write what really matters to them.” Whatever Daniela writes about, her openness and honesty are so refreshing.
2 Quirky and Thought Provoking Sites
Design Luck. This is a really interesting project by a guy named Zat Rana. Not strictly a blog site, the idea is that you sign up and receive a weekly newsletter. The newsletter includes: two articles, a quote, book recommendation, an idea, and a question worth pondering. The goal in everything is to teach you not what to think, but how to think.
Ageist. What a cool site! Ageist is a media company working to redefine aging. Their tagline is “Live Fast Die Old.” They’ve spent two years seeking out, photographing and interviewing people over the age of 50, and they share those fascinating interviews on their site.
It’s your turn. I can handle adding maybe seven more sites or channels to my roster. Do you have a favourite you’d recommend – besides Profound Journey, of course 🙂