Blogging 101: Be a Good Neighbor
Get out your calling cards, and leave comments on at least four blogs that you’ve never commented on before.
For this assignment, albeit a couple days late and crunched for time, I decided to use the topics in my reader and scan until I landed on the first four posts that caught my eye. Here they are in no particular order except that in which my eyes landed on them.
Moving Upward, Forward and Onward
Under the topic Racism in America, I found Moving Upward, Forward and Onward, written by a college age woman named Sabrina. Her posts are written from her refreshing perspective and in a fashion as she says in her tagline the Ramblings of a College Age Woman.
In Hello Friends I come to you with more on Racism she discusses the responsibilities white America in particular should take for the existence of racism in America. She in a rambling fashion with posts published in between homework and whatever else is going on in her life that day tackles some serious topics such as sexism and racism in our society. And I believe she is on point in her discussion of microaggressions (jokes, stereotypes, etc.) feeding racism in America.
The Dad Letters
Under loss, I came across The Dad Letters, written by a group of five dads who record their impressions on life’s journey in letters to their children. I found one of the Dads, Ralph Amsden, under loss in my reader. In a letter to his sons, Ralph discusses the loss of his mother at a young age in Would Have Been
His words are eloquent and in Would Have Been and the previous posts he links to regarding his mother he made me smile, cry and laugh. In one post he shares his mother’s words “I hope I can pass my knowledge, patience, love and everything else that grows in me from the seeds my parents planted, on to my son to help him grow as a person also.”
In the short time his mother shared with him on this earth it appears that she succeeded in fulfilling her hope and Ralph is now passing the “knowledge, patience, love and everything else that grows in me from the seeds my parents planted” on to his sons.
I took a few moments to look around The Dad Letters and discovered that the Dads share an array of topics with their children, lessons on life and love, what it means to be a Dad, and difficult topics such as sexual abuse and domestic violence and everything in between. Daniel talks about sexuality and sexual abuse in To My Son #YesAllWomen and Christian talks to about domestic violence in a letter to his daughter.
Hope, Fireflies and Fairytales
Under Family in my reader I came across Hope, Fireflies and Fairytales written by Jenifer, a newly divorced, single mom of three. In what appears to be her inaugural post, Fairytales and Fireflies, she proclaims how she still believes in fairytales even after a difficult year. Looking forward to more posts as she searches for her happy in between and ever after.
The Boston Sports Fan
And under baseball, I found The Boston Sports Fan a new blog written by in their words “a small group of post-graduate, mid-twenties
degenerate gamblers Boston sports fanatics who have been living the dream ever since Drew Bledsoe got impaled by Mo Lewis in Week 2 of the 2001 NFL season.”
In their second post they discuss the end to a horrible season and whether Derek Jeter will grace the Fenway Faithful with his presence on the field in the final Boston-New York series of the miserable 2014 season. As a member of Red Sox Nation, all I have to say is let Jeter show up at the cathedral for a Boston farewell and just wait until next year.
Until 2015 opening day, I am looking forward to more posts by the Boston Sports Fan on Tommy, the Patriots, Bruins and Celtics.