Top 10+1 Favorite Blog Posts

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’ve been finding some great blogs lately. Most I found through other bloggers who shared a list of their favorite bloggers on their blogs.

All I can say is there are some really awesome people out there doing some really great things!

I thought I would take a twist on this common practice (of sharing favorite blogs and bloggers) and share my favorite blog posts (not all animal related). Each of them was chosen for the powerful message they had to share. I hope you find them to be inspirational, thought-provoking and informative.

Top 10 Favorite and Most Powerful Blog Posts:

1. A Social Media (and Life) Lesson I Learned From My 12-Year-Old: This one comes via Brian K. McDaniel (@bkmacdaddy on Twitter). I love this blog post because of the universal message it has for us all (whether you are a social media person or not).

2. Passage: Dr. Jessica V is a vet who writes from the heart. This blog post left me thinking – how often do we make judgements about others without knowing the whole story. Read and find out.

3. Fear of shipping:Seth Godin is known worldwide (if you haven’t heard of him you will want to check him out). This post spoke to me because as a small business owner, I often have to face my own fears and overcome them. I think his insight applies to everyone and anyone who has let fear stop them from doing what they were meant to do.

4. Magnet word poetry pulls a family together: Kakie Fitzsimmons is a mom, an author, a blogger and social media expert. This post was more visual, but the message was powerful. Another great post on her blog is Is your home a soft place to land?

5. Let’s be fair: Mary Doane is a dog owner, turtle expert, and nature educator. She also created and runs Project Nature. Mary took in her first foster dog, a fearful dog named Aaron, this year. Her commentary on shelter dogs and purebred dogs is powerful and yet reads like poetry at times.

6. Last Night I Dreamt of Snow Anyone who is a pet owner knows how hard it can be when they get sick or it is time to say goodbye. Jasper Roo and his Dad are blogging about his journey through cancer and dealing with the inevitable moment when it will be time to say goodbye. It is powerful and raw and worth reading. Make sure you also check out Jasper’s professional photos as taken by SaraBeth Photography. Stunning stuff.

7. Just a Dog: This is really a video, but it was posted on Life With Dogs and moved me so much it brought me to tears. Powerful enough for me to include it as a blog post. Enjoy.

8. Your Dog Won’t Hate You. This I know.: This post comes from Edie Jarolim at Will My Dog Hate Me. It struck a chord with me not only because how sad the woman was in the e-mail Edie shared, but by the comments left by the people who read this post. There is compassion in this world. I read it here.

9. Breeding Dogs vs. The Horrors of Inbreeding: This post opened my eyes to the world of dog breeding and dog shows in a way it had not been before. I was so amazed at the information Kim Clune shared in this post that I had to go out and watch the whole BBC series: Pedigree Dogs Exposed. I think every dog owner should read this post and watch the videos before getting their next dog.

10. The Richest Man I Knew: I don’t know much about the blogger of In The Boat, but I like the positive message he is trying to share on his blog – Human Beings And Be-ing Humane. I like that. Given the economic turmoil our country continues to experience, this blog post was one of my favorites this year.

11. I lied there’s one more. Life is One Continuous Mistake Patricia McConnell is a wise animal behaviorist and dog trainer. Her willingness to share her own knowledge and experiences with her dogs is amazing. This post is powerful because it had a message for me. I hope you will find your own message as you read it.

  1. September 6, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Hi, Mel.

    I loved this post. For me, some of these bloggers are old friends and others are new to me.

    I couldn’t agree more with you about Mary Doane. She’s an incredible person. I actually just finished doing a feature on her too.

    Dr. V is funny and passionate. I’m looking forward to meeting her in a few days at BlogPaws. She definitely deserves a mention when you’re talking about great blogs!

    I’m familiar with Seth Godin, a true genius on marketing.

    The others are new to me but I look forward to reading more about them. Thank you for this post.

    Thank you also for featuring our Never Shock a Puppy Campaign!!

    • Mel
      September 6, 2010 at 10:58 AM

      Thanks Lorie! I wasn’t quite finished when I hit the Publish button by accident, but I hope you enjoy some of the posts I listed. I have to agree with you on Dr. V and Mary. I love reading their posts!

  2. September 6, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Ahh..that would explain why the title said 10 posts and there were only six listed…LOL.

  3. September 6, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    Thank you for linking to Jasper’s story and my photos of him. He’s a very special dog 🙂

    • Mel
      September 7, 2010 at 1:34 AM

      You are so welcome Sarah. I was deeply moved by Jasper’s blog and this particular blog post as well as your amazing photos of him and his family. I am glad they will remain long after Jasper has sadi goodbye. What a comfort they will be down the road.

  4. September 7, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    Thanks for including my post here — and putting me in such good company. I’m familiar with several of the bloggers (and the posts) but I hadn’t read last night I Dreamt of Snow. Wow — how incredibly moving. I’m going to pace myself so I won’t get wrung out emotionally. Maybe Seth Godin next… 😉

    • Mel
      September 7, 2010 at 1:44 AM

      You are welcome Edie. It was a really great post! I am sorry for the tears. I Dreamt of Snow just hit me in the gut and I had to include it. I think we can all relate to the feelings and thoughts expressed. I promise. Not all of them are heart-wrenching! 🙂

  5. September 7, 2010 at 7:39 AM

    Hi Mel, I am so honored to be on your list, thank you so much for including me in your post. I am grateful for you and hope you know what an amazing person you are. It has been so fun seeing you follow your passion with your business, your creativity leaves me in awe. Blessings!

    • Mel
      September 7, 2010 at 8:50 AM

      I couldn’t help but not include you Kakie! As for awe… Who do you think inspired me? Thanks for all your support and help. And, keep writing those amazing blog posts!

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