My blogging buddy Dr. Sharna recently tagged me for the Thinking Blogger meme. I am extremely flattered and I have spent the last few days composing an appropriate response.
Being tagged with the honorable title of Thinking Blogger has inherent responsibilities, which I take quite seriously. If at any time I am unable to perform the duties of a thinking blogger…well, I’ll let you know.
The origins of this award: the thinking blog / fuel by ilker yoldas
Congratulations, you won a Thinking Blogger Award!
Should you choose to participate, please make sure you pass this list of rules to the blogs you are tagging. I thought it would be appropriate to include them with the meme.
The participation rules are simple:
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think.
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote.
That was that! Please, remember to tag blogs with real merits, i.e. relative content, and above all - blogs that really get you thinking! It is the first time I am starting something with my blog so I hope it doesn't come back to haunt me.
Happy link-love-sharing, whatever it is!
The Post Heard Around The World
ilkas goes on to say:
“I agree with Zoli when he said "links are good, but they are supposed to refer to content." So, I have decided not to join any memes in the future. My aim with this blog is to offer content that is interesting, informative and things that could really help my friends who are reading it. But how can I leave the world of blogging memes without starting one? =) This is the beginning of a new blog meme and, no, it is something more imaginative than the X list.”
So you see that I have an awesome task before me. I don't even know who Zoli is and I'm not on anyones X list but this...this moves me. If you are one of the faithful who has been checking this site every day looking for a new post I am sure that you can understand why this has taken so long. So many blogs – So little time.
Here is my list of my top five fave blogs that really make me think:
1. Junk Food Science By Sandy Szwarc, BSN, RN, CCP.
Smart. Amazingly smart. Ms. Szwarc does the world a great service by exposing the truth about health myths, which so often are accepted at face value as being true. She tirelessly traces back new reports on science and health to the original source. Very often she finds that the press releases by drug manufacturers and food company lobbyists are being repeated in the press as health facts and the news reports that we are being presented are very often direct quotes from those press releases. This means that we are being given marketing as actual news.
I am always grateful for her posts and thankful that she is doing this important research and making it available for free on the web.
2. Big Fat Deal By mo pie, anne and weetabix.
Clever, witty and always right on target.
3. Big Fat Blog By Paul.
Very well written blog about size acceptance. Always an inspiration.
4. The F-word -- Food, Fat, Feminism. By Rachel.
Rachel writes about the f word in media. She has a background as a reporter and is currently doing her graduate work about American food culture. She absolutely floors me with her uncanny eye for bias and bs. She tells it like it is with all the shock and dismay that I feel but it sounds so much better with her reporters voice.
5. PostSecret By Frank Warren.
A public art project spearheaded by Frank Warren in November 2004. He collected handmade postcards from mostly anonymous, average people bearing their most powerful revelations.
I know that this is a famous site and it's not like Frank needs my help to boost his stats but I must mention it nonetheless. A truly amazing project. Beautiful, sad, inspiring not only for the actual pieces of art that people create and send in but because withholding secrets can make a person depressed or even physically ill and this is a genius way for someone to be heard by millions and still feel safe. Now that the site is partnering with charities that help prevent suicide it's even more moving.