In the vast sea of incredible blogs, my favorites are those that reflect lives lived to their fullest. While political and technology related blogs get more press, that doesn’t make their less popular, thought-provoking cousins any less deserving of attention.
The Bunny Blog is one of the best personal journey blogs written today. Erin Tyler, the tortured 20-something behind the words, is always good for inspiring laughter, pity, or awe. Rest assured, I mean that in the nicest way. Her antics and sexual escapades are never anything less than entertaining, and I find myself laughing out loud as she discusses her inhumanly large bowel movements.
Somehow, though, there’s always a tie-in to something deeper. It’s never just a story about irritable bowel syndrome or antidepressants. It’s a story about irritable bowel syndrome or antidepressants with a message. Youthful restlessness, experimentation, and living with passion are the overarching themes of her posts. And of course, “Let’s all just kiss.”
Hoo-ah.net is another great blog which is even a member of the same content network as The Bunny Blog. Hoo-ah.net is the tale of an unknown corporate dynamo turned special forces soldier. At 27, he found himself entirely unsatisfied with his successful life and career. Instead of getting depressed about it, he gave up the money, the power, and the freedom for the chance to protect ours. If that’s not enough for you, the stories are some of the most entertaining you’ll ever read.
While the site doesn’t have as many posts as I’d like to see, what’s there is quality. With more chapters, it could easily make a best-selling novel. The tale progresses from the moment he decided to join the army to the moment he enters basic training. With luck, there will be much more to come.
As with most things, I have saved the best for last. A relative newcomer on the blog scene is What I’m Not. What I’m Not is the ongoing story of a young woman who left her life behind for a life on the road. If this blog doesn’t make you long to quit your job and take off a la Jack Kerouac, nothing will. In each town, she befriends locals for the duration of her stay. Every set of friends knows her by a different name, and every job knows her by a different resume.
Carrie (as she was known in Wisconsin) is at her best when she’s awkward and uncomfortable. I cringe for her when she trips, and I find myself feeling the same sadness that I’m sure she does every time she sets out for a new destination. What’s most addictive is the absolute mystery inherent in her story. She tells us everything about those around her, and almost nothing about herself, and yet you walk away feeling like you know her. I hope she finds whatever it is that she’s looking for, but at the same time, I hope she keeps the story going for a while longer so I can keep reading it.
When I want the news or the latest celebrity gossip, I turn to my television. When I want thought-provoking, well-written stories by real people, I turn to these blogs. Now you can, too.