Thanks for joining me for Day Three of Blogmas, where I bring you the best blog posts of 2013 according to you! If this is your first time here, you’ve got some catching up to do. On Monday, I picked my 20 favorite posts from all of the submissions. On Tuesday, I gathered up the 20 funniest posts in the lot. And today, I bring you…
I never give specific categories for blog posts. I just read them all and let the categories emerge. This year, perspective definitely stood out. People stopped and took stock of their own lives and put a lot of self-reflection into the following pieces.
Whether you’re black, white, tall, thin, short, fat, liberal, conservative, homeless, or not, I think you’ll find value in reading life through someone else’s words.
1. Best Post to Make You Wonder What Kind of World We’re Living In by Ilina Ewen at Dirt & Noise
Ilina has one of the biggest hearts out there. But don’t mistake her for a pushover. She’s fiercely passionate about many causes and especially helping those that are less fortunate. Her humble approach with someone who doesn’t quite share the same passion reminds me of how important it is to keep perspective.
2. The Best Things I Learned as a Homeless Dumpster Diver by Bobbi Parish-Logie at Resplendent by Design
I love this post because I bet if you met Bobbi today, you’d have no clue of her background. She’s had quite the journey moving beyond homelessness. And nothing gives perspective about it than someone who’s been there.
3. Best “Dammit I Want to Hug-Slap Her” Post by Stephanie Dulli at Stephanie Says
Stephanie is beautiful, in the Hollywood actress kind of way. Because that was her profession. She’s not in Hollywood anymore but reminds us that the pressure to be thin starts early and can have devastating results. If she hadn’t found some hug-slaps to get her to where she is now, I’d certainly be stepping up to do it now.
4. Best Tribute Post to Someone Who is Still Alive by Elizabeth Flora Ross at The Writer Revived
Are we defined by the heart or the head? Unfortunately, the two are inexorably linked. And when you’re the child of someone suffering from dementia, it must be so difficult to lose your parent so slowly and in the ways that matter the most. Elizabeth shares some of those feelings with us.
5. Best Single Vowel and Small Business Leadership That Will Make You Cry post by Phil Hollows at Feedblitz
Newsflash: Not all bloggers are mommies. I love that Phil took a corporate blog post and infused himself into it. He wrote about perspective, particularly as a leader, and how real people are behind every business.
6. Best Post to Encourage Being Your Own Cheerleader Because Not Everyone Will Make the Cut by Andrea S. Moore at BeQuoted
If you’re a blogger, this post will especially resonate with you. In a world full of networking and “who you know,” you have to remember that you are your own best advocate and supporter. If anyone else joins in, it’s simply icing on the cake.
7. Best Reason to Know the Worst Quality About Yourself by Jodi at Jodifur
You know what most people lack (in my opinion)? Reflection. They don’t stop to think about a situation and the why and how and what if. But I find even more people lack self-reflection, which I find to be one of the most humbling qualities out there. I love this post by Jodi as she recognizes and admits to some of her shortcomings.
8. Post Most Likely To Get Random Emails From People About Sharing Their Stories Or To Get Me Giant Hugs! by Merry Kuchle at Merry About Town
I met Merry a few years ago at a conference but really bonded with her last year in Chicago at yet another conference. And after reading her post on anxiety, I’m convinced she’s my Canadian twin (or rather American-living-in Canada twin).
9. Best Post On The Importance of Community by Nicole Morgan at Sisters from Another Mister
If you’ve been in this space for a while, you might find yourself saying “my online friends” a lot and people look at you like you sit in a dark room all day chatting with strangers and living in a fantasy world. But like Nicole, I see the lines between “real” friends, “online” friends, and “blogging” friends are becoming thankfully blurred.
10. Best Use Of Humble Bragging That Isn’t That Obnoxious Because It’s Inspiring (At Least) by Brandi Riley at Mama Knows It All
Ah, yes. The humble brag – the fine art of telling someone how awesome you are without making them want to punch you. That’s not at all what Brandi is doing. Brandi is writing something I already know. If you want something, make yourself OPEN to it. The universe is definitely listening.
11. Biggest Shift in Perspective by Judy Schwartz Haley at CoffeeJitters
This is a post about perspective but you should read it, at the very least, for this gem: “The sun always rises. But it’s not really rising, is it? The sun stays in the same place, and we revolve around it. It’s our changing perspective, in the physical sense, that brings the sun back into our little corner of the world each morning.”
12. The Best Perspective on Crap Post by Jennifer Hall at Dancing in the Rain
Can I be honest? I’m not sure I could handle Jennifer’s life. I’m sure some days she feels the same. And yet she remembers to stop, step back, take it all in, and smell the roses (or whatever happens to be nearby at the time).
13. Best Post About When Life Sucks But You Get Through It by Charlene DeLoach at Charlene Chronicles
You know how you’re never supposed to ask a woman when she’s due unless you actually see the baby crowning? Here’s a prime example of why. It’s a journey that Charlene is on but one that she is facing as best she can.
14. Best Post to Make You Feel Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious by Zadry Ferrer-Geddes at CURVES a la Mode
What good would perspective be if we didn’t shift that perspective to outside the boundaries of our own country AND our own idea of beauty? Beauty doesn’t come in one shape or size and that’s a universal truth.
15. Best Look at a Serious Subject That Affects Everyone Directly or Indirectly by Chrisor Babe at AlmostAKiss
Seven years after the fact, Chrisor still tries to make sense of her nephew’s suicide. While we can never get inside someone’s head, reflecting on how someone could feel gives us valuable perspective to potentially help others.
16. Best Post I Almost Didn’t Post by Kristin Wald at Mutterschwester
I came up with the post title because I almost didn’t post it. The Trayvon Martin was a heated, politically charged issue that lost sight of our justice system (on both sides of the case). But what I liked about Kristin’s post is the simple message. If you don’t like what’s going on, DO something about it.
17. Best Post to Help You Remove A Few Things from Your To-Do List That You Didn’t Want to Do in the First Place by Tshanina Peterson at Thrifty T’s Treasures
I have to admit that I’m fascinated by Tshanina’s name (it’s a silent T, by the way). But that’s not why her post made the list. She writes a great reminder of something I frequently have to ask myself when the self-imposed pressure is going off the charts… does it really matter?
18. Best Post for the Douche Sitting Next to You by Erin Lane at A Parenting Production
Sometimes I question if I should post the word “douche” on my blog, but when you read Erin’s post, you’ll know that no other word quite fits the bill. Also, thank God I’m already married.
19. Best Where Did the Time Go? Post by Anna Hettick at Green Eyed Country Girl
When we think of time flying, we’re often thinking about our children. We blink and they’re walking and talking. We blink again and they’re going off to college. But sometimes we forget to think of the one person who has been by our side through it all.
20. Best Post That Explains Why I Really Love Disney
I’m no Disney freak but I know there are people out there. That’s fine. We all need to get our freak on. But I do love all things Disney and it’s more about the perspective on life that I learn from so many aspects of the Disney culture.
And there you have it. Twenty different takes on perspective that will hopefully give you food for thought at the very least.
Tomorrow, come back and read the next installment of the Blogmas Best of 2013 submitted by YOU!