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Me? A Thinking Blogger?

No doubt there are people who would beg to differ. Nonetheless, I was surprised to find that Shannon at Peter’s Cross Station has added me to the to the Thinking Blog meme. Actually, it’s the Thinking Blog Awards, according to the original post. If that’s the case, then it’s the first blogging award I’ve ever received. Perhaps that’s because you basically win if you’re nominated. (It is always an honor to be nominated, of course). The original post in this meme also touches on the whole issue of linking in the blogosphere; something I’ve written about many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many times. And I’m planning on writing about it again in the near future, as recent post on another blog (along with some research I’ve been doing) brought the subject to mind again.

What’s a Thinking Blogger, anyway?

The definition is different for everyone who blogs and/or reads blogs, but I like this definition from Miller plasma cutter reviews

One who not only thinks about their blogging, they know about that which they blog – down to their toes.

These are the bloggers who will keep me thinking about their words long after I’ve finished reading them. Their passion boils up through their writing to flow out of the computer and into my heart and mind. Two, three, or four hours, maybe a day or two, or even months later, their words will bubble up out of my unconscious like an old song I can’t get out of my head.

Their words invoke images, vivid thoughts, and possible changes of mind. Their words are food to my hungry spirit. I want more.

Their blog represents a body of work which creates a sense of trust and respect for their opinion and advice. I know they honestly know what they are talking about.

… These are bloggers who don’t just make me think, they make me blog. They make me be a better blogger, and a better person, through my blog. Through their passionate blogging, they make me think beyond me, to changing the world around me as I blog.

I won’t venture to say how much of the above applies to my blogging, but I’m humbled that someone does.

I’m also glad to see this meme making the rounds. Blogging sometimes reminds me of the old scenario where someone’s walking down a street, and suddenly sees a group of people standing in one spot, their necks craned as they all apparently stare up at the same thing. The instinct is to stop and look, even if you don’t know what everyone’s looking at or if it’s worth looking at in the first place. it’s one more way to draw at least a few eyes away from the usual suspects and maybe get a few people to look at some of the great blogs that reside further down the Long Tail.

In that sense, it’s kind of like the 10blogs meme that got started by Steve Rubel. It also reminds me of what I tried to do with Queerly Kos while it lasted. Thus, I highly recommend keeping an eye on the blog posts that mention the Thinking Blogger meme or that are tagged “thinking blogger.” They’re bound to be great resources for finding blogs that you might not otherwise have come across. And in the context of the scenario above, you might find something wonderful that you wouldn’t have seen if you were looking where everyone else is looking because that’s where everyone else is looking.

With that, here are five blogs that make me think. These are the first that sprang to mind, though honestly there are lots of bloggers who make me think and if you asked me to come of with the same list several months from now it would probably be a somewhat different list.

  1. Box Turtle Bulletin
  2. Preemptive Karma
  3. Rachel’s Tavern
  4. Feministe
  5. WoodMoor Village Zendo

To these five, congratulations! You won a Thinking Blogger Award.

Once you absorb the news, here’s how to proceed from here.

  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.

If you haven’t already, I highly recommend checking out these five blogs. In the meantime, I’m going too root around in Technorati to find others tagged as “Thinking Bloggers.”


  1. T, thanks man, this is quite a compliment. I just responded in my blog, but let me reiterate here: I’ve always thought your blog was indeed one that caused me to think, and really want to blog about what you blog! I have “Benvy” otherwise known as Blog Envy of your blog man! : ) Always thoughtful, super-informed, passionate, intelligent, timely, and just plain interesting and provocative to read. Thank you T.



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