Blogs that make you go “Hmmmmmm….”

A while back, Kate at Out in Left Field included me on her list of “Thinking Blogger” nominees. In keeping up with this meme, I wanted to offer my list of “Thinking Blogs.’

It starts with the aforementioned Out In Left Field. Kate Robinson, formerly of Tampa Bay now residing in Colorado springs, writes passionately about her causes without sounding to much like a left-wing nut job.

Florida Progressive Coalition – Sun Tsu once said, “… if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles.” What better way than to read some of the best Florida liberal bloggers? The FPC blog is a great place to learn how the other side thinks, both good and bad. Moreover, the writers here seem to have a more common sense approach to issues, and a more practical goal of winning elections. If there is any group I’d like Republicans to emulate, it is the bloggers at FPC.

Just so my Republican friends don’t think I’ve dropped off the deep end, there are a few conservative blogs that make me think. PEER Review – Some of the best conservative bloggers in the state write for PEER Review. They do a great job of explaining the conservative viewpoint on an array of issues, and I find I don’t always agree.

Political Whore – I read a lot of “media” political blogs, and don’t really care for the lack of insight and analysis on most of them. Wayne Garcia does a great job of breaking down the political events, explaining them in terms people can understand.

Finally, the fifth blog – per the “Thinking Blog” meme going around – I want to include is
Pushing Rope. Michael Hussey does a good job of presenting a learned , clearly left opinion on issues. We get into our share of verbal sparring, and I totally disagree with a lot of what he says. However, I haven’t found many liberal bloggers who have same combination of passion and common sense.

There are some honorable mentions here as well:

Sticks of Fire – Although I am a less-frequently-than-I-should-be contributor, many of the posts don’t really make me think. To be sure, Sticks is among my favorite blogs… and I tell everyone I know to read it.

The Florida Masochist – Among the posts on this blog by a conservative Democrat, the “Knucklehead of the Day” awards are fun. If you don’t read him now, you should.

Tampa Pirate – The Pirate tends to write about non-political events more than I, but he’s a moderate who will have something interesting to say from time to time.

Finally, I have a few non-political blogs that I really like. I read more than 250 feeds, most of them are related to my job, although some are just for fun.

Indexed – This blog is an interesting mix of math and real life, drawn on 3 x 5 cards.

Lorelle on WordPress – As a WordPress blogger, I follow Lorelle to keep up to date with my software, and how to improve my blogging.

Global Neighbourhoods – Shel Israel, a fellow BlogOrlando discussion leader, writes about social media, culture, and technology.

Social Media Today – SMT is a conglomeration of social media bloggers, and a great place to find social media resources.

Affari Edge – Okay, I had to plug my company once here. But we do have a blog where we talk about advertising, marketing, publi relations, and social media. I don’t post there as often as I should, but the rest of the company posts from time to time.

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3 Responses to Blogs that make you go “Hmmmmmm….”

  1. Thanks Jim. You might loose your Republican membership for writing that about me.

  2. kate says:

    Wow. One seldom hears such a compliment.

    Thanks Jim.

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