Blog Nudges

Lately I have been thinking about the impact some blog posts have had on my life. This may sound like a big claim, but there have been many nudges provided by various posts that I have read. The quality of the writing of these blogs keep me engaged as a reader and make me think of things anew.

There are some blogs that I have been following since I started blogging, and others that I’ve discovered along the way. One of the enduring pleasures of blogging is the sense of community amongst fellow bloggers and readers. In this virtual community, I’ve received so much encouragement and inspiration that has enriched me on various levels.

Earlier this year there was a post by Evelyn Krieger which featured an interview with Julie Scolnik, artistic director of chamber music group Mistral. They allow time during the concert to engage with their audience and talk about the music that has been performed. I have been enjoying classical music for years, and it has been more important to me in the last year or so. After reading this post, it occurred to me that I should make an effort to see some live music. When I saw a concert featuring Elgar’s Enigma Variations, I organised tickets. The concert was amazing and I’m off to another one shortly. Evelyn’s post gave me a gentle nudge just when I needed it and the concert has been one of my highlights of the year.

Another growing interest for me is nature photography. This was inevitable as there is an abundance of natural delights in the Blue Mountains. The art of focusing on specific elements or themes was brought to life for me by Peter Klopp’s magnificent photos of the Arrow Lake district in British Columbia, Canada. Seeing his carefully compiled photos are a delight, and his writing is so vivid it feels as though you are walking – or in some cases canoeing – right alongside him. A joy.

Nature photography drew me in to Vicki’s Living in Nature blog, with her amazing collection of bird photos. These include glimpses of birds exploring her balcony gardening patch. Birds also feature frequently in the blog posts of Cindy Knoke, along with incredible photos from around the world.

Another favourite are the movie reviews by Moviejoltz. I don’t see many movies but I enjoy the overviews and critiques provided. But what I also like are the short pieces leading into the reviews, giving interesting examples of life experiences which tie into the movie.

These are just a few of the blogs that brighten my world and expand my mind. What blogs capture your imagination?

[Photo: daisies after the rain]

12 thoughts on “Blog Nudges

  1. Thank you for the accolades in today’s post! I feel deeply humbled having received so much praise for my writing and the photos of the splendour of our beloved Arrow Lakes region. I hesitate to address you with jml297. It seems so terribly impersonal.
    I don’t think it is a coincidence that we share many of our followers. These are friends, although we are often continents apart, who have enriched our lives with their contributions about the world they live in and have given us ‘nudges’, as you so aptly stated. Greetings from Canada and best wishes!
    Peter

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    1. Thank you, Peter, for capturing the essence of what is such a joy about both blogging and reading blogs. You are right about enrichment received from across the world, and a sense of community despite geographical differences. Many thanks for your comments and for sharing your beautiful corner of the world with all of us, warmest wishes, Jane

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  2. I really have come to enjoy thoughtsnlifeblog and pureglory for daily/weekly meditations, derrickjknight for his garden tours and historical family photos. I also love my own blog reallifeofanmsw as many of my daily reflections make me stop, ponder and journal …

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    1. Thank you for the recommendations – I’ll have a look at these blogs too. I really enjoy the variety of your posts – from food and decor tips to funny comic strips and deeper meditations on more serious subjects. You certainly provide a wonderful variety for your readers – thank you!

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