Reading is a great way to open your mind to new alternatives. Once you find a new thought, it becomes a force too powerful to ignore. I will admit, however, that deliberately looking for new insights can just seem boring some days. You need to have a few serendipitous pleasures along the way. Have yourself a group of blogs you call your dessert blogs. You read these as a reward. And sometimes, they will spark a wonderful thought. This is Part Five of the Series called “Feed Your Head.”
Part 1 is on finding and subscribing to blogs.
Part 2 is about those blogs that whet your appetite.
Part 3 is about leadership blogs.
Part 4 reviews several outstanding coaching blogs.
Here are my dessert blogs.
Mental Floss. Little more needs to be said about Mental Floss than its own description as “Random, Interesting, Amazing Facts – Fun Quizzes and Trivia.” If you are like me, there are times during the day you want a quick break, a chance to laugh or puzzle over anything besides work. I love a two-minute break flossing my mind and am ready to dig back into my key activities.
Dilbert. No morning is complete without a visit with Scott Adams’ cartoon Dilbert. While Dilbert may not make you laugh, you can find a cartoon or two to add to your inbox to start the day right. Just Google the cartoon name and you find the opportunity to subscribe. Frankly, a well-written cartoon puts my inbox into perspective. I look forward to opening my mailbox in the morning and discovering the Dilbert sense of reality that makes me smile.
PostSecret. PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard. While this sounds a little like being a Peeping Tom, it’s not. You’ll find that by reading these postcards once a week that you are not so different after all.
The Homesick Texan. The Homesick Texan left the state around 2005 and discovered that she missed the unique recipes and foods from her childhood. This blog is her attempt to share those recipes and create some new ones. When I moved to Texas, my sense of curious adventure pushes me to make some of these foods and her blog has been incredibly helpful. You can find recipes ranging from Chocolate Cherry Scones (like Central Market makes!) to Carnitas and Hoe Cakes. I challenge you to try out at least one recipe from The Homesick Texan.
One of the great things about reading blog articles is that you get to pick and choose. Try one, two, or as many as you can read. Try them out. If you don’t like one, simply unsubscribe and find another. Can’t find the time to read much today? Well then just delete a few and start over tomorrow.
I’ve heard from several people that they have started reading more and really love what they find. Try it! It just might change your life.