Today is Blog Day, one day set aside to celebrate blogs all over the world. The idea is simple: list five blogs that you admire from different parts of the world, different cultural perspectives or different subject areas than the ones you normally blog about. Here are my five and the reasons I enjoy them:
- Adventures of a Reluctant Blogger (Togo, West Africa): Rebecca Hunt is a new Peace Corps volunteer serving in Togo, West Africa. Her mom works with me and is a former Peace Corps volunteer herself. Two generations of Peace Corps workers in one family--how cool is that? I'm looking forward to reading about Rebecca's adventures as she spends two years in Togo. Rebecca, your mom is so proud she can hardly stand it.
- Filipina Moms Blog (US): This is a fairly new collaborative blog, similar to my sistahs at Kimchi Mamas, but with a Filipina flair. I love this blog for the fantastic writing and peek into the ways that Phillipine culture infuses and informs their parenting.
- Pickeled Eel (Australia): Written by an American, ex-Air Force man living in Sydney, Australia who has traveled all over the world, this blog gives insight into places we haven't dreamed of going...until now. Qattar, anyone? I found this one on the Blogger's Choice Awards, where he is #2 behind some Buenos Aires Hostel that may or may not be stuffing the ballot box. I'm about #15 on that list, so maybe I'll grow up to be like this blog someday.
- Nisaa: We are Muslim Women (International): A group blog by Muslim women from North America, Malaysia, UAE, and England. I've only been reading it for a short time, but so far, every post has been a gem. This is one of the blogs I recommended in my prior post about Race and Collaborative Blogging, and is a standard-bearer for what a world-wide community blog should be.
- Wired Malta (Malta): A blog about things on the web related to Malta. I wrote a whole series of postings about our one day stay in Malta last year, and how much I loved this tiny island nation. The blog has lots of fascinating tidbits about a place I'd love to return to someday.
So, where in the world will Blog Day take you?