Are you fawning when it comes to those you admire? Are you flattered when someone admires you? Are you thrilled to be followed – virtually, that is – especially on #FollowFriday? Isn’t Friday fun?
We all know that Twitter’s #FollowFriday is our shot at shout-outs to people and places we want to share – so others may follow. And it’s a great way for us to discover new voices we might learn from and enjoy.
So my hat is off to friends and finds, in the hope that you may fawn, flatter, or follow – according to your fancy.
Just a few among the many? (Truly, this isn’t even the tip of the tip of the iceberg!)
Nifty Writers and Sites to Follow:
- @RealDelia – She’s the Real Deal, a provocative expat journalist and married mom of two, covering everything from politics to pop culture, providing plenty to keep our minds engaged and always, generously, pointing us to fascinating features around the web.
- @SingleMommyHood – Always relevant, always promoting open discussion, psychologist Dr. Leah Klungness along with author Rachel Sarah (@SingleMomSeekin) offer a place for single moms and single dads to raise issues, share suggestions, and find community.
- @ManTalkNow – Oh hell. All I can say is – he’s funny, he can write, and he’s a man.
- @BruceDolin – If you care about kids, all our kids, and you love words besides – don’t miss this literary psychologist and his ability to encourage a broader view of parenting than the usual “how to” that never quite seems to fit.
- @WordWhacker – A new discovery for me, this writer has plenty to offer that’s practical and smart. ‘Nuff said.
- @JustAddFather – He’s a physician, a playwright, a poet (and I’m sure I’m embarrassing him). He’s also a married dad who reflects on life as a father to his 9-year old son. His stories are exquisite. And he never ceases to teach us something about ourselves, perceived through the child’s eyes and the parent’s wisdom.
- @WQBelle – His musings aren’t for the impatient, the immature, the intolerant, or the faint of heart. He writes on everything from sexuality to politics to books to marriage, and he does so with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Oh, and he footnotes!
- @GoodMenProject – Always good, always well-written, always thoughtful. Shouldn’t we (women) be looking for the good in our men? Shouldn’t our men be considering what’s good in themselves?
- @DivorcedPauline – She tells it like it is. Her story may be a tough one to hear about – gnarly ex, dramatic custody issues – but she’s always worth the read.
- @High_50 – They’re cool. They’re glam. They make 50 look fabulous! (Hey, sometimes 50 is fabulous!) And these ladies and gents are Brits. Their spelling is strange, but this site is delicious.
- @NYTimesKrugman (Paul Krugman), @NYTimesDowd (Maureen Dowd), and @AtRoomForDebate – Just because. They remind me that social commentary is essential, that thinking critically is nourishing, that reading is fun – and reading thoughtful, quality writing is a pleasure. Besides, I love my Times.
Who Do You Read? Who Do You Follow?
Who have you discovered lately? Who do you fawn over? Who do you find funny or fascinating or surprising? Who makes you think?
I’d love to hear.
Care to share? Here… or there – @BigLittleWolf?
And speaking of Friday and #FollowFriday, in addition to being the day we begin to let down our hair – might you care to know the origin of the word Friday?
Origin of “Friday”
According to Dictionary.com:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English Frīgedæg Freya’s day, equivalent to Frīge (genitive singular of Frēo ) + dæg day; Frēo is identical with Old English adj. frēo free
Free Day! Yes!
Speaking of which, feeling any TGIF sensations coming on? Big plans for the weekend? Working on taxes? Gearing up for Sunday’s #MadMen Season 5?
And for the carefree Friday young thing in all of us, how about a little “classic” Rebecca Black? An oxymoron perhaps, but without further ado (or fawning, flattering, or following) – it’s Friday!