Links of interest

by Ginger on April 29, 2010

in Blogging & Social Media, Random

Oh folks, I’m working on a couple of new endeavors that have my brain all in a twist–hopefully I’ll be launching one of them on Monday and the other in a few short weeks (assuming I can get my act together and start coding), but between that and work today is one big brain twister. So I thought I’d provide a few links of interest for you all, rather than trying to be interesting myself.

www.stateoftheair.com
The American Lung Association has this new interactive site where you can input your zip code and find out what the air quality is like where you live. It’s quite scary for some of us–my area is #8 on the list for most polluted cities by ozone, yippee–and shows what we’re exposing ourselves to via our environment.  If nothing else, it’s fascinating.

ABDPBT Personal Finance
Anna’s Personal Finance section is always a great resource if you’re looking to grow your blog into a business (however small or large your empire might be). But right now, she’s taking on the big guns. Are you running BlogHer ads on your blog? Have you thought about running them? Then you should read the series that Anna is working on. If you want your blog to be a business, do your homework before you make your decisions–pros and cons exist for almost every business decision, but you should at least know what they are.

Tom & Lorenzo
If you’re into fashion, Project Runway, Lost, Glee, V, shoes, or general fabulousness, you need to be reading these guys. I’m not even that big into fashion and I love their blog. Always entertaining commentary, with plenty of pretty (and holy-crap-I-can’t-believe-she-wore-that too).

Hyperbole & a Half
I am probably one of the last people on the planet to find this blog, but if you want some funny in your day, this is where you need to go. Seriously. Crying I’m laughing so hard funny.

Now You’re in the World
One of the blogs I found by way of the ControverSunday crowd (who I basically just elbowed my way into with no qualms and hoped they would like me, since I apparently am way less shy online than in the real world). Fun and touching and honest and obviously a cool mom, Megan’s writing is really relatable. I think we’d be grand friends IRL, but online will have to do.

Her New Deal
Elizabeth’s writing is touching and heartfelt–she’s gone through 2 1/2 miscarriages, just moved thousands of miles away from her family and is trying to find her place in the world. But with all that heaviness, her sweet spirit shines through. You should read her because she’s awesome, has the cutest dogs, is a wonderful photographer, and likes company late at night.

Alexis April 29, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Hyperbole and a Half just ensured that I did not, in fact, accomplish the task I fired up the computer to do. I have been enormously entertained (thank you!), but sadly I still need to keep car shopping, which sucks BTW.

Also, so excited about Anna’s upcoming posts, I am dying with curiosity!

Great sites, the blog reader is getting a workout!

Lisa April 29, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I’ve been obsessed with Anna’s BlogHer stuff lately. I know nothing about BlogHer or advertising or any of that, but I’m fascinated.

Hyperbole and a Half is one of my new favorites too. And I can go read the same post again and it still makes me laugh till I cry.

Her April 29, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I do like company late at night! It’s rare to find kkindred souls awake at the same time.

And, gosh, I just clicked through to Hyperbole and a Half. What a ridiculously amusing site! I pretty much just clicked all the links because 400 feeds just aren’t enough to keep up with yet. 😉

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks April 30, 2010 at 7:06 am

I started reading the BlogHer Ads posts. And I am fascinated. I dumped BlogHer Ads in 2009 for personal reasons … but, this series of revelations is impressive. Whether you care or not, if you’re running BlogHer Ads, you should read this series! I’m going to repost next week for Replay. Thanks!

Rebecca @ Diary of a Virgin Novelist April 30, 2010 at 10:57 am

Thank for the tip on Her New Deal!

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