Friday, November 30, 2007

Blogging Pledge Class for November

Because sometimes it's hard to spot the little treasure in the big picture...

THE BRAIN is wider than the sky,
For, put them side by side,
The one the other will include
With ease, and you beside.

The brain is deeper than the sea,
For, hold them, blue to blue,
The one the other will absorb,
As sponges, buckets do.

The brain is just the weight of God,
For, lift them, pound for pound,
And they will differ, if they do,
As syllable from sound.

---Emily Dickinson

Hello all!

Yesterday I posted my 600th post. This is 601. It is no surprise to people who know me well that I haven't even come close to running out of things to say.

However, today I'm not going to bend your ear about me or my thoughts.

Today I'm going to bring your attention to some other bloggers. These are new, new-ish, noteworthy, recommended by someone, or blogs someone found...or any combination of those.

The blogosphere is huge, and it's easy to get lost or lose the chance to run across someone neat.

So I started the Blog Pledge Class (that name's a joke, but the action is not). As long as I get interest and links sent, I'll keep it going.

Meet November's Blog Pledge Class!

(It's a lot of links, but if you have some time, scroll through the descriptions and click on some links. As I read each submission, I kept thinking of bloggers I knew, "Oh he/she'll like this one!" So there's something here for you that I think you might like.)

Hello Insomnia by Kirida---sent in by Flutter who said this blog is hysterical...and she thinks she's in love...

Seafoam and Cocquelicots---sent in by Angela at Reality Testing

Slow Panic by Jodi---sent in by Liv

Onomatopoeia by Chris M---sent in by Emily R at Wheels on the Bus

I'm a happily retired teacher … heretofore "closeted writer" … and total "newbie" to the Blogosphere. With encouragement and support from a couple of friends, I've been blogging for just 26 days on two sites ... testing the waters, expanding my horizons, sharing what I write bit by bit.

One is Sacred Ruminations, a place I've taken up Carla's Sacred Life Challenge, writing of my own process, shared some inspirational stories & informational links, and recently posted some original "visual" poetry.

The other is Small Reflections where I've explored the virtual medium, shared personal stories, photos, and observations with occasional links to sites I've happened upon during my virtual explorations.

Across the Gypsy Flat Road---Stephanie's blog is one I happened across somehow a little while back. It might have been following an intriguing trail of comment crumbs.

Mary Joan of The Matriarch:
At age 62, I am the matriarch of my large family. I have 4 grown
daughters, 3 sons-in law, and 1 six-month-old grandson. I have 5
younger brothers, 11 nieces and nephews, a grandnephew, a grandniece,
and 45 younger first cousins. I am married to an English programmer;
I am divorced from my first husband of 28 years. I have worn many
hats: book editor, children's and young adult librarian, social
worker, La Leche leader, childbirth educator, manic depressive, and
internet tutor. I stayed at home full-time with my girls from 1973 to
1988, from 1994-1997. I have raised my girls in 3 different
universes--New York City, Long Island, and Maine. I took care of my
mom 24/7 the last 3 years of her life.

My blog is about mothering, grandmothering, marriage, mental illness,
families, feminism and social change.

Minivan Diaries---she found me, I admit it, but I am glad she did because then I found her. Here's her synopsis:
I am a stay at home mom of 4 kids (20, 17, 16, 12) - although I have had various part time jobs -- I started out writing about my family and my kids and how experiences they've had interact with the bigger world - sort of -- but as time has progressed I realize that my greatest passion continues to be child advocacy (I have a law degree and was planning to pursue a career this way) so most of my posts of late have been less personal and mostly about issues that affect kids. Anyway, take a look and let me know what you think: My tagline under my title reads: "Thoughts about kids ... and how events, no matter how small and no matter how big affect them".

Open-Hearted Life---another one who lead me back to her blog through comments:
I'm a Reiki Master, drum circle facilitator, and single unschooling mom of two boys. I'm an unschooling mom, meeting life and experiences with an open
heart... most of the time.

Professor J's Place---a very new blog to me, and a fellow Texan. I'm enjoying getting to know her.

Taking what is left is Melissa, who I met through my INTJs blogging group at NaBloPoMo. She's in my reader.

That's actually a great group of bloggers.

And so is this list!

Congrats to the November bloggers...and hopefully, everyone found some neat new blogs.

(If you notified me of a blog to include in November and I missed posting it, many apologies, Please email me at j pippert at g mail dot com and let me know.)

If you'd like to be listed, send me an email at j pippert at g mail dot com with the subject line "December Blog Pledge." I'll add you in to the next class.

Copyright 2007 Julie Pippert
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slouching mom said...

Thank you for doing this, Julie. It's a real service.

And 600 posts! Unbelievable! Congratulations!

Family Adventure said...

Again, Julie, thanks for doing this.

Not only are you a prolific blogger (601! Wow!), but also a generous and caring one!

Have a great day! Heidi

thailandchani said...

Wow... 600 posts and all of them quality posts! I'm amazed. :)

Thanks for the links. I see a few to check out right away.

Leslie said...


As one of your new Pledge class members, I would like to thank-you for doing this. It is a huge blogosphere out there and it's so hard figuring out where to begin and how to find a community. I want to tell you that I am really glad I came across your's - I love reading it and following your thoughts and I've found other interesting blogs and info from it... so thanks!! And congrats on 601 - seems like an impossible feat!

another good thing said...

Yay for you.
And for Emily Dickinson.

Lawyer Mama said...

I heart Emily Dickinson.

Thanks for doing this! Lately I've had no time to follow comment crumbs and fine great new blogs.

Professor J said...

Thank you for doing this, Julie. I look forward to reading all of these blogs.

And I love that poem!

Jeff said...

Congrats on the big 600! (601 and counting...) I'll let you know when I reach that milestone sometime in the next decade.

Thanks for the new Blog Pledges. Great idea for great bloggers!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I love Mona at! I am so happy to see her listed up there :^)

anne at

Kellan said...

Hey Julie - thanks for the blog recommendations - have a great weekend. Kellan

flutter said...

These are always so fun!

melissa said...

Thanks for including me in your pledge class! It's been really great getting to know you through NaBlo. Can't wait to check out your other recommendations!

Cathy said...

Thanks for the introductions -- can't wait to start reading everyone!

Jozet at Halushki said...

Thank yo, Julie! Now that Mom's daily Dose is going to be down, we're going to need you more than ever to spread the word on newly discovered bloggers.

And professor j? omg...I adore her.

Jodi said...

Julie, Thanks for including me in the November class! Very cool. Great to find your blog.

Momish said...

You are killing me, the last thing I need is more great blogs to get lost in! I will have to check them out!

Congrats on your 600th post! WOW! I am way impressed here. I bow to you.

Emily said...

THanks for including Chris, as well as Stephanie and Mary Joan, both of whom I read all the time.

And congrats -- 600?!?

storyteller said...

Hi Julie,
Thanks for including my blogs in the November class. I've spent the last couple of days checking out the others and am delighted at meeting new folks in the Blogosphere.

Six hundred one posts is MOST impressive. I note your archives go back to May of 2005, so you've been doing this quite some time! I hope when I've been out here for that long I'll catch up. Of course, by then you'll have another 601 or more posts :)
Such is life!

Hugs and blessings,