For all of my friends out there who write - blogs, marketing copy, program descriptions, supplemental materials for events, and the like - I salute you! As the end of the year nears and the stress, workload, and sheer chaos of 26 States' compliance periods ending grows - I find it harder and harder to keep up with the blog posts here. For that, I apologize. Despite all good intentions and a plethora of ideas swimming in my head, getting those thoughts out on paper (well, on my electronic notepad) is a challenge for me.
Instead, I often turn to my favorite blogs - the ones that I consider especially well-written or fun - as I try to find inspiration. I thought I'd use this post to share a few and, at the same time, provide a new blog post as well.
First, a site I read every day, or attempt to, is Woot (www.woot.com). For those who don't know of it, it is an overstock site that sells items at significant discounts. Each day, a new item is offered. The item may sell out, but only one item is available per day. The best part of the site, however, is the "description" of the item. Writing for this site must be one of the most fun jobs out there! These writers will say anything and a sense of humor is clearly evident in almost every post. Often even more fun is www.kids.woot.com, the sister-site which offers discounted items for children (just don't let your kids read it!)
Another guilty pleasure (i.e. reading non-CLE related blogs) is Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half (www.hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com). Hilarious and her cartoons are a stitch. I think my favorite post has to be "The Alot is Better Than You at Everything" (http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/04/alot-is-better-than-you-at-everything.html). For English-majored friends and punctuation and grammar nazis like myself it struck a note! Allie also writes for The Gloss and has some fun posts there as well.
I've been having a lot of fun with the Harlan Institute's FantasySCOTUS site (www.fantasyscotus.net), which has created a Supreme Court Fantasy League. Players get to predict the outcome of votes (by each Justice) on the cases before the Court. I'm doing horribly as far as my predictions go, but having fun "losing".
One more fun site that can draw you in, especially if you are a movie buff, is Filmwise's Invisible Quizes (www.filmwise.com/invisibles/). Here, the people (or characters) are removed from photos taken from the movie. You then have to identify the movie based on location, costume, and props remaining. While I once considered myself fairly knowledgeable in film lore, this is much more difficult than it may first seem.
I'd love to hear from you the fun sites, internet time drains, and must-read blogs you visit!