The Thinking Blogger award is meme-based, created by Ilker Yoldas. It’s a great idea. Memes were (or should have been) the original driving force behind the blogosphere.
The rules are:
- If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
- Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
- Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote
Here’s my top 5 mostly unaffiliated, fairly undiscovered blogs:
Good Neighbors is a communal blog created to “increase dialogue and understanding between all of the neighboring countries in the Middle East including Jordanians, Lebanese, Israelis, Palestinians, Egyptians, Saudis, Iranians, and Syrians.”
Imagine – people in the Middle East working together, expressing their opinions in an open forum, bypassing their loony leaders – there’s an idea that needs to catch on.
Author Alan Sullivan shares his dream of living on a boat in Florida and his brave fight against leukemia. His descriptions of the hard work involved in keeping the boat afloat, plus his cool appraisal of the news and his own life events provide an outlook that shouldn’t be missed.
Lebanese blogger and skilled characaturist Jeha provides original political analysis, sophisticated social commentary and irreverently relevant pop culture clips.
Chaism’s John Atkinson comments on alternative energy at Winds of Change. On his own blog he comments on music, science, the blogworld, baseball and everything else that mostly passes under the somewhat fusty political blogworld’s radar.
Jane Novak provides expert commentary on a severely underreported place, Yemen. She’s been investigating the right peopIe, and has gotten results. She says “in Yemeni newspapers I have been called a Mason, a Yemeni man in disguise, a Hashimite, working for the CIA, working for the Socialists, residing in al-Arabait, and a Docile Student of a Monkey Monk.” Her Masonic Monkey Monk meme needs to be spread around.
Now it’s time for these bloggers to spread the linky love. And thanks again to Infidel753 for tagging Exit Zero.
Addendum: Seablogger Alan Sullivan reconsiders the “Thinking Blog” meme (in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek way)