I decided for this week’s digest to offer up another look at some of our top performing blogs. They’re both consistent with their posts, and their posts seem to generate broad interest in everything from politics to food to money. If you’ve never read them – what are you waiting for?
She Says TV
The video blog of She Says, including food and lifestyle segments such
as The Great Indoors, Hungry for More and Happy Body Hot Life.
Brandon Ferdig’s popular column on social behavior and more.
A Forum Communications blog about Minnesota government and politics.
The latest news in marketing and technology from the cutting edge firm.
Financial guidance, money management education, and debt management from
The Village Financial Resources Center.
Here is this week’s list of hot blogs and some up and comers! Enjoy!
Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief Don Davis covers the Minnesota state government for Forum Communications.
Flickertales from the Hill
News and analysis on federal politics and government issues from Forum Communications reporter Kristen Daum
Home Builder’s Association of FM
The HBA of F-M is a non-profit trade association of over 800 members that has been in existence since 1956.
The New Forty
“They saw fifty is the new forty….I’ll let you know.”
Worthington, Minnesota mayor Alan Oberloh uses his blog to share thoughts and ideas with residents.
I enjoy writing my little blog on the Areavoices community. I really do. I love sharing news of the latest and greatest blogs on the platform. But deep down, I think I’m a frustrated food blogger.
As evidenced by my consumption this week of a great food blog called Lagniappe. (See link below). It’s written by Beth Rickers of Worthington, Minnesota. I was attracted by a recent post in which Beth describes a pretty decadent meal that starts with Spinach Bacon Mac and Cheese and ends with Black Russian Cake. Hello! The diet can take a break for a day.
Beth is consistent with her recipes and she’s a great writer. It must be so much fun to write about so much deliciousness. Lagniappe is just one of our recommended blogs of the week.
Living in Retirement
Chartered Financial Consultant Tim Barton helps readers plan for retirement.
Red River Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope is a faith-based non-profit founded in 1994. This blog will promote
their “one-day blitz” on June 30th to help thousands in need.
Lagniappe means “something a little extra.” That’s just what you get in this food related
blog out of Worthington, Minnesota. Lots of yummy recipes!
The thoughts of a blue state girl surrounded by red.
A Soul Sisters blog with advice on how to “Tap into your power, realize your potential, and achieve your dreams.”
That title you see above is my cheap ploy to get you to click on my blog. I’m not beneath trickery. But the fact is: Marilyn Hagerty is hot. Stories about her and now her Areavoices blog are generating huge traffic from around the world for this website and many more. I love it! Not just because of my position as Areavoices cheerleader, but because Marilyn seems like a wonderful woman who deserves all the attention and accolades she’s getting. I’m just wishing I could have been the one to accompany her to New York City, instead of my co-worker Ryan Babb. Anyway, I told him to say “hi” to Anderson Cooper for me.
That being said, my point is this. I wanted to let you know Marilyn Hagerty isn’t the only hot commodity on Areavoices. Check out this week’s group of new and recommended blogs. Enjoy!
Financial Planning: Information and Resources
Paul Jarvis specializes is a Certified Financial Planner who helps clients accumulate, grow, protect and distribute wealth through comprehensive financial plans tailored to their needs and goals.
Across and Abroad with Devin
Devin Berglund is from Twin Valley, Minnesota. She’ll blog about her adventures living in Australia.
Gary Miller of The West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota blogs about all things bicycling, including stories and pictures from his national and international bicycling trips.
Levi’s Catching Radius
Levi Weber writes about Minnesota sports and entertainment
Rep. Dean Urdahl
Rep. Urdahl is in his fifth term serving House District 18B of Minnesota which spans most of Meeker County and the western portion of Wright.
Crafting is fun, but it can get expensive. Erin Fallgatter is a mom, stepmom, wife and former high school English teacher who now works for JobsHQ. She keeps life extra fun and busy with craft projects on a budget.
Slowing the Racing Mind
Stacy Bender is a longtime/popular blogger new to Areavoices. Her topics vary, but are well thought out and entertaining. She says she loves to interact with the world around her and provide her own perspective on it.
I Heart Fargo
Melissa Sobolik says “Yep, I do love Fargo. I hope you’ll join me on this path as we dive into the world of stories, politics, community involvement and making Fargo the best it can be.”
Come Home America
A blog from The Daily Republic in Mitchell, South Dakota which examines the life and times of George McGovern.
Road 2 Reality
Alissa Maier is a recent college graduate who is transitioning into “the real world.” She wants to use this blog to document and share her journey. She hopes it will help others feel not so alone as they adjust to new chapters in their lives.
You can almost hear all of those Minnesota Vikings fans out there gearing up for the season. They might not being singing the Vikings fight song, but many of them are choosing to blog. In the past few weeks, we’ve told you about our newest Minnesota Vikings bloggers. I thought I’d introduce you to one more and remind you about the others. Later in this post, check out our other hot blogs of the week.
But first this is for the purple in all of us:
Diehard Purple Fan
Thoughts from a Vikings fan, husband and father of two daughters.
Sound the Horn
A Minnesota Vikings fan Jared wants his blog to be a place where fans can discuss and debate the team.
A blog written by self-proclaimed “rabid” Minnesota Vikings fan Jason Schufletowski.
Love Those Pants
Beth Olson unabashedly admits to liking football at first because of the pants. But she says she and her girlfriends have turned into serious fans.
And now…the rest of our recommended blogs of the week:
The Dale Carnegie Way ND
Dale Carnegie is a training company which helps employees sharpen their skills and improve performance. This blog offers practical advice such as “Things NOT to say to your boss” or “Strategies for remembering people’s names.”
The Inside Scoop
Not only is this official blog of The West Central Tribune newsroom in Willmar, MN, it also provides the stories behind the stories. It takes readers behind the scenes as reporters, editors and photographers gather the news.
Cass Lake Happenings and Events
News and information about business from the Cass Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
State Senator Joe Gimse
St. Sen. Gimse is a Republican representing District 13 in the Minnesota counties of Pope, Stearns and Kandiyohi.
After a couple of pretty heady news days, some Areavoices bloggers are looking to have a little fun. This week’s list of recommended blogs includes a couple of new movie review blogs as well as blogs about golf, running, politics and education.
Let’s Talk about Movies – http://film.areavoices.com – “Let’s Talk About Movies” is an Areavoices blog where community members can offer up reviews and opinions on film and engage one another in discussion. It’s a chance for film lovers who might not have the time to start their own blog to participate and contribute their opinions.
Cinema Bazaar – http://cinemabazaar.areavoices.com “Cinema Bazaar” is a blog where you will find weekly movie recommendations for your viewing pleasure. These recommendations will vary from week to week and will feature anything from mainstream blockbusters, indie films, cult classics, midnight movies, and everything in between.
Rep Bruce Vogel – http://repbrucevogel.areavoices.com I’m so happy to see more politicians taking advantage of the Areavoices platform to talk to constituents. Representative Bruce Vogel represents District 13B in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Vogel is a Republican serving the Willmar area.
Dakota County Technical College – http://dctc.areavoices.com This is a nice looking blog full of news and information about Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minnesota. They’ve only been blogging a short time, but they’re doing a great job.
18 Holes with Jack…Daniels – http://fmgolfguy.areavoices.com Many of us are looking forward to getting out on the golf course. Corey Herlickson is the head golf professional at The Meadows Golf Course in Moorhead and his blog will provide tips and advice for the golfer and highlight some of the best holes and courses in the area.
Adventures with Amanda – http://adventureswithamanda.areavoices.com Amanda started this blog to document her efforts as she trains for the Fargo marathon later this month. She’s a frequent contributor to the community running blog, but this blog is her personal journey
FM Community Theatre – http://fmcommunitytheatre.areavoices.com Since its founding in 1946, the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre (FMCT) has provided a wide range of dramatic experiences to the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area and surrounding rural communities. This blog shares news, information and photos about the theatre’s many productions.
Remember that old “ABC Wide World of Sports” slogan….”Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport..”
Well I feel like this digest could be “spanning the region to give you a constant variety of blog.”
I’m particularly happy with this weeks fivesome because they come from the far reaches of Forum Communications newspapers and websites. (Western ND, South Dakota, Southern MN. Sorry Wisconsin, I don’t have any Wisconsin bloggers this time around. But I did cheer for the Packers so I’m not that horrible a person, right?) Like last week, all of these blogs are already featured in at least one website in the company. I think they’re worth checking out.
The Prairie Blog – http://theprairieblog.areavoices.com
Jim Fuglie is a former writer from The Dickinson Press. He started his blog in December, took a little break but is active again. He says his blog will be about politics and prairie literature. He says he also wants to highlight “The Best of ND, etc.” For example, he says he might write : “’Some Of The Funniest Things Ever Written About North Dakota’ over some excerpts from columns by Wayne Lubenow or Tony Bender or Lloyd Omdahl. Or ‘Some of the Best Songs Ever Sung By North Dakotans’ over songs by Chuck Suchy or Bobby Vee. You get the idea.”
I think this is really fun stuff!
Shootin the Wit – http://shootin.areavoices.com
– Laura Stoneburner says her blog is “a column about life that should never, ever be taken too seriously.” She’s written about her disdain for public grooming, why certain songs are overplayed on the radio and why Italian pasta isn’t that good in Italy. I thought it was really fun.
South Dakota Outdoors Adventures – http://sdoa.areavoices.com
. Do you ever hunt, fish or vacation in South Dakota? This is a nice blog about the outdoors. Good reading.
The Flensburger Files – http://flensburgerfiles.areavoices.com
- “Based on the travels and experiences gathered by a former Minnesotan in the last decade, the Flensburg Files takes you on a tour of the outside; namely showing you some interesting places that are worth visiting and giving you some food for thought from the eyes of the writer and photographer who has been there and done that.”
Happy reading! And as always please let me know if you write a blog and you want to be featured on our newspaper and broadcast websites. We’re always looking for great bloggers!
First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to all you! Before you head out for SAFE travels this Thanksgiving I have a few announcements from the areavoices community.
If you still would like to weigh in on our Black Friday chat….go to http://topics.areavoices.com
. People are sharing their favorite Black Friday deals. You might learn something
Now to our recommended blogs of the week:
Middle Minnesota – Views of a Moderate Poll – http://middleminnesota.areavoices.com This is a blog written by State Representative Al Juhnke from Kandiyohi County in West Central Minnesota. He says “as an endangered species, that is a political moderate, I thought it may be interesting to publish my views from time-to-time. I Chair the House Agriculture & Veterans Affairs committee.The best overall description I can give you of myself is that I am a ‘Pro-life, pro-gun, pro-snowmobile, pro-scratching, pro-spitting rural Minnesota Democrat.’ Politics, Agriculture, and rural life views…stay tuned and enjoy.”
Our goal on areavoices is to get more politicians to start blogs. Rep. Juhnke posts pretty frequently and usually links people to relevant news stories from his district. If you’re a lawmaker, I’d love to help you start your own blog.
So much to do in Grand Forks - http://novac.areavoices In a way the title of this blog is a little misleading. Writer Marie Strinden actually profiles entertainment happenings throughout eastern ND and western MN.Strinden is with the North Valley Arts Council. She is the site administrator of www.culturepulse.org, the free website with listings of every arts and culture event going on in North Dakota and near eastern Minnesota. This is a really good looking blog. It has sharp graphics and great photos and Marie is a good writer.
Ridgewater Voices – http://ridgewater.areavoices.com
– We welcome Ridgewater College as our latest college news blog. Ridgewater has campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson. Their writers said they plan to write about campus happenings as well as goings on on the higher education landscape of Minnesota.
God Tracks – http://godtracks.areavoices.com
– God Tracks author Julie Holmquist is a writer/editor with a passion for sharing stories about God. The award-winning journalist, wife and mother of four lives in Wisconsin and wants to know if you’ve seen God’s tracks in your life. I would compare Julie’s blog to Chicken Soup for the Soul or the popular book series, Small Miracles. Holmquist shares nuggets of coincidences and faith in everyday life. I think people will enjoy her uplifting stories.
Computer and Technology – http://computers.areavoices.com -
Jeff Kuschel is the owner of computer business and has worked in the field for 15 years. His last post concerns staying safe while online shopping. Pretty relevant as we hit Cyber Monday.
HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING AND SAFE TRAVELS!!!!!!