I love blogging. But what I love even more is reading other blogs. I love hearing other people’s stories, hearing about their struggles (current and past) and reading about how they are overcoming them or how they dealt with them in the past. No two stories are alike – circumstances vary, and we all have our bottoms – but the underlying truths and emotions are the same. Some are starting to dig at causes and conditions now, others have already dug, renovated and moved on. And many of us are in between. It’s an amazing thing to bear witness to, and I get to do that every single day by sitting in front of my computer and just inhaling into my pores what everyone is putting out there. I am indeed grateful and thrilled to be a part of this loving and supportive community.
I wanted to give a shout out to all the bloggers in my little blog roll thingy. These are in no particular order, and this doesn’t include some of the other ones that I unofficially follow. Lots of fantastic blogs, so little time. Please click and enjoy what I enjoy about these special people and their stories.
Ah Marius – my muse’s muse. The brother I never knew I didn’t have. His writing is beyond reproach and who’s style is utterly unique and gripping. A gentleman, reformed horse thief and all-round do-gooder in a tattered cape. An absolute pleasure to read and I will call on him first always in Life’s game of Dodgeball.
Thank you for your friendship.
I think this was one of the first sober blogs I read and was captivated by BBB’s writing and openness. She inspired me to be more honest and open myself up more. I think the first blog I ever commented on – and I was nervous in doing so! My virginity taker!
Thank you for liberating my writing.
Another one of the first blogs I followed. I am in awe of Regina’s passion – for sobriety and her faith. It’s amazing how people respond to her and I always feel that I just “got gooder” by reading her work. I am always learning something.
Thank you for enriching my life.
The minstrel of the sobriety blogging world! Graham strums away on life and music in a real funktastic way that always strikes a chord with me (sorry for the cheesiness there). A pleasure to read and to sense his real love for music and recovery.
Thank you for the music.
The lovely and impassioned Erika – what a shining light she is! While she tackles food and not booze, her enthusiasm and love of life is infectious. I can’t help going back to get those good vibes.
Thanks for pure joy.
Heather always has such insightful, lingering and deep posts that give me pause to think. Her faith is as strong as her recovery, and it’s an inspiring thing to watch her readers really interact and get the message. Wonderful stuff – and a book to (sober) boot coming out!
Thank you for leading by example.
Fern’s blog has been a raw and honest look at her recovery so far. Just having passed 90 days, it’s been a rewarding and yet sometimes painful journey, and I appreciate her candid posts and showing us the wounds that come with recovery.
Thank you for showing me your path.
Fairly new-ish, but I love Paul’s writing style and his message. A fellow AA, he opens himself up to his own humanness through allowing us to walk with him in his steps, with his self-deprecating dark humour. Daily poster, so I know I will get something good every day.
Thank you for carrying the message.
I have loved watching this blog – such a shift in her writing, and there is a positivity that energizes me and shows me that recovery doesn’t have to be doom and gloom. Her last post was wonderful – probably her best so far. More to come.
Thank you for your charm.
Formerly known as “Oh for the love of…me”. Sherry’s new blog picks up from her previous and continues to grow in her life and recovery on a different path. Shows us that recovery blogs don’t always have to talk about booze to show us the way of living a new life.
Thank you for showing me dignity in life.
Ah Lisa – one of my heroes in recovery, online and offline. Author, life coach and all round woman extraordinaire, I always look forward to her Sunday posts – there are of the most insightful and educational and yet personal that you can find anywhere. A true inspiration for me and others.
Thank you for your generous spirit.
I am new to reading Coleman’s blog, which hasn’t been around long, but carries a punch in it’s raw honesty and lofty love. I look forward in reading more about his journey as an addict in recovery.
Thank you for your shine.
Another new-ish blog that I find irresistible in reading. I love K’s procession of posts, with her maturity and quiet strength exuding from them. It’s great to hear from another secretive drinker and how that plays out in her recovery.
Thank you for your gentleness.
Recovery was never so irreverent and funny, but with a strong streak of humanity and groovy pictures to boot. With a story that makes mine look like weak bubble tea, the dude here prospers in showing how life is quirky, and yet profound.
Thank you for putting a smile on my face.
It was with joy that I was able to connect to this blog. Fearless is how I describe the writing and the outlook of this blog. Inspiring in her openness and ability to share at a level that screams confidence and yet humility.
Thank you for your joie de vivre.
Oh the drama! Did you hear? Mrs. D’s retirement party from blogging didn’t go as planned. After an outpouring of responses and some soul searching, Mrs. D is back with us, with her delightful, quirky and level-headed point of view in recovery. Always a pleasure to read.
Thank you for staying with us and showing the way.
I haven’t been in the blogging game for long, but I haven’t seen as much change in someone in such short time as I have Amy. Her posts have yielded a procession of unveiling layers of herself that leaves me breath taken and excited. Calmer, stronger, more determined…it’s been fun to watch.
Thank you for showing me what growth looks like.
Elanor’s blog always has something for me to chew on. A very cool look with an ever cooler perspective on things recovery is attractive to me. Her thoughts are insightful and bring to light many things that normally don’t have light shed on them.
Thank you for your integrity.
Another newbie blogger (I love newcomers – keeps things fresh for me and I learn just as much as I would from an old timer). Her refreshing and mature outlook in very early recovery is what keeps me coming back. I look forward to more.
Thank you for your energy.
Christy’s corner of the world is an exuberant, energetic one. I get jazzed up every time I pass through. Her generous spirit and willingness to lay it all out is outstanding.
Thank you for adding majesty to life.
Renamed after the previous “New Sober Life” after hitting five years of sobriety, the author always hits the right notes with me. Her slant and take on recovery, especially for someone of that time, is a learning experience for me all the time.
Thank you for holding open the door for me.
Feels like she’s talking right to you, one-on-one in a conversational and sometimes bemused manner. Real life slices of what it’s like to recover through AA and the pleasures and pitfall of it. Always an interesting read.
Thank you for letting us take a peek.
A woman rising indeed! A true renaissance woman, and now add author to that. She is living the life I imagined – a published writer and shining beacon of hope and rejuvenation. A true blessing to know. Her stories really paint a picture. Please read them.
Thank you for showing me what grace in action looks like.
Carolyn’s blog is resplendent in touching, endearing and thoughtful writing. Her many, many readers are always in for a treat when she posts. She showers the reader with wisdom borne of experience and coming through addiction with faith and conviction.
Thank you for your humanness.
Lucy has a blog that propels me to grow and improve the way I communicate with others. She has a knack for getting what she needs to say said in a way that wins us over and deepens my understanding of alcoholism. Superb writing.
Thank you for your dedication in showing us that it always gets better.
Al’s posts aren’t long, but man they pack a wallop in content. He conveys so much with so few words. Something I can learn from! He is a comrade in arms, and his respect and compassion for others is something to behold.
Thank you for your strength.
If there was an example of an awesome and strong AA, it’s J. She truly does inspire me to be a better AA and human. Her understanding of the steps and her devotion and dedication to the program, God and her family is a joy to watch.
Thank you for your service.
She may be a mystery girl, but there is no mystery in what she strives for – a happy, joyous and free life. Her blog has really opened up and her growth has been fantastic to watch. I am always excited to see where she is at next. A pleasure to read.
Thank you for sharing your passion.
Kary May has slowly revealed herself to me in being a spirit-sister in recovery. Her posts are powerful, even when subtly so. She has a deep undercurrent to her writing, and it can also be fun at times. A great read every time.
Thank you for your reaching out to others.
Chenoa’s site drips with sincerity, joy and a sense that life is something to be enjoyed to it’s fullest. Her connection to her faith and her recovery is strong and it shows in her posts. She encompasses what balance is in our lives.
Thank you for staying corked.
What can I say about Belle? She is not AA, but she puts service first and foremost. With her ever expanding and popular 100 day challenge going strong, Belle is the epitome of selflessness in working with others. Many women owe her such gratitude for what she has done and inspired.
Thank you for showing me how to help others.
Lilly’s fantastic blog shows to me that willingness and keeping a teachable mind goes such a long way. The blog shows a gentle spirit and work, hurtling through an illness that likes to take no prisoners, and she does it with grace.
Thank you for keeping your head up at all times.
I am really enamoured with DDG’s blog because it oozes strength, truth, hurts and dignity. She shows that struggling with recovery isn’t something to keep to one’s self. Sharing, and helping others along the way is how we do it.
Thank you for your honesty.
SAM has a gift for getting right to it, and her efficiency and seemingly effortless ability to communicate so much with such panache and tenderness is amazing. She just gets is, and for that, I tip my hat to her.
Thank you for showing me how it’s done.
While Kayko doesn’t post often, I am spellbound when he does. He speaks to the AA in me, through his spirit, his words and his wisdom. I can almost hear his thoughtful and insightful words as if we were sitting across from each other in a cafe.
Thank you for showing me the program in action.
The enigmatic and ever-popular Mr. SP – always on people’s list…and for good reason. His daily nuggets of wisdom and practical AA advice is filtered through the lens of humour and self-deprecation. He is the standard for sober blogging.
Thank you for being my Yoda.
I want to apologize if I missed someone. My hope is that I didn’t. I also wanted to say to those whose blogs I follow unofficially, to those who have commented on my stuff here, to those who are kind and generous enough to follow me (100 as of today) and to those who have touched my life in any way through their words and actions…