My Favorite Blog Posts in 2008

by Andy Wood on December 19, 2008

in Life Currency, Words

For several years, as the blogging world emerged and developed, I had an unfair and inaccurate image of what blogging was.  I imagined it to be a “running narrative of the life of my cat,” or a load of political/social rants.  I passed.

Then I actually read one – Seth Godin’s, to be precise – and I was hooked.  I discovered a whole new world of rich ideas, excellent writers, passionate people, and yes, LifeVestors.  Some people blog for money, and that’s great.  Others offer up for free ideas and expressions as an investment in the world and in their future.

As the year ended, I thought I’d collect my favorite pieces into one post of my own.  I thought it would be easy to narrow it down to 10.  Ha!  I could easily have given you my American Top 40, or my AP Top 25.  Nevertheless, here are ten of my favorite posts, from ten different writers it would pay you to read:

10.  Think Like a Millionaire
Brian Tracy is something of an icon in the personal development world.  He has spent most of his adult life researching the differences between successful and unsuccessful people.  This post, while focusing specifically on financial success, reveals one of the most important distinctions in any successful life.  AND it helps make the point for why I wrote a book and have a site called LifeVesting.

9.  The Posture of a Communicator
The burden of communication is on the communicator, Seth says.  Wow.  Imagine that.  People who talk and write and market, who actually assume responsibility for whether or not you get the message.  Want more?  Check this out.

8.  Why Zappos Pays Employees to Quit
Bill Taylor, coauthor of Mavericks at Work, describes the jaw-dropping practice of an online shoe business that defines superior customer service.  Would your business have the guts to do this?

7.  Are You a Ministry Whore?
Bet that got your attention!  It sure did mine.  The Pinkhammer has decided she needs to start a 12-Step group for people who can’t say “no” in church.  Ouch.

6.  Sometimes You Stay Because You Want To
And sometimes you stay because you’ve got to.  Carissa is a graduate student in linguistics, and a remarkably bright thinker and communicator.  In this post, she talks about the profound nature of lasting commitment.  More here.

5.  Your Low Salary Isn’t Your Fault
Ron Haynes of The Wisdom Journal takes a look a two reality-based themes:  why people are paid (or not paid) what they are, and how people love to blame everybody else for their situation.  A must read!  More?  Check this out.

4. Ms. Dennis
My son Joel writes about the lessons learned and the passions that deepened when Alzheimer’s came home to the family he married into.  This will touch your heart.  So will this.

3.  A Grief Mostly Observed
“If there’s anything I can do, just let me know.”  You’ve said it; I have too.  Ed Litton has navigated through the world of profound grief for a year-and-a-half or so.  As a gift to others, and an expression of his pastor’s heart, he has taken us along.  In this post, he shares some wisdom to those who love the grieving.  How can we help the most?

2.  Do you Trust the Abbreviated Jesus?
Michael Spencer, aka the Internet Monk, is guaranteed to get under you skin and into your heart.  In this post, he powerfully slams the puny “Jesus” we claim to serve and represent.  Ouch, and Amen!  Want more?  Look here and here.

1.  Michael Jordon and the Prodigal Son and Me
If you know of Jon Acuff, it’s probably because of his popular Stuff Christians Like blog (and soon-to-be-book published by Zondervan).   Jon has the rare gift of being hysterically funny and deeply personal and profound.  This post – my favorite of the year – is from his The Prodigal Jon blog.  (Want funny?  Here’s a sample.)

There are many more whose strength is in their day-to-day consistency.  You can find them linked to the right.  They are must-read people – not just must-read posts.

Thanks to all the LifeVesting writers who continue to invest in me, even when they don’t know it.

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Ron@TheWisdomJournal December 20, 2008 at 8:01 pm

Hey Andy, thanks for the mention and I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I know it was a recent one, but your post on the Hanukkah Hams had me in stitches!

Ron@TheWisdomJournals last blog post..Introducing MoneyAisle!

Jon December 27, 2008 at 8:42 am

Andy —
Thanks so much for including me on this list. I’ve had never read the Zappos thing and thought that was awesome.


Jons last blog post..Massages During Church – Should this go in the book?

Pinkhammer December 31, 2008 at 9:01 am

Glad you enjoyed my post, Andy. Thanks for including me in your list. : )

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