Personal Musings Filter
  1. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers

    Cristian Mihai has been a prolific blogger for years; in this post, he shares his hard-earned insight into the things that can help people build — and maintain — a blogging rhythm and an audience.

    Inspiration
    Image by Cheri Lucas Rowlands
  2. This Is Why You Are Afraid of Photographing People while Traveling

    Sweden-based travel photographer Lola Akinmade Åkerström reflects on the invisible barriers that stand between her (and every traveler’s) camera and the strangers that become the subjects of many of her most powerful photos.

    Culture
    Photo by Lola Akinmade Åkerström
  3. A Dose of Inspiration: Three Perspectives on Writing

    Love to write but sometimes need a boost? Read fellow writers’ insights on the craft.

    Inspiration
  4. Chaotic Shapes

    Brandon Knoll is a young artist drawn to geometry. In his posts he often shares works-in-progress and discusses the highs and lows of the creative process.

    Art
  5. A Hermit’s Journey

    “I do not live alone, I live with myself.” At Photo Sociology, photography student Richard submits his coursework, writes, and shares photo essays. Here, he shares a very personal narrative about his mental health — and how photography is essential to his life.

    Exploration
  6. Paula Stone Williams

    Paula Stone Williams, a pastor in Longmont, Colorado, writes on her personal blog about religion, LGBTQ rights, gender equality, and her own transition.

    Gender
  7. Acknowledgments

    “I still look towards the horizon. I remain restless. I continue to feel that there is something underneath me that defines me more than what I have done.” The author at Flowers for a Lab Mouse reflects on big writing projects as milestones, but not necessarily things that are life-defining.

    Authors
  8. “Sight loss has meant insight gains. . . . I don’t know what society’s perfection looks like as I have never been able to properly see. I can tell you though what a beautiful person is like. A beautiful person is loving. A beautiful person is kind.”

    Personal Musings
  9. A River Runs North

    A blogger reflects on a series of tragic life events: “We’ll look for artifacts and make up stories and I’ll show them how, defying all logic, the river runs north, but still it flows.”

    Family
  10. What Remains

    Lovely short musings by Robyn Haynes on our innermost selves and the things we leave behind: “For all we think we know of those who have passed, their possessions — personal information, social status, official records, even diaries — what they leave us is an imperfect record, it can never be the whole story.”

    Culture
  11. “I no longer remembered the name of the girl my husband had an affair with. It was interesting to me that this name, a name I had previously hated, a name that circled my mind over and over like a rusty old record, had suddenly slipped out of my brain.”

    Personal Musings
  12. Hello My Name Is ______

    “And they all have name tags and they all walk through, shoulders back and trying to seem proud of who they have become.” In these short musings, Miri Elm captures the atmosphere of a reunion.

    Jetpack
  13. On the Circle of Privilege

    This is what privilege looks like: “Because of that small step up, everything else was given to us. The guarantee of rest, of proper food, of an exuberance of attention that continues at the hotel we are staying at. We were given more because we had more to begin with.”

    Education
    Photo by Kapil Bhatia via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
  14. Silence Killed The Dinosaurs

    At Silence Killed the Dinosaurs, Australian writer and illustrator Lucy Grove-Jones publishes illustrated stories and comics about coping with life. (Aside from dinosaurs, cats make frequent appearances on her site, too.)

    Comics
    Illustration by Lucy Grove-Jones
  15. “Did you know that nearly 9,000 people fell to the ground together in 2007 to make snow angels in North Dakota? Did you know that I’ve started a collection of door knockers to hang by our staircase? Did you know that some tarantulas are cobalt blue? WE ALL HAVE SO MUCH TO LEARN.”

    Personal Musings