But that’s enough about me…


Everybody needs a place to rest
Everybody wants to have a home
Don’t make no difference what nobody says
Ain’t nobody like to be alone

Springsteen, Hungry Heart

I’d like to pause for a moment in all this unrelenting self-indulgence, to acknowledge a few of the amazing bloggers I’ve encountered since I launched Runaway American Dream. Having the opportunity to write and be read is incredibly satisfying but equally satisfying is the chance to read and experience others’ (generally far superior) efforts.

I had no idea just how richly diverse the blogging community really was. I’ve encountered some truly talented and creative people here in Blogland and I just want to give a little shout-out to some of my favourites. I emphasise these are just some of my favourites, there are so many.

First cab off the rank is the amazing Tosha from Everything I Never Told You . Tosha Michelle is one of the most unbelievably skilled and prolific poets I’ve encountered, well, anywhere really. Her poems are like arrows shot from her heart to yours. I’ve yet to read a piece from this remarkable talent that I didn’t relate to completely. Here is an example of her powers that I found particularly moving and here’s another for good measure.

Next, we go from the sublime to the (intentionally) ridiculous. Brian at Bonnywood Manor/Crusty Pie is frickin’ hilarious. I don’t know where he came up with the idea to do a blog that was almost entirely based on creating absurdist narratives around old Hollywood era photographs, but it was a warped piece of genius. Any time I need a laugh, Brian is generally my first port of call. Peace. Tranquillity. Insanity…. Indeed.

I can already see I’m going to have to do another one of these. There are so many great blogs out there.

Yeah, another blogger is a great read. Based in one of my favourite towns, Philadelphia, this is one of those observational blogs that lead you on a journey you had no idea you wanted to take. I don’t remember ever reading a thing on this site that was anything but thoroughly enjoyable; far from just another blogger.

Finally, If you have the travel bug but just can’t seem to get off the couch (testify), may I humbly recommend Where to Next?  Blogger Peggy is a native Nebraskan (so top marks on the Springsteen-o-meter there) but she currently lives in Canberra, Australia with her husband Poor John. Now Canberra just happens to be where I grew up, so of course, I follow Peggy’s posts religiously.

Did I mention that Peggy and John spend an inordinate amount of time travelling the globe and blogging their incredible experiences for all the armchair travellers among us? No? Well, I can’t be expected to remember everything. I’ve only had one coffee this morning. They also take great photos, so what are you waiting for? The world awaits.

Honourable mentions

Music Enthusiast (really great stuff from true enthusiast, Jim), I lost My Lens Cap (I love good photography and there’s plenty to love here), Elusive Trope (another great poet and photographer), My Pirate Chambers (Really great poetry with edge).


More to follow.


13 thoughts on “But that’s enough about me…

  1. Music Enthusiast here. Thanks for the kudos. While I was only periodically checking in on your blog, I recently started following it. Enjoying reading your poetry. And i think you know that I’m rooting for you and Jersey Girl. 😀

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  2. Anthony, thank you for giving Bonnywood Manor a mention, and this goes right to the heart of why WordPress is a different animal from the other blogging platforms: The folks here are, for the most part, truly supportive. Yes, there’s a bunch of crap out there, but that quickly fizzles and fades. I really enjoy being able to connect with creative people, tumbling down an unknown avenue and finding unexpected gold at the end, just as I did with your site. It’s a pretty swell thing when we embrace and uplift instead of compete and categorize…

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