Apr 15 2007
10:15 am

This is one of those blog memes I got tagged with. If you're interested in that sort of thing, click "read more"...

The theme of this meme is blogs that make you think. Joe Powell at Cup of Joe Powell was kind enough to tag KnoxViews as a blog that makes him think.

Because the nomination is for the collective KnoxViews, I will designate myself as spokesperson to graciously accept this honor on behalf of all contributors and arbitrarily pick five others as per the instructions:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,

2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,

3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote

Normally I would have to include Cup of Joe Powell in such a list, but I reckon it would be bad form to reverse-tag the blogger who tagged us. There are also lots of others who should be on such a list, but the rules say five blogs. So, without further ado:

1. Thoughts of an Average Woman, by C.E. Petro. Possibly the best liberal/progressive ET blog on national issues, with a particular focus on health care and women's issues. Definitely deserving of wider recognition.

2. Whitescreek Journal by Steve. Steve hangs around here, but he also has this excellent blog that is also deserving of wider recognition. He's an interesting guy with interesting stories and he's a great writer with little patience for fools, especially when he gets fired up. But living out in the woods keeps him cool, and helps him better appreciate the subtleties of life which he brings to his occasional writings about life at Whitescreek.

3. Domestic Psychology by Cathy, who writes about family life, parenting, and struggling with the school system to advocate for kids with special needs including her own, while somehow managing to keep a sense of humor about it all. Here's a sample: "PTA is where the high school mean girls continue their hierarchy of social worthiness. I will be allowed to do the things that the manicured, Hilton Head condo owning beautiful people don’t want to do."

4. Bob Stepno's Other Journalism Weblog. Bob Stepno is a walking, talking encyclopedia of newspapers, electronic journalism, and the evolution of journalism on the internet. He is also an instructor at the UT School of Journalism and Electronic Media. I've always been interested in writing and journalism, and Bob's blog always has something interesting about those topics and the intersection with "new media", the internet, blogs, and more. He also links to tons of resources that can help one become a better writer, a better researcher, and a better journalist, citizen or otherwise, regardless of the medium.

5. Random Mumblings by Jack Lail. In the "pro division" of online journalism, Jack Lail is the managing editor/multimedia for The Knoxville News Sentinel, and runs their website and online publishing operations among other things. He knows everything about the newspaper business and stays on top of how it is transforming in the "digital" age. On his personal blog, he talks a lot about the newspaper industry and the way forward, and is always coming up with something new and interesting to experiment with in the world of online media.

So to all of the above bloggers, tag, you're it, see the instructions above.

Andy Axel's picture

Here's a few from my

Here's a few from my bookmarks:

1. Clown Central Station, by Leonard Pierce. Fierce and funny deconstruction of TownHall columns and (right wing Maoist fifth) columnists.

2. Chris @QuietLife. Phenomenal photography.

3. The Phil Nugent Experience. Brilliant insight into many things pop-cultural, and deft analysis of modern-day issues.

4. Phil Freeman Running the Voodoo Down. Phil's published a couple of full-length treatments of the NYC jazz scene, and is an indispensible resource for many things outré. He's got a keen ear, even if his tastes run a tad to the extreme at times.

5. And, while not a blog, The High Hat online 'zine.

Might I also mention that I miss Billmon terribly.


"If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy." K. Vonnegut, 1922-2007

R. Neal's picture

Ditto on Chris. He's got a

Ditto on Chris. He's got a great eye.

Andy Axel's picture

And not just the

And not just the compositions. Jesus, the color.

I find myself looking in and out of my viewfinder saying, "Now, I know this is the same damn sort of device that he's using, but where's he getting that saturation and definition?"


"If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy." K. Vonnegut, 1922-2007

R. Neal's picture

Canon? (Heh.)

Canon? (Heh.)

Andy Axel's picture


I'm convinced it's a workflow thing. I need to ask.


"If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy." K. Vonnegut, 1922-2007

Joe P.'s picture

good picks

some good picks there, like Chris' pics, and my first foray into Phil Nugent Experience was great reading. i look forward to returning there.
and thanks for not dissing the mention of KnoxViews in meme tag (someting i participate in with some reluctance). KV is a place i often find intriguing and informative posts.

CathyMcCaughan's picture

thinking blogs

I'm just a mom blogger and don't belong in such good company, but I would love to highlight some smart bloggers out there, like:

1. Appalachistan is a loving parent who sees our community through untinted lenses. Be sure to read this post. Then, visit

2. The Adventures of Latte Man, a New Jersey native with the intelligence and wit that Southerners like to claim as uniquely their own.

3. North Knoxville's Katie Allison Granju had to be on this list because she makes me feel less like a freak for attachment parenting, extending breastfeeding and co-sleeping. Plus, she's so cute and tiny that she knocks you off your feet with her intelligence.

4. XKCD is pure geek humor.

5. Along the same line, The Comics Curmudgeon puts far more thought into the funny pages than most of us and the results are hysterical.

WhitesCreek's picture

Ok, here's my list narrowed to five...(dang, that was hard)

bob stepno's picture

Wow. Thanks, SKB... I tried

Wow. Thanks, SKB... I tried not to be too encyclopedic with my "think" list... here it is:

Hmm. Thanks for making me think about that.

Meanwhile my public (link...) bookmark list has reached more than 1,000 links... all from people who make me think.

CE Petro's picture

I'm a few days late, but,

I'm a few days late, but, wow! Thanks for the kudos. My chosen 5 are up here.

gttim's picture

Newest Favorite

My newest favorite, that makes me think about modern home design, is (link...). It is like crack! I go there a few times a day, and I also look at all the other city versions as well.

The Housing Bubble blog is another favorite.

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