My draft content calendar has two ideas for “Friday”-themed posts and I am having a hard time deciding which one to choose. Today we will try out option one, which is a Five Things I Read post, with a quick shout out to some of the articles and blogs and books and such I’ve enjoyed that week. I LOVE reading blogs and articles and always jot down my favorites, but I usually like to weave those into my blogs throughout the week, so I’m not sure I’ll be able to maintain a fresh Friday list without repeating. We will try this out for a bit and then, if this idea seems flat or if it gets too hard to maintain an interesting selection, we can start doing something different.
And so, without further rambling introductions:
1. Sarah Bessey’s discussion about the difference between the people that we are in real life, with all the mess and drama and mistakes and problems, and the people that we appear to be in our personal stories. Balancing authenticity with discretion can be a real challenge, and I share that burden with her. Oh, and it has something to do with Madeleine L’Engle.
2. The New York Times’ discussion about the value [or not] of law school today: the original article here, and a few select responses here. Do I think law school is a good investment in this market? Not necessarily for everyone. . . but I am absolutely so glad that I did it. I hate my debt, yes, hate it, but I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. It was perfect for me.
3. A blog post by a new professor at my undergraduate university whom I have never met, but sometimes internet stalk because he is a lawyer and an undergraduate professor and that’s exactly what I want to be when I grow up. Anyway, I’m not sure I really agree with the premise of his post, since it makes quite a few assumptions about the life of a person he doesn’t seem to speak to at all, but it was interesting to me because of the subject matter: I personally LOVE playing the slot machines and I get super excited when there are lottery tickets in my Christmas stocking, but forget that others may struggle against addiction to the false hope it can offer. I am glad for that reminder this week.
4. Literature and Libation’s honest and entertaining discussion of how to edit your work — not just check for typos, but to really cut down, remove, rearrange, start over, edit. Also, L&L was Freshly Pressed this week, which is wicked exciting and well deserved.
5. Sarah Markley’s timely discussion of Forgiving Yourself, posted by her over on the (in)courage blog and discovered by me just hours after I posted how much I struggle with this. It was a little coincidental and a lot awesome and made me feel a lot better.
Okay, that’s all for today! Leave a note if you like this Friday idea or if you’d like something a little more glamorous and original. [And THANK THE LORD for weekends. I mean, seriously. Great idea.]