Launched in 2005 as a graphic design studio, the Oh Joy brand now includes various licensed product lines, how-to lifestyle videos, and a daily blog with a focus on design, fashion, food, and joyful moments from everyday life. Founder Joy Cho has also authored three books and consulted for hundreds of creative businesses around the world.
Cocktail Party Physics is a science-and-culture blog that aims to create a salon-like virtual space highlighting the latest news and ideas in science - with a twist. This is not your high school science class! Blogger and author Jennifer Ouellette makes it fun, funky, and unconventional, blurring the lines between traditional disciplines, both within the sciences themselves, and between science and the arts, literature, pop culture, and history. It's all about breaking down barriers, and building bridges.
What do Magna Carta, Beowulf and the world's oldest Bibles have in common? They are all cared for by the British Library's Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts Section. The British Library's Medieval Manuscripts publicizes their digitization projects and other fascinating activities!
Feast of Music covers live music in NYC, and occasionally other places. Launched in 2007, it aspires to give equal voice to all kinds of music: everything from an indie show in a Williamsburg dive, to an orchestra concert in Carnegie Hall. As Duke Ellington once said: "There are only two kinds of music: good music...and the other kind."
Blogger Pete Matthews lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. As an undergrad, he was Program Director for his college radio station, which played everything from Mahler to Miles Davis. Entering the real world, Pete briefly did PR for opera singers before coming to his senses and switching careers to digital marketing and media, developing communications strategies for some of the world's largest companies. At night and on the weekends, he goes to shows.
NAME: Cindy Sadler
BLOG: Mezzo with Character
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WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Heralded for her rich, satiny voice as much as her impeccable characterizations, mezzo-soprano Cindy Sadler is a force to be reckoned with on the operatic stage, with performances including Quickly in Falstaff with Opera Idaho, Martha in Faust with Austin Lyric Opera, and the mezzo soloist in Handel's Messiah with the San Antonio Symphony. Cindy's blog is a delightful mix of stage experiences, life anecdotes, and musing on a variety of topics.
NAME: Elizabeth Dillow
BLOG: a swoop and a dart
TYPEPAD MEMBER SINCE: 2005
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Photographer, author, and veteran Typepad blogger (10 years!) Elizabeth Dillow writes about her family, books, music, family travel, the things she makes, and a lot of miscellany. Don't miss the fantastic DIY projects she's documented - there are 52! You can find them in Volumes 1, 2, and 3.
NAME: Kellie Winnell
BLOG: Give a Girl a Blog
TYPEPAD MEMBER SINCE: 2012
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Kellie Winnell is an Australian blogger who designs digital stamp sets and is passionate about essential oils. She wears the "mum badge" like a boss to three girls, laughs every day with her husband, and indulges regularly in coffee (hot and iced), craft/DIY, donuts, oils, Instagram, television, blogging and food.
NAME: Seth Godin
BLOG: Seth's Blog: A Thanksgiving Reader
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Seth Godin is a well-regarded voice in the world of blogging, and this holiday season he has something special to share; the Thanksgiving Reader. The file you'll find there is free, printable, sharable, and Seth hopes it might give us something universal and personal to do this Thanksgiving.
The idea is simple: At your Thanksgiving celebration (and yes, it’s okay to use it outside the US!), consider going around the table and having each person read a section aloud.
During these ten or fifteen minutes, millions of people will all be reading the same words, thinking about the same issues, connecting with each other over the essence of what we celebrate. After all the travel and the cooking and the hassle, for these ten or fifteen minutes, perhaps we can all breathe the same air and think hard about what we’re thankful for.
It’s free to download and share. I hope you’ll let some people in your life know about it and incorporate it in your celebration this year. There’s no commercial element involved—after all, it’s Thanksgiving.
NAME: Zach and Clay
BLOG: The Bitten Word
TYPEPAD MEMBER SINCE: 2008
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Zach and Clay live (and eat) in Washington, D.C. Their award-winning blog features recipes from their extensive collection of food magazines, anecdotes recounting their adventures (both successful and not so successful) in the kitchen, and artful photography that brings their culinary genius to life. Looking for holiday recipe inspiration? Don't miss their their 2015 Thanksgiving Dinner posts!
NAME: Brooke Giannetti
BLOG: Velvet & Linen
TYPEPAD MEMBER SINCE: 2008
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Brooke Giannetti is a Calfornia-based interior decorator, shop owner, and blogger, who started blogging in 2009 in order to share her inspirations, and the projects she and her husband Steve are working on. Velvet & Linen now reaches over 150,000 readers every month and was named by the Washington Post as one of the Top 10 Design Blogs. Brooke and Steve live in Ojai with their children, 3 dogs, 3 mini goats, 2 mini donkeys, 12 chickens, and a house bunny.