Blog Day was created with the belief that bloggers should have one day dedicated to getting to know other bloggers from other countries and areas of interest. On August 31, participating blogs will post a recommendation of 5 new blogs; preferably blogs that are different from their own culture, point of view and attitude.
With that in mind, here are my five additions, listed in no particular order. While these aren't necessarily the five I visit the most, nor are they the five that are most pertinent to the content at ecopolitology, but they are all excellent blogs written by excellent bloggers.
1. It's Not a Lecture: A personal web log written by David Wescott. David specializes in issues-based online communication and outreach. He has also worked as a legislative assistant to a US Senator. It's Not a Lecture is a fitting name for a blog that works at the nebulous intersection of traditional public relations and new media. As I've said before, David is one of those PR folks who "gets it." And thanks to his work, that intersection is less nebulous than it used to be.
2. After Gutenberg: Since 2003, JC Winnie has been blogging with authority about renewable energy, clean tech, environmental politics and more. As a recovering academic, what I appreciate most about After Gutenberg is the thorough treatment of the topic du jour, and the attention to detailed citations of sources. After Gutenberg is usually ahead of the curve on most emerging technologies and practices in the clean energy sector, so if you need a source, it's always a good place to start.
3. Global Voices Online - Juliana Rotich: One of my favorite bloggers at Global Voices Online, Juliana says "Interested in renewable energy sources especially solar. I agree with those who say that the world is one village, and global voices is one hut I am pretty happy to be in!"
4. Maria Energia: Written by uber-blogger, Maria Surma Manka, Maria Energia covers "innovations and policies leading the world toward more efficient, reliable and secure energy in the 21st century." Maria's writing is clear, approachable, and always thoughtful. If you want a piece of cutting-edge news on renewable energy or energy policy written by someone who is not talking down to you, this is your place.
5. White African: Contrary to popular belief, Erik Hersman is not from South Africa. Nor is he even in Africa, but he did grow up in Kenya and Sudan. Erik writes, "I’m one of those guys who’s much more 'at home' in Africa, though I currently reside in the US. At White African, Erik writes about technology and "how it is impacting, and can change, Africa."