Monday, April 23, 2007

Issue 5

Welcome to Issue 5, we are back and better than ever before!

This weeks issue brings you 3 great theme inspired posts from 3 fantastic writers (if they’re not on your blogroll already they should be) who were given the challenge of writing about something that has bothered them this week, plus a blog review of yet another great blog and a music review from one of our favourite writers, Altjiranga Mitjina.

There have of course been some changes since last week. Now, rather than bloggers sending their entries in as and when, we are asking those interested in writing for us to let us know, either via our comments or by sending us an email, and we will select each weeks writers from the list via email and give them a theme to write on. As an added incentive to challenge our writers we have decided to make our favourite entry each week the feature piece and make their blog the Blog Of The Week.

So huge congratulations to Sara from Suburban Oblivion for becoming our featured writer this week with her honest and heartfelt post ‘What about the rest of us’.

As always, each and every post you can see on this page is part of this weeks issue, so scroll right down to the bottom, leave some comments for our writers and click on over to see them at their own blogs for more of their writing.

If you wish to see your writing here with links to your blog along side other great writers simply leave us a comment or send us an email and we will get in touch.

11 comments:

Sprite said...

This is so funny! There is ALWAYS something that bothers me! In fact, I have a little contest on my blog for people to help me name that category! This is great! Darn! Sigh, I missed the boat again! Laughing at the posts too. Thanks guys!

BOBBY said...

I thin k that this is a great idea (a magazine written by the bloggers). Count me in! I'd love to contribute!

Top Blog Mag said...

As much as we would love to count you in Bobby, we can not do by the use of our physic powers alone!

You have you profile set to Not Available so we don't know who you are!!!! ;) You can send us an email if you prefer.

melody said...

Wonderful idea. I'm game, I think, yeah, sure I am.

Lord Likely said...

Good day.

I believe an electronic mail address is now up on my blog, should you wish to make contact with my Lordy self regarding a contribution.

Keep up the excellent work.

Karen said...

What a great idea...

Mama Zen said...

Sounds fun. I'd like to be added to the list!

The Good Woman said...

Fantastic idea - so simple. Just wish I'd thought of it. Well, as I've missed out on this opportunity for blog domination, please include me in your motley crew of writers...

ashh said...

hai...this is really explicit...and cool..i like to add my views here...its really different and thanx for joining my neighbourhood....if i'm given a chance i'll write"i know that i'm different"....a post abt my own life which made me do everything different inspite of my family's customs and culture....i searched for a real platform and now i got a chance....reply me if u approve that and i'll certainly add a link to my blog....cos i love things that are different like me...this is the one!!!!

Reformer said...

Wow, this is a fantastic idea. So how does it work, do you archive the older issues every week or simply delete them from the blog? I'll definitely be coming back here to check up on this, perhaps I'll even try signing up as a writer if my blog ever manages to reach your requirements!

Top Blog Mag said...

Reformer - older posts are archived and can be accessed either from the older posts button at the bottom of the page or from the 'what they wrote' list in the sidebar. We would love to see you back and if you wish to join us just send us an email :)

Featured Post and Blog of the Week



You Are Here

by Amie from
MammaLoves...


You did well in school to get into college. You tried to get by well enough in college to be attractive to an employer or graduate program, and along the way you may have opened your heart a time or two. Maybe you even found true love.

With a foot in the door, the first years of work were the time to
prove your mettle once again. Promotions, raises all with the goal to secure your future will allow you to settle down, buy a house, travel, commit to a relationship, have kids or not. In what feels like a blink of an eye, your future is here.

And now what?


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Chance Favors Only Those Who Court Her

by Debbie from Missives from Suburbia


After a less-than-friendly divorce, I was on the market again. Seizing the opportunity, my friends scoured their address books and Palm Pilots for single men and set me up on blind date after blind date. My reaction to most of those dates was, "I call these people my FRIENDS?" One of my real friends suggested Match.com, and given how much I love the Internet, I gave it a go.

A couple months of e-dating passed by in a blink. It was fun, but so far nothing meaningful had hit my radar, and my match inventory was starting to run low. You see, Match.com "matches" you to people based on a list of your requirements, and I'd pretty much run through all my existing matches who didn't seem psycho or stoned, based on their profiles.

Then, one day, I got an email from a guy who was not a match by my standards...

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A Lost Opportunity

by John from Altjiranga Mitjina


Trying to break in as a writer in the comic book industry can be a bit like the one legged man in a butt kicking contest. Every step forward you make means you land on your butt after your kick forward. Comic books are a visual medium. An artist can bring a portfolio to an editor at a convention and said editor can sit there and look at it within minutes and decide if this artist is worthy of working on the newest issue of Stupendous Man or not. Trying being a hopeful writer handing over a script to this same editor at a busy comic convention. You’ll be lucky if the editor agrees to take the script and promise that they’ll look at it later. Most times the hopeful writer is told to send for their submission guidelines and mail in their proposal.

The best way for a writer is to find an aspiring artist and hook up...

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Jesus Toothpaste!

by Karen Rayne from Adolescent Sexuality Today with Karen Rayne, Ph.D.


This weekend I went out of town, leaving my family to fend for themselves. On Saturday, my darling husband took my two darling daughters – 6 and 3 years old – to what he heard was a fun new toy store in town. Great, right?

They walk in the door, and the 6-year-old pipes up with “Look, Daddy! Jesus toothpaste!” He takes one look, puts one hand on each girl’s shoulder, and does a 180 out of the store. It may be a fun new toy store, but it’s intended clientele does not include the under-13 set.

When I got home on Sunday, the first thing the 6-year-old says to me was, “Guess what! We saw Jesus toothpaste!” I blinked, figuring I hadn’t heard her correctly. Regrettably, I had...

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A biker, a green thumb, a cracked hand, and a Queen.

by Megan from Velveteen Mind, originally guest posted at Queen of Spain


A random biker on a Harley-Davidson took my picture last week. What I wanted to do was take his picture, but I hesitated. Now, instead of a photo of some random biker holding an i am bossy.com bumper sticker, all I have is a lame photo of me holding the bumper sticker and the mental picture of him riding off into the sunset, never to be seen again.

Okay, it wasn’t as romantic or dramatic as that. It was nine in the morning and there was no sunset.

This is not the first time that I have hesitated to seize an opportunity. I don’t expect it will be the last. However, I hope with each lost chance for something intriguing, I will lose a shade of that hesitation for next time...

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