Thursday, September 23, 2010


So the other day I talk to a mother in a playground, and the conversation turns to blogging (because she has a great blog), and she mentions reading some stuff written by fathers. I ask her to name one of the blogs, because "maybe I read it too," and she says, "Sweet Juniper."

"Ahh," I say, "The one with Lone Wolf and Cub on the header!"

There's something about this blog that automatically pulls you in. Maybe it's the great photos, or maybe it's Jim's unique, independent voice, or maybe it's the rather obscure movie reference to one of the greatest fathers in movie history, but as soon as you land on the page you feel the blog has a soul.

I wish I knew what made a great blog (so I could). Other than good writing, good photos, and an involuntary, subconscious feeling of connection brought about by a movie reference on a header, what makes this blog stand out? What made it stand out for my playground friend?

This is some of the best the Internet has to offer. For you to decide what makes it so, you'll just have to visit the blog and start reading.



  1. I'm off to do that right now... thanks!

  2. You're right, that is a beautiful blog and one that just draws you in. I wish the "blog post part" of the blog was bigger though because the archives and ad areas are taking up too much space. Anyway, that's not stopping me from reading it. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. This is nice post. It shows the relationaship between child and father. The picture posted here is also looks very nice. Thanks for sharing with us.

  4. I was blown away by Juniper's "About" page. Not the first paragraph, which follows the rules, but the second paragraph (Inspiration) which breaks them. Also, that page is on a separate site which allows its own full-page format and lots of white space. Very smart.



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