Ice Breaker – Share Your Blog Link

March 15, 2013 — 46 Comments

Each week on The Stretched Blog, we ask an ice breaker question.  The questions are designed to help us get to know each other here in The Stretched Community.  I’ll provide my answer to the question here in the post, and then you can leave your response in the comments.  While you’re in the comments section, see how others answered the ice breaker question.

This week has me thinking a lot about blogging.  On Monday, I reached a milestone with my 1,000th blog post.  And yesterday, Google announced the upcoming retirement of Google Reader (an RSS blog reader that I use to keep up on the many blogs I read on a regular basis).

Question:  If you are a blogger, share the link to you blog along with a brief description of your blog.  Then share the link to one of your favorite blogs and explain why it’s one of your favorites.

My Answer:  Well…you already have the link to my blog.  And trying to pick one blog out of all the ones I follow is pretty tough.  This one though has definitely earned my attention more recently:  This has become one of my favorites over the past several months.  Matt consistently features practical tips and advice for leaders.  Check it out!

There you have it – my answer.  Now, it’s your turn.  Answer this week’s ice breaker question by leaving a comment.  I look forward to reading your response!  (Feel free to share links.)


Jon Stolpe


Christ-follower, husband, dad, engineer, manager, runner, blogger, sax player, group life fan, freelance writer, and the list goes on...
  • TNeal

    Jon, thanks for the opportunity to share our links. That’s a great gift. At A Curious Band of Others ( ), my tag line is “Curious about living and following Christ in community.” At Christian Faith at Work ( ), Chris Patton writes about running a business from a Christian perspective.

    • Jon Stolpe

      Two more links that I follow regularly. Thanks for sharing!

  • Larry Carter

    Jon, you can find me at

    • Jon Stolpe

      Larry’s blog is great. He’ll make you think twice!

  • Joe Lalonde

    I’m inspiring leaders to thrive in a hectic world over at

    A blog I’m currently digging is by Chris. He’s a missionary who’s sharing his thoughts and ideas on the world.

    • Jon Stolpe

      I follow Chris’ blog (and yours of course). Thanks for sharing the links here.

  • Leah Adams

    My goal with my blog is to POINT others to Jesus and His amazing grace.

    I just found a blog by a pastor whose writing makes me want to jump up and yell “YES”!! Right now he is doing a series entitled ‘Rethinking Homosexuality’.

    • Jon Stolpe

      Brian Jones is the senior pastor at my church. It’s a small world!

  • David Paul Stolpe

    The Amish Jihadist is a great blog in nonviolence justice and discipleship.

    Also left cheek is a good one about seeking peace and justice by bringing Christ like love to the world.

    • Matt McWilliams

      That sounds like a great title for a blog…Amish Jihadist!

      I wonder if Gun-Toting Tree-Hugger was taken? :)

      • David Paul Stolpe

        The author does have done anabaptist roots for sure.

    • Jon Stolpe

      Here are the links to the blogs mentioned above:


      • David Paul Stolpe

        Thanks Jon I was going to do that but I was on my phone in the bus and it can be a hassle to do all that.

  • Joshua Rivers

    This is an awesome opportunity. My blog is Quality Living Made Simple, and I primarily write and podcast about simple things we can do improve the quality of our lives.

    My favorite blog is He writes great content about leadership, business, and life. There is also a great, supportive tribe. I have gained so much encouragement to make steps I only dreamed of (and some I never dreamed of).

    • Jon Stolpe

      I enjoy both of these blogs. Thanks for sharing the links here.

  • Sele Mitchell

    Mine is “Combining Christianity and Technology to enhance your life.” One of my favorites has already been mentioned by Larry, Deuceology.
    I can already see that this thread is a going to be a great resource to try out new blogs. Thanks.

    • Jon Stolpe

      I don’t know why it’s taken so long, but I just added you to my reader, Sele. And yes, Larry’s blog is great!

  • Kevin Haggerty

    My blog is called “The Isle of Man (dot net).” Originally, it started out as being a blog seeking to show the world from the perspective of a 30-something married white guy. Just observational humor, really. But, it’s evolved into something more. Something deeper. A year ago, I was laid off from my teaching job of six years, prompting me to start my own graphic design business from home. During that stretch, we had a baby, and have experienced all kinds of other roller coaster coaster ups and downs. The blog is about following your dream in the face of adversity, and being able to do itt with a smile on your face. :)

    Today’s post is a bit less “deep.”

    • Jon Stolpe

      I’m sure it’s not always easy to keep a smile on when circumstances get tough. I enjoy following your blog, and I look forward to laughing at your weekly Friday Funhouse.

  • Thomas Mason

    I just can’t pass by an opportunity to highlight myself! I blog at Living the Story at It’s basically a christian living blog about living out God’s grand story within our own lives in everyday life.

    One blog that’s consistent in pushing out great content is by Chris Peek. Chris blogs at Trail Reflections at about intentional living and becoming fully alive.

    • Jon Stolpe

      Just added both to my reader (I’m not sure why you weren’t there before…). Thanks for adding to my list, Thomas!

  • David

    I don’t have a blog but have been hanging out here in blog land for the last few months. I’ve been enjoying myself, getting some inspiration and who knows, maybe someday I’ll try out my own …..

    So I’ll take this opportunity to plug a couple of blogs of people I know. First, The name speaks for itself, just launched a few weeks ago, Steve also has a new book that is on my “to-do” list, check it out at his website. The second, Christi is taking us with her on her journey through cancer – for the 2nd time! As for me, I am humbled by the depth and sincerity of her faith and her raw honesty as she “faces the fire” – again.

    • David

      I thought I would give you an idea of what is about in Steve’s own words ……

      “What can you expect to find here, you ask? A conversation that isn’t filled with “you ought to” or “should do” answers but rather honest questions and observations that deal with life and the confusion that accompanies the journey of faith.”

      Steve McCoy

    • Jon Stolpe

      Thanks, David. I just added both of these to my reader.

  • Matt McWilliams

    Thanks Jon.

    I’d share my blog but that would be overkill :)

    I really appreciate your involvement in my community. Your comments and your blog are helping a ton of people!

    • Matt McWilliams

      Oh and my personal favorite blogs are the Harvard Business Review and John Miller’s QBQ blog at

      • Jon Stolpe

        I just signed up to follow QBQ today.

    • Jon Stolpe

      Thanks, Matt!

  • Joseph Iregbu

    I blog at (The Story of Hope) about discovering purpose, inspiring hope and living the God-intended life. And I love Ngina Otiende’s blog – She writes in a down-to-earth and practical way about marriage and issues of life. Thank you Jon for the awesome work you’re doing here.

    • Jon Stolpe

      Thanks Joseph. I follow both of your excellent blogs.

  • Paul Jolicoeur

    My Blog is my goal is to be a part of your journey as you developing as a leader and reaching your potential!

    My favorite blog is

    • Jon Stolpe

      I’m not sure why it took so long, but I just added you to my blog reader.

      Michael Hyatt is one of my go to blog guys for sure. You may have noticed that I just posted a review of his book on Monday.

      • Paul Jolicoeur

        Thanks Jon, I really appreciate it!

  • Aidan Rogers – It’s the Ransomed blog. Every day, finding some new and awesome way to experience God or something He’s got playing on my heart. Just whatever it is. It still amazes me that I never run out of God things to say; He is really that good. Every. Day.

    • Jon Stolpe

      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your link, Aidan!

  • TMZ

    My blog is and it’s a good old fashioned “life blog.” It started off semi-casually and has progressively become more of a “serious blog,” culminating with a book I’m self-publishing soon on struggles and redemption. I’m also big into traveling, so those adventures make it onto the blog as well!

    One of my favorite blogs is Laura Coulter’s at We have a similar blogging focus, and it’s kinda cool that I found her blog when I met one of her best friends at camp last summer. And she was actually the one to tell him about me first because she’d secretly been a fan of my blog. Small world!

    • Jon Stolpe

      Tom, You should check out the blog of our youth pastor (Adam Flora). His blog Love and Adventure seems like it may be right up your alley. Here’s the link:

      I’m a regular reader of your blog, but I haven’t plugged into Laura’s yet. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks!

      • TMZ

        Thanks for the link to your youth pastor’s blog! Already love his title. Will totally check it out. And definitely check out Laura’s blog as well. Authentic and amazing stuff.

  • Brenda Strohbehn

    Thanks for letting us share this information and for the opportunity to learn about blogs we may not run across otherwise! At, I focus on “Ideas and Resources for Everyday Christian Living.” The baskets of our lives have many different petals in them, so I share what God is doing with the various petals of my life—with a desire to encourage others.

    One of my new favorite blogs is (Jeff Goins); Jeff shares his knowledge and his life.

    • Jon Stolpe

      Cool theme, Brenda. I just stopped over. And yes, Jeff’s blog is on my list for sure.

  • Dan Black

    I agree, both you and Matt have great blogs.

    My link is and I write about leadership and personal growth. I have a desire to help others become better people and leaders through my writing and speaking.

    Man, it’s hard to pick just one because I read so many great blogs that I don’t have a favorite. But I would say

    Joe L who writes about leadership

    • Jon Stolpe

      Joe has a great blog! (And so do you.) I enjoy reading both.

      • Dan Black

        Thanks man, It’s an honor to know you:)

  • saurav saini
  • Erica My blog is to help recent high school graduates navigate through the difficult decisions in college life, starting from picking the college, classes, and even the social aspect.

    • Jon Stolpe

      Looks like a great start to your blog. Good luck!