Some people have said that Ricky Anderson and I are twins because we think so much alike. Other people have said that it’s more like distant cousins. The truth is we have never met in person. What we do have in common is that we both blog and love reading blogs. That love has led to a conversation. Sports teams have All-Star Games, so why can’t bloggers. Last year we kicked off the First Annual All-Star Blogging Challenge. This year we are at it once again. Two teams. Team Ricky vs. Team Rob. Ten bloggers each. You get to vote on which team you think is the best. The truth is that it’s just a fun way to feature some of our favorite bloggers. Enjoy.
Tor is a former journalist, author, speaker, husband and father of two girls and one shiny new son, hot off the press.
Chad is an IT guru who lives in Arizona with his wife and two kids. He is a contributor to Not Alone, Alise Wright’s anthology of living with depression.
Jamie is the marketing director for a children and family non-profit. She’s also one of the funniest people on the Internet, and slightly obsessed with Nathan Fillian.
Monica is Rob’s wife. She’s the reason he’s functional in life. Monica started blogging a few months ago. If you want to see some of Rob’s funny stories from another perspective, check out her blog.
Amanda is Canadian, but we don’t hold it against her. She aspires to be the world’s first sit-down comedian.
Kevin is an author, husband and soon-to-be father. In fact, he may be a father as you read this. Or this. It’s THAT close. Kevin is a rare breed of writing talent – he’ll make you laugh, think and be challenged.
Renée is a teacher, wife and mother. She’s funny and touching. Although not in a creepy way.
THE Joseph Craven
THE Joseph Craven is a man of mystery. He is currently on an international quest for ice cream. He is also the host of the Courtesy Laugh Podcast.
Paul Johnson (The Good Greatsby)
Paul lives in Shanghai with his family. Or maybe it’s somebody else’s family. It’s too far to go fact-check. He produces plays and is a contributor to the Huffington Post. He accepts checks.
Jessica is a trophy wife and mother of two. She will make you laugh, cry and laugh while you’re crying. She’s that good.
After losing last year’s competition, Ricky emailed me with the following line, “You are going down next year. And you can even have Acuff.” That’s like saying, in 1996, that we are going to play basketball and you can have Michael Jordan. Jon Acuff is what every Christian blogger with a sense of humor wants to be. He’s funny, thought provoking, and used his blog to build multiple schools in Vietnam.
Tyler is one half of the comic genius that is Trip and Tyler. He may be the self-proclaimed world’s most trivial man, but at least he knows who he is. I apologize now for the pee stains that will happen from spontaneously wetting yourself after reading his stuff.
Leanne is a mom of twins, so she’s automatically wicked awesome, and she’s the future queen of Cananda. Okay, I don’t know if Canada has queens, but if they did they would be lucky to have her as their Monarch.
Stephen is not only the brand new worship leader at Next Level Church, he’s also full of awesome. His blog is ha-larious and thought provoking. If his blog doesn’t get your vote then his beard will. It’s got its own zip code.
Larry the Deuce
Larry is a huge University of Tennessee fan, fanatic for Jesus, and family man. He’s not a preacher but his posts will leave you feeling like you just left a Biblical buffet.
Fact: Knox McCoy is best known for his ha-larious posts on the Bachelor and the Bachelorette.
Fact: Those posts are more like novels than posts.
Fact: If you read these long posts you will fall in love with Knox’s humor and end up becoming a fan of the Bachelor and Bachelorette.
Tamara is a collector of fine tattoos who shares her thoughts about life and faith on her blog. She’s brutally honest and a proponent of audacious grace.
Tyler Tarver is a madman. His humor is on another level. Whether it’s videos, To Do Lists, or Pictures of Win, you will laugh out loud at Tyler’s insane humor.
Carlos could post about how his belly button lint smells and he would receive 976 comments, a People’s Choice Award, and 30 people would get saved. He’s a worship leader, family man, and adoptive dad.
Bryan has a great blog but his greatest legacy will be his work to help other bloggers become awesome. His 31 Days To Finding Your Blogging Mojo is a blogger’s manual. You would be stupid to not purchase this book. It’d be like trying to fly a plane without lessons. It’d be like locking a toddler in a bathroom, saying “go get em tiger,” and expecting them to potty train themselves. It’d be like finding a bomb and just pulling a wire because it looks pretty. In other words if you have a blog then it’s a smart move to buy 31 Days To Finding Your Blogging Mojo.
If you love or hate Twilight…
If you are honest with yourself…
If you like the idea of the Avengers of Blogging…
If you want God’s favor on your children’s children…
You’ll love Team Rob
Vote for which team is the overall best. Oh and what Blogging All-Star got snubbed?