Goings on in Paleoland

I’m in a busy stint at the moment. Yes, more Leangains posts are coming, but they will be spaced out somewhat.

So here’s a few odds & ends I’ve been noticing from the Paleosphere and the general low-carb community, lately.

~ You might not think that a website dedicated to nursing schools would publish a list of the "50 Best Blogs for the Low-Carb Lifestyle," but they did and included Free the Animal amongst lots of other good blogs.

~ Speaking of good blogs; you know, there’s so many out there, now, many of them starving for attention. The problem is that I can barely keep up with the ones I’ve generally followed for a while. I suppose I look at it this way: you just have to keep plugging along and get enough quality material up so as to establish a certain momentum, both from searches, word of mouth and eventually, links from other blogs.

Anyone who’s been a reader here for any length of time knows that I’ve liberally linked up and referenced quite a few other blogs, such as Whole Health Source, Protein Power, Hyperlipid — to name only a few.

And since I can’t keep up with everyone blogging out there — not even close — I tend to think that some of the newer blogs (or new in terms of popularity) will catch my attention if they happen to be fortunate enough to "be somebody."

Here’s three blogs in particular that are doing great work, latetly:

1. Ned Kock at Health Correlator: "This blog is about statistics, evolution, nutrition, lifestyle, and health issues. A combination of these issues. The focus is on quantitative research and how it can be applied in practice." Ned reminds me a lot of Stephan at Whole Health Source in terms of just putting high quality science and reason out there. And Ned’s a great commenter at other blogs as well. Some bloggers think the way to build their blogs is to comment at the blogs of others, which is true. But to do it truly effectively you have to make it very relevant and on point, which Ned has always done here. When he comments, he’s adding value to what I’ve posted and that’s always welcome.

2. Melissa McEwen at Hunt.Gather.Love: You may remember Melissa (and John Durant, who’s up next) from the New York Times piece last January: The New Age Cavemen and the City. Since then, Melissa has been blogging and lately, blogging up a storm. And she’s intelligent — with an intellectual streak –and a good writer, which always helps.

3. John Durant at Hunter-Gatherer: It took a while from the time John was featured in the NYT to get his five minutes of fame on The Colbert Report. He must have been to busy kicking vegan ass to really get going with blogging, but he finally did and is making quite a go of it. His is more of a total lifestyle variety blog, I’d say. Not heavy, but with plenty of topics to find something of interest for everyone. John also has a fresh book deal with a good publisher so we’ll be anxious to see how that develops.

Well, I wish I had more for you, but it’s off to the gym for squats.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. Nathaniel on October 26, 2010 at 11:27

    Ned Kock is really doing excellent work on his blog. The information-density reminds me of Stephan Guyenet’s posts at Whole Health Source. Ned is a great source for some hard science.

    He just put up a great post about the effects of fasting and glycogen depletion on body composition, and I think that it appears to support the Leangains approach which is a hot topic around here right now.

    People should check it out! Very interesting stuff.

  2. Melissa on October 26, 2010 at 11:30

    Whoa thanks for the props!

  3. Jamie on October 26, 2010 at 11:34

    I second (third?) the nod toward Ned. Not only does he post very high quality, research-supported posts, he does so very objectively, and he also does so from the perspective of experience. Look up Ned’s post where he shows pictures of the changes he has made himself. Awesome stuff.

    And I have certainly found myself reading Melissa’s blog a lot more… I have put hers into my Dashboard for following!

  4. John on October 26, 2010 at 11:40

    Thanks for the shout out, Richard.


  5. anand srivastava on October 26, 2010 at 11:45

    I found another blog that I really liked. The writing style is great. It was featured on the leangains site.
    “Harder Better Faster Stronger” at
    So I am biased, its from a fellow Indian ;-). It is sympathetic to the Vegetarians. Being from India he understands the cultural bias.

  6. David Csonka on October 26, 2010 at 12:12

    your post + value = awesome

    There, I just added value to your post. You’re welcome!

  7. Sebastien on October 26, 2010 at 12:36

    Lots of great links in the Nursing Schools’ best 50 low carb blogs. They’ve included a bunch of the bigger names of this community. I think it’s just a matter of time before we see a major breakthrough in the mainstream.

  8. Walter on October 26, 2010 at 12:49

    Hey Richard, Fire this link off to the 30 Bananas crowd and watch them go bananas.

  9. Sean on October 26, 2010 at 13:08

    Yeah, Ned hits the science hard, which I love.

  10. Ned Kock on October 26, 2010 at 16:13

    Thanks Richard and fellow commenters/bloggers for the kind words!

  11. Bay Area Sparky on October 26, 2010 at 16:35

    This post reminds me (as do many things) of Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species.”

    Kudos to you for propping up these new blog sites.

    That is the most you can do and the most you should do.

  12. Mallory on October 26, 2010 at 17:49

    love meds blog now i got 2 new ones to check out and add to my blogroll 🙂 i do totally agree its hard to keep up with anything…and get work done at my job haha

    • Mallory on October 26, 2010 at 17:49

      haha NED****

  13. Swede on October 27, 2010 at 19:13

    Any guy whose last name is “Kock” is good in my book!

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