better blogs

Ask a blogger what they like best about their work and they’ll probably mention something about creativity or community; in all likelihood, their answer will include a combination of the two things.  

Connecting with the designers behind blogs – the writers, photographers, crafters, dreamers – inspires me to live more creatively, but it also ingrains me in a supportive community of makers.

What makes this community so strong?  Blogging brings individuals together based on affinity rather than geography, and so the ties that bind solidify pretty gosh darn fast.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there are approximately 452,000 bloggers in America.  With nearly half-a-million people blogging, it might seem like a daunting task to find a niche of people that just get you, right?

Not in my experience.  A blog, with instant access to thoughts and ideas and outtakes from daily life, is a bit like an open diary.  When we come across a blog that resonates with us, we know it right away, and we begin to build an index of kindred spirits.  
The self-proclaimed queen of the home, Martha Stewart, attacked bloggers for their lack of expertise, “Who are these bloggers? They’re not editors at Vogue magazine…I mean, there are bloggers writing recipes that aren’t tested, that aren’t necessarily very good, or are copies of everything that really good editors have created and done.”  Worried about your empire, Ms. S? You should be.

Thing is, personality is the best part of the blogging world.  Instead of blindly following the rules of Martha (or whoever else we’re told is an expert), we can learn from people that we respect and admire and want to meet for brunch.  Bloggers have budgets and struggles and hopes that we can relate to.  More often than that not, the advice of bloggers feels more relevant than the ideas of an executive writing from a corporate office in New York  (no Martha, I am not interested in learning how to decorate my guest-house, but I’ll gladly take tips for decorating a studio apartment from Design Love Fest).  

With all my love for bloggers and their inspiring creativity, I’ve decided to create a page dedicated to Better Blogs.  Click the link and meet the girls that make me smile every single day ♥


22 thoughts on “better blogs

  1. Bringing together individuals based on affinity rather than geography, that’s brilliant (and true) 😉

    I will openly admit, I am stubborn. I like what I like, I do what I do, and I don’t like others to try and convince me otherwise. For some strange reason, this is paradoxically what kept me from beginning a blog in the first place. I had the misplaced idea that I would need to fit into a niche of sorts. Truth is, when you express yourself as only you know how, there is a magic attraction that connects like-minded individuals in the blogging world.

    Sitting down at your laptop, browsing through your favorite blogs, and discovering new ones, it’s like sitting down to have a cup of coffee with a long lost friend that you are meeting for the first time. Yes, thank goodness for blogging indeed 😉

  2. You’re so sweet, including me on the list! *blushes* When I first started blogging, I had no idea how strong the community aspect of it was, and people (okay, my parents) were all, “telling strangers on the internet about your life??” but it’s so much more than that … it’s sharing with friends the same way you would if you got together for coffee. 🙂

  3. I really enjoyed this post. Sometimes I think the whole reason behind why people start blogging has gotten lost lately. It seems like a lot of bloggers are so focused on growing there blog and finding sponsors. Its great to find blogs like yours and those that you’ve listed that have a deeper goal. I fell in love with blogging for the reasons that you stated and I love finding blogs that are building positive communities.

    Thank you!

  4. I couldn’t agree more with this. I’m still working on finding a community in this blogging world and am over the moon that you’ve included me on your list! I’d brunch with you any day of the week.

  5. Love it! I see two of my faves above (Rach and Brittany) and I’m excited to check out the others. I find myself frequently saying, ‘My blogger friend, X, wrote about…’ to my husband. It IS a community and bloggers do become friends and kindred spirits.

  6. How sweet of you to put me on your list! You are 1 of 3 blogs in my MUST READ category on bloglovin’. Also, I have faith that someday we will for sure brunch together, as I actually frequent Minneapolis quite…frequently. Ha!

  7. Well, colored me pink! What a lovely treat it is to be included in your blogging brunch wish list (you are definitely on mine, too!). I really love when you say, “Bloggers have budgets and struggles and hopes that we can relate to.” This is exactly why blogs like yours make me so happy! Real people blogging about their lives–the good and the bad–and forming a lovely community while they’re at it 🙂

  8. Oh, I love this!! You’re so right about what it is that makes blogging special, and what makes us want to trust fellow bloggers more than the big names like Martha! And I am so honored to be on your list!! :)) You just made my day. Know that you are definitely on my list of daily must-reads, as well. I can’t wait to check out some of the others on your list 🙂

  9. You reminded me that I need to add you to my list! You’re always so inspiring and encouraging and joyful. And I like how you sometimes start out to write about kitchen towels and then give us something entirely new instead 🙂

  10. SO honored to be on your list, sweet friend! I do feel like we’re friends even if it’s just via reading each other’s blogs – but I love that! keep on keeping on 🙂

  11. Ohh my goodness, I couldn’t be smiling and harder!! I LOVE THIS POST SO MUCH for so many reasons…and I feel SO blessed to be included in your list. THANK YOU, I just adore you and your blog. We bloggers just “get each other” in a way that non bloggers can’t understand. 😉

  12. Love this idea! 🙂 Bloggers are probably some of the best people ever, we become friends by our words and shared interests. Not our clothes or grades or to become popular, we become friends because we see the real person behind the words. And I think that’s great. 😀 I am about to check out all of those wonderful blogs, thanks for sharing!

  13. “an index of kindred spirits” Love that phrase!! I certainly think that personality is what makes blogging so powerful. I know I’m more likely to be inspired or to try out a project written about by a real-live blogger than to pore over a magazine that I don’t feel a strong connection to.

  14. Get outta town, girly! Thanks for including my dorky little blog on your list! What fun! Your writing is a joy to read, and I’m goll darn thankful to have gotten to know you through your blog! Obviously we should do coffee soon. 🙂

  15. How sweet of you to list me on your ‘index of kindred spirits’ – sounds like a cool title for a book or something.
    I think Martha Stewart has a point, but I definitely prefer bloggers’ advice and ideas than haughty magazines :p

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