I’ve been an avid reader since I was a little girl. For me, a trip to the public library was a treat and coming home with 5 to 10 books just begging to be read was a little slice of heaven with a side of apple pie.
Since I’m a blogger AND a freelance writer, you can imagine that I read a lot online, too. There are so many fabulous bloggers out there and I read bits and pieces of many of them. I love to get a lead from Twitter about an interesting post on a new blog and I’ve been known to spend a little more time than I should bouncing around blogs where I pick up helpful tips, become inspired, laugh out loud and even cry.
Every blog is a bit different and while I read hundreds, I follow several that I want to share with you today.
1. Scrapbooking/Inspiration: http://www.stacyjulian.com/.
Let me just say, this lady is fabulous. If you are a scrapbooker – you have surely heard of her. While her blog covers a lot of scrapbooking type stuff (projects, classes, products, etc.) she also blogs a lot about other things that inspire her (books, people, events) plus what’s going on her life and what’s important to her and her family. I especially love her Friday Five posts and I’ve been known to pick up a book or buy a cool product just because she mentioned it (watch out Oprah!)
I’ve had the privilege of meeting Stacy on several occasions and even interviewed her and featured her on my own blog in the past. She is truly “good people” and I highly recommend her blog for a daily dose of inspiration…whether you are crafty or not! She also has a site, http://www.bigpictureclasses.com/, where you can sign up to take online courses covering scrapbooking, journaling, photography and more. I’ve taken several and have been impressed with them all.
2. Coupons/Freebies/Good Deals/Contests: http://www.freebies4mom.com/.
I met the author of this blog, Heather Hernandez, at a local blogger networking group in Houston and started following her not too long ago. For tips on free stuff, discounts, drawings and contests…her blog is a must follow. I love the daily email I get about where to go for free products and good deals. She tells her readers about deals that she herself participates in so you know she is passing on legitimate resources. She even shows readers what is inside her mail box! (Looks better than a mailbox full of bills, right?!)
Heather is an extremely successful blogger and all around nice gal willing to help other bloggers navigate the industry. I love that she readily shares her secrets to success with other bloggers and is so open and approachable.
3. All around greatness: http://www.mightygirl.net/.
This blog has a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I started following it after I met the author, Maggie Mason, at a blogging conference a couple years ago.
I want to be Maggie when I grow up.
She just seems like a fun, free-spirited, “can I tell you a secret” kinda gal. She often blogs about her Mighty Life List, 100 things to do before she goes, which actually inspired me to start my own.
She also blogs about music, cool clothes, events and other neato people. When she recently blogged about her divorce, I really felt pain for her situation. In my opinion, that’s what a good blogger does…makes you feel like a friend, even when you don’t know each other.
My only complaint? So many people follow her that while she gives away great gifts from time to time, I never win. Sigh. Someday.
4. Resource for writers: http://michellerafter.com/best-of-wordcount/I started following Michelle Rafters blog, Word Count: Freelancing in the Digital Age, after a writer friend of mine told me about it. Since I’m a freelance writer, I like to keep on top of the industry and this blog is great for inspiration, tools and tricks and industry updates. I’m constantly learning from her blog posts like the recent 8 Essential Reasons to Put Links in Blog Posts (Look Michelle, I’m putting into practice what learned from you!) Be sure to check out the tab, Best of Wordcount, to learn writing and interviewing tips, running a freelance business and what’s going on in the industry. You’ll love Michelle’s easy to understand and get-to-the-point quick writing style and will walk away with action items to make your writing career better.
5. Resource for Parents with Young Children: http://www.savvysource.com/In the interest of full disclosure – I contribute to this blog. As the Houston city editor I blog about fun things to do in the area for families under the Houston city guide tab. However, I also consider this site one of my personal favorites that I use as a resource as well. The SavvySource by parents, for parents provides informative articles of interest to parents such as as arts and crafts activities, how and where to find good preschools, deals on local and nationwide family-friendly activities and products well as a link to each city to find things in the area to do. The often have guest bloggers write for them and I love the recent article by Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, about how to have fun on a family vacation. Gretchen Rubin is super cool as well, by the way! I met her when she was in Houston a year ago and loved her book!
If you have kids under ten, you should consider bookmarking The SavvySource as a good resource for you, too!
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