It sounds like hyperbole to say that my life has been changed by blogs and blogging. Perhaps enriched is the best way to say it – I have learned and been challenged by the incredible roster of good writing out there that I am going to leave you this long weekend (the first or the last) of the year.
I know some of the writers behind some of these blogs, others I met at blogging conferences and others I have never met, and wouldn’t recognize walking down the street even though I have read their intimate words.
I was going to organize them into categories like: passion, knowledge, laughs but the best bloggers have all of that in almost every post. So here is who I read regularly (in no particular order).
Redneck Mommy: She lets you into her life and never lets go.
Where there is a Willer: A self-deprecating mom trying to balance working downtown, home in ‘burbs, kids, a husband who pilots for fun and everything else.
The Inside Scoop (Yummy Mummy Club): You will be nodding in agreement while laughing as Sharon lays bare her life and thoughts on being a mother, wife and friend. (I also love Earnest Girl at YMC for her beautiful flights of fancy).
Frog and Toad are Still Friends: Becks’ vaguely religious life in a tiny town in Northern Ontario could not be different than my own, but her acerbic wit keeps me going back.
Sweet/Salty: For the photos, the writing, the heartbreak, for the knowledge that Kate will always be cooler than you
The Bloggess: Often totally out there, hilarious and with heart. You never know what to expect from the Bloggess.
PhDinParenting: Annie has an incredible talent of synthesizing a vast amount of research into easy to understand language. You may not always agree with her but she is required reading.
Scary Mommy: her posts are often to-the-point, a little caustic (or very caustic), sometimes sentimental and usually very funny.
Her Bad Mother: head-spiningly smart (she would probably never make up such a word), she proves that bad is the new good.
Can’t talk about “mommy blogs” without mentioning Motherlode, Lisa Belkin at the New York Times is not a personal blogger but she raises the bar and creates discussion on the big issues. I want to be her when I grow up.
Add to the list. Who are your favourite blogs? Who did you discover this year?
Want more? Last year I was talking about what I learned from tobogganing.