I’m a Feedly fan, and I currently have 143 blogs in my feed.
143 is more than I can handle, but in my defense, the number of blogs I followed was reasonable until last weekend, when I reviewed the results from the MMD reader survey and added a ton of new blogs that kept popping up over and over again in the question where I asked you for your favorites. Some will stick and some won’t, but for now my reader is bursting.
Since I asked you your favorites, today I’m sharing mine. A few caveats: I’m sharing the blogs that aren’t ginormous. There’s no sense in telling you I read The Atlantic, or Slate, or even Simple Mom. And you’ll notice I read a surprising number of Catholic blogs, considering I’m not Catholic. (I have a theory about why…)
These are 5 of my favorite blogs right now. What are yours?
Ain’t No Mom Jeans. Shana blogs about (cool) everyday style for moms. She always looks amazing (yet accessible), her photography is fab, and she hardly ever writes a post that doesn’t address pooch-hiding strategies. What’s not to love?Shana’s personal–and unfolding–story also brings a hefty dose of humanity to the blogosphere.
While I was cooling my heels on a Michigan playground this past June, just waiting for my kids, I popped open my Feedly to see what was new in the blogosphere. I clicked on her innocently titled post I Don’t Know How to Talk About This, thinking it must be about back fat or plumber butt. But my eyes were soon welling up for this blogger I don’t know who had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. She’s starting chemo really soon, and she’ll be blogging through her worst year–or her luckiest one. Go say hi and shoot her a word of encouragement?
Conversion Diary. Jen grew up atheist, and now she’s a devout Catholic, and she shares that journey on her blog. She has six kids under ten, is a total nerd (in the best sense), and manages to be religiously contemplative and scandalously hilarious in adjoining paragraphs. Jen is also the host of the awesome and longstanding 7 Quick Takes linkup, which I keep telling myself I’m going to get back to one of these days.
If you’re looking for a place to dive in, her recent post How We Built Our Village rocked my world (and might have made me cry).
Camp Patton. What to say about Grace? She’s fun and funny, she writes in a style I could never pull off, she constantly sells herself short (though I suspect she knows it–you do know it, right, Grace? I hope so.)
Grace is married to an OB-GYN resident, and is blogging her way through her family’s never-ending (or so it seems) survival mode. For a taste of her “so bad it’s good” riffs on family life, start with this post on why she blogs about motherhood’s trials, not its triumphs.
In the Heart of My Home. I want to be Elizabeth Foss when I grow up. When I spoke at Influence last year, I began my talk with a quote from Elizabeth. She is wise and warm and–as a Catholic mother of nine–lives a life completely different from mine. But–no, because of that–her blog inspires me and helps me see things anew, and consider perspectives completely foreign to my own. Her recent post Cease Driving is an excellent example of what I’m talking about.
Also, after spending a few minutes on Elizabeth’s blog, I catch myself saying things like, “I only have four children.” Heh.
The Clothes Make the Girl. Mel Crossfits, she runs, she lifts heavy stuff. She’s a retired Rollergirl. She says, and I quote, “Sometimes I wear all black just so I can pretend to be a spy who might need to outrun a bad guy.” I need a girl like this in my feed reader.
But in addition to that awesome resumé, Mel is also the genius behind Well Fed, which easily makes my top 5 most-referred-to cookbooks of the year. Around here, we are suckers for her chocolate chili, cumin-roasted carrots, and ranch dressing.
What are a few of your favorite blogs right now?