5 Blogs I Like

5 Blogs I Like


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?

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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?
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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).

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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.

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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.

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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?

35 comments | Comment


  1. Megan says:

    Thanks for sharing! New blogs for me to look into- I may need to break up with a few that are not interesting to me anymore and replace them with some of these

  2. Oh! This is so great… I’m thrilled and honored to be included in your top 5 list — thank you so much! I’m in such good company. Thanks for sharing these other blogs; love to be introduced to new, good writers.

    I’m glad you like Well Fed! I’m SUPER excited because Well Fed 2 will be out on October 22. In fact, we’re in Minneapolis right now, to do the press check on the book. The presses are running at the printer and we saw the first 5000 pages of our press run in a stack yesterday. VERY exciting.

    Thanks, again!

  3. Heather says:

    Oh fun! Conversion Diary is one of my top five favorites! I also read Camp Patton, and I’ll check the others out. I’d love to know which blogs kept showing up in the survey…which new ones you’re trying out. Mostly I’m curious whether you’re checking out any of the ones I mentioned. 🙂 I should have named more than just the three or four I did, although I’m fairly certain I mentioned Conversion Diary. And I also look forward to your theory about why you read so many Catholic blogs. I read a lot of them too, but I am Catholic, so it makes sense. But I’ve noticed I also read a lot of Mormon blogs; my theory for that is the women I read do such a good job of writing about family relationships.

    • Anne says:

      Oh, that’s a fascinating point about the Mormon blogs and family relationships.

      I’ll let you know which blogs showed up most often in the survey!

  4. Angie says:

    I too am curious why you read Catholic blogs–I read several myself, but have no theory about it. 🙂 And likewise, I would like to know what blogs your readers kept mentioning over and over–maybe let us know the top 10 or so??

  5. Allison says:

    It’s funny that you said that, about reading Catholic blogs – can’t wait to hear your theory. I read a lot of, what i’m going to call, Christian, home-schooling women blogs.
    I am Christian, but not of the super-duper kind – i’m a pants wearing, non-homeschooling, working full-time outside the home, divorced, potty mouthed kind. What can I say? I am who I am. I think I read these blogs because secretly maybe I want to be that – somewhat. Maybe.
    I would love to see a list of all the blogs mentioned in reply to your survey. I know I sent you 15-20 myself!

  6. Archer says:


    Haha. I just started reading your blog and I’ve been checking it every week day for the past two weeks! I’ve been here prior to that, but not regularly.

    I (too) also love 1) Simple Mom 2) Young House Love 3) Joy the Baker 4) Gluten Free Girl and 5) Laura Vanderkam’s blog.

  7. Laura says:

    Anne, I am surprised that you haven’t had more comments on this post. I am looking forward to hearing about others’ favorites. A few that I enjoy are fimby, Brave Writer, be more with less, assortment, becoming minimalist, meg duerksen, life made lovely and study in brown. Blogs are like books ~ so many good ones, so little time!

    • Anne says:

      Laura, I think it’s because everyone feels like they already told me their favorite blogs! Because they did, and I’ll be sharing them in the next few days. (Thanks for sharing yours!)

  8. Jackie says:

    Anne, thank you for your beautiful writing and wonderful blog! I am so appreciative and feel a bit special that you asked me (as one of your readers) to do your survey. Thanks!

    While I enjoyed the fine writing in each of the blogs you listed in this post, I do not feel attracted to stories from the Catholic perspective, perhaps because I have converted in reverse–away from Catholicism–and more than once. I’m very, very curious as to your theory of your own attraction.

    Hopefully, you will have the chance to check out all the suggested blogs, and share a very long list with us. Lots of diversity in your community here, apparently, and it would be fascinating to see what people are finding valuable in this great discourse.

    • Anne says:

      “While I enjoyed the fine writing in each of the blogs you listed in this post, I do not feel attracted to stories from the Catholic perspective, perhaps because I have converted in reverse–away from Catholicism–and more than once.”

      Jackie, that’s really interesting. Hmmm…

  9. Thank you, thank you for including me in such good company. I’ve only got 15 blogs on my Feedly (in an attempt to simplify my life post-Goodgle Reader) and yours is one of them. It’s a pleasure to read here.

  10. Cate says:

    Just discovered your blog via Jen and Grace, and now have discovered Shana, Elizabeth, and Mel thanks to you! So delighted to have such a wealth of great, new reads all in one go. Thank you for sharing!

  11. I would love to hear your thoughts on why you like Catholic blogs 🙂 So intrigued now! And you have two of my homegirls on your list: Jen and Grace. Love them!

    Also, do you live in MI or were you just visiting?

  12. Amanda says:

    I’m glad that Shana made your list! She is an awesome blogger, one of my favs. She has the best fashion sense! I follow her on Instagram as well and her positivity in the face of cancer is so inspiring.

  13. Dianna says:

    I’m pumped that you introduced your readers to some of the rock stars of the Catholic blogging world. If you love Jen, might I also suggest Simcha Fisher? She’s a riot. I also adore Hallie Lord at Moxie Wife and my sweet pal Kathryn at Team Whitaker.

  14. Shana says:

    ANNE! I’ve been meaning to thank you for the shout-out, but it’s virtually impossible to comment on my iPhone. No idea what my problem is.

    But sincerely – thank you. And you made my husband’s YEAR by mentioning his photography. “Read it again, Babe! What did she call the pictures??” No joke. 🙂

    I’m totally in love with you blog, and am thrilled that the feeling is mutual. xoxoxo

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