Blogging, for me, is all about the community. I like to write, but I love the interaction that follows.
But new bloggers don’t have a community … yet. They can write, and that’s worthwhile, but there’s not much opportunity for interaction on a new blog, or a small one.
Most people find new blogs through other blogs, either through mentions in posts, the comments section, or blogrolls. That was definitely the case for me, and I’m eternally grateful to the bloggers who helped my baby blog gather a community back when I was a new blogger.
Sally at Already Pretty shared one of my posts in her Lovely Links, and people showed up to my lonely blog! Hallie Lord of Moxie Wife introduced her readers to MMD in a 7 Quick Takes post. Crystal Paine followed up on a comment I left on Money Saving Mom and asked me to guest post.
I’m so thankful to those ladies who bolstered the community here by suggesting their readers come take a peek at my new blog.
This Vintage Moment. I clicked over to Breanne’s blog after she left a comment on MMD, and was immediately struck by her beautiful pictures. She lives in Atlantic Canada (where I would love to visit one day when I go on my L. M. Montgomery tour) and blogs about the everyday in a thoughtful, engaging way. Start with 12 things I’ve learned after a year in Nova Scotia.
A Simple Haven. Jenn has moved 11 times in the past 8 years, and has learned how to make home and life beautiful, where ever she is. My favorite post (unless it’s the one that just featured a photo of Green Gables) is the one about using your fancy stuff, even for pizza night. If you’re friends with Jenn, she can probably tell you your Myers-Briggs type.
The Balanced Wife. Jacey blogs about building meaningful lives and relationships by purposefully choosing priorities and making time for them. I love that she’s clearly a J to my P, because I need all the help I can get with structure and decision making. (Bonus: she recently introduced me to thredUP.)
I recommend starting with her recent series on doing less to build more.
Sheila created The Deliberate Reader because she believes great books shouldn’t be hard to find, and to inspire you to make the most of your reading time. She’s a librarian by education, and her blog provides me with a steady stream of new-to-me reads. Our tastes have proven to overlap quite a bit, so if you like the books you see on MMD, you’ll enjoy Sheila’s recommendations.
K. Elizabeth Fleck. You may know Kara from her “day job” as editor of Simple Kids (not exactly a small blog), but this summer she rolled out her eponymous personal blog. I love Kara’s gentle, encouraging words, and her knack for writing engagingly about the seemingly mundane. This recent post about clothes but about more than clothes is an excellent example and a great place to start.
Do you know these blogs? Can you recommend another new or small blog worth checking out? Tell us in comments!