5 more blogs worth checking out

5 more blogs worth checking out


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.

I shared 5 blogs I like recently. Today I want to introduce you to 5 more blogs from my RSS reader.

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This Vintage MomentI 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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  1. These are great picks! I love Jacey & Sheila’s blogs, and I’ll be interested to check out the other two. I am loving Tamara (like) Camera for her gorgeous photography and essays, and Shana Norris for goal-setting inspiration and good, uncomplicated recipes. Plus, I discovered after becoming a reader of hers that she lives one town over from my hometown– what a small world! (I like my blog, too, but I might be a little biased. My motto is Nurturing joy through faith, family, fitness and food.)

  2. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for these suggestions, Anne. I really appreciate your thoughts and approach to bolstering community and connections through blogging. As someone who maintains a very small blog, seeing a post like this one (and your mentoring series, as well) is incredibly refreshing and encouraging.

  3. Thanks, Anne! I added Ain’t No Mom Jeans to my feedly after you recommended it last time, and I love it! So thanks for pointing me to her. I have a feeling I will like the Balanced Wife. Off to check her out now! Enjoy your weekend.

  4. I just stumbled onto The Balanced Wife via Leigh’s What I’m Into link-up. Definitely adding The Deliberate Reader to my Feedly – thanks for the recommendation. Katie over at Cardigan Way has a lovely, simple design that matches her content and a huge heart for adoption. Plus, she is a fellow book nerd. In fact, Kalyn of Creative Savings Blog, Katie, and I are a hosting a virtual book exchange, “We HEART Books”, in February!

  5. Breanne says:

    Wow, thanks, Anne. =) I so appreciate the community that springs up around blogging, this is what makes it satisfying.
    I love Jenn’s blog =) and I’m looking forward to checking these others out.

    Yet another reason why I appreciate this space so much. =)

  6. Paula says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these! Deliberate Reader is SO going on my Feedly : ) I am forever searching Pinterest for books for myself & my kids- I’ve already found several on her blog to request at the library!

  7. Jacey says:

    Anne, thank you so much for spreading the word about my small blog! I’m honored! I’ve found many things I now love (Stitch Fix, The Influence Network) through MMD, and I’m sure these other blogs will follow suit!

  8. Katherine says:

    Have you heard of Young House Love? They’re fixing up a house and they blog about it…


    I like Our Little Apartment for simple living inspiration. And Neon Fresh is great for laughs, especially on Fridays when she does gif captions. Gets me every time… 🙂

  9. Ginger says:

    I’m just now catching up on blogs that I heart after being gone over the weekend – what a wonderful post! I can relate to your feelings as a baby blogger. It’s such a large community, and when you’re so new, it feels like you just don’t belong. Your post is so encouraging! Thank you for highlighting these blogs – I follow The Deliberate Reader, but the others are new to me. I can’t wait to check them out!

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