“Uuuuugh, everything on the internet is just listicles and reaction gifs.”
“Nobody uses punctuation anymoooooooore!”
“If I see another pale pink or gold anything I’m going to dig my eyeballs out with this spoon.”
Such were the complaints leveled against blogging at my most recent Internet Lady Brunch.
As we sipped our overpriced lattes, my ladies and I opened up our RSS feeds and tried to recommend blogs to each other.
Were any of us reading anything the others should know about? Was anyone writing interesting, hilarious, weird, personal stuff? Was there an oasis of good writing somewhere among the Buzzfeed lists? Not that we could find.
I realize, of course, that I’m just as guilty of listicles and caps lock as anyone else. And if you hire me to help with your blog, I’ll tell you with a sigh that, yes, you should probably be writing how-tos and list posts BECAUSE THAT ISH WORKS.
Be that as it may, I miss the joy of discovering a new blog or Twitter feed or Instagram account that I immediately tell my BFF about. I miss becoming so emotionally involved in a blogger’s life that when they break up with their boyfriend I send them a pep talk email.*
So in the name of refreshing our RSS feeds, making new online friends, and finding new reading material for this, the back-to-school season, here are my five favorite ways to find awesome new blogs.
1. Go to a blog you know/like/trust and click through their sponsors and ‘friends’ tabs
In a perfect world, every blogger is intentional and selective about the sponsors they accept; they (hopefully) choose sponsors they know will resonate with their readers. Take advantage of that curation and click through! I discovered some of my favorite blogs because they bought ad space on Yes and Yes!
2. Click through the comments on your favorite blogs
Do you love the DIYs and recipes of A Beautiful Mess? So do all the commenters - and I bet a lot of them have sweet, DIY-filled blogs. Do you like the motherhood, family vibe on Bleubird? Her comments are probably filled with other mommy bloggers.
3. Use Feedly’s ‘You Might Also Like’ tool
4. When you read something you particularly love on a big site, see if the writer has their own blog
5. Click through link roundups and then subscribe in an RSS feed
If I had a nickel for every time I found an awesome blog through a friend’s link roundup and then forgot about said blog … I’d have like 85 cents. If you find something or someone awesome, follow along somewhere - on Twitter, Facebook, in an RSS feed or subscribe to their newsletter. Do something so you won’t lose them in the shuffle of Buzzfeed lists and photos of lattes.
My favorite blogs/Instagram feeds/Twitter feeds you might not know about:
1. Bitches Gotta Eat
Hilarious, moving essays about dating, food, race, family.
EVERYTHING KELLY WRITES IS SO SMART AND USEFUL.
If David Sedaris wrote about interior design this is what it would sound like. His Instagram feed is also spot on.
4. Dallas Clayton’s Instagram feed
Sweet, funny, inspirational illustrations all the live long day.
5. Ruby etc_’s Instagram feed
Funny, awkward sketches of daily life. (One of my favorites is ‘Foods that are lying about being food and their real names.’)
6. Kate Henning’s Twitter feed
Sample: “Does anyone know which Godard film this is from (picture of Cookie Monster)”
7. Kara Haupt’s Twitter feed
Sample: “Either your life is falling apart or you’re dehydrated, so drink some water before you decide.”
Anyway! How do you find new blogs? Where do you read them - in your actual browser? Feedly? Blog Lovin’? And pleeeeeease tell me what you’re reading and following that I need to know about!
* which I’ve totally done. Twice.
P.S. If you want to befriend any of your favorite bloggers, here’s how.
photo via death to the stock photo // cc