Ah, blogging. I love looking back at past blog posts. I love having a record of the past four (five? How long have I had this blog? A good blogger would probably know how long their blog has existed.) years because my life has changed so much in that time – engagement, marriage, job changes, pregnancy, baby. But honestly if someone else could write the blog posts about my life, I’d let them. I don’t love writing like so many of my favorite bloggers do. Writing posts falls more and more to the back burner because I’m not passionate about it and therefore don’t prioritize it. I think I posted twice or maybe three times in December. Maybe I’ll stop blogging altogether at some point, but for now I try to just write a post here or there as I want to, as I can.
I’m very appreciative of the friendships blogging has brought. Several bloggers I consider friends no longer keep blogs, but we follow one another on Instagram and/or keep in touch as pen pals via snail mail, and I like that the interwebs were site for friendship to develop. There are other blogger friends that still keep blogs and I am always excited to see a new post from them. I confess that I tend to be a lazy blogger and mostly keep up with bloggers that seem to keep up with me. You read and comment on my blog, I’ll read and comment on yours. I’m trying to get better about replying, via email, to comments. I tend to let them stack up and then do a mass deletion party in my inbox because I’ve let so much time pass since the comment came in that it would be weird to reply! I’d like to stay more on top of things and reply in a timely manner. I also have been trying to reply to questions in the comments instead of emailing a reply, just in case other people are curious about the answer to the question.
Here are a few of my favorite blogs – the #wemetonline folks who still blog regularly and I think of as friends.
Rach at This Italian Family. Rach was my first blog friend and she is the most inspiring and kind person ever! Her blog is always such a joy to read – recipes, travel, photography, her pup Oreo, and her passion for bringing happiness to people in her life.
Allie at Allie’s Life. Allie and I have become pen pals as well and she is so sweet! She’s a fabulous baker and loves animals and her family. She has a dog named Lola and a cat named Malcolm, who Rue thinks is really dreamy. :)
Miriam at Farm Girl. Miriam lives in Canada – British Columbia, I believe. She and her husband just moved to a new place and the photos of it are breathtakingly beautiful. Miriam loves animals and they own a lot of them – dogs, chickens, rabbits, horses… My favorite is her big white dog named Bear.
Amanda at The Lady Okie. Amanda is a good writer and always has clever post ideas. She gives great book reviews, tells funny stories, and is very authentic. Like many of these ladies, I think we’d be friends in real life if we lived closer.
Allison at Nestful of Love. Allison posts some great recipes and craft ideas. Her little boy is right around a year older than Ava, so I’m always making mental notes of things to try next year as she tests them out with him!
Nicole at Just Live It. Nicole has a cute little boy and is expecting her second baby later this year. She posts about their day-to-day and is a great photographer.
Rachel at The New Normal. Rachel doesn’t post often, but I enjoy keeping up with her and her family. She has a cat named The Fonz who looks a lot like Kiki!
The list is so short. I miss Janelle and Becky and Gina and Jenny and Jen and…I’m sure there are others, who formerly blogged! But Instagram is good for staying in touch with them. :)
What are your favorite blogs to read? What motivates you to keep a blog?