When I was a freshman in college I wrote a fan letter to one of the editorial page writers of our school's newspaper. I even started it with "This is a fan letter." I enjoyed this girl's elegant yet down-to-earth phrasing and logical arguments. I also liked her political leanings during the 1992 election that got Clinton elected, to the dismay of some of my more conservative classmates. I later worked for the paper a bit myself. And my fan letter earned me her acquaintance and an invitation to go with her to meet Tipper Gore in Tennessee during one of the campaigns.
All that to say that I've long been an admirer of other writers. Would-be writers like myself do have to read good writers to hone their craft. And as a blogger it's the same. I often come across other blogs that speak to me and make me say, I wish I'd written that. Here are a few that inspire me and make me chuckle at the same time.
I've already mentioned this one for its inspirational aspect. Momastery is funny and tell-it-like-it-is with a good dose of keeping things in perspective. This lady sounds like somebody I'd want to hang out with. I also like that she's so brutally honest with us. She doesn't have it all figured out and isn't afraid to admit it. This is no holier-than-thou blog about how to make your home perfect. Perfect isn't her goal, and she makes us feel good about being ourselves. And she also reminded me in her five-part web interview that it's so important to praise other women (instead of tearing them down). That's partly what inspired me to do this post!
In a nutshell: read when you need an emotional boost.
About the author: The kind of girlfriend I'd call when I need to vent.
The Ugly Volvo
I just discovered this one thanks to a fellow Facebooker. Her post on what issues she has with the Goodnight Moon room had me crying and laughing at the same time. She is whimsical and sarcastic and dry humor all at once. Heck, even her "about me" page is hilarious. I love the little drawings she includes in her post. Like this brilliant one on the evolution of her opinion on nine-year olds. It's poignant and insightful. This woman is talented on all levels and once again not afraid to show her imperfections.
In a nutshell: read when you want to laugh so hard you have tears streaming down your face.
About the author: I'd like to invite her for hot chocolate.
One day as I was looking for my own blog on my tablet (yes, I'm a bit narcissistic), I saw this one listed right below. And I checked it out. And I loved it immediately. Her header says "Ramblings of an Inspired, Lazy Mom." And I thought, this is how I feel, too. Lazy, but occasionally inspired. She's a Pakistani-American with an adorable three-year old daughter. She likes to observe the ordinary and find the extraordinary in it. She's a great photographer and talks openly about her faith in a non-judgemental way. She's also raising a bilingual girl and has some great advice on that. I'd like to call her my blogging twin, but she's far more sophisticated and glamorous than me...
In a nutshell: visually beautiful and uplifting blog.
About the author: I'd love to do a playdate with her.
So, there, my blog crushes are out of the closet. Happy reading!