Hello! Since I am away (and wasn’t sure what the wifi would be like before I left!), we are skipping weekend reads this week in favor of a post I wrote before I left. All the blogs I check every day, (if not… every week)! We’ll be back to regular programming this coming week!
Everywhere I look I keep seeing articles about how blogging is coming back. There’s this article, and also Carly’s post. As a blogger (I still spend more of my actual time creating blog content vs. social), I hope that is the case but I think it’s nuanced. The introduction of quippy video content has shortened our attention span. Some people are leaning into this (I will regularly hear “I don’t read blogs, I just can’t be bothered to leave instagram!”) and others are frustrated by it, making themselves spend less time on the app and seeking out longer form content elsewhere in the form of newsletters and blogs. So things are tipping back. I’ve noticed my own blog traffic increasing again, which is good to see.
That being said, I think bloggers have to invest and put in real effort to continue to grow. Things like SEO, creating content that feels personal and unique to what is already on social media, building a community in the comments section… it takes work! I don’t know. I am interested to see where it all goes.
The Sites I Read Every Week
Jen is one of my favorites. Her writing is always so intelligent and smart, the shopping finds are always on point, its a truly wonderful website. I love her redesign too. I wish there were more sites that incorporated the frivolous and the (at least semi) serious/intellectual the way that she does.
Carly is a good friend of mine from early days of blogging/when I lived in New York. Even though our style (and lives) are quite different, I always love checking her site as it feels like checking in with a friend. I especially love her book recommendations and posts about blogging and life. And I identify with her a lot in that we are both homebodies and introverts (who are dating/married to extroverts!).
All the Charleston gals.
Sorry for looping ’em all together. Blogging is definitely not dead down here. So many of my girlfriends here still blog every day, or at the very least, a few times a week! I love Liz’s family fun + shopping finds, Chassity finds the best stuff (especially dresses), Julia’s site is dreamy with so much gorgeous aspirational shopping and home decor, Megan has the most stunning home and really good shopping finds (especially Amazon), but also Jillian, Kristin, and Monica!
I have been reading Marlien’s site for years and years now and always marvel at how she manages to toe the line between affordable and aspirational SO well. She truly has the best shopping finds. I always learn about a new brand or some fun shopping find or deal every time I visit. Her site is dangerous!
Jacey has amazing taste, whether she’s showing you a new Johanna Ortiz dress or a really wonderful Amazon find. I have gotten so many of my favorite recommendations from her!
Helena is another old blogging friend from New York. I love her style but I really love her beauty recommendations. We are the exact same age (I’m one day older) and she takes her skincare as seriously as I do!
I feel like Alicia wasn’t blogging much and then recently started back up again which makes me so happy (she was one of my first follows and blogging friends back when we lived in New York!). Her eye is impeccable and her site feels like reading a really beautifully curated magazine.
Bradley’s site is a little cup of shopping happiness. I love her taste, I love her graphics… it’s just all really well done. The Punch List is my favorite column of hers but I also love her table decor and book recommendationsz!
Joanna’s site was one of the first sites I read and I still check it out weekly. Our lives are extremely different but there is something really relaxing about reading her site (and the comments!).
Also: my favorite newsletters! This post needs a little refresh but it’s got loads of good ones.
What are your favorite blogs? How about newsletters?