I’ve spoken often about my love of the blogging format, especially the greater depth and community I’ve found, when compared with newer social formats like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Despite blogging myself though, I don’t follow hundreds of other blogs.
In fact currently, it’s less than 30, and a good proportion of those haven’t posted anything new in months.
Because I follow relatively few, I try to ensure they’re ones I truly enjoy and value.
Some are all about the author’s own work – mostly photography and/or writing. Others offer me previously undiscovered gateways to intriguing new gardens.
It’s this latter type I want to share five examples of with you here, those that are more about the curation of other inspiring work and ideas, rather than the creation of their own.
Om Malik’s blog is a fairly recently discovery for me. I understand he has an extensive background writing about technology and the web, and because of this, some of his posts go over my head a little, too cutting edge techy or inside the industry for me to care about.
He also seems to be quite a fan of Apple and Leica, and writes passionately about products from both companies, so you might love this, or roll your eyes, depending on your own opinions.
Transactions With Beauty
Shawna Lemay’s blog is one of the most aptly named I’ve ever come across.
Most posts feature her own thoughts around a certain subject or emotion, decorated with lovely still life photos, and, best of all, snippets of the most wonderful poetry of others.
My first love is writing, and specifically poetry (long before photography), and Shawna reminds me with virtually every post how moving and beautiful the written word can be.
A prime example was this recent post To Be Small and Clear and Free, which reminded me, amongst other writing, of Dylan Thomas’s fantastic poem That Sanity Be Kept.
Jim Grey’s Recommended Reading
One of the blogs I’ve followed longest is Jim Grey’s Down The Road. Somehow Jim makes time to publish six posts a week, as well as following and reading what seems like hundreds of other blogs.
It’s from these he curates his weekly Saturday morning Recommended Reading posts.
There’s nearly always a post or two about photography and cameras, but Jim covers wider topics too, and I often find a route into a new blog I’ve not heard of before, and learn something new.
Jim’s blog is worth following anyway, but for the purposes of this article, I’d particularly point to those Saturday round up posts.
Reasons to be Cheerful
Again this is one that’s reasonably new to me. As their sign up box says – “Don’t despair! Solutions are everywhere.”
Contributors include Brian Eno and David Byrne, two musical heroes of my (who often collaborated, such as on fantastic records like Talking Heads’ Fear Of Music, and Remain In Light).
I’ve saved the biggest, and possibly the best, for last.
I can’t begin to describe the expanse, but I would like to mention how I enjoy little pop ups that say “Hey I thought you could use a poem today” then give an excerpt of something you can’t help but stop to read and inhale.
Maybe the best of 2018 is a good place to start, then enjoy your tumble down a most creative rabbit hole from there.
Each of these blogs have enriched, inspired and encouraged me multiple times over.
Oh, and don’t just start following and wait for a new post to arrive – all of the above have plenty in their archives to explore and enjoy (something else I love about blogs!).
I hope you get something from them too.
Please let us know in the comments below – and feel free to share links to any blogs that you’re regularly inspired by too!
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