5 Inspiring And Enriching Blogs To Follow (Especially If You Think You’re Bored Of Blogs)

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.

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Om

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.

But as he writes frequently (multiple posts a day sometimes) it’s never long before something interesting comes along, like this one on Why We Photograph, or this post about The Consumerism Curse.

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).

Reasons to be Cheerful contains articles with titles like Dead Plants Are Powering Stockholm and How to Build A Creative Ecology, just to give you a tiny teaser of what they feature.

Brain Pickings

I’ve saved the biggest, and possibly the best, for last.

Brain Pickings is an almost limitless source of creativity articles that’s been run for over 12 years by Maria Popova, who’s obviously not afraid of a bit of deep thinking.

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!

Thanks for looking.

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7 thoughts on “5 Inspiring And Enriching Blogs To Follow (Especially If You Think You’re Bored Of Blogs)”

  1. Hi Dan, I share your preference for blogging over the increasingly popular social media. Unfortunate I am old enough to remember similar comments on Usenet aka NetNews about the upstart world wide web which eventually killed it. I will continue doing what I can to support blogging but I fear it is a forlorn hope.

    1. I think the death of blogs is greatly exaggerated. They still do so much that the other social media platforms can’t. And really blogging isn’t that different to the discussion forums that preceded them. Sites like Pentax Forums have been going for years and years with hardly any change to the basic layout or set up. People just like this format, space to talk in more depth and length at the topics they enjoy, rather than a fleeting Twitter post, or single Instagram picture, that gets washed away in the stream and forgotten a few minutes later. I think if anything there’s something of a return to blogs and forums, by a group of people who have tried Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc and not enjoyed them, for various reasons. Me included!

      1. I agree with everything you say about the advantages of blogs over the social media platforms, and your observation that they are much like the earlier discussion groups. But a single participant on each of two non-photo related forums that I used to follow announced on the forum that they were starting a Facebook conversation about a sub topic of the forum. A few forum participants joined the Facebook conversation and gradually reduced and eventually stopped their participation on the forum. A few other forum participants complained that we were no longer talking about subject X and gradually stopped participating too. Traffic gradually declined as the number of participants declined until it fell below critical mass and the forum effectively died. I hope you’re right about some people returning to blogs. If not, the Usenet is still up and running 🙂

  2. thank you. I’m following the 1st 3. as a new preschool asst teacher in a non profit Its can be a challenge to stay inspired. this is the personal blog i was talking about a few posts ago re photography as mindfulness. I’m still hit and miss till i get past getting my feet wet at work. These blogs and yours are perfect examples of when we write for ourselves we write for others and others will find us regardless of promotion level . have a great week!
    https://firstthennow.wordpress.com/

    1. It is a cliche but I do think you have to write what you love, and an audience will find you. The problem with writing what you think people will like, or you think will be popular , is even if you get an audience, to maintain it you have to keep writing to someone else’s demands, not your own passions.

      Your home looks to be in a peaceful, green and sunny spot! Loads of bird life too. We are fortunate to live in a fairly rural area with plenty of birds around, and hear the dawn chorus most mornings…

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