I read a lot of blogs, but I've started becoming more selective about what I will read on a regular basis. I stopped reading quite a few blogs last year, for various reasons. I had to -- there is just so much to do! My little "fear of missing out" problem lead me to subscribe to more blogs than I could handle. Besides, the internet seems to affect our brains in weird ways and blogs can be particularly insidious, making it seem as though everyone else's life is so much more beautiful or successful than our own (I am cheating and using the word "our" when really I mean "my"). I generally look for that "je ne sais quoi" made up of intelligence, passion, humour, humility, talent, style, the ability to teach me something new, etc., all the while aware that my own blog may or may not demonstrate these qualities! I have come across quite a few of these, happily. So many of them are written by Australians or New Zealanders, I've noticed.
Here are a few blogs that I started reading in 2010 that I have particularly enjoyed (is it too late for end-of-year types of posts? This one took me a while to compile). Some of them have been around longer, but were new to me. I was inspired to do this after reading end-of-year blog posts by Amanda and Moorea (who was sweet enough to include me in her list -- thank you). I hope you might find a new favourite or two in here as well, presuming you don't already read them.
I found some of these through comments left on this blog, incidentally. I sheepishly have to admit that I am unable to read and comment on as many blogs as I would like to, but I do love coming across something new through comments.
le project d'amour
When Hila posts, I have to bookmark to remind myself to go back and read her words properly. Many days, I scroll quite quickly through my blog reader; I would hate to miss her tenderly beautiful observations. Her response to a question on what sorts of blogs she reads has stayed with me, and occasionally informs my decision to stop reading certain blogs. The truth of it is that I'm a little intimidated by Hila, and filled with admiration for her.
oh, hello there
Danica is a contributor to The Fox is Black, which means that her focus is sharp and her taste is exceptional. I love the fact that her writing is nearly academic in tone (I wasn't surprised when I discovered that Hila and Danica are friends); for example, her simple, elegant post on Little Winter was thought-provoking rather than simply gushing (n.b. gushing is also good).
one sleepless night
Speaking of thought-provoking, this post on short hair (which references a fantastic Joan Juliet Buck piece) made me think about cutting my hair in a way that I never have before! A thoroughly lovely blog, maintained by Stephanie, who lives in Toronto. She takes pretty pictures, as well. One to watch. So to speak. (I just thought it would be funny to write that about someone who is working towards a degree in cinema studies).
Diana Mini Love
The Diana Mini has become one of my favourite cameras, and Elle created this blog as a love letter to it. She regularly posts some of her favourite Diana Mini photos that she finds on Flickr. This blog isn't completely limited to one subject, however; Elle recently acquired a Canon A-1 (the SLR I have), and has been taking really incredible pictures with it.
I love Katy's vibe, her DIY projects and her fearlessness. Her post on McQueen's last collection, Medieval McQueen, took my breath away: she combined art & fashion & history in a way that we so rarely see. Plus, since I have a degree in medieval studies, I was happy to see the Middle Ages look cool for once. Of course, that was just one excellent post among many excellent posts.
This is probably a no-brainer. Alison's aesthetic includes the strange & bizarre alongside the delicate & sweet. She's one in the small minority of bloggers who is able to show me something new, something I haven't seen before. Kudos!
Personal style blogs are tricky; I only read about a dozen of them regularly. I love Ashley's! She is based in San Francisco, and I love that occasionally Francesca makes an appearance. I always appreciate a style blog that doesn't merely follow trends, that lacks the tendency to namedrop, that features fun photographs, and that incorporates a mix of vintage and new that makes for a timeless look. She also has my dream head of hair, a fondness for cats, and a great sense of humour.
So Much to Tell You
This one is just a major no-brainer. Perfection.
A particularly lovely photo blog with quiet observations. It was a joy to watch the seasons change through Maggie's photos.
thank you, ok
Katie's blog is one of the most recent additions to my reader. I always love reading a good local blog -- now that she is back in Canada, maybe she will do for Toronto what she did for Seoul. Cute, cute, cute.
Kate: Ha! Our names do not mesh so nicely. We are no Bennifer! And thank you!
erica-knits: Thank you! Oh yes, TNK is a sweet little store. If you go, make sure you check out the basement because I found some great stuff there on the weekend. Wow, thanks for buying a tie at White Elephant! I had no idea. And yeah, I would never make something if I didn't want it for myself!
Casie Jean: Thank you! Ooh, that would be nice!
Celine: Thanks, Celine! And thanks for that -- I was bummed when he said he'd seen you & Jin at the laundromat! I don't know where I was that day -- avoiding the laundromat, I guess!
Lexie, Little Boat: Ha! Noted! Thank you!
marissa (stylebook): Yay! Although my favourite is still the picture you emailed me, lady.
enilorac: Thank you!
Squirrel & Starling: I'm so glad I could introduce you to "Some Velvet Morning!" Also, give "Summer Wine" a listen -- I love that one too.
CARLY WAITO: Aw, lady, thank you!
sn: I've tried to give that cover a chance but I just can't get into it! I will try again.
Lauren: Thank you!
Kempt: Thanks for saying that -- I was a little limited, because there were images I wanted to use but was unable to because of Flickr permissions. But I'm glad the result appealed to you!
EvaForeva: I know, so nice! Made my day. Thank you!
heleen: Oh yeah, for sure! Beloved songs get into our subconscious in a pretty special way. Oh, the replies feel so silly sometimes but I do like writing them! Just a little way to say thank you, to acknowledge. People probably think I'm nuts.
danielle and dinosaur toes: You are too sweet! Thank you.
Cybelle e Fabi: Thank you! I will try to!
GlamorousGirl: Thank you!
m.bardeaux: Haha! I'm glad you like it! I know, I have approx. 10,000 tote bags myself!
amy w - over and under: Thank you!
sara: Thanks! That seems to be the favourite, which is fine by me!
Hello Lindello: Thank you for that! And I agree, it's so fun! I've seen one on the street and people send me reports when they see them too! Amazing.
Sarah: I'm a little afraid of clothing just because if we mess up, it's an expensive mistake. But it's something we've thought about!
Tracey: Thank you -- I'm glad you think so!
orderfromdisorder: Thanks! Oh, I don't really identify that way, but I did love working on that degree! And I do love me some Ovid. Thanks for saying hello!
bigBANG studio: Yes! I loved seeing our Miss Miss with the tote. Thank you so much! I'm pretty happy these days.
josefina louise: Thank you! I love the Slowdive cover. As much as I love Slowdive, though, the original can't be beat!