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Inspiration || My Favourite Blog Reads

Some people complain that the blogging field is oversaturated – and yes – everyone and their mother is a blogger these days. But I often feel that I’m wading through sameness: the same “hauls”, the same outfits, the same travels. So when I find a blogging voice that feels unique and different, I cling on to them. 

Because in a way blogging is still very insular, it’s really easy to view everyone as your “competition” when that couldn’t be further from the truth. In that way, blogging is very similar to acting. As an actor, you sometimes feel a stab of jealousy slice through you when someone lands an extra juicy part that you covet. But you have to shake it off! It probably wasn’t your casting bracket and their getting the part has no bearing on your own adequacies. It doesn’t make them any better than you – its just the way the cookie crumbles. And that’s the similarity to blogging. In our heart of hearts we’ve all felt the vicious pang that envy causes when an amazing sample or opportunity lands at another blogger’s feet that we would have loved to have. But again, it has nothing to do with your own adequacies. It doesn’t make you a better or worse blogger, sometimes it doesn’t even have correlation to  stats and numbers. Most of us work doggedly on our blogs behind the scenes and hustle hard for our little spaces, but opportunities land where they land. You have to take it with a grain of salt or blogging with burn you out. 

One of the things that is so amazing about blogging is that you can get together a bunch of wonderfully creative people who all want to work hard and support each other. 

It’s been a few years since I’ve done a post where I round up some of my personal, favourite reads but I decided that it was that time again as blogging preferences can change. The blogging game these days shows little resemblance to what it looked like years ago when I first started reading blogs. And my personal preferences for blogs have changed as well. When I first started reading blogs I was in university and in a completely different place in my life to where I am now; and my reading has adjusted accordingly. 

So in that vein, I want to extended a branch of positivity in the blogosphere today and talk about some ladies that I find supremely inspirational, and whose posts I simply adore reading! 

My Favourite Blog Reads: 


Angloyankophile
 

I feel like I have the pleasure of “knowing” Jaime without ever having met her in real life. Her writing style is a breath of fresh air and her photography is sumptuous. She’s also basically a style icon without knowing it. I’ve swooned over so many of her outfits with the knowledge that I could never pull it off whilst she kills it. One of my favourite posts of hers is My Mother’s Mother


The Anna Edit

Anna is a fashion blogger based in Brighton and I want to steal her entire wardrobe. She has more chicness in her left little toe than I have in my entire body. I also love her beauty videos because they explain things at my level – basic. I especially appreciated her wedding post: I loved that she went without a lot of the traditional trappings and kept it intimate and down-to-earth. 


A Cup of Jo

The biggest and most conventionally popular pick on my list, I’m always excited to see that there’s a new post up from the Cup of Jo team. Once a lot of bloggers “make it”, I usually lose interest in their content as it tends to become more generic and streamlined. My favourite features on the site are the “Beauty Uniforms”. I’m nosy and I love seeing how different women dress for the week.


The Awkward Blog 

I have the absolute pleasure (and it truly is a pleasure) or knowing Angela in real life and I can safely say that she’s just as wonderful offline as online. I find her site layout and posts stunning, and when media gurus say to create “pinable” images, they ain’t seen nothing like Angela’s. Her home renovations belong in a magazine and her writing has the great combination of being able to make me laugh and inspire me creatively at the same time. And don’t get me started on her travel posts!


Wooden Window Sills 

I basically consider Alice a friend even though we’ve never met in person. She’s probably the only other person on the planet that is as dedicated to Bake Off as I was. Her bakes last year were phenomenal and it was insane to see how much her baking confidence grew! She’s recently moved house and I’ve loved following along on this home ownership journey. Plus her new home is the cutest! 

Adventures of a London Kiwi 

Despite the fact that I’m friends with Emma in real life, I’d still add her blog to my list regardless. Emma is one of those people who is unabashedly herself on her blog. Her blogging voice is so utterly her and I love how her personality shines out of every post! 

Those are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of my blog reading list. There are so many other creative, intelligent women whose posts I love reading every day. 

Who makes it on to your favourite blog reading list? 

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  • Amanda, I felt like you just spoke my mind. I have been thinking of writing a similar post featuring bloggers whom I like to *read*. Both Jaime’s and your blog are on top of my list – I say this without a single grain of flattery – and here’s why: as a non-native speaker I am constantly looking for opportunities to enrich my language and find new ways to express myself, and both of you write so beautifully it makes me feel like I’m reading Vogue, with a profound personal touch. Even while reading your product reviews I feel like I’m reading an engaging story with juicy vocabulary that is altered each time (I literally looked up the meaning of two words in this post!). In short, I aspire to be a writer like you two one day. <3 I will definitely look up other bloggers you recommended as well! xoxo, nano

    • Tearing up at this comment, Nano! Your and Amanda’s support means so much to me, especially as I look up to and admire both of you as bloggers – your words, photos, and ideas are always so authentic, yet inspirational!

      • I will freely hold my hands up and admit that I teared up over all the love and support that are in the comment section this morning. (It’s sounds cheesy and exaggerated, but it’s absolutely true.) Bloggers can get a negative reputation for being catty and insincere – and it can be true- but this just illustrates how supportive we can all be of each other as well! xx

    • I second Jaime. I’d been feeling a bit discontented with my blog lately. (Just typical thoughts of “is this worthwhile” or “is this of value to anyone”, etc) so I hugely appreciate your comment. As someone who was in a bit of a blog-confidence crisis, I can’t even begin to tell you how much this truly means to me! xx

  • What a lovely post, Amanda. I really agree with your introduction and your points about saturation in the blogging community. I also am a long-time reader of Cup of Jo, and of course love Alice’s blog! x

  • You are so, so lovely, Amanda. I’m honored to be featured in your top favorites, but I’m just flattered that you read my blog! As I mentioned on Twitter, the feeling is very mutual – I only subscribe to 3 blogs in my inbox, and yours is one of them. I always get excited to read your new posts (even if I don’t always comment on every one) and it’s something I look forward to reading the most. I’ve been reading Cup of Jo for years now, and I love her down-to-earth, refreshing voice. You are so talented and your lovely personality really shines through here, which is why I think your readers return to it again and again. I really hope we will meet IRL one day! xoxo Jaime

    • Oh Jaime, you’re far too kind. I really do think you have such a unique and beautiful voice – I think you should write a novel! x

  • Wow Amanda, you know how to make a girls day! Thank you πŸ˜€ I feel honoured to be sat amongst some of the most wonderful ladies (all of whom I follow as well funnily enough, I think we have a very similar taste in blogs to read!) To echo Jaime below, I really hope this is the year we get to meet properly, I love reading your blog and I genuinely get excited every single time I see a new post is up! Thank you for being my #1 fan and continuing to support me, you’ve been there since the beginning and I totally appreciate it! πŸ˜€ Alice xxxx

    http://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk

    • Spamming everyone’s comments now, but I just have to share how much I love your blog, Alice (as you know!) and what an absolute gem of a find it is. It’s so lovely that the blogs I like to read, read each others’ blogs too! If that made any sense … xxx

      • Ohhh you are such a darling, thank you πŸ™‚ I really appreciate how kind you are and honest! I guess like minded bloggers are always going to enjoy similar blogs! Xxx

    • I think you’re just a wonderful blogger, Alice and I’ve seen huge growth and development in the voice and rhythm of your blog as well as your photography! I thought you needed more recognition than you get! πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Laura Torninoja

    This is such a lovely post! I love finding new blogs to read, and even though I’m familiar with most of these, there was a few that I hadn’t heard of or ever properly read. I’m gonna go and explore them now – maybe I’ll even find some new favourites! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • I hope you find a new blog that you love! Do you have anyone that is your go-to recommendation? xx

      • Laura Torninoja

        Ooh good question! Wishwishwish has been the blog I’ve read the longest – probably around 7 years! I love her photography and travel content a lot. A newer find I absolutely love is Little Miss Katy – I love her food posts so much! xx

        • Ah! Katy is lovely- we are friends irl! And she’s such a doll! x

          • Laura Torninoja

            I can imagine that – she seems super sweet! x

  • This is so lovely – and thanks, because I’ve now got a couple of blogs I haven’t looked at before to binge read which is always fab πŸ™‚ I love what you said about people having a blogging voice that is unique to them and how that’s why you continue to read; I totally agree, I love it when someone writes with their own different and recognisable voice. While there are all different types of blogs I like to read, my top favourites always have that! I also love Alice’s blog – and yours! Sophie xxx

    http://www.sopharsogood.com

    • Ah! Thanks Sophie! Do you have any good recommendations for me for some new reads? xx

      • I expect you will either know/read/have read in the past the blogs that I would recommend but I’ll tell you anyway! I really love Sophie Milner (www.fashionslave.co.uk) and Chloe Plumstead (www.thelittleplum.co.uk) for combining fashion photos with thinkpiece style writing. Then of course Hannah Gale, Sophie Cliff and the lovely Katy English πŸ™‚ xxx

  • What a heartwarming post – spreading the love!
    Your blog is definitely on my favourites list, plus KezzieAG (http://kerenzaallin-garner.blogspot.com/) and TexErin (https://texerin-in-sydneyland.blogspot.com/)

    • I haven’t read either so I’ll definitely have to make a note of them! Thanks for the recommendations! xx

  • I love these kinds of posts because there’s nothing better than stumbling across a new blog and immersing yourself in the archives and from there finding other blogs and so on and so on…

  • Jenn Sie

    Check out mine if you’ve not already
    http://jenikya.com/blog

  • This is a lovely post as you’re so right, it’s great to discover new blogs and bloggers which are coming out with interesting content and I always love seeing other bloggers shout out their favourites too, it just makes me smile. Adore the banner for Wooden Window Sills, and will definitely be checking all of these bloggers out as I hadn’t come across them before! – Tasha

    • Alice (Wooden Window Sills) is so ace! If you haven’t read her yet, I bet you’ll love her! x

      • Yes I love her blog, just went over and read her latest post yesterday!

  • Yes such good blogs! I’ll need to check out the ones I don’t know yet πŸ™‚

  • Cat

    What an excellent post – most of these blogs I’ve never stumbled across before so I’ll be going to check them all out πŸ™‚ xx

  • I share a good few of these! And now some more I can count on that I’ll love. What a fabulous idea to share some love, I might have to do this soon x