I have been a fan of all things blog for nearly a decade and have even started one or two myself.
I love the freedom that we have to express ourselves and I adore the ability that anyone and everyone has to share those expressions with the blogosphere.
I have been a journal writer since I was 14 years old, but I find blogging to be quite different, as it is more formatted and it encourages you to hone your skills as both a writer and a creative for the world stage.
You require a sustained passion to be a blogger and an ability to keep readers coming back for more, post after post, year after year.
Here are a few of my favourite bloggers. Perhaps we have some favourites in common?
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5. Earl Einarson and jan Halvarson of Poppytalk have been blogging since 2005 about design, DIY, handmade and vintage.
With over 8 million Pinterest followers (yes, you read that right) they have been invited as guest pinners for Roots, Martha Stewart Living, Etsy and Design Sponge.
They have previously written for Babble.com, Wired, Ikea Family Live and Yahoo’s Shine and have partnered with eBay, Roots Canada, Martha Stewart Living, Etsy and Yahoo DIY.
In 2014 they were invited by Target to create a limited edition line of “glamping” products.
They have been featured in several publications and even have their own brick and mortar location at 109 East Broadway in Vancouver, British Columbia.
These two Canadian bloggers have what it takes to take over the world!
4. Regina Anaejionu of ByRegina is based out of Austin, Texas.
She blogs for other bloggers, creatives and freelancers alike, spilling on tips and tricks for success.
She has several published works, including the Epic Blog workbook, which I highly recommend, and many articles for the Houston Chronicle and USA Today.
She is also the host of #50workdays – Zero to Blog. An e-course literally taking you zero to blog in just a few short months with Regina’s guidance, along with the help of some other talented instructors.
She is a hard working gal, who writes with a great deal of humour and common sense.
A definite must-read if you are getting started in any sort of creative endeavour.
3. Jenni Radosevich is the stylish blogger behind I Spy DIY.
Growing up in Wisconsin, Jenni had to make for herself what she couldn’t find in her local department stores, thereby honing her stylish DIY skill.
Now living in New York, she lives by the manifesto “spot the style you love, do-it-yourself”. She has brought her inspirations and teachings together to create ISpyDIY.com and a book, I Spy DIY Style, which has been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, Rachel Ray Show, CNN.com, The Today Show, Wall Street Journal and InStyle Magazine.
My favourite aspect of the I Spy DIY site is the inspiration section, where Jenni lists posts about fashion, design, furnishings, decor, DIY and all things pretty.
This site is chalk full of eye candy.
Make sure that you have time to browse through all of the fantastic posts before you even bother stopping by.
2. Oh Joy started in 2005 as a design studio and since expanded to include various licensed product lines, many how-to videos and a daily blog focused on design, fashion, food and joyful moments.
Founder Joy Cho has gone on to author three books.
Oh Joy has volumes of material that will take you days, if not weeks, to sift through and it’s worth every moment.
Be prepared to get inspired and make along with Joy on any one of her DIY projects, which is my favourite aspect of the site.
She and her crew are based out of Los Angeles, California.
1. Sisters, Elise Larson and Emma Chapman come together, along with their growing team, to bring you A Beautiful Mess, which focuses on “creating happiness everyday through a handmade lifestyle”.
When the two girls aren’t keeping busy with the blog, they are creating bestselling apps, writing books, creating e-courses and working on their own line of products, including fun inks, stickers and scrap booking materials.
The blog started in 2007 and focuses on home decor projects, recipes and crafts, as well as little tid bits about life in Missouri.
I absolutely love this blog and try not to go a day without it.