Occasionally peeps will ask me for reccos of my favorite blogs, and truth be told, I follow, like, a lot of blogs (currently clocking in at 773), so it’s tough for me to name just a few of my favorites. Generally speaking, I don’t like to follow blogs that contain p0rn (no judgments, I just don’t care to see hardcore p0rn on my dash), are exclusively reblog blogs (with a few notable exceptions), or blogs that are simply platforms for ranting and hating on other bloggers. I tend to avoid the #parenting and #mumblr tags because, TBH, I don’t especially like the shizz that shows up on either of those tags. Sorry.
What I do like are blogs that tell good stories and show interesting pictures. I’m personally interested in bloggers who are maybe a little bit artsy but not too fartsy, are funny and smart without trying too hard, and most of all bloggers who keep it real, yo.
I realize that Lazy Dad’s Guide is ostensibly a blog about being a dad and stuff, but the kinds of blogs that interest me the most, it turns out, are other blogger who just happen to be parents, too, but don’t make a big deal about it. Like, they have other shizz going on in their lives, which is what makes their stories and their way of storytelling compelling and engaging.
Here’s what I’m reading lately:
Carrie Scott: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Carrie Scott is my favorite writer on Tumblr, bar none. She is complicated and brilliant, and she can, at turns, make you laugh out loud and cry your ugliest cry. Her writing is raw and visceral, like an open wound, and just when you think the wound has started to heal, she plunges her finger back into the wound just to remind you what real pain and real fury (and real love) feels like. She deserves a book deal and I’ll be the first in line to buy it.
My Wild Loves: Christina is super-smart and her no-holds-barred approach to storytelling can be surprising and sometimes painful to read, but it’s always truthful—almost to a fault. Few writers have the ability to so authentically tap into their own stream of consciousness, but Christina has somehow managed to do just that, writing in a way that makes it seem less like you’re reading a personal journal and more like you’re reading her mind, which is brilliant and messy and emotionally complicated.
Dad … You’re a Discoball: I’m happy to count DBD among my IRL friends. He was one of the first bloggers who I befriended on Tumblr, and he was the very first Tumblrer who I met in person. His candid ramblings about single fatherhood (and all of the attendant complications and joys) always makes for an excellent read. And if you have the pleasure of knowing him IRL, you’d know that there is so much more going on.
My Name Means Something Else in British English: I just recently started following Randy, and I’m so glad that I found his blog. Sometimes I read about his adventures as a traveling businessman, and I can only nod in recognition. Randy is the mastermind behind "Look, I’m a Person" video day (which is November 1, BTW), so it’ll be fun to see what he sounds like.
Yeah, So?: Lyndsey (I’m sorry if I’ve misspelled your name, L!) is lovely and hilarious, and it’s always nice to see her on my dash. Her kid is pretty cute, too.
Happiness Is …: On the surface, this crafty, shoe-lovin’ mama’s blog appears to showcase her seemingly never-ending collection of shoes and her well-curated sense of style. But scratch beneath the surface, and the storytelling is about the simple joys of life and love with her handsome boys.
Little B & Company: What I like best about K’s blog is its style and pacing. Stories unfold in artfully composed snapshots, which are intermingled with confessional entries that complicate and intrigue her storyline. K’s hubby’s blog ain’t half bad, either.
Growing Up Last: This group blog, run by a posse of awesome and thoughtful bloggers who happen to be parents, is the antidote to so much of the mumblr hate that seems to percolate on Tumblr. In fact, I’d call this the “anti-mumblr” group blog because rather than mumbling, it speaks clearly and with authority on things that those of us bloggers who happen to be parents actually care about. Good stuff.
My Life as Me: My favorite Aussie fashionista, B’s blog documents the lives of her beautiful family, but it’s also a window into the life of a creative and intelligent woman who’s navigating her way through motherhood. Sweet and sometimes silly, it’s always a good read.
So what are your favorite blogs and what are you reading lately? Let me know, I’m always happy to follow along!
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- electradaddy said: I’ve never gone wrong following your blogger recommendations and have lost track of how many bloggers I discovered through you. In fact, I picked one from this list to follow.
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- photolodico said: This came up on my dash during V’s nap. Perfect timing! Enjoyed this.
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- ifjanetranit said: For a guy who hates people and shizz you are a very kind and generous person.
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- midwestern-momma said: You couldn’t be more spot on re: Carrie. (And I totes adore Christina and Lindsay too, of course!)
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- tonycoblog said: You should be a blog reviewer..
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- discoballdad said: Thanks for the kind words my friend.
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- somamasays said: i wondered why i suddenly have new followers. ha! thanks for the love!
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- mywildloves said: Wow.
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- imfeelingrandy said: Haha! Thanks for the shout out!