I *love* reading blogs – and I’ve gotten so many good ideas from reading them, so today I wanted to share a few of my favorite blogs, plus an app that makes reading all of them so much easier.
I hope you find some fun blogs to check out, plus an easier way to keep up with all your favorite blogs if you enjoy reading quite a few like me. 😉
5 blogs I’m currently loving:
I love so many blogs, so it’s incredibly hard to choose just 5 … but here are 5 blogs that I’ve really been enjoying lately:
- Shu Box – This is an almost daily blog written by Sarah Hart-Unger, who is co-host of one of my favorite podcasts Best of Both Worlds as well as her newer planning podcast Best Laid Plans. She writes about everyday life as a doctor, wife and mother of three. She’s open about her day-to-day and it’s a fun, introspective and inspiring read. She’s also really organized and loves planners and is always trying new workouts… so I get lots of inspiration from her blog. If you’re into organization, productivity, planners, and daily mom/work life – this is a great read.
- Gretchen Rubin – Gretchen Rubin is my favorite author and host of one of my favorite podcasts Happier which she hosts with her sister, tv writer Liz Craft. She writes regularly on her blog about a range of topics – but some of my favorite posts are her interviews of (mostly) authors in which she asks about their habits for a happy life. So fascinating to hear what works for different people!
- Living in Yellow – This blog focuses on fashion, as well as some home decor and lifestyle topics. I love that their fashion tends to be more…. achievable versus aspirational. When I see outfits on their blog, they feel like outfits I could actually wear… as opposed to some other blogs where I feel like I just couldn’t pull it off. 😉 A fun blog to follow if you enjoy outfit inspiration.
- Whoorl – Now that I’m a few short years away from 40, I’m starting to take better care of my skin. I really like Whoorl’s blog because it focuses on clean beauty for women over 40. I love knowing that what she recommends will work for my skin now and into the future. A great blog to follow for clean skincare and beauty recommendations.
- Modern Mrs Darcy – This is such a great blog for anyone who loves to read (book recommendations are a major theme of her blog) but also her “Links I love” posts each Friday are great – they’re what I look forward to reading most each week. She also hosts the popular podcast What Should I Read Next. This blog is one of my long-time favorites – so enjoyable for those who like book recommendations… and much more!
Like I said, there are *so* many blogs I love, it’s hard to name just 5 – but I try to include some of my other favorites in my weekly Friday Favorites posts when I can… so you’ll find more blog recommendations scattered throughout those posts here and there.
Now…onto what I use to keep up with all my favorite blogs!
The FEEDLY APP
Because I follow so many blogs (I think last time I checked, it’s well over 30 🙃), it can definitely be tricky staying up to date with every new blog post. Essentially I’d need to visit each website daily to check for new blog posts, and that would be a ton to manage – which is why I switched to using Feedly instead.
Feedly is an app that lets you import new content from almost any website/source all in one nicely-organized place. I use it to follow blogs – but you can follow lots of other things like news publications, keyword alerts, etc. (You can check out the full list here if you’re interested.) It makes it easy to keep up with all your favorite blogs because you can follow multiple blogs all within the app, and you can organize them by category.
New posts (from within the last day) automatically load onto your home screen, or you can browse your entire list of blogs that you follow in order to pick and choose the posts you want to read.
It has a free and paid version – and I’ve used the free version for years and it’s been great for my needs.
Lifehacker named it #1 in their list of “Best RSS Readers and News Aggregation Apps” a few years back, and from what I’ve seen, lots of people use it to follow their favorite blogs too.
Here’s a snapshot to give you an idea of what my home screen in Feedly looks like:
I usually spend about 10-15 minutes a day catching up on all my favorite blogs in Feedly – and it’s one of my favorite things to do each day!
QUICK TIP TO SUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE BLOGS WHEN USING FEEDLY
If you do end up using Feedly, I just wanted to mention one important way you can support your favorite bloggers – which is to make sure you click all the way through to the blog’s website (though you’ll stay within the Feedly app).
This makes a *huge* difference to bloggers. It helps in so many ways (including getting an accurate count of posts people read, advertising if they have ads on their site, and much more) – so I wanted to share.
You can do this in one of two ways: 1.) Anytime you click on a post, you can click once more on the title of the post and you’ll automatically be taken directly to that website or 2.) You can change your settings (click on top right corner within the blog in Feedly to “open in website directly” under “more options” so that you’re automatically taken directly to their website anytime you click on a post of theirs.)
Personally, I changed my settings so that I go directly to the blogger’s website for all my favorite blogs. It’s a tiny step that adds a second more but it’s worth it in my opinion to help support free content from bloggers that I hope continue to write for a long time.
I hope this list of favorite blogs gave you a few fun blogs to check out, and if you love keeping up with multiple blogs, I hope using Feedly is helpful to you!