Like many folks out there, I have a list of blogs I read on a (mostly) daily basis and thought I’d share those with you to not only increase traffic to those sites, but also because we need to share the love.
Written by Donovan Beeson. Donovan posts every weekday and sometimes on the weekends. All her postings are hand written or drawn or stamped. Every. Single. One. I wish I drew half that well, and well, maybe if I made a point of drawing something every day I might actually get to drawing half that well, but being such a Type B Personality on the verge of Type C, that seems like an awful lot of commitment on my part. I think I’ll just keep checking out what Donovan does and be jealous, it requires sooooo much less energy.
Written by Donovan Beeson and Kathy Zadrozny. If it sounds like a Super Hero Hide Out for Letter Writers to you, well, you wouldn’t be wrong. Read it. Join the club and get a membership card (!) (I carry mine in my wallet. I’m a complete geek.) and write more letters. LWA is based out of Chicago, but sometimes wanders into the San Francisco area. They sponsor letter writing socials and have nifty free downloads and cool swag that only members have access to, so join.
Managed and started by Kent Griswold with other contributors. If you like wee little houses on wheels or get all giddy just checking out 592 square feet of living space in the Ikea floor models, you’re gonna love this blog. The blog has featured homes/lifestyles from nomadic Airstream dwelling freelance graphic designers to Jay Schafer and his Tumbleweed Tiny House company.
Written by John Wells. Another blog about living an alternative lifestyle. Wells is a photographer who got out of the glitzy game and moved to some scrub land in Texas. He’s been building a compound he calls The Field Lab, has a pet longhorn cow named Benita, and posts daily.
Written by Miriam Kamin. I recently added this blog to my daily round because it makes me snort with laughter. Miriam has a teenager daughter (you should already be laughing – have you ever encountered the world of teenage girls? Funny!) and a pre-teen son who make her life challenging, interesting, and give her enough daily fodder to write for years to come (or so I imagine). Miriam is self-depreciating, honest, and downright funny. Snort along with me and read her stuff.
Written by Violette Clark. Violette is a mixed media artist, teacher, and author. She lives in a purple house, aka the Magic Cottage, in British Columbia and posts five days a week about wonderful, colorful, positive topics from art to every day life, which in her world are one in the same. Violette is a big supporter of “If I can do it, you can do it,” and posts loads of tutorials and how-tos, plus she has regular give aways of her work.
Written by Maya Lassiter. Maya is an author, stay-at-home unschooling mom, goat herder, and LIVES IN A YURT. That makes her one of my heroes. Her books are available for Kindle and Nook, her blog is informative and funny.
Written by Neil Gaiman. Gaiman is an author, and while you may not be familiar with his adult literature, I bet you’ve heard of some of his kid/young adult titles because wonder of wonders, they’ve been made into movies (Coraline, Stardust). He remains wonderfully and charmingly British while living in the Midwest of the U.S., has an unconventional marriage to recording artist Amanda Palmer, and writes some mighty fine books.
Written by Bob Hayles. Bob lives in a yurt, which immediately puts him in the list of people I find interesting. Plus, he’s from Georgia, which means we’re probably related. If you have any questions about yurt building, yurt living, or need a tutorial on frying okra, Bob’s your guy.
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Written by Micah Conkling. Ok, I have to say up front, for purposes of full disclosure, that Micah is my nephew, so I’m biased. His blog is the most “high brow” of those that I read on a regular basis, seeing as how he’s trying to put his shiny new English Lit degree to work with his blog. But don’t hold that against him. Deep down he likes monster trucks and his favorite restaurant is Cracker Barrel, so you know it’s worth taking a gander at his blog now and again, especially if it means finding the unlikely combination of “Waffle House” and “Yeats” in the same blog posting.