|AbFab shot from Alyson's post "How to avoid looking like a hot menopausal mess."|
I'd been toying with ideas for retirement "projects" that would be interesting, fun, and engaging. And employ some of the skills that I thought I possessed, or hoped I possessed, some of which I'd developed as a result of teaching, and others which I had set aside when I started teaching. And the idea of writing a blog struck my fancy. Lots of stuff happened in between the idea and the reality of blogging, and in January 2014 I pressed "publish" for the first time.
But this post is NOT about me and my blog. I want to talk about those other blogs. The ones that I still read each day, that inspire me, and instruct me, and make me think, and sometimes laugh. So here is a list of my favourite posts of 2015 from my favourite blogs.
Materfamilias Writes is one of the first blogs I found back in 2012, and I still read it regularly. Mater writes about travel, books, running, family, and her life as it unfolds now that she's retired from academia. She's a fabulous writer. One of my favourite posts this year is Foggy Thoughts from the Margins, about foggy weather and foggy thoughts, and returning home from an extended trip to grapple with the changes wrought by "this whole retirement gig, one day at a time."
|Shot from "Foggy Thoughts from the Margins"|
|Shot from "Is 'chic' passé?" source|
I'm a long time reader and subscriber of the blog Privilege , and my favourite post that Lisa wrote this year is California Jeaning, North. She plays around, in this post, with all kinds of demin styles... even skinny jeans... which her long-time readers know are NOT her favourites, even though she looks awesome in them. I love the line ... "Then I retired. Refused to wear tight pants ever again," as she goes on to describe her fav style. Boyfriend, baggy, and "faded of its own accord."
|A shot from California Jeaning, North.|
Lisa writes about style, gardening, decorating, books, and whatever is on her mind at 8:15 (or 9:04) on Saturday mornings. But I really love it when she writes about her "high wasp" heritage, as she calls it. And I really loved this post: Writing The Book On High WASPS, As It Were.
Also on my 'daily reads' list is DA Wolfe's wonderful blog Daily Plate of Crazy, about style, culture, women's issues, relationships and more. In fact the blog isn't just about these topics, it digs into issues surrounding them. My favourite post, Looking Askance at Looksism is informative, thought-provoking and very wise. I was excited last summer to be asked by DA to be part of her Makeover Series, and I was included in her post Midlife Make-over: Shake Up Your Make-up. That was very cool. But I won't go on... having gone on and on so much about that experience already.
Another blog that I check regularly and love for its quirky raison d'être, is the appropriately titled Clothes in Books. Could there be a better blog for me? Each post features a particular book, and includes an excerpt from the book dealing with clothing or accessories, and then a brief analysis of the excerpt and of the book. One of my favourite posts is Thursday List: More About the Mitfords. Not surprisingly I'm heavily immersed in Mitford-land again these days. But more on that in a later post.
|Shot from "More about the Mitfords"|
Of course Clothes in Books deals with topics other than the Mitford family. I love the mystery novel posts, especially a continuing series this month on the novels of Ngaio Marsh. It's funny, I was attracted to the blog by its name, and by the vintage photographs of dresses and hats, but I keep going back for the wonderful content.
These five blogs have all been around a good deal longer than mine. I've not only enjoyed reading each of them, I've learned so much from them. About books, and life, and fashion... and about how to write a great blog.
I'm going to add one more blog that I really like: Forage Fashion by Heather Wyancko. I love it simply for the beautiful clothes, beautifully styled, and beautifully photographed. As far as I can see, Heather never puts a foot wrong, sartorially speaking. These are shots from a couple of Heather's posts.
In the three or more years I've been a part of the blog world, first as a reader, and then as a writer, I've always been impressed by the kindness and generosity of the women I've "met" there. And by their talent, ingenuity, and joie de vivre. I'm so glad that I clicked on that first link back in late 2012.
But, I think it's sad that some of the well established, "big" blogs have moved away from including "blog rolls" on their sites. This seems to me to be counter intuitive, and not very "blogosphere-community minded" ... if you know what I mean. If not for lists of recommended blogs on the first sites I visited, I might never have found the wonderful blogs that I now read regularly.
The internet is a huge and varied place. There are millions of blogs out there. Blog rolls are just friends helping friends find what they're looking for. Kind of like paying it forward. Or back. Or something.
By the way, I've been listening to the news of the fires Downunder, and the tornadoes in the States, and the floods in the UK. Hope that you are all safe. And that you have a wonderful 2016.
And that'll you'll spend some of your 2016 back here with me.
What are you reading on-line these days? Any suggestions?