Last month I spotted Joshua’s pay it forward post where he highlighted 10 great simple living blogs. Then a few days ago I spotted Courtney’s rendition of the same post. I thought it would be lovely to follow in these two great blogger’s footsteps and share my list with you as well.
When I first started blogging my very first link came from Faith Janes from Minimalist Moms (now of Minimalist at Home). Faith sent me my very first eyeballs and I’m so grateful to her for that. And later Francine from Miss Minimalist gave me a huge boost and put me on the map by including me in her link love list. Francine you’ve got my eternal thanks for that!
So today, I’m smiling at the thought of paying it forward. Linking does make the world go round, or at least the blogging world. It can be hard to get started and sometimes showing up in a little link love list makes all the difference.
The 2011 All Star List of Minimalist Bloggers is so big it can be overwhelming. So I thought I’d share my short list of hidden favorites. These are 6 smaller blogs that I really enjoy and visit frequently. And just to clarify, I say smaller blogs just cuz’ I don’t see a ton of comments happening on them yet! And I’d love to see all of them grow bigger, so I’m sharing them with you all today. Some of these blogs have been around for a long while, some are new on the scene, but all of them have something in common, they’re blogs I love to check out regularly. So here is my mini-list of personal hidden faves:
Michael from Green Minimalist: You know when you just really get a person’s energy and you know you’d love to meet them? That’s how I feel about Michael. He’s a darling. He blogs about minimalism from a sustainability perspective. His posts are thoughtful philosophical pieces on the many dilemmas folks face when wanting to go greener for the planet. I love his writing and I visit Michael for a U.K. perspective on one guy’s journey to a smaller footprint for our planet earth.
Liina from Lifeguard of Love: Liina’s a hoot. She blogs for fun and giggles, not fame and glory. You’ll find her random thoughts of the day scattered into fun lists on her favorite things, simple living to-do lists, and the occasional spotlight on a decluttered corner of her universe. Her posts are often short and simple, and I can pop in for a minute, put a smile on my face, and pop back out again. I visit Liina for new band updates (she’s got great taste in music) and for picking up her fun, funky vibe from the Pacific Northwest.
Jill from Daily Bread: Jill has been a personal favorite of mine from the start. She is a total inspiration for me and she’s doing real good things in the world. She also blogs about the special tiny moments on her minimalistish journey. Everything from Jill is genuine and somehow profound in it’s simplicity. Jill rocks!
Jaime from Everything I Dreamed: Jaime and I just had an instant connection. I feel like I know her and her family just from reading her blog postings. She offers a beautiful written snapshot of a simplified, happy life complete with husband and child. Jaime is, I believe, the kind of mother everyone would strive to be. Her blog is artistic, creative and centered on the small daily moments of life, the moments where real magic happens.
Elle from Expedition Minimalism: Elle is the one person on this list who is probably most likely to win the crazy girl award. Elle is funny, poetic, philosophical and most important, completely real. I never know what I’m going to find with Elle’s infrequent postings but I always know it’s going to make me think, make me laugh, or make me nod my head in agreement.
Mike from Homeless on Wheels: Mike cracks me up. He’s been blogging a long time (as in years) but he’s recently going out at it a little more than before. His story is fascinating to me. He downsized from a 2,000 square foot house down to an rv. It’s 100 square foot living with a down to earth perspective on the trials of fitting life into a tiny space. Mike’s a quirky guy and I visit him because he reminds me of my Arkansas friends, all a little crazy in a really good way. (Now Mike doesn’t really fit onto my list of smaller blogs. He gets a good amount of comments and he’s been around for years. However, he was new to me just a few weeks ago, so I figure he might be new to you as well.)
A Big P.S.
Remember how I mentioned Faith earlier in the post? Well she’s got a huge new project coming up. It’s the 6 week Minimize Yo’ Butt Challenge and it’s coming out next week! I’ll be participating in the frolicking good time and you should too! If you’ve got some time, swing over to Faith’s on Monday when she’ll be revealing all the details. In the meantime here’s a sneak preview of what’s to come.
What Says You?
How do you feel about the concept of paying it forward? Has anyone ever done you a really good turn that you’ve never been able to forget? Did you help someone else out in a similar way later? Think you’ll get on a healthy track doing Faith’s fitness challenge? Aren’t those frogs cute? And finally, who are your favorite hidden gems in the blogging world? Share them in the comments below!
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