When I decided to start my blog, I looked at tons of similar blogs to get inspiration. I LOOKED AT SO MANY. Now that I am blogging, I do keep up with most of them, but there are a small handful of bloggy gals that I adbsolutely adore. I read every single post they publish. I find them fascinating, inspiring, friendly, relatable and just awesome. I consider them my virtual BFFs, even if they don’t know it. Who are they, you ask? Chances are, if you’re reading this and you blog, you’re one of them. It’s one more reason I love these gals so much, is beyond contributing so much to the bloggy world, they also have supported little ol’ me. With emails and words of encouragement, or just some blog comments, I feel like these are all genuine women who are just lovely people. So without further ado, here they are!
-Allison from Texas Mrs. She will always hold a special place in my heart because she was the very first blogger I emailed when I was just getting started. Allison gave me words of encouragement and advice when I was struggling with how much I should open up on my blog. And she is just so darn cute. Her video on her favorite makeup products was my favorite.
-Brianna from Endlessly Beloved. What an amazing girl. Brianna is in a long-distance relationship and is the most cheerful lady in all of bloggy land, in my opinion. She always puts a smile on my face. Brianna was also the first blog I bought a sponsorship from, and boy did she set the bar high. She was a JOY to work with for that, and she graciously and patiently led me through the first-timer ropes. I felt so supported! Even after my sponsorship ended, she still comes by to comment and give some love, and that, I think is awesome.
-Amanda from Voyage of the MeeMee. This girl is HILARIOUS. I seriously want to hang out with her and be her BFF because I think she is a riot. She’s the funniest lady in all of blogdom, but so real! She just puts it all out there. I am amazed, too, at how much of herself she gives to blogging. She posts probably every day, and comments on every single other blog I read. She is all over! How she manages to do it all, I do not know, but this gal is awesome.
-Amberly from Life with Amberly and Joe. I think of Amberly as my blog mom. Or wise aunt. She just knows so much! She posts the most useful, interesting, relevant, helpful content ever. I get so much out of every single post. And when I ashamedly emailed her because I didn’t understand the envelop system in her money-saving series, she was patient and kind and helped me understand it and loaded me up with even more tips! I look up to her so much. She is the reason I made an actual plan to get out of debt and hunker down and save money to reach my financial goals. But beyond money, she is an inspiration for her marriage and life advice, too.
-Kathryn from The Grace-Filled Home. She is my very first Carabox partner, and I have so enjoyed getting to know this awesome lady. She’s in my neck of the woods (good ol’ Dakotas) and is such a lovely lady devoted to her family and her faith. I think she’s super inspiring and I love her journey. But more on her later … like when it’s time for the Carabox reveal!
I have two real-life friends that also blog that I’ve followed for years. Neither are in this niche of blogdom, but they still helped me learn a lot before I even got this thing started. Jenna blogs about bookish things at Lost Generation Reader, and is the one who answered my 8 million questions about what I should name my blog, if I should use WordPress or Blogger, how to get started and what to do. She’s also the biggest Harry Potter fanatic I know and carries around a Snape cut-out almost everywhere she goes. Though this is on her old blog, my absolute favorite post she did had a scene-by-scene Lego battle over popcorn between Harry and Malfoy.
Lindsay blogs at That Mutt. Now, Lindsay is the real deal. Meaning she does it full time. She quit her job at the newspaper (which is how I know her) to start her own pet running business and her blog all about it. I don’t know that I would ever have the guts to do that, but she is proof it is possible. She is so succesful! She knows so much about dogs, training, behavior, etc., and was also my doggie advisor when I was going through the process of adopting Brick. She recently moved away, but I love that I get to keep up with her still through her blog.
There’s lots of other blogs I follow and try to read as much as I can, and there are some really amazing people in this niche of the blog world. I’ve been inspired and learned from many others I didn’t name, so no discredit to anyone. But the ladies I mentioned above are the ones that have had the biggest impact on me so far. The ones I will go out of my way to read every post whether I have time or not.
In conclusion, thanks to all you lovely ladies for being awesome. Ya’ll are the bees knees. To any readers not familiar with them, go now!