I've taken no pains to hide my disdain for the current state of blogging as I see it. I'm not sure I've written necessarily very extensively about it here, but my disdain basically takes this shape: "UGH PINTEREST RECIPES LIFESTYLE BLOGGING $$$ TOP TEN TIPS CRAFTS CHILDREN I ONLY SHOOT WITH AN SLR ETC ETC ETC OH GOD I'M SO UNHAPPY"
I feel like over the past five years I've watched as my favorite personal bloggers have taken a deep dive into the pool of corporate partnerships and sponsors. Money's great for them, but not so great for their content. (If I have to see another Dooce photoshopped montage about, like, the top ten pairs of leggings to wear while traveling...) Not that I'm any better than anybody; if I'd ever been offered money, by anyone, I'm talking like $2 or a free cup of Starbucks here, folks, I'd have been perfectly content to turn my blog into whatever any giant media corporation wanted. "YOU WANT ME TO DO A ROUNDUP OF THE TOP TEN ANTHROPOLOGIE CERAMIC OWLS AND IN TURN YOU'LL GIVE ME A $5 CVS GIFT CARD? SIGN ME UP!" Seriously... if anyone's still reading... hit me up. I come cheap.
Anyways. The fact is, as I'm trying to come back more to blogging, I've been stumbling across a few blogs that still have that magic I look for -- good personal writing about day-to-day life experiences. Some, I've actually been reading all along (thank you for never changing) and a few are more new to me. And I wanted to share them with you, too.