Back in February, I received my second Liebster Award and was supposed to nominate 11 other blogs for the award. At the time, I found this difficult, because I don’t read all that many blogs, and many of the ones I do enjoy are so obviously popular that they don’t qualify for this award, and I didn’t want to overlap with the 5 blogs I nominated the first time around. I got up to 6, used #7 to point readers to some of the funniest stuff online even though it doesn’t meet Liebster criteria, and then paused.
Now I’ve finally finished the list! I updated the original post–which also includes a lot of stuff about myself, if you’re interested–but I wanted to put this list of great blogs in a new post, too, so nobody misses it.
- Click Clack Gorilla is an American-born musician, writer, and mother now living in a Wagenplatz (kind of like a hobbit-style trailer park) in Germany. Here’s a recent day in her life. She also writes about interesting things like gender differences in country-music ballads about murder and who’s better than Harry Potter.
- This (sorta) Old Life is the story of Rita and Cane fixing up the house where they live with their children from previous marriages. It’s part how-to manual, part eye candy, part philosophy, and always grounded in the uniqueness of these particular five people and the things they find to make their home. I normally find home-improvement blogs pretty tedious. Here’s what makes this one different.
- My Sister’s Pantry is written by two sisters who like to cook healthy, frugal, mostly vegetarian food, working from the basic principle that keeping a variety of good ingredients in stock makes it easy to cook good meals. They cheerfully talk us through the process of improving kitchen habits, with plenty of encouragement and recipes. We recently tried their Mac & Cheese Without the Box, and it was every bit as easy and tasty as promised!
- Green Idea Reviews evaluates various ideas for reducing one’s environmental impact. Victoria, who is employed outside the home and expecting her third child, finds time to try a lot of little things that make a difference, and she writes them up in a consistent format that’s pretty objective while also giving her personal opinions and experiences.
- Small Steps on Our Journey is Rachel’s story of her family’s ongoing efforts to be good stewards of God’s Creation while still enjoying good food, fashion, and fun! She has an even easier way to use up the bread heels than any of my unwanted bread tricks. (I think her kids must be a little less annoyingly observant than mine is!)
- Unintended Housewife was a woman who was unemployed and working out how to be a housewife, when I first saw her blog. Now she has a baby and is in more of a typical stay-at-home mother role, but I still really enjoy her perspective on life, especially her Are You Freaking Kidding Me?! series.
- Hyperbole and a Half is a dead blog–the author didn’t post for quite a while, and even her explanatory update is a few months old now–and that’s why I’m not linking to the homepage. But if your sense of humor is anything like mine, you’ll want to read every post in this collection of personal stories, many of which are illustrated with the author’s own cartooning. [WARNING: Some posts contain effusive profanity. Some are unsuitable for children in other ways.] These are just a few of my favorites:
- Sneaky Hate Spiral: A hilarious yet perceptive explanation of how a few little annoyances can add up to overwhelm you with rage.
- This Is Why I’ll Never Be an Adult: An excellent depiction of the relationship between responsibility and morale, complete with graph.
- The Alot: A handy strategy for coping when you see terrible grammar and punctuation on the Internet.
- Skeleton Man: Unusual temporary school building + inappropriate Halloween story = months of torment for a second-grader.
- PLEASE STOP!!!: An extremely effective strategy for controlling children’s behavior…and the work-around.
- Tell Me Why the World Is Weird is the musings of a female math nerd, raised in the United States and now living in China, who is still a Christian but questions many of the popular ideas of fundamentalism on such subjects as love and modesty. She also posts some great collections of links to other interesting things on the Web.
- Kate’s Apartmentsteading is about a single mother’s efforts to “homestead” in an apartment. Kate is an interesting vegan Muslim hippie artist who writes about all sorts of topics, from how she repaired and repainted a yard-sale rocking chair to the disturbing effects of a common cereal preservative on her child to why she quit wearing a bra. She’s even taken on the difficult topic of how Muslims contribute to anti-Muslim bias in the United States–complete with funny ironic graphics.
- Amber Strocel has been writing her site for a decade and still has only slightly over 200 followers, so I think she deserves this award for her supposedly unfocused collection of writing! Many of her articles are about raising her children, but her name isn’t Mommy. She also thinks critically about Earth Day and shares 10 Things to Love About Canada and explains why she’s willing to walk alone at night.
- Stuffed Veggies is a food blog written by a Greek Orthodox vegan who shares helpful advice for coexisting with omnivores. She posts lots of recipes for interesting salads, variations on traditional Greek foods, and even breakfast ice creams.