Thursday, February 25, 2010

Blogs: What Draws You In?

Posted by Mandy at 6:56 AM
There's been some talk in my blog world lately about different blogs and what everyone is flocking to right now. Also, about how some blogs are being totally overtaken by reviews and give-aways, making a lot of us run and hide from their URL.

It got me thinking about how different the blogs I visit today are from the blogs I started out visiting. Some of them I've stuck with for YEARS, others I've sort of outgrown. (not to mean their blogs aren't great; just to mean that my life has changed a lot and so has the material I search for.)

When I started blogging a million years ago, I really only liked hard-core Mommy Blogs. That's exactly where I was in life and it was a breath of fresh air to find so many other moms going through the same trials that I was.

"So your baby nurses all night long, too?!"

"Your toddler spends more time in time out than anywhere else, too?!"

"You hate your 2 month post partum belly like I do?!"


Oh how I needed all of that at the time!

Fast forward to today. Life is so different! I've started my own business, become a dog rescue crazy person (because.. it will make you crazy!), and now we're getting into opening our home for children as well. That's a lot of insane stuff in a short amount of time!

This has really changed what blogs I look to, now.

I have my list of foster/adoptive home blogs that I study like crazy. I'm really stalking them all, reading all of their old blog posts about when they first started, what they went through, and seeing where they are today. I'm desperate for a glimpse into this world before we jump off into it totally in blind faith that God is leading us here - so we'll just trust that he'll see us through! If we can just make it through all of the paperwork.. oh.. the paperwork.. then I'll feel like we have a better start! (you send one completed packet of papers thinking that's it... and they send you another packet full of new things to fill out and accomplish.)
LINKY LOVE: Sugar and Spice ; The Middle Mom ; Blessings for the Good Life
**some of these may be private.. not sure. If you know of any other great blogs like these, please link me!

Next I have my list of working moms. Some work from home, some work away. Some have part-time jobs like I do, others are working 50 hours a week. They have some awesome ideas on how to keep home-life organized and smooth flowing while having other comittments. I also like that some of them have much older kids than I do... as in.. the dreaded teenagers. I sort of read about this phase of parenting the way I watch scary  movies.. just peeking through my fingers as I cover my face in horror.
LINKY LOVE: Show Me the Mom ; Confessions from a Working Mom

Then, I have my funny, witty, fashionable, in-the-know blogs. From the latest kid trends to what shoes I'm supposed to be buying for spring, this is what I'm looking for on these types of posts. I typically leave these thinking, "I can't believe she said that!" It helps me realize I'm not the only person in the world that thinks the way I do. That's a scary reality... isn't it?
LINKY LOVE: The (Un)Experienced Mom ; Where is the Me in Mommy?

There are so many more but I don't have time to link them all. Another day! :)

I'm finding new blogs each week that I really like! I love seeing how much talent is out there and reading about how other people think, live, work, and love.

Has your own life journey changed what blogs you look for? What are you into now-a-days?


Reagan on Thursday, 25 February, 2010 said...

Oh, I'm so thrilled I made your list! Thanks. And I'm pretty sure my rant yesterday summed up what I'm looking for in a blog (and I generally find it here!)

The Pipster on Thursday, 25 February, 2010 said...

I like blogs about life after divorce (since that's me), I like reading about mom's needing vodka (because that's me), I like reading blogs by men (for a different perspective). Lots of fun stuff out there. I do agree some of the giveaway blogs get to be too much, but to each his or her own. Best, Pippi

Mandy on Thursday, 25 February, 2010 said...

Pippi, I'm excited to get into your blog b/c if you can make me laugh like that in a COMMENT I can't wait to see what a full on post by you is like!

Stacie on Friday, 26 February, 2010 said...

Recently I gave our budget a great overhaul so I have been reading lots of cheap recipe idea blogs and how to save money in the kitchen. I hate to admit, but my family has been the type to eat out often even though I don't mind cooking really. With the upcoming move, we are going somewhere that eating out won't be an option because there aren't that many places to go (along with our new home costing more than our current home). I am getting everyone adjusted to eating at home (and me adjusted to cooking every meal!) that will be a must in the near future. Along with the fact that I feel better feeding my clan healthier foods :)

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