The blogging community is one of my favourite things about being a blogger – reading other people’s blogs and being inspired or moved by them. There are so many amazing bloggers out there, sharing their stories and experiences and I’ve enjoyed sharing some of the fabulous posts I have read in my Friday Fabulous Five feature. Zena from Zena’s Suitcase recently shared her top ten blogs of 2015 which has inspired me to do the same and give a shout-out to some of my favourite bloggers. I have to admit that it was hard to narrow it down to ten as there are so many I enjoy reading and to put them in order of preference would have been harder still so I’ve listed them alphabetically.
1) Big Trouble in Little Nappies
Big Trouble in Little Nappies has the distinction of being the most featured blog in my Friday Fab 5 series. I love Yvette’s humorous take on the challenges of parenting intermingled with reflective ones celebrating the beautiful moments. Her Totsnet series was one of my favourites – listening to the concerns of toddlers written in the style of a Mumsnet forum never failed to make me chuckle.
2) Heart Mammi
Gemma’s posts always speak straight to my heart and her honesty in sharing the challenges and fears of being a heart parent make her blog one that I can really relate to. As well as sharing her experiences of being a Heart Mammi, and the journey through Martha Grace’s recent heart surgery, Gemma also shares beautiful posts about family life which are always written with warmth and love.
3) Mum Muddling Through
Mum Muddling Through is the newest of the blogs in my top ten, having started in June this year. I love Sarah’s down-to-earth and humorous style – reading her blog is like like sitting down with a friend and having a chat. Sarah also co-hosts the #coolmumclub linky which has been one of my favourite linkies of 2015.
4) Mummy Tries
Turning around the effects of a dysfunctional past and using them to move forward, and sharing the challenges of living with autism; Mummy Tries is an open, honest and incredibly inspiring blog. What really comes through with Reneé’s writing is her desire to always be the best person she can be; to do the best for her family whilst acknowledging the many challenges and struggles that they face without sugarcoating any of them.
5) Mum Turned Mom
Mum Turned Mom shares stories from family life (from the point of view of an ex-pat family living in the US) and pieces of creative writing. I love the warmth and friendliness that really comes across in Sara’s writing – especially in her accounts of her family’s adventures, and the way she encourages others to share their creative writing through her weekly linky The Prompt (which I’m hoping to join in a little more next year!)
6) Odd Socks and Lollipops
Odd Socks and Lollipops is a blog about “the wonderful journey of parenthood – all of the chaos and all of the cuddles.” I love the warmth that is always there in Jenni’s posts whenever she writes about life with her small daughter Boo – it’s another blog that makes me feel like I’m sitting down and having a catch-up with a friend whenever I read it.
7) R Is For Hoppit
R is for Hoppit shares the adventures of Silly Mummy, Silly Daddy, The Toddler and The Baby – mostly through the things that The Toddler and The Baby say. I love Silly Mummy’s style of writing, which never fails to make me laugh. A regular linker to my #ftmob linky and one that I always look forward to reading.
8) Run, Jump, Scrap
Run, Jump, Scrap is described as sharing “the good, the bad, the funny and the downright grimness of being a parent” which sums it up beautifully. I love Sarah’s style of writing – telling it like it is whilst still writing with warmth, affection and humour.
9) Slouching Towards Thatcham
Another blog that has featured quite frequently in my Friday Fabulous Five, Slouching Towards Thatcham is written by dad blogger Tim who shares a mixture of stories about family life, nostalgic reflections, tongue-in-cheek observations on life as a blogger and thought-provoking posts. Tim writes with warmth and a touch of humour and I love his weekly podcasts where he and a guest blogger share a post each.
10) Writing Bubble
Writing Bubble is a mixture of reflections on family life and creative writing. I love Maddy’s style of writing – it always draws me right in to whatever she is describing and I can visualise it all so vividly. Her limericks are one of my favourite things to read on her blog – they are so cleverly written and funny and never fail to make me smile.
What blogs are your favourites to read?