I read somewhere that to be a good writer — you have to be a good reader. I normally do a little research on a theory before I go all out and follow it — but this seems like a safe one to believe. I have an incredible appetite for reading, with very little free time — so blogs are fun and easy reading for me. I use the following criteria for deciding whether or not I’m going to keep reading someone’s blog:
- I like the pictures.
- I consistently learn something new.
- I laugh. (Shooting coffee out my nose is a big plus).
- They are people I might want to
stalkhave coffee or a beer with in real life.
- I’m inspired.
One or more of these criteria usually means that I will subscribe to your blog and read it every chance I get. Here are my favorite FIVE (in no particular order — I lurk these sites with equal creepiness):
Penelope Trunk She’s superbly interesting, honest, and inspiring. I secretly want to be her. Minus the Farmer.
Seth Godin Lots of reasons to read this blog. I just like his bald head (and some of the ideas that come from it). #dontjudgeme
Decor8 In my dream life, I have a beautifully decorated home. I visit this site to steal bits of inspiration and pretend I’m closer than I think.
Bookwoman I actually have had coffee…and food…and more coffee…with Lisa Rosen. Well, actually she drinks tea — I drink coffee. She’s a fabulous writer (she’s written a novel and is working on her second) and an even fabulouser (not a word but whatever) person. Her blog is about everyday life, heart disease, running, mothering, and she shares some really great recipes.
Amber Austen I haven’t met Amber IRL — but we have exchanged emails. The translation of her personal story is lovely. I hope to go dancing with her someday.