This is one of the most difficult Blog Every Day in May posts, mainly because I read hundreds of blogs and find it hard to pinpoint favourites. There are so many I enjoy and others I always read without really paying full attention (no offence those people, although you don't know who you are but anyway) Finding five that I consider favourites is SO hard but I think I've got it and in no order here they are.
Unintentionally I have picked mainly female bloggers, which means male bloggers should wave themselves in my face so I can read more of them. Come on, do it.
1. My Shitty Twenties
I think I might have been reading My Shitty Twenties forever and this is not bad thing. Emily writes fantastically, which is obviously why she's got a book deal, and her stories and love for her boy are just inspiring. Even the darkest moments are managed, dealt with and moved on from. I always look forward to new posts and am definitely looking forward to her book too.
2. Caroline Smailes Blog
Had I mentioned that I love Caroline Smailes? She is one of the most inspiring, wonderful, talented authors I've had the pleasure to read (and chat to). Her blog too is fascinating as she often chats to other writers and gives brilliant insights into her own work. I also won one of her book giveaways a while back which adds extra brownie points. How could I not love the blog of one of my favourites?
I may have been a little late to the Glosswatch party but now I am completely addicted. Each post is so well researched, so intelligent and leaves me often nodding or agreeing completely. Her views on parenting, politics and more are fascinating and nine times out of ten strike a clear chord with me.
4. Her First Year
I know Her First Year is kind of over now but I still go back and read some of the posts. I just love it. The idea was simple "In September 2011, at age 16, Frances gives birth to her own daughter, Mia. Not wanting the baby to be placed on the child protection register, as she was, Frances accepts Social Services’ offer of a place in supported accommodation for vulnerable new mothers. It’s a new start for Frances and her baby and Her First Year charts their progress." The blogger was Len Grant whose new project Life without Papers looks right up my street too!
5. The Mothers
Does The Mothers count as a blog? I think it does, it certainly looks like a blog and the subject matter is both fascinating and keeps me hooked. There aren't posts every day or even every week but it's an amazing project through which photographer Bec recording the stories, ideals, thoughts and advice from different mothers, mostly in the Manchester area, all accompanied by her wonderful photographs. I could (and have) read these all day!
That's them then, do you agree? If you don't you should - feel free to recommend some of your favourites to me!