While there are some bloggers I’ve read for many years, I go through phases where I read a bunch of blogs that focus on a particular subject – then delete most of them at a later date. I always end up keeping some that continue to entertain me, but there’s only so much time in a day to read blogs. We must be picky.
Here are some subject-specific blogs I’ve researched in the past year:
Personal finance blogs: I started reading these in late 2013. I have always been thrifty, but my interest in frugal living increased last year when I discovered Mr. Money Mustache. This early retiree is more hardcore about his spending habits and lifestyle than I am, but reading his archives gave me a lot to think about and I’ve remained more frugal-minded to this day.
In addition to his blog, I spent several months reading a bunch of personal finance bloggers. I kept up with many of them for a while, but once I obtained the knowledge I was looking for, I dropped most of them from my feed reader.
In January 2014, my husband and I started keeping a record of our spending for the first time. We use an Excel spreadsheet and input our purchases manually. We refer to it as our budget, but it’s really more of a spending record because we don’t allocate a certain amount of money per category or anything. I enjoy the recording process because it’s interesting to see our total spending month to month, as well as how much we spend in certain categories.
I started out reading over 20 finance blogs, but I’ve narrowed it down to about five. (Mr. Money Mustache remains, of course.)
Home decorating: I started researching home decorating blogs earlier this year when Paul and I got serious about buying our first house. I especially enjoyed reading the Vintage Revivals archives; this lady does a ton of DIY and scores most of her finds from thrift stores and Craigslist.
Our house-hunting endeavor was successful, and we’ve chosen a home. Our purchase has been delayed a bit (no fault of our own) and we’re still waiting to get the final word on our closing date, but we assume/hope it’ll happen by the end of October.
Before this, I’ve always lived in rentals (or with relatives), so this will be the first place that’s entirely ours to take care of and decorate. We’re very excited to move in.
Just like the finance blogs, I’m down to about five decorating blogs that I still follow.
Paleo and personal style: These blogs are my newest interest, although the subjects are admittedly dissimilar. I read paleo blogs because I’m most of the way through my second Whole30. I’ve eaten mostly gluten-free for close to three years due to an autoimmune thyroid condition, so paleo food bloggers tend to be a good resource. My favorite is Melissa; I’ve never made a recipe of hers I didn’t like.
As for the style bloggers, if you’d asked me last month if that subject interested me I would have said no. In addition to being frugal-minded (I haaaaaate shopping for clothes), I’ve just never really been interested in…style.
I don’t subscribe to fashion magazines, nor do I care what color is “in” this season. However, I’ve recently decided my wardrobe needs some help. I can present myself perfectly well in public, but there is generally no wow factor. I’m boring and safe and I don’t accessorize. I literally have three pair of earrings I wear on a regular basis and maybe three to five necklaces. I wear my wedding and engagement rings but no others. I own exactly one scarf. I own two pair of tights and both of them are black (one pair is fleece-lined because I live in Buffalo and it gets COLD here).
Unsurprisingly, my interest is in thrifty style. Specifically people who shop at thrift/consignment stores and look amazing, or purchase clothes on sale from easily-accessible stores – no haute couture, please.
My current fashion blogger inspiration comes from Janssen at Everyday Reading. I just discovered her blog last week but I’m intrigued by her random style posts – her blog isn’t entirely about clothing, which I like, but she’s good about fitting it in to her daily life.