I can’t believe it has been well over 6 months since I did an update of the awesome creative blogs I’m following. I still love everyone on in my last updates. But now that I’m using Bloglovin, I’ve found, and refound, and read more of, so many incredible content creators that I just had to share. So here are 10, well 11 really, blogs I keep coming back to and saving posts from:
Greenhorn is a new blog from Marie Jaquemin, who you might know from the awesome New Age Creators project on YouTube. Its name comes from a term which “often describes fools or know-nothings in old westerns, but what it should actually describe is the acceptance that no one knows it all and that life is about learning and growing at every turn”. So, fittingly, Greenhorn is a blog all about learning, being green, and finding your place as a creative. It’s safe to say that I absolutely love this one, it ticks all of the boxes: interesting people, creative content, stunning visuals, great writing and a topic that I couldn’t resonate more with if I tried. I’m so excited to see Greenhorn grow!
I am a little bit ashamed to say that I’ve only just started reading Ella Master’s blog, but that has meant I could binge to my heart’s content! She has a real mix of themes, but all of them are incredibly well written and accompanied by stunning visuals – not that I would expect anything less! In particular, I’ve loved her behind the scenes look at her collections, her more personal feelings-y pieces, and her little fashion interludes. She has so much variety in a consistent style that it meant I was happy to sit and read for a good 2 hours, and I’m not sure there’s much higher praise than that. Also, if you like her blog definitely have a look at her illustrations and shop – I am so tempted to get a pet portrait of my fave furry fella.
Natasha Nuttall’s Graphique Fantastique has been a blog I’ve followed for a good while, but I’ve really gotten back into it, revisiting its plentiful archives, over the past months after watching more and more of her Youtube videos (you can check out some other creative Youtubers I love over here). Natasha’s blog follows her life as a freelance designer and features so much great design content on everything from paper and stationery (her stationery week posts were so good) to DIYs to run downs of inspirational creatives. Her blog recently had a bit of a rebrand, think all the turquoise triangles, and it’s looking so fresh – I’d highly recommend you check her out if you find any of my content vaguely interesting or if you love colour and design!
This is another blog I’ve fallen back in love with. Fab’s blog used to be about great mail, and as a huge fan of letters I loved it, but she’s recently had a bit of switch in direction, and let me tell you I love it just as much if not more. Snail Mail Love is now more about illustration and design, with lifestyle and awesome stationery still thrown in. Her posts are always absolutely stunning, but they’re also really useful and easy to read. As someone who follows quite a lot of blogs that’s something I cherish, trusting that when I sit down to read a blog there’s going to be some quality content in there that I know I’ll get something out of. Fans of illustration, creativity, and stationery definitely check her out!
Work Work Work is all about how women in aspirational, often creative, industries got where they are through hard work and struggles they’ve had to face along the way. It’s not just a blog it’s “an anti-perfectionism project which aims to reveal and explore the non-edited challenges that women face behind the fantasy of social media”. I feel like this is such a necessary voice, or rather group of voices online, and it’s absolutely fascinating to get to see what it’s really like to do many of the things that are glorified across the web. Work Work Work is also incredibly produced, honestly, their posts are of such high quality. It should really be required reading for anyone who’s comparing themselves to images and ideas they see online.
Whenever I read Wit & Delight I just feel better. Kate Arends started W&D in 2008, and since then she’s been growing it as a source for all things style and designed lifestyles. We’re talking fashion, food, wellness, beauty, homes, travel, careers and everything in between. I particularly love her pieces on becoming a freelancer and alternative career paths, as someone who isn’t 100% sure about where they want their career to go (and who is) they have given me a lot of food for thought and also a lot of reassurance and motivation.
I started reading Pair and a Spare for their DIYs. I love a good DIY, especially when the outcome doesn’t look like you did it yourself/got a child to do it and it’s relatively simple which is what they specialise in: easy DIYs that have awesome outcomes. But I find myself coming back to them for their blogging and lifestyle content which is really lovely and has given me so much, take notes and use it outside of the internet, inspiration.
It’s not a blog. But I find myself of Man Repeller at least once a day so I had to include it. It’s so much of what I would want in a fun magazine and so much more. It’s funny and smart and much more colourful than I am. They talk about everything from fashion to pop culture to relationships and feminism. While most of their stuff is upbeat and quirky, and just a little bit sarcastic, every once in a while, they have a thought piece that makes you stop for a hot minute and just reflect. If you need to up the quality of your daily reading, or just want to add an injection of colour and cool ass ladies, Man Repeller is definitely for you!
I love how Erin Loechner writes, it’s the perfect balance of poetic and creative and easy to read, and I just love it. Her blog is somewhere on the creative lifestyle spectrum, but I’m not sure where because it inhabits a corner all of its own. It’s at once real and relatable, and inspirational and a bit motivating. I think you just have to read it for yourself because clearly, I’m not sure how to describe it other than in vague and gushing platitudes.
I love both of these blogs for inspiration. They post some really high quality and inventive design work, all centred around print. It’s amazing to see what people are doing and managing to innovate, in a medium that has effectively been around forever. Whenever I feel stagnated or like everything I’m seeing is the same these are the blog to which I turn. To add to that, For Print Only structures its posts so so well, and I love how they include production or personal lessons from each piece. It’s really refreshing and adds something personal to what could just be a “hey look at this cool thing” post.
Which blogs are you loving right now? Who should I be following?