I have found so many favourite bloggers since I started. As Christmas is a time for giving, I wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate some of the talent I’ve discovered.
The following are in no particular order. Please don’t feel bad if you’re not in here – this originally started as a list of 5, but there were far too many missing. There are so many bloggers I love and admire. Sadly, I did have to draw the line somewhere!
Come on. Cats. Self care. How could a combination like that not be on this list? That aside, I loved this unusual approach to self care. I hadn’t really considered what cats could teach us about the subject, but Lisa was able to extract several important lessons.
I could have very easily included every and any post from her garden series, though. Living in a flat means I don’t have a garden. Being able to admire the gorgeous flowers blooming in Lisa’s garden made me feel much better!
Even if you don’t have to tackle the burden of mental illness, everyone has bad days. Sometimes, the simplest things can work a treat in turning your mood around.
Carly shares 10 ways to look after yourself and your well-being. The list includes things like drinking enough water and getting plenty of sleep. I know these things definitely have a significant impact on how I feel if I don’t keep them in check!
It’s been a pleasure to watch Soph grow since she started. Her photos, her writing – everything has come on leaps and bounds. And it was already great to begin with!
This letter to her brain was very uplifting. You can sense her high spirits, and it’s a joy to read. I think anyone who struggles with mental illness will know how important it is to acknowledge those days when you get a breather.
In her blog, Cara discusses mental illness with an admirable sense of openness and honesty. She took inspiration from one of my favourite books by Matt Haig and compiled her very own list of reasons to stay alive.
Reading things like this is a lovely way to think of the good bits in life. I enjoyed reading Cara’s list just as much as I enjoyed reading Matt’s.
As I battled with anxiety, I read a lot about it over the course of the year. Desperately trying to understand how I felt, ways to help myself, and if others experienced the same things.
This post touches upon so many things which I hadn’t realised others went through, or that they were possibly a sign of anxiety. I nodded along as I read, and felt a lot of things clicking into place. It clearly demonstrates the various ways it can impact your life – even if you’re not fully aware of it.
On numerous occasions, Cordelia’s posts have moved me to tears. I know it’s not her intention, but it’s very hard not to have those emotions stir inside you. The things she has survived, the things she continues to battle on a daily basis, and the way she puts it out there to educate the rest of us is incredible in my eyes.
As an individual, I love her and as a mental health blogger, I respect her. For a raw, uncensored conversation about mental illness, she’s your girl.
You know those blog posts where you kind of want to give it a round of applause because it’s spot on? This is one of those.
As I struggle a lot with body image issues, reading this was empowering and encouraging in equal measure. Plus, it’s always fantastic to read about someone embracing who they are and loving every second of it!
It’s incredibly difficult for me to choose a favourite here. Bexa’s blog is a staple in my routine. I actively look forward to her new posts, because her content is of such a high standard.
Surprisingly, she only recently celebrated her first year of blogging. In this post, she divulges some of her best tips for doing well in the blogging community. Her suggestions are essential reading for new and old bloggers alike!
I was lucky enough to do a collaboration with Bexa, too, which you can find here.
Rachael’s guides are so incredibly thorough. I remember thinking how impressive this particular post was. When she says “epic deep dive”, that’s exactly what she means. I love the fact her personality shone in her writing, too.
If you haven’t had a look around her blog yet, you have my permission to skip off over there now and come back to me later.
Juggling everything in blogging is difficult. There are days when I have to focus on my own content, which means I’m not present on social media, or able to comment on others blog posts as much as I’d like. I want to support as many other bloggers as I can, but it’s not always possible. For me, this is one of the things I struggle with. The guilt really niggles away at me some days.
Amie shared this wonderful reminder to do what you can, and not stress about what you can’t. I related a lot to it, and found it very reassuring. All of Amie’s posts are written in a way which makes it feel like you’re sat having a cup of tea and a natter – and I love her for it!
I know very few bloggers who haven’t found themselves feeling frustrated and fed up with Instagram. The various algorithm changes over the last few months have made it a nightmare to use. Since Facebook took over the platform, growing on there seems borderline impossible unless you’re willing to splash some cash on ads. Thanks for that, Facebook.
Back in June, Zara let out some angst about the situation. Written in her usual witty and entertaining style, she reminded us all to not get so hung up about it. Use it in a way which feels natural for you! Support others, and you will more than likely see that come back around.
Instagram has been winding me up more so over the last month, and I’ve gone back to read this multiple times.
Before I started blogging, I didn’t even have a personal Pinterest account. I could never wrap my head around it, let alone figure out how to utilise it for traffic. This post definitely helped me to get started.
I was so confident in Ell’s knowledge that I took her Pinterest course and it helped me to reach over 2 million monthly viewers on Pinterest. She’s a pro!
If you’re not careful, social media can become a toxic place. It becomes draining. In this post, Nati suggests creating a social media environment which creates good vibes. We spend so much time on there, we may as well do our best to ensure it’s having a positive impact!
She recommends five feel good Insta feeds – several of which I followed immediately and can vouch for! If you’re not enjoying your time on social media, I’d recommend giving this a read and thinking about how you can make it better.
What do you get when you cross puppies with my favourite TV show? This blog post. Although this was only published recently, it secured a place amongst my favourites of this year instantly.
I sat, squealed and aww-ed my heart out at these pictures. The icing on the cake was the fact they are all named after characters in Parks and Recreation. I really want one! Or two. Or maybe even all of them.
15. Random Facts About Me – Kate Days A Week
I always enjoy reading these posts because it’s nice to get to know the person behind the screen. This one gets a special mention because some of Kate’s answers are hilarious and I can recall chuckling away to myself as I read it.
I don’t get the opportunity to be involved with Kate’s blog too much because she’s focused on make up and I’m too lazy for that life but she’s awesome.
And that’s the lot! Well, not really – it’s a sample of the phenomenal content I’ve had the pleasure of reading this year. Here’s to more next year. I can’t wait to read what you all come up with!