How To Find Awesome New Blogs To Read

Want to find new blogs? Sick of reading the same old same old? Just looking for inspiration? Click through to find out how to discover awesome new blogs!
“Uuuuugh, everything on the internet is just listicles and reaction gifs.”

“Nobody uses punctuation anymoooooooore!”
“If I see another pale pink or gold anything I’m going to dig my eyeballs out with this spoon.”

Such were the complaints leveled against blogging at my most recent Internet Lady Brunch.
As we sipped our overpriced lattes, my ladies and I opened up our RSS feeds and tried to recommend blogs to each other.

Were any of us reading anything the others should know about? Was anyone writing interesting, hilarious, weird, personal stuff? Was there an oasis of good writing somewhere among the Buzzfeed lists? Not that we could find.

I realize, of course, that I’m just as guilty of listicles and caps lock as anyone else.  And honestly, you should probably be writing how-tos and list posts BECAUSE THAT ISH WORKS.

Be that as it may, I miss the joy of discovering a new blog or Twitter feed or Instagram account that I immediately tell my BFF about. I miss becoming so emotionally involved in a blogger’s life that when they break up with their boyfriend I send them a pep talk email.*

So in the name of refreshing our RSS feeds, making new online friends, and finding new reading material for this, the back-to-school season, here are my five favorite ways to find awesome new blogs.

How to find new blogs

1. Go to a blog you know/like/trust and click through their sponsors and ‘friends’ tabs

In a perfect world, every blogger is intentional and selective about the sponsors they accept; they (hopefully) choose sponsors they know will resonate with their readers. Take advantage of that curation and click through! I discovered some of my favorite blogs because they bought ad space on Yes and Yes!

2. Click through the comments on your favorite blogs

Do you love the DIYs and recipes of A Beautiful Mess? So do all the commenters – and I bet a lot of them have sweet, DIY-filled blogs. Do you like the motherhood, family vibe on Bleubird? Her comments are probably filled with other mommy bloggers.

3. Use Feedly’s ‘You Might Also Like’ tool

I looooove Bitches Gotta Eat and The Toast. Feedly was kind enough to point me towards The Bloggess, Waiter Rant, McSweeney’s (dur, Feedly. I know.) and ReductressInto ’em. Every last one.

4. When you read something you particularly love on a big site, see if the writer has their own blog

Many of my favorite writers at Xojane have their own sites as do the writers at Jezebel and Ravishly!

5. Click through link roundups and then subscribe in an RSS feed

If I had a nickel for every time I found an awesome blog through a friend’s link roundup and then forgot about said blog … I’d have like 85 cents. If you find something or someone awesome, follow along somewhere – on Twitter, Facebook, in an RSS feed or subscribe to their newsletter. Do something so you won’t lose them in the shuffle of Buzzfeed lists and photos of lattes.

My favorite blogs/Instagram feeds/Twitter feeds you might not know about:

1. Bitches Gotta Eat
Hilarious, moving essays about dating, food, race, family.

2. Adulting
EVERYTHING KELLY WRITES IS SO SMART AND USEFUL.

3. Hommemaker
If David Sedaris wrote about interior design this is what it would sound like. His Instagram feed is also spot on.

4. Dallas Clayton’s Instagram feed
Sweet, funny, inspirational illustrations all the live long day.

5. Ruby etc’s Instagram feed
Funny, awkward sketches of daily life. (One of my favorites is ‘Foods that are lying about being food and their real names.’)

6. Kate Henning’s Twitter feed
Sample: “Does anyone know which Godard film this is from (picture of Cookie Monster)”

7. Kara Haupt’s Twitter feed
Sample: “Either your life is falling apart or you’re dehydrated, so drink some water before you decide.”

Anyway! How do you find new blogs? Where do you read them – in your actual browser? Feedly? Blog Lovin’? And pleeeeeease tell me what you’re reading and following that I need to know about!

* which I’ve totally done. Twice.

P.S. If you want to befriend any of your favorite bloggers, here’s how.

Photo by Slava Keyzman on Unsplash

20 Comments

Lauren

This post couldn’t have been timed better! I was just looking for some more awesome blogs to follow, and I’ll have to check these out. Thank you!

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Heidi @foodiecrush

I find new to me blogs all the time by checking out the commenters on blogs I like (since most commenters are bloggers) and have discovered some real fan pages I now stalk regularly. I’m happy you chose some of your faves, going to check them out now and maybe add 2 or 7 to my feed.

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nikkiana

Yup! I’d say most of the blogs I’ve found that I love were found because I decided to just start clicking through sidebar ads and comments of blogs that I liked…. and more recently, using BlogLovin’s Find Blogs section.

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justine

Wow this post couldn’t have come at a better time. I was just thinking about how, in the process of building my business, my “on-brand” blogging felt limiting. We read a lot about how you should really focus your blog nowadays, which is true, but too much focus and infoblogging can take the joy and life away from your blog.

Thanks so much for this post! You’ve reminded me that being real is the reason we all love blogs in the first place…!

-justine (justineariel.co)

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Michele

This is so timely because earlier in the week, I was part of a discussion about whether anyone reads blogs anymore, and lots of us said “yes!” But it can be hard and overwhelming to find the good-quality writing that speaks to you enough that you want to sift through the noise to return. This guide will help me find the next great set of writers to add to my feed. Thanks!

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Lani

I’m in the middle of an “expat bloggers interview series” and one of the questions I ask is, “Which bloggers do you like to read?” It’s been a great way to expand my reader. Thanks for share. I like your list idea (at least it wasn’t in gold and pink, eh?).

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Camels & Chocolate

I was literally thinking this morning, “I need new blogs as my feed is SO stale (too many listicles and boring SEO-driven stories)” and voila! You read my mind =)

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Lori

This couldn’t be more perfectly timed. I’m fairly new to blogging (reading and writing) and have been looking for blogs I actually like to read for direction and inspiration. And not just Top 10 lists, like you and others have mentioned. I’ll definitely use the tips and links you’ve included here, so thank you!

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