The Blogging World

I never really discovered the blogging world until I really started to get into wedding photography. I did attempt a travel blog when I studied abroad in Argentina, but that over after about 4 month apart  posts. None of my friends blog, which is also discouraging. If I had lots of blogging friends we would share our posts and comments. Anyways, now I blog, kinda. I thought I would blog a ton about culture and life here in this “foreign” land, but really, I’m already used to it. I have a post about my hometown, a post about a trip, and a post about my bedroom. I guess I can say I am not very focused. The thing is, I don’t really LOVE one thing, I like tons of things. I’m also scatter brained and think of 3 great ideas for posts but then think of something else before I ever sit down to write the first one.  I’m a bad blog follower because I’m not really into one type of blog. I guess I can narrow it down though by saying I don’t like tech, news, or political blogs.

Here are a few of my favorites, and I really do mean “few”, I don’t follow as many as I would like.

Wedding Blog:

Green Wedding Shoes:

Green Wedding Shoes is among about 8 other wedding blogs that inspire me. There is something new, unique and beautiful everyday. The photography is top of the line excellence, making me want to get better and better.The wedding on the site are also super creative.

Expat Blog:

Glocal Girl:

This girl is from Northern California, just like me. She is living in Amsterdam with her Dutch boyfriend. And, unlike many expat blogs I have come across, she is young, not married, and doesn’t have kids… three more things we have in common.  I’ve come across many interesting blog, but this one is one of the only ones I follow regularly. Why is that? What make me come back to blog? For one thing, her posts are short and simple. I have the attention span of a 2 year old, so short is good and pretty pictures in every post are even better.  They also range in topic, from random expat experiences to her favorite creative links.  I follow her on twitter which reminds me when she has a new post up, so I never forget to click over to her side of cyber space. She updates almost everyday, keeping things fresh. She is also not one of those heavy traffic sponsored blogs, so I feel like her posts are real and my comments are read and appreciated.

If you want to find other good expat blogs, you can browse by country at this Expatriate Blog Directory. There are tons with bunches of great information. And if you are interested in other gringas in Chile like me, I have a few linked right over there —-> in the right hand panel.

Creative Blogs:

The Everyday Minimalist:

Oh how I wish I was more of a minimalist than I am. I think I’m doing pretty good now though after having moved across the world with 2 suitcases. Again, this blog holds my attention and interest because it is short and simple. It is informative and to the point in each post. The bullets, font color and size changes all keep me focused on the point.  There are lots of pictures to go along with what she is talking about. I also love how she uses herself as an example and shows us her stuff instead of trying to give abstract examples. I also follow her on twitter.. keeping updated not only with her new posts, but with personal updates as well. She has a sister blog called Fabulously Broke in the City which is also about spending money wisely.. also a hobby of mine.

Apartment Therapy:

Most people have heard about this blog, and if you have heard about it, you probably love it. They update daily and never run out of new things. Even if they didn’t update, you could go through the old posts for hours and hours. The photography on the site is excellent. They also compile lists of best posts, right now they are doing a best of each month from this year, but usually every week that have top posts of the week, perfect for when you forget to check in that week. They also have a few sister blogs with topics such as the Kitchen and Green living.

Honestly, that’s all I’ve got for you today. Like I said, I’m a bad blog follower. I could go off and list all the blogs I have bookmarked, but I wanted to share ones that actually have me coming back.

Posts that may or may not be coming up:

My Trip to Uruguay, The Best of Wedding Blogs, my experience fostering puppies, a series on possible Culture Shock topics when moving to Chile, making friends as an expat in Chile

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December 23, 2010 - 9:57 am - Hey Lana, I don’t think you should be preoccupied with how strong or noteworthy your blogs are, I think your honesty in your blog speaks volumes about who you are as a person and that’s better than reading some of the BS that appears in BLOG WORLD… I like it..MERRY XMAS TO YOU AND YOURS

December 23, 2010 - 10:01 am

LanaRenee - Thanks Gardner!

December 23, 2010 - 10:25 am

Alessandra Castillo - I love you and your lack of blogging skills :)

December 23, 2010 - 10:27 am

LanaRenee - I love you and YOUR lack of blogging skills. It’s pretty sad when my best friend in Chile doesn’t make my top followed blogs post.. haha!

December 23, 2010 - 10:42 am

Glocal Girl - Oh what a great surprise tweet, Lana…. You made my day! Thank you for your sweet words and like you, I am new to this whole blogosphere as well. It’s huge and overwhelming but thru it I have managed to glean a few new “blogger friends”, one of them being YOU! I feel a sense of companionship in the things we have in common, despite being on opposite ends of the world and having never met in person….

Happy Holidays to you and your love!

December 23, 2010 - 4:56 pm

The Everyday Minimalist - You are really far too kind to include me on here! Thank you so much!!!

As someone who has a varied set of topics floating around, you don’t have to blog about just one thing. My blogs are all focused on either money or minimalism, but there are side posts that relate to each that I find interesting as well, such as career + money, or minimalism + design.


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