I Love Blogs That

* tell stories
* tell about process, if the blog is about making
* use words thoughtfully
* inspire the reader
* show the writer cares about the reader.

These are blogs I follow, and this is the kind of blog I want to create.

I’ve been blogging at WordPress for more than four years. And I’ve enjoyed reading here for just as long. However, many of the bloggers I used to follow have dropped out of the process. They no longer write, or at least, not using the same url. I’d love to find a few more blogs, thoughtfully written, to follow.

Do you have favorite blogs to recommend? What do you look for in blogs you follow? They can be WordPress blogs or anyone’s!ย  They can be quilting blogs or any kind! Please tell us in comments. ALSOย please stop back through, comment on other comments, add more as you think of them! Let’s have a conversation about great blogs we enjoy. I’ll look forward to your thoughts.

32 thoughts on “I Love Blogs That

  1. Sue

    I read your posts, Melanie, because of your writing, even though I am not so much into the same quilting style as you are. You are articulate and have opinions, and you do things and go places. All good. I also have a couple of other favorites, including SewSlowly, and Fret Not Yourself, who are involved in improv quilting (among other things) and I also read Dawn Chorus Studio, which was mentioned in another comment. I myself have been absent from my blog most of this year, due to family and other circumstances. Hope to get back, but thinking how I can use my blog to express what I am doing without devoting so much time to it…it seemed to be taking me out of the studio too much. I wish you happy holidays and a wonderful 2018!

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  2. Chela's Colchas y Mas

    I have been blogging in one way or another ever since I learned about it in a teacher workshop.
    I had a classroom blog where I posted learning experiences. Each student had their own blog included in this blog. They posted their work and creations on their blog. I also had a blog for teachers…Teacher Think Tank. I posted free lesson plans.Four years ago, I retired and I started a poetry blog.This was mainly to keep me from going stir crazy. Then, I started quilting. I found so many informative, creative blogs that helped me start on this quilting journey. Your blog is one of these special blogs I look forward to reading.
    Once I started quilting, I wanted to share what I learned. I also wanted to join a community of creative people. So, I started my quilting blog.
    One of the best non-quilting blogs is Learn Moore Stuff. https://mooreti.edublogs.org/
    I taught fourth grade with Laura before she became our IT.
    I loved working with her and learning new technology to integrate in the classroom.
    She has the latest technology apps and lesson ideas.
    I still read her blog, and use some of her ideas with my grandchildren.

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      I love the fact that blogs are a main driver of arts/crafts/creativity now. There is so much information available that would be hard to access otherwise. Thanks for the comments and recommendation.

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  3. allisonreidnem

    I like your list elements that make up a good blog. I follow yours because you do describe the process of your projects so carefully and because you are thoughtful, often instigating fascinating and informative discussions. I would recommend following Yvonne Fuchs, https://quiltingjetgirl.com/about/

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  4. Mary D

    The blogs I am listing are ones I follow that create slightly unique works (at least to me). Maria Shell (talesofastitcher.com) and I absolutely adore her work. Rebecca Mae Designs – I like her creations. The Quilting Edge has a tutorial on how to do QAYG method that is incorporated as part of the design, a must read. Marianne designs some awesome improv quilts. Pie Lady Quilts – Jill is an awesome story teller with great creations. Of course Sujata from The Root Connection – awesome.

    My small contribution to the “list”.

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Oh yes, Maria Schell — creative and interesting. ALSO it’s fun to see Jill Fisher (Pie Lady Quilts) on your list. She is a valued member of my local guild. THanks for the recommendations.

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  5. snarkyquilter

    Good one Melanie. I list the blogs I read kind of regularly on my blog, but am happy to while away the minutes following other bloggers’ links to other blogs. It’s sad that some collaborative blogs I liked (And Then We Set It On Fire, for example) have stopped, probably due to writer fatigue. I, too, am turned off by blogs that do nothing more than push product. I have no problem with blogs that market stuff, but I look for more than stuff for sale.

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      “Writer fatigue” is a good description. Sometimes I feel like there is nothing of value I can contribute, and the effort to come up with it is more than I can manage! But give me a bit of time, and there is always more. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your comments.

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  6. Ruth Kennedy

    Actually, it is YOUR blog I look forward to! Several of my friends follow along as well…we look forward to your informative , inspiring chats

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  7. Nann

    I like your blog, Melanie, because you write thoughtfully and clearly. Oh, yes, and your quilt designs are intriguing and appealing! It’s been interesting to read the comments thus far and learn about new-to-me blogs. I blog to keep a journal not only of my quilting but also about other aspects of my life. I find the advertisements on “monetized” blogs distracting and annoying. I know that many people blog for a living. I’m fortunate that I don’t need that income. I like good grammar, spelling, and syntax. I like clean layouts and easy-to-read fonts. I enjoy integrated blogs (quilting / travel / reading / food can be combined as long as there are labels or tags to quickly find specific subjects).

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  8. zippyquilts

    Nice! I’ve enjoyed reading the comments and subscribed to Laura Bruno Lilly’s blog. I have many favorite blogs, including:
    Red Pepper Quilts, for the inspiring pictures
    While She Naps, for craft industry news
    Factotum-of-arts, for quilting interests similar to mine
    My Imperfect Life (BowenStephanie74.wordpress.com), for smart-ass attitude.
    I cannot read blogs with multiple grammatical errors. Life is too short to be annoyed by what I read. And I’ve dropped a number of blogs that used to be fun but now focus on selling.
    Thanks for a useful question!

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    1. Chela's Colchas y Mas

      I know what you mean about multiple grammatical errors! I know I slip every now and then, but editing is so important. I too have dropped blogs that focus on selling.
      Your blog is so informative and inspirational.
      I totally enjoy reading your posts.

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  9. KerryCan

    I think your criteria are so well-considered–those are generally the elements that keep me coming back to a blog, too. In my own writing, I especially try to be reader-centered and I think that’s why I haven’t written so much lately–I’m a little overwhelmed by my own world and having a hard time relating it to what my followers might find interesting. I often find new blogs to follow by looking for meaningful comments on other people’s posts–if I think the comments are well-written and interesting, there’s a good chance the blog will be, too.

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      I know so well what you mean about having a hard time writing when I’m personally overwhelmed. While some people process best by writing about “it,” (and sometimes I do, too,) that doesn’t necessarily mean that they would want to or should share their thoughts. Thanks for commenting.

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  10. Kerry

    One blog I really enjoy is Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville. I don’t know how she manages it all! Very much into her followers. Her trips around the country for tutorials are very interesting as she shows photos and delves into histories. Abroad is much the same – more photos and more geography and history. Also she does a quilt cam that people all join in and sew along to just chatter about anything, although I’ve never seen one live – time and when she does time it for this side of the ocean – usually something else has been planned!
    Leah Day – terrific little blogger. She’s now doing podcasts too. I learnt a lot from her with the machine quilting. Probably the first blog I ever followed.
    I also like Angela Walters – one crazy, funny lady.
    Then there are the working on the land ones, like Back to the Homestead, where I’ve followed the progress of a fellow intent on providing organic food for his family.
    Over in the UK we have Charles Dowding – another vegetable guru (hey – no dig with proof positive is always a plus) and since adopting his methods I’ve found growing is much easier and more productive – and easier on the back!
    Some were really great to start with regarding smallholdings but I guess time is of the essence and when you work the land then playing on a computer is not important when life comes first. It is a pity for someone like me who is planning for that and want to learn things (ups and downs) – but at the same time it’s totally understandable and I don’t begrudge them at all.
    Then there are the Youtube bloggers – vloggers?
    Hmmm I need to do chores before I play any more!

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      THanks, Kerry. And YES, it’s easy to get caught up in reading and not move on to making! I’ve been trying to limit my computer time recently, which is rather contrary to my goal of finding more interesting things to read. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Kerry

        Sometimes I check out a tutorial and then meh, where does the time go. Have to ration it all or I’d never get things done. Thank goodness it’s not gardening weather! LOL!

        Anyhooo have a Merry Christmas to you and yours xx

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  11. Tamara Hutchinson

    I was a teacher for many years, with a focus and passion for literacy, so the craft of writing is important to me. I’m happy when I find well written blogs about things of interest to me-quilting, reading, gardening and appreciating and caring for the environment. Two quilting blogs I really enjoy, in addition to this one (!) are Quilting Through Rose-Colored Trifocals, Mary Huey’s blog, and Kitty Wilkins blog, The Night Quilter. Both of these women write clearly and share new projects that are inspiring to me, sometimes writing about other topics that interest me (Mary loves birds and birding; Kitty makes sure her kids get outdoors-pretty sweet!). It’s also a plus when bloggers respond to my comments as it makes this web thing much more personal. It doesn’t bother me at all when there are long periods of silence from a blogger I follow. I’m sure they are busy creating, writing and thinking.

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Hi Tamara. Thanks for the suggestions. Good point about bloggers who don’t blog — busy with other creating. I find it hard to do both at the same time, too, so I understand that.

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  12. laura bruno lilly

    I’ve been blogging for 4 years, too and I know what you mean…I’m always on the lookout for new good ones to follow without getting absorbed by staying glued to the computer! HA! I’ll kick off by recommending Jennie’s blog, a woman who’s taught preschool for lotsa years and will fill you with the wonder of reading/learning all over as she tells of her kiddos in class…etc…well, have a look: (I chose the quilt category link for openers) https://jenniefitzkee.com/category/quilting/
    Also, feel free to drop by my blog occasionally, too!
    peace

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    1. Tamara Hutchinson

      Thank you for the reminder about Jennie’s blog, Laura. I read it often when teaching and now that I have a grandchild, I’ll be happy to read her book reviews and chatter about young children once again.

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