Old School Blogging: 5 Blogging Loves

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Do you know what my favorite part of blogging is?

The people. I know I haven’t actually met anyone face to face – I’m on the other side of the world, which makes it a tad inconvenient. But I have read their words, looked at their pictures, gotten to know them and their children. I’ve video chatted with some on Skype and Google Hangout, instant messaged many more. I’ve let them into my life, my heart, my head. 

I am not exaggerating when I say that the people I have met through blogging, have changed my life in many ways. 

Today in honor of blogging friends, I’m going old school with Elaine and Tracy, to share 5 blogs I love, with you. I actually read well over 60 blogs (maybe more), so it was hard to pick just 5, but I put on my big girl panties and did it.

Vikki at Up Popped A Fox
I’d known of Vikki before I read her blog (because she is that awesome), and I got hooked when I tweeted about Peeps back in April, and someone suggested I should check out Vikki’s annual epic Peeps tributes. She makes Peeps mini-movies, people. She’s also a beautiful lady, really funny (her kids are awesome too), and a kick ass writer (who’s working on her book, whee!). I adore her if you can’t tell already. 

Kerstin of Auer Life
I believe that Kerstin doesn’t sleep, because she’s always the first to leave thoughtful blog comments everywhere. A German transplant living in Canada, she’s an author, freelance marketing consultant, and all-round awesome wife, mother and friend. I love her honesty, and no-BS-beating-around-the-bush-style, and mostly, her kindness. I’m so happy to call her friend. 

Jen of Runner Mom
I’ve been reading Jen’s blog since 2011 when I started blogging, so when she took a long summer break, I got worried that she’d quit blogging. I may have jumped up and down with glee when I spotted a new post yesterday, and then I woke up to comment crack from her (that’s like comments on your last 10 posts – that’s commitment, people), and it made my day. She’s a runner, mom of 4, and takes amazing photographs. Please go say hi to her and welcome her back!

Brittany of That’s Vandy
Brittany doesn’t know this, but when I was a new blogger, I wanted to be her when I grew up. She was writing at Mommy Words then, and wrote post after flawless post, and was one of the earliest people to vlog. I also send ALL my Little Love Media clients to her free downloadable blog planner printable, because she’s also a kick ass designer (her blog now is one of my favorite designs ever), and plans the most epic parties for her lucky kids. I love her, period.

Erin of Erin Margolin: The Road to my Writer Roots
One of the gutsiest, rawest, amazing and supportive writers I’ve ever met, Erin is the epitome of grace and courage. She’s also the co-founder and driving force behind The Gay Dad Project, an organization dedicated to providing support to kids whose parents have come out. They are also working on a documentary. All of her posts are amazing, and some of her best writing is when she really bares it all, and she does not shy away from topics of depression, body image and motherhood. She is truly remarkable.

Vikki, Kerstin, Jen, Brittany and Erin, consider yourself tagged, old school style!

Will you spread the bloggy love? Will you share with us your five favorite bloggers? Then, can you ask those five to spread more love to even more bloggers? Then link  up with Elaine and Tracy from now to October 20. And remember to tweet them at @elainea and @sellabitmum with the hashtag #OSBlog!

Whose your favorite blog read now? Tell me in the comments!

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • October 11, 2013 Runnermom-jen

    I just love you, Alison. πŸ™‚
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    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      And I, you. xo

  • October 11, 2013 Andrea

    Love your picks, Alison! And you have such eloquent, kind words to say about all of them. They are all in great company by being featured here!
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    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thank you.

  • October 11, 2013 erin margolin


    I’m honored & flattered, and you’ve made me very happy early on this Friday morning. You are one of the kindest, most supportive friends I’ve never met.

    How long do I have to do this linkup? Thank you for mentioning me and I feel so special that you chose me to be among your five!

    love you!
    erin margolin recently wrote…This is the Face of Depression.My Profile

    • October 11, 2013 Elaine A.

      You have until Oct. 20th. So glad Alison included you, my friend. πŸ™‚

    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      You’re welcome, of course, my love. xo

  • October 11, 2013 Kir

    it’s always nice to see who is loved inside someone’s reader.
    all your choices are good ones and I am sure so many people have you as a part of their five. thanks for bringing so much love to the internet so often.
    Kir recently wrote…For When I Wish I Had all the AnswersMy Profile

    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      You’re always on MY list, my friend. xo

  • October 11, 2013 Katie

    I also love all of these people! Great list πŸ™‚
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    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      They’re wonderful!!

  • October 11, 2013 Natalie

    YAY for great blogs Alison…and we feel like you aren’t all the way across the world! πŸ™‚
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    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      I wish I really wasn’t so far away. πŸ™‚

  • October 11, 2013 Kerstin

    Unfortunately I can’t leave a thoughtful comment, because I am speechless. Just floored. Seriously.
    What an awesome surprise to wake up to; so yes, I do sleep πŸ˜‰
    I may or may not have teared up just a little. xoxo
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    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      Good to know that you do sleep. πŸ™‚
      And you’re welcome of course, my friend. xo

  • October 11, 2013 Ashlee

    Just five?! I read a lot of blogs so I can’t imagine only choosing five, but I may try it : )
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    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      Oh, do! It was incredibly difficult to just pick 5, but do it I did. πŸ™‚

  • October 11, 2013 Shana Norris

    I can’t wait to check out these blogs, Alison. I’ve actually visited Erin’s (loved her bikini post) and Kerstin’s before, but the other three are new to me.
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    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      I hope you do, they are truly wonderful!

  • October 11, 2013 The Miss Elaine-ous Life

    Oh wow, you have some REALLY good ones here. And you do know them so well even though you’ve never seen them in real life. Because that is kind of friend you are, Alison. One who gets to really know their friends. Thank you for spreading the love on and on….

    P.S. I love Kerstin’s no BS style too! And now I need to go check on Jen. πŸ™‚
    The Miss Elaine-ous Life recently wrote…Old School Blogging – 5 Favorite BlogsMy Profile

    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thank you, Elaine. You are a special one, hon! Love spreading the love.

  • October 11, 2013 Jennifer

    I love all of these people too. And seriously? 60 blogs. I have no idea how you picked just five.

    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      Oh it was hard. So very hard. (I know, 60! It used to be far more)

  • October 11, 2013 KalleyC

    Yay!! More blogs to check out and a New Old School Blogging post!! Best of both worlds πŸ™‚ These look like great picks and I’m looking forward to checking them out.
    KalleyC recently wrote…The Tell {Almost} All ExposΓ©My Profile

    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      It is truly one of my favorite Old School Blogging topics!

  • October 12, 2013 Allie

    Love checking out new blogs…especially runner blogs. Yay!! Thanks…
    Allie recently wrote…The Mother of All Books – ReviewedMy Profile

    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      Jen is truly amazing – she runs, she takes beautiful photographs and she writes wonderfully. You’ll love her!

  • October 12, 2013 Kim

    I love all the bloggy love inspired by Old School Blogging this time! It is always fun to get a peek at a few of everyone’s favourites on their readers.

    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      It is so fun!

  • October 12, 2013 Nicole

    Thanks for the bloggy recommendations! What’s a few more blogs in my feed anyway?!
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    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      Especially since they’re so awesome!

  • October 12, 2013 Michelle

    Sounds like some great blogs! I’ll definitely check them out!
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    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      They are, and I hope you do!

  • October 12, 2013 tracy

    Now this is a beautiful list – like you. xoxo
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    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      Love you! xo

  • October 12, 2013 Julia

    I haven’t read most of these, lots of new friends to meet. Thanks for sharing. I’m still trying to come up with my 5.
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    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      I’m always happy to introduce my favorites to friends!

  • October 12, 2013 Tamara

    I love this OSB – spreading the blog love. I’ll be participating in the next week or so. It’s so hard to narrow down, but I think everyone knows I love them by the commenting I do on those blogs. I love reading the blogs YOU love!
    Tamara recently wrote…Celebrating The Little Things In Life.My Profile

    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      Yes, I hope that those who aren’t on this list know that I do love them too!

  • October 13, 2013 My Inner Chick

    The only blogger I know is Erin and she kicks Butt.

    Sending you love from Minnesota, Alison Lee. Xx
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    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      I do hope you check the others out, they’re amazing!

  • October 13, 2013 Ilene

    AS you know, you and I share a favorite. Kerstin rocks my world. I just love her. And Erin – what is there to say really? And you just led me to a few new names that I need to now check out!
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    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      I do hope you do, Ilene, they are wonderful.

  • October 13, 2013 Jennifer Hall

    Ooh, great pics, Alison! (Psst, Kerstin is my guest next Thursday!)
    Jennifer Hall recently wrote…Spreading Some Bloggy Love and GratitudeMy Profile

  • October 13, 2013 Maureen

    Beautiful words that goes along with wonderful bloggers, some I haven’t ‘met yet. Thanks for sharing them Alison πŸ™‚
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    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      I hope you do ‘meet’ them. πŸ™‚

  • October 13, 2013 Leigh Ann

    Excellent list! I’m so glad y’all have introduced me to Kerstin from Auer Life!
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    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      She is amazing!

  • October 14, 2013 Christine

    I love your picks! These are blogs that I don’t get to read enough and need to read more. I love seeing how other bloggers read and love reading.
    Christine recently wrote…On recognizing opportunity, embracing challenges and unseating comfort zonesMy Profile

    • October 14, 2013 Alison

      I love spreading the bloggy love!

  • October 15, 2013 Leslie

    It’s always great to find new fantastic blogs. Thanks for sharing!
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    • October 15, 2013 Alison

      I hope you do check them out!

  • October 15, 2013 Susi

    Alison, love your list. Only two bloggers I didn’t know yet but will check out now. I love finding new to me bloggers this way and I trust your choices!!! πŸ™‚
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    • October 15, 2013 Alison

      I hope you love them too, Susi!

  • October 16, 2013 Robin

    Great list. And good variety too!
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    • October 16, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Robin!

  • October 18, 2013 Cheryl

    I could not agree more – I consider several bloggers, who I’ve never met, among some of my dearest friends. My constant struggle with balance means frequent breaks from blogland, and it’s always my relationships with these people that I miss the most while I’m away. Some of my favorite bloggers are taking breaks of their own right now, but a new-to-me blogger whose writing I’ve really been enjoying is Shell from Things I Can’t Say.

    • October 18, 2013 Alison

      Shell is terrific! I’ve been reading her blog since I started back in 2011.

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