I have genuine artistic appreciation for good quality blogs and just typing that sentence makes me anxious because I judge my free blog by my own standards.
That said, I’ve been dabbling with code, editing social media pages where possible and dreaming of my own website for years and I really do enjoy the aesthetic appeal of a clean, simple, stylish blog. In fact, knowing that most people read blog posts and scroll through websites on their phone more than a computer or laptop saddens me because you just don’t get the full experience, and that’s what blogs are these days; as digital and social media continue to evolve, content creators are having to go to extra lengths to encourage visitors to their site (I talk like I’ve been there and done that when I’m currently just at the ‘been there’ stage. I am there).
As i’ve tried to find my own niche I’ve also scoured the depths of WordPress to source themes I love, blogs that inspire and genuine posts that I enjoy. There’s a few out there that I would really recommend.
The Every Girl
The ultimate blog for women IMO.The Every Girl is an open forum for everything from careers & finance to health & beauty. Articles are written by a collection of intelligent, diverse and relatable women so you’re not just getting one person’s opinion or advice which allows the website to reach a wider audience.
The design of the site, which may or may not be less interesting to you, is very similar to my original choice for my site (honest, guv!), it’s almost like a Pinterest layout, with rows of posts neatly laid out in varied sized boxes. It sounds like it could be messy, but it makes the site look full of content and exciting to wander through.
The Blonde Abroad
This website feeds my love of web design and my need for travel. Kiki has clearly carved herself a niche and built a unique, interesting and severely appealing blog to scroll through. THIS IS WHAT I MEAN when I say mobile’s are ruining web design.
As a woman who travelled on her own for the first time in her life three years ago and really learnt to appreciate the poignance of that adventure, I think this website does more than just offer pretty pictures and travel advice – its very essence encourages and, I suppose, glamourises solo travel and feminine power, which i’m on board with.
Wit and Delight
I could write a piece just on my love for the title alone.Kate Arends and her tribe of content creators have built a sleek website with unique content – a true inspiration to myself.
With articles such as ‘Vitilising advice from women who lived by their own rules’ and ‘Lazy Weekend Recovery’, there is really something for everyone here and their content inspires me to write more interesting, thought provoking articles myself.
The Financial Diet
I really love that ‘Finance’ is becoming a common topic and discussion point on the internet amongst women. I’ve noticed the most well known Sites are going beyond the popular genres of fashion and beauty and building real content around finance, careers and mental health – all of this is important, the fashion and beauty too, but those have never been a taboo topic for women, or for anyone.
The Financial Diet doesn’t just cover finance based conversation, you’ll find a lot of really good information on this modern, easy to navigate website.
As a blogger who has built sites, opened Instagram accounts, felt dejected at the lack of visitors, closed said pages and repeated the circle several more times, I think it’s really important to engage with other content creators on the internet. Somewhere I have perhaps fallen hard in my past attempts has been my inability to get over my pride and just leave comments on other peoples instagram pages or sent messages of appreciation to people who inspire me and it’s something I think has slowed down my progression over the years. Support those who inspire you, support those who need a little push (please, wink*) and engage in good conversations!