Friday, April 17, 2009

:: :: top five :: ::

although i am not totally surprised that i am somewhat talented at the business-end of running a new business (and could i add more qualifiers and vague adjectives in one clause please), i have to say that i am a bit surprised how consuming it can become.

in my blog reader, for example, i have at least 44 blogs i follow that i consider "work-related" blogs. i read these to stay current with trends, to see what's going on out in the wider design world, to be exposed to things i wouldn't normally find. i also read them to get business advice, creative inspiration, and a dose of reality. and sure, i read them to see if anyone is out there talking about me. i feel weird saying that but it's true. because sometimes they are. and i think that's exciting.

the trouble is, each of those 44 blogs posts daily. some post several times a day. it's too much for anyone to keep up with.

and reading them in a blog reader is like eating diet ice cream. it's cold and sweet but there's nothing wonderful or luxurious about it. you don't get the full ice cream experience.

so i'm attempting to pare it down. (did i mention i follow 40 blogs that i don't consider work-related?) i'm trying to choose just ten. ten that inspire me. ten that i enjoy reading each day. ten that i really really love.

and i'm looking for your help.

i know, i know. i have 84 blogs in my blog reader. but frankly? they don't all inspire me. and i know there are some gorgeous, thoughtful blogs out there that i'm missing. so if you don't mind, can you share your top five? or even your top two? i'm out looking but i'd love your help.

thanks. i'm looking forward to my blog cream. maybe in a cone.


carolyn April 17, 2009 at 6:44 PM  

I'm in the same boat -- so overwhelming. Let me know if you figure out how to pare it down!

Laura April 18, 2009 at 3:56 PM  

Anna Maria Horner's blog is one of my favorites. It's not exclusively about design (though she does post a lot about fabric, patterns, etc., and her photography is luscious and inspirational), but she's a beautiful writer who posts very thoughtful and soulful entries. And she doesn't post daily, so it's easy to keep up with!

Toni April 18, 2009 at 10:33 PM  

I can't call it my favorite because I only just ran across it the other day but seems to have a lot of ideas each day. And because it pulls from a number of blogs she's doing the legwork of finding good stuff.

julie green (from up up and each penny pretty) April 19, 2009 at 2:20 PM  

i found the mogg blog yesterday. at have you seen this yet? i actually had to stop reading it because i was laughing so hard i thought i was going to throw up.


it's like go fug yourself but without all the annoying celebs.

julie green (from up up and each penny pretty) April 19, 2009 at 2:21 PM  

oh, and if anyone knows a great, inspiring photoblog... something like the 3191 mornings and 3919 evenings projects, i'm looking. i like the noticing project, but i'm looking for something new.