I don’t want to go viral, I want to set hearts on fire. ― Coco J. Ginger
2016 is almost over. Generally, everyone at this time’s wondering where the year went, but if I sit and think about it, it feels like New Year’s was a long, long time ago. People are always complaining that time flies too fast, including my grandmother, who’s rather fond of cursing the clock whenever she checks the time, but some of us get tangled up in its slow course, and it feels like you’ve been smoothly gliding over the waves. That’s how 2016 has been for me – so different from the rush of 2015 – and with every blogger looking back at the year in reminiscence, I thought that in the last days of December, I’d like to share my year too, and I decided to start with blogs – both that entertain and inspire me. Here are my favorites from 2016:
I love every word Liz writes. She’s an honest and genuine person, and knows how to love the beautiful things in life. She has been very much like a role-model to me, and her work has hugely inspired me both as a blogger and a writer – I even did a special post for her. It was sometime in January when I discovered her blog – definitely a great start to a new year – and to this day, she remains my favorite.
I met Abigail on Instagram and we became friends when she so kindly offered me to help me with my queries about writing. Abigail is one strong woman and has a unique sense of humor I haven’t seen in anyone else – she writes honestly and freely. She’s been published around a number of online magazines and her debut novel – Victoria’s Victorian Victory – is going to be out soon. Check her blog out for a dosage of humor and writing tips & inspiration.
Lala Rukh’s writing feels like traditional embroidery – it’s intricate, delicate, detailed, and the final product is always stunning; something that would linger in your mind after you’re done reading. She has a special knack for writing about sorrow – she does it simply and beautifully. The words stretch their hands out from the screen and tug at your loosely-suspended heart. They’re mesmerizing, captivating, spell-bounding – a thousand adjectives that do not belong to grief – and perfectly explain what it feels like.
I only recently discovered Amanda Fairchild’s blog, but I love her already. On her blog you’ll find her musing about loneliness, ranting about miscellaneous stuff, writing about her creative process, tips and advice for novelists – all with brutal honesty. And there’s a really cute story about two robots, too!
So, here are my favorite blogs that I’ve enjoyed reading in 2016. The list is quite short, seeing that most of the blogs I followed this year were wildly popular as a result of being featured on Discover. I thought to mention those that I have loved and have a close connection to in some ways. All the women I mentioned above are amazing writers, and I’ve always enjoyed their writing.
However, I noticed two important things: first, that I need to read more, little-known blogs – not all good writers are always popular; they’re hidden there somewhere, waiting for us. Secondly, I need to read more diverse blogs. Not for the sake of it, but because the diversity around me is fascinating, and there’s always something new to learn. I might find the very thing I was looking for. Discovering stuff is always a good idea.
What were your favorite blogs of 2016? What did you learn from them? Did you make any new friendships? Let me know by sharing your own list in the comments!
Every time you post something online, you have a choice. You can either make it something that adds to the happiness levels in the world—or you can make it something that takes away. –Zoe Sugg