10 Blogs You’ll Enjoy that You Haven’t Subscribed To (yet)

On August 13, 2009, Becoming Minimalist caught a break. Unannounced to me, a blog with over 200,000 subscribers linked to this site. It brought countless new readers to this site and continues to drive traffic here even now. In many ways, it put Becoming Minimalist “on the map.” And when people ask me how this blog has grown so quickly, I always reference that date and that link as a milestone in this blog’s growth.

Since that time, I have tried to use this platform to help other blogs increase their readership. There are countless authors writing wonderful words and telling amazing stories. But unfortunately, given the cluttered nature of the Internet, they don’t always get noticed. And I believe that many of them are just waiting for their opportunity to be introduced.

To that end, I have listed the names of ten blogs that (in my opinion) are under-appreciated. They are producing valuable content. And I’m confident that you will enjoy and be inspired by each of them.

10 Blogs You’ll Enjoy that You Haven’t Subscribed To (yet)

One Dress Protest. Throughout 2011, Kristy Powell has decided to wear one dress for one year in order to protest the ideas and motivations behind how and why she wears her clothes. Her aim is to challenge the ways identity is constructed through clothing, what sustainability means for consumption, how our perception of others is so often based on external presentation, and what “fashion” ultimately means in her life going forward.

Guy Named Dave. Dave Bruno is the man who thought-up the idea of the 100-Thing Challenge… and lived to write the book. On his well thought-out and insightful blog, Dave writes thoughtfully about American-style consumerism and routinely shares stories of others who have embraced minimalism.

Modern Simplicity. Sandy Kreps is a writer, graphic designer/art director in North Dallas, a wife, and mom to two little boys. She is committed to living greener and teaching others about choosing a greener, simpler lifestyle. Her blog is full of insightful, well-researched practical tips on living green in this modern world. You’ll love it!

Trading Pounds. The inspiring story of Stephanie Wetzel who is journaling her real life account of trading 246 pounds for a brand new life by embracing a total wellness approach that encompasses a commitment to real food, changing bad habits into good ones, and creating a life aligned with their core needs, wants and values. Her blog is helpful and her story is fantastic. As a matter of fact, if you are a member of the media who would benefit from telling an inspirational, feel-good story… you should totally look her up!

Raam Dev. Raam Dev’s blog “is dedicated to the exploration of what it means to be human. It’s a place to be inspired and motivated to discover your own inner beauty. You will read things here that cause you to think about life from a different angle.”

A Big Creative Yes. Dan Goodwin’s blog is dedicated to inspiring others to become more creative. His desire is to help people become as abundantly creative as they’ve always known they can be, to inspire and energize their own lives to new levels, and the lives and creativity of those around them.

Itty Bitty Impact. Tonia uses gorgeous photography, personal stories, and step-by-step tutorials to inspire others to find bite-sized, practical ways to cut back on their consumption and waste…the small things that add up and make a difference.

Minimalist Mom. Rachel Jonat and her family embraced minimalism in September 2010. Since then, they have paid off over $65,000 in personal debt. Her blog documents their journey, inspires and informs those new to the minimalist movement and helps connect them with “like minded folk.” You’ll find plenty of discussions on how to live a richer life with less stuff.

Art of Minimalism. Since its beginnings, I have read Mike Donghia’s Art of Minimalism and have routinely scanned for new content. I am a fan of his approach to blogging and the depth of insight in his posts.

Mom Blog. Margie Sims is the mother to nine children and currently expecting her tenth. Her authenticity in each post is only out-shined by her obvious love for each of her children. If you have kids, you should read her blog. The comfort and inspiration that you find in each post will almost certainly make you a better, more intentional parent.

To accomplish the creation of this list, I asked people on Twitter to send me their “favorite blogs with less than 1,000 subscribers.” I realize that subscriber count is not the only way to gauge the readership of a blog (nor is it easily calculated from the outside looking in). But for this exercise, it served its purpose. Most of these blogs were found based on their recommendations. And so I offer a special thanks to everyone who helped contribute to this list… whether I ended up using your recommendation or not.

Joshua Becker

About Joshua Becker

Writer. Inspiring others to live more by owning less.
Bestselling author of Simplify & Clutterfree with Kids.

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  1. says

    I’m so flattered you included me in the list! Thank you, Joshua. And I just discovered nine new blogs that I can’t wait to start reading! This is a fantastic list.

  2. says

    Thank you for including me on this list!
    Excited to check out all these interesting blogs you have linked to. Especially Margie at Mom Blog – 9 children and another on the way, wow!

  3. says

    Joshua ~ Thank you so much for including Trading Pounds on the list with all of these other great blogs. I appreciate it more than I could ever say in words! And thank you, Caroline from A Wish Come Clear for the nomination!

    Best ~ Steph

  4. says

    I can’t wait to dive into these blogs. I always love finding new and interesting people. Time to do a little brain picking or I guess blog picking. Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. says

    Thanks for exposing me to some of these wonderful people! It’s great when a wonderful person also doubles as a wonderful blogger.
    I have added Raam Dev and Sandy at Modern Simplicity to my RSS feeds because of you. Who knows, maybe some day they will hold a place of esteem in my mind at the same level you do. Regardless, reading what they have to say has already enriched my life and for that I am thankful.


  6. says

    I must admit it is a bit humbling to be included on a list with other bloggers I “look up to.” Thank you so much for believing in me and my One Dress Protest, Joshua.

    • JDL says

      Your website is the first I have started reading from Joshua’s recommendations and I’m loving it! Thanks for pushing us to be better consumers. I’m going to pick a new topic each week with my kids for us to try. The disposable cup challenge should be a fun one for this week especially going into all the 4th of July activities!

  7. says

    Thanks for sharing. They are all new to me, and I’m looking forward to checking them out. I especially like the sound of Itty Bitty Impact and Minimalist Mom.

  8. says

    Wow! Thanks for some new reading. I’m looking forward to a cup of coffee and some meandering through new blogs. We have just started out on the journey of making a new kind of life for ourselves and I love having some new inspiration to keep going!

  9. says

    I LOVE that you did this! What an amazing way to help out those that were once in your shoes. That just makes me like this blog even more! Thank you for this great list and I look forward to checking out these links!

  10. Emily says

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for a while now and appreciate your recommendation for these 10 new (to me) blogs.

  11. says

    Hi Joshua,
    I found your blog through one of my favorite finance blogs, Frugal Dad, and I’m really glad I did!
    Thank you for taking the opportunity to give back to the community. This style of post is a fantastic idea.
    I’m heading off now to the Mom Blog to see how whe handles that many children. I just have two, and can definitely learn from her experience!
    Have a great day,

  12. says

    Thanks for the list of recommended reading. I just found your blog today as well. I look forward to visiting again as living simply is ingrained in my nature…after all, plain ol’ outside play and wheelbarrow rides are a common mode of simple fun with our kids around here:
    You have a treasure trove of ideas for people wanting, but struggling to live simply here. Great blog.

  13. says

    This is a great list. I’ve just started my blog this weekend with still lots of work to do. I was thinking I would get away with a twitter account and just do everything via my blog. My aim is to get my blog in this list.

  14. says

    Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and
    said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She
    placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it
    pinched her ear. She never wants to go back!
    LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  15. says

    I just discovered your site and am so enjoying exploring it as well as the blogs you listed. I recently launched a site on adventuring for less and appreciate the inspiration. Thanks so very much!!

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