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.