The first one is by a friend of mine who hasn't been blogging long. I shared this on Twitter and Facebook and a number of friends have loved this post and shared it too. Beautiful by Jess at 91 Odd Socks.
A powerful writer. Embrace her please.
"From a very young age, I have known that not everyone is normal. Some of us have scars, burns, tubes, and prosthetics, wheels, tracheotomies, no hair and oxygen tanks. Some of us can’t walk, breathe or even eat like you can.
But we can still hear your whispers, see your pointing tips, feel your stares, taste your smiles of pity.
For once, pretend that we look like everyone else. Treat us as you would the giggling girls in high heels, the boys with their hats on the wrong way."
Welcome to the InterWebs by Veronica Foale.
Still sort of on that topic, Miscellaneous Mum writes about finding the right voice when blogging, the homogenisation of blogging, and that blogging can become competitive. And these factors may take the fun from blogging.
I went to an Emerging Writer's Festival session today and one of the messages I took away was to appreciate your fellow writers, belong to the community and cultivate relationships with them. Writing is not a competition, it's a community. I like that idea.
And despite what critics say, I love fashion bloggers. I love their passion for clothes, and their creativity. Fashion blogs inspire me. I love that fashion bloggers don't often write much (but still write well) still inspire me. I came across Rose Petals in the Rain a few months ago, and her dreamy outfits make me smile and sigh simultaneously. I adore the purple dress she wears in the screenshot below, and also this grey and pink beauty.