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10 Fantastic Blogs to Make You a Happier Person and a Better Writer in 2011

As the year draws to a close, we sit back and reflect on what made the year truly special and memorable. It is with this thought in mind that I want to share some of the most special blogs by truly awesome people that made this tough year filled with its share of challenges a happy and blessed one. Some are already quite popular and you may have heard of them.  Others are relatively new but have a wealth of information to offer.

  So, here I am spreading the love and hope you’ll enjoy their awesomeness as much as I do in 2011.

 1. Life as Mom

 I am over at Life as Mom everyday. Really. Not only because Jessica posts almost everyday but also because I truly learn so much from her. I enjoy her warmth, wit and wisdom as she shares frugal hacks for the kitchen, organizing tips to make life at home saner and just generally, makes you feel great about being a mom and homemaker. I’m looking forward to her cookbook and you already know how big a fan I am of her ebook, Organizing Life as MOM. If you haven’t gotten it already, check out my review of it. It’ll make life at home so much easier.

  2. Minimalist Moms

 Faith Janes aka Minimalist Mom is a wonderful example of how you can live simply in a large household. She shares her own journey of moving to a minimal yet rich life and inspires you to do the same. She’s currently on a blog holiday but will be back with a lot of changes, including ebooks and a new look.

  3. Steady Mom

 Jamie’s Steady Mom has helped me feel better about being overwhelmed or exhausted. Her practical advice and realistic advice reassures and encourages. As a homeschooling mom of 3, blogger and editor of Simple Homeschool she has her hands full. Its inspiring to read how she manages all of that and still smiles at the end of the day. My only regret is that I missed her ebook giveaway of Steady Days since I was traveling. But I’m looking forward to buying it sometime next year.

   4. Goodlife Zen

 Mary Jaksch is someone I met when I was a member of the A-List Blogging Club. She’s vibrant, dynamic and truly, helpful. That is the reason her blog, Goodlife Zen, is such a source of strength and inspiration for me. On days when I was feeling low and overwhelmed, I could just head over to Mary and read posts from the archives. Minutes( actually, hours of reading) later, I would be feeling so much better, in control and ready to deal with whatever life had in store.

  5. Small Notebook

 Another hugely popular blog, Rachel Meeks totally rocks your world with her simple yet inspiring posts that encourage you to exchange stuff for sanity and products for peace. I like her writing style because it’s like talking to an old friend. I’m really excited about their upcoming move to a different country and can’t wait to read all about it. Rachel is one of those mom bloggers who balances blogging and babies with equal ease and simplicity. In fact, when her ebook Simple Blogging came out, I lapped it up and while I haven’t reviewed it in detail, I totally love it. She shares how you can maximize your time online while improving your blog as well. I will be implementing quite a few of her suggestions and tips in the next year.

 6. No Job for Mom

 My admiration for NJFM and its creator, Felicia Williams is an open secret. I hold Felicia in great regard and have learnt a lot from her and her approach to writing online. Kind, considerate and knowledgeable, she doesn’t hesitate from sharing her wisdom and learning with the rest of us. Therefore, it is no surprise that she’s created a wonderful ebook for new and beginning writers and offers it completely free of cost. You don’t even have to subscribe, though I seriously recommend you do so.

 7. Kommein

 Most of you will know Deb Ng from Freelance Writing Gigs. When she sold FWJ, I was heartbroken  but then, she started Kommein and life as a writer as good again. Kommein is all Deb. Frank, forthright and friendly, she shares ways to improve your presence online, blogs that help you become a better blogger and lots more.    Kommein is informative without being pedantic and Deb’s practical advice can really help you grow as a blogger and web writer.

 8. Write to Done

 A collaborative blog by Mary Jaksch and Leo Babauta of Zen Habits fame, I learnt of this as well while in the A-List Blogging Club. The blog is awesome with its tips on blog writing, fiction writing, freelancing and more. It features guest posts by equally talented writers and I truly recommend subscribing since it can seriously help you improve as a freelance writer and blogger.

 9. Quips and Tips for Successful Writers

 Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen is a fellow Suite 101 writer, like Felicia Williams, and her blog is again full of serious goodness for writers and bloggers. She has tons of experience under her belt and doesn’t hesitate from sharing all the wisdom. From improving your writing skills to helping you make money from your writing, you’ll find all the tips you need along with some quotable quips.

 10. All Freelance Writing

 Hugely popular and rightly so, All Freelance Writing is a writer’s delight. Jennifer Mattern and her team of bloggers share writing tips, a dose of humor and freebies to help you better your craft and grow as a blogger and freelance writer. I particularly enjoy reading Rebecca Garland’s posts since she writes about writing from a WAHM perspective but the other writers are just as fantastic.

 These are just ten of the awesome blogs that have made 2010 truly wonderful for me and have helped me grow as a blogger, mother and homemaker. I’ll be sharing more of such awesomeness from around the blogosphere in upcoming posts.


What was your favorite blog in 2010? How did it help you?

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  1. Thanks for the great list, Prerna. My favorite blog for 2010 has to be No Job For Mom and I’m sure it will top my 2011 list, as well. Almost everything I know about making money writing online I’ve learned from Felicia or a commenter on her blog. That’s even how I found you:)

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Totally agree with you about NJFM, Crystal. Felicia is a rockstar in my eyes and like you, I’ve learnt tons from her and our fellow commenters:-)

  2. Prerna, that’s a great list, and thanks for mentioning my blog. I’ve got to say, you’ve been a inspiration to me also. Your warmth and grace shines through in your writing.

    I also admire the way you face obstacles with the determination to either go around, through or over them to get to the other side. Keep up the great and inspirational work.

    • The Mom Writes says:

      You’re most welcome, Felicia and thank you for your kind words. I look forward to growing with you in the new year and sharing in more of your successes.

  3. Prerna,

    Thank you so much for including Quips & Tips for Successful Writers here! I look forward to reading more of your posts — I love the layout of your blog.

    But first, must Tweet this post :-)

    Happy New Year,

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Thanks Laurie and you’re most welcome! I adore Q&T for writers and think i did one of my first few guest posts for the site. Unfortunately, am more of a lurker over there but will try to work on commenting more often. Appreciate your tweeting the post :-)

  4. My favorite blog this year was Simple Mom, because of the book club I participated in this year. The book was 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families. The book and the discussion helped me in my decision to resign my corporate job and become full-time Mom this year.

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Mary! Oh yeah, Simple Mom rocks too. In fact, I love the complete network of blogs under Simple Living Media. Thanks for sharing about the book club. I must check it out in 2011.
      Wish you a blessed year ahead.

  5. Thanks so much for including me here, Prerna! I’m honored, truly.


    • The Mom Writes says:

      The pleasure is all mine, Jamie. You know how much I adore your writing and your authenticity that shines through in every post.

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