I have writers block, and have done for the last few months. There, I said it. Sometimes we all do need a good break, however my little break to regain my love for writing quickly turned into an extended absence, and I’ve found it hard to actually want to write again. Since I’ve started generating an income from my blog, I’ve found myself in a place where I am completely uninspired. No matter how many times I’ve sat down to write over the last few months, nothing has materialized in the way intended. Nothing I write sounds like me, and when it does, it doesn’t sound like something anyone else would want to read. Writers block has hit me like a brick wall and I’ve found myself taking solace in the blogs that I bookmarked before I ever started my own. Although the blogs linked below are similar in that they involve life with children in some aspect, they are all very different. The one thing they do all have in common is that they have an amazing quality of content that I aspire to produce myself. Whether it be beautiful photography, an amazing design or are just really bloody good to read, these are the blogs that I will turn to again and again to inspire me when I am lacking, and they may be able to help you too.
I first came across Dear Little Daisy during the annual search for the Mark Warner Holiday Program Ambassadors. As with almost every blog I fall in love with, what initially drew me in was the photography. The imagery on Dear Little Daisy is second to none: Jodie is a freelance photographer, which I suppose explains a lot, and she tells the story of her little family so well through her lens. Although I was initially drew in because of the photography (and that has only continued to improve since then) it is no longer the main reason I go back now. Dear Little Daisy is now very much a family travel blog, although I don’t necessarily remember it being that way when I first started reading. This blog is partly responsible for making me feel as though travel is completely and entirely possible even with a little one. More than possible actually, fun. I’ve talked about how much I used to love travel pre-baby, and how I suppose I felt like I had lost the chance to travel when Harrison was born slightly earlier than planned. Jodie, Andrew and Daisy are perfect examples of why that does not have to be the case. They are a normal everyday family, who make sacrifices and budget accordingly to allow them to see the world. I am yet to read a post of a place they have visited and not add it to my ‘to visit’ bucket list, which is good for my bucket list, but not so good for my bank balance.
Beautifully chaotic. If I was given two words to describe Meet The Wildes it would be those. Meet The Wildes is a blog depicting the lives of two wonder-women, two sets of twins and a dog. Written by Amber, she gives an insight into a very different life, a life that I am in complete awe of. I can’t help but compare my experience with one little human to this family who have had four in a very short space of time and wonder how I’ve ever complained about juggling life. The photography on Meet The Wildes is ridiculously captivating and I can find myself scrolling for hours through the shots. There is nil focus on white backgrounds, sunflowers or clean lines, with the ‘typical’ blogger shots you can often expect are abandoned in favor of the real moments. It’s very rare that in any one photo every single person in frame is in focus, or still, or even at all ready for the picture, and I think that may well be the reason I love them so much. It’s all very real, nothing is staged or posed, just captured as it happens. Now Amber also has an uncanny ability to tell a really good story. The first ‘review’ post I read of hers was for a Medela Breast Pump. I’m sure this pump was fab, but I did not breast feed. I had no reason to read about a breast pump at the time – or even now for that matter – but I did, and I still would. I read Ambers’ post from start to finish and I loved it. She incorporates products into her life and her stories, in such a way that feels completely authentic – reading Meet The Wildes feels exactly like sneaking a look in someone else’s diary, and that is so rare now.
I came across Dilan And Me through a single post. I’m not sure how I found it, or why I clicked on it in the first place, but ever since I’ve read this post I’ve been captivated. I read ‘Four Years Ago‘ and I immediately felt like I knew Lauren, the writer behind it. Her words resonated with me and everytime I read over that same post I feel like I get to know her even more. Her honesty is what makes me remember the post, but what brings me back to Dilan and Me and what continues to bring me back week on week is the photography. There is such a beautiful warmth to every set of photos with each post, I feel like a walking cliché, but with each picture posted you can almost feel the love. It’s either a fricking fantastic Photoshop filter (Lauren, feel free to share) or just a remarkable ability to capture the moment in front of the camera. Adam also seems to be responsible for a lot of the beautiful images shared on Dilan and Me, and he really does have a skill to capture Lauren and Dilan together. The words are so well written, but being able to match up a face to the voice makes them even better. So many of the blogs I love to read – rather than simply look at – focus on the children, the babies and the homes, and the parents who write them often take a step back behind the camera. I’m guilty of this myself, but when I read Dilan and Me and I feel like I know the person writing, I can see Lauren and I feel like I can relate to her too.
The first thing you’ll notice when you visit Hello Archie, or at least the first thing I did, was the website design. Hello Archie reads like a magazine. Like a glossy magazine whereby every article is one that you actually want to read. The blog is written, photographed and designed by Kaye, and I don’t think I’ve ever came across any blog quite like it. Everything has a carefully thought out place and purpose. As per every site on this list, the photography is lovely and the small video clips that play through while you scroll give a little snippet as to how the family really are. Now one of the main reasons I love Hello Archie again is the photography – Kaye takes such beautiful pictures of the boys, and her ability to do so under any circumstance is a kick up the arse for me to improve my own. A close second to the beautiful look of Hello Archie is the realism. Kaye has had a bloody difficult time with sleep -or lack there of it – but she has an amazing way of relaying her reality without appearing to be droning on about it (a skill I’m yet to master). I always liked her blog, but I found myself resonating entirely with Kaye when I began to read her posts about the struggle with sleep in her household, it was refreshing to read posts written by someone who was completely exhausted, but who still managed to produce content to a standard I could only dream of.
This is a blog you can’t help but be inspired by after visiting. The aesthetic, the photography and Keri-Anne’s way with words all go hand in hand to make me feel like I could really do with upping my game. There is such a distinct theme on Ginger Lilly Tea, and it is one I couldn’t even come close to replicating, but it’s enough to make me want to just go out and take pictures. Everything is very ethereal and dainty, think greenery, white dresses and beautiful long hair. I could probably pick out an image taken for Ginger Lilly Tea from a stacked pile without hesitation. The blog reminds me of the old books about fairies you used to read when you were a child – the books with little glittery wings and watercolor flowers everywhere. There is not a lot of words to accompany these beautiful pictures, just enough and sometimes that’s exactly what you need when your lacking inspiration. My only problem with Ginger Lilly Tea is that I just wish there was more. With every single post published I gain a little bit more inspiration, and having now read everything available, I’m waiting patiently for every new post. I am under no illusion that I will never be able to produce images like this, but with every one I see I have that little bit more of a push to get myself outside with my camera, which will never be a bad thing.
I heard Hannah Argyle before I ever actually read her blog. I’d been a regular follower of Sara Tasker’ podcast – Hashtag Authentic – since it began, and I was first introduced to Hannah following her feature on the podcast. Hannah Argyle was (and still is) an Instagram Influencer, a very good one at that, who then created a blog. Her Instagram is beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but I find it difficult to really spend any considerable amount of time on Instagram these days – I have a love/hate relationship with the platform, and for the time being we are most definitely on a break. Discovering that I could still get my Hannah Argyle fix through her blog made for a great day. This blog goes over and above everything I was looking for, photography tips, Instagram musings and beautiful pictures taken in beautiful locations. Although Hannah is a parent, nothing about her blog feels like a typical ‘parent’ blog – every image captured tells a story and are taken in scenes I can only dream of. I used to love reading these beautiful (slightly unrealistic) travel blogs – less for the actual travel information, more for the idyllic locations and the ability to escape within the posts. Although not a travel blog, when I read posts by Hannah Argyle, I feel the same, I can escape to the places she has photographed. I had never considered Norfolk to be a place I wanted to visit, a camper van and her collaboration with Fat Face changed that…
In a creative world it’s very easy to run out of steam, the world of blogging is incredibly saturated and it’s almost inevitable that at some point you’ll end up stuck in a rut. The comparison trap can be a difficult one, and while looking at the blogs above, in some instances I can’t help but feel like I fall short, which can be disheartening. All it takes is a little perspective to turn this into a positive thing though. I do fall short of these wonderful ladies in many ways, but at the same time, this gives me the drive and inspiration to improve both myself and the content I produce. I have a list as long as three arms of blogs I love to read, but If I’ve been hit by the brick wall that is writers block, these are my go to sources for inspiration. I’d love to add to this list though – which are your favourite blogs for inspiration?