I wrote a few months ago about my search last summer to find old-fashioned blogs. Cozy blogs that were full of heart and personality. Blogs that were real and not driven primarily by the latest marketing tricks and blogger guru advice. Blogs that had an element of warmth to them.
And I have to be completely honest. I was looking for blogs that were not primarily about homeschooling and gifted/2e kids. I was completely burned out on all that. I needed to think of something other than homeschooling, gifted/2e, and chronic illness. I love what I do and I love my child, but my life needed some rounding out with some positive cozy propaganda.
I was looking for blogs that fit my work here as I describe it in the sidebar and in my Meet Sallie page:
I’m Sallie and I help people create a cozy life that surrounds them and their loved ones with peace, understanding, and joy. By cultivating a cozy home, we create a haven of rest and growth for every area – parenting, education, marriage, and faith.
It really didn’t matter to me where the blogger lived or what stage of life she (or he) was at. I didn’t care if she was married, single, divorced, or widowed. I didn’t care if she had kids in the home, no children, or grown children. I didn’t care what kind of schooling they did. I didn’t care if she monetized her site or not. All that mattered to me is that it felt real. And cozy.
Finding Cozy Blogs
So I started somewhere I don’t remember and just started clicking. For many evenings, I just wandered the blog world and started reading. Looking for something different.
I followed link-ups. I looked at blogrolls in sidebars. I followed links to websites from people who left interesting comments. I didn’t use Pinterest. I didn’t use Facebook. I didn’t use Instagram. I basically did what we used to do in the world of blogging. I took a link to a link to a link and kept going.
I discovered many new to me blogs. Some I’ve been following for months and (to my shame) have not even left a comment so the blogger may be surprised to find herself on this list.
There are so many reasons why each one grabbed my attention and made me bookmark it. In each case there is simply something about the blog I like. It might be the entire experience. It might be the chattiness. It might be the fact that she’s been blogging forever and I can keep reading for a long time and barely scratch the surface. It might be the topics. It might be the writing style.
In all cases, there has to be something compelling about the content because I am, above all else, a content person.
Some are hit and miss with their posting or taking a break, but they have such rich archives I included them.
I think some of the bloggers would be kindred spirits in just about every way. With others we would probably disagree about some things, but still find much more to enjoy together. Yes, several are homeschoolers, but for the vast majority of them their blog is about more than just that so it still feels like something different to me than a homeschooling blog that is so niched down that that is all there is to read on there.
Making a List of Cozy Blogs
I debated how to present these and decided I am going to list them in alphabetical order with no explanation. There are blogs on here I’ve been reading for thirteen years and blogs I’ve just started reading. There are blogs on here of people I consider dear friends even though we’ve never met in real life and there are people on here who have no idea I even exist and read what they write. I would rather just share the list with you and let you visit each one without preconceived notions of what to expect based on what I have to say.
(And I have to say this. I seriously think I’m missing a couple of people and I can’t figure out who they are. I’ll add them if I think of them!)
I hope you find some new-to-you treasures to read in the days ahead. If you find some you really love, let me know in the comments! I admit I’m curious as to which ones people are especially drawn to and why. Feel free to also leave suggestions for me and other readers here. I’m sure I’m missing out on some good ones!
Cozy Blogs to Check Out
- A Tray of Bliss
- Afternoon Coffee and Evening Tea
- Bacon from Acorns
- Brocante Home
- By Sun and Candlelight
- Coffee, Tea, Books and Me
- Country Charm
- Down to Earth
- Frugal in Essex
- Frugal in Norfolk
- Harvest Lane Cottage
- Homeschool on the Croft
- Homespun Cottage
- Keeping Home
- Lanier Ivester
- Life After Money
- One Hundred Dollars a Month
- Our New Life in the Country
- Pleasant View Schoolhouse
- Posie Gets Cozy
- Remembering the Old Ways
- Richly Rooted
- Rural Revolution
- Something from Almost Nothing
- Stories of an Unschooling Family
- Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth
- The 1940’s Experiment
- The Bluebirds are Nesting
- The Hall in the Grove
- The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen
- The Legacy of Home
- This Victorian Life
- Trish Wish Living Well in Retirement
- Wonderful Life Farm
- Charming the Birds from the Trees (Someone said in the comments she got a virus from this one which really surprises me. I’ve read that blog for years and it’s a blogspot blog. I’m moving it down here with a warning until I know what’s going on.)