I was so hesitant to embrace blog feeds.
I don’t know why, exactly. In the scope of things I’m afraid of, an aggregate way to read my favorite blogs is, um . . . well, it’s really dumb.
But the kerfuffle surrounding the demise of Google Reader last year got me thinking about how nice it would be to see posts from all my favorite virtual peeps in a single place. I signed up for Bloglovin’ last summer — or fall? — and have never looked back.
See? I’ve embraced it so merrily that I can’t remember life without it.
While it’s absolutely true that I adore the book blogging community and love talking about reading, I also love exploring other nooks of the Internet. Getting invested in healthy eating and newlywed dinner responsibilities (seriously, we’re expected to feed ourselves every night?) means I’ve been refreshing my feed regularly with food blogs. For inspiration, temptation, a chance to salivate at my desk . . . eh, all of the above.
Like all the lovely sites I visit regularly, I gravitate to blogs featuring folks with bright personalities sharing their experiments in the kitchen alongside personal anecdotes. And lucky for us, they’re available — in spades.
But each unique in their own way, you know.
Pop over and give them a look . . . but don’t blame me if your grocery bill dramatically increases. Or you have a sudden hankering for bittersweet chocolate.
I’m not liable.
Don’t shoot the messenger.
Blogging Over Thyme: With creative twists on classics as well as desserts, appetizers and just about anything you can think of, Laura is quite talented — and also from D.C.! I have to resist the urge to pin everything she posts, but can’t ignore the allure of these dark chocolate chunk raspberry muffins.
Tastes Lovely: Two minutes on Natalie’s site gave me a week’s worth of dinner ideas, especially for awesome-sounding pork chops with vanilla apples (!), and I have a feeling I’ve just hit the tip of the iceberg!
Eats Well With Others: You’d be hard-pressed to find a sweeter lady than newly-engaged Joanne (congrats!), and her recipes are always creative and delicious and visually interesting. I’m partial to the desserts (maple-gingerbread layer cake, anyone?), but would “settle” for anything from her kitchen.
Needs Salt: At 16, Abbie is way cooler than I could have ever hoped to be at her age — and her blog combines lovely photography with truly unique creations. I can’t get these chewy whole wheat ginger cookies out of my mind.