|And here's your token image. I kind of liked this half-blown dandy. Thought there might be a metaphor somewhere in it.|
Dooce Kind of the mother of all blogs, named after Heather Armstrong's typo of the word dude, Dooce is 10 years old but not showing its age. It's still funny and irreverent, and the photography is pretty darn good for a blog that doesn't make it into my Photography folder in my Google Reader.
Flourish in Progress chronicles a year without shopping, but that's kind of like saying grapefruit juice is sour water: accurate technically, but so far off of a true definition. Mostly it's searingly honest and at the same time blackly hilarious. Sometimes the topics are a little nsfw, if you know what I mean. If you're turned off by swear words and risqué topics, probably best to skip this one.
Little Green Notebook I have a tepid relationship with design blogs: they're kind of like porn for the aesthetically-minded. And there are so many of them! (I'm sure someone out there is saying the same about photoblogs. Of course. I hear ya.) But this one I like. There's some DIY, good links to great design projects. Nothing's too expensive for me to temporarily dream about doing myself.
The Happiness Project I subscribed to this one kind of on a whim. And honestly, every day I find it more apt and helpful. Yes, it's a little self-helpy, but thinking about one's personal happiness (and the happiness of others) feels so appropriate in this world of rampant commoditization. It's nice to think that happiness lies in truly knowing yourself and making the appropriate choices in life. Not a new lens, like I sometimes feel. (Kidding!)
Smitten Kitchen One of only two cooking blogs I subscribe to, it's really the best. A bit witty, great photos. Super cute toddler son, who manages to make a cameo in every post. And recipes that I always want to try. Some healthy, some not so much. Most simple, some a bit more complex. But none more complicated than they need to be. And always intriguing and unusual. A few of them (like her barley risotto) have turned into staples.
Tartelette The only other cooking blog I read. In this one, the images are the main show. Her styling and food photography are phenomenal, but her stories and recipes are also well worth the visit. The cuisine is mostly French, but with an emphasis on fresh and novel flavors.
So. I apologize, because now you will be like me and have no more free time! But at least you'll have some good reading material.