Good Reads: Looking Back at 2008

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Photo by *Solar ikon*

This was the year I started blogging, and the year I found so many of the blogs I enjoy reading.

When I found Megan’s blog SortaCrunchy, I knew I wanted to be friends with her. She writes with such sincerity and openness, and just when I think she’s written her greatest post ever, she tops it with another.

Secret Genius remains one of my favorites, the one I get excited about when I see a new post in my RSS reader. I like how Jill tells such a good story with just a photo and a few words. One reason I relate to her posts is we both have little girls. I don’t want to gush too much, lest she think I’m stalking her.

Sarah from Life in the Parsonage might tell a style secret that helps my wardrobe, and also share a thought-provoking post that sticks with me for weeks later.

Stephanie from Keeper of the Home writes about the topics I’ve been studying this year, and she even tried an experiment I had been thinking about too: can coupons work for a whole-foods diet?

Simple Mom’s practical advice helped me learn how to master my email inbox by introducing me to the five-sentence response. My emails aren’t perfect or as well-thought out as I’d like them to be, but I’m no longer far behind.

The Nester knows the philosophy of home, and isn’t afraid to make holes in the wall.

Missy from It’s Almost Naptime laughs at her family’s hijinks to encourage other women, and she sings Lisa Loeb as well as I sing Jewel. (Doug asked me if I would pick a Jewel song for karaoke, but I’d definitely do Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” instead — it already has a dance routine.)

Even though I thought of more blogs to mention, I’ll continue on another day. I do want to thank readers who have shared their ideas and experiences through emails and comments. You make Small Notebook so much better.

If this blog were a movie, then now would be when the band starts playing and everyone gets to dance, because this has been a really great year. Thanks, everyone!

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I write about practical tips that will help you simplify at home. Connect with me on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. oh what a fabulous list of women–an honor to be included

    you are one of my favorites! Happy New Year!

    The Nester´s last blog post..Southern Snow

  2. Thanks for this! I love Small Notebook and am always looking for new blogs to read.

    Stephanie´s last blog post..looking back

  3. Wow, Rachel! That’s a lot of pressure! Hee.

    As The Nester said, it’s an incredible honor to be mentioned in this amazing group of women. Thank you for that. As I’ve gone on and on about before, I’m so glad we “met” this year, and I am incredibly excited to experience the new year with you.

    Megan@SortaCrunchy´s last blog post..resolved: surrender

  4. Well shoot. Here I was making a resolution to cut back on the blogs I follow… and you introduce me to some goodies. Not that I complain because they’re in my RSS and looking hot. So, well.. thanks!

    Katie at´s last blog post..Our Favorite New Kitchen Toys

  5. Oh! I thought I sensed someone discretely following me and E through the grocery store last week… :o)

    You can stalk me anytime, Rachel. Although you’ve got it backwards. YOU lead, and I follow.

    Thanks so much for the blog love. It is mutual. And I’m sure I’ll soon be adding the rest of your Good Reads to mine.

  6. Great list – some I’m not familiar with so I’m looking forward to checking them out. Megan’s one of my favorite bloggy friends, too!

    Alana @ Gray Matters´s last blog post..I’m Sew Excited!

  7. Well you are just to sweet! I 2nd the others on their comments, totally and completely. Your blog is such a breath of fresh air every single time I visit.

    I’m off to check out the others ;)

    Sarah @ Life in the Parsonage´s last blog post..It Makes Sense

  8. Sounds like a great list.

    Geri´s last blog post..Signs of Mouth Cancer

  9. I, too, am honored. I get excited when I get a new Small Notebook post in my reader.

    Tsh´s last blog post..Link Love :: the hurray for family-owned shops! edition

  10. Awww, thanks… (blush, blush). You’re too sweet! :)

    I, too, adore Megan and have also been getting more into Simple Mom, though I must have missed the 5 sentence email post- what a great idea! That would most certainly help my poor, overloaded inbox!

    And thank YOU, for all the wonderful blogging you’ve done this past year! You’ve also been one of my favorite new reads! Happy New Year!

  11. The way you said that, it kind of sounds like I am not a fabulous singer…

  12. rachel, you only began blogging this year….what did you do to gain so many readers so quickly?

  13. Missy, what are you talking about? I think we sound just like them!

    Nicola, I don’t think it was anything special that I did, I think other people were just really kind to link here.