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.
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!