16 Unmissable Reads, The Best of the Blogosphere (February 2020)

The Best of the Blogosphere (February 2020), Not Dressed As Lamb

In my Best of the Blogosphere this month I have ‘Instagrans’, 70s eyewear, influencers being idiots for the gram(!) and more.

[Reading time: 3 minutes – not including time spent down any internet rabbit holes…!]

(In case you’ve not seen these posts before my Unmissable Reads are a monthly round-up of things I’ve seen, watched and liked in the blogosphere that I’m sure you’ll love too.)

In a winter where the UK has seen nothing but interminable wind and rain, I’ve been looking for joy wherever I can find it on the internet. February has brought a real mish-mash of subjects, from spreading kindness to beautiful photography to women kicking ass left, right and centre in all sorts of ways (personally and professionally).

As always there’s funny stuff and light-hearted reads, some poignant or educational articles and some head-nodding pieces. Hopefully you’ll love them all.

Do have a read of these great links – you never know who or what you might discover that makes your day/week/month!

What links did you like – and have you found any fabulous new blogs to follow? Comment below…!

(Photo credits: Top left | Top middle | Top right | Middle left | Middle | Middle right | Bottom left | Bottom middle | Bottom right)

 

A quick note…

Oh, and before I go and leave you with these great reads – you might want to read this excellent article first: It’s 2020. Does Blogging Still Work?

For me, the answer is yes. It’s summed up here:

“The short answer is, blogging will continue to live so long as people turn to Google (and other search engines) for answers to their questions. And, more specifically, so long as users continue finding answers in the high-quality, relevant results served on search engine results pages.”

I find it reassuring that, in a world [the blogosphere/social media] where more and more content creators are abandoning their blogs in favour of Instagram, there are thankfully those who still WANT to produce something meatier, more open to discussion and more enduring than just a throwaway image and caption that lasts 2-3 days.

I’m forever grateful to all the bloggers who still take the time and care to research, write and produce interesting, valid, thought-provoking, worthy content (that we’re given FOR FREE). So, consider this an official THANK YOU. We think you’re bloody remarkable.

 

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This month’s unmissable reads…

Smarter, not harder: Alison talks about how she quit her job to blog full-time not to become a millionaire, but to get her life back.

OMG. I’m so ashamed to be even in the REALM of “influencers” when you see some of the crazy/stupid/hilarious things they’ve been captured doing while creating content as featured on @influencersinthewild – this one and this one are perfect examples of embarrassment (for them) and utter stupidity respectively.

I love most things 1970s, and optometrist Liz’s picks of the Seventies eyewear trends for 2020 have me drooling.

Fabulous Suzi of Alternative Ageing talked to the BBC about why the world needs ‘Instagrans’ and to spread the message about positive ageing.

Want to see some beautiful, creative imagery on Instagram where no Photoshop trickery was involved? Take a look at Tiago Silva’s incredible photography.

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If you’re with me on the lack of joys that exist with regards to the cold season, you’ll probably enjoy Amber’s hilarious rant about how the worst thing about winter is… everything about winter.

Kate has written a beautifully poignant post about the stories we tell [about ourselves] and how we can lighten our burdens by speaking our truths. Just wow.

A woman who had a consultation with a stylist learned why clothes look better on celebrities (and it’s nothing to do with their body shape or size).

Michelle ponders what’s so great about a plant-based diet (quite a lot, actually).

Of all the posts this past week that touched on the tragic passing of Caroline Flack, I especially loved Victoria’s post (someone who’s experienced a lot of online trolling) about how we should all have the courage to be kind and choose kindness above all else.

Blair’s listed her favourite NYC photography locations and included tips that apply to shooting in any photogenic city.

Judith’s scarf room made my eyes pop out of my accessory-loving head.

Ashley’s listed her top 6 movies to see in 2020: Top Gun 2 and No Time to Die for me, please.

I love the app A Color Story from a Beautiful Mess and these photography tips they’ve shared are spot-on (I learnt quite a few great tips from this roundup post).

Amber again, but I had to include this one as well: her Awkward Files Part 3 describes how her toddler Max embarrassed her at the swimming pool AND at the supermarket, how she ended up putting skincare on over her makeup because she wasn’t wearing her glasses and loads more. We’ve all been there…

And a few Not Dressed As Lamb posts you perhaps missed first time around:

My Greatest Photographic Moments of the 2010s,
Generation X Women Blowing Kisses at the Camera: Weird and Awkward or Not?,
7 Colourful and Classic Rainy Day Outfits From the Archives and
Extracts From My 1980s Teenage Diaries

XOXO

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10 Comments

  1. February 27, 2020 / 1:15 pm

    Ha, this 3 minute read turned into a 43 minute read for me! I totally got lost in the rabbit hole! So many great things. I adore Suzi of Alternative Aging. She is so fabulous! And that second crazy IG stunt nearly made me faint. I am so afraid of heights that I can’t even watch something like without having a physical response! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful links!

    Shelbee

    • Catherine
      Author
      March 2, 2020 / 10:11 am

      Heehee I should say sorry Shelbee, but that is kinda the point of the post!! 😉

      The heights thing on Influencers in the Wild made my bits go up inside me, I can’t stand heights either (I won’t even go up a ladder)!!!!! 🙁

  2. February 26, 2020 / 8:54 pm

    I love Judith’s scarf room! It is so pretty!

    I’m with you on blogging. I’m retired. I don’t blog for income – although I am highly impressed by those who manage to make that work. I blog for the exchange of ideas and inspiration. I have a larger community of people with common interests in the blogosphere than I could ever muster in real life. And besides, I’m an introvert. Interacting with bloggers allows me a wide a circle friends without feeling overwhelmed like I would in person.

    Instagram is far less satisfying for me. I haven’t visited my account in a month. I’m considering deleting it.

    Michelle

    • Catherine
      Author
      March 2, 2020 / 10:13 am

      Judith’s scarves are AMAZING, aren’t they Michelle?! And yes, I’m with you on the IG thing… I’ll never leave my blog but IG I could live without. Sadly, it’s a necessary evil for my job… but then I find Facebook even worse, hehe!! x

  3. February 23, 2020 / 11:40 pm

    Thank you so much for including me in this brilliant list Catherine!
    Every single one is terrific but in terms of impact, rolling around on the floor crying with laughter, you killed me with Influencers in the Wild

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 24, 2020 / 3:48 pm

      Hehe thanks MT… yes the Influencers in the Wild account is shameful, but sooooo funny 😀

  4. February 23, 2020 / 7:42 pm

    Thank you as always for including me here. I love the “Influencers in the Wild” and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of your picks this evening. Thank you my lovely xxx

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 24, 2020 / 3:49 pm

      Pleasure, Liz! I’m sure you’ll enjoy them xo

  5. February 23, 2020 / 10:48 am

    Catherine Top gun here I come! Actually might go twice?
    Love these posts especially Ambers Winter rant!
    Why does winter feel so long this year and the mud ……ohthe mud it’s everywhere!!!
    Thanks for including me on this fab list !
    Ashxxxx

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 24, 2020 / 3:50 pm

      You’re most welcome Ashley… let’s hope that, by the time we’ve all got Top Gun fever again, winter and All The Mud will be a distant memory, eh?!!

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