I feel as though I’m a late bloomer to blogging…not only as a wanna be blogger but as a blog follower. I’ve been very aware of them for years and would often stumble upon them, usually via social media or Pinterest but it’s only been in the past year or so that I’ve really started to develop blog crushes.
So what’s a blog crush? A blogger or blog that you really identify with and check on almost a daily basis for updates. You trust what they post and you feel as though you could be great friends with them in person.
Initially, I would save their blog homepage on my Chrome browser…so 2012 right?!? I know! Even though it would be in front of my face I would really only check out these home pages a few times a month and ultimately miss out on something or not develop a connection.
About 7 or 8 months ago I was browsing through the Apple App Store and recommended to me was a free app called Bloglovin’. I checked it out on my iPad and was hooked. It was just what I needed to keep up to date on my favorite bloggers. It’s also helped me discover new blog crushes along the way. It’s an app I check daily on my iPad and sometimes on my smart phone. I look forward to it, almost like a daily treat at the end of a long workday to unwind and check in on what’s happening with my Blog Crushes.
So here is my top 5 list of current Blog Crushes I follow via Bloglovin’.
Peanut Butter Fingers – Lifestyle blog focusing on health and fitness and being a first time mom. This was one of the blogs I had bookmarked on my browser. She is so positive and cute and I feel a connection with Julie because we are in similar places in life and enjoy many of the same things. Probably my all time favorite blogger.
The Small Things Blog– Lifestyle blog with a focus on beauty. I first saw Kate all over Pinterest with her awesome hair tutorials. She has many more wonderful posts than that to share and is really worth following.
One Good Thing By Jillee – Lifestyle blog with a focus on DIY and cleaner living. You might recognize this blog from Pinterest as well. This blog interests me and makes me want to be better at making my own cleaning products vs. buying them with all the chemicals….I’m getting there Jillee!
Live Simply – Lifestyle blog I discovered via Bloglovin’. As the title suggests, Live Simply does a great job at getting me to try homemade remedies and has amazing recipes.
Wonder Forest– Lifestyle blog with a focus on teaching you how to blog. Dana is always a head of the trend when it comes to blogging. She is creative and so knowledgeable. I love her vulnerability and honesty.
Honorable Mention:Magnolia Homes – because come on who doesn’t love Chip and Joanna Gaines! This blog is actually great because it isn’t HGTV. It is them and behind the scenes of their show, their other businesses and day to day life. It’s beautiful.
I love almost everything Google. I love that it just works, keeps things simple and practical and REALLY helps organize your life and share things with those that matter most. And it’s all FREE!!! Being in Educational Technology free is always great! One of my favorite tools in the Google universe is Google Keep. It’s one of the lesser known tools but man does it come in handy!
Essentially it is a list maker. But a list maker that does everything you’ve ever wanted a list maker to do! Not only can you make lists but you can also jot down notes as well. You can access Google Keep from any web browser and there is a free Android app (come on iOS app then my life would be complete!)
You can make as many lists as you wish by just typing in the items of your list. What really sells me on this tool is that you get a box next to every item on your list, and when you’ve completed that task or purchase that grocery item you tap the box and the item is crossed off and moved to the bottom of the list. It’s the same satisfaction you get when using a pen and crossing stuff off your paper list. If you uncheck the box the item returns to your list (which is great for grocery list items). You can reorder items on your list and you can share the lists with others (which is amazing for reminding your husband of what you need at the grocery store) and create reminders. On the app you can also speak your notes. Like most things Google it saves things for you as you go as well…super handy!
Again, I am just trying to spread a little Google love in that this is an app or web tool that is worth checking out! Since it’s on my phone it’s so handy for those quick reminders and notes you need to jot down just so you don’t forget. If anything is it an amazing grocery list keeper! Five stars!!
So I am a little bit of a late bloomer to the blog world both as a follower of blogs and a blogger. I’ve always liked blogs but never followed anyone religiously. I think what changed that for me is Pinterest. As I started pinning things I would notice the same few people (bloggers) would always be popping up doing and writing about things I was also really interested in. A few of the first people I started following were those that do hair tutorials since I was no longer teaching PE I should probably do something else besides a pony tail with my long hair. That morphed into more lifestyle blogs and people I really felt connected to and admired and inspired me to start my own blog!
While Pinterest is great for finding new people it still isn’t a great platform, for me, in terms of following the daily ins and outs of actual blogs. So for the past few years I would start bookmarking blogs I liked on my web browser. About a month ago I ventured into the App Store on my iPad and featured was the app Bloglovin. I downloaded it (free) and LOVE IT! It’s finally the answer to my disorganized blogtastrophy. I follow my usual blogs, find new ones and they are all threaded there for me in one neat package. I use it mostly through the app on my iPad but the web version is great as well. FINALLY I feel so ‘in the know’ and up to date with my blog friends.
And in case you are interested, here are some of my favorite blogs I follow:
With my day job being in the Educational Technology field part of the fun is finding new and fun tools to play around with. Hyperlapse from Instagram is one of those tools.
So what is Hyperlapse? It’s an app that you can download for free on your iPhone or iPad (not for Android yet). My only apple device is an iPad so that is where I was able to play with this app. Hyperlapse takes time lapse videos of what you point your device at. Just as your would take a normal video using your phone or tablet, you would open the Hyperlapse app instead, start recording and press stop when you are done. After you press stop you have the ability to set the speed of your video (1x – 12x) and you are done! It comes with built in stabilization, which is great, and you can very easily share your finished video with the apps you have downloaded on your device. No sound is captured in your video but you could add music or something by editing it in another app.
While it’s not going to be my go to everyday video capturing tool, it will definitely be kept in my back pocket on those unique occasions. To try it out I shot about a 5 minute video of the snow coming down about a week ago. When I finished recording I increased the speed to 12X, saved it and uploaded it to YouTube. So easy! In YouTube I was able to add music from the music library YouTube give you to play with.
I think as we hit spring here in Lancaster County I will do a Hyperlapse on my hour commute to work. It’s such a pretty drive and this is the perfect app to capture that!