Blogs to watch out for in 2014

blogs to watch out for 2014We want to thank the BritMums team of editors and writers for all their hard work in 2013, they have opened our eyes and filled us with information in each of their areas, it’s lovely to be so up to date and in touch with what is going on.

The blogging community is growing by the day as more and more people jump onboard and start getting creative with words, with photography, in the kitchen and in every possible imaginable area.

Our editors are the people who know their areas and read blog on blog searching for the very best so as we approach the end of 2013 and as curious as we are, we asked each of them to let us know who were the top blogs to look out for in their area for 2014, this is what they came back with.

Travel

Trish Burgess  mentions Family Travel Times  and says – What makes this travel blog different from many others is the fact that it is truly a family affair. Sarah writes about her family trips both at home and abroad but her son Robert and daughter Jessica are travel bloggers themselves, reviewing locations and attractions from a child’s viewpoint.

Her second tip is Mums Do Travel Trish says – Gretta has been writing her travel blog for some time now but its recent makeover indicates that Gretta is stepping it up a gear, providing lots of family travel inspiration in a bright, exciting website.

Newbies

Our resident Newbie editor the lovely Helen Wills wants to share two blogs with you to keep an eye on in 2014 A Mum in London she says, It’s mostly a review blog, but beautifully done. It’s been around a few months now but really good to read if you’re looking for insight into products for children

Next up Helen wants to suggest Life with the Munchers she says,Very very new, but colourful, upbeat, funny, and very relevant to us parents. A lovely read – I hope she goes far

Poetry and Prose

Poetry and Prose is split between two readers each have their own suggestions Helen Braid from All At Sea says to watch out for Stephanie Arsoska from Beautiful Misbehaviour she says, Stephanie has such a strong individual voice, she is new to blogging and her writing is excellent. She has also launched a monthly virtual live mic night which is going from strength to strength.

Victoria Welton says White Feathers and so much more to be one to bookmark and also don’t miss Supper and Syntax Victoria goes on to say, both of whom are stunning writers and if a publisher doesn’t pick them up then they are fools!

Style

Nell Heshram our new resident Style blogger says her top picks would be Transatlantic Blonde saying, She’s gone from strength to strength after being nominated as finalist in last year’s BiBs Style category. Her blog features delightful, elegant pieces with an added dash of feminism. 

Also don’t miss Thrift My Style A blog that’s stood the test of time; Sharon S leads the field on making the most of today’s tight budgets. A blog that shows you CAN look good even if you can’t afford to buy the latest fashion craze.

Inspirational

Michelle Pannell comes up trumps with her top picks, she chooses I heart snapping This beautiful blog run by 3 established bloggers is a delight to visit. As someone who has recently committed a big wad of money to a CSC camera I was inspired to discover this place where I can gain easy tips and instruction on how to get the best out of my camera as a regular mama.

Secondly she suggests 3 children and it  This isn’t a new blog but I predict 2014 will be a very good year for Suzanne. Three Children and It has quickly established itself as a blog that people want to return to time and time again. It is informative, fun and very sincere.

Food

Emma Raphael – Two foodie blogs to watch in 2014 from me: Sneaky Veg a great blog that will encourage every single family member to eat more of what is good for them (and sometimes without them knowing!).

And a relatively new one for me, but already a favourite – The Littlest Bake House, packed full of beautiful photography, and great recipes for those short of cash and/or on time.

Education

Mary Key suggests Wife Mum Student Bum Because I’m intrigued to see her go through her OU (she’s a module ahead of me – and no I’m not copying her homework!)
Also Michael Rosenblog because he always has interesting and often funny things to say about education!

Politics

Sonya Cisco speaks up for the Politics section – It has been a very interesting year politically, and it has been my pleasure to feature some superb posts from both old favourites and new discoveries. Two blogs that have been new to me this year, and that it has been my honour to include are Head In Book and Chocolate Is Not The Only Fruit. Neither of them write exclusively about politics, but when they do, they use a down to earth approach that I just love. They are distinctly different from each other, but what they both share is writing with bags of personality, humour, warmth and common sense- whatever the topic. I look forward to reading much more of both of them in 2014.

Dad column

John Adams writes a great monthly column for BritMums from a Dad’s point of view he suggests Dads the way I like it Written by Jonathan Irvine, he looks at a number of parenting issues from the dad’s perspective. He isn’t scared of tackling contentious issues and has written very interesting blog posts about breastfeeding and the Government’s plans for shared parental leave. Something else Jonathan is passionate about is raising bilingual children as he hopes his own child will be fluent in English and Welsh.

He also mentions Skint Dad Written by Ricky, the name of this blog gives a very heavy hint as to its contents! Ricky frequently blogs about financial matters and comes up with great ideas for money saving tips. Ricky also likes to write about subjects that mum bloggers frequently write about but in Ricky’s words he wants to give “a man’s take on it.” He’s also a joy to converse with on social media.

Charity

Kate Davis Holmes BritMums social media haven and top girl also keeps an eye on the Charity section and points us in the direction of Thoughts from the kitchen sink Kate says, A woman with loads on her plate but still chair of a charity and trying to put together useful information and support for others.

Louise Barrett is Kate’s top tip for blogs to watch out for in 2014, she says Louise blogs for charities including the Lullaby Trust and has produced an amazing recipe book to raise money for charity

Kate also wants to promote Pandas Foundation This is the charity I would like to see highlighted most of all in a year where we have lost too many women to post-natal depression, there are lots of ways for bloggers and others to support them

Craft

Maggy Woodly our resident craft editor points us in the direction of  Anthea from Zing Zing Tree and Blue Bear Wood

Plus she says, I think Ali from Kids Chaos is working up a storm too!

Special Needs

Hayley says, It’s tricky to single out 2 but I would say my ones to watch that were new to me are Orange This Way Bringing up Orange, our little boy with an undiagnosed syndrome. She adds “Katherine Kowalski’s blog is beautifully and thoughtfully written, a consistently good read”

“This blog is full of love and acceptance and made me want to be a better mother. I’m so glad I found it this year.” The Name of the Rose Blog This is a blog about my daughter; The Rose and me. The Rose has Aspergers Syndrome, she’s autistic. She’s 17, funny and beautiful. It’s tough living with autism of course but this story is about the joy and the privilege I have to see life viewed through a different lens.  There is humour and warmth in every situation.

The Rose has a wonderful dad who looks after her every single day and a typical younger brother who she adores. We are of course, all in this together, but for the moment this is about us – me and The Rose.

And The Rose? She’s just that. A beautiful flower with really sharp bits!

Snapshot

Mrs Teepot who has been working the Snapshot round-up has put forward four blogs to keep an eye on because by watching them and learning you can only improve your own technique

 

 

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18 Responses to Blogs to watch out for in 2014

  1. Lynn @ Nomad Mom Diary 31 December 2013 at 09:04 #

    Hi Britmums Editors,

    Thanks for the great list! I am not familiar with a lot of these blogs and I look forward to discovering more about them in 2014. I wondered if there were a reason why you left off humour blogs? Do you not have any favorites in that category? Would love to get some recommendations for the ones that make you laugh out loud while talking about parenthood.

    Thanks!

  2. Jo@simplybeingmum 31 December 2013 at 09:32 #

    Round-ups like this are great as it helps to find some great new blogs to follow…more reading in 2014 and less blogging myself. Well actually as much blogging but I need to increase time spent reading. Happy 2014 everyone!

  3. Stephanie 31 December 2013 at 09:48 #

    So excited to find myself on this wonderful list. What an honour and a delightful way to end the year.

  4. Kirstie 31 December 2013 at 10:50 #

    Good choices on the travel bloggers. Sarah (and family) and Gretta are definitely two to watch out for!

  5. Gretta@Mumsdotravel 31 December 2013 at 11:49 #

    What a lovely surprise! Thank you Trish and BritMums for including me on this list. I’m looking forward to reading the other blogs too as I don’t know all of them.

  6. Jenny @ The Brick Castle 31 December 2013 at 17:17 #

    There are some cracking blogs there 🙂

  7. Rachel 31 December 2013 at 17:52 #

    Thank you so much for mentioning my blog. What a lovely surprise! You have made my day! Happy New Year!
    Rachel xx

  8. Sarah Ebner 01 January 2014 at 20:34 #

    Thank you very much. This resulted in much excited squealing in our household! We are now reading lots of the other blogs mentioned and look forward to a fab year of blogging in 2014. Happy new year to all!

  9. suzanne3childrenandit 03 January 2014 at 09:03 #

    Aw I am stunned that Michelle Pannell picked my blog – thank you so much! I also love I Heart Snapping and intend to spend a lot of time there this year as one of my resolutions is to improve on my photography skills! x

  10. Mandy 03 January 2014 at 23:42 #

    Truly honoured to find Sneaky Veg on this list. Thank you!

  11. Coombemill 06 January 2014 at 14:47 #

    A great round up and read withsome lovely bloggers

  12. Marilyn 08 January 2014 at 21:10 #

    What a privilege to be included amongst such a wealth of writing talent. Thank you so much. I look forward to catching up with blogs I am new too and learning more about you all. My ‘special needs’ blog is about me and my daughter . I keep it light and warm so don’t be afraid to check it out too. Good luck and love to you all for 2014. X

  13. My Two Mums 09 January 2014 at 15:38 #

    Thanks so much for the mention 🙂

  14. Hannah Jade/The Littlest Bakehouse 28 May 2014 at 21:07 #

    Thanks so much for the shout out!

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