I read a lot of blogs. Now. But, I was slow to catch onto the idea of blogging. I’d never even read a blog until 2012, when a few months before I was scheduled to retire from teaching, I saw a profile in Vogue of Preston Davis and her very successful fashion blog Keep It Chic. So I started with that one. Then I checked out several of the blogs that Preston recommended on her “blog roll” and hit upon That’s Not My Age by Alyson Walsh. I love Alyson’s idea of “grown up dressing” for women of a certain age, who want to be current, and comfortable, and still cool.
|AbFab shot from Alyson’s post “How to avoid looking like a hot menopausal mess.“|
And on it went. I’d check blog rolls, find links to other blogs that interested me, click on readers’ comments on blog posts, if they had a link, to see what I could find. And a whole new community opened up before me. Women of my age who shared my interests were writing, reading, commenting, joking, supporting each other, sometimes chiding each other. Fashion blogs, book blogs, travel blogs, living life and writing about it blogs.
I’d been toying with ideas for retirement “projects” that would be interesting, fun, and engaging. And employ some of the skills that I thought I possessed, or hoped I possessed, some of which I’d developed as a result of teaching, and others which I had set aside when I started teaching. And the idea of writing a blog struck my fancy. Lots of stuff happened in between the idea and the reality of blogging, and in January 2014 I pressed “publish” for the first time.
But this post is NOT about me and my blog. I want to talk about those other blogs. The ones that I still read each day, that inspire me, and instruct me, and make me think, and sometimes laugh. So here is a list of my favourite posts of 2015 from my favourite blogs.
Materfamilias Writes is one of the first blogs I found back in 2012, and I still read it regularly. Mater writes about travel, books, running, family, and her life as it unfolds now that she’s retired from academia. She’s a fabulous writer. One of my favourite posts this year is Foggy Thoughts from the Margins, about foggy weather and foggy thoughts, and returning home from an extended trip to grapple with the changes wrought by “this whole retirement gig, one day at a time.”
|Shot from “Foggy Thoughts from the Margins“|
Une Femme d’un Certain Age is also one of my daily reads. In the post Is chic passé? “une femme” offers her definition of chic, a word that she feels has become “so overused as to be rendered almost meaningless.” She nails it, in my opinion. Which is why this post stuck in my head.
|Shot from “Is ‘chic’ passé?” source|
I also love her travel, and packing for travel, ideas. I’d never have purchased my new set of “four-wheeler” luggage if I hadn’t read those packing posts. But the post that really surprised me, and which I love, is Beanie Girl where “une femme” shows us her new “do.” I have to say I actually gasped when I scrolled down and saw that fabulous new haircut. Now that’s chic!
I’m a long time reader and subscriber of the blog Privilege , and my favourite post that Lisa wrote this year is California Jeaning, North. She plays around, in this post, with all kinds of demin styles… even skinny jeans… which her long-time readers know are NOT her favourites, even though she looks awesome in them. I love the line … “Then I retired. Refused to wear tight pants ever again,” as she goes on to describe her fav style. Boyfriend, baggy, and “faded of its own accord.”
|A shot from California Jeaning, North.|
|Shot from “More about the Mitfords“|