10 Must-Read Blogs for Creatives

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I’m a blog snob. I have to be or I’d spend all day reading blogs on my Google Reader.

I follow A LOT of blogs—but only a few of them make it to my “must-read” list. This is the small list of blogs that I check every day. To make the cut, you must inspire me, give me useful information, make me smile, and help me become a better person, blogger or businesswoman. That’s some pretty intense criteria.

Too many times, a blog will make it onto my “must-read” list and I’ll delete it a week or two later, because the blogger phones it in half the time. You don’t make it on my “must-read” list if you if half of your posts rock and half stink.

Today, I’m going to share 10 of the blogs on my “must-read” list that I think all creatives should follow {these aren’t in any particular order—I love them all}:

1. White Hot Truth

I love me some Danielle LaPorte. She’s completely honest, doesn’t hold back, and can powerfully connect through words. Her blog posts inspire my creativity and seriously help me be a better person.

Excerpt from her about page: “I’m interested in liberating truth, raw reality, and grace. I think feminine power and progressive commerce will revolutionize how we live.”

2. Creature Comforts

The romantic, whimsical style of this blog feeds my soul. This is my go-to blog for daily inspiration—and I’ve found some of my favorite handmade makers and artists from this blog. Whenever I’m feeling “blah,” I skip the coffee and go straight to Creature Comforts.

3. Scoutie Girl

What I love about Scoutie Girl is it’s a combination of a little bit of everything. Scoutie girl nourishes my creativity, provides useful information for growing my creative business, and covers controversial topics in the handmade community. Tara forces her readers to think about the daily decisions they make when buying stuff, making stuff, and participating in the handmade community. Plus, the other regular contributors rock.

4. Design*Sponge

What’s not to love about Design*Sponge? This team of writers and editors put together amazing posts that make me want to redecorate my entire house. But, the DIY projects, Biz Ladies features, and before and after makeovers have made me a regular reader.

5. Johnny B. Truant

This guy is hilarious. If you’re not uptight and like to laugh, you need this blog in your life. He covers lots of topics—ranging from personal development to small business advice—but he does it like nobody I’ve seen before. He’s one of those people that I love so much that I stop doing whatever I’m doing to read his posts when I’ve noticed he’s published something new.

6. heartmade

Mayi Carles is adorable—seriously—there’s no better way to put it. Her quirky, girly-girl style sets my heart on fire. She fills her blog with creative inspiration, business advice for creative entrepreneurs, interviews, and so much more. Love!

7. Madeline Bea: Life Set to Words

Looking at beautiful pictures is something I could do all day. Since I know this about myself, I can only include one photography blog in my “must-read” section—and Madeline Bea is the one. Why? Because, her passion pops off the page. I can picture myself in almost every photo, so looking at her photography is kinda like taking a mini-vacation.

8. Imaginative Bloom

Irene’s quirkiness pushes my creativity to the limits. She features artists and creatives that make products completely led by their personalities. You can tell that these artists and makers follow their hearts and imaginations. I don’t know how Irene finds the artists that she features on her blog, but I’m glad she does.

9. Crazy, Sexy, Life

If you’ve been neglecting your health or wellbeing, how are you expected to be creative? I had to include my go-to blog for health and wellness, because it’s a super important not to let this area slip. It’s easy to get wrapped up in creating, running a business, and taking care of your family—but you’ve also got to take time for yourself. If you need to get your health back on track, delve into this blog. Or, if you just want regular crazy, sexy advice for living the best life possible, check it out.

10. Elizabeth Potts Weinstein

This blog is a kick-in-the-pants combined with humor with a twist of awesomeness. Sorry if that’s a little vague, but there’s so much juicy goodness created by Elizabeth that it’s hard to narrow down exactly what you’ll get from this blog. Just trust me on this one—this is a must-read.


16 Responses to 10 Must-Read Blogs for Creatives

  1. Jaimee January 26, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    Oh no…more internet crack for my addiction!
    Jaimee recently posted..portrait sketch

    • April January 27, 2011 at 8:48 am #

      hahaha….yes, more crack!

  2. Lee January 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    Great collection, I’m happy that I have six in my blog reader already 🙂 Thanks for the others!

    • April January 27, 2011 at 8:49 am #

      No problem Lee!

  3. Elizabeth Potts Weinstein January 26, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    thanks so much for including me in this awesome list!! 🙂

    • April January 27, 2011 at 8:50 am #

      Thanks for stopping by Elizabeth! And, you’re welcome!

  4. Irene January 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    Thanks for including me in your Must-Read Blogs list April! I’m happy you appreciate my work and the artist I feature each week. It’s always a joy to read words like these and feel the support of a great blogger like you.
    Irene recently posted..Sketchbook stories from The Good Machinery

    • April January 27, 2011 at 8:51 am #

      You’re welcome Irene! The artists you feature are incredibly unique and I love it 🙂

  5. Mayi Carles January 26, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    SOOOOO thrilled to be included in this list! Makes my little heart beat like a fire cracker! Thanks my dear.

    Ohhh + I have to agree with most of your picks from this list. I too love WHT + SG + IB + CC. You need a help group to visit these because they are sooo addictive + filled with awesomeness.

    But what I’m most excited about is the new blogs you mentioned that I’m not familiar with. I’ll be busy this weekend peaking around 🙂

    Thanks again April for all the lovin’ you always give me + my little heartmade 🙂



    • April January 27, 2011 at 8:52 am #

      Yay Mayi! I’m glad I included blogs that you haven’t checked out yet 🙂 You’ll love them!

  6. Courtney January 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    Really like the fresh appear. I enjoyed this content. Bless you for this remarkable write.

  7. Sarah - Dodeline Design January 31, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    Great list, you had some of my favorites and a few new ones for me too! Thanks!
    Sarah – Dodeline Design recently posted..Lovely and Local- Old Mount Pleasant- SC

  8. Jessilicious February 3, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    Hi April!

    What a great list! I follow a few of these myself – and just may have found a couple more to add to my must-read list! 😉

    I’ve become a bit of a “blog snob” myself, and am continually weeding blogs out of my Google Reader that are just not worth the time to actively follow. It’s important for me to be able to follow the really good ones that I love, and I sometimes have to be RUTHLESS about the others. 😉

    Thanks for these resources!
    Jessilicious recently posted..Are You Ready to Go PRO- Quirky Entrepreneur

  9. Carree March 8, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    I’m typically to running a blog and i really appreciate your content. The article has really peaks my interest. I’m going to bookmark your site and preserve checking for brand spanking new information.

  10. Kacie Sims September 8, 2013 at 12:57 am #

    Thanks for this list!
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