Over the last several months, I’ve finally started to discover a group of bloggers I really love. The voice, the tone, the humor, along with a healthy dose of admiration keeps me coming back day after day. If I were to put together a super group of humor bloggers who revel in discussing childhood memories, good and bad, this would be my Fab Four:
It all began with Freshly Pressed. Thanks to Freshly Pressed, Angie Z. of Childhood Relived is responsible for my “discovery” of several of the blogs below. Childhood Relived serves up a humorous look back at childhood way back in the 1980s. She covers all the essentials, including 80s fashion, Cabbage Patch Kid dolls, Teddy Ruxpin, ShowBiz Pizza, as well as Poltergeist. I can’t get enough. Her humor is wonderful. If you long for the days of jelly shoes and bracelets, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Her latest piece is a priceless look at Richard Simmons. Enjoy!
Once A Little Girl is the only one of the Fab Four I didn’t come across thanks to Angie Z. Nope; it was fate instead. I just happened to be browsing WordPress when I happened across Adela’s Once A Little Girl. It was love at first sight, but more on that in a minute. Adela not only grew up in Michigan, she also happens to be the aunt of a childhood classmate.
Now on to why I love Once A Little Girl so much. First and foremost, Adela’s voice throughout the blog is pitch-perfect. At times it is easy to forget her pieces are written from the perspective of an adult chronicling her childhood memories. The voice that comes across in each post is that of a wide-eyed child who happens to have the distance and knowledge to realize just how meaningful childhood memories can be. It is unique. I can only hope to do half as well. Once A Little Girl is sweet, not saccharine. Do yourself a favor and check out some of her reoccurring features. I’m honored to have guest-posted.
The Middlest Sister is the most unique blog I’ve ever come across. It is part comic strip, part blog, and all painfully true. My love of The Middlest Sister led to a few unexpected surprises along the way. Back in February, as my Mom and I continued work on her series of children’s books, I introduced my Mom to The Middlest Sister. As the middle sister in a family of five girls, I knew my Mom could relate. Thanks to the The Middlest Sister, my Mom now has a basic appreciation for blogs, even though she does not yet fully understand the concept of someone working so hard on a project without compensation.
So, what is all the fuss about? Frankly, there just isn’t anything out there today similar to The Middlest Sister. Nicole spends each week crafting each new comic strip and/or post. You have to see for yourself. On top of the uncanny crafting of each post, the scenario depicted each week will leave an empathetic smile on your face if you have any siblings at all. The trial and tribulations depicted in each new comic are timeless experiences of childhood. They ring true whether you are 60 or 6. The Middlest Sister rightfully gained some recognition recently. See the link below for more details:
The newest kid on the block in my universe, Jules of Go Guilty Pleasures! shamelessly brings back the side pony (or as my family called it, the side tail) and slap bracelet. How could I not help but include her here, especially after learning of her affection for chipmunks and enjoying every minute of her feature on Childhood Relived? Check it out here and/or here. The entire premise of Go Guilty Pleasures! is something I can support. Why not indulge in what makes us happy, as long as it is legal and doesn’t hurt anyone?
Below is a list of blogs I visit regularly and love. I didn’t include them above simply because they do not focus on childhood antics and/or nostalgia.
A great family blog by a fellow Michigander, I love Emily’s candor when discussing her own challenges, as well as experiences as a Mom of a teenager. She may not know it, but My Pajama Days helped set me in the right direction when I looked to grow Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde earlier in the spring. I simply began looking into some of the blogging communities featured at the bottom of her blog. A few seemed a perfect fit and set me on my way. Emily, thank you.
If I am ever an expat living in Spain or South America, one of the first things I’d do is set up a blog chronicling all of my experiences living abroad. Of course, I’d have to model the blog after Becoming Madame. If you’ve ever dreamed of living in France, Becoming Madame is a wonderful resource for all things Parisian.
Robin Coyle happened to be my biggest cheerleader throughout 2012 A to Z Blogging Challenge: Beatles Edition. She is as almost as big of fan of the Beatles, Paul McCartney in particular, as I am. Most importantly, her blog is a fantastic resource for writers. I will be sharing and commenting on some of her posts in the near future. If you are a writer or even think that you may one day want to write, you need to check out Robin Coyle.
free penny press is probably the blog most similar to Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde in that Lynne features whatever catches her fancy on free penny press. Her blog is gorgeous, well-done, and always interesting. Her latest post brings wonderful news: Her brother is coming home from Afghanistan! Check it out. He’s coming home « free penny press