Blogging is an amazing way to connect with people, share important stories, and inspire people to act.
But actually doing it is difficult.
It takes discipline. Creativity. Effort.
Consequently, a lot of people start a blog and quickly stop updating it a few weeks later.
However, these Grand Rapids-based bloggers have bucked the trend. The bloggers produce stellar, actually incredible, content on a regular basis.
I haven’t met them all, but I am proud of them, proud of them for representing the blogging world, right here in West Michigan.
So… start following!
#health / #nutrition / #realfood
1. Kelly – Kelly the Kitchen Kop
I first encountered Kelly when she was a guest speaker for my grad school class on entrepreneurship. She talked about how cool it was to be a full-time blogger. Hard, but cool. Kelly has been doing this for 10 YEARS. That’s a long time in the blogging world. She has hundreds of recipes, tips, information and resources you can, uh, digest.
#grandrapids / #parenting / #travel / #family
2. Nichole Kladder – Mid City Love
I have been following this blog for awhile and, like Grand Rapids has, it keeps getting cooler. The design is crazy professional. So are the photos. West Michigan is a wonderful place to raise a family and this blog offers a unique lens… snapshot… viewpoint of what’s happening at the ground level. Here’s great line from the most recent post:
I’m an even bigger fan of the unconditional love marriage has brought to our lives. I personally think marriage unfairly gets a bad reputation and if I can step on my soapbox for a moment, I completely disagree! Marriage rocks and Valentines Day is a solid excuse to shout it from the rooftops!
Wow. As Rob Bell would say, “So good!” Do yourself a favor and fall in love with Mid City Love.
#business / #publishing / #art / #creativity
3. Chad R. Allen – Chad R. Allen.com
Chad entered my world after I heard him on The Portfolio Life with Jeff Goins, a podcast with a strong audience across the country. When he mentioned he lived in Grand Rapids, I was like “must. reach. out.” I did and we connected over some crafts. Chad is full of ideas and super experienced, learning from and rolling with some of the most successful online entrepreneurs today. His blog helps creatives discover how to share their work with the world and, if they want to, get published. Chad’s online community comments regularly so that’s a nice element to follow as well. Connect with this guy before he gets too big!
#nightlife/ #events / #culture / #grandrapids
4. Sara Visser – The GR Guide
Before fall of 2016, I considered myself fairly in the know when it came to Grand Rapids activities. Then I stumbled across The GR Guide. This blog ninja-kicked me in the face. Sara not only writes about amazing events and places in Grand Rapids, she experiences them, offering photos of her at Griffins’ games or restaurants or coffee shops or wherever. What’s different about her blog is it’s organized into short sentences under sections labeled events, local links and “my latest obsessions this week” (best heading ever). If you are looking for something to do this week, and your default isn’t dinner and a movie, check out Sara’s outstanding work.
#self-improvement / #habits / #women / #business / #grandrapids
5. Kristin Jones – KristinJones.co
I am a huge fan of intentional living and self-improvement and taking control of your life. I consume that content regularly through books, podcasts, and blogs. So I was intrigued when I discovered Kristen was covering this topic locally with posts like “How to have more happiness & ease throughout your day.” Yes, please. Now her audience is more “empowered babes” but even if you’re not, she has posts like “Favorite coffee shops in Grand Rapids MI,” an extremely practical post for a professional obsessed with coffee, such as myself. Now, go, improve your life!