Wanna know what’s one of my most frustrating questions? No, it’s not how on earth I earn money as a blogger (though I get asked that frequently). Nope, it’s not how on earth I “do it all,” (which we all know is a hilarious joke, because the correct answer is nowhere near the asker’s assumption). It’s this one:
What are your favorite blogs?
Here’s why I dislike this question: because I love tons of blogs. I read them seasonally and in fits and spurts, depending on my work load and what’s going on in my life. I don’t have a “top ten list”—I don’t even have any list, really. I just love all sorts of writers and all sorts of blogs. There are too many to organize into a nice neat list.
In fact, aside from the freedom and flexibility, my favorite thing about this writing gig is all the amazing people with whom I’ve worked with, chatted with at conferences, and laughed with over coffee. Good glory, THE PEOPLE who make beauty on the Internet. Too many to count.
So to whet your appetite for what I’m reading and who I’m admiring, I thought I’d start a new monthly series here—Somebody You Should Know. Around once per month, I’ll highlight one of my favorite writers or artists, tell you why I love them, and convince you that you should, too. They’ll each embody the spirit and message behind Simple Mom—living intentionally and thoughtfully, and pursuing their work as a message of encouragement. The myriad voices, styles, and purposes behind each person are many. I love variety in my life.
And also? I hope with this series title that this song is now in your head. You’re welcome.
Emily Freeman, Chatting at the Sky
Emily started as a blogger I admired but didn’t really know, and then I grew secretly jealous of her because I found out she was Nester’s sister. Also a blogger I adore. But then I got over that, and really got to know her when I traveled with her to the Philippines for Compassion. She became a writer friend that I wished lived closer.
We continued to bond, and by the time Relevant rolled around, Emily was someone I wanted to hang out with a lot. As in, I worried that she’d no longer want to be my friend because she’d think I was now stalking her.
But apparently she didn’t, because we’re still friends, and I look forward to every time I get to see her—most recently was this past September in Hilton Head. We have similar senses of humor, similar life stages, and similar work oddities that continually amaze us both. She also got me hooked on Parenthood.
Our blog’s topics are a bit different, but also? They’re not. We both write about living thoughtfully, though to slightly different audiences. Emily’s words drip with a healthy mix of poetry and girlfriend-chattiness, in the most estimable sense. I read her words, and I know exactly what she means when she says them. Sometimes I wish I’d say things as simply and as poignantly as her.
Her photography is gold. I was beguiled in the Philippines by her blogging approach: Emily takes the photos first, then finds the words to meet them. I work the other way around. And I’m in awe that she works this way.
It works for her—I look forward to her photos just as much as her writing, and more than any other blogger I read, I make a point to click over to her site to read directly there, instead of via email or RSS reader. The best use of white space on the Internet, in my opinion.
Oh, and she’s got two books out and is writing her third. We’re commiserating together, in a good way.
Some of my favorite posts at Chatting at the Sky:
- How to be a better storyteller
- When saying you’re sorry is a bad idea
- For when you feel behind
- Are you an artist?
- For those of you who don’t comment on blogs
Emily and I chatted on my podcast a few months ago, and she’ll be on again soon. I’m eager.
So Emily Freeman is officially the first of my Somebodies you Should Know. Do you “know” her? Why do you read her?