unlikely blog favorites


I commute an hour each way to and from work, which is ok with me. It gives me ample time to barrel through about 500 blog posts every morning. This makes me sound like some non-human, speed reader. Fear not, most of the blogs I subscribe to are design blogs which primarily consist of images. But over the years I’ve stumbled upon some rather unexpected blogs to which I am now, officially, addicted.

Here’s a list of those blogs and why they are awesome.


Guys, it’s basically real estate listings for old houses all over the country. Simple, beautiful, house porn. I love it.


Taking my love for old houses one step further, John Foreman’s tours of big houses primarily on the East Coast also includes a history lesson.  Each post includes a ton of pictures so you get to explore every angle of the incredible architecture, as well as a peek into the lives of the people who lived there.


All I’m saying is that you don’t have to be a man to read a blog about manliness. I feel like I’m gaining incredible insight into how my husband thinks (or should think?). Additionally, there are a lot of historical references and topics that lead to informative and interesting posts like this one.


One of the perks of being single is that you oftentimes have really fun stories about dating. So if you have a deficiency of single friends in your life to regal you with such stories AND if you love international travel, this is the blog for you. A single NY’er moves to Paris and writes about all the d’bags she dates. Intoxicating!


This lady is indeed brazen. Usually, I’m halfway between thinking she’s a lunatic and a genius. But I like her moxy and can appreciate her logic, even if I don’t always agree. Penelope Trunk is a start-up founder and now a career coach, who lives on a farm in Wisconsin. She also has Aspergers, which she writes about a good bit.


This is one of those blogs where I think “how did I ever find this?” It’s a Tumblr written by a NY’er who keeps an online diary of her experiences as a foster parent in New York. Mostly, Fosterhood is a cross between a written account of how f’ed up the system is and a love letter to her beautiful girls.


It’s just one image a day from the NY Times treasure trove of photography.

I can never have enough blogs in my feed, so feel free to leave your unexpected blog favorites in the comments.

top photo by Anthony Delanoix

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