This post had to include blogs and vlogs – they’re equally relevant platforms, prone to both wonderful and horrendous content. Here are some of my personal faves:
A few months ago, while researching the side-effects of antidepressants, I came across this gem. I was hooked. Sina invites you into her mind through her candour, her hilarious comics, and her unique way of sharing the ups and downs of mental illness. Her writing holds a charming balance between personal suffering and self-deprecation. She seems to be on hiatus at the moment, and I
anxiously await more posts in the future from her (hope you’re okay and please come back one day if you can, Sina).
There’s an endless amount of “fitspo” accounts aross social media, but alongside them, there are now people sharing something far more relevant to our times: body positivity. Through her powerful voice, Megan Jayne Crabbe shares her thoughts on the diet industry, self-confidence, intuitive eating, and intersectional feminism, to name a few.
Megan’s instagram account currently has over 800 thousand followers. She created an additional blog to share the longer messages, but it’s wonderful to see instagram accounts like hers gaining popularity. This year, Instagram was voted the worst social networking site for young people’s mental health. But that’s not going to decrease its popularity, so it’s wonderful to know that there are accounts like Megan’s around. She has also written a book, which I have yet to read.
Anthony Fantano: the internet’s busiest music nerd, not to mention part-time meme-reviewer and ranter. Anthony is to the point, he’s funny, and each of his reviews reveals how much thought and research he puts into his content. He knows his shit, and although his viewers don’t always agree with him, that’s the beauty of an album review.
You take what you want from music, but it’s great hearing the perspective of someone who explores every genre, from commercial artists to ones lesser known but equally (and sometimes more) relevant. His YouTube channel features has a few segments, my favourite being his “Stinkpieces”, where he responds to shoddy think pieces in the sphere of music journalism.
4. Nathan Zed
I just… he’s fantastic. I can’t capture his personality here, so you’ll have to click and see for yourself. Again, another internet personality who pokes fun at himself and who is lovable and relatable for it. A lot of Nathan’s videos are actually pretty inspirational (but he probably wouldn’t think so).
Notorious for his inconsistent uploads, Nathan’s fan-base will continue to grow, I believe, because he makes a video every time he feels strongly about something, and the result is always thought-provoking and sarcastic as hell – well worth the wait.
I present to you… the queen of vegan food blogs. Actually, the queen of all food blogs. One scroll through Dana’s homepage and you will be mesmerised by the layout of her blog, the stunning food photography, and the many simple yet mouth-watering recipes available.
Every time someone asks me, “What do vegans even eat?” I will send them a link to Minimalist Baker. It has everything: cakes, cookies, curries, soups, ice cream, salads – you name it. Sometimes her posts include snippets of her life in between bold photos taken at all kinds of creative angles. My favourite part of her blog, however, is the list of adjectives that she provides along with each recipe. You can tell that she loves her craft.
I hope that these bloggers and vloggers have inspired you in some way. Feel free to share your own favourite sites below.