When I started blogging in 2012, I didn’t have much to look up to except for the few gossip blogs that would often pop up on my timeline.
Today, I relish the work of so many thoughtful, engaging, creative and inspiring content creators. It’s beautiful to watch journeys start out, metamorphoses and move-making right before my eyes!
This #faves post pays homage to some bloggers and vloggers whose work inspires me (not in any particular order).
writing to lift your spirits// Hayet Rida | thathayetrida.com
photo via www.thathayetrida.com
If you want raw, heartfelt writing, look no further than Hayet Rida’s blog. I love that she uses her blog as a space to uplift herself and others. She seems like the kind of friend who’d sit opposite me at a cafe chatting about life over copious amounts of tea, cake and laughter. She’s basically my spirit sister-friend. Her style and hair is also sooo swoon-worthy! Yum.
comedy with a conscience// Chesca Leigh | youtube.com/chescaleigh
photo via franchesca.net
Chesca Leigh is remarkable. I came across her work earlier this year when I had just started making my own vlogs. Although I am not a comedian myself, her content inspires many of the topics I speak about. I love that she makes profound social and political commentary in an accessible and easily understood format.
photography & lifestyle// Cynosure by Lyra Aoko | lyraoko.com
photo via lyraoko.com
I love the clean aesthetic on Lyra Aoko’s blog. Her photography is beautiful and I can hear her authentic voice through her content. I also keenly follow her segment ‘Play Kenyan Music‘ which features new Kenyan music each month. Truly an all-rounded lifestyle blog!
africa to the world// Siyanda Writes | siyandawrites.com
photo via siyandawrites.com
I first came across Siyanda’s name and work on my Twitter timeline. The first line on her Twitter bio says “I don’t come here to be governable“- it was love at first follow! Her content is witty, smart and stimulating. She writes book reviews, speaks about black consciousness and has a dope vlog called ‘Africa This Week With Siyanda‘ featuring hot topics across the continent. Another spirit sister-friend!
p.s. Please support her as she raises money for her project ‘Africa this Week’. Details here.
I’m grateful to each one of these content creators and many others- for being a reminder of the power of stepping up to be seen and heard. Wishing you all much love and flourishing!
© Tessy Maritim