As many of you writers know, blogging is not just about sharing whatever it is that you have to say, it also involves being part of a great community. With this post I wanted to do a bit of research into what the local SLC blogging community is all about. If you live in the area, you might already be reading some of these, or you might know about other good blogs that should be included in this article. Please post your suggestions in the comments section and I’ll be happy to add them to the list. Here are just a few I was able to find that seemed like they were active and packed with a lot of useful or fun things.
This is an extremely popular personal blog (and now also a community) ran by Heather B. Armstrong, who writes under her pseudonym, Dooce. Armstrong has been using her blog to chronicle her life since 2001, including being single and married, working for others, being unemployed and working for herself, becoming a parent, going through a postpartum depression and more. Blogging got her fired from her job, but eventually became a job in itself. Since then Armstrong has published several books and won numerous awards. She received a lifetime achievement award from The Weblog Awards (Bloggies) in 2008 and was named one of “The Most Influential Women In Media” in 2009 by Forbes magazine. Her writing is smart, confident and hysterically funny.
In her blog, Allison Czarnecki writes about family, travel and style on a budget. The posts cover a variety of topics from beauty tutorials to international travel adventures to home remodeling projects. Czarnecki was featured in multiple local publications, as well as NBC Chicago and the New York Times.
This is an online journal by Marian, who writes a lot of witty, humorous stories about her personal adventures as a “crazy mid-twenties non-Mormon married party girl.”
Christy Dorrity is a blogger, champion Irish dancer and author. Her self-titled blog has reviews of her favorite books, articles on writing, and giveaways for readers.
FOOD & DRINK
This is a blog by Josh and Maria, husband and wife from Salt Lake City who love to cook and share their simple, healthy recipes with others. The blog has great-quality photos that will make you drool, and very clean design that’s easy on the eye. The couple publishes recipes practically every day, so there is always plenty of great dishes to choose from.
A blog by a group of food critics, Gastronomic Salt Lake City publishes reviews of restaurants, top-three lists in various dining categories, hot deals and food-related events. The site puts a strong emphasis on everything local, refusing to review any chain businesses. Besides restaurant reviews, it covers such topics as wine, produce, cooking and more.
This blog features reviews of local restaurants by Hyrum Romrell, concentrating on local places and hidden gems. SLC Food Radar is a No. 1 ranked blog on Urbanspoon, the local directory of food blogs. You can find a new review by Romrell about once a week.
In his blog, Marco Brown reviews restaurants, coffee shops, bistros and other dining spots in SLC. Besides reviewing them, he also rates the restaurants on a scale of 1 to 10.
The blog’s author, Mikey, says he started Utah Beer as a way to challenge the perception that “Utah & beer don’t jive.” In his blog, Mikey publishes beer reviews and suggestions, provides info on local breweries and tasting events, and advocates for “some of the most misunderstood beers in the world.”
This is a blog by Ashlee Prisbrey, who posts cake decorating projects, recipes, and ideas for DIY and crafts. You’ll find a lot of baking recipes here, as well as themed party ideas and other creative things.
This blog provides reviews of local gluten-free restaurants or places that have gluten-free options on their menus. It also has a good selection of recipes and a directory of gluten-free stores.
Boots, Inc. is a fashion blog by Beatriz Flores, a fashion student and an aspiring runway stylist coordinator. Florez believes that the only time you should leave your house in sweats is if you are heading to the gym. She created her blog to aspire other women to “make everyday a fashionable day.” Bootz, Inc. features a lot of great style tips, makeup and accessory ideas, celebrity styles, and lots of other useful info for any fashionista.
Based on reader activity, this blog proves that Salt Lake City has a lot of bird lovers. The site chronicles the whereabouts, well-being and adventures of the city’s peregrine falcons, telling stories of their injuries and recoveries, supplemented with images and Web cams. Liz Schubert, a member of the SLC Peregrine Falcon Watchpost Team, writes posts about the birds, mentioning them by nicknames and talking about their relation to each other (i.e. Mom, Dad, Solo, Bob). The posts sometimes read like a complex saga of a bird clan, with lots of dramatic as well as positive moments.
This blog features fashion, style and decor ideas, as well as party planning tips, insight into local nightlife and food scenes, and a shopping guide.
Just as its name suggests, the blog provides news and tips on green living in Salt Lake City. You can find recycling ideas here, as well as articles on sustainable foods, water conservation, air quality and more.
NEWS & EVENTS
This online version of the popular print publication provides info on local news, events, nightclubs, restaurants and more. The site also publishes reviews of recent movies and music, opinion pieces and city guides. It describes its target audience as “young, affluent and highly educated.”
Another blog by a local print publication, Salt Lake Magazine features profiles of community leaders, Utah tourism guides and recipes from local chefs. It also has photo and video sections, contests and deals. The publication describes its audience as “sophisticated, educated readers.”
Ski Utah’s goal is to promote the skiing and snowboarding industry in the state. The blog features posts about new trail and terrain park openings, ski schools and weather conditions on the slopes, among other topics.
A blog for Utes fans, Block U features sports news, videos, fanshots and event tickets. Its Fanposts section lets the actual fans do the talking, turning the site into a community as much as a blog.
SLC Dunk is a blog for fans and by fans of Utah Jazz, providing the latest news, game previews and recaps, videos and event tickets.
While this is not an SLC blog, I had to add it to the list because it’s nicely designed and constantly updated with lots of fresh info on things to do in Ogden, making it a great resource for those living in the area or visiting. The blog is run by local volunteers and features a calendar of events, as well as sections like Local Music, Reviews and Outdoors.
This list is by no means all-inclusive, and I’d love to expand it in the future. I tried to find as many active blogs as I could, but I’m sure I missed a lot of good ones. Please help me make this article more complete by providing your suggestions in the comments below 🙂