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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A to Z Challenge: J

J is for...Jenn Greenleaf! I know I have featured her blog on here several times before, but I really feel she deserves the extra attention. While I enjoy reading a variety of blogs and have subscribed to dozens (which flood my inbox with their daily posts, but I'm not complaining!), Jenn's blog is definitely among my Top 5 Favorites. I always get excited when I see an update in my email!

If you haven't read my previous gushing posts about her blog before, then let me elaborate on why I love her so much.
First, she is honest. About everything, which is rare. There are a lot of bloggers out there who pretend to be honest, but they are faking their openness. Jenn is the complete opposite. She tells you her honest opinion and writes about a variety of topics. She keeps you in the loop of her life and her experiences.
Second, she is helpful. Some people (face-to-face and online) will happily tell you if they consider something to be "good" or "bad", but rarely explain why they have that opinion. Even if you ask, it's hit or miss. On Jenn's blog, she doesn't stoop to the one-word answer ploy. She tells you the pros and cons and what her particular experience was. She gives you her opinion and facts and lets you draw your own conclusions.
The third is that she has multiple blogs, each one focusing on a specific subject. She has one for writing, one for coupon-cutting, and several others. By being so organized, it makes it easier to find the info you are looking for. It also allows you to browse several other topics and get new ideas without having to scroll through page after page. They are connected by the tabs at the top of each page, which makes navigation super easy.
Another thing is the format of her emailed updates. Each email contains all the updates from each blog, instead of sending an email for each one. Having everything in one email keeps the inbox clutter down and also makes it easier to access her new posts with one click, instead of jumping from one email message to another. I love the convenience!
And, before I end this post, I have one more thing that I want to praise her blogs for: she is down-to-earth! At the end of most posts, she asks her readers a question. This gives everyone the opportunity to give feedback about something specific, encouraging reader interaction and definitely makes her blog more reader-friendly, because it lets you know she cares what you think. She also stays "real" by keeping the posts specific. She shares advice for situations that she is going through that readers could be going through as well. The narrowed focus prevents her posts from feeling generic and allows the reader to benefit from what she is sharing.

If you haven't visited her blog(s), go there and subscribe now to start benefiting from her endless supply of knowledge!

P.S. No, this is not a commissioned post. Jenn Greenleaf had absolutely no direct influence in the writing of this post. I just really benefit from her posts and thought I would share!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the recommendation! I'm heading over there right now. :)