Ever since we arrived in Maine in November of 2013, we’ve been online, searching for and finding the most wonderful websites and blogs about our (now) great state. It’s been inspiring, to say the least. It’s actually one of the reasons we decided to write more and more about the state of Maine. During our online escapades, some blogs really struck our fancy. We’ve compiled them and are trying our best to list them on this page. And as you can see below, we’re slowly but surely getting things accomplished.
Our basic goal is to say thanks. Just by reading what the authors of the blogs below have written, Laura and I have had conversations, initiated projects, gone places and have had our appreciation of Maine grow exponentially. It’s extraordinary. We didn’t expect this when we decided to move here. There’s something special about our area and by listing your website below, we extend our gratitude to you for all your effort in your writing.
Runamuk Acres – This is a very interesting website. I was first introduced to it in March of 2014 while searching for information on local honey. Runamuk appeared in the search results and the rest is history. The website is run by Samantha Burns out of Anson, Maine and is updated quite a bit. She covers much of what goes on during life on a small farm in Maine. Beekeeping, livestock, pets, gardening and more. It’s definitely worth a look, so check it out. Also, read her “About Us” page to learn the big picture of what they’ve got going on over at the farm.
Robin’s Outdoors – If you want to be inspired, read Robin Follette’s “About Robin” page. I love nothing more than stories of people who have made the jump from the business life to the outdoors life. I especially connect with the line, “I traded heels and suits for jeans and boots and I’ve never regretted the decision.” How awesome is that? Robin’s website covers a nice corner of life in Maine. She discusses animal tracks and animals in general (in Maine), books and reviews, farming, gardening and more. It’s great to see and read about topics that we have right in our back yard. And to see personal photos to go along with the writing – it’s really great.
Maine Nature Images – If you like really, really good pictures of the wild in Maine, you need to check out this blog created by John Theberge. He put together some really great stuff. I believe there was actually an earlier version of his blog over here, but since April of 2011, John’s been writing and sharing his photos on the site I linked to above. I love his photography and have dabbled in his arena myself on a number of occasions, so I can definitely respect the work he puts into what he does. Nice job!
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Cold House Journal – I like this blog a lot. It’s almost as if I had written most of the posts myself. The author talks about living through the cold Maine Winters, what it takes to beat the home heating industrial complex, upkeep on his house and lots and lots of firewood. It’s really right up my alley. Especially the heating posts. It’s almost fun to see how efficiently and effectively (and creatively) we can heat our homes up here. If you want a taste of some creative home heating, check out the “Impractical Heating Idea” post. And check out the rest of his blog as well.
A Good Eater – Written in Maine, by a Mainer for Mainers. I like it. A Good Eater covers all sorts of topics, from books to food to just living. I really enjoy the books category. Now that we’re in Maine, there truly is nothing like getting good book suggestions from another Mainer. It’s almost as though the people who’ve been here for years know the good secrets. Where to find things, what to read…It’s refreshing and intriguing at the same time. Another category I’ve taken to time to familiarize myself with is “Living in Place.” Posts over here are just the way I want them and actually, just the way I write my own. Sort of like “what I’m doing today” types of posts. I think we all like these on those chilly nights where we just want to sit back to check out what others are up to. Anyway, give this blog a read. It’ll be worth your while.
Midlife in Maine – This blog follows an interesting story of reevaluating one’s life and eventually making the way to the Maine woods. You can read the letter from the author to her friends here on the “Why I Did It” page and even learn more about her on the “About” page. I’m going to be honest with you – the blog is inspirational. It’s very challenging to pick up an entrenched life and move it somewhere else. Somewhere completely different. I admire that and I respect it. And in this case, it seems that it was for the right reasons and the author is accomplishing what she set out to accomplish.
Henbogle – Henbogle seems to be a blog much like ours (the one you’re currently reading), except it’s mostly about gardening in the great state of Maine. It’s a variety blog though. The authors, Ali and Dan, describe many of the trials and tribulations of gardening, hen keeping and home upkeep in mid-coast Maine. It’s a great read and especially helpful as we attempt to “date” things correctly with our very own first garden in the area. Having a blog written by people who have been through it before is quite handy. Check them out and learn more about them on their “About” page and their “Welcome” page!
Modern Homesteading: Maine-ah Style – What we’ve got here is a blog about homesteading in Maine, with a twist. The authors talk about all sorts of things homestead, but talk about them in such a way as to help others who would like to follow in their footsteps be as efficient and effective as possible. This blog has tons of posts – everything from laundry, kids, gardening, health and homeschooling. Oh, believe me, there’s more than that, but we only have one page here. I’ve read quite a few posts and can tell you they are well written and very informative. I particularly enjoy the “Self Sufficiency” posts because moving in that direction is one of my personal goals. Having first hand knowledge at my fingertips is an enormous help.