Welcome to Blog Profiles! Each week, PR Newswire media relations manager Christine Cube selects an industry or subject and a handful of sites that do a good job with promoting, contributing, and blogging about the space. Do you have a blog that deserves recognition? Tell Christine why on PR Newswire for Bloggers.
It’s Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and much like we did in February to celebrate notable African-American blogs, we’re taking a closer look at some cool sites led by Asian-American bloggers.
Seattleite Rachel Ball (who’s half Chinese, a quarter Irish, and a mix of other ethnicities) launched Elephantine in 2007, roughly around the same time she opened an Etsy shop for her handmade modern jewelry.
“My blog has been a great platform on which to promote my small business,” Ball said. “Most of my posts are personal, though: Recipes I like, what type of flowers I have in the house that week, my photographic perspective of Seattle, and my own writing. Since I’ve been blogging for seven years, it’s more or less become ingrained in my natural routine.”
I like Elephantine for a number of reasons – the photography is amazing and Ball really takes you into her world. Her Garden Notes from early April, where she discussed her vegetable seedlings, was spot-on. (I frankly am terrible with seeds. I tend to overthink the whole thing.)
I’ve also enjoyed Ball’s regular Four Faves section, which showcases four beautifully shot things that Ball wants to feature.
When it comes to blogging, Ball says she’s learned to be flexible – blogging because she’s inspired and not because she feels obligated to.
“My blog posts have changed in style and frequency … I’ve transitioned to posting much more original content, which certainly takes more time to come up with, even if it’s only a couple photos and a line of text,” she said. “It’s also important to me that everything I post is authentic … and I’m thrilled that other people take a moment out of their day to stop by.”
Follow @rachelchew on Twitter.
The Busy Dad Blog says “glory is only achieved through perpetual struggle.”
The dad is James Lin, a digital strategist from the PR and marketing world. Lin discusses what keeps him busy – a large family as well as a healthy commute to work, love of fishing, and a former life of Muay Thai fighting – in his About Me.
Lin’s voice is real and engaging in his blog. I happened to like a couple of his recent posts, how to make fried rice without messing it up, and words like magic, but the goodness is real: #7billionliters campaign.
Follow @BusyDadBlog on Twitter.
Bubzbeauty is the happy place of a “simple everyday girl.”
The site explores the world of beauty and fashion through the words and experiences of Bubbi, who has quite a following on her YouTube channel (2.5 million subscribers!).
“I am no expert in the beauty, hair, or fashion industry,” Bubbi says. “I am just your everyday girl who is willing to try and willing to learn with a passionate interest within these fields.”
Her latest stuff features where Bubbi is with her pregnancy. (Congrats on your little boy!)
Follow @bubzbeauty on Twitter.
Boston Mamas is a “lifestyle portal for families in Boston and beyond.”
The blog was founded in 2006 by Christine Koh, a “music and brain scientist turned writer, editor, designer, consultant, and impassioned conversationalist.”
The content on Boston Mamas is pretty comprehensive and engaging.
A weekend roundup includes things to do in Boston this weekend. (I’m sorry to be missing out on these awesome things; I’ll be in Boston next weekend!) And I certainly enjoyed this fantastic post on 18 Awesome Salads.
Also for my mama friends, Boston Mamas recently posted this gem on 11 Essentials for Traveling with Kids.
Follow @bostonmamas on Twitter.
The Wicked Ying is a social media junkie and shoe addict who hails from “the timber city of the south” and aims to feature “your daily fashion fix.”
Ying also is “the wicked witch you could be friends with.” She’s got some pretty great style and often posts her looks of the day. One of my favorites is Living in the Garden of Evil.
The blog features a bunch of categories, including beauty, makeup, fashion, shoes, trends, lifestyle, health, music, travel, photography, and reviews.
In her post, Juice Do It!, Ying touts the benefits of juicing. Some of those benefits include increased energy and stamina, better sleep patterns, and improved overall health.
Follow @wickedying on Twitter.
Christine Cube is a media relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. She’s a proud Filipina-American and plans to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month for the duration of May. Follow @cpcube or give her a shout at PR Newswire’s Google+.