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Tavi Gevinson is a 14-year-old fashion blogger from New York. Her site is brimming with well-written insight regarding both indie and high-end wear and some pretty decent self-shot photography. Gevinson looks like a junior hipster: eclectic clothes topped off with wide-rimmed glasses and a wry smile. She describes herself as “a tiny dork that sits inside all day wearing awkward jackets and pretty hats.” Her parents found out about her blog when she surprised them by asking for permission to be interviewed by the New York Times. Her blog now has around 50,000 daily readers. Gevinson is an inspiration for many, and not just the young and quirky – she has been described as the muse for the Rodarte sisters’ line of clothes retailing at Target. Currently, Gevinson has a publicist and is working on monetizing her site through collaborative posts with fashion designers. Some fashion gurus look down on this mini-fashionista, claiming she doesn’t have the maturity to write a serious style blog, but we think this teen has more style than most adults could hope for.
Lourdes Leon (or Lola) blogs about her teenage life in a way that’s cute and relatable to other 14-year-old girls. Leon also has a fashion line called Material Girl for teenagers that retails internationally. One more thing: she’s Madonna’s kid. Yeah, that might have something to do with her fame and fortune, but don’t hold it against her; Leon’s Material World blog, which is part of the marketing campaign for Material Girl, has some serious sass and tons of teenage vernacular that won’t be found in Webster’s dictionary. There’s nothing too deep or insightful from Leon, but you do get the impression that she is a smart and fun girl who doesn’t gripe over life’s more difficult elements. You might also get the impression that this is clever marketing at its finest. Either way, her blog is worth a look, if only out of sheer curiosity.
Carl Ocab “Kidblogger”
Carl Ocab is somewhat of a blogging sensation. A 16-year-old boy from the Philippines, Ocab created Carlocab.com at the age of 13 so he could shares his tips on making money online. His blog hit the big time when Google ranked him number-one for the keyword search “make money online.” Ocab is one of the smartest kids of his generation and even the experts are taking notice. With posts such as “5 Tips You Can’t Miss to Make Money Online Faster” and his blog series “My Best Blog Tip,” we can see why he’s so popular. He is a self-proclaimed mediocre high school student but his blog is certainly an interesting read. Well-organized, packed with posts, and dotted with some self-deprecating humor, there’s nothing “kiddy” about this blogger.
Gloson Teh is a 12-year-old blogger from Malaysia. He uses his blog to update fellow bloggers (kid and adult alike) on the latest technology and social media advancements. In his home country, Teh is more widely known for his poetry and he has dedicated his second blog Poetry Talents (www.poetrytalents.com) to the topic. With the encouragement of his mother, Teh began blogging in 2008 and has since become a television and media hit in Malaysia. Teh’s most popular posts include “22 Reasons For You to Blog” and “A Beginner’s Guide to Getting the Most Out of Twitter.” Tech savvy, relevant and a great social media resource, Glosonblog.com offers wonderful entry-level advice. We find it particularly useful for kids as the language is simple and the layout is user-friendly. And for those of us wishing we had the hits this kid does: “Blogging teaches us to be patient and tells us not to give up.” That’s good advice from a 12-year-old.
National Geographic Kids Blogs
Instead of just reading one blog, why not read multiple blogs from kids around the world? Hosted by National Geographic Kids, this blog pulls in the most recent posts from kid bloggers the world over. Bloggers are selected and monitored by NG Kids staffand while all the blogs are English-language, that doesn’t seem to limit the locations kids can report from. Australia, Guatemala and Beijing are just a few countries on their blogroll. See what different kids eat, what languages they speak, what games they play and find out about their hometowns. The blog also hosts contests, so be sure to check back regularly to see the latest. We’d recommend this blog to any globe-trotting family.
Fourteen-year-old David Fishman is an aspiring food critic who is extraordinarily dedicated to his craft. His reputation as a gourmand got a big boost in 2008 when the New York Times wrote an article about this up-and-coming foodie. Blogging since 2009, Fishman’s Middle School Food Critic is stylishly presented and packed with restaurant reviews largely from New York City but also from around the world. Fishman’s reviews describe his dining experiences in detail, from portion sizes to the restaurant’s choice of music. His critiques and posts are as mature as many experienced food writers, but his perspective as a young diner is what makes this blog so interesting. Fishman has certainly raised the bar in terms of kid bloggers – even the grown-ups can take a few tips from this knowledgeable teen.