First of all, this list of French bloggers was made with you in mind if you’re :
- Fascinated by or looking to learn the vocabulary for topics like travel, food, DIY, fashion, beauty or high-tech trends
- Used to spending your nights/weekends on English blogs and wouldn’t mind switching to some French bloggers
- Not used to reading in French and want to start with something reasonably short and easy to understand
If you’re none of that, then you may prefer reading my suggestions for French newspapers & magazines.
Last week a student of mine reminded me that not everyone is so confident yet about reading real articles in French, and that made me think.
I know that when you’re busy, you don’t want to add more things to your to-do list. And for some of us, reading online newspapers isn’t part of our habits. And then I thought, there’s something else I’m sure you like doing while browsing Pinterest or Instagram.
You guessed it right : blogs ! Blog posts are usually shorter than news articles, they’re sprinkled with amazing pictures and cool tutorials or recipes, they’re updated all the time with new content and best of all, you can read them in French too.
So to help you browse this list and avoid “choice overload” (erm, I wouldn’t want you to open 15 tabs at once), I divided the most attractive French bloggers I could find into small groups based on their main topics.
Go and have a look for yourself :
PS : If you're looking for ways to turn French reading into a real habit, then don't miss the tips I added at the end of this article!
3 L'oiseau rose
Your go-to guide to prepare for big trips
Difficulty : Intermediate to Advanced because of the longer length of articles. However, short paragraphs make it an easy read.
Similar to : Nomadic MattNice article : Les bonnes raisons pour partir en voyage hors saison
Difficulty : Easy to Intermediate depending on your knowledge of technical words related to DIY and crafts. Lots of pictures and videos to illustrate so it makes it easier to follow. The length of posts is usually short.
Similar to : Lovely IndeedNice article : Bulles sonores, Mama Petula
6 Make my Lemonade
Frenchify your clothes with this insanely peppy platform
Difficulty : Intermediate to Advanced depending on your knowledge of technical words related to DIY and sowing. Lots of pictures and videos to illustrate tutorials so it makes it easier and length is usually reasonable.
Similar to : A beautiful MessNice article : 5 tutoriels express pour customiser ses chaussures André
Difficulty : Easy to Intermediate, a few cooking terms. Usually the articles are either medium length or list posts for a quick read.
Similar to : Pinch of yumNice article : 18 recettes qui utilise le lait ribot (fermenté) ou buttermilk
Difficulty : Intermediate, a little more advanced cooking and cultural vocabulary with a medium length for articles.
Similar to : Fresh off the gridNice article : Le tour du monde des boulettes en 8 recettes internationales
9 Carnets parisiens
This blog will make you want to eat your screen...
Difficulty : Intermediate with medium length articles and a little slang. A little technical for the baking recipes, but generally easy to follow.
Similar to : Lark & LinenNice article : Mon buffet enfantin à l'occasion de ma pendaison de crémaillère
Difficulty : Easy with a lot of French slang and idioms. Most posts are lists or short articles.
Similar to : I found none!Nice article : Les 10 paires de chaussures que toute femme devrait avoir
Difficulty : Easy, little text in the format of a list or a Q&A with quite a lot of French slang and idioms.
Similar to : Buzzfeed Nice article : Top 30+ des podcasts à ecouter en urgence, mieux que la radio!
All the latest trends on high-tech products, in French!
Difficulty : Reasonably easy, most posts are about 500 words which is a quick read but the "Tests" have quite a lot of technical vocabulary
Similar to : TechCrunchNice article : Google pourrait presque tuer le copier/coller sur mobile
If the French bloggers I introduced today weren’t really what you were looking for, then I have another tool for you to find brilliant blogs.
It’s called Hellocoton and it’s very similar to Pinterest or Bloglovin’. All you need to do is type keywords that interest you in the search bar then look through the stream of suggestions.
When you find a French blogger you like, click on “S’abonner” and create an account so you can receive notifications for new blog posts of your favorite French bloggers. Or just click on a blog link and bookmark it, though it’ll be easier to forget.
How creating a routine will help you improve faster
Before I let you go, I’d like to make a last comment on using French bloggers to learn specific vocabulary.
Unfortunately, this method won’t work if you don’t find the time to read on a regular basis, at least once or twice a week. Seriously, your reading sessions don’t need to be longer than 20 minutes but they do need to happen frequently enough for you to start remembering and assimilating words you’ve read in different contexts.
Don’t worry though, I won’t leave you to wonder how to organize your schedule around this new task. You could have followed these blogs via Facebook or Instagram but then you’d easily be distracted by all the other things going on and you’d have no control on when you read in French.
Both platforms work like a personal feed where you can choose which blogs to follow. This technique will help you create a feed just for French and if you set a reminder on your phone for 2 days every week, then you’ll just need to go to Feedly or Bloglovin’ to practice your French vocabulary.
Now it’s time to explore the French blog scene. Enjoy and let me know in the comments if you found any French bloggers you’d like to recommend!