And immediately after putting it up, I realised how astoundingly convenient it is to have a list of working links to my favourite blogs all in once place. Now why the hell didn’t I just do that in the first place instead of keeping all those extra bookmarks on my work terminal, my iPad, and my iPhone??!
I love reading about pole almost as much as I love practicing it, and I love finding out about the dancer/blogger herself as much as I enjoy the actual blogs.
I have to say though, there seems to be quite a shortage of active personal pole blogs in blog-land. Really, I’ve been looking! There are hundreds and thousands of ballet blogs, jazz blogs, ballroom blogs, modern dance blogs, salsa and tango blogs, but far fewer on pole.
What I consider to be a good personal pole blog is that it is written by a real person, with real personality, and is updated regularly. No outdated compilations of pole-related news clippings or random articles generated by spam bots, thank you!
Here are just 10 of the pole blogs featured from my blogroll that I happen to enjoy, in no particular order!
(Some are polers who blog: Instructors or other pole professionals, who have ‘dedicated pole blogs’ of tips and lessons that have other pole dancers / students would find extremely useful. And some are bloggers who pole: non-professionals who may also blog about other topics but have a passion for pole.)
1) Aerial Amy is written by Amy Shi, a pole instructor in NYC and she somehow manages to blog every. Single.. DAY! (well ok, Mon-Fri.. cos girl needs a break, yo.) She has a way of hitting pole issues right on the nail and includes super useful pole trick tutorials which I mostly file away in my head for that day in the future when I’ll actually have enough strength to try them.
Since I subscribe by email, her posts are frequently the first thing I read in the morning once I open my eyes. Try it: Instead of hitting the ‘snooze’ button, reach for you phone and start the day with a pole-related blog post. Works for me!
2) Express the Sensual could also be called “Deliciously, Toe-curlingly, Sensual, with a Capital Sssss”.
When I first discovered it late one night, I spent two and a half hours going through the whole archives! It’s just about everything I ever dreamed of reading in a pole blog, and then some! Yannori is also a pole instructor and is empowering to the point that I swear I can sometimes hear “I’m Every Woman… it’s all in Meeeeee’ playing in my head as I read through her old posts. These days, she’s busy being an advanced yoga instructor too and so doesn’t post as often as I wish she would, but when she does… I drop whatever I’m doing and slurp it up. *Sssssslluuuurrrrpp!*
3) Pole Skivvies is actually a leading brand of pole clothing, but I love reading the blog that’s also written by its creator, Jennifer. My favourite feature of her blog is that she regularly interviews real-life dancers: whether world champion pole dancers, fellow pole enthusiasts, and new pole students from all over the world, it’s an incredible insight to how varied and yet how similar the world of pole can be.
4) The Pole Story‘s author is now also officially a book author! Claire Griffin Sterrett just published ‘Pole Story, Essays on the power of erotic dance’ and if it’s anything like her fabulously-written blog posts about the empowering nature of erotic dance for women, it’ll probably blow you away. If you’re curious about what getting certified as a pole dance instructor might be like, (and if you are as many light years away as I am from ever finding out) you’ll enjoy her posts on her certification experience as much as I did.
5) Meagan from She-Beast just won first place in a major pole competition and no it’s wonder! Just reading about how seriously she trains is super-duper inspiring and gives mere mortals a sneak peak into the mind of a pole champion. If you’re about to go into your first competition, her tips will probably be extremely relevant to you as well.
6) Confessions of a Twirly Girl is a fun and open look into the life of the irrepressible Lolorashel who shares about her pole dancing adventures, pets, health, weight, friends, with lots of lovely candid photos and videos.
7) Climb and Spin is written by pole ‘educators’ who offer instructor certification, so they really know what they’re talking about when it comes to nutrition, hydration, and safety issues which are super relevant to pole.
8 ) Bad Kitty is actually a website that sells pole-related merchandise but also features a host of guest writers on their blog. The owners are very supportive of the pole movement and I really love it when a man can extol the virtues of how poledancing is a lifestyle!
9) Holly’s blog The Pole Place is pretty new, but she’s already got a great collection of varied entries. One of my favourites is her own story about competition and jealousy. Usually when you have a group of women together doing anything, it’s an issue that’s often an unavoidable reality… which no-one really wants to talk about. So I really appreciated reading about it in a refreshingly honest light.
10) Sociology of Sheena might not be a pole blog per se, but damn when this girl writes about her pole experiences, it is Hot! Sheena’s reviews of the S-Factor studio where she dances at are so vivid, I just wish so much that I could be there in person!
Like I said, these are just 10 of the many pole blogs I enjoy. Do check out all the different ones on the full blogroll list if you love reading about pole too, and let me know if you have any others to recommend!