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Psst, What Would You Like to Talk About?

So, What Do You Want to Talk About?

As January kicks off, we have lots of posts planned for the year ahead, but I’d also love to know: What would you like to read about? What would you like to discuss?

We’ve talked about fun things, like weddings and travel and celebrity crushes; and we’ve talked about serious things, like grief and depression and stillbirth.

But is there anything specific that’s on your mind? Or that you’d like to read more about? Jeans? Vacation ideas? Dating? Break ups? Friends? Religion? Finances? Movies? Let us know and we will get started. :)

Thank you so much xoxoxoxo

(Photo by Naomi Robinson.)

  1. Inbal says...

    Hi Joanna, I adore your blog and read it every day while my kids are napping.
    I’d love to read and get to know more “doing good” brands. Brands that are treating employees fairly and also giving back to humanity in a way.
    For example, Lyft donated $1m to the ACLU while Uber joined Trump’s economic advisory board…
    this is obviously an extreme example but it’ll be nice to learn more about this things.
    I got to know quit a few brands via your blog (everlane, nisolo) and I’m thankful for that.
    Keep in the wonderful work and thank you so much!

  2. Lizzie says...

    I’d love to hear you talk about how to maintain relationships (family, friends, partners) with people who do not share your same beliefs (religious, political). In this divisive period in our country I know that a lot of people are wrestling with this. I know many people, myself included, with family members who voted for Trump, even though there are other people in our family (like my gay dad, all us women) who stand to be seriously impacted by his policies. I wonder how much can I maintain these relationships where are core beliefs are different but we have an important connection and if so, how much do you shut up and just try to maintain peace or bring up the discussion and try to have a productive talk about it.

    Thanks!

    • lynn mckoy says...

      I second this comment… so in need of this!

  3. Dila says...

    Been following your blog for a few years now and this isn’t a specific topic but a suggestion — I’d love a little more diversity in the kind of people you feature. Noticed more women of colour being featured as of late and I’d love to see more, please — whether in fashion, beauty, books, art, design or anything else.

    Everythings been mostly overwhelmingly white with a few token WOC thrown into the mix. Just a suggestion. Love the blog otherwise, and I’m a recurrent reader.

  4. Nanne says...

    late to the party! :)

    i would love to see a “woman’s journey” series. stories of older women who have become successful in their careers/overcome hardships/raised successful children/have lived creative lives, etc, etc. from their early twenties to where they are now. would love to see a wide variety of women represented–famous, alt, suburban, educated, uneducated….would provide so many life lessons, both practical and intangible, for your readers.

  5. Catherine says...

    A belated response but …
    1. Ways readers can get involved/make a difference/help others. As a stay-at-home mom I often feel as though there’s not much I can do to shape the world my children will grow up in.
    2. Keep featuring women writers! I love the writing on this blog. Maybe some poetry?

  6. Candace J says...

    I’d love to know how (or even if) other city dwellers find/make time for getting outdoors / into green spaces to recharge.

    It would also be fabulous to hear more about how women are investing their money these days (I know absolutely nothing about it, but feel like I SHOULD) and strategies for budgeting/saving for the future.

  7. Donna says...

    Joanna, I enjoy the variety of information you present. I, too, would like more recommendations on books and podcasts. I would also appreciate information or discussion on spirituality, purpose, and meaning in life-how do others seek and find this for themselves. Thanks and keep up the good that you do!

  8. Ann says...

    I know I am late on the draw, but I would love a piece about safe children’s sunscreen. I was made aware of the issue last summer and, as it turns out, even sunscreens such as Neutrogena kids have vitamin a derivatives which makes skin more sensitive to sun. In my own research, I found a few that seemed OK but the issue was far more complicated than I first understood it to be.

  9. Emily Karottki says...

    I’d love to hear stories about women changing jobs. Particularly making the decision to stay on one career track, especially when it offers decent financial rewards, versus doing something completely different/creative/risky. Would be great to feature someone who was laid off — how they recovered from the blow and what they did next.

  10. Cheryl says...

    I’ll cast another vote for finances– perhaps before and after kids?

  11. I would love more podcast recommendations , discussions in why anyone would act like a child over the recent election. So much nonsense. The media bias . How to stop it.

  12. I want to hear about your religious beliefs

  13. You may have covered this in the past, but it would be really interesting to hear the step-by-step, behind the scenes story of A Cup of Jo. What inspired you to start, how you decided what content to focus on, how the very early days went, how long it took to gain traction, etc.

    • This is a great idea! I’m new to the blog and would love to relax iT, iT might even function as a future introductiebrief to new readers.

  14. Jess says...

    I’d love to hear about women’s finance. Loving the city guides, more please! Come to Maine!
    Cup of Jo has almost become my one stop shop on the internet. It’s sunshine amidst many clouds. Thanks so much for what you do!

  15. Deanna says...

    How to find a bra whose straps won’t slip down. Why do bra straps slip down anyway? This has been a futile endeavor for me, and I get so self-conscious of sneaking my hand into my blouse/top/shirt to retrieve it.

  16. charity miller says...

    I may be way behind (or it may already exist?) but I would love a new York travel guide series for someone who wants to come for a weekend, maybe split up between the boroughs, like from an insider’s perspective? I want to take a trip to NYC but there is so much to do it feels overwhelming!

  17. Jess says...

    I’d love for you to tackle the issue of deciding whether or not to go from one kid to two (or more). You’ve done great stuff on related issues, but nothing specifically about the one-to-two decision. And more specifically, the issue of both partners not agreeing on the decision!! I know so many parents of singles who are wrestling with this decision, myself included, and there are a lot of difficult factors involved. I think it’s a topic people would be interested in.

    • Jess says...

      Yes, I loved that post. I’d be so curious to know how other are dealing with the issue of both partners not being on the same page about kid decisions though–and people’s experiences/insights/struggles with being parents of singles. Maybe soon!

  18. Taru says...

    Imposter syndrome: the tendency for even the most successful women to feel like a failure or that their success is undeserved!

    • charity miller says...

      yes! I think about this all the time!

    • I would relate…

  19. Amber J says...

    Keep it up with more interviews, more outfits, more homes, more Stella!

  20. Wow, that’s a lot of comments (1.400 and counting)! amazing! You may not get to this request but here goes: as a mother of an active 2 year old who lives in NYC (and works for herself with no office to go to, i.e. doesn’t need work suits…), I am constantly looking for ways to simplify my life by 1) not having to think of outfits that make me look put together but that work at the playground as well as for grabbing lunch with a friend and running into a colleague on the sidewalk 2) having clothes I don’t need to dry clean– the chemicals are bad for our environment and dry cleaning is not cheap. TO the point, posts on washable, sustainable clothing that you can wear while playing with your kid or to a casual meeting. Thanks and keep up the great work ladies!

  21. Karen says...

    Please get down and dirty with taxes! Tax season is around the corner.

  22. Claire says...

    You’ve addressed struggles with anxiety in the past, maybe delving more into that subject? Specifically:

    – how to find a professional to speak to & how to vet a potential therapist
    – the “fraud” syndrome of feeling like your problems/worries are not worth therapy
    – the ” i have no idea what I’m doing” moments of parenting (beyond infanthood)

    On another note — I love your blog (I’m a multiple times a day visitor) but there are time where I feel intimidated by the posts – particularly the apartment or home tours – because I don’t think of my style as “curated” as these featured individuals or spaces seem to be. I don’t necessarily have a defining, foundational lens that defines how I dress or decorate my home. Maybe this is something to explore – shifting styles throughout your life or exercises on defining your viewpoint.

  23. Maya says...

    I forgot to add that I gobbled up a motherhood series that ran in 2011. Posts like this one (My Balance: Amanda Hesser of Food 52: http://cupofjo.com/2011/07/my-balance-amanda-hesser-of-food-52/) were so honest, real, practical, and went right to the core of parenting while working. Even though I didn’t have kids back then, the series was logged in the back of my brain and did prepare me for the balance struggle of motherhood. I would be thrilled if we could bring that series back!!!! Thanks.

  24. – I love the posts about parenting in other countries!!!
    – It might be neat to see posts about dating in other countries, or what marriage is like …
    – More posts about marriage in general. I love love!!!
    – Posts about childfree women/ couples. My husband and I are childfree by choice, and we get a lot of rude comments, hassle, etc. about it. It’s such a difficult thing for people to understand.

    • Samantha says...

      Yes yes yes to all of these!!!

  25. VP says...

    I think a fun post would be about superstitions — what superstitions do your readers have? I’m not talking the usual suspects (don’t let a black cat cross in front of you, etc.) Superstitions vary culturally, and I myself only hold to one that I learned from my Indian culture. It would be a fun and interesting look into people’s values and ideas too.

  26. Fifi says...

    When and how do you *know* when you should start a family? My hubby is desperate for kids and I am so hesitant. I want kids so much but I don’t know if it’s the right time…or is it ever the right time??

    • I was in this boat. I knew I wanted kids my whole life, but I kept wishing I had a couple more years before having them. As I approached 30, I was starting to get panicky, as I felt I should have them soon, but I still wished I had a couple more years. That feeling wasn’t going away. I had a realization one random day, that I NEVER in a million years imagined I would have … I didn’t want to have children. Four years later, I am SO grateful that I had that realization, and wouldn’t change a thing in my life. Not saying that you’ll decide not to have kids, haha, but what I am saying is wait until YOU feel ready. It’s not something to enter into unless you’re both feeling 100% ready (I say feeling, because obviously, you can’t ever be “ready” for the changes parenthood will bring).

  27. jen says...

    Maybe very pre-term baby experiences. Just had a 28 week baby and pre-eclampsia. Very scary experience and would love to connect with people who have had similar experiences. I never knew anyone with a preterm baby before and now have met a few but I really like the way issues are discussed on your website. Just a suggestion :)
    Thanks
    Jen

  28. Julie says...

    I’m 28, live in NY, and I’ve been a loyal reader for years and years and years. This is my first ever comment! Yours is the only blog I read, and the only place I pour through every comment. What an incredible place you’ve created.

    Some things I’d love to read more of on here:
    1. Echoing other’s comments – finance. Refinery 29 does a fascinating series called “Money Diaries” and I’d be thrilled to see something similar on COJ.
    2. Being a single woman – reading a book now called “all the single ladies” and it’s giving me a lot to think about. I’d love to hear your opinions and the opinions of other readers on some of the themes in the book.
    3. Sisterhood and twin-hood. I live with my identical twin sister, and I think it’s such a unique experience. A lot of people seem to find it weird that we live together in our late 20s. Is it weird?! It’s certainly fun and convenient (albeit frustrating at times). I’d also be curious to hear more about how you and your twin understand your “twin hood” and what it means to you. Do you refer to her as your sister or your twin? So many questions! What is it like to be boy/girl twins? What is it like when your twin is fundamentally different from you in ways you don’t agree with?
    4. Anything about art! Art is so important, inspiring, and eye-opening. It’d be great to see tips on interesting shows, stories behind certain pieces, etc etc etc.
    5. How people relationships with their mothers change over time. Same thing with friends. How do you deal with friends you still love but have just grown apart from?
    6. The week of outfits, beauty uniforms, and motherhood around the world are my favorite series. Would love to see them continued and/or evolved in interesting ways.

    • Allison says...

      Yes! I’d love a twins series! I have 18-month-old identical girls, and I don’t even have a sister much less a twin. This would be so interesting.

  29. Hey! Anything about letting go, breakups and how to move on, how to start dating again would be wonderful! Thanks!!

  30. Debbie Z. says...

    My favorite are the Beauty Uniform posts. I have found some wonderful beauty products this way that I use on a daily basis and I find the women fascinating. You always do such a good job interviewing and bringing out the different sides to their personalities and styles. To give two product examples, my favorite go-to lipstick now is Nars Manhunt, which I believe you said you wear Joanna, and I now use the french facial oil daily that I believe Stella said she uses. So wonderful! And I am 61 years old, so your readership as a wide age base. I love your fresh ideas and the way your blog varies daily. Keep up the excellent work! Thank you.

  31. Gillian Helm says...

    I don’t know whether you’re still reading these comments, but on my way to work this morning, where I am a young Executive Director of a growing nonprofit, thinking about a personnel issue I would have to deal with first thing, it occurred to me that a series on young professional women and the experiences they’ve had with growing their own leadership style and skill would be interesting and helpful. Especially while juggling family (I have two little boys and another one on the way) and trying to funnel the multifaceted spectrum of lessons learned each day into productive meaning. Thanks for giving readers a chance to weigh in.

    • KMB says...

      Yes! I’d love more on women and leadership. There are so many different ways to lead, but it seems like masculine-style leadership is still held up on a pedestal. It can be tough to take a different approach and feel respected. But it also doesn’t work to emulate the male leaders that I am surrounded by…

  32. Amber says...

    I would love to read more experiences on living alone or by yourself. I have recently moved into a 1 bedroom apartment and while it’s exciting, it also gets a bit lonely.

  33. I’d love to see more related to languages… learning new ones, stories from bilingual or trilingual people, expat stories, etc.

  34. Paula says...

    Another vote for updated favorite apps and podcasts articles!

    • Fifi says...

      Oohhh yes same!

  35. Renee says...

    Greetings from Los Angeles. I’m late to this post, but hoping you’re still reading comments. As the mother of one young child with mild autism and one young “neuro-typical” child, I think there may be a not-insignificant portion of your readership that would appreciate posts related to the parental experience of having children with special needs. I notice that in the past year or so you’ve made a concerted effort to promote diversity, be it racial diversity, geographical diversity, showcasing women of different shapes and sizes, diversity of perspective and experience, etc. You also try to cater to economic diversity by being sensitive to different income levels in your product-related posts. This is wonderful. However, I wonder if you might consider adding neurological/developmental diversity to the mix. It would do wonders to promote awareness and acceptance of children with special needs (and give their parents a much-needed sense of support)….of particular concern given the new Administration. Thank you for considering this.

  36. Jackie says...

    I’d love to hear about more people’s experiences trying to get pregnant. It’s a bit overwhelming and so much goes into it!

  37. Ruby says...

    I’d love to hear women’s stories on the ever-changing friendships they have with other women…the evolution of friendships and what they mean, what they change into, and sadly, what they can fall apart to throughout the seasons of life. I, myself, have constantly struggled with friendships with my girlfriends, and dealing with the fall-outs (with your lifelong friends), and the new friends you make in your later years, and what you get from it.

  38. cole says...

    Updated favorite apps and podcasts articles – love the first ones

  39. Irina says...

    I’d love to hear from couples who, like my husband and I, are currently estranged from both sets of parents. How do they deal with this, particularly when it comes to having children of their own? How do people explain to their kids why the grandparents are out of the picture? How do they create a sense of family continuity without the preceding generation being present in their lives?

    • Ruby says...

      I second this! And in addition, those who are estranged from their parents, how do you feel about keeping the last name of those families and passing them down to your children? Do you keep your last name? Is it wrong to want to use a different last name altogether? What if the husband’s family is estranged, but the mother’s is not…would you want your children to have the mother’s last name instead?

    • C. says...

      Interesting idea…both of my parents have passed away and my husband doesn’t speak to his parents. We have one son and living in a different country…it can be a bit tricky!

  40. Amy says...

    I love everything you do, keep it all! On the lighter side, I love the home tours and outfits, and I’d love to read more about books and music. On the more serious side, marriage and how to keep it going strong. Love it all!

  41. Elisse says...

    FINANCES!! I was actually just telling my sister that I would love a series on personal finance – getting out of debt, saving, investing, emotional components, etc. Cup of Jo readers and contributors always have great insight and we should be digging in to our finances!

  42. Lorange says...

    I’d like less about marriage and babies and more about careers, hobbies, how to make friendships last and how to invest your money for the future. I enjoy the personal style posts and the motherhood around the world series though. I’d like to hear more from a non-heteronormative perspective too.

  43. Emily L says...

    I know this a blog about women and for women but I love getting a man’s perspective once in awhile too. Would you consider adding a “fatherhood Monday”? Maybe in the motherhood around the World Series? I’d love to compare perspectives!

  44. Emily says...

    I would love to hear more from or about working mothers. Possibly a series where you interview working moms from different places/countried and what their lives are like.

  45. Nicky says...

    This might not get seen since i’m posting late, but I was just having a convo with a dear friend about how everyone is quietly going through their own fertility/infertility situations. Some are married and have had miscarriages, some are married and haven’t been able to get pregnant, some are in relationships and not considering having kids, and some, like my friend, are single, in their 30s and seriously considering freezing their eggs. I searched through your blog and found everything above is addressed so honestly except the single woman choosing to freeze her eggs. If you could blog about resources or personal stories on single women choosing to freeze their eggs, that would be AWESOME! Thanks :)

  46. Jane says...

    The home tours and the week of outfits are my absolute favorites from the last while. Please keep those up!

  47. molly says...

    I personally love your relationship posts, and book posts. I would love to read about the complexity of twin relationships, and maybe some finance related posts. My all time favorite is the motherhood around the world!!

  48. Love the city guides! More more! Also, date ideas :) I love your Motherhood around the World Series, so maybe more of that? Women in Business would be awesome too.

  49. KVL says...

    I’d love to get a tour of your new apartment! Its so great to see the progression of your homes through the years. And I know its 3 years late, but I’ve always wanted to hear about Anton’s birth story! :)

  50. There are so many things I love reading on COJ, specifically book and podcast recommendations and the beauty uniform series (there have been purchases after reading that I can’t live without!). I’ve also enjoyed seeing more diverse women on your blog – keep it up!

    One thing I’d like to see is how to keep a marriage strong in all walks of life – newly married, parenthood, as empty nesters, etc.

    Thanks for creating this space to let readers share. Cheers to a new year!

  51. Irina says...

    I’d love to read how other couples have dealt with the situation my husband and I are facing, where one spouse (me!) is eager to have children while the other spouse is reluctant.

  52. Annie says...

    I’m in my twenties and navigating through my first career. The question I struggle with is how to live a fuller, more meaningful life? How did you approach this in your 20s and how has your perspective changed as you grew into your 30s? Thank you.

  53. Emily says...

    Singleness. There are a lot of blogs that focus on motherhood, but there is not much coverage on being single past thirty.

    • Lucylucia says...

      Tell it! Single at 39, here, and I would love to read more about how others experience their singleness. I love it for the most part, but I have found one thing I truly dread. Dealing with any sort of fix-it folks. Plumbers, electricians, window replacements, water heater replacement, I find it such a quagmire. Either I err on the too nice side (stranger in my house!), by being overly accommodating and then get condescension in spades from these guys or I am too formal and they get resentful and it’s super awkward! I have found myself putting off some much needed repairs because I just don’t want to deal with it!

    • agreed!

  54. Von says...

    I love your media recommendations… What to read (especially books), listen to, etc. I also enjoy the beauty series. Thanks!

  55. Tracy says...

    I love what I find here. Love the motherhood around the world series, posts on people’s houses… all of it’s great. 90% of it I find fascinating. The other 10% there’s nothing wrong with, just personal interest(or disinterest!) On my part. Thanks for a great read! Keep up the good work!

  56. Jess says...

    Love this blog! I am getting closer and closer to 30, yet I often find myself googling certain “manners” questions. Do I bring a gift, wherer do I sit at the table, how do I set the table, how do I arrange flowers, etc. etc.

    So any posts on traditional ways (often lost now a days), or etiquette rules would be most appreciated.

  57. Laura says...

    finances. I would love to read about women who live on limited incomes and how they make it work. The transition back to work after having a child, stories from women on choosing the right care for their children when they return to work and don’t live near family. I love the motherhood around the World Series, how about motherhood around the US? Women from different socioeconomic backgrounds raising children in different states and benefits of raising families in each location.

    • Lydia says...

      I think this is such a great idea! Finances are a pretty taboo subject still, but it would be great to get some practical advice from women on how they manage their money at different points in their lives.

    • really love this comment!
      Especially about mothers in the US with different socioeconomic backgrounds

  58. Callie says...

    Wow, already many requests! :)

    Like others have said– longtime reader and always happy with your content! I have been hoping you will write more about friendships, specifically navigating changing adult relationships and expectations. How to maintain friendships through family/work/location changes. I am married without kids and find myself missing my busy parent-friends, yet my single friends get frustrated I’m not more available too. How much time should we be devoting to friends at this point in life?

  59. Liz says...

    What are some great vacations that are either off the grid, or in rural/lesser known locations, but still have an allure/appeal? I would love to rent a house or cabin in a small town where I can give myself time to breathe and think and take walks and not necessarily fill the hours with a bunch of activities. Basically, what is it like to “try on” life in a small town (albeit, without a job, because I’m still interested in a vacation), without spending a bunch of money? Ideas for single people, or people who would be bringing a relationship partner (but no kids) are welcome.

  60. I remember once reading a post, where you gave a little trick to stop worrying, about seeing your life as a the grand canyon. I love little things like that, which can make mental health mountains seems a bit more climbable, so maybe more of those!

  61. I’ll never forget a post you wrote about an idea of your mother contributing somehow to the blog. I’d love it if you would find a way to do that.. unless if there’s a reason you didn’t do it eventually I guess..

    Anyway, what I love about this blog is the amounts of personal sharing and its ability to create and share content that gives insight to different cultures (motherhood around the world series) and perspectives on various situations (grief, depression..). I’d love to read more similar things to that.

    This blog remains one of my top favorite corners of the internet since it doesn’t feel so “made-up”, too perfect, too curated, too fashion/lifestyle orientated, but it remains a place where I learn from while feeling relaxed, and while doing something I really really enjoy!

  62. Olivia says...

    I really want to know different women’s approaches to birth control — what they’ve tried that hasn’t worked for them and what they’ve tried that has.

    • Lizzie says...

      Second!

  63. Jules says...

    Picking up on the vibe that other women are putting down; finances. I’m in my late 30s and suddenly have some bigger decisions to make that I feel wholly unprepared for. It’s weird that we are now starting to talk about our sex lives and miscarriages more honestly but money is still sooooo taboo. I have close friends who I know NOTHING about their financial reality but have talked (at length) about the weird cyst on the side of their labia.

    I really appreciate, for example, renovation blogs that give the full accounting of their projects.

  64. Kathryn says...

    I would love to see stories about people who made midlife career transitions, especially when they felt totally paralyzed by responsibility. Or people who took time out and how they presented themselves as relevant when they went back to work.

    • Jenn says...

      THIS.

    • Alex says...

      Yes. This.

    • Rachel says...

      Yes please!

    • C. says...

      Interesting idea…both of my parents have passed away and my husband doesn’t speak to his parents. We have one son and living in a different country…it can be a bit tricky!

    • Emily Karottki says...

      Yes, this.

  65. Kat G. says...

    I would love to see some fashion posts geared toward plus-size women. For instance: a comparison of plus-size leggings and where to find the best ones; a round-up of the best plus-size bras, panties, and lingerie – sexiest and most functional.

    I do appreciate that not all of the women you feature in your Week of Outfits posts are thin and petite, but I definitely feel their is a void of fashion information for the curvy/voluptuous/plus-size readers of your blog.

  66. Tru says...

    I’ve just become a mum for the first time, so naturally I’m wanting to read more about that. Ideally, raising sons, some humour with dealing with in laws (:P) etc. I also had an unplanned c section, so I guess I’d love to read about other mama’s who have had to deal with that, and just the unexpected (but wonderdul) side of parenting and having babies. I have actually read all your posts on motherhood already, I’m a long time reader. Thank you for always giving such varied content which is always a joy to read! Lots of love, Tru (Sydney, Australia).

  67. Lo says...

    First, let me say that I’ve been a devoted COJ reader for at least 5 years and you’ve never let me down! I am really late to the party, but here are my two cents on topics…
    – Dealing with feelings of jealousy toward friends you love very much.
    – How to apologize for things you did (or didn’t do) when you were feeling too sorry for yourself to be there for other people. Like, is it weird to bring it up after 6 months? A year? More?
    – Juggling large financial investments around the same time – buying a home, launching a small business, etc.
    – Someone else mentioned something about deciding what city to settle down in…I think this would be a really interesting topic. My partner and I are in the same boat – we know we want to relocate, but haven’t yet figured out the “right” place for us. Our family is spread out over both coasts and we’re in the Great Lakes region. We’d love to be close to parents and/or siblings when we decide to do the whole babies thing, but are not too keen on Florida or LA. What to do?!
    – Little technology hacks for people who aren’t inherently great at technology – I remember seeing a post on helpful apps a while back; maybe something along these lines?
    – And yes, I love the Beauty Uniforms and House Tours and Week of Outfits. They are fun and even insightful. A little fluff is welcome after a day spent in a sad office.
    xo!

  68. Kathryn says...

    Hi- “Older” reader here (51). I’m an older mom w/two boys who are 9 & 10 yrs. old. My 10 yr old has severe ADHD, along with some other issues. My husband & I have been on a journey for several years, seeing various specialists in order to better diagnose & help our son. At times the stress & worry is overwhelming. My heart breaks for him and how hard it must be for him. I would love to see a series that focuses on mental health issues/children with special needs(I.e. ADHD,anxiety,autism…). The struggles to get proper diagnosis, treatment, education challenges, family life…

  69. Did you listen to the Gwyneth Paltrow interview on Garance Dore’s ‘Pardon My French’? I really liked what GP (and GD) said about asking questions about things that interest them. Cup of Jo is the only blog that I read religiously & it’s because I’m more interested in your view on the world and aesthetic than I am any one topic in particular. I trust you guys, I trust the Cup of Jo brand & I’ve found myself absolutely fascinated by topics I would’ve never EVER said were of interest to me.

  70. Ximena says...

    Hi Joanna,
    First of all, I love your blog! I read it everyday :)

    I would love to read more about becoming a new mom. I’m 3 months pregnant and I’m extremely happy but I also have so many feelings/questions about becoming a mom. How to talk to my boss about it? how to balance having a career and having a newborn? how my relationship with my husband is going to change after baby? … and so many other questions!

    I would also love to see more house tours!
    xoxo

    • Em says...

      Me too! I’m newly pregnant and worrying about my new identity and how it will work with my old identity. Anything on big life changes and remaining true to oneself, or newly blossoming. Another topic I’d love to read about is nurturing the relationship w. Ones parents. You and your mum seem to have such a good one. How do you do it? What about your dad ? Etc. I love your blog and read it all the time. I’m rerreading baby posts now, they’re so nice. Thanks for sharing.

  71. Deidre says...

    Making the perfect cup of coffee.

  72. As a grad student, I would love to hear from women who are also going through their Ph.D.’s or academia. It can be rather lonely going through academia, especially when you are vastly outnumbered by men.

  73. I’d like to read more about older women (40+) who don’t have kids and are happy! Older women getting married and their stories. Ha! Maybe how life impacts older women in general. Career changes, taking care of aging parents, etc.

    Also, one of the things that might have been a big change had Hillary won, would have been paid family leave. It would be interesting to see how people use/need family leave (FMLA). It’s not just for people who have kids, but as mentioned above, for taking care of aging parents – even disabled siblings. I started a discussion about that particular issue with an article that I wrote for The Atlantic. http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/11/am-i-not-my-brothers-keeper/382354/

    It also begs the question of how should we really define family in the 21st century? Sometimes friends can be just as much family as those who are biologically and/or legally related. Would be interesting to see how people have had their lives impacted by limited definitions of family. By the way, if you’re looking for someone to write these posts, I would love to!

  74. Alex says...

    I’d love to hear more from women with a broader diversity of jobs – in healthcare, retail, academia, hospitality… from all parts of the socioeconomic spectrum. It would be great to start a dialogue on how your readers manage shiftwork and life.
    Apologies to the ‘less politics’ commenters – more politics please! It’s easy to sink into beautiful images online, this blog always backs up the gloss with wisdom, substance and intelligence.
    The comments in these posts are always fabulous. How lucky we are to live in a world with so many amazing women!

    • Lizzie says...

      Second!

  75. Janay says...

    High fives to the COJ team. Like, for real. The thoughtfulness and intention they pours out of the writing is unmatched. I agree with other commenters about more diversity across the board in all posts. Motherhood Mondays are by far my favorite and I echo others’ suggestions for related posts for mothers who work outside of the home. I would also love, love, love a post on creating a “capsule wardrobe”. I know I’m way behind the times on this trend, but it’d be great to hear a step by step. I just had a 2nd kid and our house is just so full of stuff. I feel like my closet is the one space where I can assert some control. Cheers to all and thank you COJ for keepin’ it rill!

  76. Tera says...

    I’d love to see a series on traveling with children, with family-friendly places to stay, eat, sight-see, etc. in different cities. 

  77. Marina says...

    How to stay organized in small spaces. We have a 1 year old in a 900 sq ft condo…. where should we hide our TP? luggage? winter clothes?

    • Kathryn says...

      I also live in a sub 900 sq ft house with 2 kids under 5. The key is to be ruthless about the outflow of toys. Don’t buy toys that only have 1 function, and go the Montessori route and only put out a few toys at a time. As far as TP goes, we recently purchased the Hemnes 2 drawer bathroom vanity, and a pack of Trader Joe’s TP fits perfectly inside! Total unexpected problem solver.

      Along the same lines of the original post, I would love to see more house tours from people who have to integrate kids stuff into the main part of the house because they don’t have dedicated playrooms and they have tiny bedrooms.

  78. Grace says...

    I enjoy pretty much everything on Cup of Jo, but particularly adore the Week of Outfits, Beauty Uniform and Motherhood Around the World (although I’m not a mother myself, it’s a fascinating peek into different cultures). I look forward to reading Cup of Jo every day and really miss it when you take a well-deserved break haha! Thanks for all your hard work creating such great content – this blog is always a bright spot in my day.

  79. Abbie says...

    I love love love your Motherhood in Other Cultures/Countries series. I have read every story and little details have stuck with me and I think about the info in the stories all the time.

    I like that your blog is a good mix of serious issue articles and light, fun stuff. I have really enjoyed reading both types of posts.

    I LOVE your home tours too! I’m obsessed with interior design and especially family and kid-friendly interior design, so your tours have really been wonderful! I think Abby Low’s New Jersey home tour is my favorite tour anywhere on the internet-will you do a tour of their Mexico City home now too? I’d love it!

    Your gift guides for kids of different ages are also really helpful!

  80. Lauren says...

    Infertility, balancing work and kids, building relationships with in laws, inexpensive home decor, living in cities vs suburbs, career advice, makeovers

  81. Kristen says...

    Sex in marriage! People often talk about the frequency of sex in marriage and whether or not their sex life is fulfilling, but I have soooo many more questions. In particular, is good sex with a spouse even possible? What does it mean to have a good sex life with your partner? Is it possible to “make love” and if so, what goes on in your mind and how often is this possible? Is it possible to have sex with your spouse when it isn’t “making love? And if so, what do you think about? When you have good sex with your partner, what are you thinking about? I’m hoping we could poll the readers with questions like these, since this knowledge is definitely lacking! Wouldn’t this be such an interesting read??

    • W says...

      I second this topic.

    • E says...

      On this topic, I’ve been curiuos about what the Cup of Jo staff thinks about this neat women’s research project? https://www.omgyes.com
      A friend shared it with or I never would have come across it.

  82. Taryn says...

    Ways women bring balance/passion/fun/space into their lives. Ways women who are so busy with careers, families and other commitments find ways to “shake it up” and feel more free and joyful!

  83. Nicole says...

    More about people who live places other than NYC & San Francisco – there are lots of cool cities in the middle! Also, more about how to contribute to the betterment of the world.

    • Emily says...

      yes!! it’s fascinating to read about nyc and san francisco, but those are such specific lifestyles. there’s some cool in the middle (and down the coasts and around the world!), too.

  84. Allison says...

    Finances! I’m 24 and in a M.Div. program; I have a 75% scholarship and work two jobs part-time, but still I’m mostly living off loans. Money terrifies me, especially when I look at the dilemma of whether to wear the same hand-crafted locally ethically made pants every day, or buy four pairs from Zara.

    This could be tricky, but activism. So many of us feel like we need to Do More these next four years . . . how do we start?

    I always enjoy posts about relationships, especially about confusion around the lack thereof, ha, and I love to learn, so anything that teaches a new skill or new information is always fun.

    And the occasional music recommendation could be fun!

  85. I would love to read more about women who travel alone, or just the theme traveling alone. It would be great to read about marriages without children, or women who simoly don’t have children. Thanks! :) And yes, more beauty uniforms.

  86. Sara says...

    More parenting around the world posts! I can’t get enough of them. I also like the ideas of hearing from women who have changed careers and how they navigated that, and interviews from older women.

  87. Katherine says...

    Holistic migraine relief that works. Also would love to hear more about creative child care options that allow women to return to work after babies without feeling so much guilt

    • Jenny says...

      Hi Katherine! I’ve had some success with feverfew. Best of luck!

  88. Katie says...

    I love so many of these ideas! A few that stood out for me, personally were:
    – posts from older women
    – economic posts…especially in the age of the dying middle class, when so many of us are struggling financially
    – non-medicinal ways of dealing with anxiety/depression (like mindfulness!)
    – changing careers later in life…or even just after you’ve gone to school for a specific job, and it’s not fitting and what do you do!?

    Also, I saw some negative comments regarding political posts, but I ahve to say that’s what I always wish there were more of…and that people weren’t afraid to share their political views and ideas. If we had a society that was more open to that kind of talk, perhaps we wouldn’t have ended up where we are today.

    Along those lines, I also think CoJ does a great job of tactfully bringing up some very challenging subjects, and I would love to see more posts about racism in America. I think this is a community that could both have a lot to say about the topic and also have a lot to learn. There was a post where Joanna talked about participating in an “Articles Club” rather than a book club…would it be possible to have an Articles Club dedicated to race/racism issues through the blog?

    Thanks for all you do. You do it all with passion and grace, and that’s visible to us all.

    • Paige says...

      Yes! Posts from older women would be so fantastic. Beauty and fashion after 50 (or 60, or 70…), life philosophies, attitudes toward aging, what advice they wish they knew when they were in their 20’s and 30’s, or just non-age-specific posts that happen to include older women. I’m in my early 20’s but I think that would be fascinating.

  89. Depression, friendships, children, BOOKS, that weird time when you’re 28-? in New York and you’re pretty sure you’ll never meet anyone and get married and you’ll never know what your “career” is, how to brush up on your grammar when you’re long past grammar school, how to support women and children, cooking with cheese, best-ever-cheapest-most-delcious-smelling-sunscreen-to-wear-always, grief, embracing imperfection, the genius of Elaine from Seinfeld.

    Keep on keeping on! Happy 2017. Thank you for the blog!

  90. Lauren says...

    Definitely personal finance! How different women spend their money, find ways to save and put away for retirement, what are the challenges and successful strategies. Check out R29 money diaries, they were my favorite thing online in 2016. Anything that makes personal finance real is super helpful.

  91. Janey says...

    I love everything I read here already! Would be interested to learn how women manage a typical daily routine, meals/kids/pets/exercise/hobbies/work Especially interesting if from the perspective of people living in different countries.
    Keep up the great work – your blog is a daily joy! X

  92. Katharina says...

    Thank you for asking!
    I agree with some and would love to hear more from older woman and their outlook on life and how they dealt/got through tougher times.
    Plus – you have many post about children and marriage. I’d like some post with the topic 40+ without children, what if life did not go the way you planed and it is to late for certain things.

  93. Ray says...

    As a non-mom I still find all the motherhood posts very interesting. Partially just for insight into different worlds but also partially due to my own investment and interest in helping with my niece and nephew. It would be great to profile and talk more about non traditional “mothers” who fill that role is some capacity. Grandmothers, aunts, uncles, step-dads etc. Families come in all shapes and sizes and I’d love to read more about them. My own loving sister just shared this article with me, though I may be a little biased ;)
    http://nypost.com/2016/07/24/the-most-undervalued-women-in-america-are-childless-aunts/

  94. heidi says...

    I enjoy this blog so much. At 48, I have a feeling I am on the older end of your reading audience. One thing that I personally have a hard time finding in the blogisphere is true stories about divorce. I have had a hard time finding places that discuss that reality. It can feel incredibly lonely and I think it might be helpful to others to hear about surviving divorce in a positive way (because there is so much negative that goes with it). I’m 6 years divorced, and have reached a place where I can look back at how it forced me to be introspective, forced me to move outside of my comfort zone, forced me to grow, learn, be graceful. It is a hard and painful road, but there is light there too. Anyone going through it -as with any difficult life subject – might find solace in hearing the survival stories of others.

  95. Carolyn says...

    I could use some encouraging discussion on how difficult marriage can be, and how to remain hopeful that the rough patches are truly temporary.

  96. Kristina says...

    Hi! Caroline once wrote a post about her morning routine and how she turned from not being a morning person to being a morning person. I loved it! As someone who is always interested in making my routines more effective and not staying in a rut, I think it would be fun to hear more about how others start their day. Maybe it could become a series like your “My Beauty Uniform”-Series.
    Anyway, I love your content and I am very much looking forward to what you will come up with in 2017! Cheers to a new year :) Kristina

  97. Caroline says...

    Hobbies. Passions and the way we harness them into hobbies are so unique yet also so unifying because we’re all passionate about something! One of my favorite things to ask friends is “teach me something,” it’s always so fun to learn about new or different things through the eyes of someone who cares deeply about it. I do enjoy the topics of jeans and movies of course, but my favorite posts to read here are the ones that dive deeper. I honestly would have never suggested this but the photo just grabbed me. My dad grows citrus in Florida as a hobby and I love learning about his farming practices and passing along the knowledge to my friends. I’m definitely passionate about it and I always get good responses too, not because everyone finds orange facts interesting but because of the energy I possess when I share it! Just a fun idea I think others might connect with as well :)