Today I realized that I don’t read enough blogs. In fact, I hardly read any blogs. That’s pretty bad for someone who blogs about blogging. Haha.
So what I need is for you to tell me what your 10 favorite blogs are. Not the ones that you promote. Not the ones that you write. Not the ones that you’re *supposed* to like. I’m looking for 10 really freakin’ good blogs that I should start reading yesterday.
Let me know in the comments section so I can update my feed reader. Hopefully we can point each other in the direction of some good, non-spammy stuff.
I’ve been inspired by Marcus Frind and Plenty of Fish to start my own dating site, so I’ve become a bit of a blog addict while researching the dating industry, SEO, and blogging.
I normally read:
Chocolate O’clock – http://lori.bionhosting.com/blog/
Markus Frind’s Blog (Paradigm Shift) – http://plentyoffish.wordpress.com/
Matt Boyd – http://mingle2.com/blog
Andy Arnott – http://www.collaboradate.com/blog/
Joe Tracy – http://onlinedating.typepad.com/industry/
David Evans – http://onlinedatingpost.com/
Aaron Wall – http://www.seobook.com/
Jeremy Schoemaker – http://www.shoemoney.com/
And of course I regularly visit Performancing, Technorati, TechCrunch, Mashable, StumbleUpon, Blogcatalog, and MyBlogLog. Not quite blogs, but nice places to learn about blogging and network with bloggers.
I forgot Hugh Macleod and GapingVoid.com
http://www.dadgonemad.com – funny beyond words
http://www.thesneeze.com – interesting and funny
http://www.downloadsquad.com – cause I’m a geek
http://makezine.com/blog/ – cool stuff to build
http://www.livejournal.com/users/fantasygoat/ – hilarious pictures
* Computer Zen – Scott Hanselman is my all time favorite and he blogs about everything from the latest Silverlight release to sign language for infants. Overall, it is a technology oriented blog.
* Coding Horror – The name of the blog should say it all, but it doesn’t. Jeff Atwood does blog about a lot of interesting things other than just the dark side of software.
* LifeHacker – Gina Tripani and team put together a blog which has a lot of useful things with the theme “Geek to Live”; tips and tools for a better life. I like to skim the headlines and read something in detail if the headline is of interest.
* ScottGu’s Blog – if you have anything to do with .Net development, you have to read this blog. As it says on his blog, he builds a few products for Microsoft.
* More Tech Blogs – These I normally skim the headlines of, and every once in a while I go deep into reading an article that interests me: You’ve been haacked, The Old New Thing, Somasegar’s Blog, Sam Gentile’s Blog, ISerializable, Carnage4Life.
* Joel on Software – Some very different commentary on the software industry. Joel is almost always fun to read.
* Presentation Zen – Garr Reynolds talks about anything and everything that you need to make a good and professional presentation. Anyone who needs to give presentations should definitely read this blog.
* Modern Life – Stuart Brown blogs about blogging, search engines, the web and is generally a good reading.
* Intertwingly – Sam Ruby is the director of the Apache Software Foundation, and his blog records what he has been up to (typically interesting stuff).
* Techdirt – The team really presents all the dirt on technology very well.
* BoingBoing – One of the most popular blogs on the net. I read the headlines and dig in if I find something interesting. They cover a large variety of topics and so just by reading one post a day from here will expand your overall knowledge of things.
* WorseThanFailure – WTF is the blog for real WTF’s in the software industry. To get your daily laughs, go here, but be warned, as you may be reminded of yourself at times.
* TechMeme – Even before they become hot, the hottest things on the internet might surface here first.
http://www.frederiksamuel.com/blog/ – good advertisement publicity… it’s everywhere so might as well try to find nice and clever ways to present it
http://www.boingboing.com – for random information
http://icanhascheezburger.com/ – and other funny stuff to turn my brain off after talking too much information through RSS feeds
Rather than listing all the blogs I read that everyone reads like Performancing, pro blogger, copyblogger etc I want to list a few that I read that that others may not, but are still well worth a read:
Pro Blog Design
I just have a few to add:
Blah!Blah!Technology – Great for tech, SEO, SEM, etc news.
SkellieWag – Has some different kinds of stuff and a fun, accessible writing style.
BlogStorm – Generally interesting blog on blogging.
Gaping Void – Marketing blog with cartoons
A random assortment, I know, but I love ’em! Oh, and I don’t think I would be able to survive these days without my Google Reader…
I should add Chris G to the list – I loved his series on blog branding and he usually has a fresh and insightful perspective on things. His posts on Perf are an inspiration
Btw, we need a good blog that covers all my fav tv shows, so I can stop getting info from Wikipedia and forums.
“And for the record, i stopped using an RSS reader a couple of months ago”
Haha. Ahmed. You and me both. I’m a faker. I’ve never used an RSS reader;-) God’s honest truth.
I barely read any blogs on blogging or SEO at all, partially because all of it is a bit old now (unless you want to catch people bitching about Google) but also because there’s so much else to do. It’s nothing personal, I just prefer doing something else with my life than spend 2-3 hours with my feed reader.
1. Dilbert Blog (Scott Adams)
2. Four Hour Work Week Blog (Tim Ferriss)
3. Seth Godin (on and off)
4. Caught Offside (Chris) – to keep a check on my favourite competitor
People I *should* be reading:
5. Blogging Blogs – ProBlogger, CopyBlogger, DailyBlogTips, Lorelle on WP, Blog Herald
6. SEO Blogs – Matt Cutts, Search Engine Land, John Andrews (johnon.com)
I cheated, I know, but only because there are only 3-4 blogs I read.
And for the record, i stopped using an RSS reader a couple of months ago – I get my news from the sites directly now. Old fashioned, perhaps, but it’s a conscious effort towards creating content as opposed to recycling it.
Ars Technica and Consumerist are going into my feed reader immediately. Great stuff.
[URL removed] – Please list your favorite blogs *here* at Performancing.
Above is my list with my comments about each one. I hope that you like some of them.
Most people are surprised that I hardly read any SEO or Blogging stuff. Most of it drives me crazy with boredom.
Websites I actually read on a regular basis:
I couldn’t come up with 10 blogs. So I’m mixing blogs & sites.
2. Drudge Report
3. Daily Kos
4. Business Pundit (disclosure – I own, but don’t write this site)
7. Matt Cutts
8. Performancing (seriously, I come here to read Ahmed’s great stuff)
10. Living the Scientific Life
damn – I was going to put up this topic tomorrow
I’ll put up a list in a while.