A blogger’s world

13 03 2009

There are a lot of bloggers out there. How should you know which blogs to read and which not to read? And how can someone be able to find the blog that suits him/her the best? Well, here are some tips about great blogs – just to get you started ;)

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The Daily Dish – by Andrew Sullivan

This blog is found in 5th place in the list of the 25 Best Blogs 2009, put together by Time Magazine and CNN. His blog was described as “reliably conservative on military matters and the role of government, aggressively liberal when it comes to gay marriage and the legalization of soft drugs” – which suits me just fine ;)

Got2BeGreen

Needless to say – this one is my favorite! Simply tips on how you can remain green in your daily life, and it doesn’t necessarily have to ruin your economy!

The Huffington Post

This political blog is second on the list, with the following motivation:
“When it comes to political blogs, the Huffington Post is in a class by itself. Co-founded by socialite and aspiring talking head Arianna Huffington in 2005 as a kind of online salon, HuffPo quickly established itself as a serious go-to destination for political news and commentary. The Observer of London rightly has ranked the Huffington Post as “the most powerful blog in the world.” HuffPo hasn’t fallen into the usual blog trap of mistaking a rant for analysis; the site publishes consistently thoughtful commentary, lands its share of inside-the-Beltway scoops, and provides ample links to outside news sources so readers can run down stories for themselves. To top it off, Arianna Huffington seems to have come up with the first truly successful business model for blogs: most of the site’s hundreds of guest bloggers write for free.” In my opinion this blog looks more than an online newspaper than an actual blog, but it’s the contents (which, of course, consists of blog entries) that makes it a blog rather than a newspaper.

Generation Y – By Yoani Sánchez

This blog is found in 12th place on the list. In the blogger’s own words:
Generación Y is the only blog on the list in Spanish, the same language that some believe incapable of adapting to the pace of technology and modernity. I am, among the other twenty-four bloggers, the one with the fewest hours of access to the internet—of this I have no doubt. To make matters worse, I work under the peculiar condition of creating a blog I cannot see, the fault of the wicked filters imposed by censorship.” This blog is written from Cuba, about Cuba, and has been on my “reading list” for quite some time already…

Lifehacker

Fun blog with tips and downloads about basically anything. Like a life guide to different problems you might have, and how to solve them. The motivation for its 3rd place on the list reads as follows:
“There are tips on brewing the best possible coffee without spending more money, making simple low-cost crock pot dinners, and improving your resume by eliminating over-used phrases (ditch “team player” and “detail oriented”). Lifehacker is especially good on getting the most out of your digital devices; one of last year’s most popular posts was How to Turn Your iPod Touch into an iPhone.”

Zen Habits – Simple Productivity

Easy tips on how to make your life more efficient, how to achieve goals etc. Good blog! I’ve actually been reading this one for a while (even before I found it on the list of the 25 best blogs 2009).

The Conscience of a Liberal – Paul Krugman

This blog can be placed in the category “Economics and Politics” (mostly economics though) and has, as well, been on my reading list for several months, since this guy (who has a Nobel Prize in Economics btw) really knows how to make this subject understandable to people who don’t have a Nobel Prize in economics ;) What went wrong with the economy and how can we get it back on track?

Slashfood

Also on the list, with a part of the description sounding like this: “Packed with useful food tips, Slashfood tells you what to do with leftover heavy cream (make cream scones, bread pudding, Alfredo sauce, or herbed sauce for fish) or how to feed yourself for $15 a week (hope you like oatmeal.) There are scads of recipes, which can be searched by protein or category (comfort food, organic) or holiday (Thanksgiving, Passover). In a squat-and-gobble culture, Slashfood is food for thought.” This blog is new to me, but I’m definitely gonna check it out!

Said the Gramophone – an mp3 blog

Interesting concept – a daily dose of a few good songs, and the good thing is – you can listen to them right away! Without downloading, without paying – the songs are just one click away! These three Canadian guys were smart creating this blog ;) I would recommend this to anyone who’s looking for an easy way to find tips about new songs etc. If you’re tired of listening to the songs on your playlist – this is the blog for you!

Cmj’s sjömansblogg

This Swedish guy is traveling all over the world – at the moment he’s doing a long backpacker trip in Asia. His main goal in life is to make other people laugh – be it through sketches, videos, stand up gigs or blog entries. I discovered his blog about a year ago – and it has many different categories – so if you’re able to read Swedish – just dig in and get lost among the many many funny blog posts – or check out his youtube account and have yourself a laugh! Think Robert or Björn Gustafsson and you know what kind of humor to expect ;)

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. This blog provides interesting reading for anyone interested in diplomacy, leadership etc.

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So why do people blog? What’s so intriguing about putting yourself out there on the web? Well, I’ll start by saying that not all blogs are autobiographic *duh* – in other words: it doesn’t have to be a diary. Your blog can deal with other issues – whatever, really. As you can see from the list above, the blogs deal with anything from food to politics – and reading a little of everything just keeps you up to date with the rest of the world :)

Read Andrew Sullivan’s article(s) on the issue: Why I blog.
Citation from his article: “No columnist or reporter or novelist will have his minute shifts or constant small contradictions exposed as mercilessly as a blogger’s are. A columnist can ignore or duck a subject less noticeably than a blogger committing thoughts to pixels several times a day. A reporter can wait—must wait—until every source has confirmed. A novelist can spend months or years before committing words to the world. For bloggers, the deadline is always now. Blogging is therefore to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.

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