What are some good blogs/sites that are like kottke.org?
February 21, 2008 1:14 PM   Subscribe

I love reading sites like kottke.org and Neatorama (and, of course, Metafilter). It's exciting - I never know what I'll come across next. What are some other sites that have lots of interesting stuff, preferably on a daily basis (but less often is fine as long as the content is high quality)?

I already read Reddit, and I'm not interested in similar link-voting sites. I'm looking for sites that are edited by a group of people (or blogs), with well-written but concise articles.

I also like programming-oriented blogs (like Coding Horror), productivity (Lifehacker, 43 Folders, Zen Habits), and I subscribe to a bunch of feeds from NYTimes and The Economist. I generally love the design-related posts on kottke.org the most. If you have any favorite blogs/sites in these areas, please send them my way!

posted by jasminerain to Computers & Internet (40 answers total) 259 users marked this as a favorite
Response by poster: Oh, I forgot to mention - I also really like Bookforum.
posted by jasminerain at 1:16 PM on February 21, 2008

I like Science Daily. There are a lot of categories.
posted by hulahulagirl at 1:19 PM on February 21, 2008

If you like Neatorama, you'll probably also like The Presurfer.
posted by brain_drain at 1:20 PM on February 21, 2008 [1 favorite]

Delicious popular. As an added bonus you'll see many of the posts on Metafilter before they get there.
posted by euphorb at 1:28 PM on February 21, 2008 [1 favorite]

You probably know about it already, but you didn't mention it, so: Boing Boing.
posted by afx237vi at 1:28 PM on February 21, 2008

Best answer: Waxy.org Links - link blog much like kottke's
3QuarksDaily - "...science, design, literature, current affairs, art, and anything else we deem inherently fascinating."
Damn Interesting - longer articles, but, well...damn interesting.
and, um...BoingBoing?
posted by youarenothere at 1:30 PM on February 21, 2008 [1 favorite]

Sensible Erection is nice. And it has pr0n. If I need to say "NSFW" then you weren't paying attention. I go there rarely, as work blocks it, and at home... well, I'm never home much, actually.
posted by Xoder at 1:41 PM on February 21, 2008 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Popurls is an aggregator of populars and top posts on various sites. (including the blue and the boing)
posted by Toekneesan at 1:46 PM on February 21, 2008 [1 favorite]

Oh, and StumbleUpon is pretty nifty for serendipitous finds.
posted by Toekneesan at 1:48 PM on February 21, 2008

Design Observer if you like design.
Critical Mass if you like Bookforum.
Waxy links
posted by mattbucher at 1:51 PM on February 21, 2008 [1 favorite]

Headlines section of The Morning News is a twice-daily linkblog. Nice mix of news, interesting, and weird.
Daring Fireball leans heavily towards Apple-related matters but Gruber also writes good general interest posts and does link posts.
I like What I Learned Today because the author digests one or two topics each day into concise packets.
Magnetbox has a great linkblog if you're interested in emerging web technologies, journalism, news and newspapers, and social media.
posted by junesix at 2:11 PM on February 21, 2008 [2 favorites]

Response by poster: Love the links so far! Actually, I used to read Boing Boing but stopped a few years back... looks like it's time for a revisit =)

Popurls and Waxy.org links look especially promising. Thanks so much!
posted by jasminerain at 2:17 PM on February 21, 2008

posted by hortense at 2:23 PM on February 21, 2008

i am a big fan of arstechnica they always have interesting, well written tech oriented articles.
posted by thenuts at 2:26 PM on February 21, 2008

waxy's regular blog has been really great lately too.
posted by nitsuj at 2:29 PM on February 21, 2008

also let me add there is always technorati to search for blogs that match your interests.
posted by thenuts at 2:36 PM on February 21, 2008

LifeHacker - Computer stuff
MetaCritic - Movie/Game/Music reviews
Rock and Roll Confidential - For laffs
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 2:37 PM on February 21, 2008

Oops. Saw you mentioned LifeHacker. Sorry.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 2:38 PM on February 21, 2008

Growabrain has an excellent link blog called grow-a-brain. Even if the links fail to strike your fancy, by all means visit the collections, especially the music ones.
posted by caddis at 2:50 PM on February 21, 2008

A couple more to check out: swissmiss and collision detection.
posted by pb at 2:53 PM on February 21, 2008

The Gawker family of blogs is a favorite of mine. I usually peruse:

Gawker (celebrity, news, and socialite content)
Consumerist (customer service horror stories and how to fight corps trying to screw you)
io9 (sci-fi and pop culture!)
This includes the aforementioned Lifehacker, as well.

If you live in or near a city, you could always try a feed from one of the -ists. Gothamist is the parent company/blog for them.

This seems obvious, but Fark is a constantly updated catch-all of ridiculousness. Dark Roasted Blend regularly culls weird and interesting stuff.
posted by greenland at 3:00 PM on February 21, 2008

Best answer: One of my daily visits is to Nothing to Do With Arbroath.
posted by Lynsey at 3:06 PM on February 21, 2008 [1 favorite]

Seconding StumbleUpon - what a magnificent time waster.
posted by gnutron at 3:27 PM on February 21, 2008

Best answer: I love love grain edit (design blog, occasional interviews, always nice eye candy)
posted by shownomercy at 3:44 PM on February 21, 2008

posted by Chris4d at 3:58 PM on February 21, 2008

Best answer: I really liked Mental Floss's blog, but eventually got a bit overwhelmed with that and a few others of these in my feed reader.
posted by msbrauer at 4:55 PM on February 21, 2008

I like programming blogs.
Here's a list to my subscriptions.
posted by seanyboy at 5:38 PM on February 21, 2008 [1 favorite]

Some of my favorites that have not been mentioned:


Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society (has not been updated in a while, but when it was on; it was on - check out the archives)

Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools

Weekly Teinou Bee Woman (Japanese)

Say No to Crack

Laughing Squid

Random Good Stuff

And, yes, popurls is the shizznit!
posted by cinemafiend at 6:00 PM on February 21, 2008

http://videosift.com --Kinda like Digg but for videos. Great if you like one-link youtube posts. Videos from those sorts of posts usually show up here first.

http://www.yesbutnobutyes.com -- Similar to neatorama
posted by aerotive at 7:23 PM on February 21, 2008

Best answer: Coudal's Fresh Signals generally contains interesting things, but they're generally just links with a line or two of comment rather than articles - it's pretty high-volume.

37Signals' Signal vs. Noise is normally interesting. They have an frequent (weekly?) "Sunspots" feature that links to things, and their "On Writing" (of which there was one yesterday) are normally worth reading.

I'll +1 the Waxy and Daring Fireball reccomendations as well, both are really worth a read.
posted by gregjones at 5:07 AM on February 22, 2008

Best answer: Some of my faves:

J-Walk Blog
posted by misspat at 12:14 PM on February 22, 2008

predictability unpredictable
posted by pmaxwell at 7:38 PM on February 23, 2008

How about weburbanist.com? It's my current web chocolate. I've spent more time than I ever should reading that site.
posted by magnoliasouth at 12:05 AM on February 24, 2008

I can't believe no one has mentioned Scribal Terror, one of my favorites. She is fun and sweet, has interesting things to say, even when our politics diverge, but she is not very political, mostly interesting. I don't think I have found any links for MeFi from her, but she delights me so on a regular basis.
posted by caddis at 3:36 PM on February 24, 2008

Best answer: notcot is a great source of weird/interesting visual and aesthetic things, including random goodness of other websites.

their tagline is "ideas+aesthetics+amusement".
posted by olya at 8:16 PM on February 24, 2008

Beautiful Code is an excellent computer science blog (although its premise is plugging a book, it still has high quality content and links).
posted by spiderskull at 1:02 AM on February 25, 2008

My favorite neatorama type sites are:

Deputy Dog
Telstar Logistics
English Russia
Boing Boing
Dark Roasted Blend
Grow A Brain

Out of these my favorite are the two smaller ones Telstar Logistics (odd findings from around San Francisco) and gCaptain (a blog about large ships) since they are the only ones that have a lot of original writing. NB: gCapt is a site about ships so you sometimes have to dig into the archives to find the neat stuff.
posted by jakv5 at 11:05 PM on February 28, 2008


One of my personal favorites ^_^
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