What is your favourite blog?
March 30, 2008 1:21 PM   Subscribe

What is your favourite blog?

I recently had a cull of the blogs I've been reading, mostly because they tended towards the corporate and weren't that entertaining or in some cases readable. I'm on the look out for new blogs to read, and having looked at the Bloggies nominees and the usual suspects, what I'd really like are the undervalued gems, the ones which are never nominated for anything but are just consistently excellent anyway. Any genre, any style, any location. Any ideas?
posted by feelinglistless to Computers & Internet (54 answers total) 168 users marked this as a favorite
 
I read a million fashion/style blogs, but if there was a death match, it would definitely come down to a battle between Agathe and Gala. Both are incredibly original, unique, and fierce.
posted by Juliet Banana at 1:28 PM on March 30, 2008


It may not be obscure, but Cosmic Variance is my favorite.
posted by you're a kitty! at 1:29 PM on March 30, 2008


janedark
posted by billtron at 1:35 PM on March 30, 2008


I'm a big fan of Faking It (if you're not interested in authenticity and popular music, though, it might not be your thing).
posted by box at 1:36 PM on March 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


New York Hack
posted by petah at 1:38 PM on March 30, 2008


Kottke!
posted by jpcody at 1:43 PM on March 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


I really like Confessions of a Pioneer Woman....

but I'll deny it to any of my dudes...
posted by keep it tight at 1:44 PM on March 30, 2008 [2 favorites]


Book Covers
posted by Korou at 1:49 PM on March 30, 2008


These arent my "daily reads"... but their uniqueness sticks out in my mind:

Ectoplasmosis ..um... weird ?
Elit Alice ... random cool stuff
Trendalicious... mashup of Del.icio.us, Reddit and Digg
Paintalicious... art blog
Flickrriver ... LOVE the hot smooth scrolly action
Who Killed Bambi .. is deliciously gruesome
posted by jmnugent at 1:49 PM on March 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


I don't really like many blogs, but 2Blowhards is one I do read and really enjoy.
posted by jayder at 1:52 PM on March 30, 2008


Fire Joe Morgan is my favorite blog and I don't even like baseball.
posted by mullacc at 1:56 PM on March 30, 2008


OH.. forgot a few:

Someday I want to be a designer, architect or materials-hacker:
Contemporist
Ikea Hacker

Once a chef, always a chef:
Tastespotting

And I seem to have a thing for socks: (much to my own surprise),..(no, I dont wear them :)
Sock Dreams
(now if only I could find a corset blog similar to Sock Dreams..that would be pretty sweet)
posted by jmnugent at 2:00 PM on March 30, 2008


elyse sewell's livejournal: elysesewell.livejournal.com. modeling + food + photography = joy!
posted by ohio at 2:03 PM on March 30, 2008


a few of the sites i read on a daily basis...

Yanko Design - industrial design news
TechCrunch - start up news
The Consumerist - stories and tips to help consumers who are getting screwed over by large corporations
Why Does Everything Suck? - tech blog that tends to focus on database related topics
posted by hummercash at 2:03 PM on March 30, 2008


waxy.org - an authentic take on interesting things web/meme/tech
defectiveyeti.com - hi-larious take on news, etc.
boingboing.net - awesome shit, similar topics to waxy (with a dash of steampunk)
lifehacker.com - for... lifehacking
tuaw.com - all things apple
jayisgames.com - casual games
firstshowing.net - movies (lots of brand new trailers)
uncrate.com - cool shit to buy (for dudes; try outblush.com for ladies)
posted by ncc1701d at 2:06 PM on March 30, 2008


The Confluence
(Run by Clintonistas and many Kossacks (Daily Kos) in exile - more conversational, please be polite, merci d'avance.)

The Left Coaster, more politics, more Clintonistas, long thought out posts very well researched.

Kingdom of Style - fashion blog, obv, but not streetstyle - very creative and usually several new posts a day, I don't know how she finds the time! Love it.

Cafe Mode, fashion blog from Paris, all in French

20 Jazz Funk Greats (fantastic music blog. not jazz funk, mind you.. the name comes from a Throbbing Gristle album which.. um.. doesn't have 20 songs, they're not jazz, not funk, and maybe not great, ymmv, I like TG but it's not my favorite.)

Fluokids, French language music blog, lots of great new electronic music.

90's R & B Junkie - what it says. so many songs I hadn't heard in years. top class!
posted by citron at 2:06 PM on March 30, 2008 [1 favorite]




Some personal faves:

Digital Tools
Rhizome
Networked_Performance
The Teeming Void

All of these are great sources of info for nerdcore art & technology fare.
posted by serial_consign at 2:17 PM on March 30, 2008


One of my favorites for recipes is A smitten kitchen
posted by bluesky43 at 2:57 PM on March 30, 2008




Ran Prieur's
posted by saxamo at 3:18 PM on March 30, 2008


I'm a photographer.
Strobist
A Photo Editor
Joe's NYC
The Online Photographer
I'm also a Democrat.
Daily Kos
posted by imjustsaying at 3:20 PM on March 30, 2008


I was going to suggest popurls,(which I sorta just did), not as a blog but as a neat starting point. But I may like jmnugent's Trendalicious even better.
posted by dawson at 3:21 PM on March 30, 2008




swiss miss
posted by wittgenstein at 3:31 PM on March 30, 2008


Another vote for The Pioneer Woman.
Also Dooce.
posted by heathergirl at 3:38 PM on March 30, 2008




This one's pretty well known, but in case you haven't checked out languagelog, definitely do so. It's like William Safire for smart people.
posted by Bizurke at 4:42 PM on March 30, 2008


Africa Blogs by journalists and others:

West Africa Wins Always
Dotty Rhino

Silly things:

The "Blog" of "Unnecessary"Question Marks
Cortex the Killer

Animal blogs and veterinarians and pets:

The NinnerFish Bowl
Weird Bug Lady
Two Chinchillas
posted by arnicae at 4:43 PM on March 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


As a blogger myself, I get asked this question pretty frequently, and my answers haven't changed much over the years.

music blogs:

Chromewaves
Said the Gramophone
The Catbirdseat

litblogs:

Maud Newton
Bookslut

personal well-written blog:

I Will Dare
posted by kickerofelves at 5:00 PM on March 30, 2008


Mason-Dixon Knitting -- Two best friends. One lives in Nashville, the other in Manhattan. They knit, and stuff.
The Burgh Blog -- The anonymous and fabulous PittGirl blogs Pittsburgh.
Wedding Bee -- Several brides-to-be blog as they plan their weddings (replete with stationery/dress/flower/cake pr0n.)
Que Sera Sera -- Funny and lovable Tulsa transplant in NYC.
posted by the littlest brussels sprout at 5:14 PM on March 30, 2008




seconding janedark, from above.

a personal favorite is tinyluckygenius aka the unicorn's tear. though i could see why the title might not inspire. it's jessica hopper (of the chicago reader, elsewhere), mostly a personal blog, but i find it eminently readable, and, when she has a mind to recommend (or dismiss) a book/movie/artist, i find that she's almost always right in doing so.
posted by wreckingball at 5:26 PM on March 30, 2008


Man vs. Clown Funny!
posted by heffalump at 5:31 PM on March 30, 2008


Overheard in New York
Post Secret
Lifehacker
Boy on a Stick and Slither
Basic Instructions
Passive Agressive Notes
I can haz cheezburger
Marmaduke Explained
Pearls Before Swine
The Fail Blog
Izzle Paff
Sartorialist
Perry Bible Fellowship
Fazed
The Onion

I'm way too lazy to provide links; google is your friend. Anybody know any good legal blogs that aren't volkoh, or about greedy associates?
posted by craven_morhead at 5:36 PM on March 30, 2008


I subscribe to over 150 blogs using my Bloglines account. I usually spend a good portion of my Sundays catching up on all of my reads. Here are a few of my personal faves:

Notebookism - writing, journals, moleskines, and, of course, notebooks
Celebrity Baby Blog - celebrities and their offspring
Springwise - awesome blog featuring new business ideas & entrepreneurial stuff
I Can Has Cheezburger and I Has a Hot Dog - hilarious cat and dog pictures with captions
DeLush Beauty - makeup and perfume reviews
ljcfyi - a personal-ish blog, but mainly featuring cute and cool crafts, and cupcakes
Zen Habits - tips on life development and reaching personal goals
posted by susiepie at 5:36 PM on March 30, 2008


I'm not a foodie by any stretch of the imagination, but I LOVE Bake and Shake. It began as a baking blog with great photography, but it also showcases many other facets of the author's life.

My favorite non-food entries are the author's post-Sassy magazine manifesto and where she and her sisters talk baby names.

I wish she'd post more.
posted by princesspathos at 5:40 PM on March 30, 2008


On preview, the links posted go directly to the comments. Scroll up for the entries.
posted by princesspathos at 5:41 PM on March 30, 2008


Napoleon Fantastic
posted by idiomatika at 5:58 PM on March 30, 2008


Seriously? Am I blind? Has no one posted BLDGBLOG?

Absolutely brilliant.
posted by billypilgrim at 6:13 PM on March 30, 2008


(of course, I may just be undervaluing BLDGBLOG's popularity)
posted by billypilgrim at 6:17 PM on March 30, 2008


Dark Roasted Blend - just way cool pics.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 6:33 PM on March 30, 2008


notcot.org
posted by dobbs at 6:57 PM on March 30, 2008


Book By Its Cover
Design Sponge
posted by cait212 at 8:22 PM on March 30, 2008


dlisted.com for gossip.
largeheartedboy.com. links to stories about books/music/films that i want to read.
onegoodmove.org.
posted by prior at 11:13 PM on March 30, 2008


waiterrant.net
thepioneerwoman.com
posted by bluekrauss at 12:30 AM on March 31, 2008


With much gratitude and spite for all those who have caused an exponential increase in the size of my "Misc" (aka time wasters) bookmark folder, here are my additions:

For those interested in law-type news/discussions (good for non-lawyers too):
How Appealing - great links, some neutral commentary
Volokh - libertarians and conservatives, but still thoughtful and interesting
Above The Law - law gossip

Eclectic (yes, everything other than law is eclectic for me):
Cognitive Daily
Parent Hacks (helps if you have kids)
Engadget
Gizmodo

posted by lionelhutz5 at 12:39 AM on March 31, 2008


Wow, thanks for that burst of Metafilter's great blog-conscience. That'll keep me busy.
posted by feelinglistless at 9:12 AM on March 31, 2008


I really enjoy Metafilter, but it's more of a "community weblog."

For politics, Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo is a quality read.

For food and cooking, Serious Eats and Michael Ruhlman's blog are frequent reads (actually, Ruhlman just had a pretty comprehensive post on chefs who blog, but that's not quite what you were asking for).
posted by slogger at 9:28 AM on March 31, 2008 [2 favorites]


I can't believe 3quarksdaily hasn't been mentioned yet! Very intelligent, thought provoking stuff every day.
posted by anomie at 2:19 PM on March 31, 2008


BibliOdyssey [Very impressive art blog]
Bookninja
Daily Greencine [The best movie blog.]
Lady, That's My Skull
Voucher Ankles

Just a few...
posted by Rashomon at 8:39 PM on April 3, 2008


Russell Davies
It's Nice That
Creative Review

Oh, and I blog too! At Spinning Around.
posted by seventyseven at 12:36 AM on April 4, 2008


As a finance/investment guy, I enjoy:

Going Private
A VC
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed
Alea
posted by techrep at 11:56 AM on April 13, 2008


A few favorites on the tech side of things: That's all I can remember right now.
posted by godisdad at 11:12 AM on August 15, 2008


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