Blogging is one of the biggest online crazes of recent years, but an awful lot of blogs are not well written or interesting. Some, however, represent the best of journalism. We've trawled the blogosphere to find the best blogs out there.
9. Download Squad
Most software download sites don't have much of a vocabulary, but Download Squad actually takes the time to explain what you are about to add to your hard disk. It covers new software and Web 2.0 sites. It's compelling because the summaries get right to the point and whet your appetite for the program they are discussing.
Lead blogger Grant Robertson explained why the site chooses to focus on these summaries instead of simple links and screens.
"If you have super-secret undiscovered Apple patents or information no one else has access to, you can pretty much write 'ZOMG! PAtents!!!!11!' and people will still come running," said Robertson.
"If you're looking for an audience that comes back day after day, being well written and articulate is crucially important. Download Squad has an editorial style guide we wrote for use internally and, we're really proud of the work we put into quality. Being first doesn't matter as much as being salient, interesting and readable."
10. Publishing 2
Publishing 2 posts about how the publishing industry is transforming into an online entity, right before our eyes. Posts have been less frequent lately, but Publishing 2 is usually a thoughtful exercise in comparing print media to the web and journalism in general, such as this blog about 'link journalism'.
Most posts - like one about how magazines don't understand the web, and its predecessor about what newspapers don't get about the web - are as well researched and written as what you would read, well, in a magazine or newspaper.
- The shining stars of the blogosphere
- Rough Type and GeekDad
- Kottke.org and Sore Thumbs
- Download Squad and Publishing 2