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.

Blogging is one of the biggest online crazes of recent years. Whether it's a personal diary, the latest tech gossip, a list of the new websites of note and even hypertext links to upcoming Apple products - there's a blog for just about every topic under the sun.

However, not everything in the blogosphere is well-written and interesting. Many are, quite literally, written by young adults who still live with their parents. Many are just a collection of juicy links. Yet, there's a handful of well-written, well-edited and exceptionally literate blogs. We've rounded up out 10 favourite blogs and it even includes a few surprises, such as Download Squad - a site that covers new software, but always seems to write with enthusiasm - and a few (such as the personal blog of Roger Ebert) that should probably win journalism awards.

1. Real Dan

Everyone knows Dan Lyons as the guy who created Fake Steve, pretending to be Steve Jobs. Now, his Real Dan blog has to live and die based on his excellent writing skills.

It's clear that the best blogs are often written by people who have a background in journalism and writing. As a blogger, Lyons has one important skill: He can write about a dry subject with wit and character, and will often drop an off-handed comment that catches you off-guard, such as a post where he commented on the Bloomberg obituary on Steve Jobs that was released prematurely (Jobs is alive and well).

More recently, he also had some fun with a report about Jobs and a bizarre bicycle accident (complete with hilarious photo) and Jobs reportedly having a heart attack.

Lyons has an ability to make technology subjects interesting to those who don't follow every Apple press release, or who don't even read blogs. "I think my blog originally caught on because of the rabid Apple fanboy base," said Lyons. "They were the first to start reading the blog and spreading the word. Eventually, the audience went beyond fanboys and tech weenies. I guess because it was funny even to people who didn't know that much about the tech industry."

2. Roger Ebert

Movie critic Roger Ebert started blogging not too long ago, and the result is one of the best-written journals around. His thoughtful posts sometimes shift away from movies, but his best entries - like this one about the use of nondigital effects in movies and this one about how the US Postal Service removed a cigarette from the image of Bette Davis - are usually the most literate and worth reading. Equally entertaining are the comments from readers, which are about the best you will see on a blog, often including nuggets of trivia from movies.

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3. Rough Type

Easily one of the best-written blogs on the web, Rough Type is the personal journal of author Nicholas Carr, who has written about Web 2.0, cloud computing and about how Google might be making us think less and search for every answer online.

Most posts reference his magazine articles and books, but they are thoughtful and insightful on their own as well. "People get bored pretty quickly with sloppy writing and sloppy thinking, and that's true whether you're publishing online or in print," Carr said, and, as always, he makes a good point.

4. GeekDad

Stringing together a sentence with a strong noun and verb combination might not seem all that difficult, but many bloggers write like they are on the school bus using a crayon.

GeekDad, which is part of the Wired empire, assumes you actually want to read more than 50 words and is not afraid to post long explanations about how to build a tepee in your backyard or discussions about video games as art.

Ken Denmead, the GeekDad editor, explained why good blog writing is important.

"Well written is always important, articulate depends upon your audience," he said. "Blogs, by their nature, are meant to be conversations between the writers and the readers. The writer has to both draw an audience in with their voice, and adapt their voice to the audience. That's a function of being a good writer, and figuring how to write what you write well.

"Being articulate is less important because you don't always need big words to be understood. But an attention to grammar and punctuation will always lend you more credibility. If the average reader can't make fun of your typos and misspellings, they're going to be far less likely to dismiss what you're saying as well."

5. Level Up

Another Newsweek writer in our round-up (the first was Dan Lyons), Level Up is the creation of N'Gai Croal.

Lately, he has been on a kick posting simple interviews with gaming experts, but the blog really hits a high plateau when it debates issues such as whether The Sims should be made into a movie. Croal goes deeper than the typical fanboy hysteria, raising thought-provoking questions about game characterisation (such as, is it better to only hear a character's words or should you also hear his thoughts).

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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.

6. Kottke.org

Jason Kottke doesn't give himself enough credit for his own writing. Kottke.org is mostly a collection of sanguine links to compelling stories, such as this one about the best sports journalism stories ever.

Yet, its Kottke's quick but insightful comments about those links that makes his blog worth bookmarking.

7. Sore Thumbs

As the newest site in our round-up, it might be too early to list Sore Thumb' as a best-written blog, and many of the posts so far seem hurriedly written and maybe a little cheeky. Yet, the dynamic duo of Dan 'Shoe' Hsu and Crispin Boyer, both former editors at Electronic Gaming Monthly who have legitimate writing experience, seems like a winner so far. Sore Thumbs has become an outlet for the editors to share behind-the-scenes details about their careers, and the writing is engaging enough to keep you reading.

8. Bits

Gee, you mean The New York Times has a well-written blog? Yes, and most importantly it's not just a re-hash of the main feature articles online. In fact Bits tends to nab some of the best stories early, before the basement bloggers.

Even when the site is just reviewing a new HDTV, it calls out the most important feature and avoids a simple list of specs or techie comparisons. Posts about tech companies like this one on Sun - always seem to engage you with the facts.

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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.

  1. The shining stars of the blogosphere
  2. Rough Type and GeekDad
  3. Kottke.org and Sore Thumbs
  4. Download Squad and Publishing 2

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Readers' choice: Top 10 blogs