Are you old enough to remember blogrolls? They used to be popular and I think they should be again. Here are a few I read regularly, but first some commentary:
I use an RSS reader to keep up with the bloggers I like. If you don’t, you should probably look into that. I have a general rule for blogs that get added to my reader: one-in-four. Some bloggers will write article after article on topics I don’t find interesting, but then one day—wam—an article that knocks my socks off. No blog is perfect, and no blogger is perfect. Even the greats among us roll a gutter ball every now and then, but if you can’t hit one out of four you won’t last long in my reader.
If you have a blog you think I’d like, you should email me. I promise to read at least one article. If I like it enough I’ll subscribe and if it passes the aforementioned test, I’ll link to it here.
Still Drinking: Humorous writing by a guy from Brooklyn: Programming Sucks, Job Advice
Expat Software: An American expatriate running a software company from the road: Happiness is a Boring Stack, Two Weeks Vacation
Random Wire: Photo essays of Asia.
Well Known but Still Great
Cal Newport: How to work.
Paul Graham: His site exists in HTML tables—no joke. You’ll want to punch yourself in the face after trying to save his articles to Instapaper or anywhere else, but most of them are worth the trouble: Cities and Ambition, What You Can’t Say
Tim Ferriss: The godfather of lifestyle design.
Mr Money Mustache: The godfather of early retirement.
Dormant; Read the Archives
TropicalMBA: Mostly just a podcast these days, but once upon a time Dan Andrews wrote about building a business while traveling: Finding My 5 Hours, The Script
Joel on Software: The founder of Stack Overflow and Fog Creek Software.
Rob Walling: Lessons learned by a guy who started multiple software companies.
Vinicius Vacanti: More entrepreneur stories.
Wait But Why: Complete randomness, but fairly well researched: The Fermi Paradox, The Artificial Intelligence Revolution
Kalzumeus: A software entrepreneur, who spends most of his time on Twitter these days. I wish he’d return to blogging: Salary Negotiation, Don’t Call Yourself A Programmer
It is hard to find good stuff on the web. As much as I like blogs, a curated newsletter can find those one-off articles that are really good without having to slog through a generally bad blog yourself. On occasion a good newsletter can introduce you to a good blog.
Hacker Newsletter: Some of the stuff on Hacker News is great but, dear god, the interface makes me want to punch myself in the face. Hacker Newsletter sends me the best-of-the-best every Friday.
Austin Kleon: Austin is a “daily blogger.” Who has that much to say of interest? Nobody I’ve ever seen. Austin does do a good job curating and also adds his best of the week. No slogging required.
Dynamite Jobs: Not really a newsletter, and while I’m not looking for a job, the team at Dynamite Jobs adds a few links after their job announcements. Usually stuff about work, travel, or the intersection thereof.