I’m an avid user of Feedly, and I subscribe to a ridiculous number of blogs and websites. However, if I had to narrow those down to the bare essentials, these are the five I couldn’t live without.
- Mashable. Honestly, if I could only pick one, this would have to be it. By far, it’s the most prolific of the bunch, and the topics it reports on range from technology and real-world news to social media and social issues. Their slogan is “”Mashable is the leading media company for the Connected Generation and the voice of digital culture.” Here are some recent titles:
- Boing Boing. This is my MVP in the “Esoteric” category. One of the editors is author Cory Doctorow, and this blog covers a lot of news you won’t see anywhere else. From Wikipedia: “Boing Boing is a website, first established as a zine in 1988, later becoming a group blog. Common themes include technology, futurism, science fiction, gadgets, intellectual property, Disney and left-wing politics, and it twice won the Bloggies for Weblog of the Year, in 2004 and 2005.” This is the blog I read when I want a better handle on what’s really going on in the world. Some samples:
- The Verge. This site is probably the newest of the bunch, but it’s done an awfullotinit’s short existence (it’s only been around since 2011), including winningsomeWebby awards. The Verge focuses primarily on technology news, with a smattering of some other topics. While I do subscribe to a host of other technology sites and blogs, none of them havequite the variety or off-the-beaten-track postings that The Verge does. A few posts from yesterday:
- ReadWrite. Formally ReadWriteWeb or RWW, Another technology/web blog, where quality definitely rules overquantity. It also focuses more heavily on web and personal technology and little on networks and hardware. This site may not produce nearly the number of posts that, say,Mashable does, but what it does produce is usually well-worth a read. Some articles you may find interesting:
- io9. This is really one of my guilty pleasure blogs, but I’m betting mostofMeanLaura’s audience would appreciate what it offers. It’s geeky stuff, useful stuff, esoteric stuff…just go subscribe already. Examples:
Post your can’t-live-without-em blogs in the comments.