Blogs are not Dead

With the recent addition of Reeder to the Mac App Store, which in its own right deserves much rejoicing, I noticed that my blog reading has substantially increased lately. Some have proposed that Twitter could be slowly killing extended-length written posts on blogs. And while that may be true, there is no shortage of great writers online who carefully cultivate online readerships with wonderful writing and targeted topics.

If you’ve been away from the blog scene for awhile or are simply looking for new material to digest, here are some of my favorite blogs as of late.

  • Oat and About Chicago
    Written by an anonymous and prolific amateur food critic, I have never seen so much attention paid to lowly oats. And the posts are chock-full of hilarious one-liners to boot.
  • American Drink
    Here you will find anything related to classic drinking culture including snarky comments on fancy establishments and expletive-laden attacks on marketing gimmicks. Cheers!
  • Daring Fireball
    Expertly researched, cross-referenced, proofed, and linked, this Apple-slanted blog boasts one of the highest readerships online—and for good reason. John Gruber is a pro at finding newsworthy snippets before anyone else. And goodness gracious, his analysis of the inner workings of Apple are usually spot-on.
  • Subtraction
    This blog will be especially interesting to those grid-based-design nerds. Written by Khoi Vinh, a former New York Times Design Director, you should always expect a precisely written post on current technology and its design choices.

I hope you like some of these sweet blogs. Feel free to send me some of your own in the comments or on Twitter @RyanRicketts. I’d especially like to see some good blogs on hiking…

Forward-Thinking Websites

I have a propensity for creating lists. It’s a curse and a blessing, and every so often it benefits my friends. I’ve been stumbling upon some interesting websites lately, many of which are forward-thinking and quite compelling.

http://designers.mx
Beautifully designed mixes. It asks the question: “what music fuels your creativity?”

http://bagcheck.com
Started by three geeks who love their gear, Bagcheck allows users to share their favorite items for doing what they love. (Let me know if you want an invite.)

http://quora.com
Quora is a continuously-evolving wiki-like system of questions and answers. The more people participate, the better the source of information.

http://unsuck-it.com
What terrible business jargon do you need unsucked? Somewhat of a backwards-translater for terms like “thinking outside the box.”

http://www.google.com/think/insights/
The Google Think Insights team believes that “data beats opinion,” and their new website graciously shares industry studies and learnings with the public—for free.

I hope everyone is having a great Saturday—wherever you may be!