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100 Blogs We Love
Daring Fireball: John Gruber's quirky commentary can drive you a little crazy sometimes--especially if you're not as big a Mac fan as he is---but he's always worth a read.
MacUser: The seven bloggers for our sibling magazineMacWorldoffer news, tips, and opinion on all the latest Apple happenings.
A blog that comes from a corporation or one of its employees is a bit of a weird bird: You never know how much of it is truly personal and how much comes from the marketing department. But official or otherwise, the best ones reveal some of the personalities behind a giant company as well as the occasional insider nugget.
The Official Google Blog: When Google talks, the rest of the tech world listens. And this blog is where the search giant makes its biggest statements.
Matt Cutts: Google employee Matt Cutts provides an interesting take on the Web's hottest company--in part because his blog is personal.
Channel 9: This blog is the way Microsoft speaks to its huge developer community, but the site also gives the rest of us an advance peek at applications and services that may be coming down the line.
Politics and Business
Want a smart (or silly or annoying, depending on your point of view) take on politics and/or business? Then you were born to read blogs.
PolicyBeta: The Center for Democracy and Technology has been monitoring public policy on tech issues for quite some time, which alone makes its blog a worthwhile read.
Instapundit.com: Instapundit is one of the most thoughtful conservative blogs, with short items that always seem to capture the day's zeitgeist.
Bloggingheads.tv: Often surprisingly funny, this videoblog lets a rotating group of political commentators (including founder Robert Wright and Kausfiles' Mickey Kaus) face off on issues of the day.
Danger Room: Don't read this one before bed: It's a look at war, weapons, and tactics that has the potential to scare you silly.
Political Punch: ABC News reporter Jake Tapper provides a behind-the-scenes look at the day's Washington news, illustrated with witty pen-and-ink drawings by some guy named Jake.
Iraq the Model: Four words: Iraq reporting by Iraqis.
Wonkette: Original Wonkette Ana Marie Cox decamped forTimemagazine last year, so most of the current contributors to this blog are wonks (males) rather than wonkettes, but they've continued the tradition of nasty, funny Washington watching.
AtlanticBlog: Consistently astute political commentary by William Sjostrum, a self-described American economist living and working in Ireland.
Kausfiles: Whether Mickey Kaus was the first blogger, as he's been called, is up for debate; that he's still one of the most entertainingly contrarian observers of the political scene is beyond question.
Seth Godin:All Marketers Are Liarsauthor Godin's thinking on marketing and business in general is often counterintuitive--and sometimes inspiring.
Lessig Blog: Anyone concerned about creative freedom in the Internet age should be reading Stanford professor Lawrence Lessig's blog.
James Fallows: It's great to see supersavvy journalist Fallows embrace blogging from his current home in China.
Daily Kos: Lots of left-wing blogs exist on the Net, but none has quite the influence of the Daily Kos.
The Huffington Post: Arianna Huffington, former Republican and former wife of California Senate candidate Michael Huffington, has created the New York Yankees of blogs, with a stable of hundreds of occasional contributors, from actor Ben Affleck toRolling Stonefounder Jann Wenner.
For better or worse, the media is under more scrutiny now than ever. These blogs are among the leaders of the new breed of media monitors.
BuzzMachine:Entertainment Weeklyfounder Jeff Jarvis is now a rabble-rousing provocateur, and a leading advocate for community-based journalism.
MediaShift: Hosted on the PBS site, Mark Glaser's blog chronicles--through both reportage and commentary--the way blogs and other electronic media are changing the entire media landscape.
PaidContent.org: Rafat Ali is the Web's expert on who's making money with online content--or at least trying to.
Romenesko: Reporters and editors turn to this site every day to learn what's going on in their own industry.
Disinformation: If you tend to believe that lots of important stories aren't being reported in the mainstream media, you'll probably like Disinformation, which since 1996 has been dedicated to ferreting them out.
Arts and Culture
Whether you make your own art or just want to read about other people who do, you'll probably like at least one blog in this group.
Cartoon Brew: Jerry Beck and Amid Amidi's hub for animation fans covers everything from vintage Disney to the latest CGI blockbusters to independent films.
Laughing Squid: San Francisco is a place where art and technology frequently merge to form something interesting and, because of the Internet, accessible. Laughing Squid documents many of those mergers.
Gawker and Defamer: What celebrity ordered a full-fat latte at Starbucks yesterday? Did a major network head just get arrested? Gawker covers the New York hypergossip scene, while Defamer scours Los Angeles.
What Would Tyler Durden Do: A mean, nasty blog is the perfect antidote to our celebrity-obsessed culture, and few are as clever as this one.
News From Me: Animation, TV, and comics writer Mark Evanier posts fast and furiously on the industries he's worked in, politics, and more.
TV Barn: You can tell that theKansas City Star's Aaron Barnhart loves TV--but he's a sharp critic, too.
Reality Blurred: Can't survive withoutSurvivor? Yearn forThe Simple Life? You can get your fix of all aspects of reality television here.
TVgasm: This is the place to go for fantastically funny recaps of all your favorite shows.
Boing Boing: The bevy of other sites that this hugely popular blog points to don't have much in common except for one important fact: They're interesting.
Barenaked Ladies: Who can't love a band full of tech nerds? In addition to band news, you're likely to find discussions of Net neutrality, gaming consoles, digital rights management, and a whole lot of silliness.
Rain of Bastards: Mitch Clem writes several Web comics about punk music, living in Texas, and kittens. His LiveJournal also showcases the flyers he draws for music shows.
Joystiq: This site brings an Engadget-like approach to the world of video games--which is no shocker, since it comes from the same publisher.
Kotaku: Aside from Joystiq, this is one of the most important daily reads for video game fans, and it's a bit more offbeat and entertaining.
Mental Floss: This site consistently teaches us things we didn't know--and things we didn't know we needed to know.
Lifestyle and Hobbies
Need a recipe for tonight, an outfit for tomorrow, or a plan for the rest of your life? These blogs can help you find what you're looking for.
Make: Never have more things been created out of Altoids tins than at this blog connected toMakemagazine. Read enough of it, and you'll be spending hours crafting things you never even knew you wanted.
Daddytypes.com: Being a dad doesn't have to mean being uncool. That's the motto at Daddytypes, which offers lots of images and opinions about everything from Rolls Royce station wagons to children's books by Graham Greene.
Lifehacker and 43 Folders: Need to get your act together? These two sites will help. Lifehacker's a bit more computer focused, while 43 Folders offers tips for organizing both your digital life and your analog one.
YumSugar: This blog covers everything about cooking and entertaining, including cooking definitions, recipes, exotic ingredients, and more.
Slashfood: What Slashdot is for geeks, Slashfood is for foodies.
FabSugar: FabSugar has all kinds of fashion news and gossip. Check out the "Love It or Hate It?" pages, where a (usually horrible) item is presented for users to vote on and make fun of.
Go Fug Yourself: Pay no attention to the, uh, dubious name. This is a site for folks who want to check out the latest in tasteless but expensive fashion.
Autoblog: Autoblog has cars, cars, and more cars, from hot rods to econoboxes.
38Pitches: Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling isn't just Hall of Fame material--he's a pretty good blogger, too.
The Map Room: This blog has great information about everything map-related on the Web, including a coffee mug with a map of the world that mimics the effect of global warming when you fill it with something hot.
Some bloggers have so much sheer personality that it doesn't much matter what they write about on any given day.
Dynamist: Author Virginia Postrel's engaging blog is about...well, everything she's interested in, from innovative businesses to kidney donations.
Chris Pirillo: Lockergnome creator and former Tech TV host Chris Pirillo has to be one of the funniest guys in (or out) of technology.
Kottke.org: Software developer Jason Kottke has been blogging about his diverse interests since 1998; nobody does more with fewer words.
Blog Maverick: Dot-com billionaire, Dallas Mavericks owner, and HDTV entrepreneur Mark Cuban has opinions on everything from TV news to the NBA draft lottery.
Though humor is one of the most personal of tastes (one person's belly laugh may be another's horrified cringe), you ought to find a chuckle or two at these sites. But you might not want to read them at work.
Cute Overload: If you like to tilt your head and say "awww" a lot, this blog is for you. (Believe it or not, this photo site showed up on morePC Worldeditors' lists than any other.)
I Can Has Cheezburger: Featuring ridiculous pictures with grammatically incorrect captions, Cheezburger scored right up there with Cute Overload among our editors.
Fake Steve Jobs: Even Real Steve Jobs recently said he's an avid reader of this bizarre and funny fantasy, whose author has managed to keep his or her identity secret.
WaiWai: Anyone who has seenLost in Translationknows that things are a bit different in Japan. If you want to see just how different, read this blog, which has translations of reports originally from Japanese publications.