I had lunch with friends today (Yum-Cha at Sky Phoenix) and mentioned that I’d started this blog. I was astonished to hear that two of them claimed never to have read a blog! Now I know I spend a lot of time dabbling in all things Web 2.0 and I certainly didn’t expect anyone around the table to be plurking, but surely everyone reads blogs, don’t they? Apparently not. Since I gave strict instructions to everyone around the table to visit the blog (and leave comments, nudge, nudge), it seems like a good opportunity to share my blog-reading habits with these blog novices (and everyone else who may drop by).
Some background first. Blog is an abbreviation of “web log” and the earliest blogs were essentially online diaries, chronicling explorations around the web. Of course there are still plenty of online diaries, but the medium has exploded and now ranges from the personal to the corporate, from mainstream media to the narrowest niches. Collectively they form the blogosphere and here is a potted selection from my Google Reader feeds.
News and Current Affairs
The Huffington Post -is the online home of Ariana Huffington who is something of a blogosphere celebrity. One-time right-winger, she is now more of a centrist and is another regular on LR&C.
SMH News Blog – the Sydney Morning Herald has packaged the offerings of a number of it’s regular columnists in blog form (they are all listed here), while this one assembles brief commentaries on the day’s news from a range of contributors.
Friends and Family
Who is Doctor Dudu? – Within days of launching the Stubborn Mule, my partner (and mother of my children) apparently became tired of proof-reading my blog posts and decided that the best response was to launch her own blog. It’s early days, but there will be more to come, including an explanation of the cryptic title.
Random Rambling – Five years ago, Duncan travelled through Mexico and Cuba. After recently stumbling on the group emails he sent while travelling, he is now in the process of converting them to blog entries.
Pogo A Go-Go – The central theme of FiL’s blog is music, but uses that cover to share what’s going on in his life in Canada.
Like many people who spend time online, I have dabbled in the gentle art of Getting Things Done (GTD) and other productivity fads. I even flirted for a while with the Hipster PDA. I am recovering, with a bit of help from the book A Perfect Mess, which comfortingly examines the hidden benefits of disorder. That doesn’t stop me from dipping in to some of the many popular productivity blogs.
Economics & Finance
Outside the Box – John Mauldin’s thoughts on world markets.
Odds & Ends
Junk Charts – a blog devoted to the use and abuse of charts. It even featured a discussion of the inflation heatmap I produced for my augural post. You’ll have to read the post if you want to know whether the verdicy was “use” or “abuse”.
and finally, of course:
Boing Boing – a directory of wonderful things.