Meme: 5 blogs that make me think

Guilherme tagged me with a meme, and it’s been a while and I think it’s an interesting one, so I’ll make a stab at sharing my thoughts.

I read the original post in this meme, and one of guidelines was to link back to it. Sorry, I might be cynical, but I won’t be linking back to someone for the sake of it, just so they get a better PageRank. What I will do, though, is write and forward the meme, which should really be the important thing, right?

The topic is 5 blogs that make me think. Just as Guilherme, I like people who write more than just informational posts, but I also completely understand people who stop reading this blog, since I don’t exclusively write about web developing. To me, it’s vital to share, while others are happy with posts solely covering one topic or field.

And either is fine, really. I’d rather encourage this diversity than to force people to write a certain way. I believe the gist of a good blog is people who write out of sheer interest, not just to gain some business advantage, ad income etc.

Who makes me think?

First, I have to say the majority people who actually make me think don’t blog. They’re usually way too busy fulfilling other goals in their lives, or inspiring people in other ways. Also, to be honest, I don’t read many other blogs anymore, out of lack of time and also that few blogs are different enough to motivate reading them.

A problem with web famous people and their blogs is that people tend to like them because of the fact that they’re famous, and not actually for their work or personality. But, boringly enough, I will mostly mention people here who indeed are well-known, but I’ve liked them from the get-go for their writings and characters, before I couldn’t even fathom their web popularity.

Unfortunately, I guess that most or all of these won’t write a post or pass the meme on, but please, instead consider them my recommendations for a great read and as sources of knowledge.

Molly

I just love Molly’s writings. It is so passionate and genuine! She has this unstoppable urge to share things with the world, and that’s what I love. What she decides to share, no matter how deep or private the feelings are, it won’t be held back.

Lately, there has been some controversy that she shared things that maybe shouldn’t have been shared, but she pulled the post back after massive feedback. I’m not going to discuss the details of that one, or tear open old wounds, but instead just proclaim that she’s a great blogger, and fantastic at writing.

Mike Davidson

Mike, although very successful and busy, always take the time to listen to you. And I think that is the reason behind his success: he listens, he thinks and he grows. Luckily for us, it reflects in his blog, where he writes what he wants to write about, not just catering to what might be the in-thing to get popular on Digg.

And you know what? It’s always good!

Chris Mills

Chris rarely blogs, and when he does, it’s mostly about different web conferences. But when he’s in the mood, he is a great writer, and the result is really entertaining texts!

Roger Johansson

I guess most you think this is a boring choice. Everyone knows he’s great and talented, give us something new, right? And I wish I could, but Roger’s writings about web development are such a fantastic resource to get better at your trade, and to think over every decision you make, that it is a must read. If you’re only going to read one web development blog, read his.

Martin Nyman In Swedish

Well, here’s a shocker, ok? 🙂 Martin, my kid brother, hasn’t written in over a year, but his depictions of what it was like for a Swede studying in UK are absolutely outstanding.

Conclusion

Most of all, I have to say that Molly’s and Mike’s writings, especially for being so versatile, are amongst the best and most interesting on the web.

Which five blogs make you think?

12 Comments

  • bruce says:

    I like Mills’ writing too, but particularly the stuff on his other blog – the one dedicated to his love of dressing up as Barbie and felching small animals.

    That’s evocative stuff.

  • Robert Nyman says:

    bruce,

    Oh, man, maybe I have to start censoring my comments with you around. 🙂

  • Pat says:

    Maybe you’ll get more google lov’in just from Bruce’s comment 😀

    Which five blogs make you think?

    Goodness! Umm, I only have you live bookmarked! Does that count? -cause you definately make me think.. sometimes you make me laugh till I cough so hard I can’t laugh anymore (I was gonna say something else). I think “you” cover more than 5 blogs quite nicely that I don’t have to go looking for more. Thank the blog stars I found you!

  • Robert Nyman says:

    Pat,

    Yes, felching has always been a keyword priority for me… 🙂

    You're just way too kind with what you say about me, but I do sincerely appreciate that you like what I write!

    But, I'd really recommend the blogs mentioned above to you (well, maybe not Martin's, unless you know Swedish), because they're outstaning writers.

    Who knows, after reading them you might think I suck and I'll never see you here again… 😛

  • Pat says:

    The only way you'd suck Robert, is if you stopped writing, and even then, that would just "suck" *you* wouldn't actually suck. Does that make sense?

    I took a look at the other blogs, but I just can't get into them right now. Go figure (too bad I don't read swedish though). But it seems like a good pick of the bunch.

    Oh! and me, not come here anymore, bah, only if I didn't pay my internet connection.. whoops, that reminds me…. 😀

  • I'm sincerely honored, Robert. Thank you for your continued support throughout the years. It keeps me strong and able to continue writing.

    With warm regards always, and keep up your great work!

    Molly 🙂

  • Robert Nyman says:

    Pat,

    Ok, well, good. 🙂

    Molly,

    Nothing to thank for, you've been such a great inspiration. Thank you for continuing to write!

  • I'm happy I can (still) make you think :-).

  • Robert Nyman says:

    Roger,

    Ah, you know you do. 🙂

  • Chris Mills says:

    Awww Robert, you are sweet. I wish I had more time to blog, cos I really enjoy writign my posts. But I consider it a great honour to be listed amongst Molly and Roger and the others.

    Brucie: You got it totally the wrong way round dude – these day's I'm into felching Barbie and dressing up small animals.

  • Robert Nyman says:

    Chris,

    Yeah. I'm a sweetie, ain't I? 🙂

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