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.
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, 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 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!
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.
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.
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?