To get a better grasp on what’s popular and how to improve, I’ve checked out some of the Web’s most popular blogs. Here are the highlights:
- The Comics Curmudgeon is satire of comic strips. Mostly, they rag on the long-running or oft-mocked ones, but they also will throw in funny Pearls Before Swine cartoons with a sentence or two, as well. For the most part, it’s been humorous, but after a while, you need a break. Huge amounts of comments for each post.
- Cute Overload contains pictures of cute animals. From today’s front page, I was fairly bored, minus the hedgehog that is nose-to-nose with a rubber duck. They also have a strange feature, “Cats ‘N’ Racks’, which involves women with animals (usually live cats) resting in their (clothed) bosom. Some of the other categories include ‘Cute or Sad?’, ‘I shall leeck you’ and ‘Interspecies Snorgling’.
- Gothamist is the best blog covering NYC that I’ve seen thus far.
- Gawker Media has a blog empire consisting of 10 sites, all of which have concise layouts and biting humor. Pick wherever your interests lie and give them a shot.
- Gawker, media and some politics
- Wonkette, strictly politics
- Defamer, entertainment and celebrities
- Valleywag, internet and tech
- Gizmodo, gadgets
- Deadspin, sports
- Jalopnik, cars
- Kotaku, gaming
- io9, sci-fi
- Lifehacker, software and productivity tips. “Life hack” has become a broad term to any solution to an everyday problem.
As a sidenote, I keep running into Pajamas Media, a conservative blogging network. Little Green Footballs is thus far the only one that has a terse enough layout to peruse (they also include random videos, such as a baby elephant playing with a ball and an Onion News Network video). But for some articles, they don’t even have enough to give you an idea of what they’re going to say. Example:
OPEN | Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 12:50:44 pm PST
At the risk of becoming almost incomprehensibly self-referential, it’s the Friday after-Blago hopen thread…
Pass along any others that you read or hear good things about.