What are the 3 Best Blogs on the Internet?
I read a lot of feeds, but like I said before, the value of those blogs looks a lot like a long-tail graph. I find a buried diamond every once in a while, but for the most part, I find my favorite posts coming from the same writers. So what are my top three and who, if I had to get rid of the rest of my reader, would I keep? It was a really easy decision.
Seth Godin ( http://sethgodin.typepad.com/ )
Seth’s blog is one of the common sense, “doesn’t everyone think this way?” kind of sites. The thing is that most people don’t think that way and what seems obvious is really counterintuitive to how most of us operate. I like to read Seth because he is sort of a second conscience. It seems like every time I start to get cocky or self-important he drops something that forces me to recalibrate. He reminds you that you can’t be lazy, that to trick the customer is a short-term gain but long-term death sentence, that in a service economy the ultimate resource is relationships, and that you simply cannot afford to emulate in this fast-paced market. While everyone else is rehashing yesterday’s news and speculating on Google’s plan, Seth is giving advice on what YOU can do today. As in business, so in life (as RG would say) and thus much of his methodology applies to you on a personal level as well. That you shouldn’t overreach and have to save ideas, is just as important at home as it is in the office. These are some of my favorite posts: The Verizon guy who turned down the iPhone, Do Business Books Work?, We don’t like you, go away and Changing The Future This video of Seth is really good too. I don’t always save his stuff or print it up, but the lessons get absorbed.
Overcoming Bias: ( http://www.overcomingbias.com/ )
Despite its awful design, Overcoming Bias might be the most consistently intellectual challenging blogs I’ve ever read. And boy is it on a tear lately. It analyzes the social, psychological, cognitive and evolutionary issues that face today’s conscious people. Wikipedia can provide you with a list of cognitive bias, but they only matter with context and application–something that OB provides. So much of what we were bred to do–jump to conclusions, stereotype, exclude, hate, accept superficial answers, refuse to ponder important questions–directly contradict the ideals or means of keeping a free society. Only through a concerted effort and collective knowledge can we ever hope to spite these primal instincts. Their stuff on religion gives you the depth of Dawkins without the verbosity and redundancy. The writers really understand how to play with the format and actually make you think. Some of my recent favorites: Update Yourself Incrementally, The Importance of Saying Oops and Tell Your Anti-Story If you want to be a thinker who is free from the missteps, mistakes and subjectivities of your peers, this is the one of the ONLY sites on the net that can help you do it.
The Volokh Conspiracy (http://volokh.com/ )
Volokh is set up similarly to Overcoming Bias in that it is sort of a commune of professional thinkers and writers. Of course, this unfairly contributes to their supremacy of most others, but who cares? I don’t have time for handicaps, all I want is stuff that is good. It focuses on a lot of law stuff (which I normally skip) but their exposes on news, trends and moral issues are amazing. Obviously the Socratic Method is huge there, but not in the annoying way you would think. Yesterday’s piece on homicides in the Wild West was fantastic and so was this investigation of information cascades. Eugene is probably the best writer in the group, and he asks the best questions. Some of my favorites: Sexual Assault Problem, The Real Che Guevara, Buzz Aldrin on Property Rights in Space. Ahh, and their grasp of the English language is astounding. I hate grammar people but Eugene’s posts on what words can be used or where they came from are actually ones I look forward to. Since I’d rather be killed than go to law school, Volokh is a way I can engage in the discourse without having to sit next to douchebags and self-important dweebs.
-Steve Rubel’s Micropersuasion, Nikki Finke’s Hollywood Deadline Daily, What Would Tyler Durden Do? and of course, as mentioned here, Copyblogger
What do you think the three best blogs are? It’s easy to check, look at which ones you’ve emailed to your friends the most, printed, starred in your reader, or tagged to your Del.icio.us account? Post ’em in the comments or email me, but I don’t think you can beat my selections.
Hahahahah. Thinly veiled self-righteousness is hysterical. “But Ryan, why isn’t your own blog in your top three?!”
In all seriousness, yours is the one I’ve shared the post. Although, I haven’t looked at the others much, unless you had previously referenced them. When yours officially hits as Rudius site, will you call it number one? The hits won’t lie.
Dude, c’mon. I like myself but…
Anything good I have written in the last six months was directly influenced by those three. And even then, there is no way I will be close to their level.
But thank you for sharing mine. Read the others though. Awesome.
I was never much of a blog reader before I stumbled upon yours. I would skim a few rudius sites for updates occasionally, but I didn’t have an RSS feeder. After reading your archives I decided to get RSS so I would always have your new posts promptly. Since then I’ve slowly started adding a few more feeds. Much of what I read arises from your posts and suggestions so I doubt I could compose a top three that offers anything you haven’t heard of already. However, I will mention Tyler Cowen’s Blog: Marginal Revolution. It, along with your blog and Tim Ferris’, are the ones that really make me excited when I see new articles in the feeder.
It’s probably a harder place to explain than the RMMB. Mostly it’s about the intersections of basketball, being a fanatic and the individual in modern society.
Just about every post is well-written, contains humor, intellect, good content and provides an utterly different look at a mere game. The commenters are almost all smart people willing to take the time to sit down, think and then come up with something to contribute.
The age limit discussions, “Wiggle From the Lavender Grave” and every Billups post is worth reading.
Blogs haven’t always been my media of choice- I listened to Tim Ferriss’ podcast a long time before I started following his blog and I started following you after reading “The Obstacle is the Way” and “Trust me, I’m Lying” (after listening to your guest spots on TF). My favorites have been TF, Brain Pickings (Maria Popova is brilliant), and the Art of Manliness, a particularly interesting choice since I’m female. Now I’m finding much more good stuff out there through cross-referencing. I look forward to checking these out, especially since I already like Seth’s work and didn’t get to his blog yet!
Mr. Holiday, I think you should update or write a new post.I mean, you have probably changed a lot in last 10 years and have learned a lot.So, I hope you would recommend some new and exciting blogs for us.Looking forward to it.