Yesterday, while writing the Top 50 Web 2.0 Blogs by Alexa ranking, I discovered some good Web 2.0 Blogs I’d never read before. So I decided to share them here.
It’s Not About the Bigwigs
Many of the highest traffic blogs on my list are written by guys like Guy Kawasaki or Seth Godin, who were internet bigwigs before they ever started blogging. This doesn’t mean they’re not great bloggers; it just means they started with a built-in audience and never had to do the underdog thing.
A few of the other top slots on the Top 50 list are taken by review sites that aren’t purely weblogs, such as Engadget or ZDnet. So I decided to devote a special blog post to some pure Web 2.0 bloggers who are keeping it real.
Dictators and Bloggers, Birds of a Feather
Much like a successful dictatorship, the key to building a popular blog is developing a cult of personality. The bloggers below all write in the first person and offer candid insight into their lives and personalities. For me, this transforms a blogger from a digital avatar into an authentic human being, living and breathing on the other side of the IP node.
Six Great Web 2.0 Blogs You Might Not Know
6 Jeremy.Linuxbloggers.com/ This is a techno-savvy blogger with work syndicated on Web2Journal.com. This blog is more technical than your typical web 2.0 fare. For a really interesting read, check out Jeremy’s heavily Slashdotted 150 ITechnology Heroes.
5 Technosight.com Ken Yarmosh churns out consistently cogent coverage and analysis of web 2.0 startups, technologies, and trends. Ken deserves more attention than he already gets. Technosight’s current Alexa is 330,216, but I don’t see why his blog isn’t every bit as good as the top dogs on the list.
4 EarlyStageVC.typepad.com I didn’t expect to add a VC to this list. All too often, watching a VC blog about Web 2.0 is like watching your parents dancing to hip hop. Awkward and embarassing. (Full Disclosure: I used to work in Venture Capital). As a web entrepreneur reading Peter’s blog, I am surprised at how much I find myself persuaded by his insight. Worth checking out.
3 Crunchnotes.com What? You included Michael “TechCrunch” Arrington’s personal blog in a list of “Blogs You Might Not Know”? Well, I honestly think a lot of people don’t know about this blog. Michael keeps CrunchNotes quietly on the sidelines of TechCrunch and does nothing obvious to promote it. But the blog contains many fascinating threads on the innerworkings of Web 2.0. I blogged this thread from CrunchNotes about a Microsoft Employee carrying out a bizarre vendetta against Arrington for a post critical of Microsoft. CrunchNotes is a good read.
2 HackDiary.com This is a website written by a genius with a lot of time on his hands. For proof, check out how Matt hacks external data into the virtual world of Second Life.
1 OurFounder.Typepad.com a.k.a. “J. LeRoy’s Evolving Web.” As far as I can tell, this blog is written by a musician in Seattle. But it’s my favorite Web 2.0 blog discovered in compiling the list. LeRoy’s not trying to please anyone with this blog, he’s writing about whatever wants. He’ll start with a rant about the Belgian Newspapers suing Google, write an in depth analysis of social media, and finish things off with a post about eating orange ganache while doing situps. It is refreshing to find an unjaded Web 2.0 blog that still captures the free-wheeling blog-about-anything spirit of the early days. Check it out, it’s worth the click.