They say that to become a good science fiction writer, you should read a lot of science fiction. I suppose the same can be said of blogging. One way to learn the skill is to read a lot of what other people write. Actually, I really enjoy reading other people’s blogs. I thought I’d list some blogs that I’ve discovered in 2012 and become hooked on. Keep in mind that some of these blogs have been around before 2012–I just discovered them this year.
- Lifehacker’s “How I Work” series. This weekly blog series interviews notable people online about the tools and tricks they use to get their work done. Or, as the series describes itself, it “asks heroes, experts, brilliant, and flat-out productive people to share their shortcuts, workspaces, routines, and more.” I really enjoy this series and have gained a lot of good tips and insights from these posts.
- Grady Henrix’s Great Stephen King Reread on Tor.com. Another weekly blog that started in mid-October. This series is totally addictive for fans of Stephen King. Grady doesn’t just recount the books, but has some excellent insights into the novels and stories. He also places the work in question in context of the writer’s life, which makes it all the more interesting. I think the original intent was to cover the first decade of King’s career. I sure hope the series continues beyond that.
- Brain Pickings by Maria Popova. This blog is a mishmash of everything interesting and curious. You never know what you are going to get, but there is at least some cool new discovery I make every day on this blog. Like this cool map of New York. Or this book of My Favorite Bookshelf. Very useful for random discovery.
- The Bloggess. I started reading this one recently after watching a Google Hangout on blogging featuring Patrick Rothsfuss, John Scalzi, Wil Wheaton and the Bloggess, Jenny Lawson. Some great stuff here.
I’m opening to suggestions for blogs to explore in 2013. Leave your suggestions in the comments.