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Blogs That Make Me Think

Roger Anderson has tagged me with the Thinking Blogs Award. The idea of this meme is we list five blogs that make us think. Hmmm, tough one. I would include Rogers but he has been listed already, and like Roger I don’t want to trot out blogs you are already reading, so extra tough! …

Five blogs that make me think

  1. SEOBook – Aaron doesn’t just talk about SEO, he gets you thinking about business models and your overall strategy. Worthwhile reading if your business is online, regardless of your interest in SEO.
  2. MonkAtWork – The idea of this list is blogs that make you think. Adams writing does that, in ways not found in any other blog. Talk about finding your uniqueness, Adam has it in buckets!
  3. Dilbert Blog – Scott Adams discusses wide ranging topics with great humour. His writing isn’t to everyone’s taste but he never fails to raise my smile while getting me thinking. If you look up “outside the box” in the dictionary you will probably find a picture of Scott Adams grinning out.
  4. Freakonomics – Always interesting, even though I normally find economics a dull topic, somehow you always seem to learn more about human nature from their articles. Read the book too!
  5. CommandN – I am not a big techmeme, techcrunch, yada yada reader, I am also not a big fan of podcasts and video. The only site of this type I keep up to date with is CommandN. The presenters, particularly Will Pate and Amber Mac, are very grounded, fun, normal folk, not internet celebrity wannabes. Their content is interesting. Great stuff.

This was a really tricky post to write, I am never any good at picking favourites. Had I written this yesterday or tomorrow my choices might well have been different.

Which blogs make you think (other than your own, heh)? Let me know in the comments …

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  1. emomsathome.com – I love Wendy Piersall
    johnaugust.com – he’s a screenwriter. doesn’t post everyday but when he does, he doesn’t waste words
    unclutterer.com – i just discovered this yesterday, and it’s got me thinking about just how cluttered my life really is. even at starbucks this morning, i was like “i don’t need all that cute merchandise to clutter up my house” (i ALWAYS look at merch in starbucks)
    techdirt.com – great commentary on DRM, patents, copyright, fair use, etc.

  2. emomsathome.com – I love Wendy Piersall

    johnaugust.com – he’s a screenwriter. doesn’t post everyday but when he does, he doesn’t waste words

    unclutterer.com – i just discovered this yesterday, and it’s got me thinking about just how cluttered my life really is. even at starbucks this morning, i was like “i don’t need all that cute merchandise to clutter up my house” (i ALWAYS look at merch in starbucks)

    techdirt.com – great commentary on DRM, patents, copyright, fair use, etc.

  3. Good list, thanks. I would have mentioned Wendys blogs but I figure there will be quite an overlap of audiences between our blogs. The others are new to me so I will go check those out now πŸ™‚

  4. Good list, thanks. I would have mentioned Wendys blogs but I figure there will be quite an overlap of audiences between our blogs. The others are new to me so I will go check those out now πŸ™‚

  5. Chris,
    What I love about this meme is the opportunity to introduce some blogs that may not have been found so easily. We all have blogrolls, sometimes we even add to them, but a title does not always convey enough information to motivate a visit. Your description of MonkAtWork made me take a look.
    I think that he and I have a lot in common. On his subscribe page he says, “Because I believe that your business has the power to change the world.” I am in absolute and total agreement. I drink more kool-aide than you can imagine. I love hearing the great stories of the next big thing at meetings and conferences.

    Thanks for sharing this great list. Now I have more thinking to do…

  6. Chris,
    What I love about this meme is the opportunity to introduce some blogs that may not have been found so easily. We all have blogrolls, sometimes we even add to them, but a title does not always convey enough information to motivate a visit. Your description of MonkAtWork made me take a look.
    I think that he and I have a lot in common. On his subscribe page he says, “Because I believe that your business has the power to change the world.” I am in absolute and total agreement. I drink more kool-aide than you can imagine. I love hearing the great stories of the next big thing at meetings and conferences.

    Thanks for sharing this great list. Now I have more thinking to do…

  7. I agree, it’s really good to hear about blogs this way, not just because of the context, which is important, but also because also the fact the author thinks enough of the blog to single them out for special treatment πŸ™‚

  8. I agree, it’s really good to hear about blogs this way, not just because of the context, which is important, but also because also the fact the author thinks enough of the blog to single them out for special treatment πŸ™‚

  9. Going along with Monk at Work is Dawud Miracle. He always gets me thinking, and so does Dave Olsen. I love the self-discovery questions that Dave asks.

    Thanks for sharing your favorite blogs! I’ll have to go check those out πŸ™‚

  10. Going along with Monk at Work is Dawud Miracle. He always gets me thinking, and so does Dave Olsen. I love the self-discovery questions that Dave asks.

    Thanks for sharing your favorite blogs! I’ll have to go check those out πŸ™‚

  11. I enjoy Dawuds work too, I will have to check out Dave Olsen!

  12. I enjoy Dawuds work too, I will have to check out Dave Olsen!

  13. Yours is one, I Guess the email got lost, I should have re-send it, but I really forgot πŸ˜‰

  14. Yours is one, I Guess the email got lost, I should have re-send it, but I really forgot πŸ˜‰

  15. So many blogs, so little time …

    http://www.wishfulthinking.co.uk/blog/

    http://normanroberts.blogspot.com/

    http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/

    http://bluesuitnomads.typepad.com/blue_suit_nomads/

    Thank you for sharing Freakonomics. I especially enjoyed their thoughts on Internet Addiction Disorder … to get my own handle on the situation, I turned my back on the 300+ blogs I collected on Bloglines, then signed up on netvibes.

    Is it working? Only time will tell. And only if I don’t add Freakonomics (even though I really, really want to).

  16. So many blogs, so little time …

    http://www.wishfulthinking.co.uk/blog/

    http://normanroberts.blogspot.com/

    http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/

    http://bluesuitnomads.typepad.com/blue_suit_nomads/

    Thank you for sharing Freakonomics. I especially enjoyed their thoughts on Internet Addiction Disorder … to get my own handle on the situation, I turned my back on the 300+ blogs I collected on Bloglines, then signed up on netvibes.

    Is it working? Only time will tell. And only if I don’t add Freakonomics (even though I really, really want to).

  17. @vince / @Rajesh – Both gave me some new ones there, the only blogs I read in common are lifehack and wvs πŸ™‚

    @Guilherme – Oops, it could be your email never got to me (still isn’t 100% perfect even now, my emails tend to arrive out of the order they were sent, if at all, grr) or it could be I forgot – my memory is not how I would like it to be. Working on that!

    @Catherine – That is the downside of these lists, more blogs to read means more reading than writing πŸ™‚ I just trimmed my feeds down to under 300 but I am going to need to do some further trimming. At least I only use blogbridge now so I can star rate them and junk the ones consistently at the bottom …

  18. @vince / @Rajesh – Both gave me some new ones there, the only blogs I read in common are lifehack and wvs πŸ™‚

    @Guilherme – Oops, it could be your email never got to me (still isn’t 100% perfect even now, my emails tend to arrive out of the order they were sent, if at all, grr) or it could be I forgot – my memory is not how I would like it to be. Working on that!

    @Catherine – That is the downside of these lists, more blogs to read means more reading than writing πŸ™‚ I just trimmed my feeds down to under 300 but I am going to need to do some further trimming. At least I only use blogbridge now so I can star rate them and junk the ones consistently at the bottom …

  19. blogbridge – sooooo, when I fill up netvibes I’ll know where to go πŸ˜€

  20. blogbridge – sooooo, when I fill up netvibes I’ll know where to go πŸ˜€

  21. Ha, yes I guess so πŸ™‚

  22. Ha, yes I guess so πŸ™‚

  23. Chris, don’t even start to worry at it.

    When I saw your post about the email problem I made a mental note about the possibility of having to resend the email, but mental notes are as reliable as redirected emails.

    Anyway, I’m glad you ended up there.

  24. Chris, don’t even start to worry at it.

    When I saw your post about the email problem I made a mental note about the possibility of having to resend the email, but mental notes are as reliable as redirected emails.

    Anyway, I’m glad you ended up there.

  25. Thanks for understanding. I have been digging out my memory training books recently, I really need to improve my memory. Perhaps I should write up a post about what works? πŸ™‚

  26. Thanks for understanding. I have been digging out my memory training books recently, I really need to improve my memory. Perhaps I should write up a post about what works? πŸ™‚

  27. Ok, this isn’t a blog (yet), it’s more of a newsletter. But, oh my, what a newsletter.

    http://www.edge.org/

    I’m not sure why they don’t go the blog route as it’d certainly give them what they want – more readers.

    (and maybe we can ‘edge’ them into making the decision?)

  28. Ok, this isn’t a blog (yet), it’s more of a newsletter. But, oh my, what a newsletter.

    http://www.edge.org/

    I’m not sure why they don’t go the blog route as it’d certainly give them what they want – more readers.

    (and maybe we can ‘edge’ them into making the decision?)

  29. I have to second Freakonomics. Found the blog by accident amount many other blogs; and have been enjoying their insights into daily questions that the average person would never answer in the ways they do.

  30. I have to second Freakonomics. Found the blog by accident amount many other blogs; and have been enjoying their insights into daily questions that the average person would never answer in the ways they do.