Although I haven’t been blogging lately, I haven’t completely logged off the web. So, for the 4th year in a row (2007, 2008, 2009), here are a few of the blogs that brightened my blog reader during the past year. They aren’t all new, but they were all new to me. Looking back at previous years, most of the blogs I’ve listed have become go-to staples of my blog reading and in some cases even real-world friends and colleagues. Hopefully this year will be more of the same.
Tumblr is awesome. Many of my most enjoyable reads come from here. And I still wish there was a better way to consume it all. A few of the stand-outs:
thedailywh.at, The Daily What
Enough LOLs in one day to last a lifetime. This is where I get all my awesome videos to post to Facebook, Twitter, and IM around the office. Very good natured, and occasionally NSFW. It’s a little bit of a bridge from the nice normal surface of the internet down to the dark and smelly underbelly ruled by the likes of 4Chan.
thisisnthappiness.com, This Isn’t Happiness
Awesome, beautiful, inspiring, photography and other images. Often NSFW, but never graphic. Just one incredible image after another. Non-stop. Endless. Warning: you could get lost in here.
purple-diary.com, by Olivier Zahm, Purple Fashion Magazine
I’ve been a fan of the print edition of Purple Magazine for a couple years now. It’s known for being edgy and very sexy. This photography driven blog is an incredibly intimate glimpse into the surreal lives of the fashion industry elite and cutting edge art scene. Every night is a party. Everyone is sleeping with everyone else. And everything is being documented and published to the web. Plenty of NSFW content, but since it’s all black and white it’s art. 🙂
Fashion – mostly men’s fashion – has been the folder in my reader that has grown the most for me this year. In large part due to these trendsetters:
putthison.com, by Jesse Thorn and Adam Lisagor
Both of these fine fellows have lives beyond this blog, Jesse as the host of Sound of Young America and Adam as the video producer (and face) behind some of your favorite product demos. Put This On, however, focuses their sharp eye on the men’s fashion renaissance we’re seeing in most major metropolitan areas in the US and abroad. Watch their videos (hopefully many more to come in 2011), and subscribe. They’ll have you or your man looking dapper in no time.
mostexerent.tumblr.com, aka Brog? Not a Blog?
This super sharp cat spends his time in Hong Kong and Sydney, and is brilliantly representing the far Eastern point of view on dressing like a gentleman. I love this guy’s eye. Always classic. Always creative. Always reminding me that fashion should be fun. And it doesn’t hurt that he mixes in a healthy pinch of pretty ladies (usually dressed, and occasionally mildly NSFW).
thesigother.blogspot.com, by Marisa Zupan
Full disclosure: Marisa is a colleague of mine at Undercurrent. Nevertheless, this blog has one of the coolest, most beautiful, and well curated points of view of any fashion blog I’ve seen. Filled with inspiring recommendations, The Significant Other will surely point you in the right direction if you’re interested in upping your wardrobe game.
And from “the industry”…
edwardboches.com, Creativity Unbound by Edward Boches
As much or more so than anyone else I know, Edward has been a force for good in this industry over the past year. Working as Chief Innovation Officer at Mullen, Edward has been using his prolific blog to stir up and push along a lot of progressive thinking about how the advertising/marketing/digital world needs to evolve. Never afraid to challenge ideas, he remains a champion and vocal supporter of much needed change.
whatconsumesme.com, by Bud Caddell
Bud is a good friend and former work colleague of mine, and his blog has been mentioned here before. Yet, over the past year, particularly the past 6 months or so, he’s taken his blogging to a whole new level. Inspiring hundreds of his readers and virtual colleagues to collaborate with him in writing a book, and sparking a more intellectually challenging and sophisticated dialogue. After all, this digital stuff isn’t simple; it’s nice to have a place where it’s not treated as if it is.