Last week my friend and colleague Chrystie Hill challenged me to name my five favorite blogs. What fun! It made me think about what makes a blog different from other types of publications and what makes me return to some blogs and not to others.
We all know that blogs are fast, unmediated, and personal takes on whatever interests the blogger. Additionally, the technology makes it possible to combine text, images, and links that provide layers of information in a relatively short space. My favorite blogs generally have the following characteristics:
• A distinctive voice.
• Topics that are generally of interest to me.
• Integration of text, images, and links.
So here they are – in no particular order:
Belltown Bent. This is the blog that inspired me to start my own. Bruce is a photographer who specializes in photos of musicians, especially jazz musicians, but he also has a keen interest in everything going on in Belltown.
Confessions of an Aca-Fan: The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins. OK, the posts are long and there are not a lot if images but Henry Jenkins is Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and has a lot to say about media and contemporary culture. So if you’re interested in gaming or the phenomenon of Sanjaya Malakar on American Idol you may want to check it out.
How to Change the World by Guy Kawasaki. So you’re interested in starting a business. This is the blog for you. Some recent posts include: The 10/20/30 Rule of Powerpoint, The Top Ten Lies of Entrepreneurs, and the Top Ten Lies of Venture Capitalists. And here’s one especially for Chrystie: The Art of Creating a Community.
A Lake Count Point of View. I know his name is Hank and that he lives in one of the 12 Lake Counties in the US. I know he likes birds, plants, dogs, horses, and wood. I’ve never met him but find his blog oddly compelling. I visited the blog once at the urging of a friend and can’t seem to stop reading it.
Weibel Lines by Stu Weibel. Stu hasn’t written much lately but love the posts that combine his professional interests with personal discovery. Also a wonderful photographer.
Urban Nature. This one is a photo blog for all of you frustrated photographers out there. Some of the pictures are so good they make me want to go home and break my camera.
Photo: Cherry blossoms at the U. of Washington, taken April 2006.