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New blogs of the year


Sam Roggeveen


10 December 2009 18:01

And when I say 'new', I mean new to me. Here are some gems I've discovered in 2009 that I visit regularly, and which could come in handy for you too:

  • Walter Russell Mead: An accomplished historian who blogs in a personal an anecdotal way you won't find in his books or articles. Mercifully, he doesn't follow the news of the day too closely. Mead also has impeccable taste — he's put The Interpreter on his blogroll.
  • Information Dissemination: Group blog offering erudite discussion of naval strategy and technology. Only for the specialists, though ID's work often hints at broader political implications. They've been kind enough to add The Interpreter to their blogroll too.
  • Chasing the Norm: Andrew Carr, a PhD student at the University of Canberra, produces the smartest Australian political blog I've discovered this year.
  • ChinaSMACK: For an English-language insight into what's happening on China's pulsating and politically influential online world.
  • ArchDaily: A nice distraction if you happen to enjoy modern architecture.
  • For a less austere and funnier kind of distraction, try The Daily What.

I tried to make this list longer but I couldn't come up with any others, which is interesting in itself. I estimate that there's a core group of around 50 blogs that I look at nearly every working day, and each week I chase down links to at least two dozen new blogs (as in, blogs I have never previously visited). And yet very few of those two-dozen make it onto my 'permanent' list of 50, meaning that my blog reading habits are reasonably settled.

It isn't that I'm not on the look-out for new stuff, because I always like to share great new 'finds' with all of you. I guess it's just that really good blogs are hard to find.