One of my symptoms for being insanely interested in too many things is my compulsory urge of aquiring ever more blogs to my reading list. I’m fighting the addiction by periodically dropping about 50% of my subscriptions, but that’s not my topic today.
Today I want to talk about finding new blogs.
Looking back at blogs collected in the past few weeks gives a pretty good idea on what has been on my mind lately. Here are my latest findings.
No, not software design, but the artistic one that includes architecture, package design, and graphic design. It’s not really that much related to anything I do, but I just can’t help but get inspired from seeing creative people at work.
Business, Life and Experiences
That’s why I added these two blogs to my list of blogs to follow:
- Jonathan Volk: This twenty-something guy calls himself the Super Affiliate, and he has proof. Or how does $70,000 per month sound to you?
- The Internet Entrepreneur Diary: Terence Chang is a computer programmer, just like me, on his way to success in Internet entrepreneurship.
I found Jonathan’s blog through a recommendation in my comments. Big thanks go to Dave Conrey for pointing me to this resource full of real-life tested affiliate advice.
Similarily as Jonathan’s blog, I found Terence’s blog through blog comments. This time through his own commenting at Mark’s Tropical Escape.
Books like the 4-hour Workweek and Escape 101 usually make me look for more information, to see if real people really are putting the ideas presented in the books into action. That’s how I came to add the following two blogs to my Google Reader account:
- The Newly Rich: In this blog a (seemingly) normal family shares their experiences in applying the principles of the four-hour workweek into their everyday life.
- The Wide Wide World: A typical family (mom, dad, two kids) is about to set sail for a whole year of traveling around the world. What I like best about this blog is that everyone is writing, and even the doubts of the teenager daughter worrying about losing her friends haven’t been censored.
Where did the links come from?
I don’t do much of googling when looking for blogs. In fact, none of the blogs listed in this post were found through Google.
I just keep my eyes open. Interesting blogs can pop up as blog comments, as links in blog posts, or even as quotes or images in tumblelogs.
In fact, I’ve been looking for a chance to link to my favorite tumblelogs for quite a while. Check out these links for a nearly endless source of ideas and inspiration:
- random acts of devBear.ing:Politics, computers, dog of the day.
- cameron i/o: Apple, politics, computers, some talk on design.
- Ordererd List: Coding, humour, computers, design.
- technoweenie, wtf: Coding, Ruby on Rails.
- One a Day: Apple, software, computers.
- Brain Cluttr: Software, productivity.
- Inspire me, now!: Inspiration, design, art, humour.
- Robby see, Robby share…: Coding, design, politics, Ruby on Rails.
- Instead of working.: News, inspiration.
- zen habits tumblelog: Productivity, habits, life.
When I find an interesting link, I open it in a new tab, check out the blog and then if it’s even remotely interesting, I subscribe (if I’m not sure what to do, I check the about page). Then I keep the blog for a few weeks to see if I get anything from it – and decide to either keep it or scrap it.
What about you? How do you find new links? Are you a collector or a minimalist who tries to keep her number of subscriptions to the minimum?
Or something like me, a wannabe minimalist who can’t help but collect more and more feeds.