I’m pretty sure there’s an old saying that goes, “You can tell a lot about a person by the company he keeps.” But that seems a little dated in these digital days where “company” can include anyone from your die-hard, real-life friends to those-people-who-keep-showing-up-in-your-news-feed-and-you-have-no-idea-why-but-you-can’t-bring-yourself-to-unsubscribe-or-defriend-them-.
Friendship has, um, evolved, so why don’t we give that maxim another shot? How about, “You can tell a lot about a person by the blogs he reads”?
Better? I think so.
In the interest of full disclosure, then, here’s my list. (Freudian slip—I just typed “my life.”) These are the 11 blogs I’m reading at least once a week, probably more often in most cases.
What are your favorites?
The Atlantic Wire – The best news round-up on the web, updated continuously. The writing’s sharp, often witty and always on target. It’s a little light on sports news but makes up for it with great headlines like this one, “While Rumormongering a Reuters-Financial Times Deal, Watch Your Pronouns”
The Daily Snow – Everything a skier or snowboarder needs to find the next powder day in Colorado. Thanks, Joel Gratz!
Denver Infill/Denver Urbanism – Everything you need to know about what’s happening in urban planning and development in Denver, from new bike paths to condo projects. Spend five minutes here and you’ll realize just how amazing and dynamic a city Denver is.
Marginal Revolution – One of the top economics blogs around, and surprisingly accessible for humanities majors. Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, econ professors at George Mason University (GMU) in Virginia, discuss policy, life, literature and—really—how the world works.
Apartment Therapy – I’m probably one of only three men who reads this interior design blog, but hey, it’s awesome for city-dwellers.
Overcoming Bias – It’s another GMU professor’s blog, this time examining how people operate from an economist’s perspective. So you get stuff like this, “In my culture, most stories are not about work life, and the few stories that are focus on a narrow set of unusual jobs like soldier, detective, politician, artist, doctor, lawyer, or teacher. Why?”
Powerline – Too much politics and too little policy but still one of the better articulations of the conservative viewpoint around.
Will Wilkinson – Definitely the best political philosophy blogger in Des Moines.
The Denver PR Blog – Thanks, Jeremy, for keeping us up to date on everything PR-related in Denver.
The Washington Post’s Wonkblog – Domestic policy, and lots of it.
Dot Earth – The New York Times’ environmental blog dedicated to figuring out how to fit nine billion people on one earth.