Wednesday, July 25, 2007

bloggy rigmarole

i have about 60 blogs in my bloglines. about 15 of them are personal blogs which update once or twice a week. the rest are bigger ones that post upwards of 20 times a day. they're listed alphabetically but i don't read them that way, i do a lot of jumping around. and in randomly jumping around, i realize i subconsciously read them in just about the same order every single day without particularly meaning to.

i don't necessarily think anyone would be interested in what i'm reading and why. i just wanted to get myself to rationalize, in writing, why the hell i skip around like i do. to see if there's a method to my madness. so today i'm tracking what order i read them in...

in the morning, i like to feel newsy and informed. so first i'll skim the nytimes.

it seems i intend to start at the top of my blogroll...

a feast of crumbs (though a personal blog, it's easy, irreverent and updated several times a day).
above the law (legal gossip)
balkinization (expert essays on a variety of subjects, extremely thoughtful and informative)

then, for some reason, i always head to the bottom of the list and start selectively working my way up doing all the political blogs.

wonkette (d.c. political gossip, snarky)
tpm (josh marshall's political commentary, the ones who outed the AG scandal for what it was)
scotus (everything you need to know about the us supreme court decisions)
techpresident (follows political tech stuff)
politicker (local political news)
openleft (chris bowers and mat stoller's new place for progressive democratic discussion)
opencongress (tracking congress' much needed move towards transparency)
mydd (excellent progressive commentary/calls for action)
eschaton (brief commentary by atrios that always packs a sharp, thinly-veiled punch)
ezra klein (a cute boy who i met at a progressive bloggy event. everything i know about healthcare i learned from him)
daily kos (atrios refers to kos at "orange satan." it's very kos centered but still worth skimming, one of the first and most influential liberal blogs)
daily nightly (the amazing blog of my darling brian williams)

then the snarky gawker empire blogs and other gossip:

racked (nyc retail news)
curbed (nyc real estate)
jezebel (edgy and feministy)
consumerist (empowerment for consumers)
gawker (nyc gossip, media news, my sine qua non)
vulture (new york mag culture blog)
intelligencer (new york mag gossip blog)
superficial (celebrity gossip, hilarious commentary)

then the food blogs:

eater (nyc food/restaurant news)
grub street (ny mag food blog)
midtown lunch (guide for eating lunch in midtown)

these seem to be dessert, i always save them for last:

sartorialist (photog pulling people off the street, taking gorgeous photos)
gofug (hilarity)
dooce (my favorite. her writing is beautiful, her dog is adorable, her child is precocious)

5 people who played with me:

Blogger Cousin said...

Suggested political blog adds or replacements:

Mickey Kaus (on Slate -- a liberal who doesn't suffer from from groupthink or Bay of Pigs syndrom)

Eric Alterman (the depth of Gary Wills...or George F. Will)

The Plank (The New Republic is still the best liberal -- yes, it's liberal -- policy publication going)

At least one conservative blog to know what the right is up to (and a reality check): instapundit or Michelle Malkin. Otherwise the Dems are going to wake up in 2008 and wonder how they could have been so tone-deaf on illegal immigration (and lost their African-American base).

7/25/2007 9:54 AM  
Blogger jazz said...

Cousin: thank you much for the suggestions. i'm not the hugest alterman fan but i'll add the other two for sure.

malkin is just ridiculously annoying. i'd rather go with instapundit. i'll check on drudge occasionally as well...

7/25/2007 10:38 AM  
Blogger Peter DeWolf said...

I am going to assume that you leave my blog open in a tab all the time.

7/25/2007 11:23 AM  
Blogger Joefish said...

Is there any way I can make snarky comments about being an A-lister without sounding like a complete tool?


Hm. Well, pretend I said something clever. ;)

7/26/2007 1:30 AM  
Blogger Joefish said...

(PS - Thanks. :) )

7/26/2007 1:30 AM  

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