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Personal or group blogs that endlessly write about the world. While these have fallen out of favor in recent years, I think there is a charm to blogging. Much like a ticker tape, we’re always watching its latest output. (If you want to get in on this, see Web/Participate.)

Animalarium

Defunct blog (2009-2014) full of the loveliest sorts of animal illustrations.

theanimalarium.blogspot.com

Box Vox

Randy Ludacer’s box blog. Since 2007. Elucidates the finer points of any kind of packaging or branding, citing mathematical and geometric precedents. Feels very personal and whimsical. This blog is so focused that it can be read out of order and feel very cohesive. (Related: Songs About Packaging, also by Ludacer.)

beachpackagingdesign.com

Agoraroad (NSFW)

This blog covers the dark web, various online scams as well as… vaporwave? I love the look. The guilty pleasure is all mine.

agoraroad.com

Warp Door

Not much commentary—just the very indiest of games. Homemade stuff everyday.

warpdoor.com

The Missing Quests

Plumbing the depths of itch.io. Like try the write-up on Golf: Become Human—a golf/adventure game where you play a human turned golfball on a vaporwave course.

www.themissingquests.com

Read Write Collect

A very active, detailed stream of quotes on education and the Web. I enjoy looking through this.

collect.readwriterespond.com

from here to there

See, a link like this is what makes the Alphanumerics category the best! I doubt many will visit this topic, because it’s quite modest. But Ian Paul Wright’s blog, lavish in its diagrams and munificent in its prose, is about as good as it gets when it comes to Marxist blogs—fun theories crossing math with philosophy. (Via h0p3.)

ianwrightsite.wordpress.com

Meteuphoric

Writings within an approachable, modern kind of philosophy.

meteuphoric.com

Idle Words

The blog of Pinboard’s creator Maciej Cegłowski. Thought-provoking articles and slides. If you read blogs, well, read this. (Maybe try: this talk.)

www.idlewords.com

Messy Nessy Chic

A materialistic view of the 20th Century. Often revisits lost corners of history or lost villages. Always eye-opening.

www.messynessychic.com

Ribbonfarm

Venkatesh Rao and friends write long articles, some of which form ‘blogchains’—a continuous riff on a subject. (Via Nadia E..)

ribbonfarm.com

Fifty-Two Stories

For the years of 2009-2011, this blog posted a short story each week, some classic, some modern. I’m interested in this type of directory-blog hybrid. And I like to find new short stories. (Also, there is an out-of-print collection The Stories of Denton Welch that is probably my very favorite collection.)

www.fiftytwostories.com

Sleepingfish

From my very good friend Nathan—you’d love him: “Very experimental stuff from Calamari Press (Gary Lutz, David Ohle [remember that little book, Motorman?]). Lots of brutalist ASCII found-poem objects, ephemera, and visual bleeps.” This could go in Visuals/Zines or Stories/Poems, too.

www.calamaripress.com

Fafblog!

The whole world’s only source for Fafblog.

fafblog.blogspot.com

The Mookse and the Gripes

Reviews of Marie NDiaye novels, Robert Walser, César Aira. I haven’t read Alice Munro, but I really admire the detailed reviews here of her short story collections. Maybe I’m wrong, but I also sense that this blog doesn’t destroy books with criticism—it always feels constructive. I’m generally against reviews unless the critic is very careful.

If you’re into Marie NDaiye, I like this interview with translator Jordan Stump and I like this group discussion about her work—the format and the length are generous. Wish I had interviews with NDiaye to link to. (See also: Dr Tony Shaw, thoughts on NDiaye and many other French writers.)

mookseandgripes.com

Normal Horoscopes

Aries: You’ve got some frog skeletons AND a matchbook. You are fuckin set aries. You’re good, nothing can stop you.”

(Also, by Dane Asmund: DOGS the gaem.)

normal-horoscopes.tumblr.com

Dark Dorset

Mysteries and apparitions of a certain English county.

darkdorset.blogspot.com

... my passion for ethiopian music ...

Hey, alright! Focused on Ethiopian music specifically—and instruments, too: heard of the krar or the washint? (Count me as another who has found themselves lost in the musical tunnels of Mulatu Astatke.) Some good mixes on here, if you want to feel your way around.

ethio-pain-music.blogspot.com

*IT CAME FROM...

Interviews and fantasies re: sci-fi and horror films of yore. What can I say? It’s like candy floss. (Via Things.)

itcamefromblog.com

Vaporwave Van Gogh

A stehtic. And Geocities treasures. Like a little plastic chest of jewels.

vaporwave-van-gogh.tumblr.com

Simon Griffee

I don’t get photography, like, at all—there is just so much of it now and I have a hard time telling what’s special. I think Simon has a lot of great pictures—but, again, it’s hard for me to tell if it’s the black-and-white or if some postprocessing is done. Whatever—not my territory. But I am blown away by the volume of tags here. It’s odd: I feel like this extreme number of tags actually makes them each more interesting. I wonder how one keeps track of this level of categorization.

www.simongriffee.com

5ense

A webzine of nonsense, arcane notebooks, txt-style vernacular (trading ‘lols’ for ‘bedder-’), beat-up cassettes by (mostly?) Derek White. It feels Irish to me, all the best things in life do. I’m new to this, but it’s been around since 2003! The new project for 2018 is to walk all of Rome.

www.5cense.com

kuš!

An international comics anthology—count on a wide variety of surprising styles. Even more in the zine vein is their buddy Popper.

kushkomikss.blogspot.com

Brad Enslen

I bounce ideas back-and-forth with this fellow. He blogs about web directories and web search—but in an effort to understand how else we could be doing this. Our conversations led me to make this directory.

ramblinggit.com

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

I don’t know Kathleen—she’s a professor and writer—but I’ve been enjoying her posts about The Web.

kfitz.info

The History of the Web

Combination blog and timeline of the World Wide Web’s history. Not only a good dose of nostalgia, but a formidable use of hypertext itself.

thehistoryoftheweb.com

Imperica

There is nothing that is above or below discussion here. Anything campy, mainstream, academic, miniscule or off-topic. There is no such thing as off-topic I think. My favorite here is the ‘web curios’—incredibly detailed link roundups, like you’ve never seen before. These are the best: you find new gems, you get a historical snapshot of the week, and it’s all just thoroughly entertaining.

www.imperica.com

A List Apart

Gotta give props to a blog that goes back to the '90s. Maybe I’m wrong, but it seemed like this blog was a major force in steering Web technology. Exactly the kind of force needed in the Indieweb.

alistapart.com

Kottke.org

Feelings of reverence must be conjoured for this simple—and exhaustive—personal blog that has made its way here from 1998. Still fresh. (Nod to Boing Boing as well for surviving with dignity, those I miss it’s earlier, denser design.) Kottke is a specific kind of personal blog: the individual gazing upon the world with awe.

kottke.org

Raven Sings the Blues

Introduced me to such wonders as King Gizzard’s In Your Mind Fuzz, Veronica Falls, The Fresh & Onlys. But, actually, I think this blog was a large inspiration for this directory. The writing, the selections and the variety of feature segments on RSTB all aspire to a high quality. And, even though music blogs get easily caught up in recency, RSTB covers a lot of reissues and revisiting of old gems, bygone stories. The Internet can be so damned frantic that it forgets to settle down and be timeless.

ravensingstheblues.com