Web/Blog

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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.)

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.)

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.

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.)

Messy Nessy Chic

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

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.)

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.

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.)

Lotlaxolotl

Animal, pop, and game imagery. But imagery of all manner. No memes. Perhaps they could be, if we tried harder.

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.

5¢ense

A webzine of nonsense, arcane notebooks, txt-style vernacular (trading ‘lols’ for ‘bedder-½’), 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.

kuš!

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

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.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

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

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.

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.

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.