Meme: Blogs that Make Me Think
I’m horrible at responding to memes, but I can’t start them with a good conscience unless I also participate. I was tagged by Jason and Elaine (and fjetsam) with the Thinking Blog meme. I may have been tagged by someone else as well (leave a comment if so!) but it got lost because I didn’t track it.
The Rules of the Meme
If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog).
What makes a Thinking Blog for me isn’t so much that it makes me think as that it has a distinct voice and challenges popular opinions. If you maybe think about why I don’t agree with you then that’s an A+ in my books.
I’m legally forced to read the new Dilbert comic every day or else I lose my engineer designation, but reading his blog is something I do by choice. I do not follow mainstream news, so reading Scott Adams’ twisted take on news events is how I “keep current”. I’m particularly fond of his own brand of philosotainment: “philosophy for the sole purpose of entertainment, not enlightenment.”
Found a few gems in there.
It’s always weird to read a blog by someone who can actually write. There is a stark contrast in writing style. Nicholas Carr always takes a very contrary view to the pro-technology hype, and that is something I can appreciate to keep me grounded. Unfortunately I don’t read him regularly anymore because he doesn’t use full RSS feeds.
I respect how passionate he is about web technology and learning everything he possibly can about it, and how he often goes against popular opinion and criticizes the entrenched incumbents of blogging. I don’t always agree with him, but I always feel like I’ve learned something.
Giles is a new discovery for me via Raganwald. I find I’m linking to him at least once a week in my Best of Feeds series. He’s a Ruby programmer and a screenwriter. Definitely more interesting to read than your average programming blog.