Wednesday, January 7, 2009

My Top Blog Picks

The voting for the annual Weblog Awards started yesterday, and I always like voting and seeing the results. There are some good blogs that deserve some votes, so if you get the chance go vote for Ace (Best Conservative Blog), IMAO (Best Humor Blog), Gay Patriot (Best LGBT Blog), Instapundit (Best Major Blog), Ross Douthat (Best Very Large Blog), and Woman Honor Thyself (Best Small Blog).

To mark this occasion, I made a list of my top twenty favorite blogs. Here they are, in somewhat particular order--I wrote them down as I though of them, but I did save my favorites for the top spots.

20. Cracked.com

Maybe not strictly a blog, but it's close enough, and it's funny and surprisingly informative.

19. The Straight Dope

Again, maybe not a blog, but informative. Full of interesting trivia.

18. The Other McCain

Really good analysis and coverage here, and R.S. McCain happens to be the only major blogger who has ever linked one of my posts. (It was the one telling of my experience at a McCain rally). Even when he's not linking to me, he's really good.

17. Daily Dollop

Plebian doesn't update this blog as much as he should, but he gets away with it because he's so hilarious. His political humor is just so-so--his posts about his life are incredibly hilarious. Makes me laugh out loud as much as anyone on the Internet

16. Stuff White People Like

Christian Lander has upper class white culture nailed. Not updated very often, but hilarious when it is.

15. Slate

Not a blog at all, but since it's content is all online I think it's close enough. It's the online version of Time or Newsweek, except more topical and timely, and it more or less admits its bias.

14. IMAO

Would be higher, but Frank J. has really cut down on posting in the last year. Still funny though.

13. NRO's Media Blog

National Review Online has lots of great blogs, and this one keeps up with the media pretty well.

12. 5'3''

Maybe I'm biased since Beth is my oldest blogging friend, but I really enjoy reading her commentary on current events.

11. Science, Pseudoscience, and Irrationalism

Nobody's heard of this blog (or website, if you prefer), but it's the best I've found for debunking pseudoscience and lazy thinking. And the author is a college professor, which proves that not all professors are liberals.

10. Ann Althouse

It seems like Instapundit links to every one of her posts, and I can see why--she's prolific, fun to read, and smart.

9. Doubleplusundead

Sort of an Ace of Spades spinoff, but there's nothing wrong with that, at least when you do it as well as doubleplusundead does. Great lineup of cobloggers.

8. Instapundit

The patriarch of the blogosphere. Best collection of links anywhere.

7. The Next Right

I blog here too, and it's a good site, even if it's maybe a bit "inside baseball" sometimes (I mean, do we need to know every wrinkle of the RNC chairman race). Lots of good ideas here.

6. Hot Air

Great collection of links; great analysis from Allahpundit and Ed Morrisey. One of my favorite sites

5. Iowahawk

The funniest person on the Internet. Every one of his posts makes me laugh out loud. Literally incredibly funny. You have to experience him to appreciate him.

4. National Review Online (main site)

Fantastic collection of columns from the best writers conservatism has. Pretty much the first site I go to.

3. Campaign Spot

Terrific coverage of every bit of campaign news. In the last two months before the election, I don't think I missed a post here--it's that good.

2. Ace of Spades HQ

Funny, sarcastic, insightful--Ace is probably my favorite single blogger. And he has a fantastic group of cobloggers to complement him. Just a wonderful blog.

1. The Corner

About twenty of the best minds conservatism has, blogging on the same blog? It really can't get any better than that.

19 Comments:

At January 8, 2009 at 3:46 AM , Blogger Beth said...

Thank you for the mention, Daniel!

Wow, so many good sounding blogs! I don't think I could keep up with that many, but I will check a few of them out.

 
At January 8, 2009 at 5:24 AM , Blogger David#999 said...

Your choice of "Best" blogs certainly damages your credibility!
How can you possibly include the 5'3 blog by Beth in your best list?
Your failure to recognize a bad blog shows your favoritism to your friends rather than you true feelings about good blogs.
I would admit that your "OTHER" choices were pretty good but to bundle hers with the rest is ridicules.
For example look at here beauties!

Joe the Plumber Update
Joe has become a reporter for a conservative website covering the Israeli conflict!


My coolest Christmas Gift
I got an autographed copy of Glenn Beck's "The Christmas Sweater" in a beautiful red leather box. This is something to truly treasure! I saw his stage show a few years ago, it was awesome!

Now this is not exactly what I would call great Journalism LMAO

I would rather call it
Elementary School Hog Wash.

You’re Only Hurting Yourself by calling this "GOOD"
Ask Yourself this, What response would you think to receive from your readers? They visit your site, and are disappointed at your blog?
They wouldn't want to return!!!

You yourself are a pretty good blogger Danial but please don't be giving advise on other bloggers such as Beth's It only makes YOU look bad.
When you know how to recognize a bad blog and you do so, the correct thing to do is : if you can't say anything good, then don't say anything.

I'm sure that you have heard about "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"
Well Beth's blog is all that except "the good"

Maybe you should have had a category for blog awards for the most and simple useless blogs,rather than interesting. In that case Beth's would be the gold medal winner.

 
At January 8, 2009 at 9:39 AM , Blogger Beth said...

I see what's going on now. It's like grade school boys who really like a girl pretend that they hate her, they tease, maybe pull her pigtails. David's online version of this is to bad mouth me to hide his secret love for me.

Sorry David, I am not interested in you. Notice how I don't visit your blog, because I really couldn't care less about what you write about.

 
At January 8, 2009 at 11:14 AM , Blogger David#999 said...

Danial you said :" Maybe I'm biased since Beth is my oldest blogging friend, but I really enjoy reading her commentary on current events."

Maybe you ARE biased since Beth is your oldest blogging friend.
But how can you honestly say that " you really enjoy reading her commentary on current events."

What current events? This woman/girl/person doesn't know her ass from her elbow when it comes to current events or politics or much else for that matter.
She don't even understand that in my last post that I was being honest about what I said.
I can understand that she is your blogging friend, but please be honest with your readers, (what ever is left of them after you have been deleting their comments) and don't tell us that she rates among the best bloggers.
You know Dan, whenever a blogger writes about blogging,it' has to have some merit in it because the vast majority of your readers are bloggers themselves.

It will either sets people off to join in and talk or it if it is a fact, or it will get people very mad because they will accuse you of being nuts/orbiased or just have poor taste... Bloggers hate to hear from another blogger about bloggers. Geddit?
So, to be a good blogger, one has to try going to the edge. Not just stick to the tried, dull and safe region, about "what I did last summer or the weather here is lousy, otherwise, it is boring.

When I write MY blog, I write with a big ego and I write like the whole world reads it and agree to my thoughts. That is what make a blogger interesting.

Good blog posts are made of multi paragraphs, not one or two lines as the ones I outlined in my previous post. Like
Joe the Plumber Update
Joe has become a reporter for a conservative website covering the Israeli conflict!

Big freaken deal Boy was that exciting and interesting, and you call that one of your favorite bloggers?

Blog posts are written, not defecated. ... Ultimately, a good blogger tries to be interesting and informing with excitement thrown in.
Think about it.

 
At January 8, 2009 at 12:01 PM , Blogger BB-Idaho said...

I was introduced to Dr. Dutch's
'Science, pseudoscience & irrationalism by your site some time back. He claims conservatism, I claim liberalism, but I agree with all his writing...must be centrist and rational?

 
At January 8, 2009 at 12:33 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Maybe you are a closet Conservative, BB, come on over to the Dark Side!

 
At January 8, 2009 at 2:58 PM , Blogger Daniel Ruwe said...

Okay, David, I'll be sure to take Beth off my list of blogs right away. I mean, it says that these blogs are my "favorites", but if Beth doesn't meet with your seal of approval, I won't read her anymore so that she won't be one of my favorites anymore.

These are the blogs I read, whether you like it or not.

 
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