6 Amazing Bloggers You've Never Heard Of

by derek on April 19, 2011 · 18 comments

The following are a handful of bloggers that you most likely have never heard of before now. Some of them are still active, others have left their blogs alive, but no longer blog. They blog about a variety of subjects, including: design, politics, Web 2.0, sports, culture, and technology.
This group includes bloggers who I’ve followed for quite some time, and whose opinions about blogging I respect quite a lot. Hopefully, you can learn a few tricks from their blogs!
1. Riverbend of the now defunct Baghdad Burning
Iraqi blogger Riverbend, the author of the blog Baghdad Burning, blogged from August of 2003 until November of 2007 regarding her life and experiences living in Baghdad after U.S. forces occupied the city and surrounding country. She was twenty four when she first began posting her updates from the city; eventually the violence in Baghdad became too much for her family, so they fled to Syria.
The final post on her blog tells about her journey out of Iraq. Much of the content of the blog covers politics, violence, and ‘ordinary life’ in the city. The blog became a huge draw for readers interested in the Iraq war, and many of Riverbend’s writings created controversy within the mainstream news media.
In 2005, Feminist Press published the blog in book form as two volumes: Baghdad Burning and Baghdad Burning II. The book won third place for the Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage.
2. Jason Kottke of kottke.org
Jason Kottke began blogging in 1998 and had won a Lifetime Achievement Award as a blogger within five years. His site, kottke.org, remains a constant source of information for Web 2.0 bloggers interested in what he refers to as the ‘liberal arts.’
He posts interesting links, blogging and design information, ‘how-to’ features, and other notable things. He is also an accomplished coder and web designer. You can learn quite a lot about how to present yourself as a blogger and what sorts of things attract interested audiences by following his blog.
3. Bethlehem Shoals of the now defunct FreeDarko
With FreeDarko, Bethlehem Shoals (also known as Nathaniel Friedman) did for sports blogging what Jason Kottke did for Web 2.0 blogging. Founded in 2005, FreeDarko quickly became one of the most-cited alternative NBA blogs, getting nods from the likes of ESPN Magazine and Sports Illustrated for its zany and hilarious coverage of all things related to professional basketball.
Although the site is now closing down so that Shoals and the other writers can pursue full-time sports journalism at other greater media outlets, its archives are still accessible. I recommend the hilarious Dinosaur Draft.
4. Jean Aw of NotCot.org
Design freaks love the work that the twenty-eight year old self-confessed design nerd Jean Aw does with the NotCot network. Her main site, NotCot.org, is not quite a blog so much as an aggregated source of amazing and beautiful design work from all sorts of designers, artists, musicians, and other creative types.
She launched NotCot.org in 2005, but it wasn’t until 2006 that it really grew into its own as a design-related resource site. Notable for how it emphasizes imagery in its layout, NotCot.org is a must-visit site if you’re at all interested in learning how Jean Aw has managed to make images the highlight of her blogging experience.
5. Carles of Hipster Runoff
The anonymous Carles has turned blogging into a cultural act in and of itself. He not only covers culture, both mainstream and alternative, on his blog, but he also manages to make fun of it with a constantly self-referential set of ironic meta-observations about what blogging really means ‘in real life.’
Although often hard to follow, Hipster Runoff is a good example of how a blogger can use the internet to essentially convert his online persona into a never-ending meme.
6. Alexis Madrigal of The Atlantic
Senior Editor Alexis Madrigal not only edits The Atlantic and writes books, he also posts consistently about technology at The Atlantic blog.
I’m always amazed by the breadth of the subject matter he posts, from this post about a mechanical productivity desk from the 19th century to this post about Google’s new algorithm. His knowledge of technology and his ability to keep up with everything in the tech world is an inspiration to other bloggers.
Author By-line:
Alvina Lopez is a freelance writer and blog junkie, who blogs about accredited online colleges.  She welcomes your comments at her email Id: alvina.lopez [at] gmail.com.

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Shivam Garg April 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Hi Derek,
Thanks for providing the information.I liked Jason Kottke’s blog.They were fantastic and basically the one with title How buildings move.

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Monica J. Hausman April 26, 2011 at 5:18 am

This is a great list, I especially liked bagdhad burning, the last post when she was packing her bags touched me most. I have yet to see the other blogs, the descriptions were awesome, notcot is eyecandy. Totally a bookedmarked post.

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andi@cars-editions April 26, 2011 at 10:40 am

Very detailed study of higher earning blogger.I am inspired from your article and now I will work more hard and smart on my blog.I have studied that most of the blogger give up after some time.The only thing I have learnt so far is that blogging needs time and hard work.It is not as easy as people think at the start of blog.Everybody should work hard if he/she wants to become a successful blogger.

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Gold Star May 1, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I just added the blogs to my bookmarks. 🙂 I love reading new and nice things on blogs. The variability of articles makes blogs stand out from the rest. Just like your log Derek. 🙂

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Online Opportunities May 2, 2011 at 8:59 am

All of them seems great blogs, the only one that I know about is Baghdad Burning and it really made a diference to learn what is happening in Iraq from someone who lives there and not from the media.
I will certainly check and the others thanks for sharing!

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Settlement Purchaser May 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm

These all seem like great blogs. I am especially excited to check out FreeDarko. thanks for the list of new people to check out.

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Dianne@Sunbury apartment rentals May 13, 2011 at 10:43 pm

I actually went to all the blogs of the listed persons above and I have to agree, they are all good. I hope they will soon be known be everyone aspiring to have a good blog too. Now, I have a new list to follow.

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Plasma_LED May 27, 2011 at 10:37 am

These all seem like great blogs. I am especially excited to check out FreeDarko. thanks for the list of new people to check out.

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David@Rift leveling June 1, 2011 at 1:19 am

Hello, everyone, I am David and I am relatively new to the internet. As you can imagine , I don’t know too much about any of this yet but I am learning. I think that bloggers are some of the most helpful people there are. They are where I get all of my information. Thank You for this great post.

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John@cash renegade June 7, 2011 at 6:48 am

I also have set of bloggers whom I follow regularly. Its always a great delight to learn and get inspired by our fellow bloggers.
Never heard and I’m sure I never ever visited these 6 blogs. Thanks for recommending these sites. Just visited notcot.org for first time and absolutely loved it.

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Tim June 12, 2011 at 8:26 am

I love finding new resources, too. Like you, I found Notcot the most interesting, and had quite a good look at it. Really interesting to see how a site with largely images can rank very highly for some quite competitive, and disparate, search terms. Something I can learn from, and I’m sure many others, too!
Beetle jewelry was fascinating to me as I’d seen it on CSI, but didn’t think it was real. The rich truly are different, are they not?

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nanm June 24, 2011 at 4:13 am

I would like to see all these blogs and I am going to bookmark all these blogs as I think they seem very handy and I always look for such things from which i can learn something new.

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LED_Lights_Man June 24, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Hi Derek,
Thanks for providing the information.I liked Jason Kottke’s blog.They were fantastic and basically the one with title How buildings move.

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Victor Jacobs@Cadouri July 23, 2011 at 12:06 am

Indeed 6 AMAZING bloggers I’ve never heard of, but now I heard and know their blogs thanks to you. Talking about those 6 bloggers, I think that each blogger is special, unique and great but my favourite is Jean Aw I think. Thanks for sharing!

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roppets@roppets July 27, 2011 at 4:03 am

kottke.org is amazing! pr 7!! omg! Gotta learn a lot from this guy.

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cure cold sores August 7, 2011 at 12:59 am

My name is Sally and I really appreciate the information as every little bit helps. I am new to this business but am learning a lot from bloggers.
Thanks for this post,
Sally R.

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Brian Kinkade@elizabeth real estate August 9, 2011 at 7:28 am

I like Jason Kottke’s blog. I actually have heard about this guy before. I like the blogs and videos that he posts. I’ll go check the rest out. Thanks for the list!

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Kirill@Детская одежда January 25, 2012 at 8:47 am

I am also bookmarked kottke’s blog, thanks for sharing. Other blogs are interesting too. Btw somebody mentionedit is PR 7… it is eight now! wow

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