Up And Coming Blogs

by John Hawkins | May 13, 2003 1:27 pm

Up And Coming Blogs: As all of you must have figured out, I have to sort through a tremendous amount of material every day to put together the daily news and come up with fresh topics to discuss. Because of that, I often come across a lot of quality blogs that haven’t really made it to the “big time” yet (let’s call 700 – 800 uniques per day “big time”). Well, those blogs deserve a little more attention and who better in the blogging world to give it to them than me? Yeah I know, Glenn Reynolds[1], Andrew Sullivan[2], James Lileks[3], Sean Paul Kelley[4], etc, etc, — in short any of the bloggers who pull more traffic than me. Still, I’m sure none of these blogs will complain about the traffic and if Andrew, Glenn, James, Sean-Paul and company (along with anybody else who takes a notion) link this post on RWN, then maybe I can get more traffic they can help these deserving bloggers as well!

Some of the blogs are “linkers”, meaning that they focus on belting out a lot of posts with minimal commentary. Betsy’s Page[5], Crooow Blog[6], Inoperable Terran[7], & Joyful Christian[8] all fall into that category. Pages like this can become very popular, but it can also be hard for them to get traction at first because they don’t have a lot of content for other bloggers to link directly.

Others seem to have been around a for a long time…well at least for the internet…without getting the credit they deserve. Crooow Blog[6], The Daily Rant[9], Curmudgeonly & Skeptical[10], & Ipse Dixit[11] all probably fall into this category.

I almost decided to leave out some of the blogs that advertise with me, but heck, why should they be penalized for that of all things? Especially when I gave Electric Kate[12] & Zogby Blog[13] free advertising last month because I liked their blogs and had unsold space available. On the other hand, they both bought slots this month (last month was the only time I haven’t sold out the button ads) so I guess it worked out for the best. Solomonia[14] & Ravenwood’s Universe[15] (who has improved his blog a lot recently) both deserve to be mentioned as well.

Then there’s The Lemon[16]. I liked what they were doing so much I asked and received permission to use their material. I’m telling you, they’re funny and they’re going to grow. Take it from someone who said the same thing about IMAO[17] & Scrappleface[18] before they took off.

Israpundit[19] deserves a mention too. There are several well written Israeli blogs, but only Israpundit[19] is updated enough these days to really deserve to make the list.

I also can’t forget Balloon Juice[20], Conservative Commentary[21], Hootinian[22], & Little Tiny Lies[23]. All of them deserve a plug.

So if you’re looking for some excellent new reading material on the web, today’s your lucky day. I’d encourage you to take a look at all of these blogs and see if they’re worth a bookmark.

Endnotes:
  1. Glenn Reynolds: http://instapundit.com/
  2. Andrew Sullivan: http://www.andrewsullivan.com
  3. James Lileks: http://www.lileks.com/
  4. Sean Paul Kelley: http://www.agonist.org/
  5. Betsy’s Page: http://betsyspage.blogspot.com/
  6. Crooow Blog: http://www.tvh.blogspot.com/
  7. Inoperable Terran: http://terran.godmonkey.com/
  8. Joyful Christian: http://joyfulchristian.blogspot.com/
  9. The Daily Rant: http://www.jaycaruso.com/
  10. Curmudgeonly & Skeptical: http://www.terpsboy.com/
  11. Ipse Dixit: http://www.cdharris.net/
  12. Electric Kate: http://www.electricvenom.com/
  13. Zogby Blog: http://zogby.blogspot.com/
  14. Solomonia: http://www.solomonia.com/blog/
  15. Ravenwood’s Universe: http://www.ravnwood.com/
  16. The Lemon: http://www.thelemon.net/issues/index.php
  17. IMAO: http://www.imao.us
  18. Scrappleface: http://www.scrappleface.com
  19. Israpundit: http://www.israpundit.blogspot.com/
  20. Balloon Juice: http://www.balloon-juice.com/
  21. Conservative Commentary: http://conservativecommentary.blogspot.com/
  22. Hootinian: http://www.hootinan.com/
  23. Little Tiny Lies: http://www.littletinylies.com/

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