Fun Friday: Blogs We Read

I am going with another reader suggestion for fun friday. Blog discovery is still too hard. There are so many great blogs out there and it is still too hard to find them.

So today we will list blogs we read that folks might not know about.

I will start it off with a few that I enjoy:

The Gurgling Cod – written by a friend's brother. It's mostly about food, but also veers into culture and politics from time to time.

Techman's World – written by AVC community member Michael Hazell. It's mostly tech reviews, news, and commentary.

Tracey Talks – written by screenwriter and author Tracey Jackson. Tracey Talks is a wide ranging blog about life, culture, and other interesting stuff.

Arnold's Wine Blog – everyone here knows Arnold. And Arnold knows wine. Enough said.

Becker Posner Blog – written by University of Chicago Professors Richard Posner and Gary Becker. This is the home of serious thought on the web. Amazing stuff. – nobody does the "picture plus a few choice words" thing better than Andy.

So those are a few of my regular reads that folks might not be reading and should. Now we open it up for everyone to chime in with their favorite blogs that folks might now know about.


Comments (Archived):

  1. Vinay Pai

    I follow pretty religiously during election season. It’s got a map of likely distribution of electoral votes based per-state polling data, and some pretty in-depth and insightful analysis of political issues of the day.

  2. kidmercury

    i cut down significantly on blog reading, subscribing mainly to aggregators or larger news organizations. john hagel — — is a big favorite of mine in the internet space. jim sinclair — — and martin armstrong — — for global economy and financial markets.

    1. fredwilson

      good ones!

    2. raycote

      Thanks for pointing me @ edgeperspectives.typepad.comFirst read = “From Race Against the Machine to Race With the Machine”Great stuff !

  3. John Best

    Open right now in Opera I have: (obviously), Mark Suster’s, Rohan’s, GG’s, and Brad Feld’s These are all regular fixtures for me.Others I dip in and out of.

    1. fredwilson


    2. Rohan

      Wow. Such exhalted company. I am honored, John!And I think Fred is expressing his shock.. haha

      1. John Best

        It’s one of my first stops in the morning. I like it because it so obviously open and personal, and regardless of whether I think I have something to contribute, it gets my mind working. All credit to you.

  4. Rohan

    Ah. Thanks Fred. :)My favorites – Seth Godin’s Blog – Right up there – Suster used to be up there but he blogs less these days – http://www.bothsidesoftheta…Bijan Sabet – Feld – like Study Hacks by Cal Newport – blogs – I have a whole host of them on my reader so will probably list the regular ones – Charlie’s blog – http://diggingintwo.blogspo…Aaron – not as regular as before but still around – Swan – http://www.andyswan.comJan Schutlink – http://blog.ideatransplant….Kevin Marshall – (I realize I forgot this one on my initial list)

    1. falicon

      Hey thanks for the late addition!I’m often leading up the rear…especially these days as I’m out trying to help my son train a bit for Cross-country (I’ve discovered I’m not anywhere near in the shape my brain thinks I am)…so last, but eventually there, is something I’m getting used to πŸ˜‰

      1. Rohan

        Hehe. I was picking up a few blogs from my Google Reader real quick! And I’m sure I missed a few more..And about shape, I like this quote (surprise surprise)’I am in shape. Round is a shape’

  5. kenberger

    Other blogs?! I’m only on AVC all day !

  6. Paul Sanwald

    my favorite jazz blog is ethan iverson’s “do the math”: plays piano with the bad plus, and does deep listening/writing/research.

    1. fredwilson

      ooh. i had not heard of this one. thanks!

    1. jonathan hegranes

      One of my favorite Sunday reads!

    2. fredwilson

      nice call emily

    3. Luis Alberola

      yes, a great one, almost a daily read for me !

  7. Steve Evans

    Some great suggestions here! Particularly like Arnolds Wine, which I hadn’t seen before.I have been reading/viewing Tokyobling’s blog for ages: http://tokyobling.wordpress… Great photography, insights into Japanese culture and easy reading.The rest of the time I tend to be writing at which is not quite such easy viewing πŸ™‚

    1. fredwilson

      tokyo bling is awesome. our family is headed to tokyo at year end and this is going into my daily reads

      1. kirklove

        So jealous. Tokyo is number one on my list of to-get-to’s.

  8. falicon

    I hear there’s a really cool new search related service that some blogs are installing which has the long term potential side effect of being great for long tail blog discovery. :-)Shameless half-plug aside, I’ve really been enjoying from Rohan as well…for MMA stuff I read daily (among a few others)…for forward web-thinking, I absolutely love Whitney’s blog at (though he doesn’t blog nearly enough)…and for mobile stuff I devour all of Luke W.’s stuff at

    1. Rohan

      Lol. Maybe we should have a tumblr – 100 creative shameless plugs

      1. falicon

        Shameless is how I roll πŸ™‚

    2. fredwilson

      nice plug. well played!

      1. Techman

        Yeah, is a pretty cool search engine. I just hopped on board a few days ago, and it is so cool that it can index comments.

    3. Mark Essel

      ++ for A learning a day. I can’t even escape it no matter how busy I get, it finds my inbox.

      1. Laurent Boncenne

        Your blog is a worthy mention too! ( for those who don’t know)Lots of interesting reads =)

        1. falicon


        2. Mark Essel

          Thanks, but I hardly post anymore. I have fun reading my old ones though.

          1. Laurent Boncenne

            I know, you switched sometime last year and I like to think it was a good experiment on your side, I hope to see more interviews, those were very truthful and enlightening

  9. Abdallah Al-Hakim

    I am sure I have forgotten some important ones but here is my initial list in no particular order:Mark Suster – http://www.bothsidesoftheta…Brad Feld – North – (number of different contributors with Canadian focus)Bijan Sabit – Yoskovitz: MacLeod – (excellent sections on SaaS)Chris Dixon – Wilson’s AVC – AVC.comAlbert Wenger – O’Donnell – http://www.thisisgoingtobeb

    1. William Mougayar

      Are you stalking VCs? πŸ˜‰

      1. Abdallah Al-Hakim

        I never thought of it in such a way but it does look like I am πŸ™‚ I am definitely interested in startups and VC relationships which is probably why I have tended to follow such posts. Unfortunately, VCs with good blogs posts are not a common place and that’s why these standout for me

  10. Abdallah Al-Hakim

    I am a bit biased but this will also be a good exercise for Engagio users to check their own top sites they interact on as well as top sites their contacts interact on. This should reveal some of their favourite blog posts. It will be heavily biased towards those posts using Disqus but it should still be very useful

  11. Rick Fisher

    Tyler Cowen

    1. fredwilson

      good oneat the top of tyler’s blog roll is Becker Posner

    1. fredwilson

      i like Kedrosky

  12. awaldstein

    Blog discovery is tough.I find that the circle, even with great tools like William’s, is smaller and more ingrained than I thought.The ones I frequent the most are:-Charlie’s as he just speaks from the heart every day and each gesture in response is a conversation:http://diggingintwo.blogspo…-Aaron’s corporate blog as I’m not as smart as i should be on financial matters. He gets the consumerization of investing better than anyone: cause his rants on community from a developer’s perspective connect with my community obsession:'s cause he just cuts through

    1. andyidsinga

      Like Charlie’s too – its good stuff.

  13. Laurent Boncenne

    If I had to mention just one: – Possibly one of the greatest blogs out there! Lots of it applicable to business and entrepreneurship as a whole and a fascinating reading each time!some recommended articles (warning, can be quite lengthy, but definitely worth the time…):”How and Why to write your own personal manifesto ” –… (and as a bonus:… Invictus a poem by William Ernest Henley)”The Art of wordly wisdom” –…”The Generations of Men: How the Cycles of History Shape Your Values, Your Idea of Manhood, and Your Future” –… (refers to the Strauss-Howe Generational Theory, very interesting primer)”A Man Is Punctual: The Importance of Being on Time” –…”A Man Is Punctual: The Reasons You’re Late and How to Always Be on Time” –…”Count No Man Happy Until the End Is Known” –

    1. ErikSchwartz

      AoM is awesome.

      1. Laurent Boncenne

        It is indeed! Glad I’m not the only one here =)

    2. fredwilson

      wow. that’s a new one for me. thanks

      1. Laurent Boncenne

        Ha! Great! Let me know what you think of it when you have the time to read one of the articles =)

    3. Dan Lewis

      I loved their “how to whistle through your fingers” post.

      1. Donna Brewington White

        I hope this is literal. I would so love to add this to my skill set. I was thrilled when my NYC hotel doorman actually did this to hail a taxi for me.

          1. Donna Brewington White

            Thank you!

    4. William Mougayar

      Pas mal cette liste. Merci.

    1. fredwilson

      well done. a ton of good stuff in here Erik

    1. fredwilson

      thanks. i’ve been looking for ways to connect to the queens food scene

  14. Roger Ellman as Emily mentioned is fresh fodder for a fresh brain! My daily diet of quirkiness might help a few, less a blog, more a tuning fork for the whole person http://www.therepliesbook.comAnd, the entrepreneurial/VC blogs mentioned here all add to the delight of being informed and sometimes challenged.A couple more to go: for good collections of quotes and thought-prompting, and then, for those who ever need to get a message across in writing is a concise and helpful coach.

  15. karen_e

    Favorite obsessions besides AVC?,, and the usual mainstream and business press outlets.

    1. fredwilson

      you gotta love the sartorialist

    2. Cam MacRae

      I like The Sartorialist too. I’m also a big fan of

      1. ShanaC

        i like lookbook on tumblr. But I’ll never look like a lookbook-er

  16. mikenolan99 – James does a great job of “bleeding” – he writes from the gut every day.… – Got to love Seth…… – NYT corner office article – Dharmesh Shah’s great start up bloghttp://pogue.blogs.nytimes…. – Love David Pogue’s tech insights column – Penelope has great insights. She came to my class last year and shocked every student – but each one valued her time and talent!

  17. Ryan Frew

    http://www.goodmorningandgoodnight…No thought involved – just refreshing photos, quotes, songs, videos, and other tidbits. Great brain food in the morning. Unfortunately, Basheer Tome, who curates it, has stopped posting fresh content. Still loads to look at though.I also swing by every once in a while.

    1. fredwilson

      is Basheer done?

      1. Ryan Frew

        With the blog? Yes. We’ve explored the possibilities of me taking it over but he’s protective of his baby and it’s probably too much of a time commitment. He was getting a staggering number of visitors per month on average when he finished. Long term though, “done” is not the word to use to describe Basheer. He’s going to accomplish huge, huge things.

        1. fredwilson

          that’s too bad. he is good.

  18. Rohan

    Another Fun Friday Suggestion for next time: Favorite 5 twitter people you follow πŸ™‚

  19. Mat Mullen

    Outside of the tech and vc blogs listed here, I’m a big fan of:… – favorite news photography blog – Great for new music – just for entertainment

    1. fredwilson

      The Big Picture is awesome

      1. Mat Mullen

        The original editor left and moved over to the Atlantic and is doing the same this there as well –

        1. karen_e

          Yeah, Alan Taylor has to be credited with inventing it.

        2. fredwilson

          Thanks. I had no idea

    2. Sam Parker

      For food, I’m a big fan of individual city blogs ( are each written pretty much solo by an editor so they have a pretty personal feel for a (niche) network.

      1. ShanaC

        racked by the same crowd has a similar awesome feeling!

      2. fredwilson

        The Gotham Gal (and therefore me too) has an investment in Curbed, the parent of Racked, Eater, and Curbed

    1. fredwilson

      Andy and Jerry are the same kind of person

  20. ShanaC

    Hmmplanet money is among my favorite blogs in the world I think I’ve learned more about economics and daily life from them than any other site ever!I generally check on Tablet ( and The atlantic pretty regularly.I’m also a big fan of Heshy Fried’s frumsatire ( and dovbear ( Occasionally I’ll take a look at Unpious ( But those I think are going to be particular to me. I also regularly check in on the the forward’s sisterhood blog, for similar reasons. I think sometimes I just want to eyeroll at the internet.I have a deep abiding love for The Gotham Gal who needs no introduction – good food and good reads on urban life. Smitten Kitchen has lots of yummy food, including a great recipe for kale chips.Satorialist has already come up – hasn’t. I also love the moment by the NYTimes. I avoid reading them too much because they give me the wants. Not so good :)Also – hyperallegic ( for art. Definitely one of the best art blogs out there.

    1. fredwilson

      Great list shana

  21. ShanaC

    Ooo, I also forgot that the first blog that I used to read – yutopia ( is still publishing, albeit in podcast form most of the time. He’s a good friend of mine now. And umm, I’m looking to set him up with a girlfriend….

  22. Tracey Jackson

    Thank you so much for including me in this list Fred. I am truly honored. I came out of the gym and my Chartbeat alert was in overdrive. I had not read my mornings blogs yet so didn’t know the heavy traffic came from you…You made my week!

    1. fredwilson

      You’ve been AVC’d

      1. Techman

        Your listing of my blog did the same — now I hope that I have caught some more regular readers. Once again, I thank you a lot.

  23. Mark Essel

    Great post idea. New blog discovery can always use a kick in the ass.

  24. Max Yoder

    If you’re interested in economics, Greg Mankiw’s blog is a must-read: http://gregmankiw.blogspot.comIn college, Professor Mankiw’s textbooks were the only ones I ever read for fun.

    1. ShanaC

      i loved that textbook!

      1. Max Yoder

        Don’t make decisions without it πŸ™‚

  25. William Mougayar

    Aside from the usual suspects already mentioned here, I tend to follow post links that Engagio is discovering for me. That said, here are additional outliers I like to read:Anil Dash Dashes (Extremely well written)Jay Rosen Press Think (if you can put up with the occasional rant)Vinnie Mirchandani Deal Architect http://dealarchitect.typepa… and New Florence (Vinnie is really good)David Winer

    1. fredwilson

      Winer is one of my role models. I read him back in the mid 90s when email was his form of publishing

      1. William Mougayar

        I agree. My first blog was on @davewiner platform Radio Userland and Manila. I just googled and found indexed entries with my old Radio Userland site dating to 2003.

    2. panterosa,

      @wmoug:disqus “Aside from the usual suspects already mentioned here, I tend to follow post links that Engagio is discovering for me.”Me too, William. Engagio’s morning shot leads me to places I’d otherwise not stop by. AVC is truly my central blog. I wish Jerry would post more since that was my first favorite blog. I read so little, I mainly look at pictures. I always have to tell the judge that when I am on jury duty. They look at me like I am so dumb I can’t read. Even more so when I am a blonde.

      1. William Mougayar

        Thanks PT. Nudge Jerry. I’ve never been on JD but got the pre-selected letter twice then nothing.

  26. gorbachev

    You know, I don’t really read blogs. Don’t get me wrong, I read a LOT of blog posts. I’m an information junkie of the worst kind.But these days I follow people either on G+ or Twitter, and I read interesting articles they post wherever they are. A lot of the content I read this way concentrates on the same sources, though:AlterNet.orgTechDirtI wish the various services creating news feeds from Twitter were more mature (and/or while claiming to be mobile, only support iOS devices). I’d love to use and Prismatic on my Android phone, but apparently Apple == mobile.I also subscribe to Hacker News RSS feed, and pick up any interesting articles that pop up.There are a few blogs I read regularly though.AVC (duh)Glenn Greenwald’s blog previously on and now in GuardianMatt Taibbi at RollingStone.comTechCrunchColossal (

    1. falicon

      +1 – he’s a master at adding entertainment to quality information…makes for a fun & educational read πŸ˜‰

  27. William Carleton

    Did not know that Posner had resumed regular blogging! Great to know.Three current favorites of mine:The Past Isn’t Past – – US Historian Mark Byrnes has an uncanny ability to put current events (mostly political) into the context of US history, You end up feeling like we as a society are still working out issues that have been on the table for two centuries.Crowdfunding Law –… – This is THE place to go to continually refresh on what has happened in the equity crowdfunding movement in the last month or two. The site is written by Paul Spinrad, who has just the very right spirit of openness, evenhandedness, and inclusiveness to survey where things stand, who is doing what,James Fallows’ Atlantic blog –… – The pop up ads can drive you crazy but Fallows delivers new content all the time and gets real, writing with a passion about flying (he is a pilot) as well as the other things you’d both expect and NOT expect he’d cover as a national pundit.

    1. fredwilson

      Good ones

  28. mikenolan99

    How about some ideas for blog readers? I want to move from browser to iPad to iPhone… I use iGoogle homepage, but need a better solution.Any ideas?

    1. fredwilson

      Device or web service?

      1. mikenolan99

        Either or both… I guess in the perfect world it would be a web service with a cool app as well for the mobile devices.

        1. fredwilson

          i guess google reader would be my suggestion

    2. sprugman

      There are numerous apps available for ios that use google reader for synchronizing. I use one called mobileRSS. It’s on both devices.(Wow, typing in disqus is awful in safari on iPad!)

  29. felixc

    There are plenty of great recommendations here including comments.+1 on Becker Posner blog.A few additions for the list:- Signal vs. Noise, the blog from 37Signals: James Fallows, writer at The Atlantic:

  30. Anuj Agarwal

    AVC is turning out to be a wealth of information like Wikipedia. Great post Fred!

  31. Techman

    Oh, you mentioned my blog! Thanks @fredwilson:disqus . Due to your post, my blog stats have sky rocketed. My page view line chart almost went straight up.Yes, you are right — blog discovery is a hard thing to do. Most of the time you would either have to mention your blog (and hope that people don’t interpret it as spam), or pay for advertising. You should do more of these. I didn’t even know you read my blog on a normal basis.Here is a URL of my current stats as of today.

    1. falicon


      1. Techman

        Thanks @falicon:disqus .

        1. falicon

          I especially like/appreciate that you shared the graph…so cool when you get random and unexpected spikes like that (also very rare in my experience);-)

          1. Techman

            Oh, and those stats are already outdated. I got more traffic too that Blogger didn’t register on my dashboard at the time.

    2. fredwilson

      you linked to it a while back and i started readingi think that’s the best way to get readers

      1. Techman

        Yeah, linking is good. The thing about it is that you risk your links being considered as spam. I’m glad that you are a regular, I am honored!

    1. fredwilson

      great ones Ian

  32. miguelsampedro

    There is a ton of great blogs listed below so I’ll only list 2 blogs I love to spend time reading and letting my mind fly away. As the creator says: “blog that explores the intersection of art, design, and physical craft” Simple, clean and itimate interviews with very nice photos.Thanks for the vast knowledge you put here on AVC.Cheers from Argentina!

  33. Michael Years

    I’ve been helping out on a blog that started this year in April. I really like the guy behind it (Mason Myers) – Mason has been an entrepreneur the majority of his career – I think his involvement with the National Holistic Institute is worthy of taking note – While many private post secondary schools have seen major setbacks due to political and economic climates, NHI (a California massage therapy school) has continued to grow and expand – I think partly due to Mason’s approach on things like leadership, culture, and business in general. Mason makes practical observations and provides insights into the things he applies to his own businesses on the blog. And yes this is a shameless plug for my friend. As you note – Blog discovery is difficult. We’d appreciate it if some people would take the time to check us out – we would love to hear the feedback – especially from the AVC community (the AVC Blog was inspiration) – you guys rock!!!

    1. fredwilson

      thanks. i will check it out.

  34. John Revay

    Just tuning in for the day…- scanned quickly – did not see mention of Chris Dixon’s blog – Chris writes on great topics one that I use to scan was Dharmesh Shah (founder of boston based start-up called Hubspot) advice for start-ups lots of dos and don’ts.Dharmesh is a smart & hard working guy.One more – jason hirschhorn’s Media ReDEFine – I get a daily email with links to blogs and or stories.

  35. brentmulligan Interesting analysis of the economy. It’s just enough information without getting too technical.

    1. fredwilson

      i like zerohedge

  36. laurie kalmanson

    Fantastic recommendationsMy blog is more like the curio store around the corner than anything else…#curiosity #ux #telegraphy etc

  37. William Mougayar

    I forgot to mention the Kiss Metrics blog. It’s a treasure trove of advice to anyone who has an online business.

    1. Abdallah Al-Hakim

      along the same lines I would add the Hubspot blog as another excellent resource

  38. andyidsinga

    Business / tech:(this blog – duh)albert wenger: Graham Essays:…seth godin: feld: freedman: dixon: Entrepreneurs / Food:Joanne Wilson:…Bikes:Bike Exif: :… …yes I regularly view my own page :)Return of the Cafe Racers: http://www.returnofthecafer…Shed Built Bikes: amazing:Mental Designs (steam punk) : http://mental-design.blogsp…Oddity Central : Art Utopia: http://www.streetartutopia….Ryan Seslow: http://theartofryanseslow.t

    1. William Mougayar

      I like the global nature of that Odity one. Cool.

      1. andyidsinga

        You won’t be able to predict what you find up on oddity central :) is pretty cool too ..but not really a blog.

  39. andyidsinga

    Fred – thanks for Gurgling Cod – added that to the google reader fer shizzle.

    1. fredwilson

      you will enjoy it

    1. fredwilson

      nice choices

  40. FlavioGomes

    Love Andy’s Blog

  41. andyidsinga

    THXTHXTHX is a cool site of positive thoughts – not really a blog – microblog? Found this via Seth Godin a while back : there when you want to cheer up – it will not fail.

  42. Anuj Agarwal

    Fred, this post was very useful. Someday, could you do a post about Online Productivity Tools used by the AVC community?

  43. Nicolas Mottet

    One of my favorites is “Seeing Both Sides” by Jeff Bussgang, a VC investor and Harvard Business School lecturer http://bostonvcblog.typepad….

  44. Guest

    wow! Really nice info you added here! well … I would say no one born as a hero .. but those all successful bloggers you see all around internet are doing hard work to have those top ranks , and of course , it takes time .. Quality is what counts , not quantity.

  45. Techman

    I also do tech tutorials as well on my site. If anyone wants to suggest what I should do next on Techman’s World, let me know. If anyone is interested in guest posting at my site, you can do that too. I have all links listed in my site’s footer.http://techmansworld.blogsp

  46. Ricardo Diz

    This is a wonderful article theme. What a great idea! Blog discovery is still tough these days!The most interesting blogs I read were already mentioned, and thus I will not repeat them here again. Still, for anyone interested in taking a peek at the Portuguese startup community, there’s a recent blog being run by a bunch of entrepreneurs called Portugal Startups ( It’s written in English and it’s one of the few dynamic tech/startup Portuguese blogs out there.I also like to follow “ben’s blog”, from Ben Horowitz (, not mentioned by anyone yet I believe.

    1. Techman

      Have you seen mine?

      1. Ricardo Diz

        I heard it for the first time with Fred’s mention

        1. Techman


  47. Pointsnfigures

    Not a blog like mine but a comic.

  48. Techman

    @fredwilson:disqus I gave you a little love on my 800 posts page at my blog. I thank you a lot for mentioning my site, perhaps I could do a guest post here eventually if you have a tech topic that I could write about.http://techmansworld.blogsp