I really like blogs. I consider them part of a spiritual practice. Seriously.
I won’t blatantly copy my favorite, SlateStarCodex’s, sidebar categories of “Enbalmed Ones”, “Fabulous Ones”, “Innumerable Ones”, “Mermaids”, “Stray Dogs”, “Suckling Pigs”, “Those That at a Distance, Resemble Flies”, “Those That Belong to the Emperor”, “Those who have Just Broken the Flower Vase”, etc. (from Borges) I may categorize these. I will give them each a representative post that drew me to them, unless I can’t.
Lots of these I found on the LessWrong list of blogs. Yes, I have read the Sequences. No, I am not a current LessWrong user. Lurk only.
Slate Star Codex- “Meditations on Moloch” (close second: “The Categories Were Made For Man, Not Man For The Categories” )
Ribbonfarm: Sarah Perry also has a book on my reading list, Every Cradle is A Grave, which I’ve heard is a good text on anti-natalism. (I’ve flirted with this, but think I’m currently actually a natalist– all the more reason to read it)
Minding Our Way: Lots of good practical advice on being a human, but especially revered for the Replacing Guilt series, which is one of my major philosophical influences. This dragon story convinced me death is bad.
Wait But Why: I get email updates on this because I like it. Here’s an example post that’s less serious. I think the recent politics series is good. Here’s career advice I’m sending to my direct report right now!
Agenty Duck: Wholesome and gentle rationalist blog. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read, and also feel threatened by the author’s success. I would probably be a better person if I read more of this.
Holly Elmore’s blog: Posts are generally excellent and reflect more wisdom, on similar topics, than this blog. I met Holly in person at EAGx 2018 and now virtually admire her.
Giving Gladly: Julia Wise is a person I like and admire. I don’t read her blog, but I do often plan on going to the EA meetups she hosts and than not execute. The blog is a good antidote to EA guilt, unless you aggressively internally compete with everyone you admire, like me!
Meteuphoric: I endorse this person’s thinking but can’t recall anything I’ve read from this blog. The Opinions page is delicious.
Liposuction: this blog is about aesthetics in the philosophical sense, not the medical procedure. I like aesthetics and this writing.
Samzdat: Serious philosophy swaddled in engaging sarcasm. I binge read this once.
Carcinisation: Highly entertaining to read, great writing, last updated June 2019.
Mr. Money Mustache: I only like the older “classic” posts. I didn’t know frugality was a thing before this blog and I am very glad I now know that. I don’t generally practice it, due to a lack of discipline (post to come!).
The View from Hell: No longer updating, but I love the artistry in the linked post.
Charlie’s Diary: Here’s a science fiction author’s blog! Link goes to fun and cool short story. Haven’t read the blog.
Marginal Revolution: One of the more popular blogs on this list. Probably good healthy intellectual food, but I’ve read maybe two posts. Remember that change happens at the margins!
Everything Studies: very linguisticy in a way that I find similar to gooey caramel for my brain
Popehat: Warning: this is a politics blog. I have barely read any posts on it and do not intend to vouch for the quality of anything I haven’t personally read. But it does seem not to follow a party line, and what I have read seems well-reasoned. (Wait But Why explains my position on politics)
Saner than Lasagna: I also follow one of these authors on Facebook, and I don’t endorse (or know) them as people. But I do believe you can enjoy the art (or blog posts) without having to be fully behind the author.
Language Log: for linguistics nerds
Crimethinc: this isn’t a blog, it’s an anarchist publishing company. I haven’t studied anarchism so I’m interested in what they publish.
Compass Rose: I read one post from this blog and liked it enough to bookmark it. It’s about the Sabbath.
Here’s a resource on books about progress.
Emails I get:
- EFF- the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I almost never read these because of my skepticism that politics does anything (future post?). But I do give them $5/ month.
- Wait But Why updates: I like these posts. They’re inevitably too long but I think that makes them more likely to stick. I bought the Life Calendar poster and haven’t filled it in.
- Quartz- The Race to Zero Emissions: again, rarely read.
- Quartz Africa: a relic of my Africa-obsession phase where I realized there was an entire continent I never heard news about, read about, or talked to people from.
- Scott’s Cheap Flights: I have a lot of travel destinations on my Bucket List
- BIG by Matt Stoller: I like this series on monopolies, but since it’s at least medium-form, they mostly build up unread in my inbox.
- Vox Future Perfect: Futurism/EA is one of my core interests, so this one I actually usually read.
- Breakthrough Institute: I signed up for their emails after being won over by their ecomodernist manifesto. I think they do good work, but never want to read anything in their emails. I should probably unsubscribe.
- The Good Food Institute: I sometimes find interesting things about plant-based or (cell) cultured animal product alternatives in their newsletter
- The 80,000 hours newsletter: This one mostly makes me feel bad about myself.
- The Gottman Institute’s Marriage Minute: Suggested to me by a friend of a friend of a friend. Gottman Institute has empirically-grounded relationship advice, which is my jam! I forward these extremely short emails to my boyfriend and he probably doesn’t read them.
- Reducetarian Foundation: sometimes interesting news, mostly not. Gets marked as read.
- Sierra Club: I joined to scratch an itch for direct work in the U.S., since they’re according to something I saw somewhere online the most effective environmental lobbying agency in the U.S. and have local involvement available through local chapters. These emails annoy me.
- Boston Area Gleaners: joined because this is a cool volunteer thing– they help harvest food from farms where labor is the bottleneck, and distribute it to (nominally) poor people. In practice, there are rarely carpools available to the farms, and they go during work hours, so I’ve stopped opening these.
- Gastro Obscura: I love Atlas Obscura, and I have food as an enduring interest. I get all sorts of weird food facts from this to barrage my coworkers with. It has gotten a little repetitive recently, and I don’t feel any pressure or FOMO to read it.
- Boston Cyclists’ Union: again, the itch for local advocacy showing itself. I virtually never even open these and they make me feel bad.
- Cambridge Zen Center: I thought this was where my friends go, they’re actually at a different sangha, Greater Boston Zen Center.
- Various charitable organizations I’ve given money: Animal Charity Evaluators, Fistula Foundation, StrongMinds, Coalition for Rainforest Nations, Givewell, quite a few others. I haven’t unsubscribed since it’s generally low traffic. I have monthly set-it-and-forget-it donations set up for everywhere I care about so their emails aren’t likely to change my behavior