10 Most Powerful Blogs to Read Right Now
We know that the internet is currently the number one source for information. Many reply to questions with the coined phrase, “Google it.” But when you “Google it” you are directed towards another source on the internet that is able to provide you the answer to your question. A majority of the time, we are able to find the answers to our questions through blogs. These blogs are web pages that are updated regularly to provide information that isn’t text-book style, but more so conversational and easier to understand.
New blogs are popping up every day. Anyone with a passion on a subject or idea can create a web space where they can publish their own pieces for people to enjoy. Sites like WordPress and Blogger allow just about anyone who is somewhat computer literate to create their own space on the web. Topics like politics, travel, music, and food recipes to name a few, are covered via a blog somewhere on the world wide web. Blogs can be run and updated by one individual or a group of people, as long as there is a periodic update of information on the page.
Some of these blogs, however, are more influential and resourceful than others. Most of us depend on our Google search to lead us to the more popular ones first, but that is not always the case. There are many factors that weigh in on why people choose to follow certain blogs whether it be topic, writing style, or even the author(s) themselves. If you are looking for an array of information to keep you up-to-date on what’s what and what’s new, here are ten of the most important blogs to keep up with.
- The Huffington Post: Leading the ranks on almost every survey is The Huffington Post. It has become a credible source for breaking news on almost every topic including, but not limited to, entertainment, politics, business, world news and more. It was founded by Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer and Jonah Peretti in 2005 before it was later acquired by AOL in 2011. This blog source has over 9,000 bloggers that contribute to their collection of work. Writers have ranged from freelancers to professional journalists and celebrity writers. The Huffington Post revolutionized the world of blogging, and is still to this day one of the most powerful blogs to read with over 100 million monthly viewers.
- TechCrunch: When it comes to talking about technology culture, TechCrunch is your go-to blog for information and news. This blog was founded by Michael Arrington in 2005, a long way before it reached its current following of over 4 million subscribers. This blog became such a staple resource in the tech community that it developed its own TechCrunch Network, which includes CrunchNotes, MobileCrunch and CrunchGear. Like The Huffington Post, TechCrunch was eventually acquired by AOL in 2010. Still, it is a solid source for news about technological innovations, social media and networks, all things and people of the internet.
- Mashable: This is another one-stop-shop for those looking for a collective news source blog. Pete Cashmore founded Mashable back in 2005, in an attempt to deliver reputable content that covered the new culture of the internet, mobile devices, social media, web and tech development, and even entertainment. The name of the website is a perfect description of the type of information you will find – a mashup of everything that is out there. This has lent its appeal to a wider audience ranging in ages and interests.
- Gawker: For those of you with more of an interest in the latest gossip, Gawker is a powerful source for you. Its popularity sprang from being a source for New York City based news, with a focus on gossip and entertainment. It was created back in 2003 by Nick Denton. Like previously mentioned sources, Gawker has grown to create its own network, Gawker Media, which includes Lifehacker, Gizmodo, DeadSpin, and Jezebel.
- Gizmodo: Gizmodo is a part of the Gawker Media network. Gizmodo offers news on technology and electronics. It was launched in 2002 by Peter Rojas. It appeals to the “techies” of the world who are seeking out information about new electronics and updates.
- Business Insider: This blog site is a prime source for anything that falls under a business related category. Ranking high on the Google search ranks, its contributors focus on areas like finances, new media and technology. It was first founded in 2009, and functions similar to The Huffington Post as a news aggregator.
- Jezebel: This is another Gawker Media blog, but its focus is geared toward women. Jezebel offers a fresh approach to entertainment news and lifestyle stories that offer both factual and humorous information. Gawker found another niche area to appeal to with Jezebel – women. It has proven successful as one of the go-to women-related web blogs with an estimate of over 12 million monthly viewers.
- The Daily Beast: This blog brings in an estimated 15.5 million monthly viewers. Launched by Tina Brown, former editor of high-profile publications like Vanity Fair and the New Yorker, in 2008. This blog offers Op-eds and news articles covering politics, music, entertainment, fashion, technology and much more.
- TMZ: Many people associate TMZ with celebrity gossip and entertainment news. TMZ has brought the business of paparazzi to a whole new level of importance. They tend to be the one source of celebrity gossip that is everywhere covering everything at every time. Whether you’re interested in what Jennifer Garner had for breakfast, or trying to get the latest scoop of the Brangelina split, TMZ prides itself in keeping its audience up-to-date at any cost.
- Engadget: This blog site brings about 14 million new monthly visitors. The title of the blog basically speaks for itself. The news stories found on this site cover all things gadget and electronic related. It allows its readers to find out what’s new and what to expect in the the community. It is the product of former Gizmodo editor, peter Rojas.