Time Names The Best Blogs

Filed in National by on October 31, 2009

Time magazine names its 25 best blogs and the 5 most overrated blogs. Once again, Delaware Liberal was sadly overlooked. What do you think of the list?

Talking Points Memo
The Huffington Post
The Daily Dish by Andrew Sullivan
Zen Habits
The Conscience of a Liberal: Paul Krugman
Crooks and Liars
Generación Y
Official Google Blog
Seth Godin’s Blog
Deadspin: Sports News without Access, Favor, or Discretion
Confessions of a Pioneer Woman
Said the Gramophone
Detention Slip
Bad Astronomy

Jim Cramer’s Blog
Daily Kos: State of the Nation

I have to admit I haven’t read a lot of these blogs (though maybe I should). I agree that Talking Points Memo is the best news organization in the blogosphere, and the blog part is good. I still find it annoying that you can’t comment on the Editor’s Blog. I find Andrew Sullivan wildly inconsistent and you can’t comment there either. (Do you think it’s any that blogs a lot like the MSM are on the top of the list?) But, seriously Time – the Huffington Post? They do some reporting which is good, but it’s also full of anti-vaccine conspiracists and other purveyors of woo along with gratuitous pictures of women in skimpy clothes. I’m happy a blog by a scientist also makes the top list. As far as Daily Kos, I’m a big fan, it’s what brought me to the blogosphere. It’s gotten so big now, though, that it’s a lot harder to navigate but I find it a good place to find political information and a clearinghouse for activism. It’s really the place to go to find out what the grassroots are thinking and saying.

So, what do you think? What belongs on the list that isn’t listed? Which ones on the top or bottom do you think don’t belong there?

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  1. The problem with overrated/underrated lists is how do you answer the question of exactly what is meant by overrated or underrated. For example, who is wildly overrating Jim Cramer’s blog at present? Or Perez Hilton’s?

    Who is underrating TPM or Conscience of a Liberal?

    Having said that, Daily Kos is essential daily reading for progressives, so it’s not overrated.

  2. Rebecca says:

    No Eschaton, No Open Left or My DD, and DailyKos as overrated. Clearly their criteria didn’t include community building or political impact, both of which are legitimate functions for blogs.

    They seem to have focused on reporting news, their competitors to print media. Meh! It’s only part of the blog equation to me. Blogs aren’t passive, at least the ones I like aren’t. Blogs get you fired up to do stuff. Certainly having reliable news sources helps with this and DL does a good job of reporting the news, but I like a few FU’s with my news. ;o)

    Can you tell I’ve been reading Matt Kerbel’s new book? Ya gotta come hear him speak about blogs on Thursday, Nov. 5th at 7:00PM at DelDems HQ. Bring your friends too.

    Gad, it’s still raining. Not news, but I’m tired of this.

  3. jason330 says:

    Time magazine’s list of best blogs is like “The Pennsylvania Rail Road List of The Best Automobiles of 1925”

  4. anon says:

    other purveyors of woo along with gratuitous pictures of women in skimpy clothes

    link please

  5. Rebecca says:

    Great analogy Jason!

  6. cassandra_m says:

    Interesting the way Time presented its “analysis” — you have to page through each of their 25 pages to get it. So is this a page view machine or is this a real look at what goes on in the blogosphere?

    I only read a few of these, and some of them sound like ones I wouldn’t read often, but given the astonishing history we’ve lived through in the last year (economic crash, new President and administration, geopolitical atmospherics changing) that the list that would be the most useful would be the Top 25 Blogs That Are Doing Reporting/Analysis We Wish We Could Do. In many ways, the real blog story of this year is how economics blogs because the place to go to understand what was going on with the crash.

  7. Cass: They always do them that way. So does SI. I’ve stopped wasting time with them for that very reason.

  8. Mark H says:

    How about most overrated weekly news magazine? Time of course 🙂

  9. Miscreant says:

    “I have to admit I haven’t read a lot of these blogs (though maybe I should).”

    I would have bet big bucks you have
    tattooed on your ass.

  10. I am with Rebeecca all the way but would add my fave fired-up blog, FireDogLake.

  11. Miscreant,

    I don’t remember getting you tattooed.

  12. Shoe throwing instructor says:

    My favorite economic blog didn,t make the list, but if you want nothing but the facts about what,s going on on THE STREET OF THIVES, Barry Ritholz at the big picture. com is worth a look, HE is not in lock step with the dow jones crowd, but the past three years he,s called it on the nose.

  13. Dana says:

    It’s clear that Common Sense Political Thought is the most under-rated blog out there!