I'm on a mass social media detox (Twitter, Instagram, etc.) - What blogs that you read regularly should I check out?
I limited the intake of high volume news and I'm currently taking a break from social media. I've been enjoying to occasionally visit blogs directly as my source of online reading. I tend to enjoy short essays, opinions, and honest observations. What blogs have you been following lately that you think are worth taking a look at?
If it's your own, please shoot me a direct message: I'd love to check it out.
Not sure these all qualify as blogs, but...
The one I check regularly: http://www.kottke.org/
Ones I check once in a blue moon, in no particular order:
That Uncle Roger video on the first blog tickled my funny bone.
Great list of blogs, thanks for sharing! Every single one is so enjoyable.
I enjoy the blogs related to the podcast The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe, which I've mentioned here before. Dr. Novella, who's the host, is a clinical neurologist and he has a neurology blog called Neurologica. In addition to neurological info, he also tackles various bits of science and skepticism in modern life.
He has some other medical blogs where he also posts, such as Science-Based Medicine. (I have a lot of medical BS in my life, so I have a particular interest in this topic.)
Hey I feel like a broken record here but check out gemini! It's a new protocol and the community is great. There are portals at portal.mozz.us and proxy.vulpes.one if you want to get your feet wet. There's good content in there!
I want to get in to Gemini/Gopher but I'm not sure I get it.
Why should I use Gemini/Gopher?
I don't know if I can speak to why you should use Gemini/Gopher -- there's no real reason -- but I can tell you why I like them and use them (really I just use gemini -- gophermaps never clicked with me, writing-wise, though sometimes I read some phlogs):
I hope that explains it a little bit. If you like writing and reading, and small communities, Gemini can be a lot of fun. I've been in a few sort of "threads" where I'll post something on my site, then it'll be responded to, and I'll respond back, kind of like linkbacks on blogs or whatever. It's also great to read about other people's hobbies and interests and projects they're working on.
So basically, Gemini and Gopher are different protocols, like the Web, but either designed before the Web (Gopher) or designed in response to the Web (Gemini) in a way that they create sort of intentional communities. Or something.
For more information, you can see this post by solderpunk, the originator of Gemini, that talks about why a "safe web" isn't really a doable goal. I'll think if there are others and link them here too.
That sounds right up my alley! It sort of sounds like a similar appeal to using a BBS to be honest!
Now I've just got to think of something to write about...
Just start writing! It's great to read about people's weekends, days, joys, annoyances, even sorrows.
There's a good amount of places where you can get free shell/sftp accounts to post, too -- the easiest is gemlog.blue (there's an HTML form that you can post to from the Big Web), but there's gemini.circumlunar.space, tannelorn.city, breadpunk.club, tilde.black, tilde.pink, etc., etc.
My understanding is that the main upside of those is how simple they are. Thanks to that:
I see it as an attempt to recreate the old web of the 90's, where it was new and filled with hobbyists, with less people seeing it as a way to mainly make money. It won't take over today's web, but nobody really wants it to do so.
Thanks! I tried a search engine on Mozz, but seems hard to find good/regular blogs with no specific direction. Anything you’d recommend to check out?
I check CAPCOM and Spacewalk waaay too often -- like they only update every 6 hours or so but I check em way more than that. Otherwise, I'd recommend just poking around different people's blogs and see what they link to.
If you use a Gemini client like kristall, konpeito.media is a great site with mixtapes -- though they're down sometimes. Sloum also has their music up on gemini://gemini.circumlunar.space/~sloum/ though I haven't listened to it.
Interesting, I’ll give it a try!
https://markmanson.net/ – Mark used to be known as a dating-advice guy, but he's expanded his blog's outlook over the last several years.
You might be interested by https://midnight.pub - an anti-social media place that's the equivalent of a virtual pub.
https://slatestarcodex.com/ is back online, just dive in some random topic that loks interesting.
This is an amazing blog about ideas in books, the author, Maria Popova, is well read and very thoughtful: https://www.brainpickings.org/
I've been going through all those suggestions during the past couple days and I am preparing some on my own: I'm especially fond of smaller personal blogs—they're harder to find, but sometimes really worth it (almost like comments and feedback on Tildes).