Bloggin' overloaded

Brian RuncimanWhat blogs are worth reading? Information overload, blog overload, we're more overloaded than Marlon Brando's McD's bag. So how can you find the good blogs?

I'm here to help.

Computer Weekly are doing a blog awards thingy, so please feel free to nominate your favourite - and this one (please, I'm being extra nice today?!) at http://www.computerweekly.com/blogawards.htm

This got me pondering the information overload problem which, web 2.0 tools like feed aggregators notwithstanding, is a huge problem.

How do we decide which blogs are worth reading? Well, here are a few of my favourites. Feel free to comment on these, or tell me why I'm tragically wrong and make your own suggestions.

IT: Rough Type - Nicholas Carr's blog. He of 'does IT matter?' fame. An engaging, amusing and thought-provoking blogger (I seem to be being uncharacteristically nice). http://www.roughtype.com/

Savage wittery: Charlie Brooker's Guardian Unlimited blog. Worth it just for his classic post on the Apple ads starring Mitchell and Webb and why MS are all bad, but there's other funny stuff too. http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/charlie_brooker/index.html

Gentle wittery: Adam Buxton's blog. One half of Adam and Joe, engaging self-deprecating humour (and they do decent podcasts together too). http://adam-buxton.co.uk/ad

Sensible stuff: The Long Views blog. It just makes sense, but then when did humanity ever really make sense? http://blog.longnow.org/

Retro hilarity: The Paleo-Future blog. But I've mentioned this so often, you know I love it. How many stories about robots doing the housework and having all your meals compressed into pill form can be interesting? Loads, as it turns out. http://www.paleofuture.com/

Quite well thought out: Unqualified Remarks. I know, I know, it's a BCS blog, and obviously I know the blogger (and I don't want to give him a big ((bigger?)) head), but it's good. Sorry. http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=ConBlog.4

Security: Schneier on Security. Interesting and only occasionally terrifying security insight. http://www.schneier.com/blog/

Check them out.

I'll post soon on annoying/slightly rubbish blogs (if I'm feeling brave), either that or I'll do another self indulgent 'best of' list of my favourite podcasts (and, yes, OddIT will be in there).

Cheers.

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Brian is Head of Content at BCS and blogs about the Institute’s role in making IT good for society, historical developments in computing, the implications of CS research and more.

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