Monday, January 09, 2006


fresh ideas: eight very original blogs

innovative - being or producing something like nothing done or experienced or created before; "stylistically innovative works"; "innovative members of the artistic community"; "a mind so innovational, so original" (TheFreeDictionary)

Over the past few months I've stumbled upon a number of blogs that have stuck out to me with their originality. Their subject matter ranges pretty widely, but they all show the power of a good idea, a slightly quirky approach, and a dedicated author. I hope you can draw as much inspiration from them as I do.

  1. Cooking For Engineers
    Food, geeks, tools, what else is there? Simple idea that works like the SlashDot of cooking blogs.

  2. Stuff On My Cat
    More fun than a bunch of stuff on your cat. Wait, it is a bunch of stuff on your cat. A very simple idea on the surface that has been able to build a profoundly faithful following among a special breed cat lovers.

  3. News Hounds
    Pretty simple. Hatred for Fox News packaged into a daily blog of all the things evil about Fox News.

  4. Overheard in the Office
    Office humor blog. Users send in the odd things they overhear co-workers saying (or say themselves, or wish they'd said, or whatever). Very amusing.

  5. Blog Contest Site
    Stay up to date with contests around the Internet by watching this site. Who doesn't love contests?

  6. College-Startup
    Should you start a business while going to college? This sites thinks so and has the daily posts to prove it.

  7. Prank A Day
    Who doesn't want to pull a new prank every day? Pranks are mostly simple and useually legal and clean, even if they may be somewhat inadvisable.

  8. Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog
    So guns are used in self defense all the time, but who pays attention? This blog does, and keeps a record to.

So what do all these blogs have in common? They take a smart, subject oriented approach to their content. There are thousands of "my daily life" and "today's google rumor"blogs out there, but blogs that effectively focus on one subject area and provide lots of relevant content to their readers are exceptionally rare. These blogs show that all it takes is a good idea that resonates with the public and a little bit of effort to become that de facto source for anything from pranks to pictures of stuff on cats.

Thanks! Those were cool. My wife and I enjoyed the one with the cats. I'm the guy from digg with the blog as spastic as I am. :D
That is one impressive review :) Thank you so much.

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