I'd like to think I'm pretty tech-savvy. Thankfully, sites like The Wirecutter help cut through the massive beast that is technology and provide direction on purchases. The Wirecutter offers a list of the "best technology to buy as determined by dozens of hours of research and testing." It's managed by Honolulu-based Brian Lam, who has written for the likes of Gizmodo, Wired and Maximum PC. "The choices I’ve made here took days of research and years of experience, including interviews and data from the best editorial and user sources around," Lam says. "These are the same gadgets I’d recommend to my friends and family, and these are the same gadgets I’d choose for myself." The Wirecutter features information on headphones, TVs, projectors, mobile extras, laptops, smartphones, storage, computers, cameras, and car stuff, to name a few. Read the full post on PR Newswire for Bloggers here.
I was digging for a good guy-centric blog when I happened across ManMade. This blog features "creativity and the handmade life for the postmodern male." It's pretty cool. Created by Chris Gardner, ManMade offers "original how-to content, videos, and design inspiration created by both women and men." As such, it's literally for anyone, not just guys. According to the blog: "It’s for anyone that says 'Hey, I can do that,' and believes that sewing machines and tablesaws alike belong in the workshop." I found interesting the posts on the surprisingly fascinating history of the T-shirt and Staying Sharp: Nine Knives Every Man Should Own. In the category of hilarious: How to Make a Terrifying Zombie-fied Teddy Bear. Read the full post here.
We're getting closer to the holiday season, and this time of year always reminds me to budget. So let's take a look at personal finance with the blog Budgets Are Sexy. Budgets Are Sexy is written and managed by J. Money, who describes himself as "6’1", hyperactive, rock a ‘hawk, like drinking beer, blaring hip-hop, playing with my new baby, and am now in my early 30s – unlike when I started this blog five years ago in my 20s! Oh, and I’m a sucker for old American coins." J. Money says he thought he was The Man when it came to finances. But a home purchase quickly injected reality into the situation, and he began tracking his expenses and formulated a budget. Budgets Are Sexy features budget templates, products, rockstar finance, mortgage payoff, baby-cost tracker, and net-worth updates. I found interesting J. Money's post on Wallet Crashing No. 2: Personal Finance Expert, Author and Today Show Personality - Jean Chatzky. I also enjoyed 16 Last-Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas, which has great ideas for adults and kids.
Bonus post this week: Google+ Hangout on Writing Voice. Recently, my PR Newswire media relations colleague Amanda Hicken and I hung out with ProfNet on Google+. We discussed writing voice, based largely around a two-part series Amanda and I wrote for this space. In case you missed them, here are the posts: Writing for Audience: Honor Your True Voice and Learn From Bloggers and Balancing Blogging with Journalism Best Practices.