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reviewing blogs. Got any suggestions for me?
Jul 07, 2011, 19:09 CDT
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Thursday, May 19, 2011, 5:49 PM
Eat This, Not That is a great blog dedicated to well-being through proper eating. Their tagline is "The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution." Admittedly, that sounds like something straight out of a late-night infomercial. But Eat This, Not That is nothing like an infomercial. Rather, it's a frank and honest site, examining how what we eat affects how we live and shapes (literally) who we are.
Published through Men's Health, Eat This, Not That doesn't want anyone to starve to death. They simply want people to think before they eat. Obviously, this goes against many facets of American culture. After all, this is the country of hot-dog-eating contests, super-sized fries and the KFC Double Down. But this is also the country facing a massive public health crisis in the form of obesity.
Eat This, Not That is looking to help inform people. They're not trying to make anyone a vegan. A recent post on their blog informs the reader on how to "Eat Healthy at the BBQ Shack." There's also a "How to Eat Healthy at the Burger Joint" post. Probably my favorite post, however, is the one on the 20 Worst Drinks in America. Here they photograph these liquid offenders alongside their sugar equivalents. For instance, one orange soda has as much sugar as six (6!) ice cream sandwiches. Gross.
But at no point are the folks at Eat This, Not That saying NOT to eat at these places; they're just suggesting we be a little more thoughtful about our choices. And that's what's so great about Eat This, Not That. They present the facts ... and they're never sugar-coated.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 6:11 PM
I could sit here and tell you why ReadWriteWeb is such a great blog. I could tell you that it's been called "the definitive site for analysis of new technology, products, events and news." I could tell you that it was named one of the "100 Blogs We Love" by PC World. I could tell you that the site is syndicated by the New York Times daily. Or I could tell you that, personally, it's one of the first sites I open up on my browser every morning. Take whichever advice suits you best, as long as this blog gets on your radar immediately.
ReadWriteWeb was started in April, 2003 by Richard MacManus as a personal blog on the changing landscape of the internet. Today it is one of the top industry blogs around, with an international team of journalists providing steady and thoughtful content. The site covers industry news, gadgets, electronic commerce and everything else that today's savvy web users need to know about.
ReadWriteWeb also has different channels highlighting technology and resources for startups, small business, enterprise, cloud computing, web developers and mobile developers.
But the casual news consumer shouldn't be scared off by that jargon. Because, really, you don't need to be invested in any of those arenas to derive value from this site.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 6:08 PM
Consumerist is a website run first and foremost for the consumer. In a sea of lofty claims, poor results and all around false advertising, their main goal is to protect the consumer. Look around. That's a rare thing.
Empowerment is a big part of Consumerist's mission. The site not only offers examples of shoddy customer service, rip-offs and other scams, but they also inform their readers on how to take action against such chicanery.
Consumerist is the non-profit subsidiary of Consumers Union. They do NOT take any outside advertising. In fact, their ethics are pretty clear and even more stringent than disavowing advertising dollars. On their site they ask all readers to take note of two basic guidelines:
1. We do not take outside advertising of any kind, and we do not respond to advertising inquiries. Please do not contact us regarding advertising.
2. We do not exchange links or post links based on anything other than editorial discretion, and do not reply to link exchange requests. All links that appear on our sites do so solely based on their value to our readers, as determined by our editors.
Basically, Consumerist won't be bought. And they're here to make sure you and I aren't out there buying any junk. In this day and age, that's not only refreshing, it's downright rare.
Monday, May 16, 2011, 5:27 PM
Get Rich Slowly: Sounds counter intuitive, doesn't it? Or maybe it sounds like advice a grandparent would give. It could be both, but it's also the name of a blog dedicated to 'sensible personal finance.'
Named 'the most inspiring money blog' by Money Magazine, Get Rich Slowly was started in 2006 by JD Roth. The site offers stories of debt elimination and practical investing, as well as reviews of books, software and magazines.
It bears mentioning that Roth is NOT a financial professional. He is, however, a guy who found himself in massive debt and managed to climb himself out of it.... slowly, of course.
His site adheres to 12 simple rules for fiscal solvency:
1. Money is more about mind than it is about math.
2. Goals are important.
3. Spend less than you earn.
4. Pay yourself first.
5. Small amounts matter.
6. Large amounts matter.
7. Do what works for you.
8. Slow and steady wins the race.
9. Slow and steady wins the race.
10. Failure is okay.
11. It’s more important to be happy than it is to be rich.
12. Do it now.
Like a lot of Get Rich Slowly, these guidelines may sound obvious. But that doesn't make them - or the site - any less wise.
Friday, May 13, 2011, 3:18 PM
The Gadget Gurus are an energetic bunch of writers, talking about all things tech. They may not be tech experts, but they play ones on TV... er I mean on their podcast. As their tagline so self-deprecatingly suggests, they're "highly entertaining, slightly informative."
The Gadget Gurus began as a podcast in March 2007 and has since included a website for longer form reviews, opinions and news items. But before you think these guys are TOO serious, remember that the review section is sometimes referred to as a ' guru throwdown.'
The Gurus talk about the nuts and bolts of tech, sure, but they also discuss larger issues of the industry. Recently, they've spent a good deal of time (on both the site and the podcast) discussing the Sony network takedown by the hacker group Anonymous. On the one hand the Gurus touch on how this service attack will have ramifications on the industry and the consumer moving forward. But these are still a bunch of guys who love video games, and you can legitimately hear how they're bummed they can't play video games on their Playstations anymore.
And it's this kind of honesty that gives the Gadget Gurus their voice. The podcast, for example, plays like you're listening in on a bunch of teenagers talking about gadgets, internet, gaming and everything else tech. The Gadget Gurus reads (and sounds) like 4 good buddies talking about what they love. What's more, you get the sense that these guys would be having these conversations whether or not they were being recorded.