Inspired by Matt Webb’s post 10 blogs for your newsreader, I decided to share my own favorite blogs to follow.
I also use RSS feeds to consume most of the content I encounter, and always get sad when a site doesn’t provide an RSS feed to let me follow new posts. I end up following many newsletters through RSS as well, because I’m better about keeping up with my feeds than I am my email inbox—or at least Feedly, my feed reader of choice since the demise of Google Reader—removes unread posts that are older than 30 days by default.
These are the blogs where I read, or at least intend to read, almost every post:
- Elezea by Rian van der Merwe. Rian does a great job sharing his thoughts about product management and also sharing valuable and fascinating articles having to do with product, organizations, and business.
- Simon Willison’s Weblog by Simon Willison. Simon has been thoughtfully and technically covering AI for the last year, also sharing valuable articles that he comes across elsewhere. When he’s not writing about AI, he’s writing about his data tool, Datasette, and other data and content related thoughts.
- Things That Caught My Attention by Dan Hon. Writing about technology from a personal, social, and organizational perspective, if you ever think “I should read thinking in systems” Dan is someone who is thinking and writing about those systems.
- The Beautiful Mess by John Cutler. Another great product management blog, John writes short and thoughtful product management and product organization perspectives regularly.
- Ask a Manager by Alison Green. Most of what I’ve learned about what to expect from my workplace, how to navigate professional norms, and how to look for a job, I’ve gleaned from Alison’s excellent and entertaining advice column.
- Labnotes by Assaf Arkin. Assaf has been writing this for years, aside from a brief hiatus when he was hit by a car, and I always enjoy the links and posts that he shares about technology and the world. I follow many newsletters like this and there’s always new and interesting content in what Assaf finds.
- Interconnected by Matt Webb. Explorations and wide-ranging perspectives on “the future of technology, design, and society”.
- Internal Exile by Rob Horning. Rob used to be an editor for The New Inquiry and Real Life (rip) and now writes this newsletter. I’ve been following his writing all the while.
- Monkeynoodle by Jack Coates. I worked with Jack for a little while many years ago, and now I follow his great blog about product management and organizations.
Other favorites that I don’t read as consistently, but I wish I did:
- Rest of World which I started following to gain a perspective about tech in countries like China and India. The focus of the site has since broadened, supported by a vision “to become an indispensable source of information that captures people’s experiences with technology outside the West”. Highly recommend, especially their reporting on the folks performing data labeling for AI tools.
- 404 Media founded this year by some folks from Motherboard and are doing incredible journalism already, especially on data security, privacy, and AI.
- She’s a Beast by Casey Johnston. Casey has been writing “Ask a Swole Woman” for years, and wrote an ebook, Liftoff: Couch to Barbell. She’s been on a mission to empower women and others to get stronger, and along the way, trust their bodies and themselves.
- ★❤✰ Vicki Boykis ★❤✰ by Vicki Boykis. I started following Vicki when she was writing Normcore Tech about ordinary data and the bread and butter of data work. As life happens, she’s largely stopped writing the newsletter but still occasionally posts on her blog.
- Counting Stuff by Randy Au. Randy covers the bread and butter of data work as well (He worked with Vicki to put on Normconf with many other talented folks) and it’s so straightforwardly useful.
- Untangled by Charley Johnson. Charley writes about the intersections of society and technology and the role of power along the way.
- The AI Ethics Brief by Abhishek Gupta of the Montreal AI Ethics Institute. A brief yet thorough overview of research and policy updates in AI ethics and other movement in the space.