Love feeling connected to the world at large and all of the creative ideas flowing through it? Then, you’ll appreciate this list of the ten most influential culture blogs currently on the Internet. From powerhouse sites you probably have already heard of like the Huffington Post and Boing Boing to smaller but more focused sites like Cool Hunting and Ars Technica, we guarantee you’ll find a site you connect with. If you’re ready to open your mind to new ideas and experiences, then do we have a list for you.
1. Huffington Post
There’s no denying the power and influence of the Huffington Post. In fact, in February 2011, AOL bought the content aggregating blog for an incredible $315 million. Though initially focused on politics, the site now also covers a wide range of topics, which includes comedy and entertainment, as well as local news in some major metropolitan cities. The site’s success can be attributed to many factors including how quickly its bloggers report on trending topics and its emphasis on social sharing and engagement. Come here to find out what everyone’s talking about around the cooler Monday morning.
Winner of the People’s Voice Award for the best Cultural Blog in the 15th Annual Webby Awards, Laughing Squid is loved for always being on top of the latest creative news. With a focus on art, culture and technology, this blog will do everything from dazzle you with mind-bogging sculptures to educate you on the latest tech toy. The blog launched in 2003 and ever since then, its founder Scott Beale has managed to make it more and more interesting year after year.
Called a pioneering blog, Boing Boing first started off as a magazine back in 1988, became a website in 1995 and finally transformed into a blog in 2000. Described as a “directory of wonderful things,” Boing Boing has a little bit of something for everyone, touching on a wide variety of subjects including technology, entertainment, business and art. This blog isn’t afraid to venture into the eclectic and strange, in fact, that’s what it’s most famous for. Day after day, Boing Boing will make you realize what an interesting and weird world we live in.
Looking for a site filled with odd news, unusual art, weird science and a bit of trivia? You’ll find that and more at Neatorama. Started in August 2005, this blog currently ranks as one of the top in the world because it’s filled with curiously interesting articles on everything from the strange to the surreal. This site was founded by Alex Santos who’s always on the hunt for new stories. His dedication and hard work has paid off. Neatorama currently has a strong following with millions of monthly readers.
Though simple in design, Metafilter is one of the best places to find unique things on the web. While anyone can contribute a link, getting on the main page only comes with time and experience. Its threads or posts will often have many comments and that’s because Metafilter sees them as a starting point for discussion, a place where engaging conversation takes place. Quick to peruse, Metafilter is a great place to take in lots of interesting news at once. Come here to learn everything from who invented the high five to how IBM is working on a keyboard design that will adapt to a user’s finger anatomy.