Link Review: weblogs round-up

The final push. The following is an annotated list of all the weblogs listed in our sidebar. Way back when things began, the weblog seemed to be the dominant mode of expression online – independent, characterful, innovative, fast-moving and steered, above all, by interests and passions. It was a more innocent time. On to the links. 99% Invisible still going strong with an architecture focus / Alexandra Lange’s A bit late hasn’t been updated in a couple of years / This is Aaronland seems rather occasional. More frequent on twitter / Adventures in Suburban London seems to be going for a single annual update / Airminded continues to be a treasure trove of aviation history and other things, such as the ongoing saga of a historian making things up (more at the TLS and Guardian) / All over the Map was a National Geographic blog, which then became known as Phenomena, and has now been folded into the main National Geographic News page / And another thing is now better known as David Hepworth’s blog / Anti-Mega is currently dormant / Anxious Machine has been quiet since May 2016 / Apothecary’s Drawer transformed into JSBLog – Journal of a Southern Bookreader, but that went quiet in June 2015 / Arts & Letters Daily continues to live up to its name.

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Asbury & Asbury is irregular but still around / Ask Metafilter isn’t of course a weblog per se, but is still a daily read / Atlas Obscura is now a real world publishing phenomenon / Badaude is on hiatus (too busy writing award-winning books) / as the world gets more and more Ballardian, there is happily still a place for Ballardian the blog / another plug for the Bandcamp Daily / Beachcombing’s Bizarre History Blog drifted away in 2011 / Ben Bashford’s journal continues to reveal online gems / Bifurcated Rivets is minimal in the extreme but still has a pulse / Blanketfort unwrapped the duvet from the banisters in 2009 / Boing Boing is another alt-media colossus / Bouphonia ceased updating in 2002 / Steve Bowbrick’s great Bowblog has been static for over 18 months / Caught by the River is still great / Collision Detection is now retired, replaced by Clive Thompson’s own blog / Cope is very occasional / Coudal is a daily visit / Creative Journal ceased to be about three years ago / the Daily Jive no longers jives daily / dangerous minds still unearths cultural gems / David the Designer is still musing on design, occasionally, but mostly bike rides / Diamond Geezer has clung on to become one of the best chroniclers of modern London / Diassociated is tightly focused on creative work, recommended / Economic Sociology ceased to be back in 2010, although the archives remain online / Edible Geography is still around, but just occasional / Ephemeral New York is thankfully still with us / Even Cleveland has also stuck around / the Everlasting Blort lives up to its name.

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We loved Fed by Birds, but the last update seems to have been in 2013 / John Coulthart’s Feuilleton is still with us / Joshua Allen’s Fireland is now a very occasional tumblr / Front Section appears to have disappeared / Paul Ford’s Ftrain also shuttered in 2013 (but his company oversees the Track Changes newsletter) / Strange Attractor’s Further is no more, now it’s just News / Greg.org is remarkably still around / Haddock shut up shop in 2015, but we’ll keep it around as it was one of the first weblogs we ever followed / Halvorsen also stopped posting in 2015 / Heraclitean Fire’s last update was February 2016. Might it come back? / How We Drive accompanied Tom Vanderbilt’s book Traffic: We Drive the Way We Do. It is no longer updated, but Vanderbilt’s web presence is current / I Like likes no longer, it just sits there / Kickcan and Conkers has only been quiet for a few months, hope it won’t be for a few more / Languagehat is still a vital and fascinating read / Google’s Lat Long Blog blog has long since turned into basic Google Maps News. We need more mapping weblogs / Lewism is lost / Linkmachinego is still going with the links / Londres Calling still calls, hooray / Low-Tech Magazine is (appropriately?) very infrequent / the blog called ‘made by machines for people’ is no more. It may have had something to do with Russell Davies? / Made in China 69 ceased updating in 2012 / Making Light is an online institution / Mapping the Marvellous no longer maps / Marginal Utility is now known as The New Enquiry / we all owe a debt to Metafilter / Microkhan has spent over a year in stasis / Mighty Girl is another web favourite that continues to expand / Millennium People is no longer.

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The cull continues. Moon River stopped updating in 2015 / moosifer jones’ grouch is no more / Mountain 7 has stayed current and is pretty great / Murketing has ceased to be although its founder, Rob Walker, is still online / the Museum of Ephemerata still welcomes (real) visitors / My ear trumpet continues on its steam-punk way / the Myrtle Street Review stopped reviewing in 2011 / Notes + Links has ossified / notes from somewhere bizarre was a wonderful blog that stopped trading in 2011 / Nothing to See Here (A Guide to the Hidden Joys of Scotland) is a book, but no longer a current site / Now Here This is now the Time Out London Blog / Our God is Speed is hanging in there / Panopticist was a now defunct blog run by Andrew Hearst / Parenthetically is no longer updated / Perpenduum seems to have bitten the dust / Project Moonbase is bang up to date (‘the historic sound of the future’) / Quipsologies is still here and still beautiful / Raccoon wrapped up with the best albums of 2013 / rag-picking history continues to pick / the Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things decided it had lost interest in around 2013 / Alex Wiltshire’s Rotational still stays up to date. His writing is always worth seeking out / Schott’s Vocab shut up schop in 2011 / Sippey is another of those very, very occasional tumblrs.

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Last batch. The Awl, should really be in ‘publications’, not weblogs. Still good stuff / The Dabbler, ‘The Culture Blog For Connoisseurs Of Everything’ – aren’t we all? / The Deep North was things-affiliated and wonderful to read, but it has vanished / The Millions, ‘an online magazine offering coverage on books, arts, and culture since 2003’. We’ve moved it to ‘publications’ / The Staff Recommends came out of tmn but no longer seems to be making current recommendations / Threat Quality Press still publishes / Transpontine is highly recommended, a site dedicated to London history and more. Check this link to images of Siouxsie and the Banshees playing Lewisham in 1979 / Unlikely Words, a wonderful traditional blog / as is Voices of East Anglia, a rich mix of pop and cultural history / Waggish, David Auerbach’s regular updates on literature, philosophy, film and other things / and finally, graphic novelist Warren Ellis is now found at Morning, Computer. So we’ll repeat this exercise in a decade or so. Thank you for getting this far.

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