Blogs come and go from my Google Reader. The ones I keep are updated regularly (but not too often), help me see the world in a way that I hadn't considered before, and don't repeat the same message endlessly. They grow and change, the way I hope I do. Here is the first part of a list of blogs I pay attention to on a daily basis. Next time I'll cover the photo and video blogs I follow, but here are the ones that have nothing to do with that.
http://www.davidalison.com/ I found David's blog when I made the switch to Macs a couple years ago. He is my main source of what to pay attention to regarding Mac upkeep.
http://jeffcarlson.typepad.com/thought/ A stew of computer-geek, digital photography, family life, and writing. Always different, which makes for a great blog.
http://doteduguru.com/ One of the education blogs I follow, which are largely about admissions marketing, my main photographic gig. A recent post covered digital asset management, something I'm always reminding my clients they need to get on top of. Most don't know how. This post detailed how Extensis Portfolio was a disaster for their college, but they found the right solution (for free) with Google's Picasa.
http://collegewebguy.com/ By a web designer at a public college. He has great insight on the best story telling formats for the web.
http://jamesfallows.theatlantic.com/ James Fallows is the smartest guy I know about everything. He's the Beijing-based Atlantic correspondent, and writes about China and world events.
http://jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com/ This cranky financial site keeps my panic level about the economy at a constant high alert.
http://www.danbaum.com/Nine_Lives/Blog/Blog.html A recent discovery, Dan Baum writes about the life of a writer, from both the process and professional point of view. His insights apply to any creative professional endeavor.
http://writerway.com/ A friend who writes beautifully and succinctly about the issues of being a professional scribe.
http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/ My guilty pleasure. She issues career advice and way TMI about her sex life, in sometimes equal measure. Her personal life is a train wreck, but the advice is usually spot on, except when it's way, way off base. An entertaining voyeuristic read.
http://themysterioustraveler.blogspot.com/ The Writer's Way personal site. Even the cat posts are readable.
http://traumatherapy.typepad.com/trauma_attachment_therapy/ My wife's blog about issues in psychotherapy. Really smart, cogent writing, even if you don't always understand the jargon. Lately she's been getting twice the traffic I get, not that we're competitive or anything.
http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/ Seattle's favorite weather geek.
Part 2 in a couple days