Time’s 25 Best Blogs of 2009


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I woke this morning and saw a small buzz around the new Time’s list of 25 Best Blogs of 2009. The the top of the list has the usual suspects, including The Huffington Post, LifeHacker, BoingBoing and the like. In the end you will probably find some blogs that you have never seen though. Not a bad attempt.

What got me curious, though, was the list of most overrated blogs of 2009. They were:

  • TechCrunch
  • Gawker
  • Jim Cramer
  • PerezHilton
  • DailyKos

Here is why they think TechCrunch is overrated:

Launched by lawyer and tech investor Michael Arrington in 2005, TechCrunch became one of the world’s most popular blogs by reporting on the movers and shakers of Silicon Valley. But take a look at the Valley these days: Nothing’s moving. Nothing’s shaking. Born of a boom that’s long since gone bust, TechCrunch now seems irrelevant. Recent headlines such as “Box.net Hones In On Businesses With New Social Features” aren’t helping. Stick a fork in this one – it’s done.

I am not sure if I agree completely. Or at all. In fact, I would say that the Time is probably even more overrated. How so? Just take a look at the list they created. They spread 25 results in 25 different pages…. That is not a list, it is a page-view-generator. Mainstream media still needs to get a clue of what is going on the interwebs.

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27 Responses to “Time’s 25 Best Blogs of 2009”

  • Kayla

    I have been reading Techcrunch for a while, and it’s pretty good.

  • Misohoni

    But most of those are like corporate blogs, with more than one person working on them…

  • Kevin Kelly

    Regardless of the source always nice to get an inside track on best practice – remember even the most annoying of people can be your best teacher. Embracing this truism can ignite personal potential.

  • Meraj Khattak

    Daniel very well said about Time. This is one of the problem because of which I don’t visit these main stream media websites.

  • Snugd – Tech News

    I agree with Erwin. Blogosphere is expanding…. what’s the point of seeing the same in all the lists. Bring out the hidden gems.

    As in real life, those so called popular ones have an unfair advantage (because of the Google’s back link algo)

  • Nags

    I agree! I went to check out the list and got tired after clicking through to the first 4. And I love techcrunch. It still seems valid to me whether silicon valley is shaking or not.

    Was quite disappointed with the whole article.

  • Jonk

    Good post, especially the reference to The Time’s page view generating tactics.

    I’m seeing this a bit on news websites where they annoyingly spread articles over 3 or 4 pages to boost revenue.

  • susan

    Thanks for recapping the list. I got so annoyed at having to click through each one, I stopped after the second page.

  • Sheila Atwood

    Ditto @Rarst.

    Time is overrated. They sold out to vested interests years ago.

  • Jaan Kanellis

    Looks like Time’s best effort at controversial link bait.

  • Niche Blog

    I wonder what their criteria are for choosing these as the best blogs

  • Pet Snakes

    I actually agree with Time’s assessment of Tech Crunch being overrated. It’s really become an issue of over saturation with technically oriented blogs.

    To be relevant in the high tech field you have to break news that no one else is and I don’t really see Tech Crunch doing that. They’re basically a news aggregator and there’s a lot of them sitting at the table at this point in the game.

    As far as blogs like Perez Hilton go, they’ve been over rated since the day they were conceived. But the real shame is the people who frequent them day by day. For whatever reason celebrity will always draw people. I don’t know, maybe people like to escape reality for a little bit and read those kind of blogs.

    One thing I don’t agree with is their position on Daily Kos. It has always been a “liberal” e-hack “mag”. While Bush was in office it’s job was to point out how woefully inept the US government was. He’s gone now so that means Daily Kos will reinvent itself as a cheerleader for the government. It hasn’t lost it’s mission, it has just been reassigned to a new battle field.

  • Vijay

    I agree.
    Mainstream media is striving to survive now ..

  • Eddie Gear

    Hi there,

    Thank you for sharing. I’ve checked out these websites and they have some pretty good information. Subscribed to them as well.

    Eddie Gear

  • odtaa

    Well I agree the Times list is a good example of how to irritate people. I packed it in after reading about 4 items. Then I started thinking why am I wasting my time reading this list.

    The list is fairly obvious – their comments – more so.

    What would be interesting is a list of the blogs that are becoming more influential and with the credit crunch etc the whole game has changed. I suspect there will be a whole raft of new influential blogs emerging in the next couple of years.

    Keep those keyboard hot folks.

  • Matej

    I read TechCrunch couple of times a day but they started to get on my nerves with these “playing victim” posts … Some are interesting and true but some are just childish … I never understood BoingBoing as well

    Gawker media blogs are always interesting to read, i09 is the one I really like reading just for fun.

  • Aravind Jose T.

    Mainstream media still needs to get a clue of what is going on the interwebs.


    They’ve no idea about the real stuff. All their works are biased, sadly enough.

    Who does the better job ?
    One who put online the content they’ve prepared for the newspaper.
    Or the ones who publish content only on web, and still have the same readership ?


  • Danny Brown

    It may be a page view generator, but it’s a print magazine – page view generators are what it needs.

    Is it any different from pimping a blog post via Twitter, Digg, Stumbleupon, Facebook, and any number of social and blog networks? Not really.

    And they’re right in one thing – Techcrunch is way over-rated and becoming less relevant every day.

  • Daryn St. Pierre

    25 BEST blogs is too predictable. I like Erwin’s idea of ‘most unusual’ better. Time strikes me as the last ones to ever be involved with social media or anything of the sort.

  • Ben

    I agree completely with your take. Maybe they did some actual work and provided some value their product would still be relevant today.

  • Erwin Chua


    Maybe they should consider a more fresh topic than the top 25 best blogs. How bout the 25 most unusual blogs? 🙂

    All the best!

    Erwin Chua

  • Adam Singer

    Same stuff, different year. ~yawn~

  • Ken Barnes

    “They spread 25 results in 25 different pages…. That is not a list, it is a page-view-generator.”

    Yup, and you looked at every one of them. Works, doesn’t it? As for TIME being overrated, well, you’re reporting on them here, are you not?

  • Hendry Lee

    When Forbes list their top x richest man in the US, they also do the same one entry per page thing.

    As you said, it is a page-view-generator, perhaps to generate more pageviews per eyeballs they so desperately want to increase.

  • SATISH — Technotip.org

    I think, main stream Media trying to show its dominance over the blogs.. Trying to rate the blogs and show themselves as a standard 🙂
    Hope it doesn’t help any more, because regular readers of blogs know what to read and what not to.

  • Britalian

    These lists are usually pointless, but techcrunch is still relevant.

    It covers development in tech companies per se, not those just in the start up phase.

    I am afraid it is just fashionable at the moment to bash those people whose profiles were pumped up during the last five years.

  • Rarst

    I think those should be called “The list of usual blogs considered to be best”. Take top of technorati, praise few, bash few… I hope media will get bored with recipe in the future. 🙂

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