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Monday, January 12, 2009

20 Blogs you can't live without!!

Ever since my blog crossed 20,000 hits (Yay!), I've been trying to come up with the best post I could think of. The best compilation I could write. And so after 2 days of net surfing, (Slow campus net wasn't helping :X) here's a list of 20 (Design+Tech+Blogging Tips) Blogs, that you MUST check out!

I've choosen blogs that I've been reading regularly, and I'm sure you would love to read to! Also, I've listed 3 posts that I think you should check for each blog (and then I'm sure you'll be looking around for more!)

Oh & maybe this would be a good time to start using a Blog Reader (Or maybe switch to a better one?). Check out my post on 6 Ways to keep up with Blog Updates (Using RSS) to make sure you don't miss any new post on these blogs! (And mine too!)

So gear up for the 20 Blogs that you MUST check out!

10 Design Blogs

It's been only a couple of months since I started reading up about Designing, and now that comprises of most of the blogs that I read! The content of each blog is so great, that it took me quite some time to short list 10 Design Blogs I'm sure you'll love! There are a lot more, so I'll keep others for the next time!

10Steps.SG : It has a really nice collection of Photoshop Tutorials (& Some nice posts for ideas!)

Abduzeedo : Weird name, but this is a blog you would fall in love with! Even if you aren't remotely interested in Designing, the Photos & Artwork here are splendid!

DesignShard : Great Design, Even better Blog. Very popular for it's top quality content. Worth bookmarking!

Just Creative Design : Remember Jacob Cass? (He gave a video lecture on "Logo Design" in our campus!). Young, but awesome at what he does! (Did you check his Logo Of The Day site?)

NETTUTS : From the creators of PSDTUTS (Below), here's another great site! From CSS to PHP, it covers a lot!

Noupe : Another impressive Design Blog. Oh & this covers a lot topics, so has a nice variety of posts!

PSDFan : Just when you thought you can never learn Photoshop, you stumble upon something like this. Next day, your friends are all around you asking you to show more of your designs!

PSDTUTS : THE Site to go for Photoshop Tutorials. You'll die playing around but their tutorials won't end. I would download their whole site for referring to if I could! :D

Smashing Magazine : Pretty cool design, and amazing content. What more can we ask for!

Web Designer Wall : I hate them. Such people shouldn't be allowed to be designers. Once you look at their site, you'll, well, just keep staring at it. NEVER seen a site with a better design! One day, I'll get them to design my blog. One day.... :D (For those who're confused, just go check their site. It's great!)

6 Tech Blogs

I love staying updated with Tech news, but there are some blog that are different. Blogs where authors put effort into each post. So here are 6 Tech Blogs I think you must subscribe to!

LifeHacker : A MUST for everyone who is slightly interested in Technology. The posts are very simple and well explained, and cover a wide range of topics. Really amazing team of writers too!

TechCrunch : One of the most quoted Tech Blogs, this will surely help you keep updated with what's new. And unlike other Tech Blogs which mostly link to the latest news (like Techmeme), TechCrunch Team puts a lot of effort in each post. Check it out!

The Google Blog : This is something that every Google fan must read. Frequent updates of nearly everything big that's related to Google, from their April Fool Pranks to the Search Trends!

The GMail Blog : I've quoted them in a lot of my posts, simply because this will keep you updated about your favorite email service - GMail! :)

Digital Inspiration : This one gets a special mention not just because Amit Agarwal is an Indian, but because the writing style is very easy to understand, with minimum jargon in it! Superb blog!

MS/Web : Now we can't forget Microsoft so easily, can we? MS/Web is a really useful blog which keeps you updated with some popular posts around the web (And no, it isn't just Microsoft related posts). And you can also narrow down and choose a particular category of posts to read!

4 Blogging Tips Blogs

I know there are loads of such blogs everywhere, but these are some of the special ones, that I've been reading for a long time. I give full credit to these blogs for making my blog what it is today!

Must-read for all Bloggers/Going-to-be-Bloggers!

BloggerBuster : This one by Amanda is the best collection of the Blogger tips you'll ever find. And ofcourse, there are plenty of free Blogger Templates there too!

Blog University : Another amazing blog for Blogger Tips. One of the scripts that I used was inspired by this blog!

Problogger : Starting a new blog? Not happy with the way your readers are reacting? Problogger helps you become, well, a Pro Blogger! :D

DailyBlogTips : Another nice Blog. What's unique in this blog is that a lot of posts are Ques & Ans based posts, which one can easily relate to. Do check it out!

Those were some of the blogs from my huge Subscription list. Hope you'll enjoy reading them!

So which of these Blogs did you like? Any other blog(s) you think are as good as (or better than) the ones I mentioned? 

Do let me know!


JD said...

AWESOME list re! Checked out the few that I had the patience to wait for, damn nice!

Especially liked the Retro PopArt in Photoshop thing :D

Abhijeet said...

Smart boy, backlinking is going to overload servers on blogger eh? ;) your tricks are not lost on me MuHAHA

Seriously though, good list...esp d design parts

RaSh said...

@JD: Glad you liked it! Also check out some Bizarre Programming languages @ NetTuts - They're fun!

@Bing: It's not just about Backlinks. Mostly bloggers just list downs loads of Blogs, but you aren't sure what to expect in each one/their best content. Hence the description & 3 selected posts! ;)

Zaipul Anwar said...

Hi Rash! Thank you for sharing these information! I've been reading some of the blogs that you've listed in this posting myself before. I tend to agree with your list. I found that your blog is also very interesting, nice layout even tough you're using the free Blogspot service from Google. I had to pay some money to get a blog layout that I'm satisfied with, but I guess yours it's ok already :-). Hope to be able to share information with regards to design-tech-blogging in the future with you. I would like to share this posting in my blog also, because I think the information will be very useful to my readers also. I will provide a link back to this blog don't worry :-) - Best regards, Zaipul,

Max said...

Thanks for including designshard on the list and the other blogs youve listed will certainly help me,

ill reccomend some blogs i visit frequently ( there mostly design blogs ) - a video blog with tips on design and blogging. - has illustrator tutorials and roundups a design and development blog great site for all your illustrator freebies has soome cool freebies and great design roundups high quality design blog with wp themes and freebies ramblings of graham smith (in a good way) the logo designer . has some good content.

hope i didnt go over the top with links theres some really good content in these if youve got the time to search for it :)

bollywood girls said...

i like your blog ....

RaSh said...

@Zaipul: I'm happy that you liked the post! Though there are some amazing templates that you can buy, I don't really have the cash to buy them :D. Anyway I'm making a template from scratch (Been too busy with college work), but hopefully it'll be up soon!

Oh & thanks for sharing my post! :)

@Max: Hey! It's an honour to see you here! =)
Thnx for the links! I haven't seen most of them! Oh & From-The-Couch though is really impressive, but my campus internet can't load the videos :(

Anyway will update the post with more blogs soon. I guess some more blogs from my subscriptions should feature here!

@bollywood girls: Hehe thnx!

Subiet said...

SoB where is "/." ?

विनय said...

मकर संक्रान्ति की शुभकामनाएँ
मेरे तकनीकि ब्लॉग पर आप सादर आमंत्रित हैं

-----नयी प्रविष्टि
आपके ब्लॉग का अपना SMS चैनल बनायें
तकनीक दृष्टा/Tech Prevue

RaSh said...

@Subiet: This ofcourse isn't a complete list. As I mentioned, I found these Tech blogs different because of their content. And since I covered 3 Tech-News blogs, I didn't wanna add more :D

But yes, Slashdot will always provide the best news for the nerds! :D

@विनय: आपको भी मकर संक्रान्ति की शुभकामनाएँ!
हिन्दी में तकनीकी ब्लॉग देख के अच्छा लगा!

Abhijeet said...

Thanks for tip on the .png thing...I was trying to figure out the damn blurring.

And yesss, 10 minutes :P (not for the tree and grass, those are late additions)

RG said...

That was useful alright. Now how about you add to the list? (just kidding XD)

Mainak said...

Amazing man!! Checked out a few on blogging - & it turned out to be some really useful stuff!! I don't know whether I will be able to implement the tips given but now I know the secret of success of your blog :D

RaSh said...

@RG: Can't you finally choose just one domain? :P :P

@Mainak: Glad you found them useful! And yeah, these are mainly the blogs that've helped me do whatever changes I've made to the Blog :)

Rajtilak Bhattacharjee said...

Would definitely like to have your take on my site, if it's not too much I am asking for :)

RaSh said...

Heh sure why not! :)

Darin said...

What the hell is this!! You're the best!

RaSh said...

Hehe thanks a lot Darin! :D

I'll post a roundup of the popular Design Blogs soon! ;)

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