March 5, 2007
Liz published this at 1:27 pm
A Recap of the Facts
On Monday, February 26 I started looking for 200 Unique Blogs. . . . I said that the blogs I am looking for are
are one-of-a kind, stand-out, nothing-like-it, wow-will-you-look-at-that. only-one, wish-I-had-that-idea blogs. Every blog in the bunch will be outstanding in its own way.
Many people came to offer suggestions. Many people came for many reasons.
John Said This Would Be Interesting
Part of the fun and intrigue of a project like this is the opportunity to see blogger behavior. I found three kinds of people seemed to show up.
- The Authentic Participants These folks saw value in the project and took on the challenge with sincerity. They read the original post; offered blogs they believed in; and contributed to the discussion fully.
- The Hopeful Attendees These nice folks brought a blog, often their own blog. Their comments seemed to show that they didn’t fully read the post or perhaps didn’t understand the goal the post had stated. Many of these blogs were almost there, but all of the parts didn’t seem to fit together seamlessly.
- The Opportunists I shy from that term, but I couldn’t find another term that seemed to fit. These folks saw an opportunity to promote their blog and in some cases, their product or service. The blogs they left were unremarkable.
It’s also interesting how all who left links seemed to undervalue the impact of design on readers.
Round 2 — Let’s Keep Looking!
Comments have been closed at the old post and this one is open.
I redefine the quest here:
A unique and outstanding blog is one so compelling and remarkable that it sticks with you — days later you still want to tell folks to experience it. A unique and outstaninding blog has an amazing impact on a reader. It is unforgettable to both the adult and the kid in you.
I’m still looking for 200 one-of-a kind, stand-out, nothing-like-it, wow-will-you-look-at-that. only-one, wish-I-had-that-idea blogs. Every blog in the bunch will be outstanding in its own way.
Fifteen Blogs that Stand Out in a Crowd
Each of these blogs is exceptional for one reason and executes well in other facets. That’s why they stand out in a crowd. [The numbers do not represent an order. They only represent a count. Nor does this listing ensure that any blog will remain all the way through to the final 200. Also note: I’m looking for 200 outstanding and unique blogs, NOT a top 200.]
- NMC Virtual Worlds a program of the New Media Consortium
- the thinking blog by ilker oldas
- Very Short Novels by David Dale
- Knife Gun Pen by Robert Bruce
- ha.ckers by Nick and others
- From Where I Sit by Michael Hyatt
- Can Google Hear Me [dot] com
- Creating Passionate Users by Kathy Sierra and Dan Russell
- Engaging the Disquiet by Dave Schoof
- Hungry for Hunger
- Logivc+Emotion by David Armano
- The Occupational Adventure by Curt Rosengren
- The dullest blog in the world
- Bento Box
How many more can we find?
–ME “Liz” Strauss