It took us about a year to find fantastic blogs, read through all of them (we're talking hundreds
here, folks), pick out the best, vote on them, interview bloggers.
and so on. And sure enought
Never Threaten To Eat Your Co-Workers: Best of Blogs came out
smashingly thanks to the people below.
- Wil Wheaton -
Wil Wheaton Dot Net
When you say the name Wil Wheaton most people instantly think of
kid-genius Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Or
perhaps as the boy racing across railroad tracks in the movie Stand By Me. However
thanks to blogging, Wheaton seems to have found a permanent niche as an
author. His fandom has only grown since he left the Star Trek series
and went online with his everyday adventures in life after child stardom.
- Neil Forrester -
Imagine living with seven strangers picked to have their lives recorded,
edited and enhanced with a trendy soundtrack, only to end up on MTV.
Sound familiar? Neil Forrester found himself with a sudden dose of
stardom thanks to his appearance as the debonair punk singer on
The Real World: London. Long after his season ended up on reruns,
he found himself documenting his experiences from the show online.
- Ali Davis -
True Porn Clerk Stories
At minimum wage, writer and improv performance artist Ali Davis found herself
in a job where men shared their inner most desires, nervous ticks and
unfortunately, a few body fluids. Davis was living the strange existence
as a porn store clerk, and to stay sane she kept a blog documenting her
day-to-day work life. In the beginning her obscure blog was merely read by
friends and their friends. But soon word spread and True Porn Clerk Stories
became a regular pit stop for strangers who were curious about her adventures in
dealing with creepy characters and sticky store shelves.
- Christopher Allbritton -
Back to Iraq
After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 and consequently the war in
Iraq, New York reporter Christopher Allbritton felt that mainstream American
media wasn't telling the public the whole story, so he took matters into his
own hands. He went to Iraq to interview people and see the war firsthand,
instead of relying on media gatekeepers whose desire to sell newspapers
outweighed their responsibility to inform. Allbritton ended up publishing
his experiences on his candid blog, Back-to-Iraq.com. Consequently, his
writing was not only seen by a larger public, but his audience also helped pay
for him to stay in Iraq and report by donating funds through his blog site.
- Choire Sicha -
Choire Sicha Dot Com
Choire Sicha, editor of Gawker, a Web site obsessed with Manhattan's media and culture,
and a contributing writer at The Morning News, The New York Observer and Wired. He's written about everything from the pain of broken hearts to the
worse pain of jury duty. Personally, I think he's the next David Sedaris.
- Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair -
The Island Chronicles
Ever fantasize about dropping your current hectic lifestyle and moving to a remote
island paradise? Editor/illustrator Mark Frauenfelder and his wife, writer
Carla Sinclair often dreamt of temporarily relocating from Los Angeles to the
South Pacific. So one day, they packed up a few essential items, closed up shop and
moved, with their two small children to the island of Rarotonga -- a place
where coconuts are more useful than cell phones. To keep in touch with friends and family,
they started Island Chronicles, a blog featuring Mark and Carla's insights about
the transition to island living, accompanied by lush, and sometimes humorous photographs.
- Greg -
Public Defender Dude
Watching court drama on TV, do you ever wonder what the hell a
Public Defender does? Why does a lawyer choose to defend supposed
criminals for a living? Asked one too many times, "So is your client innocent or
does it matter?" lawyer Greg decided to discuss his career on his blog,
Public Defender Dude. Writing about everything from corrupt lawyers to
necessary politics, his blog isn't just interesting reading, it's almost
essential to anyone who wants a better grasp of the judicial system from
someone who knows.
- Heather B. Armstrong -
Freelance Web designer Heather Armstrong had no idea a
blog could get her into so much trouble. One day she's writing about
her frustrations at work, and the next day she's out of a job for
generating online sympathy on her blog Dooce.com. Now a freelancer
and a new mom, Heather's blog reflects her busy life with insight and
plenty of humor.
- Kevin Barbieux -
The Homeless Guy
Homeless doesn't mean helpless. Writer Kevin Barbieux uses his blog
to convey the realities of homelessness to a public that probably
doesn't have a clue about what it feels like to not have a casa to call their own.
In Barbieux's own words: "But there is
certainly more to a homeless person than being homeless, and this may be the
best thing this blog could accomplish -- a greater awareness about the whole-ness of homeless people.
Not every post will be about homelessness, but they will all be about a homeless person,
me. For some people it will be their first experience with the "me" identity within a
homeless person. Welcome to My world, a subsidiary of Our world."
- Allison Lowe -
When she's not slogging through a healthcare writing job,
editor Allison Lowe-Huff exercises her creative muscles on her
humorous blog Hateyourdaddy.com. However unlike her blog title suggests,
she doesn't hate her daddy, or yours, either.
- Matthew Baldwin -
Computer programmer and writer Matthew Baldwin didn't realize when he
began writing down his daily meanderings on his blog DefectiveYeti.com,
how many people would read it. Writing about everything from a childhood
experience meeting Darth Vader to America's lack of math skills, Baldwin
grabs bits and pieces of pop culture references and blends them with a unique sense of humor.
- Janet Feeney -
Writer Janet Feeney may be a self-employed marketing communications consultant by day,
but in her off hours, her blog Snarkcake takes on a life of its own.
Writing about everything from terrorist attacks to the most annoying
contestant on "Survivor," Feeney has a knack for showing fellow
bloggers an interesting cross-section of American culture.
- Joey DeVilla -
Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century
Just because a guy plays the accordion doesn't make him a born
romantic. Okay, maybe in Joey's case it does. In his blog,
he recounts one of the creepiest encounters with online dating
I've read in a long, long time. Apparently, on the Web, no one
is as they seem.
- Mrs. Kennedy -
Bloggers aren't always Web geeks whose lives consist of sitting at a
computer all day long typing out controversial quips. In fact, many bloggers
happen to be moms who barely get any sleep, let alone time to update their
blogs filled with anecdotes about grocery store visits and jerks who cut
them off on their way to daycare. Mrs. Kennedy, frustrated by the lack of
interesting blogs by parents started her own, Fussy,
helping to fill a niche in the online writing world. Not all of
her entries are about raising a baby either. In fact, you can
be a single guy from Detroit and still be entertained by her random events and thoughts.
- Uncle Bob -
Uncle Bob's Diary O'Chuckles
It's because of Uncle Bob that we have such a cool title for this book.
In his blog, Uncle Bob's Diary O'Chuckles, you'll find tales of office pranks and
some of the best side-splitting funny stories you'll ever gaze upon. While you're at his site,
be sure to take the Uncle Bob Quiz.
- Heather Havrilesky -
If you were a fan of one of the very first blogs ever online - Suck.com - then
you just might recognize Heather. On Suck she wrote under the name Polly Esther
as a Contributing Editor for the Filler section. Now she's got her own space to
rant and rave all she wants in her own blog.
- Stephen and Alistair Reid -
Tagline: A Movie Weblog
Brothers Stephen and Alistair Reid do more than watch films,
they review them in a no-nonsense kind of way only fellow movie fans can appreciate.
- Matt Hinrichs -
Freelance designer and illustrator Matt Hinrichs adds more than
just the usual daily banter similar in many blogs. He includes an appreciation
for graphic design that seems vacant in the blogging community.
To him, Scrubbles.net is a labor of love.
- Jason Buckley -
Washington Interns Gone Bad
When you hear the words "Washington intern" what do you think of first?
Stained dress? Cigars? Yeah, that's what I thought. In his blog,
Washington Interns Gone Bad, Jason Buckley talks politics and underground comedy
while plugging his
indie movie of the same name.
- David F -
David originates from Scotland but was raised by
Americans in the wilds of Paris, France which might go some way to
explaining the diverse cultural influences that pervade his singular wit
and the wide scope of his work to date. Preferring instead to focus his
creative skills on pieces of short fiction or "lies" as he is often
accused of producing, his site is less a blog and more a personal
publishing house on the web. An eclectic mix of squirrels, femmes fatales,
cynical anti-heroes and inept shrinks are bound together with the
free-association twine that makes up his mind. One day he hopes to get
them all printed down on paper and out of his head. He currently lives in
London with Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Mary Poppins.
Dean Allen -
A recovering graphic designer, Dean Allen lives in the South of France with his
family, two cats he loathes and some dogs. According to his blog,
he can and -- even when not called upon to do so -- will recite
Orson Welles' cuckoo clock speech from The Third Man. Enough said.
- Mike Monteiro -
What happens when you get a designer who fancies himself as an undesigner?
You get a bizarre little blog like Biggerhand.
- Greg Howard -
Born in a knapsack by the side of Highway 101 in Northern California, Greg
put himself through juvenile hall and is now a successful water buffalo
herder. When he's not tending his blog, which has nothing to do with geese,
he likes to juggle swords, practice necromancy, and knit.
- Bonnie Burton - Grrl.com
Bonnie Burton submersed herself into Web culture long before the word
"blogging" was even coined. She's written about everything from online
dating adventures to unusual eBay.com collecting obsessions. Her
work has appeared in the magazines Wired, The Net, Yahoo Internet Life, BUST, and
Organic Gardening as well as online at Backwash.com, Winamp.com, and Teenwire.com.
She has appeared as a Web culture media expert on E! Television,
CNN Headline News, BBC, ABC News and TechTV; and has been featured in the books:
Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Dating and Relating, Net Chick, Fierce.Com, Alt.Culture:
An A-To-Z Guide to the '90s-Underground, Online, Over-TheCounter, and The Real Bettie Page.
Her Bonnie Blog and additional
columns can be found on her Website, Grrl.com.
- Alan Graham -
His author blog
Since leaving the business side of technology for a writing career three years ago, Alan Graham
has become an author for O'Reilly & Associates, Apress, and WordWare,
and he has written for Macworld magazine, MacAddict magazine, and the O'Reilly Network.
Advisors & other key folks:
- John Burton - Johntown
graphic designer and freelance illustrator living
in Conneticut. His recent projects include illustrations for
Teenwire.com, Grrl.com, and various other pop culture Websites.
To see more of his illustrations, bizzare haiku, and unfinished plays,
visit his Website, Ragingsquirrel.com.
- Pam Ribon -
Pamela Ribon is the creator of the hugely successful pamie.com and a writer
for TelevisionWithoutPity.com. Her debut novel, Why Girls are Weird, landed on
Bay Area bestseller lists in its first month. She has since optioned
the film rights and is penning the script. She created, directed, and performed
in the cult hit "Call Us Crazy: The Anne Heche Monologues,"
which drew attention from several major publications, including
People magazine and The New York Post.
- Jack Boulware -
Jack Boulware is originally from Montana, and he
is the author of two nonfiction social history books,
Sex American Style and San Francisco Bizarro. He has received a handful
of journalism awards and writes regularly for a wide variety of publications.
Stories have taken him to Greenland, Mexico, UK, France, Ukraine, Puerto Rico,
Hawaii, and throughout the lower 48 states. In a previous life, he was
founding editor of the satirical investigative Nose magazine and a columnist
for SF Weekly. He is co-founder and co-director of the Bay Areaźs annual
Litquake literary festival and is currently working on two new book projects.
- Rick Karr -
Rick Karr reports on culture and technology for National Public Radio News.
He's also a musician, songwriter and record producer. He's currently writing
a book-length history of the technology of popular music. He lives in
Brooklyn with his wife, artist and filmmaker Birgit Rathsmann.
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