10 IT Blogs That You Should Be Reading
Recently, I was challenged to come up with a top ten list of blogs. So, I decided to make a list of my favorite IT blogs. They cover a wide range of subjects, so I divided them into three sections.
Mashable Tech is the technology section of Mashable. This is a fun, easy to read site, with a heavy emphasis on social media news and updates. Mashable Tech is good for a quick briefing on the latest news.
Techmeme is an independent tech news aggregation site. Curated by computer algorithms and human editors, Techmeme presents an excellent selection of news about tech companies.
Ars Technica calls itself “the PC enthusiast’s resource,” but it goes far beyond that. It presents in-depth articles about many fields – not just gaming, IT security, and Internet culture, but also scientific fields such as anthropology and archeology. Ars Technica is the kind of blog where you can find a review of the latest laptop, then read an article about a lost ancient city near East St. Louis. It also has a large, active discussion forum that covers hardware, software, and other subjects.
Awesomely Techie is run by Luvvie Ajayi of Awesomely Luvvie fame. This blog takes you behind the scenes of social media and blogging. Awesomely Techie is where to go to find out how to get your Facebook page verified, how to set up Google Webmaster Tools, and how to host your own WordPress page.
Melyssa Griffin’s blog, formerly known as the Nectar Collective is a treasure trove for online entrepreneurs and creatives. Griffin, a former graphic designer, started her blog in 2013 and specializes in email list-building and webinars. Her blog has a collection of free PDF booklets and checklists to help you get organized while building your online presence. She also offers course in social media strategies; the most famous is Pinfinite Growth, a course on increasing traffic to your website through the use of Pinterest.
Maya Elious started out as the head of “an online creative agency catered to bloggers, coaches, speakers, and non-profit founders.” Now she provides coaching and workshops to bloggers and entrepreneurs. She also offers planning toolkits, a sort of DIY kit for your blog and business.
Mattieologie is the home of Mattie James, fashion blogger and expert on branding and marketing – for yourself, your blog, and your business. Not only does she offer online courses in branding, she also teaches how to start your own online courses. I personally recommend The Blogprint and her free Consistency Cleanse email course.
Decent Security is a guide to computer, smartphone, and online security for everyday people; it uses simple language, and has a limited use of jargon. This blog is aimed at people who want to learn how to secure their devices, but don’t have a background in computer science. The anonymous author provides detailed, step-by-step guides that are easy to follow.
Schneier on Security
The blog of Bruce Schneier, fellow at the Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center, Chief Technology Officer for Resilient, and author of the Cryptogram newsletter. One of the world’s top experts on cryptography. Schneier covers many IT security stories and issues, everything from botnets to government surveillance.
Krebs on Security
Unlike Schneier’s blog, which focuses on trends and takes a global perspective, Krebs on Security is written from the perspective of an individual consumer. Brian Krebs is a former Washington Post reporter who got into IT security by accident. After his home computer network was hacked, he decided to teach himself everything he could about IT security. Krebs explains in depth why and how you could be a target of cybercrime. One of his best articles explains the value of a hacked email account.