7 Websites You Should Be Visiting

7 Websites You Should Be Visiting

There’s so much information out there on the internet that you might feel overwhelmed with options on what to read, share, or view. That’s why aggregators are so popular – because everyone wants a quick, simple way to identify the most “important” (read: to them) and “interesting” (again, to them) news out of all the background noise.

Many people I know use Facebook or Twitter as their go-to website now. It’s the place they check to see what’s new, what’s trending, what might be worth viewing, reading, or sharing.

But what about other websites that are worth checking out, even on a daily basis, or for news that you might want to share yourself on your chosen social platform? Here are my suggestions for 7 Websites You Should Be Visiting.

7. Boing Boing

This is a great website that features interesting articles and news of note from all around the internet. It prides itself on being “the web’s favorite zine devoted to the weird, wonderful, and wicked things to be found in technology and culture.” The site’s writers/editors come from everywhere, including publications such as “The New York Times, Washington Post, Wired, Scientific American, NPR” and CNN.

6. Neatorama

This is a fun website to check out as it collects “neat” ideas culled from all over. Mostly geeky, these posts always bring a smile to my face and have such titles as, “The Geography of NFL Fandom,” “How Beans Become a Fart,” “Shakespearean Versions of Modern Songs.”

5. The Millions

The Millions is an online magazine “offering coverage on books, arts, and culture,” including some great book reviews, interviews, and essays on everything from the future of the crossword to books barflies might enjoy. If you’re a writer or lover of books or words, you don’t want to miss this website.

4. Longform

Longform is the term that now stands for longer, more in-depth articles or essays on topics, especially in a world that is dominated by catchy headlines and 150-450 word articles. If you’ve got some time to read some of the best longform out there right now, bookmark this website.

3. Letters of Note

This website recently went on a bit of a break so that the creator could compile and publish a book of the posts, but it will soon be up and running again, and in the meantime, you can check out the archive posts. The blog introduces a letter each post written by someone famous or to someone famous. True to its name, a noteworthy letter. As its creator explains, “Letters of Note is an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos.” From rejection letters to (now) famous authors, or correspondence between great minds of a generation, this website shows a scan or photo of the letter (when possible) and then transcribes its contents for your reading pleasure.

2. Twisted Sifter

I happened upon Twisted Sifter one day and couldn’t have been happier. Another website aggregator that does a great job of finding interesting and unique posts from around the internet, TwistedSifter has a unique layout and always seems to pick out articles I haven’t seen anywhere else.

1. The Burning House

The Burning House is a simple concept for a blog that has produced some fascinating results. The premise is, “If your house was burning, what would you take with you?” As the website’s editor explains, “It’s a philosophical conflict between what’s practical, valuable, and sentimental… Think of it as an interview condensed into one question.” Anyone can submit their idea, as long as they include: Name, Age, Location, Occupation, and Website as well. The entires are a wonderful glimpse into what individuals find important, and can be a great story-starter of writers.

Posted on: September 9, 2014adoylewriter