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Dec 23, 2011

Blog Notes: Holiday Grab Bag Edition!

Working as the blogger relations manager for PR Newswire, I come across my fair share of great blogs that cover a wide variety of subject matters and interests.  And as you might expect, some blogs are better than others. With that in mind and in an effort to highlight the better ones, I do my best to review one of these blogs every day.

For this week’s edition, I don’t really have a specific topic. Truth is, there are so many great blogs out there that don’t really fit into a neat category. Or better yet, there aren’t enough like-minded sites quite like them to necessitate the type of bundled round-up we usually see here. But they deserve our attention… because  it’s Christmas… and Hanukkah, too! And besides, do we really need an excuse to look at awesome blogs? (I think not.) So with that in mind, let’s string up the lights, reach into the holiday grab bag, and enjoy this brief roundup of some of the best, albeit random, blogs I’ve seen lately.

Bee Somebody is the story of two guys learning to be beekeepers. It’s really niche and specific, but so is a lot of the internet. And like the internet, it’s really entertaining and awesome. This probably goes without saying, but, if I were to pitch this blog, I’d go for anything that has literally anything to do with beekeeping. Urban agriculture might work, too. Check out the full review here.

Simply put, Topless Robot is a great website for nerds. And I say that as a card-carrying nerd. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d think to myself first: Would a nerd read this? If it’s about toys, video games or technology, then this is the site. It’s also a pretty great place to find crocheted winter hats stitched to look like Boba Fett’s helmet. Check out the full review here.

OkTrends is the data-heavy companion blog to the popular dating site, OkCupid. They’ve taken all the information that all the lonely hearts and would-be Casanovas have entered over the years, and delivered a fascinating look into the human condition. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for anything that had to do with dating or relationships. Check out the full review here.

It’s not enough to say that Laughing Squid is one of my favorite websites. They also have one of my favorite twitter feeds and tumblr pages. I’m betting they’re on Facebook, too. (Hey, look! They are!) If there’s something awesome on the internet, odds are it’ll show up on Laughing Squid. To be honest, they may be a hard site to pitch. But if I were to do it, I’d stick with stories surrounding art, technology or design. Check out the full review here.

The tagline of The Awl says it all: Be Less Stupid. If only the rest of the internet were taking up that cause. To me, this site is a great home for the viral hits of the web as well as the more thoughtful, typically long-form, meditations and examinations of what’s going on with our culture. If I were to pitch them, I’d look for stories that touch on larger cultural moments, or you know, videos of cats. Check out the full review here.

That’s all for now. In the meantime, if there’s a blog I should be reviewing, drop me a line or a note in the comments, and I’ll take a look. Until next time…

Author Tom Hynes is PR Newswire’s manager of blogger relations. And as you may have guessed, he has a twitter account.

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