I’m snowed under a bit here in central Pennsylvania and thought I’d add a new Daily Zen for my millions of readers. I have millions of readers, right? Right?? Let us begin.
Over the holidays I came across this article by Matt Gemmell on who to read in 2014. At first I was excited and hoping he would recommend a bunch of hidden gems of writers that might not have a big audience. However, his first five writers are literally the biggest writers in the Apple/tech community – Marco, Gruber, Dalrymple, Brooks, and Blanc. He does add five more obscure writers, although even that list contains some fairly well known names such as Patrick Rhone and Guy English.
Now, I love almost all of these writers, but they already have so much recognition that I was hoping Gemmell would highlight some lesser known writers. It’s fine to read the “big names” but you are missing out on so much by not searching out smaller but sometimes vastly more interesting writers.
Thus, I’ll take over the reins and recommend some more obscure writers that have great blogs that you should definitely be reading in 2014. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but only a few writers I’ve been following that I think deserve greater recognition than they currently have. If you think I missed an important name, please mention them in the comments.
This is a brand new blog by Zac Cichy, but he has a track record as being the co-host of the great podcast The Menu Bar and also a interesting person to follow on Twitter. I think this could be the best new blog of 2014 and you’ll most assuredly get viewpoints and ideas that other blogs won’t be discussing.
I’ve only stumbled upon this blog by Sid O’Neill in the last month. However, his last few articles have hit it out of the park for me. Read his “Hauners” article to get a sense of his writing and way he thinks. He’s a great up and coming voice in the community and I wish I had known about him earlier.
This is a blog by Chris Gonzales that I’ve been following for close to a year. I think he’s evolved greatly over that time and I always enjoy his posts. While he links to a lot of interesting articles, I most enjoy his original articles, especially more out there ones like this gem, “Finding Your Own Meaning.” Also check out his great continuing interview series.
If you want great writing and intelligent insight, Nate Barham’s blog is a hidden gem. While he usually posts more infrequently than some blogs, his posts are always well thought out and interesting. He recently wrote a great and impassioned post about the gaming community that everyone should read.
Steven Aquino has made a name for himself in the past year with not only his blog, but also his freelance writing and podcast. While he is probably the foremost tech accessibility expert out there, I think he has great thoughts on tech beyond that niche. Take a look through his blog and you’ll see a wide variety of topics he discusses.
Jaime Ryan is someone that previously worked for Apple and has first hand knowledge of the tech industry. He uses that knowledge to give a unique insight into various tech issues. His blog is always interesting and he usually gives a viewpoint you might not see other places.
Old Article of the Day: “Do No Harm” by Anil Ananthaswamy. This article about people with a condition that drives them to amputate healthy limbs is one of those articles that sticks with you long after you read it, especially the first hand experience of a man who travels to Asia to illegally have his leg amputated.