Browsing Internet headlines can feel like standing in line at the supermarket being blasted by tabloids. Where have all the good websites gone?
The Internet is a fantastic resource for new information and learning. For most of us, it has become an integral part of our daily lives, and for some millennials, it’s hard to remember a time without it. But finding the information you need and want is often more difficult than a Google search. The articles that show up are more likely crammed with keywords, carefully crafted to match your search perfectly rather than to offer you the best advice.
So call this article, “broadening your Internet horizons.” You might have been to some of these places before but left in a hurry because their articles aren’t always the most “sharable.” But check again because they are some of the most interesting and insightful places to spend time online.
Lifehacker might be the most controversial choice on this list, if only for its Buzzfeed-esque headlines, but it often serves as the best starting place for anyone with a question about, well, anything. Looking for the best weather website out there? Maybe you need help getting out of bed in the morning? Maybe you need some help thinking about how to care for your aging parents? Whatever your question, chances are good Lifehacker has something to say about it.
Read more: Lifehacker is a great place to start but definitely do your research — check links and find out what the best solution is for you. Lifehacker makes great suggestions but often there is more than one way to accomplish a task.
Tech: A List Apart
At first glance you might be put off by the techie-looking words or topics on A List Apart, and yes, it can be a haven for web developers, but fear not, this place is for you too. Today we’re all digital citizens and it’s important for us to understand what goes on behind the scenes in our world. A List Apart isn’t just about teaching web development, it’s about talking through the problems of today’s digital landscape. Here’s an interesting thought brought up in a recent article: roughly 71% of the Internet’s users speak English as a second language, yet there are very few people who specialize in the internationalization of websites. Another from earlier in 2015 discusses the power of becoming an advocate for your client.
Where to start? If you want to start getting your feet wet, I’d suggest looking at the blog, it has some fantastic ideas presented in shorter articles.
Career/Money: Avid Careerist
Avid Careerist has started updating again so it definitely deserves a spot on this list. This is real-world advice to help you get a job and succeed in your career, without any of the filler. From tips on body language during interviews to how to use the word “leverage” in your resume, Donna Svei — the blog’s author — offers great tips, giving the straight facts without being condescending. If you need an authority to help you in your career track, this is the place to start. The articles are very short and the tips very clear.
Check out: Classy way to leave your job.
The World: NY Times Magazine
I try my best to link to sites that have well written articles but it can be tricky sometimes. The Internet can often feel like standing in line at the supermarket, where you’re bombarded by massive headlines and “celebrity” pictures. Now, there are times when those articles serve a purpose but if you’re looking for anything truly meaningful, something to broaden your perspective, I suggest having a read through the New York Times Magazine. I know it sounds entirely pretentious, I get it, but good writing is good writing and it’s difficult to knock anything here. Where it shines is highlighting stories that will truly captivate.
If you think Buzzfeed has the market cornered on the weirdest stories, think again. Maybe you’d be interested in the world of Bunny Pageantry. What about the life of the common password? Even if you’re not feeling the storytelling, the producers of the magazine have one of the most consistently fantastic takes on combining multimedia and written storytelling.
Why bookmark? Established, thoughtful and consistently brilliant writing.
Voices/The Arts: Brain Pickings
A friend turned me on to Brain Pickings a few weeks ago and it has become essential reading for me since. Maria Popova’s blog started in 2006 as a weekly newsletter and has since grown to be included in the Library of Congress permanent web archive in 2012. Popova describes Brain Pickings best, “In order for us to truly create and contribute to the world, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these pieces and build new ideas.” The site doesn’t have any specific angle, rather pulling from multiple disciplines as it tries to connect the dots for us.
What are your favourite websites? Let us know what we missed in the comments below.