An unashamedly subjective list of the best blogs of the year.
In the interests of objectivity, our regular Top 25 Arts & Culture blogs list uses various statistical measures to assess how popular a blog is, but for this end of the year round-up we’ve decided to throw caution to the wind and use no other metric than the personal opinion to decide on our top 10 best blogs of 2010. We’ve also broadened the topics to include blogs that cover subjects other than arts and culture – but you’ll see that it does still include a few regulars from our Top 25. Do you agree with our list? What have been your favourite blogs of 2010? Share them with us in the comments below.
1. We Make Money Not Art @wmmna
Set up in 2004 by the hugely knowledgeable Régine Debatty, We Make Money Not Art has taken the arts world by storm with its eclecticism, style and, above all, detailed and fascinating content. Consistently number 1 in the Creative Tourist Top 25 Arts & Culture blogs list.
2. Making a Mark @makingamark2
Artist and author Katherine Tyrrell draws and writes about art for artists and art lovers.
3. Londonist @londonist
It may be the UK’s second city [sic] but they still manage to have a couple of decent blogs. Londonist is one of our favourites.
4. Velvet Escape @velvetescape
If ever anything was designed to give you wanderlust it’s this fantastic travel blog.
5. 1000 Words Photography @1000wordsmag
1000 words is a visually stunning trip through the world of contemporary photography.
6. The Manchester Daily Photo @mcrdailyphoto
A very simple idea that offers a visual treat for the eyes. A daily photograph of the city is posted every day by photographer Paul Capewell; he recent snowy weather (pictured above) has turned out some particularly stunning shots. A nominee in this year’s Manchester Blog Awards.
7. Madam Miaow Says @MadamMiaow
A fascinating mix of culture and political commentary: “Madam Miaow casts a sharp eye over the political and cultural landscape and takes a scalpel and a shotgun to the guilty parties.”
8. The Pigeon Post @pigeon_post
Mainly music focused, this blog was also a nominee in the recent Manchester Blog Awards and has elbowed its way into our top 10: pretty impressive stuff!
9. UK Street Art @ukstreetart
Covering street art, graffiti and exhibitions in galleries across the UK, this blog has bags of enthusiasm, spark and intelligent commentary.
10. Follow the Yellow Brick Road @followtheyellow
Writer and blogger, Katherine Woodfine runs this delightful blog about arts, literature and culture around Manchester and London.
Images: courtesy Manchester Daily Photo (Whitworth Park, top, Stevenson Square, bottom).