Whether this blog qualifies as a thoughtful blog is debatable, however in my time I’m come across great examples of blogs that strive to further the quality of online discourse.1 The following are not always technical in nature, but they will teach you much regardless.
in no particular order. totally dead (even if bitching) blogs not included. sorry if I forgot yours. suggestions welcomed in comments. the first in a series of ‘long-lost art of…‘ posts.
Trivium by Christian Neukirchen
Possibly the only good Tumblog ever created, except for maybe his first (and the first — long since dead).
Dadhacker by Landon Dyer
Fun stories from the trenches of long-extinct tech wars.2
Moonbase by MenTaLguY
Teetering on the brink of extinction, but the archives are gold.
Stevie’s Blog Rants by Steve Yegge
Iconic. Sadly infrequent.
Not what you might think. Tasteful guides for men.
A case-study of humility in blogging.
http://nakkaya.com/ by Nurullah Akkaya
My absolute favorite Clojure blog. Top-notch non-Clojure material also.
Factor: a practical stack language by Slava Pestov
Mr. Pestov seems to have been sucked into the Google Vortex, but the archives are platnum.
Lisp-centric (not exclusively however) blog about various … uh … arcane topics.
The Blogging of Prolog by Victor Lagerkvist
A relatively new blog, but I’ve loved every post so far. I miss Prolog.
I don’t often understand this blog, but I strive to.
Pushing the limits of Scala and Java’s type systems. Ditto on the understanding and the striving.
Deep dives into all things JVM.
Wisdom and Wonder by Grant Rettke
Very wide in scope, but always interesting. Nice links to research, PLT, and Racket abound.
Probably the blog I’d like to write if I had the skill.
Apocalisp by Rúnar Óli
Java, concurrency, Scala, type systems… it’s all deep and thought-provoking.
Insane (in a good way) NewLisp hacking.
There is no other way to describe this blog. Mind. Blown. Always.
LoperOS by Stanislav Datskovskiy
This guy hates Clojure, but who cares? His passion is infectious.
The Axis of Eval by Manuel Simoni
I rarely agree with Mr. Simoni, but he never fails to make me think. Great paper links from time to time also.
The Racket language blows me away.
Code Commit by Daniel Spiewak
Ultimate in Scala hacking… although his concatenative posts are my favorite.
One Div Zero by Jame Iry
Fun and always thoughtful. I’m not sure if I’m more impressed with his wit or brilliance.
Stuff With Stuff by (Munificent) Bob Nystrom
Langdev to the max. The truest example of a language development diary that I’ve come across.
Programming Language Synchronicity by Ola Bini
Another major entry in the daily (although infrequently updated these days) mind of a language developer.
Homoiconic by Reginald (raganwald) Braithwaite
The pinnacle of thoughtfulness in blogging. A great mix of wisdom and tech.