Favorite Reads 2016

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It’s been close to two years since I last did a Favorite Reads post.

My online time has changed dramatically during that time. I used to read a lot of specialty blogs, like Crafty Pod, Meggie Cat and How About Orange. Since my last update, many of these sites have stopped publishing.

Now, instead, I read mostly websites, with a few blogs sprinkled in.

Here are the websites at which I spend 80% of my (non-working) online time.

Crafts

  • Pinterest – Why? Constant flood of ideas for every kind of craft and recycling project.
  • Make Something 365 – Why? I purchased the 365 book and I love to read the website for inspiration.
  • Keri Smith – Why? I own almost everything Keri Smith has written. She is my guru.

Self-Help

Education

  • Class Central – Why? List of almost 2000 free classes each month. Most are given by well respected colleges and universities.
  • Ted – Why? Short, high quality talks on a variety of subjects.
  • Talks At Google – Why? Longish talks, often on best selling books.

Cooking

  • Allrecipes – Why? Most recipes have been tested and rated, and include comments and changes.
  • Chowhound – Why? Great group discussions on many food related topics. I especially enjoy cookbook posts.

Hive Mind

  • reddit – Why? When I have a question, I love to get multiple opinions on the subject. I also love to read answers to others folks questions.
  • MetaFilter – Why? See above.

Blogging

  • ProBlogger – Why? Perpetual favorite of mine. Lots of guest bloggers.
  • Moz – Why? Quality information, backed by research.
  • KeyWord Tool – Why? My favorite keyword tool. Free and very easy to use.
  • flickr – Why? Practically unlimited supply of free photos.
  • PicMonkey – Why? Online photo editor. I usually use the free version but there is a paid version with more options.

Decorating

  • Houzz – Why? I get their newsletter. Every time I open it there is always something new to peruse.

Books

  • LibriVox – Why? Who wouldn’t love hundreds of free audiobooks?
  • goodreads – Why? I enjoy the entire site but I especially love to browse Listopia.
  • Better World Books – Why? Good place to purchase used books for readers living outside the US. Free shipping.
  • Amazon – Why? Great resource for book reviews.
  • Book Depository  – Why? Thousands of new books for sale for readers outside the US. Free shipping.

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