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Celebrating the Underblog - 2004

1 July, 2004 11:16 PM

Do you know of (or run) a quality blog that deserves a bit of extra attention? What blog/s do you read that you wish others knew about?

Last July I ran a Celebrating the Underblogger series. The reason for this series was that whilst there are plenty of blog awards that identify the most popular bloggers, best designed blogs, best photobloggers etc. - unfortunately only a few select blogs tend to win these competitions whilst thousands of excellent blogs go unnoticed and uncelebrated. 'Celebrating the Underblogger' seeks to identify and promote these bloggers - the Underbloggers.

Last year we uncovered over 100 Underbloggers - the response was quite overwhelming. I myself found some excellent blogs through the process - many of whom I continue to visit to this day.

So we're going to do it all over again. Here is how you can participate:

Over the next couple of weeks I will collate your nominations and put them on a central prominent page on this blog for the rest of us to view and visit. Hopefully we'll all find a new quality blog or two to visit and make some new blogging buddies.

Update - Thank you to all who have linked up and nominated Underbloggers. The response has been fantastic so far (you can still nominate).

Here are the Pages with those blogs that have been nominated as Underbloggers (collated by Alphabetical Order) - A - C | D - H | I - L | M - Q | R - T | U - Z

Update 2 - thank you to all who have nominated. I'm now closing nominations as its been three weeks now. We have an amazing list of underbloggers in the above links and I encourage you to visit as many as possible. You can still leave your suggestions below but unfortunately I will not be updating any more to the lists above.



Consistently Chili
Provides a smorgasboard of christian thought, techy news, politics, and the occasional daily rant.

The wife of Consistently Chili - Shares in her daily rants of a mother of two. Provides unique feedback to her house church expierences.

Duo is a couple from Perth living in London. They are involved in the emergent church movement. They share great insight into the newlywed scene and have great insight on other topics.

Every Day Thoughts Collected
Randy works for Exodus International and has amazing insight into the ex-gay scene. Fun to read, and helpful too!

carlybish's Jeffersonair
Carly is a great friend of mine. She has the most humerous outlook on life and is a great encouragment. Every time I read one of her little snippets about life it lights up my day.

I have more, but I'll keep it to five for now :)

TravisM » 1 July, 2004 11:38 PM

Adiemantus provides thoughtful conservative insight into a broad range of issues.

Redscape isn't really a blog, but a discussion forum on a hobby website. That said, its posters are generally thoughtful and their habit of including hotlinks in their wide-ranging posts gives their discussions a distinctly bloggish feel.

Barry Jacobs » 1 July, 2004 11:59 PM


Mike Lee's blog is what blogs were always meant to be - an interesting mix of family and business, skewing towards visual design and web architecture. The photography is always stunning and, now that he and wife Amy have a baby, the "Awwww" quotient is upped a bit as he tracks the growth of baby Cianna.

tim » 2 July, 2004 12:04 AM

www.eduwonk.com is great if you like education issues and www.joannejacobs.com is too.

http://bookerrising.blogspot.com/ is a good blog about race and politics.

Peter E. » 2 July, 2004 12:08 AM

Eve Tushnet
Combines commentary on Catholic doctrine, current events, and culture with the proprietors own Twilight Zone-like short fiction.

Belmont Club
"Wretchard" provides some of the best analysis of military and political affairs this side of Dunnigan's "Strategy Page."

Brothers Judd
Book and film reviews, current events, and a wry sense of humor. Already reasonably well known, but deserves better.

Mike » 2 July, 2004 12:10 AM

I try to avoid self-promotion, so I won't recommend clicking that link, but I will recommend a few under-the-radar blogs that I enjoy:

whichwayup.org -- Dave Stroup comments on a variety of things; he writes for Georgetown's school newspaper in DC.

Zone:38 -- Cody's blog keeps me entertained, but nearly as much as his Proofreader's Hall of Shame!

Come to think of it, these are the only two I really frequent any more -- aside from my own, which I use as my own web portal. The rest of my time is spent working for and/or at school.

Paul » 2 July, 2004 12:12 AM

Sharp as a Marble - because one day, I might actually write something you wish you would have read!

Sharp as a Marble » 2 July, 2004 12:14 AM

The View from the Foothills
Book reviews, culture notes, forays into whimsy.

Journal of a postgraduate who had to quit coffee.

The Capitalist Lion
A pro-capitalist theater worker in NY, NY.

And my own
Banana Oil!
Movies, culture and, lately, too much politics

Ian Hamet » 2 July, 2004 12:16 AM

Psych Watch
Documenting psychiatrists and others behaving badly, very badly

Save me Now
A woman documents her struggle with to survive with pending major surgury, no health insurance, and a less than supportive boyfriend

Sickmind Draud » 2 July, 2004 12:17 AM

The Special Project - www.thespecialproject.com

It's a witty blog from a soon to be father's point of view. My wife found it and clued me in and I hit it daily now. More than a few entries that caused me to spray coffee out of my mouth. Two thumbs up!

Tom » 2 July, 2004 12:17 AM

The Belmont Club (I'm not into forcing people to do things ... but journalists and pundits should be FORCED to read this guy every day)

Allah He went on hiatus for a bit. But still damn funny.

Spot on Young New York Republican (well, she's living in Georgia for the time being)

A Healthy Fear of Botulism Brand spanking new. And as I talked him into blogging, I feel I should encourage him. Funny guy.

As I Please Because I'm a selfish whore for attention.

ken » 2 July, 2004 12:23 AM


A good political blog that highlights political arguments between two friends of differing ideology. It has been rather one-sided as of late as one of the bloggers has been studying for exams. Nonetheless, it is a good news wrap-up site with some occasionally very good commentary.

U.S. Cavalry » 2 July, 2004 12:24 AM

Jason Kettinger has some interesting thoughts over at [url=http://www.kettinger.blogspot.com]Safe Haven[/url].

Nathan » 2 July, 2004 12:26 AM

The Crease provides thoughtful discussion on a range of conservative issues - from gay marriage to religious tolerance to economic policy.

Freespace is Tim Sandefur's excellent blog on law and libertarian policy and deserves to be read, and should be read as often as Eugene Volokh's excellent blog.

The Commons is Ian Murray's thought provoking blog on environmental policy.

The Geek With A .45 just defected from the People's Republic of New Jersey and now regularly writes about the freedom he enjoys in Pennsylvania, a state that actually honors the U.S. Constitution.

The Countertop-Chronicles, my own site, provides a very tongue in cheek look at all the issues these other blogs cover, along with the occaisional photoblogging, Monday morning song lyric, and plenty of gun porn.

countertop » 2 July, 2004 12:26 AM

My first is shameless self-promotion: Minipundit. It's slightly liberal, but not extreme like Kos or Atrios. My second is chrisishardcore.com. It offers great insight into southern politics, and is great with polling data. My third is a great news site: Politics1. It's a bit like PoliticalWire, but it's more personal, and centers more on state, local, and third party politics. You read a lot of stories you couldn't read elsewhere there.

Dylan » 2 July, 2004 12:27 AM

Ugh...thumbfingers can't use the internet...here's the hyperlink:

Safe Haven

Nathan » 2 July, 2004 12:28 AM

HI guys

I would recommend:

Christian Conservative - who keeps me on my toes in re-evaluating my faith.

True Grit. 'Digging a little deeper'.

Seeking serenity - Online thoughts and wonderings


Life Being Beautiful. A wondefully holistic blog.

Steve » 2 July, 2004 12:30 AM

Cynical Nation: A southern libertarian living in New York City.

Ace of Spades: Witty, right-leaning commentary.

Dave Covington » 2 July, 2004 12:30 AM

One that I just found out about the other day is Jay Pinkerton's blog. He's the guy who did those filthy Spider-Man remixes. His blog is funny too.

Jim Treacher » 2 July, 2004 12:34 AM

Bronx Banter

Provides excellent baseball coverage though he focuses on the Yankees.

INDC Journal

Probably the closest thing to one-man journalism I've ever read. Excellent coverage of protests and other events in our Nation's capital.

The King Of Fools

Level-headed and insightful commentary. One of those "quality, not quantity" guys.

Rob » 2 July, 2004 12:35 AM

R.F. Laird, author of The Boomer Bible, serves up the most thoughtful and penetrating insights into politics and culture that you will find anywhere. Check out http://www.InstaPunk.com and see a true genius at work.

G. Ward

George Ward » 2 July, 2004 12:36 AM

The Alternative Hymnal is a blog a few people have started notiing and jumping on the bandwagon with a great collection of Lyrics and Spiritual Discussion.

Chris Curtis he just seems to like the same things i like!

Maggi Dawn For something a bit deeper.

Moogaloo One i only found today but has a massive what i watched film list and the only picture blogroll i have ever seen.

Reality Blogs This is one for the future quite new and if it gets going could soon become a very important place.

ande » 2 July, 2004 12:39 AM

The Lonewacko Blog

I provide non-"liberal" coverage of immigration, Iraq, terrorism, multiculturalism, Los Angeles, California, privacy, and occasionally celebrities and wacky humor.
I cover subjects - like the illegal immigration scam - that most other bloggers are afraid to cover.

The Lonewacko Blog » 2 July, 2004 12:40 AM

Kleffmanstyle: Filters the internet filters, because you know many blogs have the "just post everything" attitude.

TheSuperficial: Wonderful site, with pics of your favorite celebs, inside information, and a ton of humor.

Anticlown: Most definitely one of the best blogs on the web. Beautifully crafted, loaded with just the right content, and always hilarious.

Justin Kleffman » 2 July, 2004 12:40 AM

Well... I think my blog is quite under rated...
The World According to Nick. Its about Technology, Political Punditry, and, well... me.

I also really like Th' Inkwell... very funny writing indeed from across the Atlantic.

Nick » 2 July, 2004 12:43 AM

Peter Fallow's Media Musings

"Commentary" on the media by that drunken English reporter from Tom Wolfe's "The Bonfire of the Vanities."

Media Minder » 2 July, 2004 12:48 AM


» 2 July, 2004 12:49 AM

DFMoore, a nanotech graduate student, provides witty insight on issues ranging from nanotech to philosophy. An excellent blog that must be read over time to be appreciated.

Diotima though not updated nearly enough provides some excellent commentary. A quality, not quantity, blog.

Semantic Compositions is a great linguistics blog. Lots of fun and interesting posts.

Adam » 2 July, 2004 12:50 AM

Tex the Pontificator: Commentary and doggerel from a lawyer. I don't remember where Tex comes from. . .

Lawrence » 2 July, 2004 12:51 AM

Smitten is the wonderful story of Deb the New Yorker and her boyfriend. It's a neat look at relationships and their lives.

Four Corners is all about Living, Creating and Adventuring. Though not as prolific as one could hope, there's a bevvy of locales represented.

Backup Brain, by Dori Smith and Tom Negrino, is a real treat for computer info and goodies.

Adventures in Troubleshooting is my site. I really do think I'm an underblogger waiting to be discovered.

Sofia Sideshow is a blog about a hollywood moive guy living and working in Sofia Bulgaria. It's outstanding

Tom Bridge » 2 July, 2004 12:52 AM

Lenny the Gardener - As White House gardener, Lenny has daily chats with key members of the White House. Leftist parody.

Bob » 2 July, 2004 12:52 AM

Susan Tharp -- formerly a blog about life in Cambridge, England, this blog always has something randomly interesting.

Literal-Minded-- a blog dedicated to strangely riveting discussions of linguistics

A Schoolyard Blog -- great insights from an educator

-- Thoughts on politics, life in Missouri, musical theatre, and sometimes other things (shameless self-promotion)

Mango » 2 July, 2004 12:54 AM

Polemic Propaganda: fiscally conservative and socially liberal/progressive views with a touch of pragamatism, doused in a bucket of sarcasm.

Neil » 2 July, 2004 12:54 AM

Average Bear

Doyce is a good friend of mine, but his various observations on life, media, and raising his nephew are always good reading.

Stupid Evil Bastard

A freethinking atheist with a heart of gold. He avoids knee-jerk cheap shots in favor of still-passionate discourse. He posts a lot of about technology and blogging, too.


Art, culture, and archaeology news, erudite and informative without being in any way snobbish or condescending.

Marn's Big Adventure

The charming dailyish essays of a nice older woman who lives in the wilds of Quebec with her husband, cats, and a need to jog.

Ghost of a Flea

Another Canadian, this one who posts frequently on culture, politics, and amusing web-based passtimes.

***Dave » 2 July, 2004 12:54 AM

I second INDC Journal (http://www.indcjournal.com), not for the "one'man journalism" but rather because after Mark Steyn (www.steynonline.com) Bill is the funniest man in the blogosphere---and contributing the most important Moonbat research in the field. Also check out Protein Wisdom (http://www.celluloid-wisdom.com/pw/)

TMarcell » 2 July, 2004 12:56 AM

A superior blog, celebrating diversity, free speech and humor.

Check it out.

Juniper_fuel » 2 July, 2004 1:02 AM

Robert Tagorda provides consistently thoughtful commentaries on politics, including the Iraq War. He's very evenhanded, especially on divisive topics, and treats liberals and conservatives alike with respect.

Art » 2 July, 2004 1:02 AM

Well, there's me of course, at www.timworstall.com.
Then there's Cafe Hayek at http://cafehayek.typepad.com/hayek/ which is simply superb and then The Joy of Knitting at http://thejoyofknitting.blogspot.com/. Read her very first entry for an intruiging flavour.

Tim Worstall » 2 July, 2004 1:03 AM

Robert Tagorda provides consistently thoughtful commentaries on politics, including the Iraq War. He's very evenhanded, especially on divisive topics, and treats liberals and conservatives alike with respect.

Art » 2 July, 2004 1:04 AM

Robert Tagorda provides consistently thoughtful commentaries on politics, including the Iraq War. He's very evenhanded, especially on divisive topics, and treats liberals and conservatives alike with respect.

Art » 2 July, 2004 1:05 AM


He calls it "Cars, Law and Politics. Mostly Cars." But it isn't mostly anything. It's all three. And what else is there, really? Besides love, I mean. It also has Boston news and comment interesting enough to appeal to non-Bostonians - erudite and topical.

Dispatches From the Culture Wars

Maybe not an underblogger; his site meter shows >20,000 views. Does that count? Smart, educated take on culture and politics with a focus on the battle bewteen creationists and scientists.

DK » 2 July, 2004 1:05 AM

Oops. Sorry for the multiple comment posts. Running on a slow modem, and didn't know whether it had gone through the first time.

Art » 2 July, 2004 1:06 AM

She's a wacko Kucinich supporter but a great writer and really funny: Clarified

Karol » 2 July, 2004 1:07 AM

A Welsh View - Full of weird/strange/amusing stories and images, games, technology and anything else that I think is worthy of blogging.

Robert Gale » 2 July, 2004 1:09 AM

My list of deserving underblogs:
The Nudnik File--http://thenudnikfile.blogspot.com/
Insightful and original commentary.. a good lense to view the world through infused with sprinkles of wry humor
Belmont Club--http://belmontclub.blogspot.com/
Very well written political analysis
Belgravia Dispatch--http://www.belgraviadispatch.com/
Somewhat of a different take on the political and foreign policy scene

Anna » 2 July, 2004 1:09 AM

Banana Oil! - great for film info and criticism, plus everything else you can think of. Sharp, well-written, and he can give a smack-down like no other.

Tom » 2 July, 2004 1:10 AM

A few I recommend:

Farm Accident Digest is a prolific blog with much inanity and self-deprecating humor.

Free Market Fairy Tales is a British fellow chock full of military history and political commentary.

Saintly Salmagundi is a priest in Louisiana who's gained some press notoriety.

Ad Limina Apostolorum is run by a guy who works at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, so he often has insights.

Gleeful Extremist is mine, and I include it just because I can't think of a fifth to mention.

GE » 2 July, 2004 1:12 AM

Brothers Judd

Very impressive in terms of both quantity and quality of content. A civil and knowledgeable group of regular commenters.

Doug » 2 July, 2004 1:13 AM

kudzu : a tangle of green thoughts

flying space monkey chronicles : a pure laugh riot

Irritation Station : well placed anger

pause. rewind. erase. : the girl can sing, too...

cutest. baby. ever. : 'nuff said

shane » 2 July, 2004 1:13 AM

Funny site

Seamus » 2 July, 2004 1:15 AM

This is such a good idea. Might I suggest:

Blog - physics...
URL - http://ahrenlw.blogspot.com/
Always entertaining, straddling the line between genius and madness. Diverse topics, icluding the magnificence of life. Good comments section.

Blog - The Electric Commentary
URL - http://www.electriccommentary.blogspot.com

This one is mine. A team blog, politically diverse team members. Poilitics, pop culture, sports (check out some of the football posts from last year). Always lively discussion and creative use of links.

Paul Noonan » 2 July, 2004 1:19 AM

In the Fight... the weblog of the Mississippi Connection with Matt Friedeman Radio Program. Political commentary from a Christian perspective.

Josh » 2 July, 2004 1:21 AM

For those days when life sucks, Gennie's Dizzy Girl(www.dizzy-girl.net ) is a very sweet blog to make me feel better...

For a specialized hobby, Roaches of the Intellect (www.roachesoftheintellect.net) has a odd opinion on martial arts and fencing.

And then my own blog, technogypsy(www.technogypsy. com)written in more hotel rooms than any decent man should see... Talks about Orthodoxy, Science, Politics and Life on the Road...


Sorry but I couldn't figure out how to post links to the titles

Kevin P Menard » 2 July, 2004 1:23 AM

The Smoking Room for its snarky and humourous outlook on politics in general, but Seattle life specifically.

La Shawn Barber's Corner is an excellent Black, Christian, Conservative blog.

Feces Flinging Monkey always posts interesting links that no one else seems to link to.

After Abortion is one of the finest post-abortion blogs available on the web, bar none.

Jeremiah » 2 July, 2004 1:24 AM

The Common Virtue

The Common Virtue is a very good blog run by a Cadet in the United States Army. The author has a good writing style, and can write good passages about issues he truly cares about.

Michael » 2 July, 2004 1:25 AM

Thanks, Ken for the recommendation! I already tried to post this but I don't see it so I'm sorry if I'm posting twice:

I recommend Clarified. She's a wacky Kucinich supporter (yes, still) but a fantastic writer and really funny.

Karol » 2 July, 2004 1:25 AM

The Key Monk, a general conservative political observation blog that also tackles sports and has some sharp insight into both.

How Appealing, which is fairly well known but nonetheless very good.

Israellycool a blogger in Israel who moved there from Australia.

Russ » 2 July, 2004 1:27 AM

Ace of Spades (Ace.mu.nu). Consistently funny. It's the only one I read everyday.

dib » 2 July, 2004 1:29 AM

PhotographyBLOG A blog about Photography! Updated daily.

Mark Goldstein » 2 July, 2004 1:29 AM

Crazy guy who writes about Terry Tate and other random stories that come to mind.

The one blog I love is www.imao.us

John » 2 July, 2004 1:32 AM

Broken Quanta
Admittedly, my own blog. Events of the day viewed through the prism of math and science, and a little everyday craziness in the life of a Southern grad student.

I also second Belmont Club (many links above), and further reccomend Blackfive, who has an excellent list of People You Should Know.

Brian » 2 July, 2004 1:32 AM

Unlearning the pessimism, fatalism, and agnosticism of the liberal indoctrination that is college.

Two brothers run this blog. One's in law school; the other's an undergrad. They know their stuff.

Joe » 2 July, 2004 1:37 AM


Pioneering political online video reporting. Also one of the few political websites that doesn't resort to name-calling.

Rodger Kormel » 2 July, 2004 1:39 AM


Unlearning the pessimism, fatalism, and agnosticism of the liberal indoctrination that is college.

Two brothers run this blog. One's in law school; the other's an undergrad. They know their stuff.

Joe » 2 July, 2004 1:39 AM

Sheila's Redheaded Ramblings is a daily read. Eclectic, into a little bit of everything, a joy to read.

Fraters Libertas is glib, arrogant and hilarious. I don't know if they're exactly "underblogs", though.

Exultate Justi is articulate Christian thought, politics.

Shot In The Dark is a good politics and current events blog.

J Gonsoski » 2 July, 2004 1:41 AM


A fact-based, bi-partisan, "neo-enviro" blog with a free-market twist and a Chesapeake Bay focus.

Dave Greene » 2 July, 2004 1:44 AM

I really like this blog, for the obvious reason, it's me.

Really though, I think Allah is definitely worthy. Along with the new Alice In Texas

Camille » 2 July, 2004 1:48 AM


TNP is a little demanding (one recent post was headed "ENERGY STAR REBATES AND IRRELEVANT EXTERNALITIES"), but is worth it for anyone who wants to understand free-market views especially on energy and other regulated industries.

Zathras » 2 July, 2004 1:49 AM

The Iron Blog - A very cool debate blog. Watch challengers from around the sphere challenge the "Iron Bloggers" on topics ranging from the morality of torture to "victimless crimes" to Donald Rumsfeld.

RantingProfs - Insightful analysis of the media's influence on security issues by a UNC journalism professor

Law Meme - A blog collective at Yale Law School focusing on the intersection of technology and law.

Brian Noggle - The web's next big satirist.

And finally, Thief's DenPolitics, Intelligence, Law, Humor, Life, the Universe, and Everything...

Thief » 2 July, 2004 1:50 AM

If you haven't been visiting Matt's MartiniPundit, you've been missing out.

This guy can pundit me under the table.

Stephen Green » 2 July, 2004 1:59 AM

I feel a little self-conscious, but I'll nominate my blog:

Pennywit, where I try to maintain a fairly even center-left set of political commentary.

Also worth reading:

Sharleen Mondal features some very interesting, very insightful commentary.

Is Outside the Beltway an underblog? If so, it deserves reading for its thoughtful commentaries.

Miniluv is a fun place to go for political duelling.

pennywit » 2 July, 2004 2:00 AM

Vindication My blog.

The Rostra another new quality Minnesota Blog

PV » 2 July, 2004 2:01 AM

This one is popular at least:

Jill » 2 July, 2004 2:02 AM

This one looks good and it's quite popular for a new blog An American in China.

ladyj » 2 July, 2004 2:04 AM

This one looks good and it's quite popular for a new blog An American in China.

ladyj » 2 July, 2004 2:04 AM

Two brothers, both witty, pragmatic, libertarians comment, usually with style and a sense of humor, on just about everything.

Danny Noonan » 2 July, 2004 2:06 AM


Alan does a great job looking at culture and faith. Plus plenty of archeological updates (if you dig that sort of thing)

The Rough Woodsman

A group blog - the name being taken from a quote by Martin Luther. Swamphopper, Sciolist, Inkling and Dogman (with an occasional appearance by Kirk) do a great job of taking a Christian perspective on a wide variety of topics. These boys keep their axes sharp.

Rabe Ramblings

Current events and commentary with just the right amount of snark from a guy with journalist credentials of his own. How can you not like a blog with a sub-heading of "Even I barely care..."?


Sorry, needed to clear my throat.

LittleA » 2 July, 2004 2:07 AM

I think I count as an underblogger (I score maybe 30 visits per day)

The Hobbesian Conservative
Hard right commentary for hard left times. And occasionally funny to boot. (Modest too)

I'd also recommend

The Mulatto Advocate
Thoughtful comments on just about everything. A very smart fellow. Unafraid to challenge shibboleths about race. Does he count as an Underblogger?

And Bunker Mulligan is usually pretty good too. Bunker writes well and offers solid conservative commentary.

Greg » 2 July, 2004 2:11 AM

O.k. I keep screwing this up link up I know.
So click on my name.

Jill » 2 July, 2004 2:12 AM

O.k. I keep screwing this up link up I know.
So click on my name.

Jill » 2 July, 2004 2:12 AM

O.k. I keep screwing this up link up I know.
So click on my name.

Jill » 2 July, 2004 2:14 AM

O.k. I keep screwing this link up I know.
So click on my name.

Jill » 2 July, 2004 2:14 AM

Hud's Blog-O-Rama: I'm a writer of comic books and movies who talks politics, movies and science with wit and distinction. Check out my photo cartoons!

Amaravati: Abode of Amritas: A language professor talks about the nature of words and the insane politics of leftist academia.

James Hudnall » 2 July, 2004 2:20 AM

DANEgerus Weblog

Because it's me! and I'm nothing if not prolific putting up 4500 posts in my first year.

Also please note other underapreciated blogs:


Curmudgeonly & Skeptical


DANEgerus » 2 July, 2004 2:26 AM

The funniest blog on the web!!!! Gotta check it out!!!! http://thedailyshower.typepad.com

Boatie Robertson » 2 July, 2004 2:28 AM

Thanks for the nod, Boatie.

You can also get to the site at: www.TheDailyShower.com


Marc » 2 July, 2004 2:33 AM

A few more:

The Greatest Jeneration
Conservative commentary by the beautiful, yet heavily armed, Jen.

Captain's Quarters
Fraters Libertas
Members of what Hugh Hewitt calls the "Northern Alliance." They get a fair bit of linkage from Hewitt and the Instapundit, but they deserve a higher profile.

An "interactive newspaper" focusing on the War On Terror, run by a retired intelligence analyst. Has a lively comment community. There's a lot of insight there among the smartassery.

Mike » 2 July, 2004 2:35 AM

Francis W. Porretto's Palace of Reason is remarkable.


Mark LaRochelle » 2 July, 2004 2:36 AM

Crossfiah! (www.crossfiah.com) -- great running liberal-conservative commentary.

Boker Tov, Boulder (http://zioneocon.blogspot.com) -- one of the wonders of the Internet; an engaged, wide-ranging pro-Israel site.

Left Coast East (www.robberichman.com) -- engaging blog by a young D.C. internet maven.

RR » 2 July, 2004 2:37 AM

Matt's Presidential Bios -- http://mattpresidentialbios.blogspot.com -- Based on the author's long term goal of reading at least one biography of every American president. It provides a welcome break from the here and now.

A » 2 July, 2004 2:42 AM

Opps...messed up the link:

Marc » 2 July, 2004 2:48 AM

Kris Heding
One girl's display of emotions, art, journal, writings, and more. Open and honest.

An aspiring speechwriter's notes on conflict, human behavior, poetry, war and the inspiring.

Chris » 2 July, 2004 2:49 AM

Ack, so many political blogs... Let's even it out a bit with five of my favorite underdogs, with zero political content!

Apothecary's Drawer.
Octopus Dropkick.
Incoming Signals.
Gomi no Sensei.

Andy Baio » 2 July, 2004 2:51 AM

A conservative who doesn't always tow the Republican Party line. Just common-sense stuff.

MrAnonymous » 2 July, 2004 3:04 AM


It's about politics, faith, and a little silliness ta boot.

Dan » 2 July, 2004 3:04 AM

Floyd the Chimp: politics with humorous twist; Atlantic Blog: American Economist living in Ireland; Meaty Fly: mainly Iraq-related

Jon » 2 July, 2004 3:05 AM

tap tap tap, is this thing on?

Kudzu Writings, observations, photography and acoustic rock/folk music.

The Flying Space Monkey ChroniclesVerbalizations and Visualizations from a Slightly O F F center point of view. "Shameless Absolutely shameless. But brilliant." "finally, a neo-con with a sense of humor"

Almanac of the Mundane kind of a renaissance blog on Photography, Music, Religion, Politics, Money, Technology and Leisure (check the New Mexico page there).

LK » 2 July, 2004 3:09 AM

I'm going to engage in some self-promotion here:

Madanthony.org - Rants, politics, and thoughts on politics, technology, life,
and stuff from a generally politically conservative Baltimoron.

NewsAmuse - humourous news stories with biting commentary

Mad Anthony » 2 July, 2004 3:18 AM

trying to grok is Sarah's blog of understanding others.

Big Gold Dog will give you a lot of interesting stories from Midland, Texas.

Mike » 2 July, 2004 3:18 AM

deep soil: The thoughts of woman minister in California, great insight on God in both daily life and special events.

NeoTheo(b)log: A pastor unafraid to ask hard questions.

Underneath the Dogwood: 4 girls blog about God as they go through university and all that entails.

oblation: Another university student seeking God in the everyday life

Chera » 2 July, 2004 3:19 AM

CabinGirl.com - Funny, witty, and has the most bizarre things happen to her.

Argylez.com - I like it because it's mine.

Argylez » 2 July, 2004 3:24 AM

You're more than welcome to include mine but really I wanted to nominate both my wife's site and my mother-in-law's site.

Peter » 2 July, 2004 3:27 AM

Well, apparently my html skills are rusty.

My wife's site is http://www.naebunny.net/mrspseudopsalms

My mother-in-law's site is

Peter » 2 July, 2004 3:29 AM

The World Wide Rant - because the blogosphere doesn't have enough "militant atheist small-L libertarian with neocon tendencies" writers who like monkeys. Oh, and because I run the shop. And I ooze charm.

Th'inkwell - she's smart, and tall, and funny, and I think too many people don't catch the double meaning of her blog title.

TimBerglund.com - why not? He's a good guy, even if he is a do-gooder Christian type. The home brewing makes up for it.

Walter In Denver - makes my libertarianism look wishy-washy. Curses the gods every time he has to drive on a taxpayer-funded interstate highway.

That's a start. Plenty of other bloggerdy-goodness-osity in my blogroll.

andy » 2 July, 2004 3:39 AM

Steel White Table DiVERSiONZ

peat » 2 July, 2004 3:41 AM

Articulatory Loop, for really interesting looks at current developments in science.

I would also suggest my own group blog, The Bellman. Not so much for my own writing on the site, but for the excellent commentary my co-authors provide on a daily basis.

Jason » 2 July, 2004 3:44 AM

Astonished Head: neurotic and often silly pseudo-genius with a nasty gnome named Stig who often goes out and does his promotional work for him.

Also: X-entertainment A 20-something fellow somewhere in Jersey who's obsessed with 80s kitsch the way that Lileks is obsessed with nasty foodstuffs. He'll have a book some day if he keeps this up.

Stig » 2 July, 2004 3:48 AM

Well, I guess I would like to first plug my site, HipperCritical, because I offer lots of interesting commentary on politics, science and other good stuff, and because I'm an all-around cool guy.

Israellycool is a great site covering Israel and the Middle east which doesn't get nearly enough attention.

The same can be said for Solomonia, especially when he covers events around Boston area like the rally against genocide in the Sudan.

The Belgravia Dispatch always provides insightful analysis of the War on Terror, the Iraq War and everything else like that.

And finally, Free Thoughts on Iran should get much more attention because I think it's very important Americans to understand the perspective of the Iranian people and ex-pats before any conflict between Iran and USA heats up.

Glenn » 2 July, 2004 3:54 AM

I'm a big fan of The Talent Show. It's got a cool design, good writing, and often features stuff I don't see anywhere else.

Mexico Dave » 2 July, 2004 3:55 AM

Bound by Gravity, www.boundbygravity.com, a nice small blog concerned with Canadians affairs.

» 2 July, 2004 3:59 AM

An American guy living in Europe. Funny, clever, good writing... and sometimes defining what "is" is. Thank you.

annnika moebius » 2 July, 2004 4:02 AM

check out CEO Ben at secondhandrants.com. Witty, clever, a better writer than most. Go visit and tell him that imps are the source of all his problems, not elves.

waiken » 2 July, 2004 4:05 AM

"Oh, you shameless hussy, promoting your own blog!" she exclaimed: Small Business Trends is where you will find the hottest new trends among small businesses.

Also, check out Red Wheelbarrow. A Canuck transplanted to the States gives his unique spin on the world.

Anita Campbell » 2 July, 2004 4:06 AM

Of course I think of my blog as an underdog, fighting the man, hoping to part the veil to show the world what I write about, so here's mine: http://goodblimey.com

Other sites that should get more attention are:

http://www.kartooner.com - Sweet design, great topics brought up, and excellent writing. Erik always maintains being intriguing and insightful.

http://antipixel.com/blog/ - Not sure I'd categorize them as underdogs, but I hardly ever hear this blog mentioned anywhere. The guy takes some pictures that are simply amazing and awe-inspiring. He writes about them with great detail, and he as an uncanny knack for drawing you into his world in Japan.

http://www.relativelyabsolute.com/ - Great design too, and fascinating topics in web design and other geek stuff. He just finished his new Simple PHP Gallery, and it's a breeze to install and use.

http://forevergeek.com/ - Not mentioned enough, a great stop for geeks that are sick of Slashdot flamefests.

I know this site's author requests 5 blogs, but I'm an underdog and a rebel, what did you expect? ;)

Matt Burris » 2 July, 2004 4:07 AM

Oops, forgot the link. You Bitch.

annika moebius » 2 July, 2004 4:07 AM

blogdaddy is one of the funniest, most cynical and well written journals out there. this daddy's daily rants along with his thoughts and diatribes are entertaining and insightful, and sometimes bring me to tears.

jen » 2 July, 2004 4:09 AM

The Limitless
Some pretty interesting posts on church and religion, and some great ones on figuring out life in general. It's nice to know someone else is as confused as me!

Greg » 2 July, 2004 4:09 AM

The Limitless
Some pretty interesting posts on church and religion, and some great ones on figuring out life in general. It's nice to know someone else is as confused as me!

Greg » 2 July, 2004 4:10 AM

The Blue Sloth

A stay at home father, writer and sculptor (not to mention jack of all trades when it comes to house related duties). Posts great pictures of his kids. Oh, and he has a half-naked Thursday photo day. Which I appreciate to no end.

Joe. My. God.

A phenomenal autobiographical writer. His last but one entry tackled the topic of how he lost his virginity to a boy at 11. He writes about his alcoholic father, his friend's lost to AIDS, his first boyfriend. He blows my mind.

Natali » 2 July, 2004 4:12 AM

I know Instapundit has linked to this site a couple of times. It is unique, offering insightful commentary, satire, wonders and mysteries, with pictures and music.

Pat » 2 July, 2004 4:25 AM

Immodest to put my own blog up, but I will. We at Berkeley Square Blog have been at it for a year and half now in great obscurity. But we put out a few posts a day and some very in-depth comments (comments are printed right on the blog page under the posts). One of our great commentors is Alexc at pstupidonymous a very good underblog in its own right.


John Kranz » 2 July, 2004 4:30 AM


A collection of humor, satire, thoughtful essays, and current events:

"As young thoughtful and concerned Americans we refuse to be lumped together with those broad clusters of youth culture, and so BSL is an outlet for us to escape this new status quo, so we'll explore ideas, events, music, etc. that today's youth culture isn't championing. We hope it will be an outlet for others as well.

Subverting youth culture."

Zachariah » 2 July, 2004 4:31 AM

Day By Day

A fun read every day. Sort of a fisk-by-comic-strip.

Imaginary Conversations

More of a journal blog. Sort of stream of consciousness with lots of hydro projects to monitor the flow.

JD » 2 July, 2004 4:35 AM

I'd like to nominate The Gray Monk. He puts forth some very thoughtful stuff, particularly on religion. His weekly "Sunday Thoughts" column is always worth the read.

Russell Newquist » 2 July, 2004 4:41 AM

Val Prieto's Babalublog features stories about Cuba and Cubans in Florida. Stories about family, food, and parties to lift your spirits, of course. And occasionally, a story about a Marine waiting for a bus, or another about a kitten-killer that hits hard.

This is a man writing about his life. And doing a darn good job of it.

homebru » 2 July, 2004 4:41 AM

Seldom Sober

Drinking, Political Activism, and more Drinking. Funny or crude, depending on how late it is.

Equivocal Catharsis

Arts, Technology, and funny as hell adventures in and around San Francisco


News for bloggers. News for junkies.

The Galloping Consumption

"Drifting into the arena of the unwell. . ."

SS » 2 July, 2004 5:06 AM


Great comedy and political commentary.

R. Azor » 2 July, 2004 5:08 AM

LethalThought.com is a great conservative Blog. The daily updates on this Blog are unabashedly conservative, honest, and keep me up to date on what's happening in the political world.

Angel Mendez Jr » 2 July, 2004 5:12 AM

I was hoping I'd be the first one to mention my friend Bill's site, INDC Journal, but I guess I'll have to settle for seconding the motion.

This guy, who is not a professional journalist, went out and interviewed Michael Berg, for crying out loud. Also, he started a "pledge drive" to raise money to cover his expenses, then had a change of heart and decided to donate that money and all subsequent monies raised to a fund for the families of fallen soldiers.

Also, he links to my site once in a while, so he gets my love.

Jeff Harrell » 2 July, 2004 5:24 AM

my absolute favorite little-known blog is definatly the llamabutchers. very prolific and of a higher quality than many other, well known blogs.

and of course, i can't pass up the opportunity to pimp my own space, geek empire...it's not great, but hey, it's home for me.

francisthegreat » 2 July, 2004 5:31 AM

The RazorA center-right journal that looks at the bigger picture. It had to be rebuilt after an attack by nihilist hackers, and now has an interesting series on cognitive dissonance and Islam.

Franz Kuker » 2 July, 2004 5:48 AM

Try LibertyBlog at www.libertyblog.com. Updated throughout the day with concisely written and thoughful entries. General slant is conservative to libertarian. Snarky and occasionally ribald tone keeps things interesting.

CK » 2 July, 2004 5:50 AM

The Shining Blog on the Hill.


Charles Hammond Jr. » 2 July, 2004 6:21 AM

The Black Saint - insanely funny, important posts on celebrity and the new york experience

Ephus - baseball, print journalism, and the single guy

Shebmo - entertainment encounters from l.a., music heavy

Lee » 2 July, 2004 6:21 AM

The SaltwaterPizza Blog

The guy that runs this one is all over the place. He's not that consistent in keeping fresh info up, but he's got some interesting stuff.

Paul » 2 July, 2004 6:22 AM

I would like to pimp my own blog. I think the archives holds up, and I think the frame navigation is the best I've ever seen.

Gwen has a good weblog, and she has a book coming out in the fall.

Mike » 2 July, 2004 6:34 AM

Well, I'll blow my own trumpet by pointing out my very own MURDOC ONLINE, a blog dedicated mostly to matters military and political, but with a fair amount of random stuff thrown in for good measure.

Also check out:
Airborne Combat Engineer for tons of good military analysis.

Master of None for a little of just about everything.

The Eternal Golden Braid for all things space.

Did I mention Murdoc Online?

murdoc » 2 July, 2004 6:44 AM

ESR's Musings - A Canadian blog that covers politics, economics and culture. The rants can be entertaining.

Relapsed Catholic - As the name suggests, it's a Catholic blog. It's not all religion though and the blogger behind it is a talented writer.

Ranting and Roaring - Great Canadian blog and the guy behind it has released a fantastic RSS aggregator called BlogMatrix Jaeger.

El Cid » 2 July, 2004 7:09 AM

InstaPunk (http://www.instapunk.com/) provides serious and satirical multi-media commentary on contemporary political and cultural issues. The most diverse and interesting blogsite I've seen.

Pat » 2 July, 2004 7:13 AM

The Fire Ant Gazette - news and opinions from a man of West Texas and his dog Abbye.

The People's Republic of Seabrook - My faviorite liberal. I don't agree with him much but I respect him every morning

reflections - Just My Opinion - Jen, my favorite co-worker

-Snippets: Rob Stewarts Blog - Professor Rob as I call him

shannon » 2 July, 2004 7:13 AM

Since my HTML didn't work on my original comment, I'll try again and type the URLS.

The Iron Blog (http://theironblog.blogspot.com) - A very cool debate blog. Watch challengers from around the sphere challenge the "Iron Bloggers" on topics ranging from the morality of torture to "victimless crimes" to Donald Rumsfeld.

RantingProfs (http://rantingprofs.typepad.com) - Insightful analysis of the media's influence on security issues by a UNC journalism professor

Law Meme (http://research.yale.edu/lawmeme) - A blog collective at Yale Law School focusing on the intersection of technology and law.

Brian Noggle (http://stlbrianj.blogspot.com) - The web's next big satirist.

And finally, Thief's Den (http://www.thiefsden.net) -
Politics, Intelligence, Law, Humor, Life, the Universe, and Everything...

Thief » 2 July, 2004 7:25 AM

One more:

The Whomping Willow
Commentary on current events. If only she posted more regularly.

Mike » 2 July, 2004 7:51 AM

Dakota Feinstein's Blog. Photography, reviews and commentary on psychological, social and spiritual issues and ideas. Insightful and funny.

underlyingreality » 2 July, 2004 7:58 AM


Mike » 2 July, 2004 7:59 AM

Read/Write Web (because no one else will mention me)

Andrew Chen

Feeding Change

Code is Mandatory

Different, just like everybody else

Richard MacManus » 2 July, 2004 8:42 AM

Political Theory Daily Review

Though it's not blog commentary, it links to good articles on political theory and the like, and summarizes hundreds of magazines and journals. Like an Arts & Letters Daily, but with many more links. It's an excellent one-stop shop.

Dude » 2 July, 2004 8:57 AM

Great political blog. A combo linker/thinker with posts from today's big headlines to stories that you probably missed. Updated regularly and thoughtfully written.

H. Lime » 2 July, 2004 9:06 AM

Godfollower A blog about life and observations on all the great things the Lord has done in Caron's life. It is a very encouraging read and really shows off God!

Quiet Reverie Donna posts on a variety of subjects that are near and dear to her heart. She writes very passionately, VERY passionately, about politics, adoption, abortion and other experiences in her life.

Jack's Personal Growth Chart From her tagline: "Personal writing of a twenty-something screw-up....as God screws her back down." I got hooked on her blog as I "read her thoughts", at least those she was willing to post, as she suffered through a recent personal loss.

Shanktified! The blog and typos of Ron Shank. Ron covered the gamut in his blog, politics, everyday life and using his blog as a ministry, which is his greatest desire and shines through in many of his posts.

PBG's Path From Tim's blog: "Anyway, over the summer I started a conversation (sort of a thought experiment at first) where I thought about God. Now, don't get me wrong... I am not a 'religious nut' by any means. I go to church with my family, but for most of my life I have been a questioning Agnostic. I am not, myself, a member of our church. Until recently, I didn't think I had any kind of faith. God was too big a concept for me to handle in my own musing." and the "musing" begins...

Susan L. Prince » 2 July, 2004 9:11 AM

A Time For Choosing

A political blog, linker and thinker. From today's big headlines to smaller stories you may have missed. Updated regularly and thoughtfully written.

H. Lime » 2 July, 2004 9:13 AM

An honest amateur trying to be involved.

G. Sheehan » 2 July, 2004 9:21 AM

Defective Yeti is a brilliant blogger, and the inspiration of many other blogs.

Duane » 2 July, 2004 9:23 AM

I read The Forest For The Trees daily. Topics range from the environment, humorous observations, to politics. He should be more famous.

Ryan » 2 July, 2004 9:25 AM

The Bottle Shop. A former financial-world hot-shot turns to working in a wine shop in South London. Hysterically funny tales of what you would think would be an ordinary life. Read the archives. Read the whole thing, from beginning to end.

matt » 2 July, 2004 10:31 AM

The Dane is a smart cat with an OUTSTANDING eye for design; he started vidblogging last year and it's som of the funniest stuff you'll see on the interweb.

The Samurai Barber is well, um...eclectic. Yes, eclectic is the word. Off-beat and riotously funny.

Screw Flanders goes in the pile, because someone who writes posts like, "Feeling stabby." is not to be missed.

Waistdog died last month, but his site is still a treasure trove of humor and wisdom. The entries are amazing.

Jett » 2 July, 2004 10:44 AM

The Llamabutchers A lawyer and a political scientist have fun with photoshopping, classical music, politics and Jane Austen Cage Matches.

The Bad Hair Blog Consistently some of the best analysis on European politics that I've read.

seldom sober A poet, politico and a poker player.

The Cake Eater Chronicles. Which is mine. I write about anything that interests me. Mainly politics, but I'm also partaking in the Jane Austen Cage Match with The Llamabutchers right now, so you'll never know what you'll find.

Kathy » 2 July, 2004 11:31 AM

New Blog Showcase - a blog to showcase new blogs, following the original at NZ Bear.

Snooze Button Dreams - funny, interesting and well written.

My Pet Jawa Damn funny and damn right.

Everyday Stranger - pure emotional honesty

And of course: Simon World - my own blog, from Hong Kong covering Asia and the world

Simon » 2 July, 2004 12:05 PM

My blog, The Conservative Zone, can be best summed up in three words:Opinion, Attitude, Insanity.

I included insanity, not because my blog is crazy, but part of my blog deales with my mental illness.

Also, please visit my friend Mike at Half-Bakered, he's the one who got me blogging in the first place!


Mark » 2 July, 2004 12:05 PM

shameless self-promotion embedded in a semi-feminist statement about the blogging world (wow if bloggercon wasn't a techie pissing contest, then i don't know what is!)

how about some more women in this inner circle of highly visible bloggers? i've been to two bloggercons and the only woman i remember from those two meetings was halley suitt.

i'd write a ton more if i knew it was being read. right now it feels like not too satisfying masturbation.

so if you are interested in reading a feminist, business school professor, who is a socialist and an armchair porn advocate, check out my blog:


Susan » 2 July, 2004 12:07 PM

Honestly, this blog started as a way to cope with a divorce, and spread into a way to entertain myself. Some people tell me they read because they feel like I'm talking directly to them. I feel bad about posting this, but where else can you read about a man getting an MRI and breast exam (http://www.dyers.org/blog/archive/2002_02_01_archive.htm) and Buying porno for Christmas (http://www.dyers.org/blog/archive/2002_12_01_archive.htm)?

Present Tense » 2 July, 2004 12:11 PM

Fringe Blog - from politics to technology to deep philosophical crap, he always has something I haven't seen elsewhere. Firsthand reporting too!

Rosenblog - written by a Seattle freelance journalist with a regular column in the Seattle Times, Rosenblog covers foreign policy, culture fluff, local matters such as transit, and life as a parent in a metro area. And he has nuance up the wazoo.

The Moderate Voice - former journalist who writes intelligently and fairly on foreign and domestic news, but especially insightful in the former because of his reporting stints overseas. Longer what-does-it-all-mean essays.

Shark Blog - Seattle financial advisor with a keen eye on anti-Semitism worldwide, wasteful spending in the Seattle area, and other conservative/libertarian stuff.

Greg » 2 July, 2004 12:30 PM

Eidos: Following the Logos where he leads

Unique reflections from a Conservative Christian philosopher who runs a great books program.

Classical Education

A few classically educated grad students publish their thoughts and reading lists.

La Vita Nuova

Dr. Al Geier, Proffessor of philosophy at the University of Rochester, joins a group of Dante students in a series of dialogues about the Divine Commedy.

Rev. Dale Owen

An amusing and thought-provoking satire site.

California Republic

"A minority report of rational opinion"

Rachel » 2 July, 2004 12:38 PM


Joi » 2 July, 2004 12:48 PM

Great site ---> All Things Christie.com

Tons of great links

Kyle Gibbard » 2 July, 2004 12:53 PM

Slice, a blog/website devoted to New York style pizza (the only real pizza, really).

Open Book, thoughtful commentary by gifted religious writer Amy Welborn.

Catholic Kerry Watch - an ongoing discussion of John Kerry's crisis of religious identity and his struggles with the Catholic Church.

Lincoln & Liberty, politically-oriented commentary from Catholic blogger Bill Cork.

Against The Grain - my own blog. Some people seem to like it.

Christopher Blosser » 2 July, 2004 1:00 PM

Athena is an American college undergraduate studying terrorism and Arabic in the Middle East, she runs the blog, Terrorism Unveiled. It has quite very educated analysis and thought-provoking pieces like this, this and especially her "letter."

Cinthia » 2 July, 2004 1:12 PM

I'll suggest two blogs. The first one is my own...

Responsible Nanotechnology - http://CRNano.typepad.com/

It's a serious blog (mostly anyway) that posts info and stimulates conversation about the risks, benefits, and probably development curve of advanced nanotech.

Cyborg Democracy - http://cyborgdemocracy.net/blogger.html

A collaborative blog for democratic transhumanists, nanosocialists, revolutionary singularitarians, non-anthropocentric personhood theorists, radical futurists, leftist extropians, bioutopians and biopunks, socialist-feminist cyborgs, transgenders, body modifiers, basic income advocates, world federalists, agents of the Culture and the Cassini Division, Viridians and technoGaians - transmitting a sexy, high-tech vision of a radically democratic future.

Mike Treder » 2 July, 2004 1:18 PM

Sofia Sideshow is the blog of a hollywood producer in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The Four Corners, on Living, Creating and Adventuring.

Athletics Nation is a great blog about the Oakland A's, there's an awesome vibrant community and Blez does a hell of a job with commentary.

Bill Coughlan is a great filmmaker in DC and a standup guy.

Adventures in Troubleshooting is my blog. Self serving. I realize. Sorry, I just think I'm pretty decent.

Tom Bridge » 2 July, 2004 2:05 PM

The blog from a block north of the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Only a small readership so far - but international with some news folks and attorneys and wags from here in Hollywood to there in Paris weighing in.

The daily web log is As Seen From Just Above Sunset.

The weekly virtual parent magazine (lots of hi-res photos of Hollywood and Paris and whatnot, and fiction and reviews) is Just Above Sunset.

Alan Pavlik » 2 July, 2004 2:17 PM

The Legal Reader
The latest legal news - and the stranger the better.

John » 2 July, 2004 2:56 PM

I thought about posting under a different name and nominating myself, but that wouldn't be right, and I had a few really good ones in mind-

NeoUltraCentrist- well thought out and unique and they only get 20 hits a day or so, which is a pity.

Dimmy Karras- This guy is much better thought-out than most other leftie-bloggers, with a lot of good sports commentary.

Damnum Absuque Injuria- Creative conservative commentary. Gets a little more attention than the other two I've named.

John A. Kalb » 2 July, 2004 3:32 PM

I have to start with my own blog, TraderMike.net, at which I try to give an insight into how I trade stocks for a living as well as demystify the stock market for novices.

Another very informative blog about the stock market is The Kirk Report.

An excellent, way-too-slept-on blog is PFBLOG.com - My Personal Finance Journey. That blog is "Daily personal finance observation, musing and decisions in a journey toward early retirement by 40 with at least a million dollars." It contains some excellent financial tips.

Michael » 2 July, 2004 4:27 PM

Nuts. Just left my nominations on the M-Q page. Shows what happens when it's late. Apologies; please move them here if possible. Thanks.

Bruce » 2 July, 2004 5:20 PM

Sweet Madness II

lyzzy » 2 July, 2004 5:41 PM

Wow, that's a phenomenal response. Best of luck poring through all of this!

Zero Intelligence.Net - My other weblog (Snooze Button Dreams is my personal blog) deals with something very important to me - our schools and the retarded policies they make. Each day I showcase one or more episodes of administrative stupidity in schools and try to get some discourse going on them.

Simon's World - This is where I heard of the Underblog Celebration. Simon is an Aussie in Hong Kong and combines slice of life posts with information and news on HK and the South East.

Trey Givens - Trey is an excellent writer with a wicked sense of humor. He's also got his head on straight for money matters and just happens to be my running mate for the 2004 Presidency.

Everyday Stranger - Wow. Just Wow. Helen is one of the most skilled writers I've ever encountered. She writes about her life in an intimate detail I've never encountered before and she writes it very, very well.

Rambling Rhodes - Ryan Rhodes is another author who is just an excellent read no matter what he's writing about. As a bonus he's usually writing something either humorous or touchingly nostalgic. I beat and cajoled him off of BlogSpot and his traffic has picked up since then but he still doesn't get nearly the attention he deserves.

Jim » 2 July, 2004 7:44 PM

Here are two that I enjoy:

InstaPunk -- full of thought-provoking analysis and mischief.

TargetBlank -- the official blog of the Red Ant movement!

Guy T. » 2 July, 2004 8:40 PM

Julie Anne Fidler - an excellent writer, provides personal commentary on social and political issues from a Christian perspective.

Anne Cunningham - a liberal hawk from NYC, whose range of topics and thougtful research performed on them is stunning.

Tomas Kohl - world affairs as seen from the Heart of Europe (Prague). Distinctly pro-American and carefully libertarian.

Tom » 2 July, 2004 8:41 PM

Here's my family of fine blogs -- a bunch for all tastes!

Trudy W. Schuett

Trudy W. Schuett » 2 July, 2004 9:52 PM

177 comments!!! MAN oh Man I'm glad I'm not sorting this all out...

blog from South Australia with a good amount of insight, amusement, sarcasm and comments on a number of issues, ideas, music, community radio, song writing...

Man of Lettuce
blog of a cabbie in Sydney, Australia interesting reflections on politics, people and the night life.

Seth Worley
Seth's from Tennessee, coffee addict, film maker, movie and music reviewer and thinker on emerging church type stuff. a "self proclaimed thinker"

Breathing Space
An alternative church community in Melbourne, the guys there, especially Eddie provide some great thinking on church and community type things.

An English Activist in Iraq. Well, she's not in iraq at the moment but she's still a great read.

The Other Darren » 2 July, 2004 10:47 PM

Fool's Blog is diverse commenting on major event and less significant nuggets. It's a good blend of pointers and commentary. Some pix. Does have a point of view, but usually not overbearing.

Querulous » 3 July, 2004 12:11 AM

Fiffteen Minutes
::very funny, insightful comments on pop culture, too

Jack's got a lot of insight (and a bit of an interesting life)

Scattered Words
What can I say--brutal, honest and unflinching. Probably one of the most provocative, controversial blogs out there right now

Very interesting commentary on spirituality...

Tim » 3 July, 2004 1:21 AM

My selections are as follows:

South Dakota Politics - Focusing on the political goings-on in my home state, this University of South Dakota Law School grad does hard-hitting analysis of the political scene and how the local press covers (or does not cover) it.

Leah Guildenstern - a gifted writer who weaves current events, faith and personal observation together in a fascinating tapestry.

Sibby Online - another South Dakota based blog with a bit wider focus that SDP. In particular I appreciate his observations on landowner/hunting/fishing issues.

Who Tends the Fires - As they themselves put it, "Bringing the Voice of Reason to the Blog-o-Sphere since who the hell cares when..." Shares my interest in webcomics.

And finally, myself - Irreconcileble Musings - Commentary on Life, the Universe, and Everything in Kansas, the Midwest, the US, Webcomics, and Blogging.

Wally » 3 July, 2004 1:36 AM

Sarcasmo's Corner
My blog - fun, quirky, and er...fill in whatever other self-serving adjectives are expected, I suppose.

Pesky Apostrophe
Witty, insightful, and updated a zillion times a day

Life in the Pink
Smart, funny, and slightly skewed

Sarcasmo » 3 July, 2004 1:52 AM

Betsy's Page Good on American History and applying it to modern civics.

Dean » 3 July, 2004 2:24 AM

Liberty Dad a Libertarian Paternalist strongly pro-life and against the anti-God trends (me)

Michael J Totten � a liberal hawk secular fundamentalist with clear writing

the evangelical outpost � Joe Carter�s thoughtful essays and good comments

One Hand Clapping � Rev. Donald Sensing�s comments, pro-Iraqi Freedom and responsibility

Freespeech � a group blog with a real split between pro-war and anti-war folks

Tom Grey » 3 July, 2004 3:12 AM

Thought of one more:

Entertaining group blog that tackles politics as easily as pop-culture

Sarcasmo » 3 July, 2004 3:17 AM

Thought of one more:

Entertaining group blog that tackles politics as easily as pop-culture

» 3 July, 2004 3:19 AM

Follow That Hippo: Very simple blog of an old friend, where she chews on everything from spirituality to conflict in the workplace.

The Stop Shopping Monitor: I'm too libertarian to agree with much of what Reverend Billy and Company are promoting, but I take pride in giving them the space to speak their minds.

Pursed Lips: One of first sexblogs, still chugging along after five years.

Roger Benningfield » 3 July, 2004 3:19 AM

Let me join in the fun!

I nominate:


This has to be one of the best emerging church blogs b/c of how deep and philosophical the discussion can get.


Adam Cleaveland does a great job of having fun and starting conversations.


Its mine own, but is equally deserving in its own way.

Benjy » 3 July, 2004 3:29 AM

I'd like to recomend some of my daily blogs.

Good links.

He´s left wing - and a good read. Runs a campaign against Blair. Funny bloke.

and finally myself. (Wouldn´t want to miss out on some additional hits, would I :)

I'm a liberal left-winger, and writes mostly on politics and other news.

Phlegma » 3 July, 2004 3:50 AM

Sorry about the last post. Must have got something wrong with the html code. My bad.

Phlegma » 3 July, 2004 3:56 AM

The Dignified Rant
Tasty Manatees

Jeff Medcalf » 3 July, 2004 4:18 AM

My underblog of choice is Donutbuzz at www.donutbuzz.com because, well, it's my brother's and he provides warm, witty content for those who need it. Whether he's yakking about comic strips of choice, his wife's pregnancy, or rules in place for people who want to date me, the essays are well thought out and well written; a nice slice of a West Virginian's American life.

Hilary » 3 July, 2004 5:11 AM

I recently stumbled upon Terrorism Unveiled, an intelligent analysis of the War on Terror and its importance to free peoples everywhere. I'm also a fan of Blaster's Blog and Iraq the Model, both of which have been linked on Instapundit.

John » 3 July, 2004 5:12 AM

Okay, in addition to myself, Ang's Weird Ideas, I would like to nominate The Sarcastic Journalist and Comments from the Left Field.

Angie » 3 July, 2004 5:43 AM

Yes, shameless self-promotion rocks. Simple Games is my blog. Other favorites are:

Michael Main

The Bleat

Faith Gambler

Open Wide

and Food for Fish

Thanks! Marisa

Marisa » 3 July, 2004 6:56 AM

Oops, I originally posted this in one of the subcategory posts rather than the main post. Sorry about that. Anyway, to repeat and expand and to avoid naming those who I think aren't so under-rated.

What do you consider under-rated? I've seen a number of bogs recommended which get regular links from from Instapundit, so I'd hardly call them underrated. One of them just put up a post saying he got 116,000 unique visitors in June, and another has a daily visitor average of 4000 according to Sitemeter. These are blogs I'd be thrilled to get a link from.

So, I'll list a few which I think really are underrated:

Letters from Babylon -- Christian Grad students who discuss theology, science, and law, among other topics.

Doc Rampage -- While not the most prolific blogger, his posts are always insightful and entertaining.

La Shawn Barber's Corner -- La Shawn probably gets some pretty good traffic, but she doesn't get as much as she deserves.

Back of the Envelope -- Okay, I really shouldn't include myself, but a little self-promotion won't kill me. I discuss science, politics, religion...and webcomics, as well as the intersection between them.

View from the Pew -- Everything you want to know about Southern Baptists--a welcome antidote to media stereotypes. He also has good taste in webcomics.

Donald S. Crankshaw » 3 July, 2004 7:39 AM

Nykola.com - very bright, original comments on all kinds of topics. I try not to miss anything she posts.

INDC.com - comments mostly on current events. Good sense of humor.

cma » 3 July, 2004 7:40 AM

I'd recommend the Post-Modern Pilgrim, who I don't read often enough.

Sarah » 3 July, 2004 8:01 AM

I am submitting my blog simply because I am brand spankin new and would like some exposure. It is called TRUTH BE TOLD and covers spiritual as well as socio-political matters.


I also submit a blog I recently came across called the Dawn Treader, loved it! Very insiteful and well designed too. This one covers spiritual matters as well and does so in great depth and wittyness. I don't know how popular it is but I truly enjoyed reading his posts.


Jerry McClellan » 3 July, 2004 8:47 AM

Mine, of course. http://www.BloggingPoet.com is unique in that it is one of the few blogs that celibrates poetry as its main theme

Secondly, Pennman's Lair by William Robbins http://www.idlehandsmag.com/williamsblog is a spiritual blog that uplifts and doesn't shout at you. Nor does Mr. Robbins force his beliefs on his readers

BILLY THE BLOGGING POET » 3 July, 2004 9:12 AM


Focuses on current events, issues of the day, and legal developments.


Focuses on current events, issues of the day, and baseball.


Nathan Moore » 3 July, 2004 9:41 AM

I am submitting my own blog because I am brand spankin new and would like the exposure. It is called Truth Be Told and talks about spiritual, theological, and socio-political matters affecting the church, Black people, and the world at large today.


Another blog I want to submit is the Dawn Treader. Very good content from a conservative and Christian perspective. I don't know how popular his blog is but I love what I've read so far and think other should take part in reading what he has to say. Amazing stuff!


Last but definately not least is Ambra at
http://www.nykola.com, I've enjoyed reading her writings and them both amusing and informative. Much of what she writes about is well thought out and brings out great truths. Once again, I just love it! You got to check this one out.

Jerry McClellan » 3 July, 2004 10:25 AM

Cortland Coleman.com
Quality site covering topics like technology, sports, politics, the environment and much more.

Cortland Coleman » 3 July, 2004 10:29 AM

Showcase is a great place to find up and coming talent that is definitely underblogged.

Fuki Blog is my own contribution to the Blogosphere. You will find a little politics, a little humor, and some hot chicks.

S Michael Moore » 3 July, 2004 11:59 AM

on our team blog we disagree on everything and stay civil.

how about that - now if this isn't the singular most unique new blog on Earth strictly because of that i don't know then.

Boileryard Clarke » 3 July, 2004 1:20 PM

Here's a little shameless self promotion. BUT that's not all:
tequila mockingbird is by far my favourite blog of them all. She'll get a book deal eventually/soon, I'm positive of that!

jess » 3 July, 2004 1:30 PM

The Dawn Patrol - Jewish Christian copy editor for major New York daily writes compellingly about God, 60s pop music, and the challenges of being a chaste 30-something single.

Write Lightning - The only Seventh Day Adventist blogger I know of writes from California about everything in the world...and does it exceedingly well.

Mysterium Tremendum - Aspiring Christian novelist writes about movies, books, culture, parenting and, of course, Christianity.

Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness - Insightful and sometimes scathing political, social and religious commentary from an articulate guy who knows his stuff. Was a spook in a former life; scary-real knowledge of his subject matter.

Le Sabot Post-Moderne - Blogging Christian missionary in the Ukraine knows something about everything...and knows how to write about it. (Currently on temporary sabbatical, but keep checking back...it's worth it!)

Eric » 3 July, 2004 1:54 PM

The Grumpy 'Old' Man
Formerly 'Homeless and Disabled' Jonathon faces the challenges of mental illness and his recent return to the world of the 'homed'

The Abyss
Pua shares her life and love in Southern California, while trying to reconnect with an entire birth family she only recently discovered.

Sometimes happy, sometimes sad, always thoughtful. He digs down to find some of the most interest stuff on the web, and when he digs down within his own soul, his words are inspiring.

Watersea's Ocean Bloggie
Wayne's world... full of adventure. Funny stories and cartoons of his life in New York City.

Guru's Life Watch
Gurustu's verbal snapshots of life.

Gurustu » 4 July, 2004 12:53 AM

monkeytales in sydney just sucker punches you with wit and intelligent observation.

ralf pergande has beautiful, beautiful photographs.

deviant is political intrigue with rampant sexuality thrown in.

shahjay » 4 July, 2004 2:08 AM

I'm also going to shamelessyhussy myself first. The BS Report is not a blog in the true sense, more like one expat American's opinion column, though there are days it's bloggish, all peppered with humor that's sometimes missed. It's very critical of the Bush adminstration as well as the Portuguese government, but also gets into things computer related aimed at those new to the net.

I like the Black Flag for many reasons. He designs his own unique site, puts the most serious issues IN YOUR FACE with pictures most blogs won't show and links to sites that he deems important to read, and makes wise choices, plus he's from Rosewell, New Mexico aka Area 51 and tells wonderful tales. His only goal is to get Bush out of office.

Warblogging's George Paine, has the sanest voice in the war blog genre, his articles extremely well researched and written. He's anti- Bush and first person I read using the word "neocons". He doesn't resort to bad mouthing crass levels. He's a gentleman in his 20's. The comment section has regulars posting like they have own blog, excellent, intelligent writers in their own right. It's also the only blog banned by CentCom.

Matt Fowler has Matt's Internet Extravaganza. He's from Oklahoma and fairly new to the blogging bit. His humor is dry and he has the ability to turn something that would make others groan, with just the inclusion of a couple of words into something cool. He is cool and he's an authority on Mozilla and likes to talk about browsers. He also raps and writes and does political flash cartoons.

I can't say enough about DIYPoliticsBlogdrive as Kimmy Cash is my heroine. She founded Punxfordean, organized and mobilized punks in every state, picked herself right back up when he lost to Kerry and founded D.I.Y. Politics and Progressive Punx. She is a powerhouse and even though she suffered terribly and tragically after a trip to DC for the Take Back America convention, she's back at it again, the blog rocking out as her new cries for action ring out via newsletters.

Brenda Stardom » 4 July, 2004 2:31 AM

Between A Rock and a Hard Place
Shameless self-promotion. Well, not quite shameless: I do feel bad about it. Anyway, I blog on Christianity, politics, science, and ... stuff. It would be a better blog if I had more time, but I think I manage to turn a neat phrase and provide a neat insight every once in a while.
A team blog for readers of "First Things." Not too much activity yet, but the "First Things" readers can make it a great place if they come on board.
The Mont-Sterreport
Some pretty insightful commentary on Christians and politics.

Bob Sacamento » 4 July, 2004 2:56 AM

You might want to check out Ang's Weird Ideas at ang6666.blgspot.com

It's quite an amazing commentary on how a single mom sees life. Not that I always agree with her, but there's still some fun stuff there.

and also, while I know its not a blog, check out Dommynicius.com ....cool games and other stuff there

Jim » 4 July, 2004 4:16 AM

I would recommend

http://uptowngirl.kinkyblogs.com She always has something funny to say. Or great drink mixes Or something uplifting to say.

http://www.bitchalicious.com/blog/ This girl cracks me up. She's also a sweetheart. She gives out free hosting and skins all the time. A must read!

Faith » 4 July, 2004 6:57 AM

the7thangel.blogspot.com -- Guess who's

PaulKatcher.com -- Paul Katcher

The 7th Angel » 4 July, 2004 10:09 AM

Backwards City: We're a literature/art/pop culture/geek/meta/etc site associated with a fledging literary magazine, the Backwards City Review. We're about two months old, and we're still trying to build our audience. Blogging topics run the gambit, from "what it's like to start a lit journal" to "what movie I saw last night."

Marcus Slease: A self-described "avant garde" poet in Greensboro, North Carolina, with a daily mix of poetry and poetry-related thoughts.

G C » 4 July, 2004 10:46 AM

Hey, thanks Rob.

Spartacus. Consistently good, straightforward news blogging.

Bill from INDC » 4 July, 2004 12:11 PM

Well, start with View from the Pew, my own blog.
New Covenant -- always something good there.
Rebecca Writes -- which I'm really not sure is underrated, but it's a great blog I visit every day.
Back of the Envelope, which I think has been mentioned, but is an awesome blog.
The Crusty Curmudgeon -- outstanding Canadian blog.

Warren » 4 July, 2004 1:30 PM

There is a wonderful blog that needs and deserves more readership. It is the THOUGHTS OF A FRUMPY PROFESSOR BLOG at:


It is a blog of note for several reasons:

1) It is by an older person (rare in blogs)
2) It is well written
3) It is about an imperfect man who has a good heart.

Thomas Bentin » 4 July, 2004 2:34 PM

Life, Liberty, Happiness

Try this one out. It's very new but promising (at least I hope so). A few musings about faith, government, and life from an Anglican priest.


Fr. Daniel » 4 July, 2004 3:04 PM

For those who'd rather look at pictures.

Joe's Blog » 5 July, 2004 6:16 AM

For those who'd rather look at pictures.

Joe's Blog » 5 July, 2004 6:17 AM

Joe's Blog
Editorial cartoons using photoshop. Short and to the point, usually 1 or 2 links with a photo.

Theodore » 5 July, 2004 6:47 AM

Words for My EnjoymentPaul ALWAYS makes me laugh!!!!tryingtogrokExcellent writing. Sarah asks good questions and really searches for answers, not just spouting her beliefs.ProcheinamyThis is my blog! I am somewhat embarrassed to mention it, but I think my blogging is improving over time. My uniqueness is during football season I share my experiences of attending Texas games (as a novice chic).

Amy » 5 July, 2004 7:41 AM

Precinct 333 I'm new, writing on politics, religion, history, and social topics. I've had little traffic in this first month, but have had a few nice reviews.

Where the Dolphins Play I may not always like him, but dolphin runs a pretty good establishment. Mostly into liberal politics, with a heavy emphasis on gay rights.


The Precinct Chair » 5 July, 2004 12:19 PM

Great idea! Here are a few of my under-rated faves:

Stone -- Frequent updates and a healthy mix of humor and politics.

zealous.org -- The daily thoughts of a guy with an odd, charming sense of humor. Will resume updating when he gets back from Germany some time next week.

Obernews -- A fairly sarcastic libertarian weblog. With the addition of several co-bloggers, this one has been picking up a lot lately.

Eternal Recurrence -- Yes, I'm going to include my own. I add to my normal weblogging with humor/satire stories in my fake newspaper The Hemingway Star, various other humor pieces, and the occasional update from my superhero alter ego, The Queso Crusader.

Jacob Grier » 5 July, 2004 3:25 PM

I was going to ask to be considered for this year's Underblog, until I went to look at last year's list and saw the alarming number of blog suicides since last year. At least a quarter of them have been abandoned or are rarely updated.

Would that fate befall me as well?

Jeff » 5 July, 2004 4:22 PM

I'd like to nominate Hal Macomber's blog Reforming Project Management at http://weblog.halmacomber.com/

Michael » 5 July, 2004 11:04 PM

X-Republic - Rantings and ravings, sometimes insightful sometimes funny, on politics, current events, and business.

Scott C. Reynolds » 6 July, 2004 12:46 AM

Evangelical Outpost
"Reflections on culture, politics, and religion from an evangelical worldview"

My new blog: "Thoughts on politics, culture and religion from a constitutionalist, conservative perspective"

Despite the similar descriptions, these two blogs are not related to one another. :-)

Tim » 6 July, 2004 2:53 AM

This is my own blogg, my first attemps at poetry seem well recieved by my friends and I though others would enjoy them as well.

Crow » 6 July, 2004 4:34 AM

This is a friend of mine, she writes wonderfully racy erotica and tales of fantasy.

» 6 July, 2004 4:35 AM

This is a friend of mine, she writes wonderfully racy erotica and tales of fantasy.

Crow » 6 July, 2004 4:36 AM

Challies has some good articles about Christianity.

Rob » 6 July, 2004 11:45 PM

The Blog of Death - http://www.blogofdeath.com

I love this elegant tribute site to the recently deceased. I visit it everyday to read interesting stories about people who've lived interesting lives.

S. Clark » 7 July, 2004 1:52 AM

a novel i am writing.

gwen harp » 7 July, 2004 2:24 AM

Everything else I'd nominate has already been so, but I'll add...
Stereo Describes my Scenario by Avery Tooley is hot. He has an underhanded way of making you think twice about hot issues. Deals a lot with music, race, culture, etc.

Ambra Nykol » 7 July, 2004 3:33 AM

Ok, here are my recommendations!

One Hundred Or So Ways To Get An Ulcer: A blog written by teacher teaching in an inner-city school in Chicago.

Nonsensical Musings: It hurts and feels good at the same time. To say she's funny would be the understatement of the decade.

And finally, Shasta MacNasty: Because it's mine and I want the love. :)

Shasta MacNasty » 7 July, 2004 4:44 AM

A site I check out daily is Exit Stage Left.

It is mostly a political blog with views from the left side of the spectrum, but the author is also a stagehand and will also write information about the goings on backstage in theater, concert venues, and film.

They've been there for over a year and the posts are usually made daily as well.

vargas » 7 July, 2004 7:22 AM

Sorry. Thought I got the link right. Exit Stage Left is at www.djhlights.blogspot.com

vargas » 7 July, 2004 7:25 AM

Day by Day
A brief commentary and sketch about a Bible passage each day. Derived from the Episcopal Church publication of the same name. (It's mine, so admittedly I'm a bit biased, but I think it's kind of neat and different.)

Losing the Cow
A frank, funny and well-written blog about dieting from someone who has recently lost 100 lbs.

Susanna King » 7 July, 2004 8:10 AM

This Liberal

My own blog, with comments on the whole world, from the view of a self-proclaimed classical liberal.

Celibate in the City

A humorous trek through the life of a New Yorker who's maintaining her chastity for marriage.

Things to Act

An intelligent blog with insightful commentary on national and Utah politics.

Geek Press

I don't know how popular this site is, but it's got great links. It's like Instapundit for nerds.


This blog has great coverage of Germany from a pro-American perspective.

Nate Cardon » 7 July, 2004 8:42 AM

I nominate

Jodi I love her humor, and her writing!

The Monkey Cage This guy is hilarious, and I can always get a laugh from him

Rhonda Elizabeth A dear friend of mine, and I love reading her!

And I nominate myself, also.
The Tattooed Texan

Thank you for your consideration!

Traci » 7 July, 2004 10:13 AM

Winning Argument


none » 8 July, 2004 3:01 AM

Doh! Hit "post" too soon! Forgot the comments...

Winning Argument
Nice, compact rundown of arguments in defense of particular positions on issues that are hitting the news.

High volume posting about religion, philosophy, and some politics in the news.

Sorry about having two posts...

none » 8 July, 2004 3:04 AM

I'm nominating PussyGalore's Journal: Life as a Rock and Roll Wife

It's witty and sarcastic and full of very entertaining stories of her travels as a flight attendant and her party life that is quite lively.Also offers all kinds of Hangover Cures.Check it out!

Life As A Rock And Roll Wife » 8 July, 2004 3:22 AM

Serene ChaosSerene Chaos - Funny and sweet!

Tornarius - Commentary on everything and nothing from the fingers of a really, really gay guy.

Pranagraphy - Funny, thought provoking and sessy to boot!

Jamie » 8 July, 2004 6:33 AM

First off,
Far From Perfect: The Life of a Paramedic of course.. ;)

Then there is Medic Mom - She's a Paramedic and Mother.

Random Acts of Reality A Great UK Blogger and yet another Paramedic.

Doc » 8 July, 2004 7:50 AM

Hi there are two blogs I visit daily that I think deserve more appreciation:

Incogblogo by Luka - A fun place with some of the best MT tips around. Just a fun weblog that's taught me a lot about getting back in the world of blogging.

AckAckAck by Judson Frondorf - very proud to have this local guy blogging a unique mix of links every day including technology, politics, and the arts, usually a new mp3 of the day, and sometimes a new song or video by him.


Noelle » 8 July, 2004 9:38 AM

Why Are We Back In Iraq?
A satire/drama that explores the Media's role in Iraq War II. Site contains sample scenes, political satire and media blogging. Laugh or cry, you decide!

ron brynaert » 8 July, 2004 11:09 AM

Well... there's
Science Fiction Twin cause he once said I'm the fifth Wiggle. Then there's A Note To Myself, and... um... ME, Daddy make a picture!

david » 8 July, 2004 11:29 AM

Better late than never, right? Well, first of all, allow me to get my shameless self-promotion out of the way:

Prometheus Unleashed, at http://www.billcoughlan.com
Whatever strikes my fancy, but recurring topics are movies and (left-leaning) politics. My readership numbers are negligible, partly thanks to lack of exposure, but admittedly also because I tend to go off on inexplicable rants now and again.

Okay, so now for four other deserving sites.

From the Marble Bar, at http://grafonola.blogspot.com
Not updated all that often, but the author, Baltimorean Dan Gibbs, is one of the sharpest, wittiest writers I know.

Nude Highway Driving, at http://www.winkie.org
Sid's running commentary on life in Japan. He's familiar enough with the culture to avoid getting lost, but American enough to see the (frightfully) amusing little quirks.

The Player's Journal, at http://www.dreamsbay.com/talon/weblog.html
Chicago actor Talon Beeson can go off on a tirade with the best of them, but -- unlike most such ranters -- he's funny in the process.

And finally, Confessions of an Indie Filmmaker, at http://travelindave.blogspot.com
This list wouldn't be complete without a stop at Dave Thomas's little world of independent filmmaking and criticism.

I was tempted to include a couple of my other regular stops, but they've either already been nominated or don't really count as "underbloggers" -- no doubt they'd appreciate the additional exposure, but they're doing just fine as it is. And I've got a couple of others I would stick on the list, but the authors prefer to remain underground for now. Maybe next year...

Bill Coughlan » 8 July, 2004 11:43 PM

JaBbA's Hut - my blog. Tech, Internet Security, Musings. Also a link to my political blog, JaBbA's Rants.

Red Wheelbarrow - I think it's already been mentioned, I got here from there. Nice local blog, lots of interests.

TaoSecurity . He's got very good info, although it's not interactive - no comments allowed.

JaBbA » 9 July, 2004 12:47 AM

Blitzgal brings you "news of the bizarre, surreal, and insane" with an emphasis on politics and culture.

Anol comments on the latest trends in e-learning, design, and society's digital evolution.

Talk Energy
Einstein and Icarus cover the cutting edge on sustainable energy.

Emily's smart tech blog is "all about texting, SMS, and MMS".

And finally, excuse the shameless plug:

Kai offers renegade reflections on politics and culture with an open mind and an open hand strike.

Kai » 9 July, 2004 3:07 AM

One more:

A Tiny Revolution
Jonathan brings us progressive news and views that are both humorous and informative.

Kai » 9 July, 2004 3:12 AM

The World Around You
My site for political news in Alabama.

War LiberalMac Thomason is a skilled commentator on issues in Alabama.

Kristopher » 9 July, 2004 5:20 AM

This is my new blog offering a conservative view. Commentary on hot topics from political, judicial, religious and defense news as well as links to some of my favorite blogs and sites. My mission: Defending The Right!

James » 9 July, 2004 6:44 AM

The Gray Monk Politics and religion. Lots of good writing on both subjects.

Kathy K » 9 July, 2004 8:34 AM

IBOM: The Incoherent Babblings of Me - Shameful self promotion. I should be flogged, feel free to get out the whippin' switch at any time.

The Pervert Club - A mildly amusing group blog that's low in carbs! (Alright, that's self promotion too, I'm sorry)

Two Dolla - Very funny and funny!

Tink » 9 July, 2004 10:44 AM

Let's see. Me, of course - The Terriorists - the human world from a dog's view-- because (as Jonah Goldberg at NRO said) "cats simply cannot be trusted to do the heavy and sometimes dirty work required in the war on terror." Or as Cosmo says "Dog blogs rule!"

Dog Snot Diaries - "Two Hawks and a Hippie" says it all. Good opinions.

The Unmentionables - Posts on a variety of topics; education, religion, politics, history. Definitely part of the VRWC.

Mr. Minority - "Conservative College Educated Christian Middle Aged Middle Income White Guy Who Owns Guns and a SUV - Who is an Engineer!" (His description.) Good collection of links plus commentary.

MuD and PhuD - good posts from the right about the WOT, politics, media bias, etc.

Quibbles 'n Bits - lots of links with well-reasoned commentary.

Harrison » 9 July, 2004 5:10 PM

Well, this is a political blog, but very useful for those who want some news in english about Venezuela:


JF » 10 July, 2004 1:57 AM

1) The community blog I happen to run: http://www.small.to has, on occasion, links you haven't seen elsewhere, clever original content, or analysis of anything from politics to reality TV to food that, I hope, challenges you.

2) It would seem that Dave Pell's davenetics (again) http://www.davenetics.com is the most witty underblog, eviscerating pop culture and politics with glee.

3) http://www.sarcasmoscorner.com has days of brilliant perspective and time wastfulnessishdom

4) http://rudepundit.blogspot.com is rude political commentary that's usually dead on.

5) http://www.cockeyedabsurdist.com/ is clever, real, and fun web candy.

David Small » 10 July, 2004 6:11 AM

I nominate BusinessBlogConsulting - by Rick Bruner because it gives useful stuff I am interested in and presents a balanced view. http://www.businessblogconsulting.com

Bill Ives » 11 July, 2004 7:03 AM

i am what i am - thoguhts served up almost daily by a nyc bytch on everything from life in general to cooking.

fat eye for the skinny guy - dark with and cynical social comedy always amuses.

the mighty geek - witty tales about a guy and his girl - HoBiscuit.

where the hell was i - a verbose and cynically funny spin on the life of a programmer.

BytchInNY » 11 July, 2004 2:50 PM

Okay, so there's more than five.
* The Rage Diaries: Kickass commentary on news stories.
* The Sneeze: Half zine, half blog, all random.
* Something Old, Nothing New: amazing commentary on old movies and other aspects of film.
* Back to the Kitchen: Media, Culture, Politics and Women in a New American Century.
* Freakgirl: She has her own theme song!
* Nancy Nall: "I still think of it as a one-sided few minutes over coffee that we can have every morning."
* Echidne of the Snakes: A snake goddess talks politics.

And finally, the obligatory self-link, though I dunno if I'd count here exactly considering that most of the time I stay old-school and try to leave it as just wacky links.

Jennifer » 13 July, 2004 3:04 AM

Slacktivist: political discourse, religion, and how much Left Behind sucks.

QuirkyChick: always something interesting to say.

Breakup Babe: for those who miss Sex and the City.

This Fish Needs A Bicycle: she got mentioned in a book!

Looka: discourse, wine, and food.

Lance Arthur: His series posts rock.

David Grenier: Writer, bowler, revolutionary: how can you not be intrigued by that?

Welcome to Lilyland: great feminist discussion.

Caveat Lector: libraries, RPG's, and the joys/hells of academia.

The 19th Floor: musings from a high-rise.

Observations of a Misfit: tales from a life lived in interesting times, plus more about the Laci Peterson case than anyone involved even knows.

Medley: fierce politics.

Jennifer » 13 July, 2004 3:26 AM

An excellent blog that I read is:

The Nomad Tavern.

Two or three guys write for it. It's topics generally focus on Japan (where both contributors live) and theology/philosophy/politics. The entries are really well-written and usually funny as all hell.

D Conrad » 15 July, 2004 2:32 PM

Self Promotion much? Lol!
: )

Try out All Things Jennifer!

JLS » 15 July, 2004 5:15 PM

"...she's a flight risk."

"On March 2, 2003 at 4:12 pm, I disappeared. My name is isabella v., but it's not. I'm twentysomething and I am an international fugitive."

I am amazed it doesn't get more attention given the outstanding writing and the press it has gotten. True? Maybe. Who cares? It is facinating.

wired article
esquire article
neon article (german)

shes a flight risk » 16 July, 2004 1:40 PM

Shameless self-promotion, but then my blog really is pretty good ;) check out profundities

It is about analyzing common topics to figure out hidden profundities.

btw, I checked the other blogs on this comment and found http://sharpmarbles.stufftoread.com/ to be a good read. it has a lot of content.

Nevil » 16 July, 2004 4:36 PM

Here's hoping I'm not too late...

I want to nominate some of the Liberal Coalition blogs...

Trish Wilson's Blog because she does some excellent sleuthing on Fathers' Rightg

bloggg because of the fun rants and good autism info

Rubberhose because of the good commentary, plus upyernoz is funny

Left Is Right because he's still supporting Kucinich and he's Really Funny

Goshi » 17 July, 2004 1:45 AM

Fun! I nominate:

One Good Thing (http://buggydoo.blogspot.com/): A progressive, married mom of two boys living in suburban Chicago, who also happens to own and run a sex toy shop. Best storytelling on the web.

ms. musings (http://www.msmagazine.com/blog): The official blog of Ms. Magazine. Where I keep up to date about all things feminist. And also laugh a lot.

Jaclyn » 17 July, 2004 3:09 AM

Michael King's Ramblings Journal

Self described as "The Politically Incorrect Ramblings of a Black Conservative."

Witty, current, thought provoking and served with a good dash of humor.

cole » 17 July, 2004 4:45 AM

Gulch - good travel stories

Jack » 17 July, 2004 9:34 AM

Always great, funny posts; Passionate advocate for Autism/Asperger's Syndrome issues.

Pinko Feminist Hellcat
Astute, articulate feminist voice. Plus, best name ever: Sheelzebub!

Know your chromosomes: XX = female. XY = male. Group blog devoted to women's issues. Sharp, intelligent commentary.

Eclectic ideas. Good speller. Pretty good grammar. Plays well with others.

Tild » 17 July, 2004 9:40 AM

Arrgh! Bad html-fu on my prior post.

Gulch - http://floatingparty.blogs.com - good travel stories.


Jack » 17 July, 2004 9:42 AM

OK, Tild, if you can nominate you, I can nominate me! LOL

Here are my nominations....I had two settlements today so I'm finally getting around to it...........

How about Moi? bloggg I'm worth a look. ;) No vanity here, lol. Pretend you're in an Amish living room....with Emily Litella.....

Tild's blog is very good, too. I like her sense of humor and general outlook on life.

I am also going to second Goshi with Trish Wilson's blog - she is the one who got me into blogging, and she is the Stat Woman from Hell....don't even get her started....

Another one I like is Funkalicious. She raises anger to an art form, and finds the grossest stuff! LOL

And Blondsense because we smart blondes Must stick together.

Moi ;) » 17 July, 2004 12:25 PM

Drunken Monkey Style Blogging

Because No one gets enough useless crap in a day.


Because someone had to get me started blogging.

IXLNXS » 17 July, 2004 12:31 PM

I'm late to the party.

The Random Muse. Extremely clever writing in a multiblog collaboration. Features the Wednesday Sentence Smackdown. And if this post doesn't make you laugh, you must be Yasmeen Bleeth.

Marc Cooper. Superb, independent, thoughtful, biting discussion about politics.

Fark. Does this count as a blog?

Swing State Project. A great polling meta-resource. DavidNYC is a young John Zogby. OK maybe not, but it's a great resource.

DON'T BE DUMB! Mine. Great new color scheme. Is it too green?

Tucker » 17 July, 2004 2:29 PM

Snide Political Commentary. You can never have too much.

I Love Karl Rove From the makers of whitehouse.org comes this underappreciated gem.

Change for America Snarky? Yes. Cool site? Also yes. Analysis of campaign 2004 and general Bush bating.

Hairy Fish Nuts Hillaaaaaarious.

» 18 July, 2004 3:15 AM

Snide Political Commentary. You can never have too much.

I Love Karl Rove From the makers of whitehouse.org comes this underappreciated gem.

Change for America Snarky? Yes. Cool site? Also yes. Analysis of campaign 2004 and general Bush bating.

Hairy Fish Nuts Hillaaaaaarious.

Cliff » 18 July, 2004 3:16 AM

Check out


It's the Join Cross Blog. He's the Minority Leader of the House. The crazy part is that he's totally let some guys go wild on his blog. Pretty ballsy and pretty great. Should get more pub then it already does...

Jim Pifer » 18 July, 2004 4:22 AM

1) The Nattering Nabob (http://ignatz.blogpot.com/)

2) The Board of Pomposity (http://www.briansbigweblog.blogspot.com/)

3) the mad adventures of a straight boy living in a gay world (www.dry2olives.com)

The first two are politics, the third is mainly theatre.

» 18 July, 2004 10:44 PM

I'll nominate myself. Why not?

Trish Wilson's Blog

Here are a few others that I think deserve more attention:

Pen-elayne On The Web (Elayne Riggs)

One Good Thing

Pinko Feminist Hellcat

Rox Populi


Trish Wilson » 18 July, 2004 11:07 PM

witty expat diary

cath » 19 July, 2004 11:47 PM

Four of my favorite political (under)blogs are:



Hanging Out with the Duchess

Voice of a Veteran

Rob » 20 July, 2004 9:32 AM

I nominate South Park Pundit
, because it's mine. More importantly, it's blog on public policy, adressing tough or overlooked issues from the too-rare libertarian / Republican / capitalist / MBA perspective. A bit of foul language and pop culture references just to keep things spicy.

Also, you might want to check out My Pet Jawa. Funny and fresh. Currently being rebuilt as "the world's first Bionic Blog". The name makes sense if you read this.

Stephen W. Stanton » 20 July, 2004 1:30 PM

I'm from Iddybud

I wish to nominate Karmalised.
It's definitely an inderblog that could use more attention. Take a look.


Jude » 21 July, 2004 1:20 AM

There are a great number of blogs out there with quality writing.

The Cheese Stands Alone - laugh out loud funny

The Last Man Dancing - irreverent, funny, angry, dangerous....

Rankin' Rob - insight and humor

David Kilpatrick - Whether writing a book or musing on his blog, David's an interesting guy. When I say interesting, I mean weird.

Broad at Bat - Simply amazing. 'Nuff said.

Da Goddess » 21 July, 2004 5:00 AM

Only 5?


AntiWar.Com Blog


Lawrence of Cyberia

Press Action

Diane » 21 July, 2004 5:26 AM

People are weird and strange , this page brings loads of daft and silly things going on around us :)

Eric » 22 July, 2004 6:07 PM

Newer political blog with some excellent writing. Diverges wildly in topics: Colorado politics, terrorism, and Brit politics. Seems like a centrist

Rater » 23 July, 2004 6:15 AM

The Secret Life of Nona Yobiznaz
an insightful, snarky and funny view into the life of a 17 year old girl.

Anna G » 26 July, 2004 12:33 PM

Vox Digitatus

Topical content with minimal blather.

Max » 23 August, 2004 3:44 PM


Utopian Hell

What It Is Today

wildmoon » 2 September, 2004 7:46 AM

what is a blog? could someone please tell me?

gary » 17 October, 2004 5:33 PM

Winding Road in Urban Area
Smart, funny, and I should know because it is my blog.

Jaye » 25 October, 2004 5:54 AM

I want to nominate NICKIE GOOMBA at http://nickiegoomba.blogspot.com

I always know that I can visit his site and get a laugh. Humor is a powerful tool.

Geezer » 6 January, 2005 6:31 PM

Read "Hey, Relax...I'm Just Sayin'"

The URL is http://nickiegoomba.blogspot.com It's hard to describe. It has a lot of humor and politics. No way is it offensive.

Bobbi » 7 January, 2005 6:24 AM

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