[Note: Every Friday on First Thoughts we host a discussion about some aspect of popular culture. For the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting lists of the best of 2010.]
With an estimated 200 million active blogs written in the English language, choosing the best blogs of the year is a daunting task.
Fortunately, I know which ones they are.
Listed below are the top 50 blogs that I have found to be the most convicting, enlightening, frustrating, illuminating, maddening, stimulating, right-on and/or wrongheaded during 2010.
The selection process is, by necessity, intensely personal and unapologetically subjective. There are a number of blogs that are written by brilliant thinkers and stylists yet, for one reason or another, have not captured my imagination in the way that the blogs on this list have done.
The list is also reflective of my rather narrow field of interests and associations. The bloggers that are included are primarily from the conservative wing of evangelicalism and Catholicism. There is also a peculiar range of focus. Religion, philosophy, and economic blogs are overrepresented, for example, while sports, tech, and pop culture blogs are all but excluded. (Blogs from the First Things family ( The Anchoress , Evangel , Postmodern Conservative , Spengler , and Secondhand Smoke ) were also not included since it is a given that they are among the best.)
While the entire list wont be to everyones taste, there is something to be gained from searching out the unfamiliar names. Each is worthy of being included on any list of essential blog reading.
The following (listed in alphabetical order) are the 50 best blogs of 2010:
8. Boing Boing
11. City of God
14. Edward Feser
16. Flash Points
21. Hot Air
26. Megan McArdle
28. Mere Orthodoxy
34. Ross Douthat
36. Text Patterns
45. The Presurfer
46. The Scriptorium
48. Tim Challies