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It’s often said that given a list of internet bookmarks, you can tell everything about that person. Nowadays, I suspect the RSS feeds you are subscribed to are much more revealing. So what feeds am I subscribed to – as a geek, technologist, web developer and keen gamer?

So without further ado, here’s a list of just a few choice picks of the feeds that fill my reader everyday – providing me with all the news and inspiration I need to do my job.


Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories [Site|Feed]: random tech projects and curious products, from Candle-flicker LEDs to Maker Faire reports.

iHackintosh [Site|Feed]: Reliable iOS news with a slant to the hacking and jail breaking side of things.

Ars Technica / Infinite Loop (Apple) [Site|Feed]: Apple news, for us fanboys.

SEOMoz [Site|Feed]: Takes the art of SEO and turns it into a science. Whether you buy into it is your choice, but there’s no denying the work done here is top quality.


SEO Bull$!t [Site|Feed]: Cutting through the elitist rubbish and debunking the theories that abound in SEO circles and so-called professionals. If you’re going to subscribe to any of these other SEO feeds, I highly recommend them *alongside* this one.


Web Development

Google Webmaster Central Blog [Site|Feed]: updates and new features from Google themselves. Pretty much the only definitive reliable source for Google news.

NetTuts+ [Site|Feed]: Fantastic high-level tutorials on web-development with a variety of technologies.

Smashing Magazine [Site|Feed]: Long form articles on anything design related, web technologies, or fontography. Also prone to releasing some fantastic free WordPress themes and the occasional icon or vector set.

TutorialZine [Site|Feed]: Fantastic quality tutorials mainly focused on PHP, CSS, and jQuery. Pretty high level, but accessible.

WebDesignerWall [Site|Feed]: Beautiful size, and inspiring tutorials that show just what is possible with CSS.


Ars Technica / Gaming [Site|Feed]: Reliable, non-opinionated news and reviews from the gaming industry in general.

Destructoid [Site|Feed]: Another trustworthy gaming news source, but this one with attitude.

Board Games with Scott [Site|Feed]: Now mostly dead since Scott moved on to other things, but the archives are still good to keep around with tons of informative and fantastic video reviews of awesome board games.


I Can Has Cheezburger? [Site|Feed] – I don’t think I need to explain this one, do I?

I Can Haz Cheezburger? AFTER DARK [Site|Feed] – The NSFW funny cat pics go here… Copious bad language – you have been warned.

Art of Trolling [Site|Feed]: Dumb yahoo questions and chat roulette comedy.

See more: WIN – Epic Win Photos and Videos

Intertube Records [Site|Feed]: Good for people like me who hate browsing that archive of bad videos they call YouTube – I only ever watch something if it’s picked up by inter tube records, or finds itself into my feed reader by way of Google+ contact.

Dilbert Daily Strip [Site|Feed]: what can I say, I’m a geek and this is essential morning reading.

XKCD [Site|Feed]: Web comics for clever people – science, tech and math related. Well worth reading through the entire archive if you haven’t already.

Funny Facebook Fails [Site|Feed]: You shouldn’t laugh really, but…

See more: Failbook


Dark Roasted Blend [Site|Feed]: a glorious mix of shocking and fascinating, highly visual articles. From communist Chinese posters featuring women, to all the different kinds of turtles in the world.

WebUrbanist [Site|Feed]: A design and art flavored blog of random things, from the same people behind Dark Roasted Blend above.

Police Inspector Blog [Site|Feed]: The straight up truth from an anonymous high ranking officer in the MET Police (that means London). Fascinating insight, especially considering the recent riots.

The Art of Manliness [Site|Feed]: Attempting to reclaim that pride in what it means to be a man. It’s clearly hit a nerve with thousands of guys who feel that society has lost it’s way somehow, and the role of men has been diminished by political correctness over the years.

The Non-Consumer Advocate [Site|Feed]: A inspiring blog about a family that does their best to leave a low impact on the environment, by living a frugal yet rich life. If everyone lived like this, our environmental problems would disappear overnight, and the world would be a far happier and a more ‘green’ place.

ChinaSmack [Site|Feed]: Shocking stories of news around China you won’t hear on the regular channels. Occasionally they post some videos that may upset you, you have been warned.

JapanProbe [Site|Feed]: A frank look at current news in Japan – a great read if you want to know about the real Japan, not the golden temples and nuclear fallout you only ever see on TV.


That’s it from me, so I hope you found a few sites worth subscribing to yourself. It goes without saying that MakeUseOf also provides full RSS feeds for every section of the website, which you can find just down there in the footer. I also hope some of the other writers will follow suit and tell us all what they’re subscribed to.

  1. Tina
    September 2, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Science Daily is great, thanks for sharing!

  2. James Bruce
    August 31, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Kevin, you rock. Thanks so  much, I'll be adding some of them myself ;)

  3. Jessica Cam Wong
    August 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    "Occasionally they post some videos that may upset you"

    That ChinaSmack website does really have some saddening stuff.

    • James Bruce
      August 31, 2011 at 7:49 am

      Even more saddening is that most of the stories are utterly unknown to Chinese living there, because of the ridiculous state censorship. 

      On a more heartwarming note though, the residents who do bypass the firewall and you can read their comments on these stories, usually initiate a "human flesh search" for the particular nasty ones, and hunt them down vigilante style. 

  4. Kevin Liske
    August 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Addictive Tips
    All That's Interesting
    Android Central
    ArcGIS Desktop Blog
    Cool Tools (Kevin Kelly's)
    Fast Company
    Geeks are Sexy
    Global Data Hound
    Gmail blog
    Google Maps Mania
    Mapping Center
    The Art of Manliness
    Map Scroll
    Red Ferret Journal
    There, I Fixed It
    Wired GeekDad
    Work Fails

    • James Bruce
      August 30, 2011 at 7:24 am

      Thanks kevin, shame there are no links though. A few of those are quite hard to right click and google!

  5. the mainliner
    August 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Great list. I added most. :D Can more MakeUsOf contributors do the same? Ta.

  6. Razbone
    August 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm
    • James Bruce
      August 29, 2011 at 8:51 am

      Why is it good? What is it about?

  7. Meena Bassem
    August 28, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    What's one my RSS list?
    actually, everything you can and you can't expect

    • James Bruce
      August 29, 2011 at 8:48 am

      perhaps you could elaborate?

  8. Jeffery Fabish
    August 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Nice compilation, I've certainly added a few links to my speed dial.

    Where did this sudden fascination with cats come from on the internet though?

    • James Bruce
      August 29, 2011 at 8:49 am

      Probably not so sudden. Didnt they used to dress cats up and photograph them in the victorian era?

  9. Hassan Voyeau
    August 28, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Do you have an OPML link for these feeds?

    • James Bruce
      August 29, 2011 at 8:50 am

      Uh, no. Sorry. As far as I'm aware, you can only make full exports of your entire reader list, right? I don't wanna give away *all* my secrets!

      • Hassan Voyeau
        August 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm

        In Google Reader you can make a bundle and share it.

      • Mark O'Neill
        August 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm

        Yes, you can make small bundles of feeds and then export them as an OPML file.

        • James Bruce
          August 31, 2011 at 7:46 am

          Ok, pls tell me how. All I see is an import/export button, with one export button for all feeds. 

        • Mark O'Neill
          August 31, 2011 at 8:40 am
        • James Bruce
          August 31, 2011 at 10:46 am

          I fail - here's a link:'%20RSS%20list

          Mark, perhaps you could add a note to the end of the article with that?

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