How big is the blogosphere? In April the blog search engine Technorati reported that it was tracking 70 million blogs, with 120,000 new ones arriving every day. In such a huge universe, the signal-to-noise ratio is bound to be daunting, but we'll share with you the ones we've found worthy.
In compiling our list, we realized that reasonable men and women may disagree on the definition of a blog. For example, we quickly discarded the notion that a blog must be the work of an individual: Some of the best are the work of many people. But we all agreed that a good blog has at least some element of voice: The people who write it express an opinion in the words they write and the images they include.
Of course, lots of the blogs we read deal with technology. But hey, we have personal lives, too. We like the recipes at Slashfood, the animation at Cartoon Brew, even the adorably over-the-top photos at Cute Overload.
If you have the time to follow only a few technology blogs a day, these will generally give you the most bang for your click.
Slashdot: The granddaddy of the tech news blogs, and the virtual water cooler of the geek cognoscenti. To be "slashdotted" -- that is, to be noticed by CmdrTaco, ScuttleMonkey, or one of the other regulars -- is in some circles the Net equivalent of above-the-fold placement on the front page of the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal.
Engadget and Gizmodo: The Bobbsey Twins of the techie gadget universe. If there's a cool new phone, PDA, game console, DVR, or other device brewing, you'll hear about it first from these guys. We only wish we had their inside sources.
TechCrunch: Founder Michael Arrington worked as a lawyer to tech startups and has started a few Web entities of his own. Thanks to those contacts, he often has news of an interesting new Web service before the rest of the world does.
Ars Journals: The blog arm of the venerable geek site Ars Technica offers an intriguing mix of news, opinion, and hands-on trials.
ReadWriteWeb: This site may not have TechCrunch's buzz, but it's at least as good a source for news on the latest Web 2.0 developments.
Scobleizer: Robert Scoble was Microsoft's most prominent blogger, putting a chubby, friendly face on the software giant, until he left a year ago. He remains relentlessly upbeat and personal as he covers technology happenings.