Bloggers Who Write

Perhaps an obvious distinction, perhaps not. *Writing* here may not be the verb that captures what matters, but “writers who blog” gets into the realm of the pretentious — well, usually dealing with people who call themselves “writers” gets you there. The pieces published by the folks/sites below are considered, thoughtful, and generally reveal an individual mind working out for themselves some detail of the world, rather than yet another piece of the web-collective talking into the echo chamber.

* Michael Lopp writes [Rands in Repose]( which has a publication schedule somewhat like Paul Graham’s site (see below): he aims to publish something about once a week. Like Graham, Lopp also has a book out: [Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager][mh]
* I first came across Paul Graham in the guise of his very interestingly titled book, [Hackers and Painters][hap], and then found his [eponymously-named website]( Graham is a coder cum entrepreneur cum brilliant essayist — perhaps one of the best working in the genre now. (If you want a great example, take a look at his essay [“The List of N Things”][lnt].)
* Perhaps the best known of these technologists/essayists is Joel Sposky, whose blog [Joel on Software][jos] also ended up being compiled into a [print book][josbook] (and another) as well as an anthology he edited of the best writing on software.
* Finally, [John Gruber][jg] is someone who decently moves back and forth between blogging and writing. I like him best when he’s doing the latter, and he’s stated at various events that his goal is to write about software in a way that it might grace the pages of _The New Yorker_ — I think that’s setting the bar at the pretentious and previous, but Gruber seems to avoid that particular failing of TNY. Gruber is alone among this crowd in not having a book out, but perhaps that is not far away. Certainly his writing would be worth having on paper.