I recently started subscribing to RSS feeds again after having given them up totally for several months. I was relying on the cream to rise to the top in Twitter and a handful of sites that I would visit every day or week. And now, after declaring feed bankruptcy, I’m back at it again (switching to Reeder as my feed reader was a big part of that decision). I have pared things down though. Here’s my must-follow short list of WordPress and Web Design sources that I’m following right now. These sources let me keep on top of what’s going on in WordPress and Web Design.
- WPCandy and WPTavern are my top two. These blogs are the DVRs of the WordPress community. I get to scan the highlights, dig in further when I want or can, and skip any fluff.
- Smashing Magazine is another great DVR-like blog. Or maybe you can think of it as the Evening News of the Web Design tips, tricks, hacks, and apps community. If something cool is happening, it’s going to show up here.
- A List Apart. If Smashing Magazine is the Evening News this is the … the … really awesome magazine that I won’t pretend I read. The New Yorker maybe? Who reads magazines anymore? You should be following this blog.
- Zeldman. He may be the godfather of web standards but he’s more like your awesome uncle that really knows what’s going on. Of course you should be following him.
- Paul Irish. He’s moving the web forward, modernizr-ing it, and working on your HTML document’s boilerplate.
- HTML5 Doctor is my favorite resource for what’s happening in HTML5 and how it ought to be implemented.
- Likewise CSS-Tricks but for CSS.
It’s a short list but that’s a feature. But what about you? Are there dreadful omissions here? Who are you following? Do you have a short list? Should people be following you? Let’s hear about it!
Bonus: I’ll leave you with one from my long list. It’s not for everyone but following the WordPress StackExchange is a great source of inspiration for WordPress hackery. You’ll have tons of I didn’t know you could do that moments and some great ideas to follow up on later.