By Dara Sussman
If pop culture has taught us anything, it’s that if you start a blog, you better be prepared for it to one day turn into a book. And, if you’re really lucky, that book will turn into a film, and the next thing you know, the little blog you started for fun is the basis of an award-winning movie starring Meryl Streep.
At least, that was the case a few years ago, when the concept of a blog was still shiny and new. Today, everyone and their mother has a blog (literally -- ever heard of a “mommy blog”?), and it can be difficult to weed through all of that excess to find something that’s actually worth reading.
However, if you’re in need of some new feeds to spice up your Google Reader, consult this list of must-read Boston blogs (broken down into categories), find what you’re looking for, and get on with the rest of your day.
Food: Just Add Cheese showcases all kinds of food and restaurant reviews from around the city. With lots of pictures (because who wants to just read a description of what someone else ate?) and weekly “Food Porn Friday” posts, this blog will give you tons of ideas for places to try on your next date.
If you’re hungry for more, Free Food Boston doesn’t actually talk about free food in Boston (like there is any), but it does tend to showcase less expensive options than Just Add Cheese does. Free Food Boston is a great read for someone who loves food and wants some insight into new places and dishes to try but doesn’t have the budget to sit down at Capital Grille. Instead of fancy-schmancy, think food trucks, bakeries, and ice cream spots.
Fashion: Beyond Boston Chic does a great job of showcasing street style from all the different types of people who roam this city. The author, Martini Severin, even had her photography featured in her own exhibit at Boston City Hall last fall; CNN.com said her work “combine[s] fun looks with a classic, timeless sophistication.”
But if you’re looking for a fashion blog that’s a little more accessible for the college kid who doesn’t have a lot of money to spend on clothes, check out So Anthro. The fashion is forward, but not so forward that you couldn’t run to your closet and use what you have to emulate author Emily Shell’s easy-breezy New England style.
Gen Y: What, you mean we’re not enough for you?! (Just kidding!)
If you like reading blogs that appeal to the little social media monster inside of you, Ryan Durkin’s blog is worth a look. Aptly named Durkin’s Blog, it’s a great read for someone who wants to learn but still be entertained. Though he only graduated from UMass Amherst in 2008, Durkin offers up a lot of great insight as the COO of successful startup CampusLIVE. His “Top 10 Tips To Getting Hired At A Startup” is a must-read series if you’re just graduating and looking for a job.
Sports: Looking for a Red Sox blog that has a little more to offer than just stats and trades (after all, newspapers and official websites can give you that information)? Take a look at Surviving Grady, where two guys, Red and Denton, praise, complain, and obsess over Boston’s beloved team. As they put it, “it’s the life of a Sox fan, in convenient electronic format.”
Or maybe black and gold are more your colors and you still have a Stanley Cup hangover. In that case, the Bruins-centric blog Days of Y’Orr is the spot for you. Complete with videos of Brad Marchand belting out the musical stylings of Wham! and GIFs as far as the eye can see, Days of Y’Orr is a fun blog for the die-hard Bruins fan with a sense of humor.
Money: Graduated Learning is geared towards the overall goal of saving money after college. Gone are the days when a 15-page paper was your biggest worry; now you need to start learning scary words like “Roth IRA.” Luckily, Graduated Learning will talk you through such daunting subjects, like in the “Layoff Survival Guide: What to do with Your 401(k)” post.
If you’re just looking to casually save some cash on a night out, get recreation ideas from Cheap Thrills Boston, which posts events that are generally under $10. Though the bulk of the events are arts related, you can also get insight into deals like $1 burger nights at McGreevy’s on Boylston Street.
Which Boston blogs are on your must-read list?
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About Dara -- Dara Sussman is a recent graduate of Emerson College and an aspiring comedic writer, performer, mover, and shaker. Follow her on Twitter @daralaine.
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