So Long 2008, and Thanks for All the Posts
TreeHugger is providing more original content than ever, but also acts as a filter, reviewing hundreds of other websites. As the "about" page says: "Partial to a modern aesthetic, we strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information." To do so, I look at over three hundred websites every day in many different fields; here are some of my favourites that I want to thank for keeping me in posts for 2008.
Design Jill of Inhabitat and Harry of Mocoloco have been around as long as TreeHugger, and continue to be the standards of excellence for design sites. Max and the Apartment Therapy family of sites are great resources. However in 2008, particularly for architecture, I found Preston of Jetson Green, Justin of Materialicious and Alex of Shedworking were finding the coolest stuff fastest. The joy of this business is that even though I have met few of them personally, I consider them more than sources or competitors, but friends.
Planning and Economics: I liveblogged the Reimagining Cities conference with Ryan Avent of The Bellows (and Grist and the Economist) and was completely outclassed by this smart, tough, young economist with a sharp eye on urban issues. One to watch. Richard Florida's Creative Class website is often interesting, if a bit self-promoting. The Next American City is the website for a serious planning magazine. For economics and business, Paul Kedrosky must spend 20 hours a day reading every website and newspaper extant with the TV running in the background, but just reading infectious Greed keeps you on top of the subjects. Nate and friends at Planetizen are the single best filter of planning news, and you can't start a Monday morning without the weekly rant from Jim Kunstler. And finally, it started as a local Toronto political and planning magazine but has grown into perhaps the best looking and one of the best written planning and political blogs anywhere: Spacing
Oops, I forgot Piers and PSFK, the marketing, design, green and all-round site that is always interesting. Nobody experiments like Piers and anyone trying to make a go of it in the internet world should follow him closely. Seth Godin is also a daily read and inspiration.
Frugal Living: Living frugal is greener and seems like a good idea in these times. Wise Bread is full of good tips, sort of the Lifehacker of frugality, as is the Simple Dollar; Mr. Perfect at Zen Habits can be annoying but interesting.
But the most inspiring of all was to watch the transformation of Colin Beavan, as he went through his year as No Impact Man while living in the heart of New York City with a young family. Seriously, if you can make it frugal there, you can make it anywhere, and he does it with humour and style. The year seems to have changed him permanently and has been an inspiration; I look forward to the book, the movie and the reality TV show. He has continued blogging about it; unfortunately Vanessa at Green as a Thistle has not, since completing her year of transformation. However she has a book coming out as well, which I look forward to.
Green: Oy, I don't know where to start. I certainly don't have the energy to put together the image. Worldchanging continues to be the serious standard, while Grist continues to be trenchant, funny and important, and I still wish I could write as fast or as well as David Roberts. Katie Fehrenbacher has made earth2tech a must for green techies, giving TreeHugger alumnus Hank Green at Eco-Geek a challenge. Joe Romm and George Monbiot cover both sides of the Atlantic on the politics of climate change, with Desmogblog looking down from Canada. Andy Revkin and Dot.Earth at the New York Times shows how the mainstream media might beat the blogs, by providing consistent, intelligent reporting.
And so many I have forgotten and missed! Like:
Michelle Kaufmann for showing how architects can survive in these times by being smart, always trying new things, and being good.
Shari Shapiro for actually making green building law interesting. One to watch.
Modern Mechanix because it is so much fun.
Max Gladwell. Pompous but smart.
And Planet Green- Editor Erin makes sure that our sister site that just keeps getting better and better. The recipes are good, too.
There are more, and I apologise to those I missed. I hope readers will contribute their favorite sites, so I can add them to my reader and watch them this year.
Thanks again to you, dear reader, for making this all possible.