The world’s fifty most powerful blogs

This is a fantastic compendium of essential online reading – it dates from a couple of years ago but still seems to be up to date. I had been aware of many of these blogs already, but it’s interesting to get this overview of where they came from, how they’re funded, who writes them, etc… e.g. “Treehugger began as an MBA class project four years ago and says it now generates enough revenue from sponsorship and advertising to pay all its staffers and writers.”

And I’ve added a few new bookmarks to my own online menu including kottke.org, which seems to be a less annoying version of Boing Boing, Crooked Timber (“an amalgam of academic and political writing that has muscled its way into the epicentre of intelligent discussion“), and CopyBlogger, a blog about blogging.

From The Observer: The world’s 50 most powerful blogs