The 100 Best, Most Interesting Blogs and Websites of 2012 (Categorized)

Best Websites and Blogs of 2012This list, while awesome, is no longer the newest list. Click here to visit the most recent list!

This post is #1 in DailyTekk’s famous Top 100 series which explores the best startups, gadgets, apps, websites and services in a given category. Total items listed: 100. Time to compile: 8+ hours. Follow @DailyTekk on Twitter to make sure you don’t miss a week!

I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly running into so many cool websites I want to remember or recommend to people but I don’t always have time to make a note of them, add them to Evernote, bookmark them in Delicious, etc. So this is a good example of a post I created as a personal (and completely unscientific) resource that other people will probably benefit from as well. Some of these sites are pretty new while others have been around for a while now, but they are all awesome right now in 2012.

So whether you are looking for a way to catch up on the latest Internet trends, want to find some exciting new content to load into your favorite news aggregating app or are just bored and need to waste some time online, this list represents hours of potential discovery. Depending on your level of Internet usage, you may already know about a few of these sites but chances are you’ll find plenty of new favorites here (unless your name is Guy Kawasaki or Robert Scoble, that is). Don’t forget to check the miscellaneous category at the end of the post where I stuck some of the overflow sites or sites that were’t as easy to classify–some of the best links are hiding in there.

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Cool Curators

  1. The Five - For those who lean on their right brain.
  2. Twisted Sifter - The best of the visual web.
  3. Cool Hunting - Art, design, culture and technology.
  4. Holy Kaw (Guy Kawasaki) – Former chief evangelist of Apple.
  5. Get Addicted To - Daily mix of creative culture.
  6. The Cool Hunter - Roaming the planet searching for cool.
  7. My Modern Met - Connecting over creativity.
  8. The Burning House - Photos of cherished belongings.
  9. Dear Photograph - A picture of a picture from the past in the present.
  10. Neatorama - Neat-o stuff.

Creativity and Design

  1. 99% - Productivity insights for creatives.
  2. Abduzeedo - Visual inspiration and tutorials.
  3. Fast Co. Design - Fast Company’s design blog.
  4. Smashing Magazine - Useful and innovative web design information.
  5. Architizer - Amazing architecture every day.
  6. Colossal – Awesome digital art and inspiration.
  7. Six Revisions – Web design articles, news, giveaways and tutorials.
  8. Datavis – Curated data visualizations.
  9. Design Milk – Dedicated to modern design.
  10. David Airey – Insights from a brand identity designer.

Tech & Gadgets

  1. The Verge - In-depth technology news and reviews.
  2. ArsTechnica - The art of technology.
  3. Mashable – Social media news and web tips.
  4. Gizmag - Gadgets and emerging technologies.
  5. The Next Web – International tech news, business and culture.
  6. ReadWriteWeb – Web apps, technology trends and social media.
  7. Hacker News - Tech news from Y-Combinator.
  8. Gizmodo - By and for the Gadget obsessed.
  9. Wired - In-depth coverage of trends in tech.
  10. Engadget - Gadgets and consumer electronics.

Startups and Entrepreneurship

  1. VentureBeat - Interpreting innovation.
  2. Techcrunch - Obsessively profiling startups.
  3. GigaOm - Tech news, analysis and trends.
  4. PandoDaily - New, but striving to be the site-of-record for silicon valley.
  5. Ask the VC – What entrepreneurs want to know about.
  6. Xconomy – Business, life sciences and technology news.
  7. 47 Hats – Views on the startup world, online productivity and more.
  8. Silicon Prairie – Highlighting and supporting silicon prairie entrepreneurs.
  9. OnStartups – Advice and insights for entrepreneurs.
  10. Startup Lessons Learned – Lessons for entrepreneurs.

Photos

  1. The Selby – Pictures in your space.
  2. Pictory – Life through true photo stories.
  3. Petapixel – A blog for photography enthusiasts.
  4. Totally Cool Pix – The world in photos.
  5. Flickr Blog – Flickr’s stunning photo blog.
  6. The Open – An eye on the world’s best photographers.
  7. Photojojo - Photo tips, projects and more.
  8. FFFFound – Awesome photos for your timeline.
  9. iPhoneography – The iPhone photography and videography blog.
  10. Lomography – Analogue film photography.

Video

  1. Short of the Week – A new short film every week.
  2. Revision3 - Internet television.
  3. 30 Second MBA – Tips from business leaders.
  4. TinyWrld – The world in tilt-shifts and time-lapses.
  5. The Kid Should See This – Kids videos and other smart stuff.
  6. YouTube Trends – Trending and noteworthy videos.
  7. Google Talks – Talks by innovators and thought leaders.
  8. AP Video – Video from the Associated Press.
  9. FutureShorts – Shorts from the global film festival.
  10. Freddie Wong – Action shorts from Freddie Wong.

Living

  1. Brit + Co. - Ideas to live more simply, beautifully and creatively.
  2. The Setup – Things people use to get stuff done.
  3. Foodily – Food, I love you.
  4. Lifehack – Tips for living in a digital world.
  5. Houzz – Inspiration for your next home project.
  6. Freshome – Interior design and architecture.
  7. Apartment Therapy - Saving the world one room at a time.
  8. Inhabitat – Good design will save the world.
  9. Curbed - Interior design, decor and real-estate.
  10. Dwell – At home in the modern world.

Travel

  1. AFAR - Where travel can take you.
  2. Adventure Journal - Real outdoor adventure.
  3. Spotted By Locals - Experience cities like a local.
  4. Stuck In Customs - The #1 travel photography blog.
  5. Gadling - Fun and interesting travel blog from the Huffington Post.
  6. Oyster - See the truth before you travel.
  7. Tnooz - Travel technology news and more.
  8. Vagabondish - Going off the beaten path.
  9. Kathika Travel - Lose yourself in the world of travel.
  10. Gogobot Postcards - Postcards being shared on Gogobot.

Business

  1. SEOmoz Blog – Search engine marketing tactics and strategy.
  2. Dealbreaker – A Wall Street tabloid.
  3. Freakanomics – The hidden side of everything.
  4. Copyblogger - Copywriting tips for online marketing.
  5. Social Media Examiner - Tips for social media marketing.
  6. Bloomberg News – Business and finance.
  7. Paid Content – The business of digital content.
  8. World Economic Forum – Improving the state of the world.
  9. The Consumerist - Shoppers bite back.
  10. StockTwits - Real-time trading news.

Miscellaneous / Other

  1. Uncrate – Stuff you never knew you wanted.
  2. Gear Patrol – Spirit of adventure. Passion for gear.
  3. Werd – Gear, gadgets and style for men.
  4. Big Think – Ideas from the luminaries of our time.
  5. Anchor Division – Vintage inspiration for men.
  6. Wallpaper* – Design, interiors, fashion, art and more.
  7. The Fancy – Curated feed of beautiful products.
  8. The Awesomer – Awesome stuff.
  9. Today and Tomorrow – Beautiful things.
  10. Uberreview – Gadgetry and geekery.

What Did I Miss?

Leave me a comment if I missed any of your favorites or if you think a site made it to this list that didn’t belong.

Hey, I'm Chris—founder and Editor of DailyTekk.com. You can also catch me contributing on ReadWrite. I enjoy checking out the latest and greatest consumer tech. I write about tech that's more ID than IT.

84 Comments

  • February 9, 2012

    Kevin May (@kevinlukemay)

    Thx for inclusion

  • February 9, 2012

    Bart van Poll

    Great! We love to be included in top 10′s like this – thank you very much!

  • February 9, 2012

    Channing Rieker

    Have you checked out the websites “Where is the Cool?” http://whereisthecool.com, “Devour” http://devour.com or “The Inspiration Grid” http://http://theinspirationgrid.com/

    They’re all pretty good. I think you’ll like judging your taste with the above.

  • Ugh…. maaaaan. Now my productivity for the next day is shot because you assembled such an awesome list of sites for me to check out. haha. Thanks for taking the time to do this. I just added your blog to my personal list.

  • February 9, 2012

    Ben

    http://www.notcot.org/ is always good.

  • February 9, 2012

    Gwendolyn Kelly

    Check out “WorkFlowy: Organize Yoiur Mind”

  • February 10, 2012

    @SBiRAHNI

    You guys missed Vimeo and Hypebeast. Both are great websites!

    • July 1, 2012

      apps developer

      Thanks for the great and useful collection of blogs and website.

  • February 11, 2012

    Joe constitution

    Ypu forgot political website blogs and this is one of the best. Built on wp with Ajax you can rate your senator congressman state govt and state tax. Joe also has 15k twitter followers

  • February 11, 2012

    Steve Goodyear

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    B-School Babe

    Great list! Will follow many of these recommendations. I hope that next year, my blog gets featured as well.

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    Scott @ Rise Art

    Nice Post – Don’t agree with everything, but it is a handy tool across sectors. Thanks for taking the time!

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  • February 20, 2012

    Felix

    I think you should definitely include MOSAIC – http://mosaic-on.com/ under Cool Curators. What do you think?

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  • April 2, 2012

    Jaime from Design Milk

    Thanks for including Design Milk! :)

  • April 16, 2012

    Cory

    Cool list! However, in the “Cool Curators” section, it is almost *scandalous* to leave Network Awesome off the list!
    http://www.networkawesome.com/
    I have lost a lot of time there…

  • April 17, 2012

    Kelly M.

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  • May 22, 2012

    Anna

    wildcurves.com is a fashion blog that i found to be very awesome. Euro and unconventional fashion trends on it.

  • May 29, 2012

    Alex

    Nice organized list. Check out http://www.VERSEU.com – its fun and addictive. New startup also

  • May 31, 2012

    Anirban

    Awesome collection. Very nicely organized list. Thank you for such great work. Very useful to get good insights studying the sites you mentioned here

  • June 26, 2012

    Javier Leal

    I think they have forgotten the blog of Suits & Shirts.

    http://suitsandshirts.blogspot.com.es/

  • June 28, 2012

    Josh

    http://www.blessthisstuff.com/ is one of my daily obsessions, awesome curating of men´s stuff

  • June 30, 2012

    lou

    Nice list! It takes me forever to go them through :)

  • July 1, 2012

    Dave

    You forgot formvote.com :O

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    Robert Hayes

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    Movie Kangz

    Nice list guys.

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    MJ

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    Rajiv Varma N

    Great Work. All the websites indexed here are really the best ones. Thanks for the list.

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  • August 25, 2012

    Betty

    good post

  • August 31, 2012

    Natalie Swope

    I was definitely blown away by the sites you provided, I was not expecting your list to include almost all of my favorite online bookmarks! Nice work!

    Maybe consider including the following for future reference:

    http://ifttt.com
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    http://scholar.google.com

    And I’m honestly just trying to help any students that are moving or will be in the near future by posting this article from my own tech blog, but it has a ton of helpful links:
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    Anyway, I just wanted to pitch in and let you know that I think this article is wonderful and I really do appreciate every single link you provided. Thank you

  • September 8, 2012

    Alvin

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long comment
    but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.

    Anyhow, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

  • September 14, 2012

    Floriane

    Thanks for the fantastic list. I also like Fast Company, Utrip, TED, and DAILY TEKK! :)

  • October 9, 2012

    Üzleti Tanácsadás

    Thank you very much for this list, some of the blogas are really good indeed

  • October 10, 2012

    Sara- Rockin' Oily Momma

    Awesome! Can’t wait to start checking some of these out. I am always on the look out for more great blogs to read.

  • November 15, 2012

    Baytech Web Design

    Really superb list…..great stuff..I am dying to watch another more list like the above list….Thanks for sharing this awesome one…And please regularly posting.

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  • December 17, 2012

    Adam

    I’m looking for ideas to get my blog based on writing projects off the ground. I’m not particularly web-savvy, although I seem to have got the hang off wordpress over the weekend; but I feel like a tadpole in a very big pond. I’ve checked some of these sites out. They seem to be geared up for über humans. I don’t want to conquer the whole world – just part of it.

  • December 27, 2012

    Guy Manningham

    Darnit, we didn’t make the cut. Haha.

  • December 31, 2012

    Application development

    i dont see any Application development or blog related to internet technology

  • January 2, 2013

    Sarah

    I would include http://www.designsponge.com under “Living.”

  • January 7, 2013

    Slim

    Great list :)

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    blecomet

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  • January 14, 2013

    Roshan

    http://www.thelazysociety.com is always a great read with Aussie flavoured humour.

  • January 15, 2013

    Jim Richards

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  • January 15, 2013

    Rich Smith

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  • very useful list for me.. Thank you..

  • February 3, 2013

    Will

    Cool list of most interesting blogs and websites. Thanks for sharing.

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  • February 26, 2013

    annie

    It would be great if you had a category for kids.

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    dream walker

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    rhonda winters

    Thanks for posting this great list! These awesome websites should keep me busy for quite a while!

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  • May 27, 2013

    Andy

    Check out the blog on vaguedirection.com – it fits into a number of your categories – photo, travel, creativity. It’s a 24 year old cycling a loop of North America and writing about and filming some of the people he meets. Currently he’s avoiding bears in Canada.

  • June 3, 2013

    Hannes Uys

    One brilliant list!! Thank you!

  • July 12, 2013

    Jesse

    GREAT LIST! Check out http://globalyodel.com for a unique travel, art, and culture site!

  • July 22, 2013

    Cody

    Talking about the most interesting I think you forgot to mention Favsync. it’s the best tool to manage bookmarks. period.