Some unsung blogs I read

Thanks in part to Google Reader and the miracle of RSS feeds, I read way more blogs than I post comments on. I do leave some comments, but I just don’t have the time to properly have a blog.conversation on all the posts I read.

I try to bear in mind the XKCD cartoon: “Someone is wrong on the Internet” — sure, if you want to discuss and debate anything, there’s no shortage of places to do so. But if you contribute to them all you’d be at the computer all day and all night doing it.

So you (and indeed the writers) of some blogs might never know that I enjoy them. This post is to make amends for that. Here are ten of my favourite blogs that I rarely or never comment on:

  • Highriser — some great perspectives on Melbourne life
  • Jayne’s Our Great Southern Land, highlighting Australian history
  • I Started Something — the influential Long Zheng, from somewhere down near Hastings on the Mornington peninsula, stirring up the Windows world with observations, particularly on forthcoming releases
  • Overheard in Melbourne quotes many of my fellow Melburnians and the amusing things they say. I particularly liked the one today: Like…my brother has this livejournal thing, and there’s a group he’s a part of, all about embarassing things people say, and how other people overhear them and post them on the internet. He reads them to me sometimes – some of them are really bad! And, like, I’m always afraid someone is going to hear me saying something dumb, and put it up there and he’ll realise it was me. Oh my god. What if I’m already on there??!!
  • Ed Bott has his own blog and one on ZD Net has a constant stream of opinion and advice on PCs
  • James’ Chaucery blog highlights little factoids, and is what inspired me to do those little graphs that pop up occasionally
  • Kensington Victoria is random topics, often funny, from some bloke in Kensington
  • Coding Horror is a well-known programmer’s blog from Jeff Atwood, who has some incredible insights into the lives of professional geeks like me
  • Transport Textbook has a lot of interesting (at least to me) articles on transport (specifically public transport) theory.
  • For some reason I find the Washington Post’s Get There blog equally interesting. I’ve never been to DC, I don’t even know that much about the geography or politics involved, but it seems they have some similar problems in transport to Melbourne, with congested roads, crowded trains and buses, and disruptions from time to time causing havoc. I wonder if one of the daily papers here would take up something similar — I might suggest it. They do seem to be able to illicit a more forthright response than is often seen here, though the Leader blogs with people like John Rees from Connex and Darren Peters from the South Morang Rail Alliance may be showing the way.

I wouldn’t expect everybody to read what I read, given some of them are specific to my interests.

I read (and like) a lot of other blogs, and specifically excluded those written by my friends and acquaintances (hello to Tony, Trish, Ren, Kathy and all the rest of you), as I’m sure they know I’m reading, even if I don’t comment often.

At some stage I should go through the links on my own blog’s margin and update them to something closer to this list.

What other unsung blogs are there out there?

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

13 replies on “Some unsung blogs I read”

Good post! Much in the same way I trust David more than Margaret, I’ve been reading your diary long enough to trust that there may be some blogs in that list of interest to me.

Here’s one I got onto because of an article in the big paper yesterday. Now one of you need to tell me if it actually qualifies as a “blog”.



Shell, I don’t know — like I say, some of those are a bit quirky, and very focussed on my interests.

Not sure that site counts as a blog, but it’s pretty damn funny!

Jayne, I do read your posts every day, just can’t think of anything intelligent enough to comment!

If Andrew (Highriser) dares change his style, I will be forced to kill him; his blog is almost always on my ‘priority reading blogs’.

And transport textbook (TT) is decent, though from what I understood…it’s also quite attractive to Railpagers (of whom the least said the better), which I wouldn’t think would appeal to you. And that leads me to my question: Would you consider TT’s information to be accurate assessments on public transport?

Pretty good blog transport textbook. Your blog is good Daniel, so is Reubenville. I know another blog called “melbpt”, that is pretty interesting as well.

I don’t necessarily agree with everything I read on Transport Textbook. But it’s good to see the debate and discussion. It’s not as arcane as some of the stuff on Railpage.

melbpt is written by Phin, who is one of the collaborators on Transport Textbook.

I post here once in a while but I have been reading this blog nearly 3 years. I forgot how I came across this blog. It is a very interesting look at life in Melbourne and Daniel’s adventures and useful to me as a new Melbourne resident. It was fun to actually see and be surprised by things that I had been reading about before I arrived. I am active member on Yanks Down Under, a website for Americans living in Austrlia. I am Pastrycook-136 on this website. This is my nominated occupation for the skilled visa I have to live here.

Nice to see Transport Textbook get a mention :)

I probably read this blog more than I comment. I don’t normally have anything useful to say.

And Reuben, as someone who is a regular contributor to Transport Textbook: the standard of our posts and discussions are much higher than the dribble you get on Railpage. People there need to learn about more than chasing locomotives :)

WWW, I know. I’ve visited Transport Textbook before and was thoroughly impressed. I’ve encountered many bad – and occasionally psychotic – railpagers…and so I don’t really have much regard for the site. But there are some who know their onions and who comment there; I believe Daniel is one of them (am I right Daniel?).

Daniel and anyone else is welcome to comment or publish at Transport Textbook if they are prepared to adhere to site rules.

Daniel’s opinions in particular would be welcomed but he would have to expect a few brickbats with his bouquets. And I recognise he has other platforms to contribute to public debate, he has less need for a forum like that one.

As Somebody in the WWW pointed out, the Transport Textbook was set up specifically to address the issue we had been having with Railpage. Anyone who would like a break from name calling, rivet counting and train-infatuation is welcome to join us at

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