Where Have All the Good Blogs Gone?


 

Two very well-known and much-loved genre sites have announced their closure over the last few days. First SF Signal, long-running multi-contributor site established by John DeNardo and JP Frantz. Then My Bookish Ways, the blog of SF Signal associate editor Kristin Centorcelli.

These closures have prompted renewed discussion about  various issues that have been around in SFF blogging circles for some years. How to balance the necessary time with a day job and family? How to make money from blogging? Will only corporate-funded sites survive? What is the future of genre blogging? And: where have all the good blogs gone?

One of the SF Signal gang, Andrea Johnson, sees the mother site’s closure as the moment for her and others to go forward on tbeir own. John DeNardo has affirmed this.

Personally, I am sad about the closure of SF Signal and My Bookish Ways, but optimistic about the future of genre blogging. The good news is that there are still many very good sites out there. The answer to the question “where have all the good blogs gone?” is “two have gone, but many more remain.”

The proof of that is in the following list of sites I follow. Some are large multi-person sites, others are one-person blogs. All, as far as I know, are active and have no immediate plans to close. I must have forgotten some worthy sites, but that only proves how many there still are… .

 

A Fantastical Librarian

ATG Reviews

Battered, Tattered, Yellowed, & Creased

Beauty in Ruins

Best Fantasy Books

BiblioSanctum

Bibliotropic

Blog, Jvstin Style

Book Punks

Book Smugglers

Books by Proxy 

Books Without Any Pictures

Books, Bones and Buffy

Bookworm Blues

Bookwraiths

Civilian Reader

Dark Wolf’s Fantasy Reviews

Dragons and Jetpacks

Dreaming About Other Worlds

Drunken Dragon Reviews

Earthian Hivemind

Ebookwyrm

Every Day Should Be Tuesday

Fantastic Reviews

Fantasy Book Critic

Fantasy Book Review

Fantasy Cafe

Fantasy Faction

Fantasy Literature

From Couch to Moon

From the Wastes

Galleywampus

Garbage File

Geekritique

Jim’s Scifi Blog

Leona’s Blog of Shadows

Little Red Reviewer

Lynn’s Books

MPorcius Fiction Log

Mervi’s Book Reviews

Mighty Thor JRS

MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape

Nerds of a Feather

Neth Space

Not Yet Read

Over the Effing Rainbow

Pip’s Book Reviews

Pornokitsch

Qwillery

Rabid Reads

Red Star Reviews

Relentless Reading

Revolution SF

Rinn Reads

Rob’s Blog o’ Stuff

Ruthless Culture

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review

SciFi Chick

Science Fiction Ruminations

SFFWorld

SF Mistressworks

SF Potpourri

SF Reviews.net

Skiffy and Fanty

Space and Sorcery

 Speculative Book Review

Speculative Herald

Stainless Steel Droppings

Templeton Gate

Tenacious Reader

The Arched Doorway

The Critical Dragon

The Eloquent Page

The Fictional Hangout

The PorPor Books Blog

The Quill to Live

 The Wertzone

The World in the Satin Bag

Thoughts on Fantasy

 Tsana’s Reads and Reviews

Two Dudes in an Attic

Val’s Random Comments

Weighing a Pig Doesn’t Fatten It

32 thoughts on “Where Have All the Good Blogs Gone?

  1. Thank you so much for mentioning my tiny corner of the book-loving universe!
    The news about the closing of SF Signal made me quite sad, because it was one of my daily stopovers, but your impressive list showed me there is so much more to explore… Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Thanks for adding me to this list! It means a lot, really 🙂 There are couple blogs here I haven’t actually read before, so I’ll have to check them out too.

    Also, this may be weird, but you’re one of the few people who types the name of my blog correctly!!! While it is grammatically correct to have “My Life, My Books, My Escape”, or “My Life My Books My Escape” I do not like that way either of them looks 😄

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  3. The loss of SF Signal is a downer for sure. 12 years is a long time to be doing this and I’m impressed they were able to keep it going that long. Thanks to them for all their years of hard work. Thank you S.C. Flynn for including is on your list of good blogs.

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  4. I understand how hard it is to make time for blogging. I’ve tried to post every week for the past 2+ years. I haven’t always achieved that goal, but I’ve done pretty well, and I hope to continue for many more years. If the time committment ever gets to be too much, I hope I won’t quit — maybe I’ll slow down to posting every other week.

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  5. As a just starting out aspiring fantasy fiction/non-fiction writer, I’m thankful for the work you’ve done in gathering these links in one place. I am a bit surprised that everything seems so narrowly focused on news, hype, lists, and reviews, with only occasional posts that feel more discussion-oriented. I’ve had no trouble finding places to pitch and publish thesis-driven history and context pieces on video games, but I’m not seeing much of that sort of content on these blogs. Are there sites with that kind of orientation for fantasy literature? Or does that sort of content usually just squeeze into the fiction mag non-fiction sections and personal blogs in the fantasy community?

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  6. Thanks for adding me to the list, I already follow and read 3/4 of it, but I didn’t know about the other amazing blogs here. Thanks for putting this list together! I’m planning to do some kind of portal for curating RSS feeds of speculative fiction book blogs, but never had the time to get around to it. I think it would be nice to have a categorized portal like that.

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