The Oxford dictionary describes “blogroll” as (on a blog) a list of hyperlinks to other blogs or websites. We used to link to other blogs, which we recommended, on a sidebar on our blogs. This was to promote other blogs when there were no search engine like today to simply search for material.
Pages like this one are how website operators used to promote other websites they like before Google and the SEO industry ruined the World Wide Web.Matthew Graybosch
The list below is sorted alphabetically.
Amin Bandali (feed): Amin is a GNU person, FSF volunteer, and a brilliant writer. I enjoy his readings and I consider him a close friend. He and I share many values, specially about caring for computer user freedom.
Bradley Taunt (feed): Brad cares about products. He’s an user experience designer and software engineer. He mostly writes about technology and software on hist blog and he explains and teaches stuff quite simply, plainly, and effortlessly good.
Brent Simmons (feed): Brent is the author of NetNewsWire program, one of the best feed (Atom/RSS) readers for Apple devices. He writes about various matters, both personal and software stuff, and is an active blogger for more than two decades now. Quite interesting guy.
Bryce Wray (feed): Bryce is a geek. I first visited his web site when I found its link on another blogroll and immediately was interested in his writings, which were about technology, web, software, and digital world. Even though he is retired as a tech professional, he is still working as a web developer.
Chris Wiegman (feed): Chris is a dear friend. Super interesting dude who writes about everything. That’s my favorite kind of blog, a personal space not dedicated to any particular subject and free enough to include whatever we want to express. Chris is a software engineering manager, a pilot, and a teacher.
Doug Belshaw (feed): I met Doug on Mastodon. His blog is so good you won’t even hesitate to subscribe. He worked for Mozilla for some time. His posts are both personal and technical, a good mix of both. He also records a podcast and talks about technology, society, and internet culture.
J.P. (feed): I like J.P. because he knows how to attract you to his blog. He writes so smoothly that you can’t keep track of time when you’re reading his posts. And interesting part is that he does it effortlessly. He writes about his life and his experiences, and sometimes shares what he likes. You feel you know him for ages.
Jason Self (feed): I met Jason when I joined the GNU project. He is a maintainer of the Linux-libre kernel and chief webmaster of the GNU project. I’ve learnt a lot from him and he is a dear friend of mine. He writes about free software matters, mostly.
Jeffrey Paul/Sneak (feed): Sneak is such a cool guy. A hacker and security researcher, and founder of his own security company EEQJ. His blogs are well-written and he’s very knowledgeable about what he writes about.
Kev Quirk (feed): Kev is fine. If you’re interested in web design, technology, lifestyle posts, and watch collecting, he’s your guy. He’s very inspirational and his style of writing is very friendly to his readers.
Luke Harris (feed): Luke is a web developer and designer. I found him interesting when I first visited his web site and saw the design. Specially the random quote on top of it was and eye-catcher. He writes about variety of things but mostly about web, design, software, and digital stuff.
Matt Mullenweg (feed): Matt needs no introduction. He is the co-founder of WordPress along with Mike Little. The fact that he’s one of the people who revolutionized and changed blogging for people and is an active blogger since at least 1999 is enough for anyone to follow his blog and subscribe to him.
Michael Cardell Widerkrantz (feed): MC used to work for Mullvad VPN, my favorite VPN. He is an old-school hacker and a gothy nerd. Very interesting guy and a cool computer person who you can truly learn stuff from. He writes blogs in plain language which makes you feel he’s telling you a story. Reading his posts won’t make you tired, ever.
Michal Zelazny (feed): Michal was suggested by a friend. I read some of his posts and immediately liked his style of blogging. He does some “update” posts and I think that’s so cool. It’s like someone is actually talking to you in person and is telling you his story.
Ru Singh (feed): I first met Ru on Mastodon. She was an admin of one of the instances I used to have account on. Nice person, very helpful, polite, understanding, and knowledgeable. I find her personal posts very interesting. I love how she writes about what she experiences and shares those in best way possible.
Silvia Maggi (feed): Silvia is a designer. Specialized in designing for accessibility and usability, she publishes a newsletter called Design, Digested, which I’m also subscribed to. Her writings are both personal and design/technology-related.
Simone Silvestroni (feed): Simone is awesome. He is a great artist, sound designer, and programmer. When I set up a new computer, he is the first person that I subscribe to on the new feed reader. Would never miss a post from him. I also realized that me and him are a lot alike when it comes to computing or social/digital habits. He lives by a great inspiring personal manifesto.
Tarneo (feed): Tarneo is a programmer and a free software advocate. Very nice and helpful person who actually currently hosts this blog. His posts are technical, mostly, but written in an understandable way with great details.
Yarmo Mackenbach (feed): Yarmo is a programmer, free and open source movement advocate, and author of one my favorite programs, Keyoxide. He may not be a very active blogger but when he writes, he writes something you enjoy reading.
Yuchen Pei (feed): Yuchen is a programmer, mathematician, and free software advocate. I don’t remember when we first met, Mastodon or FSF mailing lists, but Yuchen has always been a great person to interact with. Very thoughtful, very active, and truly caring. When I was on social networking platforms, Yuchen was one of the first ones I followed. I just enjoy the writings.
Bonus: Blogroll.org is a humanly curated list of fine personal & independent blogs that are updated regularly. No algorithms ever!