Below are some of my favorite websites that I visit regularly, with a short blurb of what makes them so awesome!
1. Recipes: Pinterest
Ah, Pinterest. The go-to site for virtual hoarders everywhere. While I do have an account to publicize my blog, I primarily use it to store recipes that I’m interested in making. My Nom Noms board has a bunch of slow cooker ideas and my obsession with s’mores resulted in a separate board just for Desserts. As much as I love paper books, I don’t need them for cooking ever again!
2. Killing time: BuzzFeed’s YouTube channel
BuzzFeed has dominated the artform of the listicle, but it’s their video team that’s really rocking it online. Whether it’s learning about other cultures or just watching people squeal over cute animals, this channel starts the vast majority of my YouTube black hole trips. And let’s face it, it’s all Eugene’s fault!
3. Budgeting: You Need a Budget
On Black Friday of 2013, my life changed forever when I purchased You Need a Budget (YNAB). In less than three years since I began monitoring where all my money was going, I’ve managed to pay off all my student loans, buy and pay off my new Mazda3, save an emergency fund, and save for my two-week trip to Europe! YNAB has recently changed its business model to a subscription service, but I can’t think of a better way to spend $50 a year. I’m not paid by YNAB whatsoever, but I’m just so passionate about it, I recommend it constantly!
4. Money: Financial Samurai
After you’ve become a YNAB pro and learned the basics of personal finance, check out the Financial Samurai to take your money skills to the next level. Blogger Sam abandoned Wall St. to retire early and now makes his living teaching people about entrepreneurship and wealth management. He’s a San Francisco resident with tons of knowledge of the tech industry, so I also appreciate his insight about Bay Area real estate and startup investing.
5. Career: I Will Teach You to be Rich
Ramit Sethi, founder of I Will Teach You to be Rich, became famous in the personal finance industry for his book of the same name, which focused more on big money wins than cutting lattes. His “live rich” mantra has now expanded into an excellent platform for career advice, from job interviewing to building an online business. Much like Financial Samurai, Ramit has a no-BS, tough love personality that motivates his followers to reach their true potential.
6. Long Form: Wait But Why
In a world where bite-size news prevails, Wait But Why is a breath of fresh air. Blogger Tim Urban doesn’t keep a regular posting schedule, but it’s worth waiting weeks or even months, because he delivers amazing long form articles about artificial intelligence, social behavior, and more. His profile on Elon Musk and TED Talk on procrastination have catapulted him into blogging stardom, but it’s his stick-figure illustrations that make him memorable.
7. Entertainment: The Oatmeal
Matthew Inman is quite possibly the Internet’s coolest dude: his comics are crazy, colorful fun with a kickass sense of humor. He certainly isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, since he doesn’t shy away from speaking about sexism, religion, and why cats are better than babies. But he’s also a huge geek who uses his success to do amazing things, like fund a Nikola Tesla museum and protect indoor kitties that go missing. Like many fans, I discovered his work through his comics about grammar, so it also goes without saying that he’s saving the world, one semicolon at a time!
8. Women’s Rights: Jezebel
People who are close to me know that I’m a loud and proud feminist, so it’s no surprise that my favorite place to get my news is Jezebel. This Gawker Media online publication covers politics, celebrities, and culture with an unapologetic feminist POV, despite the trolling that spills over from the mouth-breaking MRAs (men’s rights activists) on other Gawker sites. And while Jezebel’s writers are talented, I come for the commenters. It’s like the Jezebel community has pulled together the wittiest women around the world, and I only wish we could all have a meetup in real life. Bay Area Jezzies, hit me up!
9. Relationships: Dr. Nerdlove
How do you save geeks from turning into mouth-breathing MRAs, the kind of parasites that infest sites like Reddit and 4chan? You educate them on how to navigate social situations in regards to friendship and dating. Harris O’Malley, aka Dr. Nerdlove, cross-posts his advice column to Kotaku, Gawker Media’s site for gaming and his target audience. Men who are sexually unsuccessful with women grow to hate them, so Dr. Nerdlove is serving feminists everywhere by fighting misogyny at its source.
10. Advice Column: Dear Coquette
I guess that you could say that I’m cheating with this category, since Dr. Nerdlove also has an advice column, but Dear Coquette’s entire claim to fame is answering the internet’s questions–with unparalleled bite. She tackles the tough stuff like suicide, drug use, and existential crises with empathy, but doesn’t coddle those with relationship or attitude problems. Browse through her best-of section and start worshipping this anonymous digital therapist.
Let me know if you love these websites as well, and feel free to give shout-outs to others that didn’t make my list!