The Back-blogs

I recently starting scouring old blogs from start to finish as mini books. Marc Andreesen’s release of his blog archive as an ebook tipped me off to the idea.

There’s something especially interesting about visiting a frozen place in time, whether it’s 15 months or 15 years ago.  There are learnings far older than the posts themselves, predictions that did or didn’t come true and, ultimately, immense domain expertise. Scroll down for recommendations.

Except for those already in Kindle version, I mass add these articles to Pocket and tag them.  For most sites this means adding pages one by one, and lots of tabs.

    In pocket you can sort by tags to find your “book”.  This is especially useful offline (subway or traveling).

 

In pocket you can sort by tags to find your “book”.  This is especially useful offline (subway or traveling).

onus: Pocket for Android has an excellent voice to text feature.  Blogs to audiobooks:

Here are the best archives I’ve been digging into:

  • Joel on Software: Advice on software development to Developers, PMs, CEOs, and beyond from Joel Spolsky of Fog Creek, Trello and Stack Exchange.
  • Mike on ads: THE advertising blog from Mike Nolet of Right Media and AppNexus.
  • The Pmarca blog archives: Startups and finding product market fit from Marc Andreessen.
  • Essays: by Paul Graham.  This one has also been converted to ebook form, thanks to David Yang.
  • Playing to Win: Game designer David Sirlin's updated Art of War with competitive fighting games as the focus.  Also home to great blog on game design.

Note: All the blog to e-book solutions I’ve tried are way outdated.  If anyone has a better way to turn a site into a readable offline version, let me know!

Any other blogs worth time traveling to?