(The Humanitarian Social Network)
Recently A View From the Cave's Tom Murphy has been posting on the top blogs, tweets, etc of the past year. One notable award was for Best Blog Series in which More Altitude was listed for a 5 part series on Becoming an Aid Worker. It's a good read for students who are seriously considering the field.
So what aid blogs do students find the most helpful in learning about aid and development? What's on your daily or weekly reading list? What do you find most useful about the blog? Note: If you aren't already using this, Google Reader is a great tool to aggregate and keep track of blogs.
Also, if you're new to aid blogs, here's a good long list to get you going.
This is a great idea and exactly why I run the contest.
I have a list of what I am reading that goes well beyond the ABBAs nominees: http://www.aviewfromthecave.com/p/blogs-i-find-interesting.html. The best resource going right now is Hii Dunia's blog listing found here: http://www.hiidunia.com/directory/ It is about as comprehensive as it gets for listing blogs in the aid and development space.
Thanks, Tom. Yes, Hi Dunnia's listing is great. It has other online resources listed as well.
Also, it'd be great to hear if people have tips for newcomers to aid blogs about how to approach navigating, organizing, and keeping up to date with the aid blogosphere. Like I said above for me, Google Reader is a great tool. For my iPad/iPhone, Mobile RSS has been great as well.
Google Reader is my choice tool right now. The lack of sharing function is disappointing, but it is the best tool I have used so far. Second to that is twitter. People share great blogs and news articles on twitter that help me to find things I would not have seen on my own.
I want to make a plug for switching away from Google Reader, at least for your actual reading. I use FeedDemon instead. Its big advantage over GR is that FeedDemon downloads content for offline reading -- which is pretty darn useful on an iffy internet connection. Also, I like the layout of FeedDemon. Less wasted screen space.
I still use Google Reader as my sync point: FeedDemon syncs with it, and so does my Android RSS app. Which means GR helps me keep everything together, even though I never open it anymore.
What do you use for your Android RSS app? I am gonna give FeedDemon a try on your rec.
I actually have two RSS readers on my phone. I like the layout/functions on the official Google Reader app, so I use it to read whenever I'm connected. But again, no offline reading. There's another app called gReader that caches posts for offline reading, and then syncs back up to your Google account.
I've just discovered Taptu for Android, and really liking it. Very nice interface. Lets you filter RSS feeds for keywords (and Boolean search works) - especially useful for busy blogs, where you just want to catch certain subjects.
Thanks for the suggestion, Dave. Definitely helpful to have tools that are more compatible offline.
Anyone know of a way to include Google+ into an aggregating program (like Hootesuite) with Twitter and FB?
I don't think any allow for that right now. I did just learn of an RSS that will gather Google+ posts: GPlussRSS
I would also include http://chrisblattman.com/ Articles are not only informative and helpful (particularly for students) but I also simply like his writing.
And then of course http://stuffexpataidworkerslike.com/ because it is so very true ;)
Another good plattform imho is http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development The section on student resources and the blogosphere are really good starting points i think.
The Guardian was my first introduction to development blogs, and I still read it. Then I found the View from the Cave listing (Thanks!) and started reading a few more. Reader is certainly useful.
I think this is a good guide for students: http://findwhatworks.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/a-grad-students-guide...
This is one about how to find work I like http://humanitarianjobs.wordpress.com/
I like Chris Blattman as well. And Duncan Green - http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=8827
I also like this one http://www.theroadtothehorizon.org/2006/01/news-cutting-agricultura...