Internet Filter
  1. Maria Popova on Evergreen Ideas and Rethinking the Meaning of Content

    Maria Popova, the founder of Brain Pickings, on how she loathes the term “content” when applied to cultural material: “One can’t ‘own’ any fragment of this complex interlacing of ideas and influences we call culture.”

    Commentary
  2. The Charley Project

    The Charley Project is a database cataloging the cases of nearly 10,000 missing persons, mostly from within the United States.

    Internet
  3. “WordPress and blogging gave me a voice, a voice that reached a vast amount of audience which otherwise would not have been possible.”

    Business
  4. “We are superficially more connected than ever before but we don’t feel any better […]. It is up to us to realise self-love doesn’t stem from a selfie and emojis will never qualify as real emotions.”

    Commentary
  5. Snopes.com

    The definitive internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.

    Internet
  6. On Anonymous Blogging

    “Everywhere you look now people are creating glossy narratives about their lives on myriad social media accounts, and the kind of unfiltered ramblings that were the norm on sites like LiveJournal are just a dim memory.” The writer at Tiny Rubies recalls journaling at LiveJournal and how writing online used to be.

    Internet
  7. Rebrand Cities

    Forty-six percent of small businesses do not have a website. Rebrand Cities is a civic design and brand project in the US that helps to close this digital divide and aims to get small and neighborhood businesses online. Learn how to participate — as a business owner, partner, or sponsor.

    Business
  8. Who Are You Online? (My Travel Writing Reality)

    “I sometimes feel like we collect different versions of ourselves — and in an effort to fit amongst a particular crowd we pull one of those selves from the pack, like a magician mid-card trick.” Flora at Flora the Explorer contemplates her blogging and social media presence.

    Exploration
  9. Art
  10. On Grief, Patton Oswalt’s Engagement, and “the Heart’s Expansion”

    In a powerful viral post, Erica Roman — who lost her husband in April 2016 — replies to Patton Oswalt’s online detractors after the comedian (and widower) announced his recent engagement.

    Commentary
  11. Writer’s Block, Rainy Days, and 1,000 Followers

    Blogger Sherina on finding what to say to her (growing) audience: “Something is better than nothing; as many writers have noted, you can’t edit a blank page.”

    Inspiration
  12. IndieWire

    IndieWire is an online publication covering film and TV, with a constant flow of news, reviews, and interviews for passionate fans and industry insiders.

    Culture
  13. Who Are You Writing For? Blogger Val Boyko Looks Beyond the “Like” Button

    A long-time blogger offers advice to more recent arrivals on the scene.

    Inspiration
  14. Your Digital Diet in 2017: On Blogging, Reading, and Social Media

    Writers comment on consumption, social media routines, blogging, and reading.

    Internet
    Illustration by Michael Byers
  15. We Laughed, We Cried, We Felt: The Posts We Loved in 2016

    Curl up with some tea and a comfy blanket, and revisit our favorite reads.

    Academia