I used to follow a lot of blogs in the early 2000s—blogs about music, design, politics, and/or tech. Now there’s only one I check regularly: Daring Fireball.
It’s a super-popular site about Apple and related tech topics, penned by Philadelphia-area writer and developer John Gruber. It recently occurred to me that I have no rational reason for following it so closely; I check it multiple times at work during the day, and it’s one of the few feeds I look at when I open Unread.
I came up with a few reasons I’m addicted to DF.
1. DF is just a guy.
Gruber has no gatekeeper. No one tells him what’s off limits or that he shouldn’t alienate republican readers. It’s just a guy and a Movable Type-powered blog. DF is refreshingly simple.
2. He’s honest.
Gruber tells it like it is. While his sensibilites typically align with the those who design Apple products, he calls them out on their bullshit, too. He admits when he’s wrong and helps you learn from it. He’s not towing anybody’s line. (See also: #1.)
3. He’s funny.
Sarcastic, to be precise.
4. He’s successful.
From what I can tell, he makes a damn good living off his blog. That’s just cool, and can serve as inspiration/a template for other writers.
5. He’s a good writer.
Gruber is direct and communicates in a brief and concise way. He truly respects readers’ time. If an article he quotes speaks for itself, he doesn’t add anything. He doesn’t have to.
6. He’s right.
I usually agree with Gruber—particularly on issues like Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple’s stance on privacy. He dispels myths, and his Apple predictions are usually spot-on. He helps me understand the most successful businesses on the planet.
8. The design.
The design of DF never changes and the ads are unobtrusive, something he writes about.
9. I like Apple stuff.
They prioritize the same things I do: simplicity, privacy, design, and usability. Their stuff is well-made, and lasts far longer than most tech products I’ve ever used. I like hanging on to a phone or a laptop for a few years, and I think that’s how it should be.
If you like Apple stuff, like I do, DF is the only blog worth following. His reviews are great. He doesn’t post rumors that will waste your time. His analysis is spot-on.
I think you can learn a lot from thinking about why you like the things you do, and to make an effort to be aware of your opinions and things you naturally gravitate toward. So if there’s a point to this post, that’s it.