Top 5 Weblogs of 2004 | January 5, 2005

So apparently nominations have opened for the Fifth Annual Weblog Awards, or Bloggies to their friends. I know this because my RSS feed was inundated today by posts from people asking to be nominated. I did think about doing the same for a second, but if my site couldn’t even get into the shortlist of best blogs in Brighton the chance of being shortlisted for best British or Irish weblog seems slim to non-existent. I have to admit that I don’t actually read the site, but from the hype it’s created (and a forthcoming book no less) I’d be prepared to lay money on Belle de Jour winning that award.

Lots of great new web development blogs have arrived this year, while many old favourites seem to have faded away. Here are my favourite weblogs of 2004. What were yours?

Posted at January 5, 2005 11:19 PM


Malarkey said on January 6, 2005 1:26 AM

Awwwww, bless ;)

Remi P. said on January 6, 2005 1:49 AM

Good choices… good choices! :)

Patrick said on January 6, 2005 2:04 AM

The blogs I get the most out of are the ones frequently rammed with info and interesting opinion about whatever I’m obsessed with at any given moment without too much subjective personal stuff getting in the way. So for 2004 I’d have to pluck for Mezzoblue, 456 Berea Street, Stopdesign, Simplebits and Signal vs. Noise.

Of course, I’ve not included any of the Brits because, well, they’re just unfair competition in a league of their own ;)

Ed Keay-Smith said on January 6, 2005 2:31 AM

I definitely think that 2005 is going to be the year of the blog.

I have never seen such a vast array of information available on the internet.

Most of it is total rubbish mind you, but you do on occation find some gems.

Picking a top 5 would be a hard job.

PS. Great Blog :-)


Ed Keay-Smith
AdWords Marketing, The Google AdWords
Pay-Per-Click Campaign Management Specialists.

Jonathan Snook said on January 6, 2005 2:47 AM

Is it sad that I look expectantly to see my site mentioned but accept the likelihood of that never happening? :)

Seriously, though, there are some great sites. 456 Berea St has been a favourite of mine. Thoughtful helpful posts every time. Malarkey is also on my list.

Carla said on January 6, 2005 3:27 AM

I just wanted to wish you a happy new year, so Happy New Year!

John Oxton said on January 6, 2005 9:05 AM

  1. Malarkey
  2. Clagnut
  3. Martagnan
  4. Spine-Arrest
  5. JSM

There are so many I could list but these 5, for a variety of reasons kept me going back for more.

Russ Weakley said on January 6, 2005 10:35 AM

That is such a hard question to answer, but here are my top five:

Keith Robinson - consistently writing relevant, excellent content
456 Berea Street - excellent articles
Anne Van Kesteren - great links to geeky content
SimpleBits - all class
Mezzoblue - a bit quite lately but still a daily must-read

Coming in closely behind are Meyerweb (still the god of CSS), Malarkey (good posts and great humour), Simian Design (love the quirky posts), Molly (web standards goddess), ETC (great links) and many others.

Cameron Moll said on January 6, 2005 1:36 PM

Aw, shucks, Andy. Thanks. And based on your synopsis, you’ll be pleased to know my next redesign will incorporate themes from Barney the big fat purple dinosaur…

Malarkey said on January 6, 2005 2:42 PM

Turning it on its head, here are five bloggers I wish would write more about design in 2005.

Jason Santa Maria (
Shaun Inman (
Jon Hicks (
Cameron Adams (

Brent O'Connor said on January 6, 2005 3:41 PM

Thanks, how am I suppose to get any work done when you post great sites like that?

I knew about all of them except Authentic Boredom. And for some reason I knew about “All that Malarkey” but had never added it to my feeds. So I “wasted” an hour of my day caching up. I guess it wasn’t wasted because he had some good stuff. :)

kitten said on January 6, 2005 5:45 PM

Good choices although I would definitely add mezzoblue and :)

By the way, you have no idea how grateful I am that you updated your XML Feed! It now causes a lot less work for my blogroll script, thank you!

Dan Cederholm said on January 6, 2005 8:16 PM

Andy, you are too kind :-) Here’s to 2005!

Kev said on January 7, 2005 12:03 PM

1. Molly
2. Box of Chocolates
3. JoshuaInk
4. This one
5. Asterix

Kev said on January 7, 2005 12:04 PM

Or even, Asterisk.

me == dumb.

Marc said on January 7, 2005 1:01 PM

I was prepared to lay money on your BEING Belle-de-Jour.

Seriously, thanks for the linky goodness Andy and the rest of you.

kitten said on January 7, 2005 1:57 PM

Thanks for some of those links. I didn’t know ‘Box of Chocolates’ for example! And although I know you could hardly add yourself in this list, you are definitely among the top 5.

Andrew Hume said on January 8, 2005 12:18 AM

I have two lists. It frustrates me when something gets best of the year votes, just because it has got popular around the end of December.

My best of the year list:

  1. molly
  2. stopdesign
  3. meyerweb
  4. shauninman
  5. whitespace

My current favourites:

  1. malarkey
  2. mike industries
  3. joshuaink
  4. 456 berea street
  5. jon hicks

Andrew Hume said on January 8, 2005 12:20 AM

Hmmm… interesting Trans-Atlantic shift now I look again.