If you hadn't notice, Twitter has become a toxic shit pile. It seems to me that a growing number of the folks that I admire and follow there are starting to walk away from the platform. It's a total bum out and Twitter has totally allowed it to happen. Mike Monteiro's one of those folks and he really nailed it here:
I wish you’d spent just a portion of the energy you use defending fascists listening to the people they’re attacking @jack. Some of those voices are silenced forever. You did nothing. Except make sure their attackers still had a platform. I hope they haunt your dreams.— Mike Monteiro wants @jack fired. (@monteiro) December 31, 2017
It's sad to watch Twitter slowly die like this, but it's happening and they know it. It's why they allow the abusive fascists to flourish and a maniac with millions of followers and the ability to destroy the world threaten nuclear war. Whatever drives engagment, I guess.
All that said, there's at least one good thing to come out of all this. It seems, at least a little bit, that people are starting to take control of their own content. I don't think it's a mass exodus by any means, but I've noticed a lot of those same folks I follow starting to publish more of their content on their own sites or via newsletters. That's exciting to me so I thought I'd share some of my favorite blogs I read and newsletters I subscribe to. I might try to keep it up to date as I discover new stuff.
1. Austin Kleon
Austin's blog is one of the most active and chalked full of great posts. He also has a weekly newsletter that goes out every friday. It's one of my favorites.
2. Wine Folly
I spent a lot of time last year learning more about wine and Wine Folly is a great resource. They also publish a weekly email newsletter which is great too.
Sidebar is a great daily list of five articles about design, UX, and web development. It's basically like a best-of list from Design Twitter delivered to your inbox everyday.
5. CSS Tricks
I find myself on this site almost daily after a google search for some obscure CSS thing. I always stay and read a couple of articles though. If you do any kind of front end web development or want to learn, this site is an amazing resource.
And a few others
I know I'm missing some, but these are a few other personal blogs/newsletters/sites I really enjoy.