There is a poignant account of a person falling into depression over at Hyperbole and a Half. It is beautifully illustrated too. The author explains how you can’t externally induce happiness in someone who is depressed. This really struck home for me, as someone who is obnoxiously upbeat. There is actually a light at the end of the rather long blog post.
The Economist recently had an article on social media’s impact on blogs, especially how sites like Facebook have meant the death of a large number of blogs. I have been thinking recently about this myself. I haven’t posted on my own blog for over 6 months, partly because Facebook’s status updates has fulfilled part of my communication needs. Partly because I’ve been going through a phase of focusing on work and reading, and haven’t been interacting much with my social network.
I do think that blogs have a part in our future – I just think that the people who used blogs as a telephone will move to Facebook, those that used blogs as a form of SMS will move to Twitter, and those that feel the need to expound on a particular topic, and want their missives to have a greater scope and longevity will continue to use blogs.
Here are some more financial blogs that seem good:
- The Aleph Blog – Investment strategies and advice (seems pretty US-centric)
- The Epicurean Deal Maker – Sarchastic, sardonic and humerous insight into Wall Street
- Going Private – The Sardonic Memoirs of a Private Equity Professional – This is an absolutely hilarious blog about the world of Private Equity. Excellent!
- A Fist-full of Euros – An interesting blog focusing on European finance/economics/politics.