Inspiration can come from the most unlikely places.
Or in our case, nerdy places.
So even though our blog focuses on marketing and advertising, sometimes our extremely nerdy blog squad needs a break from social media strategy. We’re guessing that you might as well, so that’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite blogs for your reading pleasure.
Warning: extreme nerd ahead!
Why we love it: Bit Rebels has a little bit of something for everyone! No matter what you get geeked up about, there’s a good chance that it’s seem some face time on this blog.
In addition to DIY Star Wars crafts and fresh, interesting products, the blog also posts a bunch of relevant infographics. So whether you want to find an infographic about Twitter, some cool superhero swag, or patterns for creative paper crafts, this is the place to go.
Bonus points: The main authors, Richard and Diana, offer a lot of fun stories about themselves. They also opened up the blog to guest authors for a wider variety of geeky content.
Why we love it: Bored Panda is rich with gorgeous, vibrant pictures. They pride themselves on sharing beautiful artwork, cool products, and anything a little offbeat.
They’re known for having lots of comprehensive posts with 20+ examples. So if you want tons of examples of creative packaging or billboard ads to kick start your own creative juices, this is the place to go.
Bonus points: Bored Panda lets their readers submit story ideas to the website and the top five are rounded up in a post every week. It’s a great way for artists to get their stuff seen by a ton of readers.
Why we love it: Design Taxi is wonderful because while it’s got awesomely nerdy things, it also has plenty of news about social media, advertising, and marketing. It’s perfect if you need a take a half-break but still need to get your advertising fix.
They also have a nice mix of long and short pieces so you can digest some excellent content no matter how long your lunch lasts.
Bonus points: They let artists and designers register with the website to form an online community. Every day they select an image from one of their members and ask their audience to caption it. It’s a great way to grab exposure for artists and encourage engagement from the readers!
Why we love it: We love nerdy blogs, but the majority of them are dudes geeking out over dudes. The Mary Sue is a bunch of ladies geeking out over ladies and dudes. They’re great at breaking down lingering stereotypes that girls don’t get comics and don’t like video games.
Their reader community is full of both men and women and they write about basically every single nerdy thing that’s happening in pop culture. And we dig that.
Bonus points: The lady in their header changes to reflect different nerdy and pop culture characters. Give any page on the site a couple reloads and see how many you can guess!
Why we love it: The Nerd Machine is the pet project of one of the biggest nerds of all: Chuck’s Zachary Levi. While the site is more of a community for nerds, their articles are updated regularly with lots of nerdy goodness.
The Nerd Machine covers all bases: fantasy football, Harry Potter, Disney, video games, superheroes; if it’s nerdy, it’s there. The posts range from short blurbs, to TV show reviews, to scholarly-level pieces about Disney princes. So no matter what you nerd about or how you nerd about it, there’s an article for you here.
Bonus points: The Nerd Machine accepts blog submissions from its community members. It’s awesome that budding writers without a blog of their own can find a popular home for their thoughts.
Why we love it: Only top-notch bloggers write for Nerdist. They scour the internet to bring their readers all of the latest nerdy news. Their posts are consistently well-written, funny, and relevant.
In addition to art, books, music, video games, comics, and movies, Nerdist also covers topics like health and science and shares their favorite Kickstarter projects each week. This blog makes for some well-rounded nerds!
Bonus points: This awesome blog is just the beginning. Nerdist has expanded to also include podcasts, live events, and a YouTube channel.
Why we love it: We already buy a ton of t-shirts from RIPT Apparel, so the fact that they maintain an interesting blog is just the icing on the nerdy cake. They have collection posts of some of the favorite t-shirts, lots of free font resources, and interviews with their artists and designers.
Bonus points: They take their blogs a step further by turning the artist interviews into attractive and sharable graphics. Even better? They call them “Artist Interview Graphics” and not the technically incorrect “Infographic.”
Why we love it: With so many authors writing about so many different topics, there is quite literally something for everyone. Thought Catalog features extremely talented and smart writers who write because they love to write. You’ll only find high quality content here.
Bonus points: The writers are mostly comprised of 20- and 30-somethings who write extremely relatable articles. So marketers, if you’re still looking to get into the mind of a Millennial, spend a few hours reading Thought Catalog.
So if you’re looking for a little nerdy inspiration, any of these fantastic blogs should earn a spot in your inbox or RSS feed.
Do you read any of these blogs? Any additions to this list? Which blogs can you not stop reading?