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8 Nerdy and Inspirational Blogs We Can’t Stop Reading

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!

1. Bit Rebels

bit rebels

URL: http://www.bitrebels.com/

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.

2. Bored Panda

bored panda

URL: http://www.boredpanda.com/

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.

3. Design Taxi

design taxi

URL: http://designtaxi.com/

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!

4. The Mary Sue

the mary sue

URL: http://www.themarysue.com/

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!

5. The Nerd Machine

the nerd machine

URL: http://www.thenerdmachine.com/articles

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.

6. Nerdist

nerdist

URL: http://www.nerdist.com/

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.

7. RIPT Apparel’s T-Shirt Blog

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URL: http://www.riptapparel.com/blog

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.”

8. Thought Catalog

thought catalog

URL: http://thoughtcatalog.com/

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?

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Mandy Kilinskis

Mandy is proud to be a part of QLP’s content team. A self-professed nerd, her interests include video games, sitcoms, superhero movies, iPods and iPhones but never Macs, and shockingly, writing. Her claims to fame are: owning over forty pairs of Chuck Taylor All Stars, offering spot-on coffee advice, and knowing an unbelievable amount of Disney Princess facts. You can connect with Mandy on

Comments

  1. Rachel

    This post is very relevant to my interests! I tend to get into a rut of reading the same, like, 3 or 4 websites every day, so this is an amazing resource. Can’t wait to check all of these out. Thanks, Mandy! :)

  2. Amy Swanson

    Love when you do posts like this, Mandy! It’s so nice to have all these awesome resources in one handy blog post :) Thanks!!

  3. Eric

    The only blog in the aforementioned I’m familiar with be the Nerdist, by way of watching the “interview” (i.e., excuse for mid-afternoon cocktails and a game of bowling) they did with the fellas from “Mad Men.” If that was any reflection of the site as a whole, well, I’ll certainly approve.

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Nerdist does a really good job about covering all sorts of nerdy things. Whether it’s Mad Men, science, Star Trek – whatever – they talk about it. And their writers are so excellent.

  4. david k waltz

    Mandy,

    Regarding your statement “So even though our blog focuses on marketing and advertising, sometimes our extremely nerdy blog squad needs a break from social media strategy”, my comment would be that this is exactly the thing folks need to do if they want to spur innovation.

    A lot of innovation comes from taking things from one field and applying them onto another. The one I heard the other day was that they have found that the technology that does weather forecasting can be used to forecast the progression of disease outbreaks.

    Thanks!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Absolutely, David! If you never look outside your niche, you’ll just end up repeating yourself. And, well, that’s no fun. Creativity and innovation are kind of important. :)

      I hadn’t heard about weather forecasting tools being used to forecast disease outbreaks. That’s fascinating! And when you think about it, it does makes a lot of sense.

      Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment, David! It’s nice to see you again! :D

  5. Diana Adams

    Mandy,

    Thank you so much for putting Bit Rebels on your list!!! We are so happy that you like our blog, and it was such a wonderful surprise to see it listed here. I’m about to tweet your article right now. Thank you again. :-)

    Diana Adams

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Diana,

      You are so welcome! We just love reading Bit Rebels. You, Richard, and all of your guest writers always deliver great and interesting content!

      Thank YOU for the tweet and I’m absolutely delighted that you took the time to come leave a comment. :)

      Keep up the fantastic work!!

      Mandy

  6. Mitzi

    Wow, great article. I love reading all these blogs. I was so glad to be introduced to Bored Panda and Bit Rebel – I will have to read those from now on. All of them are such a blogging inspiration for me.

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Hey, Mitzi! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment for us!

      I absolutely love Bored Panda and Bit Rebels. I’m glad that you enjoyed my suggestions and I hope that you really enjoy the rest of them! :)

      Blog on!

  7. AiCha

    This will help with gaining inspiration, thank you!

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