Five top metaverse blogs

I subscribe to a lot of virtual world-related blogs in my RSS reader (click here for the bundle) , and follow a lot more on Twitter (click here for the list).

Here are the five that I check in on daily.

i live in science land

Ener Hax posts daily (with a little help from Subquark) about her personal experience building in OpenSim, and running a private OpenSim grid. She writes candidly about her experiences with hosting providers, about what hardware is needed, and about the tools and techniques she uses in her work.

Ener’s blog is a little on the technical side, but written in such a clear and engaging style that you won’t care. If you’re an educator looking to run your own region or grid, or a builder, this is a great blog to subscribe to.

Although Ener mostly writes about her own experiences, she will occasionally write about breaking news. For example, she was the first to write about Kitely, a super easy-to-use, cloud-based OpenSim hosting service.

Gwyneth Llewelyn

Gwyneth Llewelyn writes about virtual worlds both here and on her company blog, Beta Technologies. Her pieces are typically thorough and extremely well thought-out.

I first learned about the SL Capital Exchange from her post, There are still financial institutions in Second Life…

Dwell On It

Tateru Nino focuses largely on Second Life corporate news, but touches on other virtual worlds as well.

Great source for Second Life staff news and statistics. Tateru Nino writes from her own experience, but also goes out to gather data and interview people for stories.

New World Notes

Professional journalist Wagner James Au is also the author of the book The Making of Second Life: Notes From The New World. Second List is a common topic, but Au also writes about OpenSim and other virtual world platforms as well.

He is known for taking on controversial subject and is a thought leader in the space.

I particularly enjoy the posts about virtual world etiquette by one of his contributors, Miss Ophelia

justincc.org

OpenSim core developer Justin Clark-Casey posts weekly summaries of OpenSim development. As a result of this blog, Clark-Casey has, to a large degree, become the public face of OpenSim development.

He will also, on occasion, post about other topics. Recently, for example, he wrote about his first experience with hypergrid teleports.

Another core developer with a blog is hypergrid inventor Crista Lopes’ Metaverse Ink Blog, which is updated about once a month — but usually with important news.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.

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  • Tre Critelli

    Thanks for posting your list. I already subscribe to two and will add the other three!

  • http://gwynethllewelyn.net/ Gwyneth Llewelyn

    Aw thanks, Maria. You're waaaay too kind.

  • http://firstlife.isfullofcrap.com Crap Mariner

    I strongly suggest Inara Pey's Living in the Modem World http://modemworld.wordpress.com/

    She covers SL issues thoroughly and promptly in a no-nonsense fashion.

    -ls/cm

  • http://www.hypergridbusiness.com Maria Korolov

    Crap —

    I agree with you — I've got her blog in my RSS reader.

  • http://gwynethllewelyn.net/ Gwyneth Llewelyn

    Inara Pey is definitely one blogger that I religiously follow… unlike others which I keep forgetting to read… *blushes*

  • http://wa692.avayalive.com Joe Rigby

    I want to know what happened to Dusan Writer and Metanomics. Nothing but tumbleweeds there now! Or is it taboo to talk about the blogs that have vaporized?

  • http://wa692.avayalive.com Joe Rigby

    Come on, Prokofy Neva is worth a mention, I find some of the blogposts very insightful http://secondthoughts.typepad.com/second_thoughts

    • Pork Oof

      Prokowhat?

  • http://twitter.com/iliveisl @iliveisl

    wow, i have been so bogged down with a dumb computer issue that i totally missed this post! (that and i am on my first week long vacation in a year!)

    first, thank you – secondly, pfft!

    i just ramble on about my journey down this road in the hopes that some of the posts help others make decisions. i think i am like many people who fell in love with Second Life and then became a little disillusioned and sought out options

    mainly due to this blog, Hypergrid Business, we ended up in OpenSim

    it was rocky at first because someone did not listen to me (subQuark) but it all worked out and what a ride!

    thank you Maria, i am in awe of your reporting and lean heavily on your words for many decision =)

    PS – Prok doesn't need, nor want, any recognition – it would be too socialistic and Prok is above all of that!

  • http://www.hypergridbusiness.com Maria Korolov

    Joe —

    I occasionally stumble on that blog (usually by following a Twitter link) and I do remember finding something useful there once, but I don't follow it regularly — it's hard to tell where factual reporting ends and spirited hyperbole begins. There's nothing wrong with that, from an entertainment perspective, but makes it problematic as a source of information — especially as a source of information about OpenSim!