Reading the paper

Most mornings I sit down in front of a computer screen and have an entirely unproductive 20 minutes while the coffee is steeping and getting cold. Then the day is peppered with emails and tweets and newsflashes and blog checkings, all of which are definitely 100% work-related. Still, though, I’m surely missing something – I’m just curious to see if there’s a good source of information for Atlanta culture and goings on.  What blogs should I be paying more attention to?  Is there a google calendar someone put together floating around out there? Does your friend have a hilarious weekly email that he sends to 30 people?  Where do you guys get your Atlanta-based intel? I’ll go first.

I love Scoutmob, like Thrillist (as a stingy female I’m not their primary demographic), and read Creative Loafing blogs and features pretty religiously for things to do/buy and cheap places to eat.  I read CL’s Omnivore blog (love Cliff) and actually go to the AJC for John Kessler’s food column.  For business news I turn to the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Global Atlanta, for Georgia politics I skim Peach Pundit, and I click through Paste Magazine for music and various culture (not Atlanta-specific but based here and such an awesome publication). For neighborhood news I’m on a listserv or two (I think most of the intown neighborhoods have these) and look to the EAV Buzz as well.

What say you guys?

11 Comments so far

  1. collinsb on August 18th, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

    I share most of these outlets with you. I keep a close eye on and for local news, in addition to the Fresh Loaf and following the entire Creative Loafing staff on Twitter. Ohmpark is a great local music blog I keep an eye on ( I keep an eye on local art gallery blogs such as Beep Beep ( and Young Blood ( I keep an eye on local photog Zach Arias’ blog ( because he can be inspiring as hell in addition to being an incredible photographer and teacher. Green Olive Media has a good blog for keeping up with goings-on in ATL/Southern restaurants ( and Tomorrows News Today ( is good for knowing what restaurants are coming soon.

    I keep up with Reynoldstown, Cabbagetown, Inman Park, and East Atlanta through their listservs/the Buzz.

    I get the New York Times weekend print edition to maintain appearances, support what I think is great newspaper, and to have a newspaper stockpile for lighting my charcoal grill.

  2. really? (unregistered) on August 20th, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    An article about what sites you visit in the morning? Bore-ring. You must be the kewlist hipster on your block on Stokeswood Ave.

  3. abby on August 20th, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

    Aw, really, thanks for the hilariously spelled and super insightful commentary. Errr, and the weird stokeswood shout out.

  4. Stephanie (unregistered) on August 20th, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

    I saw the comment earlier, Abby, and I so wanted to go off on the commenter but I figured I’d let you handle it. Delightful use of sarcasm, my dear.

  5. srsly? (unregistered) on August 20th, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

    srsly? commenting on boring metblogs post? You have an awesome life.

  6. really? (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2010 @ 9:18 am

    I wasn’t intentionally trying to be mean, but rather raise the caliber of articles on this site. Voting, what websites I visit, bus schedules, the weather? Come on! There are not hot topics and you can tell by how many comments you get. S*#t, I get more comments than you. I might as well go over to Inside the Perimeter and find out what Pauly is eating tonight.

  7. srsly (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2010 @ 10:35 am

    # of comments doesn’t have shit to do with usefulness of an article. Controversial topics usually generate the most comments. Congrats on being such a popular blogger (so popular it seems that you don;t want more traffic or comments by including a link)…but why not offer to write for metblogs or suggest topics rather than whine? Constructive criticism, ya know….

  8. abby on August 23rd, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    Honest question, and applies to anyone reading (who actually does want to help raise the caliber of the site)– what would you prefer to hear about? Someone’s working on a living walls post, but what else should we be talking about? And we obviously need another contributor or two, if anyone’s serious about making a positive contribution.

  9. collinsb (unregistered) on August 24th, 2010 @ 9:29 am

    I like the topic and left a comment on August 18. That comment is STILL awaiting moderation. It wasn’t a controversial comment, right? Maybe it has to due with me making the comment while logged in (logged out to make this one). Anyhow, plenty of notable bloggers and newspaper columnists ( have made posts similar to this one, and I think there is value in it.

  10. abby on August 24th, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

    Collins, thanks for the comment(s)! I wonder if it was automatically flagged for spam because of all the links (?), but it’s up there now. Normally comments, logged in or not, go up automatically without review.

    Thanks for the resources — that’s the sort of response I was hoping to see. I’ll check out the Arias blog for sure, and the Beep Beep and Youngblood suggestions are great ones! I do look at ToNeTo as well as Atlanta Magazine’s Covered Dish blog ( for upcoming restaurant openings – thanks for the reminder.

  11. Rashid Z. Muhammad (unregistered) on August 26th, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    A good companion to ToNeTo is WhatNowAtlanta (

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