Annotated blogroll! The main page tells you what I follow; here’s why I follow it.
Agent Savant – Agent blog. I follow a lot of these, partly because I’m a querying writer and it’s extraordinarily useful to acquaint myself with the industry, and partly because they’re just entertaining.
BookEnds, LLC – Agent blog. No longer updated, but archives of awesome
Confessions of a Wandering Heart – Agent blog
Janet Reid, Literary Agent – Agent blog
Miss Snark – Agent blog. No longer updated, but archives of awesome.
Pub Rants – Agent blog
Query Shark – Writers can submit their queries for critique, and show the results for the world to see. REQUIRED READING for anyone who’s trying to write a query or a blurb. Seriously, read the archives. All of them. Right now.
Rachelle Gardner – Agent blog
The Review Hart – Review site for indie books. There are two reviewers: Shen, who is nice and tries to identify the audience for even books she hates, and Michael, who entertainingly rips things to pieces.
Sarah Negovitch – Agent blog. Also lots of discussion of marketing.
SlushPile Hell – Anonymous agent Tumblr. All snark, baby.
Terrible Minds – Chuck Wendig’s blog. Writing advice, author interviews, drunken recipes, and loads of swearing
TV Tropes – Essential wiki that analyzes various tropes, themes, and elements of all kinds of media. Extraordinarily useful for a writer to get an idea of not only what works, but why. Just be warned: TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life.
Writer’s Digest – Duh
WTF Bad Fantasy Covers – Tumblr for bad covers
WTF Bad Romance Covers – Tumblr for bad covers
Not Writing Stuff
Amy Mebberson – Artist Tumblr. Come for the Pocket Princesses, stay for the Disney mashups
Cinema Sins – YouTube channel. Main content is pointing out the problems with movies, but they also do fun extras like “What’s the Damage?” where they total up the cost of the on-screen destruction
The Comics Curmudgeon – Discussion of newspaper comics. Source of many running jokes. I have a Finger-Quotin’ Margo magnet on my fridge.
Darths and Droids – Screencap comic depicting the Star Wars films as a running D&D-esque campaign
Dear Prudence – Slate advice column. Deliciously snarky.
Disney Ladies from Last Night – As above, but featuring female characters instead of male
DM of the Rings – Screencap comic depicting The Lord of the Rings as a D&D campaign. Inspiration for Darths & Droids, above. No longer updated, but archives of awesome.
Heal Yourself, Skeletor – Tumblr. Affirmations placed on images of Skeletor. Surprisingly hilarious.
Least I Could Do – Webcomic about a manchild lothario and his friends. Clever magical realism. Somewhat NSFW.
Narbonic – Webcomic about working in an office that also happens to be a mad scientist lab. No longer updated, but archives of awesome.
The Order of the Stick – Webcomic about a quest in a universe that operates on D&D rules. (D&D is rather rich fodder for webcomics, it seems.) Great example of a strip that went from silly gag-a-day to serious and story-driven.
Questionable Content – Webcomic about a coffee shop and the people who work there. With the occasional robot, cyborg, or superhero.
Scandinavia and the World – Webcomic that depicts nations as individuals, and uses this to illustrate rather interesting points about current events, history, and international relations.
Skin Horse – Sequel comic to Narbonic above. Black ops social services. There’s a sentient beehive with impeccable manners, a steampunk robot that’s barely still running, and a cheerful bisexual zombie. What’s not to love?
Two Lumps – Webcomic about two cats. Really nails the feline personalities. Also haiku.
XKCD – Quintessential nerdy webcomic. Even if you don’t read webcomics, chances are pretty good you’ve come across this one more than once.
Zero Punctuation – Video game reviews. Cheerfully vulgar and clever. Entertaining even if you haven’t played the game in question.