Best Blogs for the Recession

by Sara Clemence on April 21, 2009 in News

blogger layoff chart 150Why didn’t we think of the hilarious chart over at On notebook paper, it “graphs” the number of blogs against the unemployment rate. Jobs down = blogs up.

We don’t have numbers to back that up—as wordyard explains today, it’s hard enough to tell how many people are professionally blogging—but it at least feels true. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of new websites about budget living, job hunting, economic policy, layoffs and more. A Google search for “ unemployed and blog” turns up more than 3 million results. “Laid off and blog” gives you more than 7 million.

So how to distinguish the smart, funny and useful from blather about not having a job? Last week, we compiled a list of the Top Ten Blogs for Surviving the Recession for our friends at Here’s an expanded version of that list to bookmark if you want to understand the latest news, cut your spending, or get a damn laugh.

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How I Got Laid Off
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Laid Off and Looking
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The Recession Diaries
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The 405 Club
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