Behind every fine tuned tech writer lies a comprehensive list of credible blogs and websites to keep him or her up to date.

Our team of writers can’t live without Twitter and Linkedin, but they also spend their precious time seeking out other good blogs covering the web & tech world. They have developed quite a list of favourites over the past few years.

They thought it’d be nice to share their top 10 – sort of like a ‘Desert Island discs’ but for web technology blogs (this is a BBC radio feature in which guests choose only 5 records that they’d take to a desert island for those who aren’t familiar with it).

So, without further ado – here they are:

1. TechCrunch

Ok, so this is really rather obvious as a starting point but they are usually first with news and info as well as adding dozens of new posts each day (you’ll never return to find the site as you left it after your last visit).

Most of you probably already know of this site, so we won’t go on about it.

2. Engadget & Gizmodo

Excellent for hardware and gadget related news, reviews, photos, and info. We probably wouldn’t buy any new gear of any sort without first checking their very detailed reviews.

3. Wired

Essentially similar to TechCrunch – but they have four international editions, including one based in the UK, which is great for us Brits who occasionally yearn to read about a company which isn’t based in California.

4. Techeblog

Great for when you’re not looking for anything in particular but fancy seeing something new/interesting. Quirky items, short posts, lots of good photos. A fun way to spend 10 mins every other day.

5. Financial Times Tech Blog

We know that lots of tech blogs cover the business and financial side of the tech industry (including TechCrunch especially) – but the FT tech blog is the most reliable and well-informed on these matters in our opinion (the Bloomberg tech blog is also decent for this).

6. The Guardian tech blog

Of the UK newspapers, The Guardian is the best at covering tech and web in our opinion (something backed up by the fact that their mobile apps are far better than those offered by any of the other titles).

7. Mashable 

Superb for the social media related info, as well as eye-catching photo galleries and addictive ‘best of…’ and ‘top…’ type lists.

8. That Video Game blog

There are lots and lots of tech blogs covering the same material – but this one is some of our favourite due to its nice layout and clean design.

To sum up

That’s it! (there are only 8 points because a couple of them feature two blogs each). These are our favourite 10 blogs for keeping up to date with the majority of general web & tech developments.

There’s plenty of more niche tech blogs which we also enjoy (focusing on SEO, gadget teardowns, infographic galleries and everything in between) but they are best left for another post focusing on these specific categories – like this earlier post about SEO blogs for example.

The above sites are just a suggestion for your bookmarks bar – the kind of links you’d hit up for twenty minutes in the morning over a cup of tea in order to keep up to date with what’s happening.

Enjoy!