A “blogroll” is old school blog jargon for a list of links to other blogs. The tradition began in the early days of blogging as a friendly way to connect with other bloggers and share traffic. Not many people bother maintaining these lists anymore but I enjoy keeping such a page for personal reference and making recommendations.
Travel and adventure
- Josh Ellis: a photography blog with deep insight into lesser-known places all around Taiwan.
- Hidden Taiwan: Tom Rook’s fantastic blog about obscure historic, abandoned, and outdoorsy stuff in Taiwan.
- Nick Kembel: mindful travel and photography from a long-time resident and published author.
- Follow Xiaofei: waterfalls and other adventures; see also: hot springs and waterfalls map.
- Taiwan In Cycles: a tremendous resource for bicycling in Taiwan.
- Off The Beaten Track by Richard Saunders; a fantastic adventuring resource with hiking, river tracing, travel, and more.
- Taiwan: The Bradt Travel Guide and Travel Freelancer, both by Steven Crook; all sorts of great stuff and insider information from a professional travel writer.
- Taiwan Everything: a general interest group blog with articles about travel, history, culture, and more.
- G’day Taiwan by Quyen; adventures of a wandering Australian in Taiwan.
- Pepology: hiking, biking, photography, travel tales, and some urban exploration.
- Foreigners in Taiwan: travel, history, culture, and commentary.
- Out Recording: motorcycling, hiking, and sound recording.
- Rubli by Martin Rubli; a high mountain hiking blog with tons of info, elevation charts, and good maps. Great material for anyone tackling the 100 Peaks.
- Greenset (Chinese): an incredible index of abandoned places in Taiwan (also see his Flickr).
- Wolf Shepherd (Chinese): an excellent resource for anyone interested in abandoned mines.
- Tricky Taipei by Kathy Cheng; travel, design, food, and lifestyle blogging with a strong focus on quality.
- Typing To Taipei by Monica; current events and everyday reflections of another Australian in Taiwan.
- Eating in Taipei: restaurants reviews, simple and straight-forward.
- Taiwan Scene: a wide-ranging group blog/magazine with articles about food, travel, culture, history, and more.
- Jaysun Eats Taipei: well-organized restaurant reviews with plenty of photos.
- The Vegan Dan Dan: veganism and ethical living in Taiwan.
- Translating Taiwanese Literature by Conor Stuart; translations, film and book reviews, plenty of commentary on passive-aggressive notes and the like.
Politics and society
- New Bloom Magazine: politics, activism, youth culture, and all kinds of other topics from Brian Hoie and company.
- Lao Ren Cha: incisive views of Taiwanese society with a progressive slant (and much more).
- The Writing Baron by James Baron; all kinds of subjects with sharp and incisive writing, as the name would imply.
- Frozen Garlic: detailed election and political analysis.
- Letters From Taiwan by Ben Goren; put your finger on the progressive zeitgeist.
- Taipei Air Station: strongly focused on the experiences of US military personnel in Taiwan during the Cold War.
- Taiwan In Perspective by Michael Thim; politics, security, and defense.
- Taiwan Reporter: German language blog about Taiwan (or click for English posts only).
- Taiwan Air Power (Chinese): detailed histories, maps, and photos of anything to do with aerial warfare in Taiwan. This informative blog also has an older archive with posts prior to 2017.
- The Daily Bubble Tea: observations of daily life and travel from Nántóu 南投.
- Poagao’s Journal by photographer and filmmaker TC Lin, who merits his own Wikipedia page.
- Taiwan Fun Times by Dokuya: travel blogging from all around Taiwan.
- Foreign Sanctuary by Constance; personal reflections and travel blogging from an aspiring Canadian writer.
- My Several Worlds
- My Little Taiwan
- All Aboard Taiwan
Just because it’s old doesn’t mean it isn’t useful. Plenty of great stuff can be found on inactive blogs!
- The View From Taiwan: Michael Turton’s fantastic blog about all things Taiwan. Highly political but also full of cycling tips and lots of photos from all over the place. Closed in 2018 but there’s an incredible wealth of knowledge and insight in the archives.
- Far From Formosa by Katherine Alexander; insightful and informed analysis of Taiwanese culture.
- Hiking Taiwan by Stu Dawson; a great resource for anyone interested in adventuring in the great outdoors in Taiwan.
- Tainan City Guide: just as it says, a fantastic guide to the many attractions of Tainan 台南, the historic southern capital of Taiwan. This blog might be inactive but most of the information is still valid!
- Erenlai: more a magazine than a blog but filled with plenty of interesting articles by a wide variety of contributors.
- Living In Taiwan by Tony Coolidge; observations of daily life and culture.
- Biking In Taiwan: useful cycling info with route maps and lots of photos.
- Wanhua Blog by Patrick Cowsill; history and cultural observations.
- The Battle of Fisherman’s Wharf: a history blog with a particular focus on Tamsui 淡水 (see also: Cheng History).
- Formosa On Two Wheels: a photo-heavy bicycle blog with content from all over Taiwan.
- The Cycling Canadian has been all over the place—but his writing about Taiwan will be of particular interest to any cyclists out there.
- Solidarity: translated news and analysis.
- Taiwan Loves Coffee and Taipei Cafes haven’t been updated in years but most cafes listed are still in business.
- The Participant Observer by Ketty Chen; political activism from the streets, mainly active in the lead-up to the Sunflower Student Movement.
- Love, Dadaocheng: a beautiful blog with a focus on the old parts of Dàtóng District 大同區.
- Neil Wade’s Photography: great photos from around Taiwan.
- White Goldfish by Stuart Hill; reads a bit like a magazine with plenty of general interest articles and interviews.
- Pashan by Robert Scott Kelly; last updated in 2009 but still full of lots of information about hiking in Taiwan.
- Taiwanaut: travel blogging from all around Taiwan with lots of unusual content.
- Made In Taiwan: adventures of a British industrial designer; you may need to rummage around to get to the Taiwan-specific content but there’s a lot of it.