Continuing my one-per-day Advent list of favourite things this year, here’s the second list of blogs. The first covered humorous blogs, and the third will cover marketing- and web design-related blogs; this one rounds up the rest. I guess it might be called the “serious blogs” list. Quite heavily biased towards information and science this year, now I’ve done it.

More Favourite Blogs of 2010

1. Information Is Beautiful

If you like information and graphics, you’ll love this. Written by David McCandless, a London-based author, writer and designer: “A passion of mine is visualizing information – facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statistics, questions – all with the minimum of words. My pet-hate is pie charts. Love pie. Hate pie-charts.”

2. Mashup Charts

I love mashups, and may even do a list of those if I get round to it. This is just about the biggest and best-presented resource around for the latest and greatest video and audio mashups from around the world.

3. Richard Taylor

Sometimes he seems to be the only person in Cambridge trying to hold our council to account, and it’s about time someone did. Needless to say, the council hate him trying to reveal what they get up to, but a brilliant example of how a blogger can go places where local media have never been brave enough to tread.

4. Sciencetext

Really good tech chat from writer David Bradley. “I intersperse the tech tips with tech talk and discussion of the issues surrounding the evolution of modern digital technology.”

5. Strange Maps

Lovely, lovely blog about maps. “Frank Jacobs loves maps, but finds most atlases too predictable. He collects and comments on all kinds of intriguing maps – real, fictional, and what-if ones.”

6. The Guardian Political Science Blog

New blog hosted by the former MP Dr Evan Harris, ousted at the election by boundary changes and much missed. Lots of good reading about science and politics.

7. Letters of Note

Letters of Note is “a blog-based archive of fascinating correspondence, complete with scans and transcripts of the original missives.” Simply fascinating.