Once upon a time people used to keep diaries. And then hide them away, and make sure that no one ever read them. Which was kind of pointless really... (unless by chance it happened to be found Anne Frank-style years later, providing invaluable historic insight into a brutal regime, and then get turned into a triple Oscar-winning film...).
These days, thanks to the joys of (not so) modern technology, people are much more inclined to write blogs, publish them on the www. and willingly share their tips, knowledge, insight and stories with millions of people around the world...
Undoubtedly one of the 21st Century's most democratic tools, blogs not only give a voice to everyday people - taking a healthy slice of power back from politicians and media moguls - but on a humbler note they can also be a very handy, and entertaining, source of information. At Barcelona Life we've taken the time to compile a short list of our favourite Barcelona blogs and photoblogs (as well as many on other regions of Spain) and we hope you enjoy reading them as much as we do!
Blogs about Barcelona
Explore Barcelona through the lens of Carlos Lorenzo with this fantastic photo blog, which has been chronicling the city since way back in 2006 and still going strong. All of the photos are annotated providing context and insight to the arresting array of images.
Oh Barcelona Blog
One of Barcelona's most successful apartment rentals sites is also the brains behind this extremely helpful blog detailing cool and interesting aspects of the city. Log on for their three day sightseeing itinerary and much much more.
Urban Travel Blog
A blog/online travel magazine that covers all manner of exciting city destinations, including of course Barcelona. News, trends, culture, nightlife are all covered and don't miss their flagship city guides published by their team of experienced, local travel writers.
Barcelona Football Blog
Looking for some intelligent analysis of the latest events on and off the hallowed Camp Nou turf? Then this appropriately titled fanzine makes for essential reading. Not only is BFB beautifully laid out, but the articles by a small team of expert contributors look a lot deeper than your average sporting dispatches helping you to, in their own words, foster a better sense of community and greater understanding about the beautiful game we all love so much.
The Bad Rash
It might sound like an online guide for self-diagnosing embarrassing sexual problems, but The Bad Rash is in fact an informed blog about politics, culture and society in Catalonia - with the odd festival review thrown in. Irreverent and addictive, The Bad Rash is one itch you won't regret scratching.
A superb resource chartering not only the natural world of Barcelona and it's environs, but with plenty of cultural, heritage and history thrown in (the editor is a Spanish Civil War buff and tour guide). Contributor Lucy Brzoska has her own nature blog within the site.
The clue's in the name, but if you haven't guessed yet Drink Barcelona is an entertaining and accurate attempt by three ex-pats to chronicle the Barcelona bar, dining and nightlife scene... good clean(ish) fun.
Standing In A Spanish Doorway
A sharp look at the often baffling world of politics and social issues in Catalonia and Spain, by an Australian journalist living in Vilafranca del Penedès.
Fleas and Dogs in Barcelona
Si quieres el perro, acepta las pulgas. If you want the dog, accept the fleas, is the motto of this blogger... and a highly appropriate one bearing in mind that she lives in Barcelona's most 'fruity' district, Raval (where the good, bad and the ugly take place in equal measure!). A highly entertaining and streetwise look at BCN.
Apartment Barcelona Blog
Formerly found at the domain Welcome-to-Barcelona.com (where in fact you can still find a lot of great information), Apartment Barcelona's diverse blog is now found on their main website, advising travellers on everything from food and drink to local festivals.
George from Barcelona
The English version of the Catalan blog, YuriBCN, George is part Swedish, part Catalan and brought up in England. He brings his reflections on Catalan politics, nationalism and independence to the general public. If you ever wondered what Catalonia's beef is with Madrid, here's your reading material!
Here's a little something for our German readers, so that they can enjoy some advice and stories in their native language... Laura Lee-Lehmann is an active travel blogger based here in Barcelona, with a big section all about her new Catalan home, all in deutsch.
Sadly the amiable author of this blog no longer lives in Barcelona and so you won't find any updates or wistful musings of late. However much of the great articles on here are timeless and so check the tags on the right hand side to unveil plenty of juicy content.
Blogs about Spain
Bored of reading about Barcelona? Well we can forgive you for wanting a change at least... try delving into these recommended blogs about other regions of Spain.
The Spanish Blog
Learn about both Spain and the Spanish language with expert Laura Garrido Eslava. Free daily video lessons, mp3 courses, live online classes, Spanish recipes, city guides and culture features.
Cheap in Madrid
Penniless in the capital? Or simply an events junkie? Cheap in Madrid is a very handy blog listing a wide variety of free and/or cheap concerts, festivals, exhibitions and things to do almost every day of the week. Lots of great inspiration and you can keep up with them on Twitter.
American in Spain
One of the longest-running diaries we've discovered about life in Spain, Erik Rasmussen moved to the picturesque town of Colindres in Cantabria in 2005 and has been keeping his blog since 2006. Family life, everyday observations and photography feature strongly.
La Tortuga Viajera
The 'Travelling Tortoise' dispenses lots of advice about life as an expat in the Spanish capital of Madrid, including plenty of travel tips to other great destinations, recipes for traditional Spanish dishes - and fantastic photos.