I love Facebook, Twitter and Buzzfeed as much as the next twenty-something, but occasionally, they get old. Sometimes, you just need something new to do while you’re waiting for that email or while you’re taking a break from a project. Here are some of my favorites:
Do those hacks and recipes from Pinterest really work? Can you really make princess hairstyles or instant carpet cleaner from the items in your closet? Sonja Faust has started a blog dedicated to finding out. Though she doesn’t always follow the pins exactly (alcohol and lack of ingredients tend to play a role), she often surprises herself–and her readers–with how well you can make a pin work, and how horribly some of them fail. Who knew a mug cake could go so wrong?
If you have a hole in your heart where Regretsy used to be, or you’re just a fan of Kickstarter in general, you’ll love Kickfailure. Not every project that needs your help is worth funding. Some are impossible (anti-gravity machine) some are useless (a special strap for holding watermelons) and some are just sad (comic books by artists who have never actually written or drawn in their lives), but you’ll shake your head at all of them.
This blog doesn’t update very regularly, but it’s a great source of makeup information. Natalie Dee, creator of the webcomic Nataliedee.com, gives her tips on how to get the most from what you have, what products are worth buying and which aren’t, and scientific explanations about skincare and what makeup is capable of. She’s not afraid to tell it like it is, so sometimes the language gets NSFW, but her take on makeup will make you laugh and also make you learn.
A webcomic about the adventures of a naive and round bear and his self-centered bird friend, Nedroid is equal parts humor and charm. It’ll be the comic you’ll send to your own best friend saying “This is literally us”. There are even books and T-shirts featuring the characters for sale on the site!
You don’t have to be an artist to make something really cool on this digital drawing site. The paintings are automatically mirrored, and you can alter the symmetry to make incredible designs. And the ethereal music adds to the feeling of an otherworldly experience, though you can turn that off if you don’t want to drift off into a meditation while you’re trying to paint.
Go have fun exploring the Web outside of Facebook and Twitter.