Here at Pixel, we don’t do ‘boring’. Why be good when we can be great? This philosophy is reflected in everything we do; from the branding we create to the software we make – and it’s even reflected in the blogs we love.

Here are our top 5 favourite websites guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. And possibly get you addicted.

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Full of news and user-generated content and questions, reddit lets users rate and rank content to push links and text posts up the page, allowing users to determine which information is the most important.

reddit is a bit like a fight between two drunk friends. You know you shouldn’t get involved but you’ve had one too many Bacardi Breezers yourself and you can’t look away. In fact, you get pulled in completely. What starts out as, ‘I’ll just read this one thread…’ soon turns into commenting on everything you read and even uploading your own links and text posts. Say goodbye to the next three hours.

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The Moz blog – both the official Moz Blog and YouMoz, which runs off user generated content – is an incredible SEO and online marketing resource. Covering everything from ‘What is Search Engine Optimisation?’ all the way to pretty darn complicated articles on SEO best practice, it really is the leader of digital marketing and SEO. If you’re at all interested in digital marketing and search engine optimisation, it’s the best place to start.

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Described as the ‘one-stop shop for social media’ by Adrianna Huffington (big praise indeed), Mashable was created by Pete Cashmere in 2005. It has risen to become such a social media behemoth that it boasts over 7.5million Twitter followers and 3.6million fans on Facebook at the time of writing. And it’s not hard to see why – from baby pandas rolling around in the grass and gossip from the Great British Bake Off to important world news and politics, Mashable has it all covered.

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With more contributors than you can shake a stick at, TechCrunch is a hive of techy activity, with updates in the technology world coming thick and fast.

A heaven for geeks, TechCrunch is the kind of website you check more often than you care to admit. Addicted? Us? No…

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The GapingVoid blog is both depressingly bleak and inspiring. How it can be both I don’t know, but it manages to inspire action and beat down enthusiasm almost simultaneously. Here’s one of their blog posts from August:

In case you didn’t get the memo: There is no secret validation committee, deliberating on what your destiny is allowed to be.

So that strategy about waiting for your life to be finally green-lighted by someone else?

Sorry, you’ve been wasting your time.

There is no green light. Or red light. Or yellow light.

There’s just you. And what you intend to do about the present moment.

But I suspect you already knew that…

See the blog post here: Impact Requires.

It’s confusingly ‘upbleak’; your destiny is whatever you choose it to be. But you’re doing pretty badly for not knowing that already. D’oh. The truth hurts.

What are your favourite blogs? Got any we should add to our daily (ok, hourly) rotation?

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