Today I present you with a list of 21 blogs that I’ve found useful, inspiring, insightful, or just plain awesome.
My criteria for selection: high-quality advice and ideas. People who have done cool shit and/or actively help others do cool shit. Some have products for sell, others don’t. However, you’ll not find any affiliate links in this post. I’m sharing these sites with you because they’re just damn good sites.
Note: as you read through this list, keep two things in mind:
1. There’s a lot of information here. I’ve compiled this list over a couple years. Take your time (like weeks) going through these sites….and take notes. Even better, bookmark this post and come back to it later.
2. Remember that useful information is only a starting point. If you want to make your own luck, you have to take action.
Information is useful, but action kicks ass!
Sometimes taking action can mean adding one or two activities to your daily routine. Or you can go the other way and take massive action. For example, putting your stuff in storage and moving to the other side of the world for a year. For me, this worked quite well.
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1. Art of nonconformity
I lead off with Chris Gullibeau’s fabulous site. Why? His message of ‘do your own thing and get paid for it’ has inspired several bloggers on this list (this writer included). Plus, he was cool enough to stop in the tiny city of Charleston, WV and meet with me and four others during his massive book tour.
Posts to start with:
How to Conduct Your Own Annual Review (I’ve used this technique for the past two years with excellent results.)
2. I Will Teach You To Be Rich
Ramit Sethi’s site is one of the best personal finance sites out there. Why? Because it’s less about trite advice like don’t buy $3 lattes and more about psychology, behaviors, and increasing income.
How to Negotiate Using a few of these techniques could save you several thousands of dollars. Seriously.
3. The Middle Finger Project
Writing from Chile, Ashely Ambridge sends out sassy posts that help people create amazing things…and earn money while doing so.
The 67 Emotions of Online Success: My Story If this post doesn’t move you like a UHaul, you’re a heartless human being.
4. Steve Pavlina’s blog
Steve Pavlina’s blog is the granddaddy of personal development blogs. Sometimes his posts are a little out there (see his S&M posts), but his stuff is still awesome, and I’m sure each writer on here was inspired by one of the hundreds (thousands?) of posts he has written.
30 Days to Success Here’s an awesome idea: if you want to develop a new habit, simply commit to it for 30 days.
5. The Happiness Project
Gretchen Ruben spent one year “ test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture” in order to learn how to improve her happiness.
Act the Way You Want to Feel My favorite article on her site describes the ‘long lost pal from camp’ technique
This lifestyle entrepreneur and digital nomad is a guy with a six figure affiliate marketing business who spends six months a year living and working in Mexico. An absolutely awesome resource for anyone who wants more from life.
Write Epic Shit. Bloggers, take note: “Great content can promote itself but even the best promotion can’t create great content.”
7. Zen Habits
Ranked with Pavlina as one of the granddaddies of this roundup, Leo Babuta’s site is consistently ranked as one of the top personal development blogs on the intertubes. Why? Because people crave simplicity, and this site tells them how to achieve it.
A Guided Tour of Zen Habits Leo’s body of work is massive, so if you’re new to his site, start here.
8. Tim Ferriss’ blog
Tim’s NY Times Bestselling Four-Hour Workweek might have a misleading title (as Jonathan Mead @Illuminated Mind points out), but Tim’s passion for testing and experimentation result in some of the most remarkable content around.
9. Axis of Awesome
Besides an name that’s DayGlo bold,, Trever Clark’s site has an awesome message: Life is too short to accept mediocrity, when you can choose to do awesome shit instead. Trever’s amazing shit? A run across China and Central Asia, subsidized by a mini-empire of affiliate sites.
Get Start Doing Your Own Epic Shit Changing ‘I’ll do it someday’ into ‘I can start on this today.’
10. Advanced Riskology
Tyler Tervooren is a musician, traveler, and professor of riskology; my kind of guy. His site helps people take smarter and more beneficial risks in their lives. Of all these blogs, his also wins the Happenchance ‘Best of Design’ award.
How to Instantly Add 8.2 Years and $133,369 To Your Life Hint: stop watching television. This article is golden.
11. The 99 Percent.
This site features articles that helps creative professionals do their best work. Their slogan ‘It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen’ is a killer call to action.
12. Cal Newport’s blog
University students have it so easy today…cheap loans, Facebook, and Cal Newport’s outstanding site Study Hacks. Don’t let the name fool you, though; Study Hacks can help anyone learn more effective ways to learn.
Getting Things Done For Creative People This was a guest post at the 99 Percent.
13. Writing Forward
In my opinion, Melissa Donovan’s site is one of the best hammer-and-nails writing resources on the internet.
14. Seth Godin’s blog
Everybody links to this site, and for good reason; it’s awesome. If you’re interested in the business & entrepreneurial side of luck-making, then pick up a few of his books like Purple Cow or Tribes.
Don’t Try to Get a Job. Why this post is awesome. Why? “Trying to get a job corrupts you and pushes you to be average.”
I love Rolf Potts’ book; it’s an essential resource for any traveler (or tourist!) that alternates between packing tips and quotes from Thoreau. Plus, he frequently profiles other sexy travelers like this guy.
Erica Douglas helps people grow their businesses by imploring them to be persistent, ignore the naysayers, and create consistently. What does this 20-something know about growing companies? She sold her own webhosting company for $1.1 million when she was 26.
Overwhelmed by Getting Things Done? Great post in convenient video format!
17. My Wife Quit Her Job
This is a value-packed site for anyone interested in starting or improving an ecommerce site…selling real, physical goods! Steve, the author, and his wife built an online store selling wedding linens.
18. Story Fix
If you think you’ve got a novel inside you, Larry Brooks will help you how to get it out by teaching you the basic laws of storytelling.
Why Stephen King is Full of Sh*t because he never outlines. Larry argues (quite convincingly) the opposite.
19. Scott H Young
Scott writes excellent articles on learning, motivation, and productivity.
How to Read 70+ Books a Year Hint: you need to learn to speed read.
20. Men With Pens
This site is for people who want to become professional freelance writers with a special focus on copywriting.
Just a Word About James This is a beautiful, sad post about why the female owner of MWP has to use a pen name.
Ali Luke is awesome, and while she says her site ‘is not a life-hackery, productivity type blog,’ you will find in-depth articles on being more productive…and effective.
Over to you:
What blogs do you read? Have any favorite posts you want to share? If you’re a blogger, chime in and promote yourself (comment links on this post should be do-follow).
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