There are over 60 million blogs on WordPress. That’s over 402 million people viewing more than 4.1 billion pages each month. And that’s only on the WordPress platform, which only represents approximately 43% of all blogs!
No doubt we are inundated with a ton of blogs.
Some ( a shocking few, in fact ) stick and stand the test of time (like the ones I’m about to reveal here). But there are so many, many more that go dormant and eventually die a slow and painful death.
Which ones are the good ones to read? And which ones are crap?
Please note: I’m not saying if you’re blog isn’t on this list that it’s crap. That’s not the point here. And please also note that just because I follow these folk doesn’t mean I align completely with their beliefs. A few aren’t Christians, but give great advice nonetheless.
I actually thought I was going to have a tougher time widdling this list down, because I follow so many great blogs. But it was actually very simple. Many who read my blog probably know these names already, but if you don’t, allow me to introduce you to awesomeness on parade.
Here it is:
I first learned of Michael Hyatt through a link someone shared on facebook regarding his free life plan ebook. He writes on intentional leadership, and provides a never ending source of inspiration and value. He has helped me so much as I became serious about blogging. You should also check out his latest book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.
If I had to share three must-read of his, it would probably be these:
- Creating a Life Plan
- Slay Your Dragons Before Breakfast
- Do You Make These 10 Mistakes When You Blog?
2. Seth Godin
Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, author, and public speaker who pioneered the idea of permission marketing. He has written fourteen bestselling books on topics including the post-industrial revolution, how ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership, and changing everything. Of his success he has said:
I’m thrilled that the universe lined up to let someone as easily distracted and ADD as me figure out a way to earn a fine living making a ruckus and helping people get to where they want to go.
Seth’s blog is perhaps the most popular in the world written by a single individual. Here are three really good ones I would suggest reading:
3. Jon Acuff
Besides being secretly jealous of the new design of his website, you have to check out this blog. I really resonate with his mission, which is also the focus of his new book:
To help people of all ages across the country find and go after their purpose. It’s time to punch fear in the face. It’s time to escape average. It’s time to do work that matters. It’s time to start.
Author of the best-selling book Quitter, Jon Acuff speaks at conferences and events across the country. His other blog Stuff Christians Like is read by more than 4.5 million people. Learn more about Jon. Too many good posts; I can’t nail down to a top three here.
4. Zen Habits
There are so many good ideas that come out of this one. Leo’s mind is brilliant. And I don’t know a single person who hasn’t heard of his blog.
Here are three recent posts that I’ve enjoyed:
- The Daily Checklist
- The Power of Habit Investments
- Tim Ferriss vs. Leo Babauta Showdown: On Whether Goals Suck
James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, author and blogger. He has founded or cofounded several companies and has also published several books on investing. His writing has been frequently published by media outlets, including The Financial Times, TheStreet.com, Techcrunch and The Huffington Post. You can follow him on twitter @jaltucher
Ironically, the single most popular way people have arrived at his blog who have no idea who he is (so this eliminates all social media) is by typing in the words “I Want to Die” into a search engine…. (note: that is NOT how I arrive at his blog..)
I initially found him through Charles Kirk of the Kirk Report, back when I was heavy into learning about stock trading. I was initially drawn to his website through this post that convinced me renting is the way to go:
Here are two other good ones that you’ll want to check out:
QUESTION: What are the top 5 blogs you read?