Smart People Read Smart Blogs – Be Smart!

Why You Should Read More Blogs (Plus! How to Find the Best Ones)

Most of the people I know treat the internet like a toy. Like the owner of a 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta – the “fastest, most powerful road car” Ferrari has ever built – who never takes it on the highway.

Preview of the 2013-Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, an amazing machine! The fastest, most powerful road car ever created by Ferrari. It (like the internet) deserves to be driven, taken to its full capacity - not left to languish in a garage. | Photo by Motor Trend Magazine

Don’t do that. There is so much more to the internet than Facebook, your local newspaper, Twitter, the a few other usual suspects. The internet presents one of the greatest opportunities for you to broaden your mind, your reach, your influence. The internet can make you rich. You just need to learn to use it.

Today, I want to challenge you to check out some of the best blogs the internet has to offer (and to subscribe to a few of the ones you like).

Top Ranked Blogs

*Note, being a top ranked blog doesn’t mean a blog will be great for YOU – but chances are, one of the 100 will be. Here is how you may find some:

Technorati – Top 100 Blogs

Technorati is THE authority on blogs. It is updated once per day, using the Technorati Authority (the Technorati Authority measures a site’s standing & influence in the blogosphere. Read more about it here)

Other sources:

  1. TIME Magazine – The Best Blogs of 2011

  2. TIME Magazine – The 25 Best Financial Blogs

  3. Guardian UK – The World’s 50 Most Powerful Blogs

3 Blogs I Subscribe To

I could not blog or do the work I do, without a steady flow of information, direction, insight and inspiration from many external sources.

These blogs – whether they make the Technorati/TIME/Guardian lists or not, are among some of the best I have found on the web.

1. Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt is the Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the world’s largest Christian publisher. His blog has over 221,820 subscribers (including me).

He writes about Productivity, Leadership, Publishing, Blogging, Life Balance, and Fitness among other things.

Great Things About This Blog

  1. Very personal and relatable content.
  2. Hyatt’s knows business. I love his perspective as a successful Christian + business leader.

Sample Posts

  1. 7 Ways to Get Super Focused When You Need It
  2. 7 Reasons Why You Need a Written Life Plan
  3. Build Your Personal Brand with These 5 Simple Tools

2. Seth’s Blog

Seth Godin has what has been perhaps the most read blog (written by one person) on the internet (up to a million readers at some point). Seth writes every word (more 2,000,000 words so far).

Great Things About This Blog

  1. Post are short and chock full of genius.
  2. Seth always points to other great resources on the web
  3. Free (but in-valuable) giveaways.

Sample Posts

Here is today’s post from Seth’s Blog:

Winning today (vs. winning tomorrow)

Look around. You’re not number one on that bestseller list, or chosen for this RFP or invited to give that talk.

It’s frustrating. There are engagements you ought to have, sales you ought to be making, clients that ought to understand you…

One choice is to spend today frustrated that you’re not winning with the product you have for the market you’ve chosen.

The other choice is to focus on what you need to do today to win tomorrow.

3. DesiringGod

I love the Desiring God blog. “God-centred resources from the ministry of John Piper” (though there are several other writers who post content under the Piper’s leadership).

Great Things About This Blog

  1. Very great application of Christian (biblical) position to “real life.”
  2. They are always giving away very valuable stuff: (Free eBook in 4 Languages—”Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ”)

Examples of Posts I Like (Love)

  1. 10 Resolutions for Mental Health [Refreshing]
  2. Questions to Ask When Preparing for Marriage [Very important read for any person, serious about their faith, serious about their emotional happiness, serious about having a lasting marriage.]
  3. Letter to an Incomplete, Insecure Teenager [Four years ago a teenager in our church wrote to me for advice about life in general, and identity in particular. Here is what I wrote, with a big dose of autobiography for illustration.]
  4. Holy Women Who Hope in God [From John Piper’s 1986 Mother’s Day sermon: Women who hope in God are women who look away from the troubles and miseries and obstacles of life that seem to make the future bleak, and they focus their attention on the sovereign power and love of God who rules in heaven and does on earth whatever he pleases.]

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Do you benefit from reading blogs? What blogs do you read?

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6 thoughts on “Smart People Read Smart Blogs – Be Smart!”

  1. Yes! I’ve learnt a lot from Michael Hyatt via his podcast in the last month or so. Practical knowledge which I have been putting into practice to. Good choices!

    1. I appreciate your feedback. You get personal kudos for being the first person to post a comment on my nascent blog (I hope others will follow suit). BTW, I checked out your site and I think it’s impvessire.

  2. Never heard of Michael Hyatt before…the others I know. I also read Mashable & Social Media Examiner’s stuff…really good to figure out the latest in Social Media…PR Daily for the latest in PR and Entrepreneur Magazine for the latest on Start Ups.

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