Before I decided to jump in and join the writer’s crowd, I spent years reading posts from a wide variety of authors. My life and perspective have been thoroughly challenged and changed from the words written by many of the authors who write weekly to an audience around the world. At first, this post was going to be a shout out to all the other bloggers that I enjoy and that have helped me on my way. But I’ve made it a little more specific and retained only the blogs that I actually read. Ones where I read every post right after they hit my feed. Here are the blogs I enjoy.
Zen Habits – Written by Leo Babauta who is a self described minimalist and habit creator. His material covers a healthy lifestyle, habit formation, parenting, and focus. He has been writing for several years and his content remains epic. One of the few old school bloggers that still writes consistently.
Great Post: A Brief Guide to Life
Mr. Money Mustache – The best face punching, entertaining financial literacy author writing right now. A wealthy early retiree who maintains a low impact lifestyle. A must read for anyone who is working toward living a more efficient life. I’ve already written about his best posts; but I’m impressed he keeps the new material coming each week.
Great Post: Is it Convenient? Would I Enjoy it? Wrong Question
The Minimalists – Another tried and true. Even with several books and a ton of evergreen content, each post is still refreshing and unique even after many years. Often the pieces are easily digestible and safe enough to send to almost anyone. I enjoy their lighthearted, speaking from experience, tone about life, money, and stuff. Nice inspirational material that is calming to read.
Great Recent Post: Five Steps Toward a More Meaningful Holiday Season
Raptitude – Although he has been writing for years, I was late to the party on this one. I recently read a few posts and ended up going through the archives and devouring the content. Tons of original material about efficient living, mindfulness, and our interactions with other people. Each post is carefully crafted and well done; no filler.
Great Post: Most of Our Lives Are Lived By Default
Becoming Minimalist – Wow, didn’t realize that I read so many blogs about minimalism. I suppose I just enjoy the style of writing and the challenges it posses for readers. Another one where I read each post and also enjoy the other articles suggested on twitter. Tons of great archival content and fresh posts after many years.
Great Post: Gifts Your Children Will Never Forget
Non Finance: Life Hacker & Engadget – The ‘all things related to life hacking’ and my favorite technology blog. I still check these each week but I don’t keep them on the rss (too much clutter). Both are filled with occasional nuggets of goodness but mostly of interest for those already engaged in the field. Life hacker often has helpful suggestions for efficiency beginners.
New Guys (and Girls)
Club Thrifty – Not really new, but only a few years old. Holly, and a handful of guest writers, put out tons of quality content almost daily. The content is entertaining even for those not in the personal finance crowd and the discussions are lively. Holly does a great job reaching out to new bloggers and is quite impressive about commenting on blogs (including new ones) all around the web.
Great Post: What I Want My Kids to Know About Money
Johnny Moneyseed – A refreshing lifestyle design and finance blog written in an entertaining and shareable way. Johnny’s post are consistently good and practical. A great mid level financial blog written for intermediate financial seekers. Modeled after MMM with slightly less face punching. Very little filler.
Great Post: Winning the Lottery vs. Hard Work
Common Sense Millennial – Still brand new, but working hard to jump right into the action. CSM writes to a 20-30s crowd about personal finance and lifestyle design. The content it timely and enjoyable. I also appreciate having another blogger from the southeast! Again, practical advice that can be implemented easily. Post are also consistent and predictable.
Great Post: The Prepper vs. The Minimalist
What others am I missing? Anything that I should be reading every week? I read a lot of blogs but I know there are many other there that I would enjoy. Classics? New Bloggers?