Best of the Web (Top Blogs for Insight and Action)


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This is my roundup of top blogs for insight and action.

The Web is a big place, but a lot of roads lead to the same town.

In the spirit of insight and action, I want to share some of the best blogs on the Web that help you get better, smarter, and faster in key areas of your life.

Sites that Make Us Think

For this list, I looked to people, blogs, and sites that really make us think, surprise us with insight, and share news we can use (or make us laugh, cry, or feel alive..)  Many of the authors are people with a passion for more from life.

Collectively, this collection of top blogs helps equip you with “skills to pay the bills and lead a better life.”  You’ll find it’s a mash up.  The mix includes: business skills, continuous learning, entrepreneurism, fun, leadership, personal development, productivity, strategy, technology, thinking skills, and trends.

I believe these are the sites that truly help you get the edge in work and life.  It’s a living list of top blogs, and I will update it from time to time.

Top 10 Blogs for Insight and Action

  1. 800 CEO Read
  2. All Top
  3. Barking Up the Wrong Tree
  4. Global Change, by Patrick Dixon
  5. Information is Beautiful, by David McCandless
  6. Psychology Today
  7. Seth Godin
  8. Strategic News Service
  9. TED – Ideas Worth Spreading
  10. The Blog of Tim Ferris

Top Blogs for Insight and Action A – Z

  1. 43 Folders, by Merlin Man
  2. 800 CEO Read
  3. 1000, by Vadim Kotelnikov
  4. A Daring Adventure, Tim Brownson
  5., by Joel Brown
  6. Alissa Finerman – Author, Speaker, Life Coach
  7. All Top
  8. Barking Up the Wrong Tree
  9. Big Think
  10. Blue Zones Blog, by Dan Buettner
  11. Brain Pickings
  12. Business Balls, by Alan Chapman
  13. Business Insider
  14. Change This
  15. Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life, by Steven Aitchison
  16. Charlie Rose
  17. Chief Executive Magazine
  19. CIO Insight
  20. Cool Infographics, by Randy Krum
  21. Danielle LaPorte – White Hot Truth
  22. David Zinger – Employee Engagement
  23. Dilbert
  24. Disease Proof, by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
  25. Dr. K’s Blog – How to Click with People, by Dr. Rick Kirshner
  26. Entrepreneur’s Journey, by Yaro Starak
  27. Entrepreneur Magazine
  28. Expert Access, by Steve Kayser
  29. Forbes
  30. Gaping Void, by Hugh MacLeod
  31. Gartner
  32. Get Rich Slowly, by J.D. Roth
  33. Grow with Stacey
  34. HBR (Harvard Business Review)
  35. How To Change the World, by Guy Kawsaki
  36. Huffington Post
  37. Ian’s Messy Desk, by Ian McKenzie
  38. I Will Teach You To Be Rich, by Ramit Sethi
  39. IGG – Tips, Tools, and Tantalizing Ideas, by Marquita Herald
  40. Illuminated Mind, by Jonathan Mead
  41. Inc – Small Business Ideas and Resources for Entrepreneurs
  42. Information is Beautiful, by David McCandless
  43. Jim Carroll – Futurist, Trends, and Innovation
  44. John Maxwell on Leadership
  45. Jurgen Appelo
  46. Leading Answers – Leadership and Agile Project Management Ideas, Observations, and Links
  47. Life, by Donald Latumahina
  48. Marc and Angel Hack Life
  49. Marie Forleo
  50. Mental Toughness Blog, by Steve Siebold
  51. Michael Hyatt – Intentional Leadership
  52. NPR
  53. Personal Development with Fred Tracey
  54. Personal Excellence Blog, by Celestine Chua
  55. Personal Success Factors, by Stephen Borgman
  56. Pick the Brain, by Erin Falconer
  57. Possibilities – Master Brew for Creative Minds
  58. Psychology Today
  59. ReadWriteWeb
  60. Richard Branson
  61. Scientific American Mind
  62. Scobleizer, by Robert Scoble
  63. Seth Godin
  64. Shake Off the Grind & Begin to Thrive, by Joe Wilner
  65. Slate Magazine – Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts
  66. Smart Passive Income, by Pat Flynn
  67. Stepcase Lifehack
  68. Steve Pavlina
  69. Strategy + Business
  70. Success Begins Today, by John Richardson
  71. Success Magazine Blog
  72. Tammy Erickson (Harvard Business Review)
  73. TED – Ideas Worth Spreading
  74. The Blog of Tim Ferris
  75. The Changing Minds Blog, by David Straker
  76. The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin
  77. The Opinion Pages (The New York Times)
  78. The Simple Dollar – Financial Talk for the Rest of Us, by Trent Hamm
  79. The Wall Street Journal
  80. Think Simple Now, by Tina Su
  81. This Isn’t Happiness
  82. Tim Sanders
  83. Tony Robbins – Change Your Life Now
  84. Top Tenz.Net
  85. Victoria Vives – Strategies for Unleashing the Superhero in You
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  1. Great list! I have to do some digging now. Keeping the inspiration flowing is important, but even more important is what we do with it.

    A call to action is next!

  2. Thank you very much for listing as a site for insight and action. We try hard to put out an interesting product. It is always nice to be noticed.


  3. @ David — Thank you. So many of these authors and sites do a great job of keeping it fresh, and keeping it real.

    Yes, insight is one thing, action is another.

    @ Shell — I like the focus and the approach. I’m a fan of having information at my finger tips, and top ten lists make it easy to do so. It’s a great way for exploring other knowledge areas in a fast and fun way.

  4. Hi JD .. thanks for these two lists – it’s good to know they’re safely tucked away in your Resources tab for reference at all times ..

    Many thanks – cheers Hilary

  5. @ Hilary — It was a great exercise in sweeping across the Web to find the best of the best. It’s an ever-changing landscape, but there are definitely some light-houses among the sea of information.

  6. Thanks JD!

    I’m honored to be included in the list. There are many sites that post infographic images, but I always try to add some discussion and critique so that my audience of designers learns how to make their own designs better.


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