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. Illuminated Mind, by Jonathan Mead
  40. Inc – Small Business Ideas and Resources for Entrepreneurs
  41. Information is Beautiful, by David McCandless
  42. Jim Carroll – Futurist, Trends, and Innovation
  43. John Maxwell on Leadership
  44. Jurgen Appelo
  45. Leading Answers – Leadership and Agile Project Management Ideas, Observations, and Links
  46. Life, by Donald Latumahina
  47. Marc and Angel Hack Life
  48. Marie Forleo
  49. Mental Toughness Blog, by Steve Siebold
  50. Michael Hyatt – Intentional Leadership
  51. NPR
  52. Personal Development with Fred Tracey
  53. Personal Excellence Blog, by Celestine Chua
  54. Personal Success Factors, by Stephen Borgman
  55. Pick the Brain, by Erin Falconer
  56. Possibilities – Master Brew for Creative Minds
  57. Psychology Today
  58. ReadWriteWeb
  59. Richard Branson
  60. Scientific American Mind
  61. Scobleizer, by Robert Scoble
  62. Seth Godin
  63. Shake Off the Grind & Begin to Thrive, by Joe Wilner
  64. Slate Magazine – Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts
  65. Smart Passive Income, by Pat Flynn
  66. Stepcase Lifehack
  67. Steve Pavlina
  68. Strategy + Business
  69. Success Begins Today, by John Richardson
  70. Success Magazine Blog
  71. Tammy Erickson (Harvard Business Review)
  72. TED – Ideas Worth Spreading
  73. The Blog of Tim Ferris
  74. The Changing Minds Blog, by David Straker
  75. The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin
  76. The Opinion Pages (The New York Times)
  77. The Simple Dollar – Financial Talk for the Rest of Us, by Trent Hamm
  78. The Wall Street Journal
  79. Think Simple Now, by Tina Su
  80. This Isn’t Happiness
  81. Tim Sanders
  82. Tony Robbins – Change Your Life Now
  83. Top Tenz.Net
  84. Victoria Vives – Strategies for Unleashing the Superhero in You


  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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