It was Dr. Suess who opined, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” We understand the importance of reading, studying and filling our minds with good, helpful information. In fact, although blogs used to be very widely known for their personal nature often answering the question of what you did today, they have now evolved into a treasure trove filled with more detailed knowledge of every possible subject. The Encyclopedia Brittanica has nothing on the blogosphere.
Of course, not all blogs are useful. Some can be a complete waste of time and leave you feeling even dumber for having spent your time on it. It’s important that we spend our limited time filling our mind with powerful information. So to that end, I’ve compiled this list of the greatest blogs in 2011, and as you’ll notice, I’ve found one for every letter of the alphabet.
A List Apart
“For People Who Make Websites.” A List Apart Magazine explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.
Brass Tack Thinking
Brass Tack Thinking is mindset – a set of principles and systems – for making things happen. It’s teachable, repeatable process that uses basic elements—brass tacks, if you will—to assess a situation as it is, how we want it to be, and how to make that future state real and sustainable.
Chris’s blog is in the Top 5 of the Advertising Age Power150. He has over 11 years experience in online community, social media, and related technologies.
Daily Writing Tips
Whether you are an attorney, manager or student, writing skills are essential to your success. The rise of the information age – with the proliferation of e-mails, blogs and social networks – makes the ability to write clear, correct English more important than ever. Daily Writing Tips is about that.
Many pieces go into achieving escape velocity from situations that hold us in their grasp. Maybe you don’t like your job any more. Maybe you’d like to be home with the family more often, instead of slaving away extra hours for little pay. Maybe you’re unhappy with your fitness and health levels. The challenges you face are your own.
Freelance Folder is a community for freelancers, entrepreneurs, work-at-home business owners, and web-workers. They strive to bring you the articles, information, and community you need to succeed.
Get In The Hot Spot
Get In the Hot Spot is about travel and creative writing. It’s a seriously fun blog where you can get inspiration and tips to write your own travel stories or personal writing.
Harte of Marketing
Beth Harte is a marketing & communications professional with over 16 years of experience that includes a passion for excellence and a pragmatic mind for business and results-oriented outcomes.
Inkling Media is an inbound marketing blog based in Lancaster, PA with an emphasis on social media.
Jonathan Fields is…a giddy dad, husband, New Yorker, serial wellness-industry entrepreneur, author, recovering S.E.C./mega-firm hedge-fund lawyer, slightly-warped, unusually-stretchy, spiritually-inclined, obsessed with creation, small-biz and online marketing consultant and venture partner, book-marketer, professional speaker, copywriter, entrepreneur-coach, yoga-teacher, columnist, once-a-decade hook-rug savant, blogger and career renegade™…gone wild.
Kikolani is about the art of blogging – blogging tips, social networking strategies, and other useful information to help bloggers become more successful in blogging.
Line25 is the drawing board of creative web design, a place where ideas and inspiration are drafted out into articles, tutorials and roundups of cutting edge web design.
Men With Pens
Setting your business on the fast track to success with a stunning web design is our specialty – we’re Men with Pens, the world-recognized web design business changing businesses (and lives!) through high-end websites that get results.
Net Tuts+ is one of the blogs leading the way in website development covering topics from PHP, MySQL, WordPress themes and much more.
The Oatmeal blog is probably the funniest blog you can read online. Every new episode will have you laughing out of your office chair begging for more.
Problogger by Darren Rowse is the premiere blog about building and monetizing blogs. He’s makes six figures a year from his blogs and this is the hub to get everything he knows about how to do that.
Neil Patel, the man behind QuickSprout, is an aggressive online entrepreneur who has spent time building and marketing companies online. His wisdom on doing this is intense.
Erika Napoletano IS Redhead Writing – a Denver, Colorado-based online strategies consulting firm. Always irreverent but never insincere, engaging with Erika ensures one thing: tuning in to unfiltered content, blunt advice and unpopular thoughts designed to shake you up and move you forward.
SEOmoz develops SEO software, provides a robust link intelligence API, and hosts the web’s most vibrant SEO community. They’re based in Seattle, but they’re often found traveling the globe to participate in marketing events and meetups.
This is the personal blog of Seth Godin, an multiple New York Times Bestseller. If you’re not reading it, go see a doctor because something is wrong with you.
Simply put: “Tim has packed more lives into his 29 years [at time of publication] than Steve Jobs has in his 51.” – Tom Foremski, Journalist and Publisher of SiliconValleyWatcher.com
Scott Stratten is the president of UnMarketing. Between being ranked as one of the top influencers on Twitter and getting over 60 million views of client videos, he’s spent way to much time online.
Vandelay Website Design exists to help businesses and organizations build a stronger presence online.
Web Design Tuts+
Web Design Tuts+ is the go-to place for all freelance web designers. The site is filled with best-practices, freelance tips, design ideas and much more.
The xBlog is a weblog that discusses and links to resources for information design and visual thinking, social business smarts, customer insights and other fun and fascinating things along those lines.
Kneale Mann has spent years in the marketing and media industry. He has invaluable experiences and important lessons that he shares on his blog.
Zen Habits is about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.