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


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

“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


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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 Brogan


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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.

Escape Velocity


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

Inkling Media is an inbound marketing blog based in Lancaster, PA with an emphasis on social media.

Jonathan Fields


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

Net Tuts+ is one of the blogs leading the way in website development covering topics from PHP, MySQL, WordPress themes and much more.

Oatmeal


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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.

Quicksprout


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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.

Redhead Writing


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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.

Seth Godin


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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.

Tim Ferriss


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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

UnMarketing


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

Vandelay Website Design exists to help businesses and organizations build a stronger presence online.

Web Design Tuts+


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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.

xBlog


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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.

You Integrate


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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


26+ Best Blogs to Read in 2011

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.

Nicholas Cardot

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45 Comments

  • graham lutz says:

    The Oatmeal and Tim Ferriss are the best by of those.

  • Tom Treanor says:

    Nicholas, great post and list – quite a few to check out. I really liked the A-Z approach. Obviously there are lots of great blogs. I might have included Lifehacker in “L” – one of my favorites…

    • That’s a very good point. I love lifehacker. The only reason that I didn’t include it is because I was really going after blogs that you could subscribe to and keep up with. They post a lot and it would be hard to filter it through your RSS.

  • Benny says:

    Great job. Nice to see it finally come together. I know some letters were harder than others. Also some letters probably had multiple candidates.

  • Fandy says:

    a nice way to listing of greatest blogs, interesting. I might be included in A for Artfan 🙂

  • Thanks for the inclusion of Daily Writing Tips Nicholas!

    The rest of the list looks great too, including some I must check out for the first time.

  • Some real gems in this list, i’m going to have to check out a few that i’ve been missing out on!

    I would have to add Site Sketch 101 to this list, a rock solid blog! 😀

  • Rod Burkert says:

    Escape Velocity was one I started reading from its launch. Unfortunately, there has not been a post since April 19 (the one you show in your list). I tweeted CB to ask him what was up and did not receive a reply.

  • All my favorite blogs in one post! Good job and happy to have sponsored this one!

    Thanks Nick!

  • A bunch I haven’t seen, thanks man. 😉

  • John Gregory says:

    If you ask me ProBlogger is the best out of them all, it brings really good information how to become an amazing blogger in no time, and not only that:
    How to improve your PR
    SEO tips
    Online money making
    and many others.

  • Yomar says:

    Nicholas, this is truly a great list. As a big fan of Seth Godin’s work, it’s nice to see him mentioned in such a way. It was also refreshing to see some lesser-known web sites on here, like Neil Patel and NetTuts. Good job, as always. 8)

    BTW, it’s interesting you credit The Oatmeal as one of the funniest sites out there. Sites like FunnyJunk are trying to steal the content. Such a shame.

  • Ah Nicholas,

    I am very happy to see my very first blog, my baby, here on this list.

    Get In the Hot Spot has evolved and grown so much since I set it up. I love that it still honors my need to put myself “in the hot spot” by daring to share my writing with the world instead of hiding behind my anonymous copywriting.

    I love that it’s been the vehicle that has really liberated me as a writer, given me so many professional opportunities and brought so much personal joy.

    I love blogging, I love my blog and I’m very proud of what I’ve created. I know you feel the same way about your blog and that shows.

    Our blogs are a very personal and special thing and I’m honored to be sharing this journey with you and featured here in such illustrious company. Thank you:)

    Three cheers for Leo Babauta for his blog Zen Habits. The Z postition would have been hard to fill otherwise but thanks to him it’s a no brainer:)

    I’m laughing as I’m also proud of my new blog Successful Blogging but there’s no way it can compete with Seth Godin or Site Sketch, which of course is one blog of note missing from the list.

  • Jason Wiser says:

    Excellent list. In you other articles you talk about the importance of not just talking about yourself. Here you really show us this in action. In your list you have people who may seem to be a competitor blog, i.e. Kikolani.com
    I really respect that you practice what you preach. Thanks for another great resource.

  • Alex says:

    Great list Nick. I know how much effort goes into these types of things, so I appreciate the effort.
    I know many of these blogs but there are still a few new ones.
    I assume daily writing tips is another of Daniel’s blogs? if not the header looks awfully similar!

  • Tellis Coleman says:

    Mixergy by Andrew Warner could have topped this list. However, I’m not sure what criteria you used. Even Bob Parson’s blog could have been on here. Thanks for the list.

  • Nimita Rao says:

    i think it is true.
    I want to follow your suggestion. thanks.

  • Great list Nic. I am sure that this would have taken a lot of time and effort to organize.

    Problogger, Get in the hot spot and Kikolani are by blogging mentors. Dailywriting tips is really great on giving writing advice, punchy tips.

    There are a handful of blogs that I am not reading so closely. Off to check them now 🙂

    Jane.

  • Shree says:

    Thanks Nick for the awesome list of blogs! Now I can check on the great blogs which I was unknown to.

  • Trudy says:

    Excellent reference. Someday I will get a chance to go through all of them, but for now I picked up a few good ones that caught my interest right away. Thanks for the neat list!

  • Kristel says:

    Hey Nick, awesome list you have here. Very helpful to those who are looking to maximizing their blog’s potential. Thanks! 🙂

  • Brad Harmon says:

    Creative way to put together this list, Nick. I’m currently only reading six of these so there’s a lot of new material here for me. I’ve had Red Headed Writing, UnMarketing, and Tim Ferris’s blog on my list to check out for a while. I see retweets from those sites everyday in my Twitter stream. Thanks for the reminder to check them out.

  • These are some great blogs. I too have recently become a fan of Amber Naslund’s blog. Such solid stuff.

    A couple of these, I’ve never heard of and am totally going to check out. Glad you’re into Ferriss’ blog!

  • Wow, I’m finding some amazing designs on this Line25 site. Check this one out: http://www.mathieuclauss.com/
    This is one of the coolest artist portfolio sites I’ve ever seen.

    Also, kudos on including Kikolani’s site on your list — I read her blog all the time.

    greg

  • These were a fantastic group of blogs, and a lot that I’ve heard of but have never read, but know by reputation. For H, I’d like to humbly submit another candidate: hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com Nothing but utter hilarity, and the only blog I know of that consistently gets over a thousand comments per post.

    Delena

  • Philip says:

    Wow! great list! I love reading blogs good thing I came across to your site…

  • Melody says:

    Hey what a great list! I am especially glad that Beth Harte made the list – I just know that I like seeing her tweets, and she is very friendly on twitter, so it makes me happy for her!

    Your description following Seth Godin’s blog was too funny!

    I also really like @unmarketing tweets and I peek at his blog now and then too. I like that he stands for being genuine and real and says “no” to scheduled tweets! It’s from him (and his blog) that I learned the phrase about “organically growing” my twitter following.

    May I suggest Marjorie Clayman’s blog for the next time around?

    Take care!

    ~Melody

  • I love Chris Brogan and Seth Godin. They have changed the way I look at marketing now. I realized I have been missing out on quite a few blogs. Thanks for the compilation.

  • Nice collection of blogs man. Thanks.

  • ah hong says:

    That’s the complete A to Z list. Personal favourite – P for ProBlogger and S for SiteSketch. Learn lots of new thing from these 2 blog. Keep it up Nick 🙂

  • Thanks for the great list Nicholas! I liked The Oatmeal very much and I’m going to check the other out as well.

  • Gotta say…there are thousands and even more than thousands QUALITY blogs out there on the web. Missing them would be a mistake!

  • Joe Kelly says:

    I like the list Nick, now I have a few new blogs to check out. I have probably visited or regularly visit about 50-60% of these blogs. It is always nice to be turned on to new blogs. Looks like you missed a blog under “S”, perhaps I will make a similar list and include sitesketch101.com.

  • Kristi Hines says:

    I’m not sure how I missed this, but a huge belated thanks for including me in this awesome list! 🙂

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