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41 Hot Blogs Every New Blogger Should Know

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One of the best ways to learn about blogging is to watch other bloggers.

Read their posts. Check out their sites. Get a feel for what each blog is about and a sense of what you like and don’t like.

Compare writing styles. Are the posts formal or casual, long or short? Are they mainly personal stories, business topics, advice, or a combination? Lengthy paragraphs or quick, short bites?

Evaluate the reasons for the blog’s popularity or why it looks like a sinking ship. What’s done right? What are the problems?

A lot of factors combined make a blog successful: interesting topics, solid writing, good blog design, and some form of marketing, just for starters.

But a strength in one area can cancel out a weakness in another.

Sometimes the writing isn’t all that great, technically. But the personality that shines through or the inspiration, lesson, or shock value in a blog post can make the writing itself less important.

The information alone might make it worth a visit or a subscription, even if you don’t hang around for long or comment.

Then there are those startling facts, surprising revelations, or sleight of hand in the headlines and content—subtle psychological manipulation—that can get controversy going and even make the post go viral.

In some cases, the blog design might not be all that great, or you might see just a lot of white space, but the message is one that people want to hear.

Keep in mind that what one reader considers an interesting topic, great blog design, or good writing might be different from what another reader likes.

The topic or purpose can dictate the blog’s design and even writing style. Many personal development or writing sites favor a minimalist look, while business and marketing sites sometimes look cluttered. But it all comes down to the owner’s personal tastes and business or design savvy not to mention budget.

Keep your eyes, ears, and mind open, and be sure to read the “About” or “Welcome” pages. Check out videos and podcasts, and don’t forget to browse through the comment sections.

Any blogger should be aware of sites like Problogger, Zen Habits, and Copyblogger, at least. But there are so many other popular blogs, and this list is just a starting point.

The last five sites listed here aren’t individual blogs, but they’re great places to find other popular blogs and some good reading, and any blogger should be familiar with them.

Which blogs do you think should be on this list? Add them in the comments.

  1. Lifehacker Adam Pash, Editor-in-Chief
  2. Man vs. Debt Adam Baker
  3. Copyblogger Brian Clark
  4. Brian Gardner Brian Gardner
  5. Productive Flourishing Charlie Gilkey
  6. Chris Brogan Chris Brogan
  7. Chris Garrett
  8. The Art of Non-Conformity Chris Guillebeau
  9. Think Traffic Corbett Barr
  10. Daily Blog Tips Daniel Scocco
  11. Daily Writing Tips Daniel Scocco
  12. white hot truth Danielle LaPorte
  13. Problogger Darren Rowse
  14. Digital Photography School Darren Rowse
  15. Blog Marketing Academy David Risley
  16. Kommein Deb Ng
  17. Social Triggers Derek Halpern
  18. The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin
  19. Men With Pens James Chartrand
  20. Dumb Little Man Jay White
  21. The Creative Penn Joanna Penn
  22. John Chow dot Com John Chow
  23. Johnny B. Truant Johnny B. Truant
  24. The Badass Project Johnny B. Truant
  25. Boost Blog Traffic Jon Morrow
  26. jonathanfields Jonathan Fields
  27. Storyfix Larry Brooks
  28. Write to Done Mary Jaksch and Leo Babauta
  29. Zen Habits Leo Babauta
  30. mnmlist Leo Babauta
  31. Lolly Daskal Lolly Daskal
  32. Tiny Buddha Lori Deschene
  33. Freelance Folder Mason Hipp and team
  34. Remarkablogger Michael Martine
  35. Social Media Examiner Michael Stelzner
  36. Big Brand System Pamela Wilson
  37. Smart Passive Income Pat Flynn
  38. Penelope Trunk Penelope Trunk
  39. Seth Godin’s Blog Seth Godin
  40. Steve Pavlina
  41. Positively Positive Positively Positive, LLC

Three more for the road:

  1. The Huffington Post
  2. Technorati
  3. Alltop

Oh, just one more—I can’t resist! If you really want to find even more great blogs and “new media experts,” head on over to New Media Expo (the event formerly known as Blogworld and New Media Expo).

Your turn!

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