- The Top 10 LiveHacked.com Posts of 2012
- The Top 10 Most Influential Blogs of 2012
- The Top 10 Books of 2012
- The Top 10 Things I Want for Christmas 2012
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- The Top 10 Lessons Learned from 2012
- The Top 10 Self-Publishing Resources of 2012
- The Top 10 Inspirational/Self-Help Blogs of 2012
- The Top 10 Non-LH.com Blog Posts
- The Top 10 LiveHacked.com Goals for 2013
Yes, this is another “best blogs” post, but there’s a reason: any blogger knows that running a blog means you need to read other stuff. Blogs are a great place to start, and I’ve been inspired to write some of my best posts after reading a blog post from someone else.
This list is a collection of the most inspirational of those — the blogs that most inspired, challenged, motivated, or otherwise intrigued me in 2012.
#10. The Change Blog
The Change Blog is a new one for me, but it’s now on my permanent to-read list. It’s part minimalist, part life-hacking website, featuring guest bloggers and a great team of stand-ins.
Some of the articles are a little “heady,” as in lacking substantive actionable content, which is one of my pet peeves, but they’re all superbly-written and lengthy.
I’ve been a regular contributor to Lifehacks since early 2012, but it’s recently changed hands and is now exploding with content.
I love the site because the articles are concise, to-the-point, and just about every topic imaginable is covered.
Duh, this one’s a no-brainer. I’m a fan of Tim Ferriss, and his site is on the top of my all-time favorites. He writes about everything from cooking to travel to virtual assistants, and often brings in powerhouse writers to fill out the posting schedule.
#7. Jeff Goins
Jeff is another powerhouse blogger, and he’s been super successful this year as well. He writes on many topics, including writing, blogging, building platforms, and Christianity, and he’s an influential blogger and inspirational writer as well.
Joe Bunting runs The Write Practice, a site dedicated to teaching writers how to write by offering daily writing practice prompts. The site is growing steadily, and I enjoy reading about new ways to think about my fiction.
#5. Seth Godin
Seth is another blogger I’ve been following since Day 1. He manages to pump out rock-solid content every day, and his short-but-sweet posts usually pack quite the punch and inspire me throughout the rest of the day (or week).
As a very prolific writer, another benefit of following Seth’s work is that there’s usually another great book or two of his in the works.
Tyler owns and operates Advanced Riskology, a blog dedicated to prompting “adventure” stories of people living on their own terms. The articles are all top-notch, inspirational, and motivating. Check it out if you’ve never been there — it’s worth a read!
#3. Exile Lifestyle
Another favorite of mine is Colin’s website, Exile Lifestyle. It’s another like Advanced Riskology but with more of a personal flair, and it’s a wonderful site for inspiration. Colin is a traveler and writer, and the epitome of a minimalist.
#2. Paid to Exist
Jonathan Mead started Illuminated Mind, and earlier this year it became Paid to Exist. The blog is extremely well-designed and user-friendly, but the content is what keeps me coming back for more.
He’s built a business out of teaching people how to assess their own skills, goals, and vision, and then helps them implement that. It’s literally a site about being “paid to exist.”
#1. Expert Enough
#1 on this list is Expert Enough. Made by the same guys who brought us Think Traffic, Expert Enough is a great site for inspiration and real-life stories of people learning how to do cool stuff.
The premise is that while we’re not hoping to be the best at something, we can certainly become “expert enough” at them — and this blog teaches you how.
What are your favorites?
Have you come across any awesome websites this year that just need to be shared? What are they, and why do you like them? Share in the comments!