Top 50 Personal Development Bloggers50 Comments May 21, 2009 / Posted in Personal Development
There are lots of personal development blogs and bloggers in the blogosphere. The numbers can be overwhelming and I decided to compile a list of what I think would be the top 50 personal development bloggers and blogs to share with anyone who is interested in personal growth. Here is the list and happy reading.
**Note: Bloggers are not ranked in any particular order
1. Steve Pavlina
Quick intro: By giving away his best ideas for free, Steve created one of the most popular personal development websites in the world without spending a dime on marketing or promotion. Some of his articles have been translated into more than a dozen different languages, benefiting readers from 150 countries. His highly popular blog have over 700+ articles. He is also the author of the book, Personal Development For The Smart People.
Steve also has a reputation for conducting unusual growth experiments, the most famous being his polyphasic sleep trial, during which he slept only two hours per day for five and a half months, publicly documenting his results each step of the way.
2. Leo Babauta
Quick intro: Leo has a blog that has over 110,000+ of subscribers and he is also the author of the books Zen To Done and The Power Of Less. He is an advocate of simplicity and had applied it in multiple areas of his life. He had quit smoking, became a frequent runner, participated in marathon, became a vegetarian and doubled his income since Dec 2005.
His blog is about setting and achieving goals, and the numerous goals that he wants to achieve. He believes that goals are ultimately achieved through the building of good habits.
3. Leon Ho
Quick intro:Before working in Stepcase full time, Leon Ho was the Manager of Software Engineering at Red Hat, responsible for the internationalization deliveries in Red Hat products.
He founded Stepcase’s Lifehack in 2005, a blog on productivity and personal development, which became #40 most popular blog in the world. Stepcase has been featured by major medias such as Time Magazine, BusinessWeek and Hong Kong Economic Times.
4. Gina Trapani
Quick intro: Gina Trapani is a technology blogger, book author, and programmer based in San Diego, California by way of Brooklyn, New York. The founding editor of Lifehacker.com, a daily weblog on software and personal productivity.
Her latest book, Upgrade Your Life: The Lifehacker Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, Better, is a compendium of all the best hacks from Lifehacker.com’s archives, and her personal manifesto on working more efficiently in the digital age.
5. Tim Ferris
Quick intro: Timothy Ferriss, nominated as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People of 2007,” is an angel investor and author of the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been sold into 34 languages.
He has been featured by more than 100 media outlets, including The New York Times, The Economist, TIME, Forbes, Fortune, CNN, and CBS. He speaks six languages, runs a multinational firm from wireless locations worldwide, and has been a popular guest lecturer at Princeton University since 2003, where he presents entrepreneurship as a tool for ideal lifestyle design and world change.
6. J.D Roth
Quick intro: J.D Roth shares his stories about debt elimination, saving money, and practical investing. He would post occasional reviews of books, magazines, and software on his site. He also scours the web for the latest personal finance tools and articles.
He began reading personal finance books when he was overwhelmed by debt, hoping to find answers but his research revealed that few people get rich quickly, but almost anyone can get rich slowly by patiently following some simple rules. Read more about his twelve key beliefs that form the core of the Get Rich Slowly philosophy over here.
7. Trent Hamm
Quick intro: Trent Hamm is one of the most prolific bloggers in the blogosphere and he produces high-quality articles about personal finance at The Simple Dollar.
He started The Simple Dollar in November 2006 as a way to chronicle the things he learned as he turned his financial life around. In the same time he also provides financial advice to people facing financial issues, avoiding debt, saving money, and trying to find their financial way in life.
8. Alexander Kjerulf
Quick intro: Alex is the world’s leading expert on happiness at work. He has long known that happiness at work is the most important factor that contributes to good careers, happy lives and business success.
He is a speaker, consultant and author, presenting and conducting workshops on happiness at work at businesses and conferences all over the world. His previous clients include companies like Hilton, DaimlerChrysler and IBM. Alex also writes about happiness at work on this blog, which is read by thousands of people every day.
9. Ramit Sethi
Quick intro:Ramit is the New York Times bestselling author of I Will Teach You To Be Rich. He co-founded PBwiki and graduated from Stanford in 2005, where he got his undergrad and master’s degrees and studied technology and psychology.
When he was in high school. he decided to go to college and he would have to get scholarships. He applied to over 70 scholarships and he received a $2,000 check from one of them which he promptly invested and lost 50% of it.
After that, he decided to learn more about money. He read books and magazines, watched the TV shows, and realized there are a few simple steps to getting rich. He believes getting started is more important than being the smartest person in the room and it is ok to make mistakes.
10. Tina Su
Quick intro: Tina started Think Simple Now, over a weekend in late September, 2007 – with the vision of having 100 subscribers by the end of 2007, while writing about her passion for personal development, and sharing her own lessons learned. By December 2007, the site had exceeded 3000 subscribers, and took on a life of its own. Today, she is honored to be writing for 13,000+ subscribers.
She is a keen believer of “never work again“, by living a highly creative life following one’s heart, exploring one’s potential, generating value, and living one’s mission and life purpose.
11. Henrik Edberg
Quick intro: Henrik Edberg lives in Sweden. He devours literature and audio on personal development and he has dived into the subject and immersed himself in it. He implements what he had learned and he learns from his own experiments and experience and figure out how to build a better life.
He writes about things that had a positive effect on his life. Some of the topics he covers include creating new and better habits, increasing self-discipline, expanding consciousness,realizing possibilities and goals setting.
12. Merlin Mann
Quick intro: Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster who’s based in San Francisco.
He created 43 Folders, co-hosts You Look Nice Today, speaks about attention and creative work, and occasionally has things to say on Kung Fu Grippe. 43 Folders is focused how to improve the quality of your career and life by managing your attention in a way that allows you to spend more quality time on the creative projects that matter most to you.
13. Luciano Passuello
Quick intro: Luciano Passuello is a 32-year-old Brazilian living in the nice city of Curitiba. His deep fascination for the mind is his greatest underlying passion and he started LiteMind.com to try to explore further in his passion.
He realized that his deep fascination for the mind in some ways, intersects many other interests of his. Litemind.com is his best try in directly exploring this underlying passion.
He writes about learning and how to increase the ability of our mind in his blog and here is one of his latest article. How to become an expert: A Road Map.
14. Tim Brownson
Quick intro: Tim Brownson is certified professional Life Coach and he is also a NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner. As a life coach, he helps people to achieve more results in life and he is also capable of helping you break your fear or change your habits.
He also writes on controversial topics such as “do you believe in God” and “is the law of attraction a con?”. He has great knowledge on the subject of personal development and his willingness to write about controversial subject is what makes his articles so unique and interesting.
Quick intro: Marc writes about topics pertaining to life hacks, productivity, aspirations, health, work, tech and general self improvement. . As he learn through his life experience and begin to understand who he is and where he intend to go, he shares his lessons and experience at Marc and Angel Hack Life”.
Here are 2 of his popular articles that you may want to take a look. 30 Books Everyone Should Read Before Their 30th Birthday and 70 things to do before having children.
16. Alex Shalman
Alex received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University in 2006, and a Masters in Biomedical Science from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2008. He is committed to constant and never ending improvement and AlexShalman.com contains the culmination of life experience of Alex and of great thinkers of the world.
On his site, he focus on many pillars of personal development, because he believes that a holistic well-balanced approach is necessary to get the most out of our lives. Alex also have does Vlogging (video blogging) and podcasting over at his blog.
17. Jonathan Mead
Quick intro: Jonathan doesn’t have any formal qualifications that make him an expert on personal growth but he definitely knows his stuff. One thing for sure, he walk his talk . He have a great life story where he make drastic transformation and you may want to read it here.
Jonathan wants people to reclaim their dreams and he often have views that are unconventional and interesting to read. Here are some articles he had wrote, “Why should you stop caring about personal growth” and “Kill your goals and stop caring for a better life.”
18. Glen Allsop
Quick intro: Glen left his family, friends and education behind and moved across the world to South Africa at the age of 18.After 16 months in South Africa, he is now back in the UK. He also frequently shares his experience of living in South Africa and what he had learned during the process.
He writes great content on the topic of personal development and you have to check out the Personal Development Face-Off at his site.
19. Peter Clemen
Quick intro: Peter started blogging in 2007 to share his personal story of change. He knows what it is like to be depressed and drifting through life without purpose.
His wake up call came in 2006 when he received the unexpected news that he is going to be a father. That news was the catalyst for him in getting his life in order. He had wrote a free ebook titled A Year Of Change. You can get it over here.
20. Evelyn Lim
Quick intro:Evelyn lives in Singapore and her primary interest is in transforming lives. She writes articles on helping others to reach greater self awareness and hence, achieve personal empowerment.
Most of her articles cover the topic of attracting abundance. She also draws on her explorations into NLP, Advanced Silva techniques, EFT, Soul Realignment and creative visualization methods, in her writings.
21. Scott H Young
Quick intro:Scott started his blog asking the question how does someone get the most out of their life. He started writing down his ideas, thoughts and experiences in trying to answer the question.
Today his blog has over 600 articles and hundreds of comments from readers and he hopes that maybe this have helped them to move closer to the answer.
22. Jay White
Quick intro:Jay started Dumb Little Man after realizing that his free time had vanished after the birth of his second child.
Jay previously writes regularly at DumbLittleMan.com but as his career expanded and as the site grew, he decided that sharing info trumped the ego boost of being the sole writer on DLM. Therefore, he opened the door and now allow anyone to share stories or publish tips and advice.
23. Donald Latumahina
Quick intro:Donald is an avid learner who have deep passion in information technology (IT) and personal development. He also believe that many people are living below their maximum potential and that is why he created Life Optimizer to share ideas with others on how to “optimize” their life.
Donald’s goal is to unleash his full potential and with the help of his site, he wants to help others to unleash their full potential too.
24. Alex Blackwell
Quick intro:Alex started blogging in April 2007 with the launch of The Next 45 Years. Even though The Next 45 Years was successful, Alex felt that it really didn’t provide the focus, or direction, he wanted to go in the blogging world.
He started The BridgeMaker in his attempt to acknowledge the pain he had experienced in his life while at the same time providing compassion and inspiration to others.
25. Steve Aitchison
Quick intro:Steve created his site to help people to change their life for the better. His site includes articles with topics covering all areas of our life including: Finance, relationships, career, spiritual beliefs, and health.
Steve is also a life coach and he have seen changes in countless people. Changing your life is hard work and Steve believes that people who had decided to change will gain the momentum to help them achieve success in life.
26. Vered DeLeeuw
Quick intro:Vered started MomGrind in February of 2008. MomGrind started as a mommy blog, but it often discusses topics ranging from finance, investing, feminism, happiness and blogging.
Vered named her blog MomGrind because when she first started it, she wanted to help moms deal with the daily grind of motherhood. But she quickly realized that giving advice bores her and she’d rather ask questions than answer them. She writes entertaining articles on a wide range of topics and your should drop by her blog to check it out.
27. Steve Olsen
Quick intro: Steve is a 40 year old father of two boys. Steve’s site is a journal of his discoveries and experiences on his quest for personal freedom. He thinks that personal freedom is a journey and not a destination. He also believes that as he works toward his goal of personal freedom, his freedom will grow indefinitely.
As he and his family travel through life, he will share specific things he had learned to help others live a happy, content, productive, rich, growth oriented life.
28. Mary Jacksch
Quick intro:Mary Jaksch is an authorized Zen master (Diamond Sangha lineage), psychotherapist, and author. She has two nationalities, English and German, and lives in New Zealand.
29. Brad Issac
Quick intro:Brad started his adventures in mountain climbing from the age of 15 and by 19 he was spelunking in North Carolina. At 18, Brad made a study of goal setting and achievement strategies to which he continues to use till this day.
He is probably best known for his bestselling Goal Setting software Achieve-IT! for Pocket PC and remarkably successful Pocket PC Addict website which he founded and still contributes to frequently.
30. Andrew Galasetti
Quick intro: At the young age of fourteen, Andrew began inventing new products and launching small business ventures. Most “failed” but Andrew acquired more knowledge with each stumble. He did this for many years, launching everything from a search engine to a bottled water company. It wasn’t until the launch of Lyved at age nineteen, that Andrew got his first real taste of success.
Even though he’s been through many difficult situations, Andrew wouldn’t change a thing. He believes triumphs don’t happen without adversity and Lyved wouldn’t exist if his life didn’t started the way it did.
31. The Daily Minder
Quick intro:Early years,The Daily Minder grew up in a middle class family. At around the age of 10, he had a sudden epiphany while watching his sad father go to work and he believes that there must be more to life than school, study, money and jobs. Desperate to find something meaningful in his life he began reading books and studying ancient eastern martial arts.
He created The Daily Mind to share his experience with others and also to help him learn more about happiness at work and a fulfilling life. The Daily Minder covers many topics on personal development and some of them includes happiness at work, success, making money and anything to help make the daily grind in life meaningful.
32. Mark W.Shead
Quick intro:Mark Shead works as a business management consultant focusing on using technology to streamline businesses. Productivity501.com is a place where he share ideas that helped him be more effective in his practice with others.
His family used to live in in Mexico, but they moved back to rural Kansas to have their first child. You can learn more about Mark at his blog over here.
33. Celestine Chua
Quick intro:Celestine graduated from University at July 2006 and she went on to work in a Fortune 100 company. After working for 2 years plus, she made the call and left the high paying, promising brand management career for something which she love doing. She discovered her passion and her life purpose which is to help others achieve their highest potential.
Currently she is focusing on her blog, life coaching and making speeches. In the long-term, she is planning to set up her own personal development and spiritual development school.
34. Eric Hamm
Quick intro:Since July of 2008, Eric has been an active blogger. Motivate Thyself is only one of the websites that Eric owns. He also owns Frugal Site Design, Frugal Theme, Pure Conversation and he also co-owns BlogoPolis Blueprint with Sean Platt or better known as Writer Dad.
He writes on topics ranging from productivity, mindset, relationship and money. He had wrote an eBook titled Enduring The Road to Success. You can download it here.
35. Marelisa Fábrega
Quick intro: Marelisa Fábrega holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., as well as a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center. She currently lives in the Republic of Panama. She writes about topics ranging from abundance, authentic, simplicity, creativity, productivity and creating your best life.
She advises people to simplify their life by listening to their inner self, and become more productive not just by doing more in less time, but by allowing coincidences and synchronicity to move their life forward.
36. Hunter Nuttall
Quick intro:Hunter believes that practically everyone is living far below their potential, and achieving far less than they deserve.
He created his blog, a personal development site (featured in Randy Pausch’s book The Last Lecture) to help you bridge the gap between the life you have and the life you want.
37. Silicon Valley Blogger
Quick intro:Silicon Valley Blogger is a software engineer by trade, working and residing in Silicon Valley, California USA, the land of technologists, venture capitalists and liberals. She have lived there for over 20 years and have witnessed some amazing things first hand, such as the incredible prosperity befallen so many of her colleagues and peers.
She writes about money, technology, her entrepreneurial endeavors , self improvement and the culture of where she work and live. She is currently a full time blogger and she also contributes to multiple sites such as Wise Bread, Work It Mom and Best in Class.
38. David Seah
Quick intro:David likes writing about things that empower and inspire people, covering topics such as design, development, becoming productive, and the business of being a freelancer.
His work revolves around making sense of the world, using his writing and graphic design abilities to clarify the ambiguous. He writes about anything which catches his eye, relate it to what he knows, and then express the resulting insight in words, images, or tangible products.
Quick intro:Albert’s passion is in exploring all areas of human potential. Growing mentally, emotionally, philosophically and spiritually; as well as training in boxing and martial arts led him to identify with monks.
He went to university and came out with a postgraduate degree in Multimedia and Web Design and he is currently running his own business in that area while pursuing a second career in Psychology and Counseling.
40. Gretchen Rubin
Quick intro: Gretchen Rubin started out as a lawyer. When she was at the Yale Law School, she was the editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal; she went on to win a writing prize. She then went on to clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court.
She had a great experience in law, but she realized that what she really wanted to do is to write. Since making the switch, she had published four books and currently she is working on a new book, The Happiness Project. It will hit the shelves in January 2010.
41. Jeff Nickles
Quick intro:Jeff Nickles writes in My Super-Charged Life to help people find success and meaning in their life. He has always believed in living life to the fullest so he spent numerous hours researching in this subject in books and on the Internet.
He is currently a corporate IT Director at a large independent insurance agency, but he also have experience as an entrepreneur, consultant, training instructor, and military officer.
Quick intro:Ron have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration on Human Resources Management and he have a Master’s of Business Administration that is concentrated on marketing. He is currently a partner in a company with 141 operations in 16 states, from Ohio to Texas to Florida to New York.
He started his blog because he wanted to generate discussion about what he believes are three very important areas. The three areas are personal financial management, achieving and maintaining a great relationship and how to succeed in your occupation, whether as an employee or an entrepreneur.
43. Mike King
Quick intro:Mike is a mountain unicyclist. He started a club to meet other unicyclists in Calgary called, “The Calgary Mountain Unipsychos ” and he still regularly rides within the city and in the great Canadian Rockies. He got many other sports interests, preferably including water. He loves learning and is constantly reading and learning about the things he has interest in.
He have started Learn This to help others learn and improve their lives. Learn This is the platform where he can give back to others by sharing what he had learned through out this life.
44. Shaun Boyd
Quick intro:Shaun developed a keen understanding of computers as he is always curious and fascinated in technology. After graduating from college, majoring in computer science, he started working but he found himself fell into a pattern where he would start a new computer job, become unhappy with it within a few years, leave his job and get a different computer job. His unhappiness is always due to the result of how he stopped learning new things after spending a few years working in the same place.
It was during a time when he was rebooting a computer, he experienced an epiphany. He realized that the would always be unhappy in the computer industry. He knew that he have to change and he needed to reboot his life. Eventually he started LifeReboot to help others to raise their awareness in life so that they would prevent themselves from making the same mistakes, be inspired and create positive changes in their life.
45. Jeremy Day
Quick intro:Jeremy Day has been blogging for about 4 years. He decided to take it to the next level and create a professional blog. He made the decision about a week after he had graduated with his MBA. His site contains topics on 3 areas which is Personal Development, Personal Finance, and Personal Health.
He wants to show us the many ways we can improve our life, our finances, and our health. He believes this is a well rounded approach to self-improvement and it is also a good way to look at our own personal growth.
46. Sid Savara
Quick intro:Sid Savara writes about personal development, maximizing productivity and life hacking. He started his blog to document his own self development, and share what he had learned.
In the recent years, he have adopted Getting Things Done and enjoy the freedom and peace of mind it provides. As he became more knowledgeable about goal setting and self improvement, he set out to share what he had learned on a small scale. To that end, for the past 10 years he had mentored high school and college students – personal mentoring, as well as seminars. His seminars and mentoring focus on active goal setting and techniques for helping others to achieve their goals.
47. Charlie Gilkey
Quick intro:Charlie got into productivity and personal development out of necessity. He was doing way too much, and the only way he was going to be able to keep going was to become better at everything he did. It was only until after he started writing about it all that he actually figured out that his assumptions were wrong.
His work suffered from overload and he did not get much play into his life. Throughout the journey to where he is today, he learned that getting better at everything was the wrong answer. He realized that quitting the things that he didn’t need to be doing was the answer instead. It He down scaled the things he didn’t want to do and focused on what made him come alive. This helped him to find his creative spark again.
48. Travis Wright
Quick intro: Travis Wright has been an online entrepreneur since 1996. He got first got online in a computer lab at the School of Journalism at the University of Kansas in July 1996, and had built his first website within the next couple of days. The internet intrigued Travis, as he continued to explore the realms of worldwide infinite possibilities.
Cultivate Greatness is a venture combining the efforts of Travis Wright and the submissions of many talented authors from around the world. He set up the site upon when he was going to author his first book, Cultivate Greatness. His blog will showcase the inspiring, motivating, educating articles on the web from other authors and as well as his own.
49. John Richardson
Quick intro: John enjoyed a variety of life experiences and trainings to prepare him for writing his blog. His formal training is in technology and he had sold many widgets and learned the power of ideas. He had also worked on fine automobiles, and learned the power of names. He also have experience in working for a school district, and during that time he learned that today’s role models have a profound effect on tomorrow’s leaders.
He participated actively in his church and in Toastmasters (DTM), where he had learned that all of us need mentors, and anyone can be at once a mentor and a mentee. All of his experiences have produced the person that have become, and through his blog he wants to share ideas with others.
50. Alex Fayle
Quick intro:Alex has a Master of Information Studies from the University of Toronto, he was also the President of Professional Organizers in Canada from 2004 to 2006. He is living his writing dream and found his love in northern Spain, where now he writes for a living, as he always wanted to. He has followed through on his dream and had his fiction published in an anthology of short stories and online.
After he overcame his procrastination to live the life of his dream, he is equipped with the knowledge and skills to help others cure the “someday syndrome” and live their dream life.
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