5 Non-“Personal Finance” Blogs I Read Religiously

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Look, I love personal finance content as much as the next guy.  But a large percentage of the posts that absolutely blow me away come from outside the personal finance niche.  I’m not sure why that is.  Either variety really is the spice of life or I just really need help in some other areas!

Over the past couple of months, since embarking on our backpacking trip, I’ve cut down my RSS feeds by around 80-90%.  It was simply necessary to be able to keep up.  On top of that, I’m a master scanner.  I think all bloggers naturally all.  There is simply too much information out there to be able to read it all.

I want to be very clear about this list, though.  I read every word of every post that hits these select few pages.  Each writer/blog has a different appeal to me and has helped me in different ways.  Chances are you are familiar with the majority of the list, however if by some misfortune you don’t follow one of them…  I strongly suggest you do.

1) Leo Babauta of Zen Habits

LeoWhile it’s a long shot that you haven’t heard this name or site, I can’t possibly create a list that ignores Zen Habits.  This is not only the first blog I ever religiously followed, but positively has been the most influential.  I became borderline obsessed with Leo’s journey out of debt and he is single-handily responsible for introducing me to the mind-blowing possibilities of simplicity.  While at first I ignored it, lately I’ve been craving more of his reflections on fitness.  Leo has a way of making it seem like he’s writing directly to me.  I’ve said before that I believe this is the sign of a truly great author.

2) Chris Guillebeau of The Art Of Non-Conformity

ChrisI don’t feel at all bold claiming that Chris has got to be one of the most genuine writers on the web today.  He just oozes authenticity.  His writing has affected me deeply in two ways.  First, his 279 Days To Overnight Success was the number one source of inspiration for the launching of the blog you are reading now.  In fact, I’ve read it several times since launching the blog and have gained new insight each time.  In addition, Chris’ recent reflections on marketing have reshaped and solidified my own thoughts on the issue (especially in regards to Man Vs. Debt).  And lastly, I can’t mention Chris without giving him credit for inspiring us with his constant travel updates and lessons.

3) Jonathan Mead of Illuminated Mind

JonathanJonathan is the ass-kicker in my online life.  I’m pretty sure he likes the role.  His writing is constantly stretching my limits and shattering my narrow mindsets.  In fact, often times this is where I turn first when I am stuck or ready to jump out a (proverbial) window.  His e-book Reclaim Your Dreams has been a continued source of motivation for my quest to live deliberately.  If you are looking for advice on how to succeed by giving up or how to stop caring in order to be truly happy, Jonathan is your guy.

4) Marc of Marc & Angel Hack Life

MarcMarc & Angel Hack Life is an amazing site for the type of posts that really send you into hour-long daydreaming sessions.  For that reason, I only try to read the articles when I really have time to reflect.  In fact, they produced my single, most-favorite list post I’ve ever read – 50 Things Everyone Should Know How To Do.  And there’s always another amazing list of 30 books to read while you’re young.  I’m most inspired by their posts on love and relationships, though.  I truly admire the style, featured best in The Art Of Being Naked.

5) Glen Allsopp of PluginID

GlenI think I love Glen’s writing so much because I can really relate.  Glen writes about topics as they come up in his own life, which is something I’ve tried to model on this site.  That kind of transparency enables him to create lasting connections with his readers (myself included).  My favorite posts are on topics such as How To Be Present, How To Be Authentic, and How To Get Something Off Your Mind.  As the week go by, I get more and more excited to what Glen is going to be able to accomplish in the future.  I’m just glad to be along for the ride!

These are some of my personal favorites non-“personal finance” blogs, but the fun doesn’t have to stop here!  Which type of blogs do you read religiously?  Do you have any suggestions for me to expand my horizons even more?  Whom would be in your top 5?  Let everyone know below!

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Glen Allsopp July 20, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Thanks for the metion Adam! Great to be included with some of my good ‘e-friends’ here as well!

Tweeted + Stumbled!


P.S. You’re one of my favourite personal finance blogs I read religiously 😉
.-= Glen Allsopp´s last blog ..Smoking Cigarettes is Good for Your Health =-.


kosmo @ The Casual Observer July 20, 2009 at 9:59 AM

I’d recommend SHEinChina ( http://sheinchina.blogspot.com/ ). Swedish woman detailing her life in China (though she’s in Finland this summer). Great stories … and I just added her to the staff of my blog as a monthly columnist (to give a non-American perspective to news)
.-= kosmo @ The Casual Observer´s last blog ..Bill Gates vs. Hurricanes =-.


alex - unleash reality July 20, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Hey Baker!!

Man. funny you say you love personal finance much as the next guy. i study actuarial science, finance and maths at university. i do it all day. so, ironically or understandably enough (can’t decide which it is), i never read personal finance blogs online.

too much noise out there more than anything, and often unapplicable and untestable. whereas personal dev stuff is way easier to relate to and implement. and it’s easy to tell right away if it’s kaka 😛

awwwsome list.

really cool to see some compadres here. i read all of them in fact.

great to see glen here too, he’s a really good friend of mine. just finished writing an “anti-review” of sorts on his latest book.

inspiring stuff!


alex – unleashreality


Kevin M July 20, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Thanks for the tips. I need to branch out from just PF blogs, so I’ll check these out (I already read #1 and 2).


Marc and Angel Hack Life July 20, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Thanks so much for the love. 😉

Just got a chance to browse around your blog… and I love what I see. 😉

Added ya to our reader.
.-= Marc and Angel Hack Life´s last blog ..A Love That Is Free Will Forever Be =-.


Money Funk July 20, 2009 at 5:28 PM

All very inspirational sites. I am happy to have found a new read at Illuminated Minds. Thank U!
.-= Money Funk´s last blog ..Understanding The Basics of Saving and Investing =-.


Amber July 20, 2009 at 9:01 PM

Great list Adam! I too adore all of the these blogs. They are all inspirational in their own unique ways. As a recent digital nomad I follow Chris the closest, but find Glen’s insight into mindfulness and present living fantastic. And of course Leo rules the self improvement niche. It’s truly amazing what one person can give to others through writing.
.-= Amber ´s last blog ..Body Scan For Ultimate Mindfulness =-.


Matt Jabs July 21, 2009 at 2:45 AM

I have stumbled across a few of these blogs along the way. Ironically I have found at least one killer post I loved at each of them. I have several in my Goog Read & may add the rest.

*trying not to sub to too many… my scanning ability is only so awesome* 😉
.-= Matt Jabs´s last blog ..Localvore – Eat Local Foods and Save Money =-.


Journey July 21, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Great list! I will be reading through this.
.-= Journey´s last blog ..Planning My Money For the Next 2 Weeks =-.


Mark Foo | TheBigDreamer.com July 22, 2009 at 5:09 AM

Hi Adam,

You’ve got good taste in the blogs you read. I read all the blogs in your list too but I just don’t follow them religiously. If I have to point out a blog that I read most of the times, I guess it would have to be My Wife Quit Her Job by Steve Chou. It’s a blog on entrepreneurship. If you’re into entrepreneurship, I’d strongly recommend you read the blog.


.-= Mark Foo | TheBigDreamer.com´s last blog ..Your Best Insurance And Retirement Plan: Start A Business =-.


Torrey July 23, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Since I’ve started blogging, I read problogger.net everyday. Really great writing there and tips for new bloggers like me that are easy to understand and implement.
.-= Torrey´s last blog ..Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters Book Giveaway =-.


Laura July 24, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Thanks for introducing me to Chris’ blog. I really enjoyed the e-book and the manifesto.


Robert Pagliarini July 24, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Adam – Love the list! Thanks for sharing what inspires and drives you…
.-= Robert Pagliarini´s last blog ..Optimize Your Sleep for Better Health and More Free Time =-.


Bakari July 25, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Chris Guillebeau’s blog is excellent and his “279 Days to Overnight Success” was an awesome read.

I haven’t heard of Illuminated Mind. Thanks for the tip.
.-= Bakari´s last blog ..Who is Martin Seligman and what does he have to do with your Happiness? =-.


johnny August 7, 2009 at 4:57 AM

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