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Issue #3 • March 2017

100 High-Quality Blogs to Look to for Inspiration in 2017

Build Your Audience

As a blogger, do you ever feel like you’re out there on your own? I know we don’t all conform to the typical stay-in-your-pjs, never-leave-the-house, social-introvert, I-like-to-work-by-myself mold that we’re often put into. But even still, blogging can feel isolating at times.

If you’re at the beginning of your blogging journey, you most likely are working on your own because you can’t afford to hire a team or rent a space to work from. Your non-blogger friends and family have a hard time understanding how you make a living, and you might not even have many blogger friends to look to for advice and inspiration.

The good news is, you don’t have to look far.

Keeping up with your fellow bloggers

The people in the blogging industry are a curious group. As a blogger, you need to be a dedicated self-starter with relentless passion for your topic. Of all the entrepreneurial circles you could come across, you’d be hardpressed to find the same kind of single-minded ambition spanning such a broad range of topics.

With all the industries, sub-industries, and completely niched-down topics blogs can cover, it’s almost impossible to ever have a solid grasp of what’s happening in the blog-o-sphere. The Internet is so alive with blogs that just keeping up with bloggers in your specific industry can be difficult. If that’s true, I think it’s safe to say you also might not have time to take a peek into how other industries that are blogging either– something you should definitely take the time to do.

Keeping up with blogs outside your niche will help you stay fresh in your writing, your blog topics, and creativity. No matter what your core topic is, browsing blogs from all industries is a great way to stay up-to-date with trends, news, and new ideas in the blogging community.

More than anything, it’s important to have other bloggers you look up to. These are people who set the bar for the quality of work you hope to produce, the level of insight you hope to provide your readers, or the amount of time and research you’d like to put into each post you publish.  

We all have things to learn and teach each other whether it’s a fresh way to pitch a course, a new app that’s changing your daily work flow, or even picking up a dinner recipe to try out. Look no further than the bloggers around you for inspiration. After all, we’re all in this together, right?

100 Bloggers to We Love to Follow

In case you fall in that camp of never having time to explore the great expanse of blogs, I’ve pulled together a list of some of the blogs inspiring us here at ConvertKit right now.

There were no special requirements, conditions, or applications to get on this list. It’s simply a compilation of blogs we admire. I’ve broken it down into industries so you can browse through your kindred bloggers and hopefully find some new favorites to follow!

(Fun fact, many of our own customers made the list! You can tell who’s a ConvertKit-er by the *** with their web address.)

Art

Made Vibrant

Art to Self

Make Something

Format

Beer, wine and cocktails

Punch

The Hop Review

Vindulge

Imbibe

Boating

Where is Baer

Careers

Jenny Blake

The Cooper Review

Nir and Far  

Life After College

DIY & Crafts

The Artful Parent ***

Oh, Happy Day!

Paper and Stitch

Education

Dave Stuart Jr ***

Fashion

Sazan

In the Frow

Effortless Gent ***

Andy Heart

Fitness

Black Girls Run

Nerd Fitness

Daily Burn

Food

Food52

Minimalist Baker ***

Naturally Ella

The Modern Proper

Husbands that Cook

Spoon Fork Bacon

Design

The Nu School  

iPad Calligraphy •••

Webydo

Invision

99designs

Smashing Magazine

Emily Henderson

Interior design

Hommemaker

The Vintage Rug Shop

Amber Interiors

Home improvement

Ana White

Apartment Therapy

Ugly Duckling House

Leadership

James Clear ***

Laura Roeder

Abernathy Magazine

Lifestyle

A Cup of Jo

Design*Sponge

Design for Mankind

Design Love Fest

Just a Girl and Her Blog ***

Marketing

Elle & Co ***

Seth Godin

Moz

Kissmetrics

Social Media Examiner

Nonprofits

Speak Your Silence

Wipe Every Tear

Online business

Helene in Between ***

Money Lab

Fizzle

Smart Passive Income  ***

Sean Wes

by Regina ***

Marie Forleo

Michael Hyatt

My Wife Quit Her Job ***

Outdoor and adventure

Semi-Rad

Dirtbag Diaries

Adventure Journal

Trail to Peak

National Geographic

Parenting

Rage Against the Minivan

Design Mom

Personal development

Amber Rae

Tim Ferris

Zen Habits ***

Live Your Legend

Personal finance

Making Sense of Cents

Mr Money Mustache

The College Investor ***

Photography

Jenna Kutcher

Click it Up a Notch ***

Fstoppers

Real estate

Housingwire

Sports

Outkick the Coverage

A Football Report

Travel

The Blonde Abroad

Ordinary Traveler

Runaway Juno

Oneika the Traveller

Wellness

Nutrition Stripped ***

Wellness Mama ***

Chris Kresser

Becoming Minimalist ***

Writing

Brain Pickings

Jenna Arak

Steven Pressfield

Video

Leftcoast Media House ***

Noam Kroll

Wes Wages ***

Dani Stewart

As a daughter of an entrepreneur, the wife of an entrepreneur, and an entrepreneur herself, Dani has lived and learned all sides of creating and growing businesses. She is excited to bring all that life experience as well as a decade of crafting content to the ConvertKit community. She is a part-time baker, dinner-party planner, and lover of good bourbon living the simple life in Nashville with her husband, Sean.

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