When I heard that Google Reader was biting the dust, I panicked. I follow a lot of blogs, and the thought of losing them terrified me.
I chose feedly as my new reader, and have been very happy with it. I also took the time to do some blog house cleaning. I went through my list, deleted the mediocre blogs, and ended up with a power list of 187 blogs that all contribute something valuable to my life.
Most of these are running blogs, but not all of them are. Here are eight of my favorite non-running bloggers. I have nothing to gain from pimping their blogs, but I wanted to share the awesomeness.
1. The Minimalists
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff. A word of warning: Don’t go here unless you are prepared to spend hours clicking on link after link, tearing through archives and devouring their articles.
Milburn and Nicodemus take minimalism to a whole new level. Most people are content to write one post on this topic and feel they have covered everything. These guys dissect every aspect of this lifestyle and their blog really hits home for me. They have also authored seven books, several of which are best sellers. I cheer at the end of all their posts.
2. Nomadic Matt
Matt is a travel guru. His goal is to show that travel doesn’t have to be a two-weeks-out-of-the-year thing, and you don’t have to be rich to do it full-time. Matt quit his cubicle job in 2006 and set out looking for adventure off the beaten path. His tips go way beyond what you’ll find in mainstream vacation-focused articles, as he offers the inside scoop of a well-seasoned traveler.
While my blog touches on the awesomeness of travel, Matt’s blog gives you all the tools to make it a reality for yourself. He writes: “I’m here to show you that it’s possible to travel long-term without a lot of money. People always say to me how much they would love to do what I do… I’m here to tell you you can do it too.”
This bi-weekly web magazine collects some of the most awesome tidbits around the web that I have ever seen. Subjects range from art, photography, food, astrology, and science. There is nothing they don’t post that doesn’t interest me, even though the topics are so far from my go-to subjects.
If you read nothing else on Huckleberry, check out Where Children Sleep, a recent post I absolutely loved. It’s a good example of the type of stuff you’ll find on here.
4. Zen Habits
Leo Bubauta is an author, runner, and vegan from San Franscisco. He writes about simplicity and minimalism, offering applicable tips for transforming your life. His posts take my own ideas of happiness and minimalism to a deeper level.
What’s unique about this blog is the no-frills layout, complete devoid of advertising or distractions of any kind. Bubauta embraces a bare-bones lifestyle and blog—there are no other sites that look like his. A second interesting aspect is that Bubauta’s writings are uncopyrighted. He believes in free sharing of his words and shuns the concept of “owning” ideas that can help others. Unreigned, his thoughts have spread to more than a million overall readers and 260,000 subscribers.
This is another Leo Bubauta blog. It shares the same principles and no-frills layout as Zen Habits, but the content is fresh and stands alone. I find Bubauta to be more personal on this blog, and his unusual lifestyle as an extreme minimalist intrigues me. Some of the things he has given up include:
- Home or health insurance
- Facebook account
He writes: “I’ve just found them to be unnecessary in my life, and I’ve removed them to make room for things I love more.”
6. The Art of Non-Conformity
Chris Guillebeau is a writer, entrepreneur, and world traveler on a mission to “help people live unconventional lives, make their own choices, and change the world.” His blog offers “unconventional ideas for remarkable people” and he recently completed his personal quest of visiting every country in the world by his 35th birthday. Guillebeau is a fascinating person with lots to say, and a great writer.
One post I very much enjoyed: Why You Should Quit Your Job and Travel the World
And another: Lessons Learned From 11 Years of Travel
Tynan was one of the early inspirations that planted the bug in my head about moving into an RV. He lives a full-time nomadic life and makes the majority of his income online. I remember reading his blog more than a year ago and thinking, “I could do this!” His book, The Tiniest Mansion, was the first one I read on RV Living. We ended up purchasing our Rialta largely based on his recommendations, and it’s still the perfect RV for us.
I really admire Tynan’s drive, work ethic, and thirst for adventure. In some posts he can come across as a young, cocky rich kid, but all things considered he’s quite mature for his age. I sometimes disagree with what he writes, but he’s never boring to read (he once put a 3100-gallon swimming pool in his living room because he wanted to buy a penguin). I’m a fan.
This recent quote on his blog sums up Tynan’s outlook on life: “I have a really strong desire to be the best person I can be. Not in the Army reserves sort of way, but eliminating weaknesses and building strengths. I think it’s a ridiculous privilege to be alive, and I want to make the most of that. I have a human mind, so I want to sharpen it. I have a human body, so I want to strengthen and protect it. I have fellow humans, so I want to relate to them better, learn from them, and benefit them however possible.”
8. Barefoot Angie Bee
I’m thrilled to squeeze Angie into this list (technically, she doesn’t blog about running anymore). Angie’s blog first gained popularity back when she was running barefoot, and she became a household name among shoeless runners. Angie was one of my earliest inspirations for pretty much every physical activity I do now.
More recently, Angie reduced her running due to health reasons and began a beautiful transition. I have been inspired to watch Angie blossom into yoga, applying many barefooting principles to her new practice. It was because of Angie that I first introduced yoga into my daily routine, and I never miss a post from her.
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