There is something about seeing somebody else achieve their dreams that convinces the rest of us that our own dream may also be attainable. Meeting famous chefs or seeing your first African American ballerina can be pivotal moments in the life of an aspiring young person. The same is true for bloggers. Whether you are a fashion blogger or a travel blogger, whether your site in monetized or purely a hobby, seeing your first successful blog probably got your creative juices flowing and convinced you that, just maybe, you had something to offer the blogger-verse as well. Below is a list of the 10 blogs that inspired me to start my personal blog. Although they vary by genre, one thing they all have in common is a commitment to excellence in whatever it is that they offer.
SEOmoz helped me to figure out what SEO was before it was cool to think about those kinds of things. The site is monetized and links to a lot of really great products. What I love is the focus on one thing; SEO and how to do it right.
This is a blog I still read religiously. As a person who often must craft compelling copy, the tips and insights I get from this site are invaluable. I chose this site to add to the list because it is a prime example of creating VALUABLE content for your readers.
Don’t know much about blogging? Neither did I. Problogger makes learning how to blog for success. It’s not a pretty site, but it is clean and straight forward with a wealth of resources. It has a nice mix of paid and free content.
I had to include this amazing fashion and lifestyle blog from London-based fashionista Dina Tokio. Her fashion and her willingness to take on controversial issues with her no-nonsense humor make this one of my favorite stops on the web. Rather than trying to emulate slick fashion blogs, this blog lets all of the “seams” show and brings high fashion down to street level. The lesson I learned from following this style blog? Be yourself.
This is a lifestyle blog by an infectious plus-sized fashionista. The layout reflects the personality of the woman who writes it. She is unapologetically Aubrey Zaruba, plus sized, Mormon, diet soda addict.
Blogging from Dubai, Carla helps us to discover her city through adorable featurettes, scrapbook style posts, and constant shutter bugging. This is the expat’s guide to living in Dubai. If you are a Gypsy at heart, then blogs by expats are a resource you would be remiss to ignore.
Aquila style is another fashion and lifestyle blog, but it doesn’t stop there. Touching on every subject from racism to gun violence, the collaborative team behind this smart, urban blog bring their A game with every post. Many of the contributors have personal blogs that you can follow as well. I like the communal vibe from all of the collaborators, proving that you don’t have to blog alone.
This blog is a work of love and passion. It drips and oozes through all of the pages and every post. You can tell that Tiny Buddha founder, Lori Deschene, really digs deep to cultivate a site dedicated to healing the mind, body, and soul. Tiny Buddha taught me what passion in blogging really looks like.
Lifehack is exactly what it sounds like. It is a blog about personal development. It has thousands of articles on how to do everything in your life a little bit better. I love the way that they integrate multiple subjects into a single theme. How to … better.
The hilarious Simon and Martina are household names to any non-Korean Kpop or Kdrama fans. The couple came to Korea 7 years ago as teachers and started blogging as a way to keep in touch with friends and family back home. One thing lead to another and BAM, they are now a full-time operation with staff and a studio for filming. Their blog and YouTube channels are a treasure trove of topical, timely and fun posts about life in Korea as expats. They also managed to garner enough clout with the international audience to be able to do celebrity interviews and get invited to really cool events, like the first ever YouTube Awards. Seeing how this blog has developed over the years inspires me to imagine all the things my own blog could one day become.
I hope you enjoy these blogs. Some of them are deeply personal and others have been built into successful businesses. Regardless of the end-point, they all began as a personal blog. they all fought to find their voice and build their audience. They all were just like you and I.