Nine Best Blogs Of 2009 – My List

Last week, Time came out with a list called 25 Best Blogs 2009. I usually love lists like these because I figure I’m going to get a shot at checking out something special that I may not have heard of before. At the same time, I have to admit that there were some names I expected to see that weren’t there, and that was somewhat surprising.

On their list, I had heard of the Huffington Post, Lifehacker, Mashable, Official Google Blog, and Seth Godin’s Blog. I can’t disagree with these, per se, although I’ve only seen Mashable and Seth Godin’s Blog once ever. But there were a lot of blogs on that list that I just can’t see myself reading, as a regular guy. Even the Huffington Post blog really is less of a blog and more of an opinion site, if you ask me. Matter of fact, I don’t really think of Lifehacker and Seth Godin’s blogs as really blogs either. I mean, when we think of blogs in general, we usually think of one person writing something, or maybe a few people contributing to a similar theme on one blog. We also think of blogs as something that we can have some sense of sharing with, what we can feel somewhat close to, and feel that the people who are writing them are relating to, and with, us in some fashion. Out of all the blogs above, probably only Seth Godin’s blog has one writer, as all the others have multiple writers, and Seth Godin doesn’t take comments; hard to feel warm and fuzzy about that, from my perspective.

With that said, I decided to embark on my own trek of what I consider as the best blogs that I like to read. This wasn’t just an arbitrary thing I did either. I went through my feed reader and looked at every blog I follow that I don’t write, which came to 232 blogs; ouch! Well, the truth is that maybe 10 of those aren’t really blogs, but news feeds, but I looked at them anyway, just to make sure. And I was really shooting for a top 10 because it’s such a nice round number, but, lo and behold, in being honest, I could only come up with 9, which is one of my favorite numbers anyway, so it’s all good. And, contrary to what I wrote above, there are a couple here that have multiple writers; every once in awhile, you have to break your own rule.

So, in my opinion, what moves these blogs up my list? One, there has to be some pretty good regularity. If a blogger only writes once a week, well, that’s just not enough for me. Two, a blogger has to at least write some real content; that precludes less than four paragraphs on a regular basis. Three, the writing style has to at least be somewhat conversational; too technical or too juvenile drives me nuts. Four, they have to accept comments; that’s part of the joy of reading blogs in the first place, allowing me to share thoughts with the writer if I’m so moved. Five, I have to learn something, but this one is dicey because I have lots of interests, and sometimes my interest might only be what’s amusing.

There are no comedy blogs here, unfortunately. Eight of the blogs I’m going to list either I learn something from, or they help reinforce things I already knew. All are well written and informative. One is going to surprise some of you because it’s definitely out of the norm for probably all of you. And one is going to be very familiar to most of you who visit this blog, because it’s one for one of our good buddies; I didn’t exclude my friend’s blogs for this one. And, as much as y’all know I hate them, I didn’t disqualify Blogger blogs either. So, let’s get on with it; by the way, these are in no particular order:

* Thou Shall Blog; yes, our buddy Yan makes my list as one of the top nine blogs. This blog is about blogging, and offers great tips. It was supreme when Yan was the only writer, but now that he’s getting a little bit of help, I’m pleasantly surprised to see that it hasn’t gone down in quality. It’s amazing how fast his blog grew; his is the one I’m chasing right now.

* Build A Better Blog; these ladies, Patsi Krakoff and Denise Wakeman, have put together a supreme blog about business blogging, and if the rest of us want to find a model to follow as far as gaining blogging prominence, these are the two ladies to follow.

* Problogger; how anyone can seriously decide that Darren Rowse doesn’t belong in the top ten of any bloggers list, let alone the top 25, either means that person has no real idea what blogging is about, or is being xenophobic because they don’t know about this great Australian blogger (Time’s list was all American). Darren of course was the first million dollar blogger, and he’s still putting out quality stuff on a very regular basis, all about blogging.

* J. R.’s Place; this is probably a major surprise for most of you. It’s written by Jim Ross, a commentator on WWE Wrestling, and a hall of famer. This guy writes about more than wrestling, but his style is do down to earth that I really enjoy reading anything he has to say. Even if you don’t like wrestling, you will be taken in by his words.

* Search Engine Guide; this one almost didn’t count because of its multiple writer mode, but I like how they’ve gotten their style together so that it seems like the same person is writing. That, plus they make it easy to comment on each article, which is very well written, probably edited in a fashion that most of us don’t get the opportunity to do. I’ve learned a lot from this blog, and I’d have to say my favorite writer to follow is Jennifer Laycock (be good, Sire).

* The Black Factor; this is another niche blog that most of you probably won’t care for, but I find intriguing. S. Mary Wills writes to and about black workers in America and all the problems they do, and may, have in the working world. She quotes laws that are supposed to protect people against being discriminated agains, and gives great tips on how to work well with others, no matter the race.

* Copyblogger; this one also almost didn’t make the list because of the multiple writers, but man, this is just a great reading blog, with lots of information, and oddly enough, even with all the bloggers they don’t overwhelm you with so much information that you don’t have time to process it all.

* Diabetes Mine; y’all know I’m diabetic, and out of the blogs I follow that talk about diabetes, Amy Tenderich’s blog is the best, easiest to read, and has up to date information, as well as opinions, that just hit me in the right way.

* Garry Conn; this is one that I learned about when Yan did an interview with him on his blog. Garry makes money blogging, and he makes it with Adsense. He also makes a lot of money with Adsense in other areas, and he tells us how to do it on his blog with both his words and videos.

And there you go, my top nine list of blogs. Of course most of these folks will never know that they were on this list, since I didn’t link back to a specific post, but someone can go and tell Yan about it; that will make him smile I bet. I hope you take time to have a look at these blogs to see if you agree, disagree, or whatever; they deserve it.

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49 comments on “Nine Best Blogs Of 2009 – My List

  • Patsi Krakoff aka The Blog Squad says:

    Wow, thanks so much, Mitch! Denise and I are honored. More than that, what you’ve said reinforces why I get up early every day to write on Build a Better Blog. You make my day. All the best to you,


  • Nice post Mitch.

    First, I can’t believe the Huffington Post was considered one of the best blogs. I just thought it was an extremely left wing newspaper! I am a strong Obama supporter but I feel like that site is TOO opinionated.

    I’m not too big of a fan of ProBlogger’s layout It seems too compressed with all of the posts jammed into small areas around the page.

    However, visiting the Diabetes page, I learned Jay Cutler was diabetic which I hadn’t known!

    Overall, I thought it was a great list, and an interesting thing to try and do. I hope one day I’ll make it on your list 🙂

    • Matt, that’s the first time you ever mentioned that you had a blog. Just went for a quick look; dark! lol But the topics look interesting, so I’m going to delve into it a bit more. Thanks for sharing it.

      And yes, Problogger’s design is a bit compressed, but there’s just so much information overall that it almost makes sense.

      • Hah yea, I couldn’t decide on a good layout. While this one is dark, I felt like it best suited the name of the site as it looks very surreal. The blog ping pongs in material from social commentary (Sun) to creative writing tips (Wed).

  • Man, I didn’t make your list…I guess I gotta work smarter not harder, huh?

    Jennifer Laycock (be good, Sire).


    • True, but it’s kind of a metaphor of the feeling of black workers in the white world, so I understand it. Course, if you’ve read some of my other posts, you know how I feel about Blogger blogs.

      • Yea, but nowadays I’ve been noticing alot of Blogger blogs using WordPress style templates with plugin widgets and everything…so at least they’re trying to make improvements.

      • I haven’t seen that. I will say that I’ll participate more when I can put in whatever email address I want to without having to have a new account for each one of them.

  • Wow… thanks so much for the mention. I am super excited to see that you enjoy reading my blog and very happy that you found it.

    Garry Conn´s last blog post..How To Make Money Online Selling Domain Names

  • What I find funny with the Time list is that, apart from not being very original, it’s still only 2 months into 2009.

    What happens if someone comes out of nowhere and blasts these other blogs away? 10 months is a very long time… 😉

    Danny Brown´s last blog post..People Branding

      • Then that makes it even stranger – why recommend blogs to “watch” that are already established? Wouldn’t it be better to actually “watch” new and upcoming blogs? Just a thought… 😉

        Danny Brown´s last blog post..Still Not Convinced? Check Out Twitter’s FollowFriday

    • I thought that when I read it, Danny, and was going to change my title, but then thought that would look inconsistent with what Time had already done so I left it alone.

      • You can still change it if you want without losing the original URL with a simple .htaccess redirect…let me know if you need further details on exactly how to do this.

        BTW: What’s up with NOT having a Top Commentators List ❓

      • First, I’m fine; I don’t want to change it, since I wanted it to be consistent with the original Time article.

        Second, who says I don’t have a top commentators list? Look down to the right; Sire is at the top of the list.

      • I noticed it a bit too late for editing my original comment….it doesn’t have any Title (in dark red letters you normally use)letting users know it’s there.

      • I’d never paid attention to the missing title before, so I’ve added it, along with gravatars. Course, you still have a long way to go to catch some of those folks. lol

  • Yan@Blogging Tips says:

    Sweet! I made it to your list. Appreciate it. Though I need to watch my back now that you’re chasing me….. 😉

    Anyway, apart from Seth’s blog whom I read daily for some inspirational reading (check out his latest post) and Leo’s Zen Habit, I read none of the other 23. Those are just not the kind of blogs that trigger my interest.

    Oh, I’m glad you mentioned Garry. This guy knows his stuffs. In fact, what I’m doing right now is pretty much inspired by him.


    Yan@Blogging Tips´s last blog post..15 Tips to a Better Blog with WordPress

    • Glad you finally found out about it, Yan; you deserve to be on this list. And I learned about Garry from the interview you did with him, so I thank you for that also.

      • Yan@Blogging Tips says:

        The word “finally” caught me by surprise and then I realized this article was written 3 days ago.

        I’m sorry! I recall I didn’t receive anything from Google Alert. Hey, better late than never, right?

        Good luck, buddy and once again thanks.


        Yan@Blogging Tips´s last blog post..15 Tips to a Better Blog with WordPress

  • Yan@Blogging Tips says:

    Thanks, kyrious for the awesome support. Just so you know, I’m always around when you need help….;)


    Yan@Blogging Tips´s last blog post..15 Tips to a Better Blog with WordPress

  • A nice list Mitch and I have heard of most of them but I am curious as to the meaning of the word fash that you used in the post. Surely, In haven’t caught you out on a spelling error have I? 😀 I’m still waiting for a grammatical one, but I’m sure over time I will be rewarded.

    Sire´s last blog post..Of Web Hosts And Blogger Friends.

    • Well Sire, you caught me in a typo, not a spelling error, although the word “fash” is used as a nickname for “fashion” over here, and it actually kind of fits. However, it’s not what I meant, so I’m probably changing it.

  • That is a great list… thanks for putting in the details as to why you like those sites. It helps when busy readers are trying to decide if it is a worthwhile click, and your reasoning definitely makes each site just that.

    ~ Kristi

    Kikolani | Blogging, Photography, Poetry´s last blog post..Fetching Friday – Inspirational Blogging, Resources & More

  • Work At Home Blog says:

    Mitch, I’m devastated I didn’t make it to your list…but it’s OK, I’ll work harder to make your second list if there ever will be one. I’m not familiar with a few in the list so I’ll check them out soon.


    Work At Home Blog´s last blog post..10 Tips To Increase Page Views On Your Blog

    • I did consider it, Peter, but, well, you know how those ratings go sometimes. I’m glad you’re going to check out the other blogs so you can see who we’re both trying to catch up with.

  • Hey Mitch so glad you have the Blog Squad on your list. I have listened in on some of their conference calls & always pick something up.

    Of course Yan is doing a great job over at his blog! He’s introduced us to some other great bloggers like Garry.

    I will be so excited when I am on your list next year. Other than – I do everything you do not like in a blog – I should be fine.LOL

    Sheryl Loch´s last blog post..Social Networking Groups

  • That’s a pretty good list with ProBlogger and CopyBlogger are two of my own favorites and I’ve visited many of the others you mention. You might want to check out some of my other favorites. You can find them all through Twitter: @DoshDosh @Fruchter @LouisGray @AdamSinger @LizStrauss @BSwafford – I’ve probably forgotten some. I believe you’ll really like at least some of these.

    InternetStrategist@GrowMap´s last blog post..Why You Should Enter These Contests and Giveaways – Send Us YOUR Contest NOW

    • Thanks for sharing your list, IS. I did already subscribe to two of those, and the others look interesting. They have a long way to go to knock any of my choices off the list, but there’s a year to go.

    • Oh, we love sharing around here; it’s what I do, after all. However, as you’ve noticed, I did change your name both times. I do require that I at least know your real name once, so that I can call you by that name when I respond to you rather than, well, that kind of fake name. lol

      And yours was a nice list, so I’m glad you shared with everyone else here as well.

      • Actually I didn’t notice. I consider it unsafe to use real names online. I’ve explained why in the posts about Privacy and Data Mining in my blog, especially in the comments of the post about free services not being free.

        I’ll do my best to remember you prefer IS; however, with the number of blogs I visit that may be a larger challenge than I can manage. If I forget it won’t be intentional.

        I made a new list so I can look it up if I can just remember to do it.

        IS´s last blog post..Why You Should Enter These Contests and Giveaways – Send Us YOUR Contest NOW

      • I can understand your concern, IS. I go the opposite direction with real names, as I’m trying to promote my offline businesses and myself as a professional speaker, and let’s face the fact that, if I didn’t use my real name, then what would be the point? lol I will say, though, that there are certainly measures many people do need to take for themselves, especially women who need to worry about being stalked or tracked by weirdos, and of course kids on MySpace and Facebook need some lessons in discretion also.

        Of course, since you read this post, you saw how many blogs I follow on a regular basis, and yet I do read way more than that. I’m glad I’m not just subscribing to everything I see; I’d never get through it all.

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