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The 100 Blogs You Need in Your Life [LWB 100 – 2nd Edition]

Written by Tom Ewer on June 20, 2012. 167 Comments

The 100 Blogs You Need in Your Life [LWB 100 - 2nd Edition]

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” ~ Milton Berle (tweet this)

Change can be positive.

I say that from personal experience. On Saturday 23rd June, this blog will be exactly one year old. My life has changed so much in the past year, as has my perspective on what is truly important.

Leaving Work Behind is a reflection of that, as are the 100 blogs listed below – all of which can make up a piece of the puzzle that leads you to leaving work behind and building a better life for yourself.

What Makes This Different

This is the 2nd edition of the LWB 100 (the first was published back in February 2012). A lot has changed in my life and business since then, and the recent re-launch of this very blog is testament to that.

Accordingly, what you will see below is a very different list to the first edition. I am publishing a 2nd edition because I think it is a vast improvement on the first LWB 100 – I wouldn’t publish a new edition under any other circumstances.

This edition of the LWB 100 features an enormous number of new entries. Each and every one of these blogs has taken pride of place in my RSS reader at one point or another, as I have manually reviewed each and every one of them to determine whether or not they are worthy of inclusion.

This is a labor of love – not a shallow attempt at link bait.

Before You Start

There are a few things you should take note of before starting with the list:

With that said, let’s get to it!

The Leaving Work Behind 100 [2nd Edition]

#NameCategory
1SEOmoz BlogSEO
2ProBloggerBlogging
3CopybloggerMarketing
4Social Media ExaminerSocial Media
5Daily Blog TipsBlogging
6Seth GodinMarketing
7Four Hour Work Week BlogLeaving Work Behind
8Zen HabitsPersonal Development
9Freelance SwitchFreelancing
10Smart Passive IncomeInternet Marketing
11QuicksproutInternet Marketing
12Get Rich SlowlyPersonal Finance
13Entrepreneur's JourneyInternet Marketing
14Shoe MoneyInternet Marketing
15Chris BroganSocial Media
16Occam's RazorSEO
17MixergyEntrepreneurship
18Famous BloggersBlogging
19ViperchillInternet Marketing
20Income DiaryInternet Marketing
21Duct Tape MarketingInternet Marketing
22ManageWPBlogging
23Traffic Generation CafeŽMarketing
24KISSMetricsInternet Marketing
25Freelance FolderFreelancing
26Brian GardnerInternet Marketing
27Young EntrepreneurEntrepreneurship
28Think TrafficMarketing
29Dumb Little ManProductivity
30The Art of Non-ConformityLeaving Work Behind
31KikolaniSocial Media
32Social TriggersMarketing
33Buffer BlogSocial Media
34Derek SiversEntrepreneurship
35Young Pre ProFreelance Writing
36Smart Blog on Social MediaSocial Media
37PotPieGirlInternet Marketing
38Niche PursuitsNiche Sites
39Social @ Blogging TrackerSocial Media
40Steve Scott SiteAffiliate Marketing
41IM ImpactInternet Marketing
42Danny BrownSocial Media
43Dan ZarrellaSocial Media
44The Sales LionMarketing
45Firepole MarketingMarketing
46Man vs. DebtPersonal Finance
47chrisg.comSocial Media
48White Hot TruthLeaving Work Behind
49AdSense FlippersNiche Sites
50Write To DoneFreelance Writing
51Make Money On The InternetInternet Marketing
52Change Your Thoughts - Change Your LifePersonal Development
53Rise To The TopEntrepreneurship
54Men With PensMarketing
55My Wife Quit Her JobEntrepreneurship
56Retire @ 21Entrepreneurship
57Jonathan FieldsEntrepreneurship
58Illuminated MindLeaving Work Behind
59StrayBloggerInternet Marketing
60Live Your LegendLeaving Work Behind
61ConversionXLMarketing
62Success WorksSEO
63Escape From Cubicle NationLeaving Work Behind
64Pushing SocialSocial Media
65Make A Living WritingFreelance Writing
66Location 180Leaving Work Behind
67Virtual Business LifestyleOutsourcing
68Inbound ProInternet Marketing
69The Bad BloggerBlogging
70Passive PandaInternet Marketing
71Prolific LivingLeaving Work Behind
72UnmarketingMarketing
73Tropical MBAInternet Marketing
74Online Income StarInternet Marketing
75The Suitcase EntrepreneurLeaving Work Behind
76Sparring MindMarketing
77Jeff KorhanInternet Marketing
78Reviews 'n' TipsBlogging
79Life & Times of an Internet MarketerInternet Marketing
80The Traveling WriterSocial Media
81Blog Marketing AcademyBlogging
82Virtual Assistant LiveEntrepreneurship
83Build A Little BizEntrepreneurship
84Motivational MemoPersonal Development
85BlogpreneursBlogging
86The Digital WriterFreelance Writing
87The One QuestionPersonal Development
88Justice Wordlaw IVAffiliate Marketing
89Content Marketing StrategyMarketing
90Ruth Zive CopywritingMarketing
91Foolish AdventureInternet Marketing
92Create As FolkEntrepreneurship
93Grad Meets WorldLeaving Work Behind
94The Boomerang KidLeaving Work Behind
95My 4-Hour WorkweekInternet Marketing
96Lifestyle IgnitionEntrepreneurship
97Life StokedPersonal Development
98Blog to BusinessBlogging
99Love Work NowLeaving Work Behind
100Rocker Life CoachEntrepreneurship

What Now?

Simple – start exploring!

I would recommend that you sort the blogs by category and pick a few that are of interest. You can of course bookmark this post and come back to it whenever you want to find out more on a specific topic.

I would not recommend that you try to read a lot of the blogs all in one go – the blogs aren’t going anywhere, so pace yourself!

Please Take A Moment To Spread The Word

The LWB 100 took me a staggering amount of time to put together – in fact, the 2nd edition took me even longer than the 1st. I would be extremely appreciative if you would take a moment to share it with your friends and followers.

If you would like to feature the list on your own blog, you are more than welcome to do so, but please – link back to Leaving Work Behind.

Thank you so much for your help.

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167 Responses to “The 100 Blogs You Need in Your Life [LWB 100 – 2nd Edition]”

  1. Mikalee Byerman
    June 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I hate you. And I love you. But really, I hate you.

    Too many good blogs here to explore. JUST TOO MANY!!!!

    But I really mostly love you. And I kinda hate you…

    😉

  2. Justice Wordlaw IV
    June 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Great list of people Tom. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Nikki
    June 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Great work, Tom!

    (And I, also, both love and hate you) 😉

  4. Dave Fowler
    June 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Hi Tom, what a great list!

    I know many of the sites but there are a few I don’t know.

    I think for those who are looking to make changes in their life, it’s important to go in search for those pieces of the puzzle… and this list helps for sure.

    The other great thing about this you get to meet some amazing people along the way.

    Thanks for putting this together. I know there’s a lot of work involved – I once compiled a list of 75 websites and it took me forever!

    • Tom Ewer
      June 20, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      Hi Dave,

      This took just a little bit shorter than forever…not much though 😉

      I like how you put it though – finding the pieces of the puzzle. I wouldn’t be where I am without some of these blogs, and that is no exaggeration.

      Cheers,

      Tom

  5. William kennedy
    June 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I don’t know why the Steve pavlina blog doesn’t get a mention. There is a lot of great posts on that blog. He is probably one of the best in terms of personal development.

    Still a great list to get through. Time to open some tabs

    • Tom Ewer
      June 20, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      That’s a good suggestion William – I used to read Steve’s blog going back a lot of years (before I really read *any* blogs). I’ll be sure to consider it for the next edition!

  6. Chris Deals
    June 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Tom, thanks for the introduction to some awesome blogs. My Google Reader will be busting at the seams 🙂

  7. Mias Muller
    June 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Tom
    I have two things to say to you mate…

    1) Remember, you-have-to-sleep-sometimes, what happened to the Tom of “Why I am no longer in a Rush to get rich”
    2) How did they implant a USB socket on your body to enable you to process that much information!!!

    I want to say keep it up, but I’m afraid you may explode…

    PS: I am really liking your articles on ManageWP

    • Tom Ewer
      June 20, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      Hey Mias,

      1. This post aint gonna make me rich, or any money at all, for that matter! But I love the idea of exposing all of these great blogs to you guys.

      2. I’m not going to pretend it was easy – about 45-60 mins a day trawling through my RSS reader. I think the end result was worth it though 🙂

      Glad you like the articles on ManageWP!

      Cheers,

      Tom

  8. Deacon Bradley
    June 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I know a lot of these, but still tons I’ve never explored! I’ve got some serious reading to do! The only must read of mine that isn’t up there is Michael Hyatt’s blog. You should check it out!

    Oh, and THANKS for including me!

  9. kevin redman
    June 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks for a great list saves me a lot of time. Now comes the intresting part going through them.

  10. Ben
    June 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Awesome list! I’d like to offer my site for how deal with burnout. I follow a lot of these excellent blogs and the information can be overwhelming and lead to burnout.

    BenFanning.com

    The Burnout Specialist

  11. John Banks
    June 20, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Absolutely Amazing – Again.

    *runs off to update Google Reader on phone!

  12. Thomas @ Mobile App Tycoon
    June 20, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Awesome list! I’m sorting it by category and tackling one category per day – a lot of blogs here I haven’t heard of but look really cool!

    Thomas

  13. Kristi Hines
    June 20, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    This is an amazing list! Thanks so much for including me in it too! 🙂

  14. Tim
    June 20, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Tom again its an honor to be included in such a list of great bloggers and online leaders such as Seth Godin, Steve Scott and Corbett Barr. So many more on this list that have taught me so much.

    Again your blog has become a must read as well You are a RockStar in my book for all you have done and to share such great wisdom with your readers, this information read here is worth millions to those who apply it..

    Rock On

    Tim

  15. Vi
    June 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I prefer to see TOP10 as otherwise there is no time to read everything…

  16. Hesham Zebida
    June 20, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Hey Tom,

    You ever stop amazing me with your awesome posts!

    Thrilled to see FB mentioned on your list. Many thanks.

  17. Dewane Mutunga
    June 20, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Tom,

    This is my first time on your site and you’ve made a great first impression!

    The list is amazing and definitely something helpful that I can come back to and find great blogs to get info from.

    Hopefully my blog will make the cut next go round! 😀

  18. John Jantsch
    June 20, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Hey Tom,

    I think the reason I love this list so much, okay other than the fact that I’m on it, is that it’s obvious you really read and care about the stuff you find on these blogs – there are a lot of big names on here that end up on a lot of list, for good reasons, but there’s a fair share of blogs I was not familiar with that only show up on these lists as people read the content over time.

    Thanks for sharing – may I suggest creating an OPML file!

    • Tom Ewer
      June 20, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      Hey John,

      First of all, thanks for taking the time to stop by!

      Secondly, I’m really glad you’ve recognized the time and effort that went into producing this list. It’s all too easy to be accused of “link baiting” (in a derogatory sense), but my primary aim here is to help people find awesome resources. I hope the list can do that!

      Thanks again! 🙂

      Tom

      P.S. If I knew how to create an OPML file, I would 😉

  19. John Paul
    June 21, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Monster list Tom… I follow about 80% of these.,.. so have some work to do to chase the rest.

  20. Johanna
    June 21, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Wow! Amazing list. Thanks! I was glad to see that I already refer to quite a lot of these blogs – otherwise I would be reading instead of working for days and days! Some great new additions though that I’ll be checking out over time 🙂

  21. Jeevan Jacob John
    June 21, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Hey Tom,

    That’s an enormous list – I see an addition of many bloggers I follow and respect. Although I am bit sad that some of my favorite sites didn’t make the list (such as Adriennesmith.net and Basic blog tips).

    Anyways, thank you for including Blog Preneurs in the list 🙂 We are grateful for your mention!

    Jeevan Jacob John

  22. Sonya at EmergingDarkHorse
    June 21, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Wow – what an awesome list!! Thank you so much for putting this together and sharing it with the world. It is fantastic. I am going to save this and come back to it to check out all the links.
    I would like to ask a question – do you visit each of these blogs regularly? And what was the criteria for constructing both this list and the original/1st edition?
    Thank you 🙂

    • Tom Ewer
      June 21, 2012 at 10:37 am

      Hey Sonya,

      I don’t visit all of the blogs regularly (i.e. every few days) – I just don’t have that kind of time. However, leading up to producing this list, I was reading every single one of these blogs (and plenty more that didn’t make the list) every single day.

      The criteria for the 2nd edition was simple – I was looking for blogs that could help people quit their jobs and build a better life. This obviously targets a wide range of topics (hence the categories). The quality and uniqueness of posts were my main considerations.

      Cheers,

      Tom

  23. DX
    June 21, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Great list!

    Would be excellent to see some blogs aimed at designers (I’m a graphic designer about to leave work behind and either freelance as a designer or preferably start my own design studio business).

  24. Ching Ya
    June 21, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Hi Tom, what a huge effort you put in to create such a massive list 🙂 Thanks for introducing me to several blogs I yet to follow. Also, not forgeting to thank you for #39, it’s a huge honor!

  25. Joe
    June 21, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Why no WPMU? … Crappy writers?

    • Tom Ewer
      June 21, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Haha! I would have to include myself in that list if it were the case 😉

      WPMU is a bit too technical in its content – if we did more in the way of blogging tips etc, it would be on the list.

  26. Joe
    June 21, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Sad to see I got bumped from this one but looks like a good list nonetheless.

  27. Michelle Dale
    June 21, 2012 at 11:15 am

    So awesome to be included again Tom, with some amazing bloggers! Thank you 🙂

  28. Prerna@The Mom Writes
    June 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Awesome, awesome list.. SO thrilled to see so many blogs I already know of but even MORE thrilled to see some amazing new ones waiting to be explored! I came across your blog and the list via Build a Little Biz and yep, am hooked.

  29. David Risley
    June 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks so much for including my blog, Tom. Much appreciated. 🙂

  30. Matt Smith
    June 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Great list Tom! Know most of these sites, but not heard of some of them. I’ll have to make sure that I check those out.

  31. Hector Cuevas
    June 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Yes!! Inbound Pro made the cut!

    Awesome. Thanks Tom. Time to share. 🙂

  32. Sheyi | Ivblogger.com
    June 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    this is the first post worth been bookmarked onmy new laptop. Great list and I hope my blog is listed when you are rounding up part 3.

    Tom, its great having you in the blogging world.

    Sheyi

    • Tom Ewer
      June 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Hello Sheyi – always a pleasure to hear from you! And I’m glad this post takes pride of place in your new laptop 🙂

      I’ve got your blog down for consideration in the 3rd edition.

      Cheers,

      Tom

  33. Devesh
    June 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Hi Tom,

    This is an fantastic list and thanks so much for including BlogPreneurs. Greatly appreciated.

  34. Jeremy
    June 22, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Thanks for the mention 😉

  35. Jaime @ Eventual Millionaire
    June 22, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Wow I have seen this post retweeted a lot lately 🙂

    Glad to see so many of my friends were included in the list! Great job.
    I’ll have to check out the ones I don’t know. (whenever I have time)

  36. Thomas Frank
    June 22, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Great list! I wish you’d included Exile Lifestyle, Get Busy Living, and Art of Manliness though 🙂

    • Tom Ewer
      June 23, 2012 at 12:21 am

      Exile Lifestyle and Get Busy Living are both excellent suggestions – they’re in the mix for next time! Art of Manliness isn’t really on topic 😉

  37. Laura
    June 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Brilliant resource. Thanks, Being new to all this will be exploring your list in the coming weeks.

  38. Ashik Mahmud
    June 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    It is a big decision to leave a job….But I think to work freely as a awesome decision…..

    I hope your decision works well as like mine :). It is a great list Tom.

  39. Steven Aitchison
    June 25, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Hi Tom, just wanted to say thank you for including my blog on this amazing list you have compiled. This must have taken a lot of work 🙂

    Cheers buddy, I appreciate it.

  40. Wong Chendong aka The Bad Blogger
    June 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Hey Tom, thanks for including my blog on your list, it’s great to be in the list of 100 🙂

  41. Brandon Yeager
    June 26, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Tom, thanks for sharing this list. Many of these are new to me, but I’m going to be surely checking them out.

    B
    PS. Thanks for laboring in love for us. 😉

  42. Samuel
    June 27, 2012 at 2:14 am

    The Viral post of the last month! Good work there Tom, and I will be on that list! 🙂

  43. Nate Rivers
    June 28, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Tom- I missed your email somehow… Thanks for putting me on your list again. I just read your guest post on NichePursuits and I’m glad your blog is doing so well for you.

  44. Shalu Sharma
    July 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I think those are the best blogs ever. I have heard about the top 5 of them but not the ones below, perhaps a few here and there. I am booking marking this page so that I can come back to it again to see what are the rest of the blogs are all about. I am sure there are lots of things to learn from them. Thank you for this list.

  45. Dakim
    July 2, 2012 at 4:33 am

    This is truly a great resource. I bookmarked alot of the blogs on this list for further reading. I’m working on being on the list next time around.

    Thanks

  46. Preston
    July 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Tom, you may have shared this on your blog, but I’m new here. Can I ask, what tool/plug-in did you use to embed that list above? I like how you can sort by category, etc. Very clean. Thanks.

  47. Surminga
    July 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Wow, some list.
    This is probably the best idea cause i lose track of al the blogs I follow and have several bookmarks all jumbled up and many split between the three different browsers i use.

  48. S. Emerson
    July 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Found some new blogs to add to my RSS feed reader. Thanks.

    This must have taken you quite a while to create the list.

  49. John
    July 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Wow – Found you today from Problogger linking here. I can only image the work you put into this post!

    An organized, sortable table of the top blogs that your audience should know about is a great resource. Bravo man bravo! 🙂

  50. Jasjotbains
    July 5, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Amazing post Tom !! I had not heard the names of over 90% of the blogs you listed here (now I have 😉 ) You did not mention Webpronews OR Searchengineland here? Thats a bit shocking !!

  51. JamesW
    July 5, 2012 at 10:52 am

    This is amazing list Tom, thank you so much for collecting and sharing with us.
    ‘ll make good use of this list 🙂

  52. Ana Hoffman
    July 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Happy birthday, LWB!

    Nice to see some new names on the list…

    Struggling to keep my mouth shut about seeing some blogs on the list, but hey – this is your list, not mine, right? lol

    Thanks for honoring TGC with the inclusion!

  53. Gary Korisko
    July 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Thanks Tom.

    FANTASTIC list. Bookmarked, Tweeted, G+, and FB liked.

    As a fledgling blogger, I’m always looking for new resources. This is great. Thanks much.

  54. Yamato
    July 10, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Good post – lots of inspiring sites listed (how should I allocate my time now between work and research?).
    Tom, one question , please: How did you create the sortable table? Is this a plugin or standard WP functionality? (I am quite new WP and would like to include something table-like in my site again for product comparisons).

    Thanks in avance for a quick reply.
    Y.

  55. Annie Andre
    December 18, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Love this list. Kind of surprised that I know a lot of blogs on this list. I guess the blogoshpere is NOT as big as I thought?

    Still, plenty of people i do NOT know and should check out…

  56. Bogdan
    December 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Hey Tom,
    Great list! Thanks for sharing. I only knew a handful of them. I’m familiar with problogger and copyblogger, I guess everybody is 🙂

  57. Peter Billingham
    March 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Tom, this is really excellent! I have already come across one or two, but there is a unbelievable wealth of knowledge information and advice in this list. I also think that your suggestion in your book on guest posting, using inurl search (which was a new one formerly) is another great tool to use in finding blogs in my niche of public speaking/storytelling/coaching. Again, thanks for the advice and being so generous with your content.

  58. Jesse
    May 14, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Writing is an extremely satisfying and creative art. If you’re unsure about writing,

  59. Shawn
    May 15, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Thank you for the mention!! Love a lot of these blogs myself too!

  60. tompayani
    June 19, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    You have no clue how much I appreciate this posting!!!

  61. Samuel
    September 14, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks for the info, always helpful to have links of learning resources under 1 roof, u deserve a glass of beer -:)

  62. Brian Robben
    January 13, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Great post that I just bookmarked! Just so you know, I’m shooting to be on this list so keep a spot warm for me haha.

  63. Daisy
    January 15, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Hello, the list of blogs you have presented here is great for blogging. really its different from other traditional blogs lists. Thanks a lot for the great job.

  64. Caty
    March 24, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I read quite a few of these blogs and this list is a really valuable recommendation. The Viper taught me and teaches a lot about SEO.

  65. Nouveau
    June 7, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    This is one of the best list I have ever seen! Really good and interesting

  66. nikedis
    June 23, 2016 at 7:24 am

    The Viral post of the last month! Good work there Tom, and I will be on that list! 🙂

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