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10 Intelligent and Thought-Provoking Blogs You Should Be Reading

This Monday calls for a double dose of mental stimulation, don’t you think? Finish gulping down your coffee and get those eyes open, because I’ve got some splendiferous blogs to recommend that’ll catch your attention faster than the speed of light!

Biz Chick Blogs

Biz Chick Blogs

1. Biz Chick Blogs – Known as the “digital magazine for smart women,” editor Tia Peterson and the biz chicks blog about everything from business and social media to cooking and relationships. Although the topics often center around women’s issues, men will find plenty of reading material as well (and possibly answer that age-old question: “What do women want?”). Don’t expect to visit this blog without facing temptation to leave a ton of comments, though. I guarantee you’ll see several juicy posts to read and reply to on any given day!

Who's Your Gladys?

Who's Your Gladys?

2. Who’s Your Gladys? – Creators Marilyn Suttle and Lori Jo Vest understand the importance of customer service and they’re not afraid to blog about it. This insightful site offers a wealth of tips and real stories that customer service representatives and customers will find valuable. I’ve only been following the Who’s Your Gladys? blog for a short time and I’m hooked! And don’t worry: there’s a short video on this blog that explains who Gladys is and why you should care about her.

Keep Up With the Web

Keep Up With the Web

3. Keep Up with the Web – Sherryl Perry is no stranger to online brand building. Every time I visit this blog I learn something new, whether it’s on the subject of blogging, branding, or social media. Keep Up With the Web isn’t just a blog with a clever title; it’s both beneficial and satisfying to devour these weekly posts like candy. Plus, Sherryl has a highly-engaged readership which means there are all sorts of fascinating people to brainstorm with!

Britannica Blog

Britannica Blog

4. Britannica Blog – Yes, Encyclopedia Britannica has a blog. There’s never a shortage of intelligent posts here…I’ve been reading this blog for years and my morning wouldn’t be the same without the daily update email I get! You won’t find the same tired, recycled topics on the Britannica Blog but you will find a variety of thought-provoking posts about current events, historical moments, and scientific breakthroughs. There’s also a “Photo of the Day” that captures breathtaking moments in nature, history, travel, and more.

Copyblogger

Copyblogger

5. Copyblogger – This blog is the Holy Grail for writers and writer-types. The post titles are snappy, the copy is witty, and the presentation is blunt; I can’t get enough of the conversational tone and no-nonsense tips about writing, blogging, and business. I’ve read countless “how to” guides on Copyblogger that were riveting from start to finish, and we all know how rare that is!

Love Your Way

Love Your Way

6. Love Your Way – I’m not just saying this because they’re friends of mine, but engaged couple Lizzie and Isaiah really know how to make me think. This blog chronicles their journey from fiancées to newlyweds without the usual sap and fluff you see on couples’ blogs. There’s always a tasty tidbit to read and they have a variety of post series on subjects like marriage demons (my personal favorite), DIY projects, and geeking out. Oh, and did I mention they’re also kick-ass designers?

The Tanoshiboy Chronicles

The Tanoshiboy Chronicles

7. The Tanoshiboy Chronicles – Dennis Salvatier is a graphic designer and blogger who is on a mission to share his ideas with the world. His blog is rich with marketing advice and design inspiration, and readers can also feast their eyes on his original designs (both finished and unfinished). You don’t have to be a graphic expert to enjoy his posts, either…you only have to appreciate creativity!

IttyBiz

IttyBiz

8. IttyBiz – Naomi Dunford is rapidly becoming my new hero. If you’ve ever questioned yourself or your abilities, then I highly recommend scrolling through the blog archives on this site. She’ll smack you in the face with her marketing tips and branding knowledge and then force you to think about your own goals and fears. Be warned, though: Naomi won’t hesitate to sprinkle her posts with profanity to wake up your brain!

The Oatmeal

The Oatmeal

9. The Oatmeal – A delightful mixture of word-geekery and clever comics, The Oatmeal deserves all of the acclaim it receives. Matthew Inman, the mastermind behind this super-creative blog and website, illustrates his points with quirky graphics, wordplay, and irresistible topics that relate to anything and everything. Some may call it juvenile, but I call it brilliance. Nothing I say about this blog will do it justice, so just read it if you want to be entertained!

Bit Rebels

Bit Rebels

10. Bit Rebels – If geeks inherited the Earth, making this blog the required daily reading material would be our first prerogative. Bit Rebels will get you thinking about the latest in technology, social media, and design. Bloggers frequently reveal irresistible retro designs, game and movie inspired do-it-yourself projects, and geek-inspired gifts for that special someone. There’s even a dose of steampunk for anyone who can’t live without it. You won’t want to miss this one if you call yourself a nerd of any kind.

So that’s my piece. All ten of these blogs are worthy of your time and attention, so get your butt in gear and start reading if you like to expand your mind (and your brand)!

Have you read any of these blogs on my list? Do you have a favorite blog or blogs that you’d like to share?

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Jill Tooley

Jill has been obsessed with words since her fingers could turn the pages of a book. She’s a hopeless bibliophile who recently purchased a Kindle after almost 6 years of radical opposition, and she loves stumbling upon new music on Pandora. Random interests include (but are not limited to) bookstores, movie memorabilia, and adorable rodents. Jill writes for the QLP blog and assists with the company’s social media accounts. You can connect with Jill on Google+.

Comments

  1. Tia

    Jill – What a cool Monday surprise! I really appreciate being on this list and all that you’ve contributed to bizchickblogs, by way of content and comments. You’re valuable to the community!

    P.S. This blog will be on my list of creative examples of corporate blogging, too. So watch out for that!

    Cheers and have a great week!

    Tia

    • Jill Tooley

      :) Thank you so much, Tia! It feels wonderful to be valued. I’m officially addicted to your blog and I’m trying to get others addicted, too. It’s pretty easy to do! Thanks for your consistent stream of fascinating posts. I’m honored that you’d consider using our blog as an example! THANK YOU for all you do!

  2. Diana Adams

    OH WOW!!! I was just reading this thinking how amazing all these blogs are, and then I noticed our blog, Bit Rebels, is on the list! I’m so honored and humbled. THANK YOU for mentioning us!!!!!!!! xoxo

    • Jill Tooley

      You’re welcome, Diana! I get cranky in the mornings if I don’t get my dose of Bit Rebels…seriously. A couple of us regularly start conversations with: “Did you see that [insert creative topic here] article on Bit Rebels today?” :) Your comment means a lot to me. Thank you guys (and gals) for rocking so hard!

  3. Joseph Giorgi

    “The Oatmeal” seems like a great way to get a quick fix of humor. I just checked out the site for a minute or two and it seems like there’s a lot of clever writing to be found there. And you already know that I’m a huge Bit Rebels fan.

    I’ll have to start checking out the “Britannica Blog” too, just to make sure that I get a dose of important news and information as well. Same goes for “Copyblogger,” since it’ll definitely benefit me in the long run to start heeding their advice. :)

    • Jill Tooley

      The Oatmeal makes me laugh every time. See what I meant when I said you had to look for yourself? It’s tough to put that kind of awesomery into words. Reading Britannica Blog makes my brain happy; I highly recommend subscribing so you don’t miss anything! I think you’d really like IttyBiz as well…

      And of course I know you’re a fan of Bit Rebels…we’re always OMGing about their posts! ;)

      • Amanda Sneed

        Wow! I just checked out The Oatmeal blog. Ha! That’s some funny stuff on there! =) Thanks for sharing!!

        • Jill Tooley

          You’re welcome! I love expanding people’s horizons…especially when it comes to reading! :)

  4. JPorretto

    Thank you Jill! I’ve grown tired of some of my go-to’s and was looking for fresh ones. I think I got some new regulars!!

  5. Scooby DOO!

    Excellent Post!

  6. admin

    So many blogs. So little time. I’ve got to read them all now!

    Darn you! :)

    Any hope I had of having any free time will now be filled reading these blogs.

    One blog I’d like to add is http://www.engadget.com. It’s an easy read and always talks about the latest tech news and gadgetry.

  7. Samantha Bangayan

    This was such a pleasant start to the week, Jill! =) A little bit of freshness, humor, valuable information and life! Two thumbs up to “Keep Up With the Web” and “The Tanoshiboy Chronicles” + can’t wait to check out the rest. I’m already in love with “Love Your Way”! =)

    • Jill Tooley

      Yay! I’m happy to contribute to your ever-growing list of reading material, Samantha! ;) Let me know if you ever need any more…I’m full of suggestions. Thanks for the kind words and enjoy the blogs!

  8. Amanda Sneed

    I feel behind on the blog thing….QLP’s is the first blog I’ve read…. There are some great sounding ones listed here though, maybe I’ll check them out! =) Thanks for the suggestions Jill.

  9. Sherryl Perry

    Jill, I was stranded in the Ft Lauderdale airport when you published this list. Thanks so much for including me! There are a couple of blogs here that I am totally unfamiliar with. I’m off to check them out now. :)

    • Jill Tooley

      You’re welcome, Sherryl! Too bad you didn’t have this reading material when you were stranded, right? ;) I hope you have a great weekend!

  10. Dylan

    Very good post. I will definitely be taking a look at some of these blogs later tonight!

    I recently wrote a list of 10 blogs I find very interesting and insightful if you would like to check that out – http://bit.ly/UVn7WQ

  11. Joanna Rapoza

    Thank you for a tremendously helpful and insightful post. I never cease to be amazed at the number of wonderful blogs out there, and you helped me in my search for them.

    My blog, which is about to turn two years old, was inspired by the sudden death of my neighbor (I figured, I’d better get going with this – I am now the age he was when he died, 51). It’s a labor of love consisting mostly of comedic writings and drawings, and I’d be honored if you or your readers were able to check it out. My thirteen year old son says it’s consistently entertaining, though not in those exact words.

    Thank you, and happy new year.

    Joanna Rapoza

    (My comedy blog: http://rangeleymoose.wordpress.com)

    (also…a new serial fiction blog where I work out my personal issues: http://myspew.wordpress.com)

  12. Gavriel

    Very helpful! Thank you for this list :)

  13. Alison Young

    Thanks for an interesting read. I have provided a link to another blog I love in Australia which might be of interest.

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