I love blogs. I’m subscribed to way too many in Feedly. I can’t possible keep up with them all and that’s OK.

But there are a handful of blogs I almost always read. So today I wanted to share my top five favorite blogs with you and why I like them.

1. Derek Sivers

I love what Derek Sivers has done at sivers.org. He writes about a lot of different things. For example some of his top posts are:

  • Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy
  • No yes. Either HELL YEAH or no.
  • Ideas are just a multiplier of execution
  • Why I gave away my company to charity
  • You don’t have to be local
  • What if you didn’t need money or attention?
  • Nobody’s going to help you. Does that encourage you or discourage you?
  • Obvious to you. Amazing to others.

As you can see he doesn’t just have one singular topic he writes about. So I guess it’s not always about the “topic” that makes a blog great, it’s about who the writer is.

I enjoy reading his blog because I connect with him. His way of thinking and viewing the world.

I also love his book notes. This is where I’ve discovered some great books. Oh and his Now Page movement is pretty cool too. He’s just an all around innovative thinker.

2. Leo Babauta

His About page says:

“Zen Habits is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.”

And in his Story page he writes:

“So you’re reading some of my posts on how to achieve your goals, and how to save money or exercise or wake up early, and you’re wondering … what exactly are my qualifications?

My answer is that I have no formal qualifications. I am not an expert, or a doctor, or a coach. I haven’t made millions of dollars and I’m not the world’s greatest athlete.

All I am is a regular guy, a father of six kids, a husband, a writer from Guam (now living in San Francisco). But I have accomplished a lot over the last couple of years (and failed a lot) and along the way, I have learned a lot.

Here’s what I’ve done since December 2005, when I began to make changes in my life (this is going to sound like bragging, so forgive me, please)…”

I like Zen Habits because there’s always some nugget of practical wisdom presented in a simple way that’s easy to digest.

3. Ryan Holiday

I love Ryan’s tag line: “Meditations on Strategy and Life.”

His About page says:

“A few words about this site. I don’t do the standard blog stuff. I use the second person a lot (and for that bio, apparently, the third). You like that. I try to talk about the things that I wish blogs would talk about more often: life, dealing with assholes, how to be self-critical and self-aware, humility, philosophy, reading and strategy. And by those things I mean those things in a thoughtful and practical way, not SEO-bait and bulleted list stuff.”

One of my favorite posts by Ryan is titled: How and Why To Keep a Commonplace Book, where he describes his system for collecting ideas and quotes from books he’s read.

I also love his reading list newsletter I get (so I guess that’s another common theme in the writers I like is that they share their notes from books).

I also love Ryan’s focus on strategy and unconventional marketing strategies.

4) Chris Guillebeau

Chris’s About page says:

“Welcome to The Art of Non-Conformity (AONC), a home for unconventional people doing remarkable things. I’m Chris Guillebeau (pronounced Gil-a-beau). I write books and travel. Over the past ten years I visited every country in the world—but my next quest is just beginning.

The purpose of AONC is to share the story of how to change the world by achieving personal goals while helping others at the same time. In the battle against conventional beliefs, we focus on three core areas: Life, Work, and Travel.”

A lot of people follow Chris because of his insights on travel. Not me. I like hearing his thoughts on Work and Life more. In fact, his blog and his book The Art of Nonconformity, had a major influence on my decision to quit my job in corporate America to freelance full-time.

Chris’ writing feels genuine and authentic. He always seems to find interesting things to talk about.

5) Michael Hyatt

Michael’s About page says:

“For years, I have had people write in and refer to me as their virtual mentor. I finally decided to own that role and be intentional about it. My mission is to help high achievers win at work and succeed at life.

To that end, I write on personal development, leadership, productivity, and public influence. On occasion, I write about stuff that doesn’t fit neatly into one of these categories.

Some of my favorite posts by Michael have been about Evernote, productivity and personal development.”

Sometimes I feel he’s writing for too broad of an audience so I don’t feel I’ve been “deeply influenced” by him but I have read him for years and appreciate his writings. He’s been very helpful, in a practical way.

Those are my top five favorite blogs. What are yours?