8 Blogs That Every Member of Gen Y Needs to Read, Reread, and Act Upon

by RJ

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My original intentions with this post was to write an always popular link post. The title was, “25 Blogs that Every Member of Gen Y Should Read.”

Link posts always bring in a lot of traffic. A lot of it has to do with the law of reciprocity. I link to bloggers, they link back to me. Everyone is happy.

The only problem…I couldn’t come up with 25 bloggers everyone should read. There are many great blogs out there, but only few deserved to be read, reread, and acted upon.

So instead, I made a list of the best of the best.

Here are the 8 blogs that every member of Gen Y needs to read, reread, and act upon.

# 1 – Seth Godin

Seth isn’t only the greatest published business author of  the last ten years, but also manages to write the # 1 business blog. What is really special about Seth’s writing is that it’s always a head of the curve. When Seth introduces a new idea, you see it slowly develop into a mainstream concept over the next ten years (Permission Marketing, The Dip, Tribes, and now Linchpin).

# 2 – Brazeen Careerist

If you manage to make enough money doing something you love, there’s no need to read Penelope Trunk’s Brazeen Careerist. For the 99% of young adults that are struggling with their careers, there’s no better blog on career planning.

# 3 – The Art of Non-Conformity

The first word that comes to mind, when I think of Chris Guillbeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity is inspiration. Chris is doing some amazing things with his own life. Not only is he traveling to every country in the world, he is starting a social movement for people doing remarkable things.

# 4 – Study Hacks

At first glance, Cal Newport’s Study Hacks looks like it’s about becoming a better student. Read in between the lines and you find that Cal is giving you the recipe for a successful life. Start reading where it says, “If You’re New to Study Hacks Start with these Important Post” on the right sidebar. In 30 minutes, a lot of what you think it takes to become successful, will be turned upside down.

# 5 – Brian Solis

Around five people deserve to be called “Social Media Experts” and Brian is one of them. I can’t remember the last time I read a post on Brian’s blog and didn’t learn something new. If you’re interested in new media there is no better blog out there.

# 6 – Quick Sprout

Neil Patel, the author of Quick Sprout, is kind of a big deal. Even though he is younger than me, he has started two successful companies of his own. Not lemonade stands but actual businesses with millions of dollars if income. The thing I like most about Neil’s blog is that he is very open. Some of his best posts are about his mistakes.

# 7 – Zen Habits

Zen Habits is the Cal Ripken Jr. of my RSS reader. Hundreds of blogs have come and gone through my RSS reader in the last four years. Not once have I had to hit the unsubscribe button from Zen Habits. This is a testament to the quality of content that the author Leo Babuata has and continues to give. If you’re interested in simplifying your life and improving your productivity, read Leo’s blog.

# 8 – Jonathan Fields

My go to source for entrepreneurship is Jonathan Fields. What differentiates Johnathan’s blog from the many other in this niche, is that he writes about the principles. Instead of clogging up RSS readers with whatever topic is trendy, Jonathan writes about not only important now, but what’s going to have more importance ten years from now.


If you have a blog or two that you think needs to be read, reread, and acted upon, please let us know in the comments.


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PatrickNo Gravatar November 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm

A blog that absolutely gets my attention with every new post is http://blogmaverick.com/

I love how brutally honest Mark Cuban is when we writes and most of his posts show how to put clear defined thoughts and goals into action.

He may be polarizing to some people for his behavior while attending Maverick games, but no one can deny his passion and enthusiasm.

ShaunNo Gravatar November 11, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Great list,

I subscribe to most, but will check out the others too. Another person / blog I really like is Tim Ferriss at four Hour Work Week http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/

Seriously, who doesn’t want to work less and streamline things as much as possible?


Sam DavidsonNo Gravatar November 12, 2010 at 6:06 am

Thanks for the list! I regularly read Godin and Brazen; I’ll check out some of the others you mention.

Chris GuillebeauNo Gravatar November 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Thanks for the props. Seth is always #1 for a good reason!

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