33 Personal Development Blogs To Read in 2010

It’s been an incredible 2009 for me and I’m sure for many of us. I’ve done more than I could ever imagine in 2009 and the time has come to give proper credit to my inspiration sources. I was never alone in this journey. On the contrary, I’ve been honored with warm, strong and continuous support from my friends. This post is to spread the word about their wonderful work.

1. Change Your Thoughts

Energetic, precise and supportive, Steven, from Change Your Thoughts, was one of the closest online friends during 2009. His blog is one of the fastest growing self-improvement blogs in the world right now. Subscribe, read and enjoy, if you are even remotely thinking to improve your life, this is the spot to start.

Blog Address: StevenAitchison.co.uk | Twitter account: @StevenAitchison

2. AdvanceLifeSkills.com

Jonathan, from Advanced Life Skills, was an incredible support for me during this year. His blog is one of the most balanced and well written in the self-improvement niche. Not only he was updating it like clockwork, but the quality of the articles was steadily growing up. Check out his ebook, by the way, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Blog Address: AdvancedLifeSkills.com | Twitter Account: @mrjWells

3. QuantumLearning.pl

Ian Peatey, from Quantum Learning, was one of the first self improvement bloggers I met in real life. And we started a very fulfilling real life friendship. His writing has the rare quality of being both healing and motivating at the same time. If you’re looking for the best source of nonviolent communication, his blog is THE blog.

Blog Address: QuantumLearning.pl | Twitter Account: @IanPeatey

4. RatRaceTrap.com

Stephen, from Rat Race Trap, is another constant and reliable online friend of mine, He writes about self-improvement, brain improvement techniques, achieving success and goal setting. And not only. I highly recommend reading his blog, if only to escape from our daily rat race trap every once in a while.

Blog Address: RatRaceTrap.com | Twitter Account: @ratracetrap

5. SidSavara.com

Sid is one of the first online friends with whom I agreed to disagree. Although we were quite opinionated on a specific topic, and none of us would quit their position, we found a way to keep a very solid online friendship. His blog is neat, clean and filled with well thought information. A must read in self improvement.

Blog Address: SidSavra.com | Twitter Account: @sidsavara

6. LearnThis.ca

Mike, from Learn This, owns one of the first blogs I started to read this year and it paid a lot. He was behind my first huge list post – which started as a challenge from him – and he as also one of the top commenters in my blog. He writes about leadership and self improvement. And he writes very well about that.

Blog Address: LearnThis.ca | Twitter Account: @Mike_King

7. NakedInEden.com

Robin, from Naked in Eden, is an incredibly warm, authentic and powerful woman. Her writing is so powerful that I seldom spend less than 30 minutes on her blog. Recently, she got a book publishing deal, which means we’re all fortunated: we’re going to read even more from her.

Blog Address: NakedInEden.com | Twitter Account: @RobinEaston

8. TimelessInformation.com

Armen, from Timeless Information, writes about personal development, leadership and a lot of other self-improvement related topics. I was attracted by his boldness and lack of inhibition as well as by his alert and well-documented writing style. Be sure to take your daily dose of mental energy.

Blog Address: TimelessInformation.com | Twitter Account: @Armen

9. FreeStyleMind.com

Oscar is relatively new in my circle of online friends, it was only in the last few months that I started to follow his blog. Not only we share the fact that English is not our primary language (his primary being Italian, mine being Romanian) but we do share a lot of common ideas about self-improvement.

Blog Address: FreeStyleMind.com | Twitter Account: @OscarDelBen

10. LiteMind.com

Luciano, from Lite Mind, was such an inspiration this year. His structured blog helped me to better organize my ideas and also made me ponder a lot. Thought provoking and neat, this is how you could describe his very popular blog. Not to mention his crazy challenges, like crafting lists of 100 items.

Blog Address: LiteMind.com | Twitter Account: @LucianoP

11. MyWifeQuitHerJob.com

Steven, from My Wife Quit Her Job, is one of the most honest successful online entrepreneurs I ever met. He writes about the adventures of his online business, as well as about how to start, maintain and grow your own online business. First hand information, updated often, a must read resource.

Blog Address: MyWifeQuitHerJob.com | Twitter Account: @mywifequit

12. CelestineChua.com

Celes, from The Personal Excellence Blog, was one of my biggest discoveries in the first half of the year. With an elaborate style and a clean perspective, her writing is extremely motivating. She recently started a series of workshops but she keeps updating the blog constantly.

Blog Address: CelestineChua.com | Twitter Account: @CelestineChua


13. TheDiscomfortZone.com

Tim, from The Discomfort Zone, has a rare talent: to write comfortably about the discomfort zone. Don’t expect to find the usual paths in his blog, you’ll be disappointed. Instead, be prepared to find new approaches, surprising angles and sometimes upsetting situations. It’s the discomfort zone, after all.

Blog Address: TheDiscomfortZone.com | Twitter Account: @TimBrownson

14. AbundanceTapestry.com

Evelyn, from Abundance Tapestry, was a big surprise for me. Not only she writes about abundance in the most simple way I saw, but she is also a qualified Akashic Secret reader. Although brief, our direct interaction was powerful and enlightening. Her writing is simple, but extremely inspiring.

Blog Address: AbundanceTapestry.com | Twitter Account: @evelynlim

15. SomedaySyndrome.com

Alex, from Someday Syndrome, is a very gifted writer and also quite a disciplined one. His blog theme, the syndrome of “Someday” is very close to me. As a chronic procrastinator, I suffered a lot from it in my younger days. Highly recommend his blog if you think your life will become better only “someday”. As opposed to “right now”.

Blog Address: SomedaySyndrome.com | Twitter Account: @AlexFayle

16. PluginId.com

One of the best personal development blogs around during this year. It was often an inspiration for me and definitely one of the blogs I read without skipping any posts. What stands out is the “no bullshit” personal development approach.

Blog Address: PluginId.com | Twitter Account: @pluginid

17. Porsidan.com

One of the latest entries in RSS feed, Jay Schyrer’s Porsidan.com is an enlightening experience. The clean and clear blog interface is letting the powerful message to flow away unobstructed. Jay is compassionate, warm and inspiring.

Blog Address: Porsidan.com | Twitter Account: @JayScyrer

18. ManvsDebt.com

I met Adam Baker, from ManvsDebt.com during one of mu trips to New Zealand. Energetic and passionate, extremely confident, I count the days until he will be wildly acclaimed as an A-list blogger in the personal finance niche. If you want to know where your money is, read his blog.

Blog Address: ManVsDebt.com | Twitter Account: @manvsdebt

19. Prolificliving.com

Farnoosh, from ProlificLiving.com is an incredible person: she writes about living life to the fullest, traveling the world and learning to tango. An amazing and refreshing blog. Be sure to check out her yoga videos.

Blog Address: ProlificLiving.com | TwitterAccount: @prolificliving

20. JungleOfLife.com

Lance, from Jungle Of Life, was also an early discovery this year. I was a little bit of a lurker, not engaging too much in the wonderful community he created around his blog, but this didn’t stop me to take full advantage from what he writes, especially his Sunday Thought for the Day.

Blog Address: JungleOfLife.com | Twitter Account: @lance02

21. IlluminatedMind.com

Again, one of the latest additions to my RSS reader, Jonathan Mead, from Illuminated Mind, is an incredible energetic writer. Adept of “no bullshit” personal development he’s spreading one of the most authentic self improvement messages. Check him out and be amazed.

Blog Address: Illuminated Mind.com | Twitter Account: @jonathanmead

22. ZeenatSyal.wordpress.com

Zeenat Merchant-Syal, from Positive Provocation, literally exploded a few months ago in the personal development niche. She’s an incredibly warm and passionate woman, with a touching message. The more you read her blog, the more you want to open your heart.

Blog Address: ZeenatSyal.wordpress.com | Twitter Account: @zeenatsyal

23. QuestforBalance.com

Lisis, from Quest For Balance, is a distinct voice. The name of the blog says almost everything about what she is writing about. But there is one thing you would find out only by reading the blog: and that’s the fact that she is truly passionate about you. Yes, you.

Blog Address: QuestForBalance.com | Twitter Account: @Serene_Balance

24. Kikolani.com

Kristi, from Kikolani.com, writes about the art of blogging and all that comes with it. I was inspired by her series called Fetching Friday, in which she shares tons of interesting links from a variety of topics, from SEO to personal development. You better check this out.

Blog Address: Kikolani.com | Twitter Account: @kikolani

25. LifeToolkit.net

Maria Galca, a fellow Romanian coach, shares at Life Toolkit her life experiences. Although the blog is pretty young, I can tell that, if a certain amount of constant work will go into it (and from what I saw, it will go) we will all witness a new bright star in the personal development niche pretty soon.

Blog Address: LifeToolkit.net | Twitter Account: @mariagalca

26. Bunnygotblog.com

Sophia, from Bunny got Blog, was one of the most interesting bloggers I met this year. He writes about famous people, about her life and her challenges. And she does it in a very honest way. By far one of the most authentic voices I heard last year.

Blog Address: BunnyGotBlog.com | Twitter Account: @bunnygotblog

27. JennyMannion.com

I first met Jenny when I was searching for some health related information. She writes about healing, reconnection and law of attraction in the most sincere and warm way you can imagine. Every time I read her blog I am inspired.

Blog Address: JennyMannion.com | Twitter Account: @jennymannion

28. Upgraderality.com

I met Diggy, from Upgrade Reality, through Glenn Allsop. They both share the same passion for life and they both write in the same persuasive and direct way. From what I saw so far, his blog is made upon a very successful recipe. Keep an eye on it.

Blog Address: Upgradereality.com | Twitter Account: @upgradereality

29. Smallbizbee.com

Matt, from Small Biz Bee, was one of my partners in my first massive guest posting project. He makes a big deal out of small business, as he often likes to say it, and he’s doing this very well. If interested in small business trends and info, do check it out.

Blog Address: SmallBizBee.com | Twitter Account: @smallbizbee

30 Inspiredmag.com

That was a very nice surprise. I’m not a fan of online magazines, but this one proved to be quite different from what I knew. It’s a source of daily inspiration mainly for graphic designers but also for many human creatives, as they say. Highly recommend, refreshing reading and interface.

Blog Address: Inspiredm.com | Twitter Account: @inspiredmag

A -Listers

We all know them and we read them for years. They helped me quite a lot during 2009 and I felt the need to mention their work here.


I met Steve personally during his live workshop in Vegas, in October last year. The workshop was a great experience. Combine this with Steve’s inspiring writing and you’ll find out why I still follow him, although his days as a role model for me are over for a long time.

Blog Address: StevePavlina.com | Twitter Account: @stevepavlina


I was quite surprised when Leo from ZenHabits left a comment on my blog this year. It took me a while then to realize that even A-listers are just people, like any of us. Leo made me understand with that comment that success is something from within, regardless of outside validation.

Blog Address: ZenHabits.net | Twitter Account: @zenhabits


Tim Ferris continues to be an inspiration to me. Things that still made me read his blog: diversity, travel and self-improvement. Not necessarily in this exact order.

Blog Address: ForHourWorkWeek.com | Twitter Account: @tferris


Incredible things happens when you apply courage to get out of your comfort zone, initiating interaction with other people. A subtle yet powerful energy transfer starts. I’ve been exposed to all of the people I mentioned above and I’ve become better because of them. Most of what I did in 2009 is a direct or indirect result of being in touch with those energy sources.

All I can say now is: follow them. And watch your life changing as well.

71 thoughts on “33 Personal Development Blogs To Read in 2010”

  1. It was fun to read this article cos was all about human life and how it improves for positive aspects, because it is related to our Challenging life. And it is so resourceful and gives references of mixed idea of personal development.

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  3. WOW!!! Thank you for the flattering review and including me among a crew of blogs.

    Thank You so very much.
    .-= BunnygotBlog´s last blog ..Sleeping With Your Business Partner =-.

  4. Oh dear! I had no idea! I feel so honored to be included on your list! Thanks for being my friend!! I wish you all the best in 2010! May you achieve success breakthroughs and experience much love and joy in the new year!
    .-= Evelyn Lim´s last blog ..Affirmation Gifts Lifestyle Mart Opens =-.

  5. This is a great list of bloggers, most of whom I know but there are some undiscovered gems that I will be checking out.

    Great work putting the list together, Dragos


  6. Thanks for the link Dragos!

    This is a great list and a great resource. I found a few in here I hadn’t been to before. Thanks!
    .-= Stephen – Rat Race Trap´s last blog ..Unconscious Decision Making =-.

  7. Dear Dragos, speechless I am….I am just now back from vacation and saw this. I am stunned and so very humbled!! Thank you for writing such kind words. My blog’s mission is accomplished if I can inspire, touch, and motivate even one other person. How very kind of you. And a Very Happy New Year to ALL!!!!

    • Luciano, THANK YOU 🙂 That’s all I can say, man. Just stay the same in 2010. And just by staying like you are, I’m sure you’ll become better.

  8. Thanks a lot for including me Dragos, much appreciated.

    The way you have gone from nowhere with this blog to where you are now has been impressive, very impressive.

    Good content and clever marketing makes me think the new decade is gonna be awesome for you. It’s also really cool to have a few more Europeans round here 😉


    • Tim, you learned me a lot about “no bullshit” personal development, and for that I am grateful. Thanks for your kind words and, to be honest, I myself look forward for what an European (actually, an Easter European, a totally different beast) could do in this niche. 😉

      Happy new 2010!

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    • Adam, was great meeting you and looking forward to do it again. Who knows where on Earth will meet this time?

      May your 2010 rock!

  10. Thanks for the great list here Dragos and I am honored to be in your recommendation list. Its been great to see how dedicated you are to blogging and just the shear effort you put into your articles, your lists and your connections (like that you show here). I found a couple new blogs I didn’t know here and the one that jumped out at me was Alex’s “Someday Syndrome”. I just love that title as I am a big fan of someday lists becoming everyday lists and making those somedays in our lives reality. I’ll definitely be checking out his blog now. Thanks!
    .-= Mike King´s last blog ..Resources December 2009 =-.

    • Mike, you’ve been the inspiration (or should I say the kick in the butt) which lead to my first 100 items list post. If only for that and should be eternally grateful to you. But of course, there’s even more than that 🙂

      May your 2010 be the best year you had so far!

    • Thanks for keeping Quest for Balance running and for the suggestion, I’ll check it up. It will be good, I know, since it’s recommended by you 🙂 A merrier 2010 I wish for you 🙂

  11. Dragos,
    This list you have here is filled with so many amazing people, and it is an honor to be listed beside them. You are filled with such a giving spirit, and that shines through in all that you share. It has been great getting to know you, and experience your words this past year. That what I have written is something that has touched you in some way…know that I am humbled by that. Best to you, my friend, in the year ahead!
    .-= Lance´s last blog ..Sunday Thought For The Day =-.

  12. Wow Dragos, I am really honored to be on this list, and especially to be in such wonderfully inspiring company. I am also glad to discover seven blogs that I am not familiar with. Why is this a good thing? Because if you recommend them, then I know for a fact that they are worth checking out.

    Now, back at you my friend. Over the past year I have not only learned from you, but I’ve also been inspired, entertained, amazed, surprised, and encouraged by you as well. I am grateful for all of it.
    .-= Jonathan – Advanced Life Skills´s last blog ..Optimism and the Spirit of Renewal =-.

    • You are so kind, Jonathan, but this isn’t surprising: kindness is your natural state of being, as far as I learned in 2009. Put aside this huge life experience and deep knowledge and now you’ll understand why I am always inspired by you. Here’s for an even better 2010!

  13. Hi there Dragos.

    I enjoy your writing style. It’s straight forward and easy to understand.

    I started blogging two months ago for fun and it has taken over my life. I am in a huge learning curve at the moment reading as much as I can get from experienced bloggers like yourselves. Actually it was Steven’s blog above who gave me the inspiration to start blogging after I wrote my first list of 100.

    Needless to say I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Since I’m new I’d appreciate any comment you can give me. I still need to figure out some tweaks, such as having a pixelated header. Argh. Otherwise all is well.

    Please feel free to visit,


    Happy new year.

    • Writing a list of 100 is a big milestone and I’m really happy you did it so early, after only 2 months. Just don’t give up as early as you started to learn it 🙂 I will surely check up your blog. Have a fantastic 2010!

  14. Hi Dragos

    It’s been getting to know you over the last year and I am honoured that I am on your list along with some other fantastic bloggers. I know that 2010 is going to be a fantastic year for you and I wish you all the very best and anything I can do to help you please let me know. Always. Steve.
    .-= Steven Aitchison´s last blog ..Can You Feel It? =-.

    • The feeling is extremely mutual, so to speak, Steven. I enjoyed our evolution this year and you’ve been more than once a fantastic inspiration when it comes to courage and persistence. 🙂

  15. Hey Dragos.

    It sure is terrible that I was linked to from here. I’m really disappointed about it.

    Aside from that disappointment, the descriptions you provided here sure were great. You really put some detail into each individual’s material, and that takes quite a bit to do. I already read most of these sites, and now have a few new ones in my mind.

    I have seen that you have upgraded a lot, and am looking forward to more. Also, I like that you are not holding back on your opinions.

    I was joking at the beginning of this comment.

    Certainly a set I will continue to check out here.
    .-= Armen Shirvanian´s last blog ..Timeless Information 2009 Review =-.

    • I am so glad that you are disappointed to be included in this list :-)) Love those inverse evaluation twists. Happy to met you in 2009 and look forward for more too 🙂

  16. Dear Dragos, I think I am kind of speechless for once. I don’t know why this hit me so hard, to be included in this list. I think because you are a blogger I’ve looked up to and been repeatedly inspired by…and learned so much from. Being included in your circle here brings tears to my eyes. For me it is a profound honor.

    You have lived and continue to live a remarkable life. I was stunned the day you told us that you taught yourself English, and not only to speak it, but to read and write it. I already knew you as a dedicated and determine human being, but for some reason knowing you taught yourself English along with everything else you do, just blew me away. I felt both humbled and inspired at once. So from my heart I thank you my friend. I am more honored that I can tell you. Hugs, Robin.
    .-= Robin Easton´s last blog ..When You Know You’re Alive =-.

  17. I am so excited being listed with so many other fantastic sites! I subscribe to a lot of these blogs, and always find gems of inspiring information.

    Thanks again!
    .-= Kikolani´s last blog ..Fetching Friday – The First Resources Mashup of 2010 =-.

  18. Thanks a lot for including my blog!

    .-= Oscar – freestyle mind´s last blog ..Rationale Thinking and the Scientific Method =-.

  19. Hey Dragos!
    I wish you and your family an awesome 2010! Thanks for linking to me in this great list of blogs! Hopefully there are many good things to come, let’s work hard and grow our blogs into really popular ones 🙂

    .-= Diggy – Upgradereality.com´s last blog ..Goals, Plans & Achievements =-.

  20. Dragos, you have managed to bring tears to my eyes today. I’ve been included in some blog link roundups before, but what got to me was your description. You really do understand what Quest for Balance is, and that my primary objective, every day, is to help someone else (maybe even you?!) 🙂

    I’m honored to be included in this amazing list, and I’m looking forward to a fantastic year of blogging connections and collaborations. I really appreciate what you’ve done here.

    Thanks!!! (and Happy New Year!)
    .-= Lisis´s last blog ..Forget Resolutions, Live for Today =-.

  21. Wow Dragos,

    I am honored to have made your list. I just hope that I can live up to your continued expectations:) There are a bunch of blogs on your list that I have never read so I will definitely check them out. Here’s to a great 2010!
    .-= Steve @ MyWifeQuitHerJob´s last blog ..Mailbag: Legal Structure And Taxes, Website Speed And Fake Merchandise =-.

    • Steve, you don’t have to live up to my expectations because you already exceeded them. I’m really happy to met you in 2009 and wish you all the success you can imagine in 2010. You really deserve it!

  22. What a great list! I was just thinking this morning I need fresh input for my Google Reader Personal Development Blogs. Now I have 30+ blogs to subscribe to!
    Dragos, thank you for listing my little blog here. It’s a carte blanche of trust I’ll do my best to live/write up to. *blush*
    .-= Maria´s last blog ..3 Best Ideas of 2009 =-.

    • I’m sure you will live/write up to. You already showed confidence and determination. 2010 will be a great year for you 🙂

  23. What a great resource!! A few of these I’ve seen before but several are totally new. Thanks for the wonderful list.
    .-= LisaNewton´s last blog ..Art Walks in Los Angeles County =-.

    • Hey Lisa,

      Glad to have you around. You’re right, we share a lot of common preferences in blogging, hence the presence of common people here. Really looking forward to see your blog even higher in 2010!

  24. Great list here and love that you gave a small write up of each. I know that doesn’t take 2 minutes to produce.

    I can’t single anyone out of that list. It really is top notch and all have a lot to offer for an amazing 2010.
    .-= Scott Webb´s last blog ..Annual Review 2009: My Top Photographs of the Year =-.

    • Glad you found value in this list. They’ve been very helpful to me and hope you’ll benefit form their experience as well. Wishing you a great 2010!

  25. Hi Dragos,
    Thank you so much for including me on your list. I am honored to be among these brilliant writers. We have many of the same favorites and there are a few here that are new to me so I will be checking out soon – thank you!

    It has been wonderful reading your writing as well. Your love, caring and wanting to help others through your own experience and knowledge shines through. Thank you for all you do. I wish you tons of success and happiness in 2010.

    Much Love, xo
    .-= Jenny Mannion´s last blog ..10 Writing Exercises to Help you Bring in a Healthier and Happier New Year =-.

    • It’s been a good 2009 and many of your posts inspired me, although I may not show this very openly. But you were an inspiration and I’m really thankful for that.

      A Happy 2010 to you too!

  26. There are definitely some great blogs here. Some I’ve heard of and some I haven’t. It’s great to be introduced to more. Thanks Dragos.

    Happy New Year!
    .-= Gordie´s last blog ..Look, Mom! My Blog’s Sprouting Pubes! =-.

  27. Hey Dragos, it’s been my pleasure knowing you in 2009 and I look forward to a great 2010 ahead! 😀 Thanks for listing The Personal Excellence Blog here along with a great mix of other fantastic blogs! Some of them I’m not aware of, so I’m going to check them out right now.
    .-= Celes | The Personal Excellence Blog´s last blog ..2009 Reflections: 2 Biggest Things I Learned, 15 Key Highlights and A Big Thank You To You =-.

    • Celes, it was my pleasure. Your determination and persistence inspired me big time in 2009. And I know for sure 2010 will be even better. 🙂


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