21 Non-Business Blogs You Could Read Today

Through new eyes

While you might come here to read about social media; or marketing; or strategy; or statistics;  it’s always nice to step back and read blogs from outside the business and social media circle.

So, over on my Facebook page last night, I asked for recommendations of blogs that weren’t business, to see what inspired others when they read. And boy, did the recommendations fly in! So, without further ado, here are 21 non-business blogs you could add to your reader today, with added reasons from the folks that recommended them.

  • The Mad to Live. Recommended by Mark Harai, for its “fun, smart and inspiring” posts.
  • Enjoying the Small Things. Recommended by Amy Fandrei, who said, “One of the more down-to-earth but inspiring bloggers out there.”
  • The Sales Lion. Recommended by Mark Harai, for being “inspiring and entertaining.”
  • Murrmurrs. Recommended by Samantha Collier, because it is “absolutely, positively the funniest blog I have ever read.”
  • The Skool of Life. Recommended by Mark Harai (the guy’s on a roll!), it’s full of posts that “throw down inspiring words.”
  • C Jane, Enjoy It. Another recommendation from Sue Anne Reed, for the simple fact of “enjoyability”.
  • Smitten Kitchen. Recommended by Patricia Grow because “the recipes are always great, her photography matches and she shares the cutest pictures of her baby.”
  • Life, For Instance. Recommended by Bryan Cromlish, this blog is full of “pretty inspirational posts.”
  • Post Secret. Recommended by Geoff Livingston, for “making my jaw drop every week.”
  • NYC Bloggers. Recommended by Elaine-Cosme Petersen for news on “entertainment, life, situations, shock treatment… whatever you’re in the mood for.”
  • Redhead Writing. Another recommendation by Ingrid Abboud, this blog is “funny as hell” (and also full of awesome cuss words)!
  • Xbox 360 Fanboy. Recommended by Brandon Forder, because he’s “a video game nerd and proud of it.”
  • Blog-Blond. Recommended by Chris Benedict Valencia, for its ability to “be funny and relieve stressful days.”
  • The Bold Soul. Recommended by Janis La Couvee for, amongst many reasons, having a “zest for life and inspiring me.”
  • Delco Forever. Also recommended by Eileen Marable, for offering “great thoughts by smart people.”
  • The Bloggess. Recommended by Jennifer Linnell Fong, because it “makes me snort out loud with laughter regularly” (and is another blog that uses cussing perfectly).

So there you have it. If you’re needing new blogs to read, or just want to mix up your business needs with some cool, funny and inspirational reading, there are some great starting points for you here.

My sincere thanks to everyone who took the time to reply (and some couldn’t make it here, since there were no URL’s to grab) – it’s readers like you that help bloggers like the ones you recommended get a new audience. And that’s always a good thing.

How about you – what non-business blogs would you recommend, and why?

Leave your recommendations in the comments (with links), and let’s see some new names we may not have known about.

Note – because of the anti-spam filter that I use, comments with several links may not appear immediately. Don’t worry – I’ll approve them as soon as I can, so no need to post a duplicate, just in case you thought yours hadn’t gone through!

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119 comments
Joko Susilo
Joko Susilo

I have visited some blog you mention. Thank for sharing

Joko Susilo
Joko Susilo

I have visited some blog you mention. Thank for sharing

Bradley Gauthier
Bradley Gauthier

Hey Danny, this is exactly what I needed. Been looking for some awesome sources of reading outside of my typical blog subscriptions. Thanks!

Danny
Danny

Cheers, Bradley, glad it's useful mate. And now I'm heading over to your blog because that's an enticing last post title right there. :)

Bradley Gauthier
Bradley Gauthier

Hey Danny, this is exactly what I needed. Been looking for some awesome sources of reading outside of my typical blog subscriptions. Thanks!

Danny
Danny

Cheers, Bradley, glad it's useful mate. And now I'm heading over to your blog because that's an enticing last post title right there. :)

Ross Simmonds
Ross Simmonds

Danny, great post. Marketers often get so stuck in our own little bubble that we don't get out and take in the thoughts and ideas of others. I've found a few great blogs that have totally changed my perspective on things and even resulted in changing some of my "un-needed" habits. One of the blogs that I'd highly recommend to anyone is that of ArtofManliness.com. It's quite well known but is one of the better blogs I've seen online.

A few of the ones you listed I've heard of and a few I actually follow quite closely. However, one that stood out the most is the Mad to Live blog. I've quickly glanced over a few of the posts and the content is quite inspiring. After that, I gotta say, the Xbox blog gets my blood boiling - PS3 for life!

Good post Danny - Always good to find something fresh.

Danny
Danny

Mate, you gotta stop changing your name, sir - I can't keep track! ;-)

Cheers, Ross, and agree completely fella - it is way too easy to get sucked into bubbles. Always great to step outside and see what other blogs are doing.

Will check ArtofManliness.com out for sure - even the name makes me intrigued. :)

Cheers as always, fella.

Ross Simmonds
Ross Simmonds

Danny, great post. Marketers often get so stuck in our own little bubble that we don't get out and take in the thoughts and ideas of others. I've found a few great blogs that have totally changed my perspective on things and even resulted in changing some of my "un-needed" habits. One of the blogs that I'd highly recommend to anyone is that of ArtofManliness.com. It's quite well known but is one of the better blogs I've seen online. A few of the ones you listed I've heard of and a few I actually follow quite closely. However, one that stood out the most is the Mad to Live blog. I've quickly glanced over a few of the posts and the content is quite inspiring. After that, I gotta say, the Xbox blog gets my blood boiling - PS3 for life! Good post Danny - Always good to find something fresh.

Danny
Danny

Mate, you gotta stop changing your name, sir - I can't keep track! ;-) Cheers, Ross, and agree completely fella - it is way too easy to get sucked into bubbles. Always great to step outside and see what other blogs are doing. Will check ArtofManliness.com out for sure - even the name makes me intrigued. :) Cheers as always, fella.

Lauren Rains @ TheMadtoLive
Lauren Rains @ TheMadtoLive

Hey Danny!
Thanks so much for taking the lovely recommendation from Mark about my blog! :) one of your readers told me she found out about my corner of the blogosphere through this list, so thanks for spreading the love!

Not to mention I can't wait to check out all the other blogs you have listed here! This is a great list! I have to say that since I've gotten into blogging one of my favorite things is bloggers supporting one another and giving each other even further motivation to keep on keeping on in as many great ways as possible.

Thanks Danny!
LAUREN :)

Danny
Danny

Hey there Lauren,

More than welcome, miss - besides, when Mark recommends something, I know it's usually going to be a good thing.

Now, if you could only offer an email subscription option, I'd be adding you to my reading list. So - how about it? ;-)

Lauren Rains @ TheMadtoLive
Lauren Rains @ TheMadtoLive

Hey Danny!
Thanks so much for taking the lovely recommendation from Mark about my blog! :) one of your readers told me she found out about my corner of the blogosphere through this list, so thanks for spreading the love!

Not to mention I can't wait to check out all the other blogs you have listed here! This is a great list! I have to say that since I've gotten into blogging one of my favorite things is bloggers supporting one another and giving each other even further motivation to keep on keeping on in as many great ways as possible.

Thanks Danny!
LAUREN :)

Lauren Rains @ TheMadtoLive
Lauren Rains @ TheMadtoLive

Hey Danny! Thanks so much for taking the lovely recommendation from Mark about my blog! :) one of your readers told me she found out about my corner of the blogosphere through this list, so thanks for spreading the love! Not to mention I can't wait to check out all the other blogs you have listed here! This is a great list! I have to say that since I've gotten into blogging one of my favorite things is bloggers supporting one another and giving each other even further motivation to keep on keeping on in as many great ways as possible. Thanks Danny! LAUREN :)

Danny
Danny

Hey there Lauren, More than welcome, miss - besides, when Mark recommends something, I know it's usually going to be a good thing. Now, if you could only offer an email subscription option, I'd be adding you to my reading list. So - how about it? ;-)

robynski
robynski

My only add would be thxthxthx.com. She helps everyone see there is gratitude in everything. In small snippets so very easy to enjoy.

Danny
Danny

Just checked the link - nice recommendation, cheers. :)

robynski
robynski

My only add would be thxthxthx.com. She helps everyone see there is gratitude in everything. In small snippets so very easy to enjoy.

Danny
Danny

Just checked the link - nice recommendation, cheers. :)

Marcus Sheridan-The Sales Lion
Marcus Sheridan-The Sales Lion

Holy Guacamole, Me Likey this list Danny! :-)

Seriously, incredibly kind of you for the mention here, I'm honored.

Big Smiles

Marcus

Danny
Danny

Anytime, Marcus - you have a very loyal following, mate, always the sign of a great blog. :)

Marcus Sheridan-The Sales Lion
Marcus Sheridan-The Sales Lion

Holy Guacamole, Me Likey this list Danny! :-)

Seriously, incredibly kind of you for the mention here, I'm honored.

Big Smiles

Marcus

Marcus Sheridan-The Sales Lion
Marcus Sheridan-The Sales Lion

Holy Guacamole, Me Likey this list Danny! :-) Seriously, incredibly kind of you for the mention here, I'm honored. Big Smiles Marcus

Danny
Danny

Anytime, Marcus - you have a very loyal following, mate, always the sign of a great blog. :)

Ari Herzog
Ari Herzog

Sweet comments before mine.

I wanted to add, Danny and to the people who inspired you to include those blog links, that I already subscribe to Marcus' The Sales Lion and Ashley's Middle Finger Project and Erika's Redhead Writing. I visit the Bloggess once in a while and never heard of the others (but just clicked over to see what they're about).

I'll add three selections I visit and share frequently:

1. Jonathan Wells writes about productivity and life coaching at http://advancedlifeskills.com/blog/

2. Shelly Blake-Plock writes about his strides as a high school teacher trying to implement paperless learning at http://teachpaperless.blogspot.com/

3. Lauri Stevens focuses on law enforcement and how they use the web at http://connectedcops.net/

Danny
Danny

Hey there Ari,

Cheers for the new recommendations, mate, appreciate the additions, and I'll be sure to check them out soon. :)

Ari Herzog
Ari Herzog

Sweet comments before mine. I wanted to add, Danny and to the people who inspired you to include those blog links, that I already subscribe to Marcus' The Sales Lion and Ashley's Middle Finger Project and Erika's Redhead Writing. I visit the Bloggess once in a while and never heard of the others (but just clicked over to see what they're about). I'll add three selections I visit and share frequently: 1. Jonathan Wells writes about productivity and life coaching at http://advancedlifeskills.com/blog/ 2. Shelly Blake-Plock writes about his strides as a high school teacher trying to implement paperless learning at http://teachpaperless.blogspot.com/ 3. Lauri Stevens focuses on law enforcement and how they use the web at http://connectedcops.net/

Danny
Danny

Hey there Ari, Cheers for the new recommendations, mate, appreciate the additions, and I'll be sure to check them out soon. :)

Keith Davis
Keith Davis

Hi Danny
Bad news - I didn't make the list.
Good news - my bandwidth is safe. LOL

Some great blog titles, you know that I have a soft spot for titles.
Particularly liked "•Redhead Writing"

Oh well let's make a start on the list.....

Danny
Danny

Haha, cheers, Keith, and I'll keep an eye out for you on the next one. :)

Keith Davis
Keith Davis

Hi Danny Bad news - I didn't make the list. Good news - my bandwidth is safe. LOL Some great blog titles, you know that I have a soft spot for titles. Particularly liked "•Redhead Writing" Oh well let's make a start on the list.....

Danny
Danny

Haha, cheers, Keith, and I'll keep an eye out for you on the next one. :)

Jack Huber
Jack Huber

Thanks for including my blog, Danny! (And thanks to Eileen for the recommendation.)

Danny
Danny

No worries, mate, and great recommendation from Eileen - that's what building a great community is all about, nice to see you being recognized. :)

Jack Huber
Jack Huber

Thanks for including my blog, Danny! (And thanks to Eileen for the recommendation.)

Danny
Danny

No worries, mate, and great recommendation from Eileen - that's what building a great community is all about, nice to see you being recognized. :)

Lori Gosselin
Lori Gosselin

Thanks for the mention Danny, and thanks for the great list I'll be exploring this afternoon!
Lori

Danny
Danny

For sure, Lori - it's what I love most about the whole blogging community, we have so much that we can find, and we're usually a pretty good bunch at recommending these finds too. :)

Lori Gosselin
Lori Gosselin

Thanks for the mention Danny, and thanks for the great list I'll be exploring this afternoon! Lori

Danny
Danny

For sure, Lori - it's what I love most about the whole blogging community, we have so much that we can find, and we're usually a pretty good bunch at recommending these finds too. :)

Michelle Mangen
Michelle Mangen

Thanks for the tip off to some new readers for me to visit and read. Was excited to see some of my favorites already on here (RedheadWriting, SkoolOfLife and MiddlefingerProject).

How can I find Ingrid (seems as though her and I have similar tastes)

Michelle Mangen
Michelle Mangen

Thanks for the tip off to some new readers for me to visit and read. Was excited to see some of my favorites already on here (RedheadWriting, SkoolOfLife and MiddlefingerProject).

How can I find Ingrid (seems as though her and I have similar tastes)

Michelle Mangen
Michelle Mangen

Thanks for the tip off to some new readers for me to visit and read. Was excited to see some of my favorites already on here (RedheadWriting, SkoolOfLife and MiddlefingerProject). How can I find Ingrid (seems as though her and I have similar tastes)

Davina K. Brewer
Davina K. Brewer

Danny, I've recommended Redhead Writing, follow the Bloggess and recently discovered the Sales Lion. I am on the lookout for non-business blogs to get out of the PR, SM, marketing rut so these suggestions are great. For silly kicks and laughs, I check out stuff like Oatmeal, Hyperbole and a half, People of Walmart. Not exactly blogs, but good for a breather. FWIW.

Danny
Danny

Haha, People of Walmart indeed - pretty sure a lot of these pictures are taken at my local one. ;-)

Davina K. Brewer
Davina K. Brewer

If I'm going to Walmart, I try to remember that mirror double check, just in case. ;-)

Erika Napoletano
Erika Napoletano

Danny - thanks so much for including me and I'm (gasp - insert word here) that people actually read mah stuff.

Your blog is a treat in many ways and today, it's not because I got a mention, it's because I now have 19 others blogs to bop over and peruse (I regularly stalk Jenny @TheBloggess already!).

Danny
Danny

Hey there Erika,

Man, I couldn't decide which word to insert - you have so many that I could have used here, hehe. :)

It's been a real pleasure reading your stuff - wish I'd found it earlier!

Ari Herzog
Ari Herzog

People read your stuff because you're a wordpress whore. Don't forget that, Erika! ;)

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