The Best Personal Development Blogs of 2013

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It’s that time of year where we announce the Best Personal Development Blogs for 2013…in fact, we bring you the Top 100!

With 2013 just kicking off, now is the time to start creating what your year is going to look like and ensure it is the most successful year you have ever had.

Every year is another opportunity that we have for progressing towards our goals and our ideal life. Each year progresses on the next. This year is set to be the best year yet!

Spending my life in the career and personal development industries, I’m constantly looking for the latest and greatest information on success, motivation, results and happiness. I regularly deal with people from within the industry as well as those looking to gain valuable insight and information.

One thing I’ve noticed is that there are so many people in this world that are after a full list of resources for helping them achieve what they want to achieve in life. The good thing is the internet has provided so much access to the information that previously only those attending $5,000 courses would be able to have.


Top 100 Personal Development Blog

The Best Personal Development Blogs of 2013

I’ve decided to put together a list of the best personal development blogs of 2013. In fact, this list represents the top 100 personal development blogs for 2013.

The tricky thing is these lists are always quite subjective. I’ve found that the longer the site has been around, the more visitors the site gets and therefore the more comments and more votes e.t.c. Although we had only been around for 4 months, The Start of Happiness was recently recognised as the 3rd best personal development blog for quality. To me, that’s what it’s all about.

However, because of the subjective nature of measuring quality, the top 100 personal development blogs for 2013 is different. What I have provided is a list of personal development blogs that rank from the ‘biggest’ with the most traffic to the ‘smallest’. This list will provide you a clear indicator of how large a website is and its relative importance.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the larger the site does not necessarily indicate that the site is of better quality. Generally, you will find that the larger sites have been around for longer and many of them have multiple contributors. In saying that, the top sites have lasted the test of time and continue to have strong readership so they must be doing something right.


How to Use This List

There are a tonne of awesome websites here, in fact, there are 100 of them. If they were not awesome, they wouldn’t be listed here.

If you’re looking to make 2013 your best year yet, you’re going to drown if you try to read all 100 of these blogs.

My suggestion is to go through them all at least once. Try finding 2 or 3 blogs that really resonate with you. Which blogs are most closely aligned to what you’re trying to achieve in your life? Which ones are providing you the right information to help you now and into the future?

Blogs and websites can change over time. If you feel you’re after something different, pop back to this list and check out a couple of others.

Over the past few months, I’ve got to know quite a few of the personal development bloggers on this list and I can say that I’m highly impressed with what they are doing and where they are going.


How The Top 100 Personal Development Blogs are Ranked

As I mentioned above, this list ranks the personal development blogs from the ‘biggest’ with the most traffic to the ‘smallest’.

There are two primary tools for doing this.

Firstly, you have Alexa rank of the website. Alexa provides a relative ranking of each website based on the number of visitors it receives. A rank of 1,000 would mean that the site is the 1,000th most visited site on the internet. Just so you know, Google’s rank is #1, Facebook is ranked #2 and YouTube is ranked #3. The Top 100 Personal Development Blogs are ranked by Alexa scores (as of January 2013).

Secondly, you have Google Page Rank. Google Page Rank is one of the tools Google uses to determine a sites relative importance. This is done primarily by how many quality backlinks the website has. Generally, a score of 4 or higher represents the site is of relative importance. The Top 100 Personal Development Blogs are not ranked by Google Page Rank, however I have included the PageRank of each for you to utilise if you wish (you can filter by this).

The accuracy of these tools has always been questionable when it comes to the detail, however when comparing more generally the relative size of a site they are very useful indicators.

Want to know what’s really cool? The Top 100 table is dynamic, meaning you can search for your favourite blog and see what it’s ranked and sort by any column, such as page rank or alphabetical order. This is your list. Make it so!

Without further ado, let me introduce you to the Best Personal Development Blogs for 2013!


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The Winners

If your blog is one of the Top 100, you have the honour of displaying one of the following badges on your site. This is the most comprehensive list of personal development blogs currently on the internet and I’m honoured to have you as part of this! Please pick a badge that suits your theme and simply use the code provided to add it to your site. (you may need to replace the inverted commas – “” on your own site for the image to work).

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The Top 100 Personal Development Blogs of 2013

RankWebsiteURLOwners' NameAlexa RankPage Rank
Official HostThe Start of Happinessstartofhappiness.comBrendan Baker160,0004
1Life Hack

lifehack.orgMike Vardy 7,307 6
2Steve Pavlina

stevepavlina.comSteve Pavlina 10,136 5

zenhabits.netLeo Babauta 10,376 6
4Marc and Angel Hack Lifemarcandangel.comMarc and Angel 15,488 5
5Michael Hyatt's Intentional Leadershipmichaelhyatt.comMichael Hyatt 18,654 5
6Pick The Brain

pickthebrain.comErin Falconer 20,018 5
7Dumb Little Man

dumblittleman.comJay White 24,297 5
8Tiny Buddha

tinybuddha.comLori Deschene 28,176 5
9penelopetrunk.compenelopetrunk.comPenelope Trunk 45,707 5
10The Art of Non-Conformitychrisguillebeau.comChrisguille Beau 46,790 5
11Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Aitchison 47,221 2
12The Positivity Blogpositivityblog.comHenrik Edberg
49,920 2
13Personal Excellencepersonalexcellence.coCelestine Chua 51,653 4
14Live Your Legendliveyourlegend.netScott Dinsmore 59,555 4
15Danielle LaPortedaniellelaporte.comDanielle LaPorte 59,842 5
16Paid to Existpaidtoexist.comJonathan Mead 64,441 5
17The Change Blogthechangeblog.comPeter Clemens 68,163 4
18The Happiness Projecthappiness-project.comGretchen Rubin 77,754 6
19Life Optimizerlifeoptimizer.orgDonald Latumahina 93,572 5
20Grow With Stacy

growwithstacy.comStacy Claflin 99,237 3
21Wake Up Cloudwakeupcloud.comHenri Junttila 109,942 4
22Prolific Livingprolificliving.comFarnoosh Brock 110,254 3
23A Daring Adventureadaringadventure.comTim Brownson 117,040 4
24Good Life Zen

goodlifezen.comMary Jaksch 121,126 5
25White Dove Books - Edwards 122,280 4
26The 30-Year Old Ninja30yearoldninja.comIzmael Arkin (Izzy) 122,608 2
27Jonathan Fieldsjonathanfields.comJonathan Fields 123,025 5
28Blog of Impossible Runyon 141,588 3
29Advanced Life Skillsadvancedlifeskills.comJonathan Wells 161,411 5
30The Bridge Makerthebridgemaker.comAlex Blackwell 163,895 4

raptitude.comDavid Cain 179,894 4
32The Skool of Life

theskooloflife.comSrinivas Rao 180,748 3
33Barrie Davenportbarriedavenport.comBarrie Davenport 193,237 3
34Abundance Tapestryabundancetapestry.comEvelyn Lym 223,095 5
35My Super Charged Lifemysuperchargedlife.comJeff Nickles 225,635 4
36Dragos Rouadragosroua.comDragos Roua 233,406 5
37Powered by Intuitionpoweredbyintuition.comAngela Artemis 242,758 3
38Infinite Evolution Centerinfiniteevolutioncenter.comStephanie Mulac 248,387 2
39The Bold Lifetheboldlife.comTess Marshall 258,418 3
40Alden Tan

alden-tan.comAlden Tan 259,919 3
41Inspired Gift Givinginspiredgiftgiving.comMarquita Herald 264,866 3
42Be More With Lessbemorewithless.comCourtney Carver 303,438 4
43Vidya Suryvidyasury.comVidya Sury 312,097 3
44Soul Speakjodichapman.comJodi Chapman 313,435 3
45Advanced Riskologyadvancedriskology.comTyler Tervooren 326,987 4
46Always Well Withinalwayswellwithin.comSandra Pawula 330,809 4
47Positive Provocationspositiveprovocations.comZeenat Merchant-Syal 331,873 3
48Rowdy Kittensrowdykittens.comTammy Strobel 338,372 5
49Deliberate Receivingdeliberateblog.comMelody Fletcher 342,124 2
50Shake Off the Grind

shakeoffthegrind.comJoe Wilner 360,024 3
51Meant to be Happy

meanttobehappy.comKen Wert 374,746 3
52Everyday Brighteverydaybright.comJennifer Gresham 433,941 3
53The Possibility of Todaypossibilityoftoday.comSibyl Chavis 437,073 3
54Reflecting A Life

reflectingalife.comElle Sommer 438,758 1

mazzastick.comJustin Mazza 456,531 3

thebounceblog.comBobbi Emel 457,152 3
57Craig Harper Harper 467,310 4

sensophy.comJacob Sokol 469,820 3
59Alex Shalmanalexshalman.comAlex Shalman 484,219 4
60Positively Present

positivelypresent.comDani DiPirro 494,472 4
61Deva Coachingdevacoaching.comSandi Amorim 510,099 2
62A Life On Your Termsalifeonyourterms.comLiz Seda 522,728 2
63Personal Success Factorspersonal-success-factors.comStephen Borgman 570,199 3
64Make It Happenarvinddevalia.comArvind Devalia 578,788 3
65The Zen Mama's Blogzen-mama.comBetsy Henry 608,620 2
66In Pursuit of Happinessinpursuitofhappiness.netBritt Reints 621,666 4
67Self Exceed

selfexceed.comDennis Do 624,754 2
68Optimistic Lifestyleoplife.orgRoman Soluk 630,486 3
69The Un-Losttheunlost.comTherese Schwenkler 636,695 3
70Urban Monk

urbanmonk.netUrabn Monk 665,777 4
71Life on The High Wirelifeonthehighwire.comDeonne Kahler 854,283 3
72Evolving Beings

evolvingbeings.comEvita Ochel 856,185 3
73Unlimited Choice Sodha 858,139 4
74How to be Happyhow-tobehappy.comTJ Chasteen 863,002 2
75Vibe Upmarcus-baker.comMarcus Baker 881,896 2
76Hustlers Notebook

hustlersnotebook.comJ K Allen 914,021 3
77Happier Human

happierhuman.comAmit Amin 917,444 2
78The Self Improvement Blogtheselfimprovementblog.comIrene Conlan 942,711 3
79Mind Mediaamindmedia.comAnne-Sophie Reinhardt 947,458 2
80Life for Instance

lifeforinstance.comLori Gosselin 986,500 2
81Pavlina Papaloukapavlinapapalouka.comPavlina Papalouka 1,065,379 0
82Momentum Gatheringmomentumgathering.comKatie Tallo 1,066,166 4
83Bright Little Socks

brightlittlesocks.comIris Barzen 1,068,190 2
84The Daily Awethedailyawe.comLindsay Curtis 1,071,427 0
85Lucid Abilitylucidability.comJamie Alexander 1,098,921 3
86Momentum Gatheringmomentumgathering.comKatie Tallo 1,111,865 4
87A Flourishing Lifeaflourishinglife.comGain Brenner 1,151,251 5
88Miz Melizmizmeliz.comMelissa Reyes 1,167,032 1
89Victor Schuellervictorschueller.comVictor Schueller 1,240,696 2
902 Achieve Your Goals2achieveyourgoals.comDia Thabet 1,435,205 2
91Practically Intuitive

practicallyintuitive.comLisa 1,468,108 2
92Psycholocrazypsycholocrazy.comJamie Flexman 1,479,353 1
93Fred Tracy

fredtracy.comFred Tracy 1,493,593 2
94Inspiration From The Heartsuziecheel.comSuzie Cheel 1,519,139 2
95Simple Mindfulnesssimplemindfulness.comPaige Burkes 1,580,524 2
96Alison Goldenalisongolden.comAlison Golden 1,587,079 2
97Deep Existencedeepexistence.comStephen Guise 1,657,636 3
98Radiant Soul Space

otitijasmine.comOtiti 1,856,797 2
99The Soul Agencysarupashah.comSarupa Shah 1,931,905 2
100Mind Adventuremindadventure.comRob White 2,027,347 0


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  1. says

    Thank you for taking the time to compile this list, Brendan. It is great to have my site included. I have had absolutely no idea prior to reading this post.

    Wishing you every success!

  2. says

    That was very thoughtful of you to create the best personal development blogs of 2013. To make your list is a true honor and I really appreciate it.

    I like the way you set this up and it is a fair measure of value for sure. It must have taken you a long time to do this and I will be sure to share this link as well.

    Take Care.
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  3. says

    Thank you, Brendan. A wonderful labor of love. I know almost everyone on the list and am looking forward to visiting those I don’t. The world is full of friends.

    I appreciate you letting me know.

    Love, Vidya
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  4. says

    I know it’s a tremendous amount of work to put a list like this together. So I really want to thank you for gathering all these incredible resources together in one place. I appreciate your intention to compile a list of the best blogs to help people progress toward achieving their goals and their ideal life. I’m honored that you have included my blog among all these luminaries. Wishing you the best.
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  5. says

    Congratulations to the awesome and deserving folks featured in this list. I’d like to make special mention of Stacy ( @ #20 of the The Top 100 Personal Development Blogs of 2013). I’m a follower/fan. Of course I’ve also been a lurker at Steve Pavlina’s for years.

    Thanks for this list. It also gave me a list of other exceptional people to follow.
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  6. says

    Hi Brendan
    Fantastic resource you have compiled there. Thanks for making it available and for including the Inspiration blog. Just a quick correction if I may: the Inspiration blog has actually been PR4 for some time now. If you could edit the entry, I would be grateful as I am sure people will be using the useful pagerank sorting facility you have incorporated.
    Thanks again and best wishes,
    Will :)
    Will invites you to read..Top 100 Personal Development BlogsMy Profile

  7. says

    Wow…what an honour to be in this list…I launched this blog in September 2012…after years of playing around believing if I wrote when the urge took me, which inevitably was very un-often (LOL) that would be enough…and yet it was making me feel frustrated … and since I rebirthed my blog I have been blown away with the impact and conversation and now this award…and thank you Brendan – I can’t wait to go through the list and check out the other amazing & inspiring bloggers ;)
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  8. Melissa Reyes (Miz Meliz) says

    What an honor! What a surprise! Thank you so very much for including my blog on this list!
    I noticed I was getting some traffic from your blog so I thought I would check it out. Being on the “small” end, I was not sure what that could be about. Imagine my joy booming as I found this list! I am just thrilled. It’s lovely to be recognized in this way. I appreciate it very much. Blessings to you Brendan for taking the time and energy and for helping others in a genuinely caring way.
    Melissa Reyes (Miz Meliz) invites you to read..What Makes You Happy? #MizMelizMy Profile

  9. wanxuan says

    Hi Brendan, I’ll like to vote Personal-Development-Coach(dot) Net as one of the best personal development blogs of 2013. ^_^ This blog (not written by me) discusses more about spirituality but also contains many useful articles on self improvement. One of my favourite articles is “Do you work to survive or thrive?” Btw, I’m overjoyed to see Celes in the list as well :D

  10. says

    Hey Brendan,
    Kudos! You really did a painstaking job putting this great list together out of over 200million blogs on the internet.Although i can’t seem to see much or any personal development blog from Africa on the list, I believe this is a great resource to help every blogger in the self help /personal development niche. i will take time to visit this sites for my personal growth and i will not hesitate to share this with my gradually growing audience.Thanks once again
    I hope to make it to this great company this year.

  11. says

    Thanks for a great list. I will definitely be visiting most of this blogs on the list, as i am preparing for my best year yet in 2013. Some of my favorite ones are already on the list.
    Thanks for the list!
    Lisa invites you to read..Adiphene ReviewMy Profile

  12. says

    What an honor to be included in your very impressive list! I feel bad this is so late in coming but I only found out about this when a reader left a comment about it last week. Finally took the opportunity to track the post down and what a lovely surprise! I’m familiar with many of the excellent blogs on your list, but there are others new to me so I’m looking forward to visiting each and expanding my personal growth horizons. Thanks again!
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  13. says

    Hi Brendon
    Many many thanks for helping us with such a great list. I hope to visit everyone of them to learn and draw valuable information for my blog as well.

  14. says

    My favorite blog is definitely The Change Blog. All of the articles there are incredibly personal and you just really internalize the advice simply because it hits home, or at least for me anyway. That’s pretty much my answer for all three questions you posed. I learn a lot about myself from reading their stories because reading them, I reflect and understand why I do what I do based off of their point of view. It’s really just a great blog overall and it’s different from the others due to that heavy, personal touch.

  15. says

    Thanks for putting this list together. I was already familiar with many of these blogs but I’m what you could call a personal development junky and now I’m in Heaven. =)

  16. says

    A huge thanks to Brendan for putting this list together. I found some really great blogs on this list. Much appreciated!!

  17. says

    What a great list! It’s fun to see some familiar names, and I look forward to getting to know some new folks, including you! You and I both write about happiness, so I’m especially excited to read more of your blog and have now marked it as a favorite.. A project like this is a lot of work. so many thanks to you for the effort you put into it.
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  18. says

    Wow! I had no idea I had made the list! yay! Thank you so much.
    I know many lovely bloggers here and would love to connect further with the many I still dont :) Thank you for taking the time to put this together.
    Its weird cause i had never bothered to check my Alexa rankings etc. But all good to know.
    Lovely connecting with you.
    Much Love,
    Zeenat(Positive Provocations) invites you to read..The 3 P’s of Happiness and SuccessMy Profile

  19. says

    Hi Bredan

    Great job compiling this list.

    You are right when mentioning looking through the list and finding something that resonates with someone but the most important thing to me is to incorporate things into your life that will uplift and inspire others and yourself, even if it’s only a small thing like drinking a health shake every morning or say thank you to someone at least once per day. :)
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  20. says

    Hi Brendan,
    I had no idea there was so much information available… Glad to see i’m not alone after all, it makes all the difference just knowing there’s so much help out there. Thank you :-)

  21. says

    Great list Brendan.
    I personally enjoy StevePavlina more than all the others there and feel that many from the top ten actually went down to regurgitating the same old stuff. Steve is different in the sense that he delves so deep into a topic that there is no point in looking for another resource. Great thing to see a personal development legend among bloggers.

    Penelope Trunk is also great, and Scott Dinsmore is kinda on the rise. His writings are so powerful and win affability by promoting optimism backed by both logic and science.

    Here is something I believe you and the readers here will enjoy quite a lot. An article titled “The blogosphere on 2013″ which I made by asking 42 bloggers and online giants to share their advice for this year.

    The blogosphere became the ultimate platform for sharing ideas when it comes to personal development. I planed on doing a research about the chronology of personal development and it is fascinating to see how much the blog as a form has contributed to shifting the landscape in this industry.
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  22. says

    Oh, and btw I cannot seem to find Tim Ferriss’s blog “The four hour week” on the list. This guy is the ultimate self-learning machine. Flawless methodology when it comes to self-improvement. And a lot of great articles that go in incredible length describing all of his endeavors.
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  23. says

    It was a real surprise to find such a comprehensive list of quality sites. I have seen very few if any of them until recently when I went looking for self development sites. So often we are lulled into a sense of complacency, especially as we grow older, so it is good to be challenged once again by your efforts. I know how much work goes into preparing such a list and keeping it up to date. It will certainly be part of my regular site visiting now.
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  24. says

    Awesome list! Thanks for taking the time to compile this. I follow some of these and can’t wait to check the others out.

    Also, I love your blog in general and feel such a resonance with your content. If you’re ever looking for guest bloggers, I’d love to contribute!

    Keep up the wonderful work.

    – Stephanie

  25. says

    Thanks for the list. Isn’t it amazing how much good information and advice that is available at the click of the mouse and the majority of people are unaware of? I am always amazed at how we have so much knowledge and take little action. I have found some of the listed blogs quite inspiring over the years.
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  26. says

    This is the best list ever:) Thank you so much for providing us with this great collection . Now if we could only give you an award!


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