The official Top 100 Personal Development Blogs is back!

Damn, I love this time of year. It’s all about setting your year up for massive success and what better way of doing that then presenting you with the best personal development blogs for the year. In fact, we bring you the Top 100!

This is the fifth year that we have compiled the Top 100 personal development blogs and every year we see more and more blogs adding great value to people all around the world.

I must say, because of all the awesome value that everyone is putting out there on the internet, it is getting harder and harder for personal development bloggers to make this list. So if you have made the list of the Top 100 personal development blogs this year then I, and everyone else, give you HUGE congratulations!

Now, more than ever, is the perfect time to regain focus on what you truly want in life and ensure you have the strategies and support you need to be successful at it too. The turn of the New Year gives us a clear time to separate the past and move forward into the future.

That’s why I love this time of year. It’s the perfect time for creating new habits, setting your goals and making real change in your life.

Being a student of the personal development industry most of my life, I’m always on the lookout for the latest and greatest resources to not only implement into my own life but to also share with those around me. Since I’ve been running my own business I’ve fallen more and more into the well of personal development and self-improvement and I absolutely love it! With the internet now a common place for everyone and the ‘free economy’ being born, it’s amazing to know that what was once hidden from the majority of people and limited to a select few people paying $5,000 to access information at a weekend seminar, this information is now mostly widely available for free on the internet or at least at a much more affordable price.

The key to all this information is being able to pull what’s relevant for you and being able to apply that information in a systematic and successful way that will lead you towards your desired life.

The Best Personal Development Blogs

I feel honoured to know that over the last few years I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know a lot of the blog owners in this list and share some great experiences with them. But not only that, there are so many of you making an impact in this world through your personal development blogs I can certainly say that after sifting through each and every self-improvement blog, I’m highly impressed with everyone’s work!

It is somewhat tricky putting together a list of the Top 100 personal development blogs as it can be rather subjective in nature. To avoid this, I’ve removed any of my own opinions or judgements and let pure metrics do the talking.

As with previous years, what I have created is a list of personal development blogs that rank from the most trafficked (largest number of visitors) down to the least trafficked. This list will provide you with a clear indication of how large a website is and its relative importance in the personal development blogosphere. Keep in mind, even though the blogs towards the bottom are the ‘least trafficked’, they are still within the Top 100 out of hundreds and thousands of personal development blogs out there on the internet (if not more!).

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that a larger site (a site ranked towards the top) does not necessarily indicate that the site is of better quality. Generally speaking, you will find that the larger sites have been around for longer and have more blog posts and content being crawled by Google. Because of this, they are sure to have larger audiences. In saying that, however, the top sites have lasted the test of time and continue to have strong readership so they must be doing something right!

Also, we do have a number of new blogs now ranking in the Top 100 that only started a year or two ago… massive congrats to these high achievers!

One thing to add, it always makes me smile when I see other people creating Top Personal Development Blog lists… because they’re almost an exact copy of this list! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? This is the fifth year our official list has been compiled and we continue to make it more comprehensive each year.

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How to Use This List

This is YOUR LIST.

This is a resource that I encourage you to save and come back to on a regular basis. As we progress throughout the year we all face different challenges and often those challenges have already been faced by others elsewhere in the world. That’s when I suggest you return to this list and find the right blog to guide you.

Each personal development blog is unique and has its own style and purpose. You will also find that you will resonate strongly with some blog owners and their content and perhaps less so with others. For this reason, there is a wide variety of blogs on the list; including business, career and work, happiness, health, productivity and more. The one thing in common is that they all are themed around self-improvement.

My recommendation to you is to browse through each of the blogs below at least once and then pick out the two or three blogs that really resonate with you.

Think about the below questions as you sift through each blog:

  • Which blogs are most closely aligned to what you want to achieve in life?
  • Which author has accomplished something that you would like to accomplish?
  • Which blogs can help you right now in life and which ones might help you in the future?

Be sure to subscribe to their content and make personal development a key focus for you this year. It’s like having a free mentor or coach.

How The Top 100 Personal Development Blogs are Ranked

The Top 100 Personal Development Blogs are ranked in order from the most-trafficked (largest number of visitors) to the least-trafficked (although the smallest in this case is still a Top 100 Blog!)

There are two primary tools that have been used for determining this ranking.

Firstly, I have used the Alexa rank of the website as the primary ranking method. Alexa provides a relative ranking of each website based on the number of visitors it receives. A rank of 100,000 would mean that the site is the 100,000th most visited site on the internet. With the millions and millions of websites on the internet, such a ranking is classified as pretty good! Just so you know, Google’s rank is #1, Facebook is ranked #2 and YouTube is ranked #3.

Secondly, I have included Similar Web Rank. Similar Web is another online tool that was mentioned to me on a number of occasions as a more accurate tool for determining website traffic. Interestingly, I found that when compiling this list, the Alexa and Similar Web rankings were almost perfectly correlated.

This then led to the Average Rank. The Average Ranks is simply the average between the Alexa and Similar Web ranks.

People often question the validity of such tools, however, when comparing more generally the relative size of a website they are quite accurate and very useful indicators. Other tools might indicate that a lower-ranked blog in our Top 100 is infact larger than a higher-ranked blog, but generally speaking, the Top 10 websites will always be larger than those ranked 10-20, and those ranked 10-20 will always be larger than those ranked 20-30 etc. To sum it up, the larger and more trafficked sites will always tend to be ranked higher regardless of the tool being used.

Do you want to get really funky with the Top 100 blogs? I’m pleased to let you know that the Top 100 table is dynamic. This means that you can search for your favourite blog to see where it is ranked and sort by any column, such as page rank or alphabetical order. This is your list. Have fun with it!

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The Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to every blogger that has made this Top 100 list! I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world.

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URLOwner's NameAverage Rank
1Life HackLeon Ho2,711
2Elite DailyGerard Adams5,537
3GreatistDerek Flanzraich7,533
4The Art of ManlinessBrett McKay8,411
5Mind Body GreenJason Wachob9,139
6Brain PickingsMaria Popova13,634
7Tiny BuddhaLori Deschene19,733
8Four Hour Work WeekTim Ferriss20,349
9Darren DailyDarren Hardy26,838
10Mark MansonMark Manson32,634
11ZenHabitsLeo Babauta32,716
12Nerd FitnessSteve Kamb33,222
13I Will Teach You to be RichRamit Sethi35,668
14Good Men ProjectLisa Hickey38,679
15James ClearJames Clear38,891
16Chris KresserChris Kresser44,785
17Brian TracyBrian Tracy46,741
18The Positivity BlogHenrik Edberg46,999
19Michael Hyatt's Intentional LeadershipMichael Hyatt51,190
20Keep Inspiring MeDarcie Connell54,724
21Marc and Angel Hack LifeMarc and Angel57,256
22Addicted 2 SuccessJoel Brown62,653
23Barking Up the Wrong TreeEric Barker63,529
24Pick the BrainErin Falconer63,562
25PsyBlogJeremy Dean63,651
26Becoming MinimalistJoshua Becker66,388
27Personal ExcellenceCelestine Chua71,088
28Live Bold and BloomBarrie Davenport75,411
29Steve PavlinaSteve Pavlina76,832
30Dumb Little ManJay White81,129
31Marie ForleoMarie Forleo81,511
32Science of PeopleVanessa Van Edwards86,010
33Derek SiversDerek Sivers94,278
34Scott H YoungScott Young98,734
35Robin SharmaRobin Sharma105,027
36Bold & DeterminedVictor Pride109,823
37Steven AitchisonSteven Aitchison113,562
38ActualizedLeo Gura118,510
39No Meat AtheleteMatt Frazier120,725
40Project Life MasteryStefan Pylarinos123,111
41Daring to Live FullyMarelisa Fábrega127,960
42Success ConcioscunessRemez Sasson129,706
43Asian EfficiencyAaron Lynn and Thanh Pam144,968
44The Charged LifeBrendon Burchard148,010
45The Happiness ProjectGretchen Rubin149,010
46Planet of SuccessSteve Mueller149,186
47Penelope TrunkPenelope Trunk154,381
48Robb WolfRobb Wolf161,217
49Be More With LessCourtney Carver161,838
50Write to DoneMary Jaksch164,678
51Jack CranfieldJack Cranfield174,067
52Ryan HolidayRyan Holiday175,494
53Motivation GridCris Nikolov179,217
54Skip PrichardSkip Prichard182,262
55Everday PowerNA182,510
56Live Your LegendChelsea Dinsmore186,276
57Develop Good HabitsSJ Scott188,505
58Purpose FairyLuminita D. Saviuc193,698
59Brain BloggerShaheen Lakhan219,615
60Location RebelSean Ogle222,510
61The Change BlogPeter Clemens223,890
62A Life of ProductivityChris Bailey229,010
63Life OptimizerDonald Latumahina241,956
64chrisguillebeau.comChris Guillebeau246,361
65Prolific LivingFarnoosh Brock264,661
66Louise HayLouise Hay267,510
67RaptitudeDavid Cain270,452
68InspiyrDan Cassidy288,581
69ProductivityistMike Vardy292,566
70Time Management NinjaCraig Jarrow294,576
71Deepak ChopraDeepak Chopra302,890
72FinerMindsAndrea Vega304,550
73Wake Up CloudHenri Junttila306,517
74The Urban MonkPedram Shojai 311,049
75Impossible HQJoel Runyon324,598
76Bullet Proof ExecDave Asprey333,105
77Start of HappinessBrendan Baker337,916
78Advanced Life SkillsJonathan Wells341,905
79Good Life ZenMary Jaksch344,124
80Paid to ExistJonathan Mead355,338
81Life Long LearnerScott Britton358,581
83Aha-Now!Harleena Singh360,949
84Dr Wayne DyerDr Wayne Dyer375,193
85Think Simple NowTina Su376,587
86The Emotion MachineSteven Handel396,302
87Productivity 501Mark Shead400,515
88Just Be RealTheo Ellis455,859
89Jonathan FieldsJonathan Fields456,994
90Yoga DorkJennilyn Carson489,965
91Sid SavaraSid Savara499,024
92Alden TanAlden Tan518,551
93Run to the FinishAmanda Brooks522,118
94Your Life Your WayTia Sparkles534,462
95Basic GrowthSimon Somlai544,038
96Start Gaining MomentumLudvig Sunstrom581,294
97Positive WriterBryan Hutchinson604,348
98The Bridge MakerAlex Blackwell628,018
99Thoughts on Life and LoveMandy Kloppers632,524
100Deliberate ReceivingMelody Fletcher703,681

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Now What?

The tools, strategies and support you need to live your best year ever are all here waiting for you. Now, it’s in your power to start living out your most inspired and desired life.

Only you can make the difference in your life this year. I give you full permission to make this your best year ever and apply what you need to from these blogs into your life.

If you need some instant motivation and inspiration, then make sure you check out the Top 100 Motivational & Inspirational Quotes for 2017.

If you want to get some actionable tools that you can implement into your life right now, make sure you access our Free Toolkit.

If you’re keen to make the Top 100 for next year, you might be interested in registering for my course: First 1000 Subscribers (currently open for enrollment but closing shortly).

Over to You!

Do you have a favourite blog on the list?

Which blogs do you find you get the most value from?

What other personal development resources do you use to live a better life?

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Here’s to making this year your best year yet!


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Brendan Baker

Brendan Baker is Australia's leading personal development blogger and and helps people build and grow online businesses based on their passions. He has created the Launch Your Life Academy and Your First 1000 Subscribers. Connect with Brendan: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

Brendan Baker is Australia's leading personal development blogger and and helps people build and grow online businesses based on their passions. He has created the Launch Your Life Academy and Your First 1000 Subscribers. Connect with Brendan: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

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  1. Excellent resources Brenden!! Appreciate you building awareness for people like me that are just entering the personal development community!! I am in education and feel the field could greatly benefit from a lot of this work.

  2. Excellent resources. I appreciate your efforts in preparing this huge list. I saved your post for future reference.

    with best wishes,

  3. It’s nice to have a compilation of the best personal development blogs. But that would be great if you add Inspiring on the list 🙂

  4. Great list, Brendan.

    I’ve just started my own personal growth blog:

    This nice list of best sites in this vertical will definitely help me with content ideas to write about. Thanks for taking time to putting together something like this, it’s monster!!!

    Keep your great work coming!



  5. First time visitor here.

    Made it an exercise to look up successful blogs in the area. You really made my life easy by compiling this great list! Always been a huge Tim Ferriss fan myself. If someone can help you, it’s definitely him.

    Thanks for the list. Will make sure to join the party earlier next year! 🙂

  6. Thanks for this Brennan! I’ve been looking for blog sites that I can follow. I don’t want to just follow anyone randomly. I want to follow people on who are on the top list. This definitely put me on that page. Thank you!

  7. Thanks for this awesome resource, but you misspelled Jack Canfield’s name. Thought you’d like to know. Anyway, I found some gems thanks to this post. 🙂

  8. I have always wondered how we take things for granted and do not appreciate a normal day. This read is a complete motivation pack for those of us who have it right there but cannot see it. We need this to up lift our spirit.

  9. This is a really thorough list of blogs. I’ve have also started a self improvement blog and Hope to be on next year’s list. If anyone is interested in reading it you can go to

  10. I’m surprised Steve Pavlina’s ranking is not higher. Lots of post and great reads on there. Just sayin…

  11. Great list! I’m following a selection of these personal development blogs on a regular basis. I would like to add Lifevise – https:/ as they provide great articles and courses!

  12. Great list of blogs, self-help is definitely booming online! What I think is going to be really interesting is which blogs are STILL around in say 2019. So many blogs pop up, but how many people keep them going?

  13. Thanks for compiling such a great list, I personally love Nerd Fitness (Steve has built a great community) and Dumb Little Man. I have a site too called if you get time to check it out. I’ll be sure to check the rest of these blogs out!

  14. The blogger who called her own shot!

    I may not be on this list yet but you will be seeing me in 2018!

    Thank you for inspiring and sharing!

  15. This is very resourceful in finding sites and authors that are inspiring and making a difference. They serve as motivation for others aspiring to be or actually just like them.

    Thanks. I’ll look forward to it next year.

  16. Great article. What a great view of the “market.” If you’re on any Personal or Business Success Quest this list is amazingly invaluable. If you want to move your life from an ordinary world to an extraordinary world just spend your time exploring and experimenting with this list. Readers it’s now up to you. You can’t whine anymore about “I don’t know where to start my Success Quest.” You now have a place. Start your information aggregation and exploring right here.Right here!!! Once again thank you very much for this article.

  17. Wow! Thank you for putting this awesome list together for us! Looks like I’ve got a lot of good reading to do.

  18. Brendan,

    Stumbled upon this list recently. Great resource!

    Not a lot out there that talks about personal blogs. Perhaps you should create a list of blogs that deal with inspirational experiences that don’t necessarily always provide advice. I have recently started one – – that has generated some level of interest.

  19. Ah come on! No on the list? What kind of list is this?

    Just kidding, but I guarantee I’ll be on the 2018 list. You heard it here first.

  20. Thanks for posting this list. I was amazed by how many websites I didnt actually recognize on the list. Which to me, shows a great deal of depth, breadth, and new sites to check out for new idea. I was looking for a guide like this to help me find a signal amongst the noise out there for self help. Much appreciated.

  21. Thank you very much for compiling this list…this is a great starting point for me and I look forward to having a look at these blogs!

  22. Hi Brendan,

    I’m trying to locate a book that I skimmed briefly years ago. I was in a library so I don’t know how old it may have been, but it didn’t look like an old book to me.

    Over the years I’ve realized that what little I read has influenced me and helped me more than I ever would have guessed. Since you said you are something of a student of the personal development/philosophy field, I was hoping the concept might ring a bell and maybe you can guess the book I read, or could point me in a promising direction.

    What I seem to remember is a list of questions to ask yourself in times of trouble or disappointment. Although there is a chance that I was taking notes and created the following list myself out of what I read:

    1) why am I unhappy? (If you aren’t sure, it’s important to try and find out)

    2) what did I want to happen instead? (Again, if you can’t answer, that’s telling)

    3) what all could I personally do to help get what I want/feel better? Did I actually do any of it? This one especially includes communicating well with other people that are involved.

    4) did I do anything that might prevent/make it harder to get what I want? How did I get in my own way?

    5) what do I think the other parties wanted? Why do I think they did/are doing what they did/are doing? Did I also contribute to unhappiness of theirs?

    …As I said it’s been years, and this is my own paraphrasing. I just wish I could read the rest of the book now that I know how helpful this little piece has been to me.

    Two final notes: first I’m aware that this is a similar concept to “Boundaries”, but I’m pretty sure I would remember it if that’s literally what I picked up that day.

    Second, there is a chance that what I read was a single essay from a collection of essays… in that case I’m not sure I’ll ever stand a chance of finding it.

    Thank you for any help you are willing to give, and I also want to say I’m glad to have this list of 100 blogs, I look forward to perusing them, even though I’ve mostly been totally off that topic.

  23. Celine Larue says:

    A new blog worth definitely mentioning is Conzurge ( do have some great content.

  24. Gosh Brendan. You’re too kind. THANK YOU so so SO much for including Prolific Living again this amazing list. You’re awesome. A million thanks! Keep up the fabulous work!

  25. Quick correction: It’s Jack CANfield, not CRANfield with an R. (#51). Love him. Great content always. Thanks for the list. I’ll be checking out many of these that are new to me.

  26. WOW!

    Thanks Brendan!

    This is a beautiful list of good personal development blogs for helping people like me to discover and understand the requirements and take some decisions.

  27. Hey Brendan – I’ve found so many great blogs to follow through this list over the last couple of years (including yours). Thanks a million. Shared it around, so much work:)

  28. Great list, Brendan. Thanks for taking the time to put together such an exhaustive list. My blog has only been around for a year now. I’m hoping to make this list one year soon.

  29. Brilliant, I have been searching for something like this since starting my personal development business. Fantastic, inspirational life changing content. I am literally in heaven!

  30. Hi Brendan,
    I feel honoured that my blog has been included in your top 100 list. That’s amazing – thank you! Blogging can be a solo pursuit at times and it is great to receive positive feedback.
    Mandy X

  31. Cool list. I follow some of these blogs myself and they are an inspiration for my own self-improvement blog. My blog is a way for me to keep a journal of stuff that interests me, stuff that I want to learn about as well as things I can teach others. I started it as a fitness blog (so hence the domain name), but have since expanded it to include a variety of different things, especially on mindset and history. So I renamed it Renaissance Man Journal and can be found here:

  32. This is a wonderful list that is very useful. Thanks a lot for compiling this!

  33. Hi Brendan,

    Thanks for putting this resource together… It’s superb! It’s very well researched and very easy to use. I am sure I’ll be coming back again soon.

    P.S. will you be updating it for 2017?

  34. That’s amazing. I have never seen such type of detailed, impartial and just list of motivational blogs. Thanks for doing justice and fair play. Great job in intj university VISIT US

  35. These are great bloggs when it comes to finding true success i what ever it is you want to do.
    it all starts with rewiring the mind!

  36. Thank you very much for this, Brendan! I’ve got good reads from your suggested blogs and it really is interesting and entertaining. Please if you’ve got more please tell me.

  37. Awesome, this type of list really motivate newbie blogger for better !

  38. Wow, Brendan; this is totally awesome! You give so much value here- it is like an oasis in the desert! I hope you’ll consider Answers from the Cosmos in 2017. It’s a short powerful blast of daily wisdom where thousands visit to contemplate, motivate and share:

  39. This list is exactly what I was looking for. Very thorough. Thanks for sharing!

  40. I love Elite Daily, Life Hack and Thought Catalog. I am sure my site will be comparable to these sites in 3 years 🙂 Great list of personal development blog by the way! Keep up the good work!

  41. I really like the list………..I really think these articles help people to stay motivated but the best way of motivation is self motivation……Though i really like your list and thanks for the information.

  42. Nice post. Thanks for sharing the awesome topics. If you want to learn more about outsourcing please visit my site.

  43. Fantastic list,this is a great collection of personal development blogs. thanx for sharing.

  44. Hey, this is probably the best collection of self-development blogs and this is going to help me a lot. Your blog has been a source of inspiration for me and I always try to apply your teachings in real life.

  45. Wow, fantastic checklist of blogs. I can not envision the length of time that should have required to develop that listing!

  46. What a great list, Amazing. 😀 You have really made this article wonderful and detailed by sharing some great personal development blogs.

    I personally read some of these blogs regularly and Harleena Singh’s blog Aha-Now is one of those. Thanks Brendan for sharing this great article with us. 😀

  47. Nice list.Still…I would have changed the order.In my opinion, nr.1 should be addicted2success and you should also include in the list. Peace 🙂

  48. Fantastic list Brendan! I see a lot of names that I recognize and interact with already. I’ll be adding a few more names to my list as well.

    Would love to be considered for 2017’s list. I’m encouraging young leaders at through articles and podcasts.

  49. That’s very inspiring.
    It’s great to have them all in one place.
    Thank you so much for this amazing resource.

  50. Wow. That’s amazing. I have never seen such type of detailed, impartial and just list of motivational blogs. Thanks for doing justice and fair play. Great job.

  51. Really a great and long list of self-help blog. Give me 12 months and you will rank my blog in this list next year!

  52. Once again thanks for putting together a wonderful resource for the personal development community.

  53. Definetely a great list. But doing is more important than reading.

  54. Awesome workd dude
    Keep doing this great stuff


  55. Amazing list!! Can’t wait to get stuck in, thanks so much!!!

  56. Fantastic list! I always love finding new things to feed my mind and soul, so thanks so much for providing all of these great resources to check out. Many of these are blogs that I’ve never even heard of. Looks like I have some reading to do!

  57. Thank you! An excellent list! I already follow a few of these blogs, but there are plenty more for me to visit now. Good work!

  58. Oh my god this list is great, and soo extensive!!! Cheers for the time for the time and well done to those making it for the second year.

  59. That’s really awesome. Congrats to those who made the list. I hope I make them it next year.

  60. Hey,Brendan..I used to Read Personality development blogs once in a week or twice.Just now i came across your blog and felt me that aha now also listed here.. One of my favorite inspiring blog.Thanks for enlisting here..However,the fact that harleena singh (author) also provide motivational ideas around our life. That’s why i stick her a lot. I would like to do for all the inspiring bloggers listed above and you for the same.. 🙂 I will be updated with you.Please clarify my doubts if may i ask..
    Thank you.

  61. Wonderful compilation Brendan.. We hope to make such list someday too.. #hardwork

  62. I see myself rejoicing over being picked as one of the top 100 in the next year. Hoping I can get the help of you Brendan to make that happen. Sizzle is necessary but I will not compromise my content to add cyber trash. What is a guy to do to break free and accomplish something great without losing the focus of the site?

  63. Thanks for provide great information About Personality Development Training and nice Experienced with You….Thank you very much….

  64. This should be called “Top 100 Most Marketed Personal Development Blogs Trying To Sell You Something.” Anybody looking for a real inspirational teacher who gets knee-deep in the secrets of efficiency and life-improvement should check out Steve Paulina

  65. Hi Brendan – there are some great personal development blogs that will probably never make it onto this type of list simply because they cover cutting-edge work and so they won’t have mass appeal (or high rankings on Alexa etc). For example, my own blog, Voice Dialogue and You!, has been a trusted resource for many years for people who do deep personal growth work and I’ve written popular articles for some of the blogs on your list (eg Tiny Buddha, Finer Minds). Yet I wouldn’t really expect Voice Dialogue to become popular any time soon because it deals with some psychological ideas that are only now being accepted and incorporated into psychology courses (although some of the concepts from Voice Dialogue have become mainstream such as the idea of inner selves as shown in the movie Inside Out). So, my request is that at some stage you compile a list of quality blogs that deal with the more leading-edge approaches to consciousness and personal development. Thank you and all the best with your journey as new parent (check out my posts on dealing with common parenting issues using Voice Dialogue!), Astra

  66. Oh wow! This is quite helpful. I’m spoilt for choice! This is all the motivation I will ever need

  67. Pretty! This has been an extremely wonderful post.
    Many thanks for providing this info.

  68. Hey Brendan,
    This is a great collection of personal development blogs. I have never read any posts from any of these sites and that’s going to change now.

  69. Very good ranking, i believe that my blog will soon be rank top, I have worked seriously on it, my blog is on inspiration and personal development that inspires, empower, motive and encourage towards overcoming challenges in life and becoming successful. visit my blog

  70. Thanks for sharing this list – I awesome to see so many people making a difference in this world. Good luck this year to everyone!

  71. Thank you Brendan! What a great list! This is exactly what I am looking for. Thanks a lot!

  72. Great compilation.. Perhaps, i need to work harder to make this list; someday soon

  73. Great Information!

    You made efforts to put the updated list of the top personal development blogs.

    Thanks for sharing your efforts!

  74. Thanks so much for this…it’ll definitely help going through all the ones available….you’ve simplified it for us. 🙂

  75. Hello Brendan !!
    Great collection of personal development blogs


  76. Thanks so much for writing this!

    It really helped me understand the playing field. I know it took a lot of work and this is exactly how I wanted it ranked.

    Will Chou

  77. Ameera Bousaid says:

    you have a collection of great list! 🙂 thank you. anyway, i may suggest a blog called Passion Sundays by Mustafa Hamwi – The passion guy .It is really motivational and inspirational 🙂

  78. Hey Brendon, great work buddy. I appreciate what you do. Thanks

  79. Ameera Bousaid says:

    Hello there! You have such a great list of happiness and inspirational blogs! You shouldve include Moustafa Hamwi – the passion guy ‘s blog entitled Passion Sunday! It includes great write ups and motivational articles. Thanks again for this!

    1. I’m a hundred percent agree about Passion Sunday.Honestly I’m a lazy person who does not do enough to develop myself but the passion guy changed that. His words are really inspiring. He should definitely be on the list.

  80. This List is truly amazing. I’m working hard to make it there one day!!! Check me out sometimes….

  81. this is such a great list. you got everyone of my favourites on the list. how lovely is that? nice post with much enlightening feeling of satisfaction to know that people are actually making impacts globally.
    much love, George.

  82. Great list. I’ve lost count of the amount of time I read through this list.

    I really want to focus on personal development as a career and I believe if I network effectively well with everyone on the list, I will find a place in the personal development world.

  83. I’ve loved looking at all of these blogs so much so, I’ve started my own! I’m not after loads of likes but I’d like to build a network of people who are going through the same thing and I know I could do with some encouragement!

    So if anyone wants to have a read, please visit my blog:

  84. Sasha Cohen says:

    This is a great blog post. I have been struggling with personal issues for 10 years and have found reaching out online to seek the advice of others has helped me through the good and bad time. I have always had relationship issues and have started to follow the advice of Dr. Robi Ludwig. I saw her on a tv show once and I really appreciated her take on current psychological issues. I have been following her twitter for updates and advice

  85. Hi,

    I’ve been actively engaged in promoting Positive Psychology and Science of Happiness through my blog Happiness India Project ( since 2014. I would be grateful if you drop by my site and find it useful enough to be mentioned in a minuscule way in your blog.


  86. This is an amazing resource, thanks for compiling Brendan! I just discovered your site (thanks to this list!) and it’s lovely to see another Aussie blogger 🙂 Have a wonderful 2016!

  87. Hi Brendan,

    Interesting and valuable list. Thank you. You might want to fix #68 though. It is Jack Canfield — not Cranfield.

  88. This is a very valuable post. The amount of valuable blogs and hidden gems here are too much to count! Keep up the hard work and creating great posts like this.

    All the best,
    Randy Parson [Health and Productivity Engineer, Big Picture Philosopher, Critical Thinker]

  89. I do a podcast where I read from many of these blogs (with their permission of course). So for anyone looking to hear personal development posts while you’re driving, etc. in quick, 10-minute episodes, instead of having to sit down and get in front of a computer to read them, search for Optimal Living Daily in your favorite podcast app!

    1. Hi,

      I’ve been actively engaged in promoting Positive Psychology and Science of Happiness through my blog Happiness India Project ( since 2014. I would be grateful if you drop by my site and find it useful enough to be mentioned in a minuscule way in your podcast Optimal Living Daily.


  90. Thank you for the awesome list Brendan

  91. I think leaving the personal and multi-authored blogs combined isn’t a problem. I can imagine it’d be difficult to parse out and at the end of the day it doesn’t matter if the content comes from multiple people or one. If it’s inspirational and aids in personal development I think it belongs on the list.

  92. I should say bravo like in a single word. This updated list is really helpful for getting all the bloggers altogether. Basically, I am owner of “Namaste UI” and follow some of blogger that you have mentioned in the list.

    Things like, this surely motivate all the new bloggers who are getting hike among the blogger’s platform. It would be really good if regular basis update stays constantly in this list. Thanks a lot.

    Sourav Basak [Blogger, Entrepreneur, Thinker]

  93. How much would you charge for advertising here, and would you be willing to participate in an affiliate joint venture? I have a hot new product integrating law of attraction with brain entrainment tech.

  94. Great post indeed, there are list given is more admirable and all kind of information is admirable, thanks for shared and I really enjoyed to reading this post.

  95. Thanks for this amazing list. I can say that this list is most helpful for the entrepreneurs out there.

  96. It’s just strange why you haven’t included Motivationgrid in the list. It has an alexa rank of 96 000 and also a Youtube channel with more than 300 000 subscribers and 40 000 000 views.

  97. Getting bunches of information from this post, thanks for shared and I really enjoyed to reading this post or used in further of personal development blog. Thanks once again!

  98. What’s up, everything is going sound here and ofcourse every one is sharing facts, that’s really good, keep up writing.

  99. This is a list of very inspirational creations. I’m going to visit most of them so I can learn from the creators. And maybe one day I’ll be on this list too.

  100. Hi, its pleasant piece of writing regarding media print, we all be familiar with media is
    a enormous source of facts.

  101. Great list, I’ve visited a few of these in past for inspiration.

    I recently started taking my own website in a self-improvement/life philosophy direction and hope it’ll take off from there.

    Feel free to check it out for the occasional read:

  102. One day I hope to join these illustrious ranks!

    I’ve a fair way to go, I’m ranked just inside the top 6 million at the moment haha

    Great resource to have all the top PD blogs in the one place.

  103. Thanks for such a wonderful compilation. You must have put a lot of work in there. I tweeted to have the PDF version downloaded. I actually want to take some time and visit each and every one in that list.


  105. Thanks for this aggregation Brendon, it’s really helpful. Knowing where to turn for reliable information on the Internet can be tricky. I’m sharing your list on my PPI FB page and look forward to diggin’ more of your goodness. To add to this discussion I’ve pulled together the Ulysses Contract along with other Free gratitude-building and mindfulness tools at, and in my new book “Putting Wisdom to Work~The Artful Science of Personal Policy for Mindful Living.” These have worked well for me, I hope you have a chance to check them out. ~j

  106. Thanks for sharing a great list of mind-blowing blogs!

    But I am doubtful about how you rank those blogs. You are determining the ranking of a site based on Page Rank (PR) and Alexa Rank. Well, PR is an outdated metrics now as google doesn’t update it since 2014 and won’t update in the future either. As for as alexa rank is concerned, it’s a misleading metrics (everybody know in the industry).

    I recommend, please use some other metrics like social engagement or on site engagement to measure a blog success.


  107. Hi,

    Could you please add our site to the list under the technology/science section?

    Our ‘Write For Them’ link

    My email is if you have any questions!

    Thanks so much!

  108. Beginners no longer have to google for “top self help” blogs. 😀

    This is a great list Brendan. You’re surely stamping your mark in the universe. 🙂

    Keep going. You’re lighting the way for the others. 🙂

  109. Great list! I’m glad to see that some of my favorites, like Pick the Brain and Tiny Buddha, made the cut. I’m also glad that I learned about so many other great sites.

  110. Thanks Brendan for compiling this awesome list. Thanks to all these bloggers who are bringing a positive change.

    I always love reading stuff on self growth and personal development. I have read many blogs from this list. I’ll definitely look out for others to gain more wisdom.

    I’d like to mention one more blog: buddytation. I came to know about it last week after I have read a story about stage four cancer patient.

    My favorite in this list are:

    James Clear
    Tiny Buddha
    Michael Hyatt

    Thanks again for spreading so much positivity all around. Hats off to your efforts.

  111. I just kick started my blog personality development blog.will soon u reach ,its because of your inspiring blog to make a personality development idea late night.. moreover these article… 🙂 Thanks BRENDAN for holding a better and better inspiring article from your blogs.. 🙂

  112. Hi Brendan,

    I was looking for a personal development blogs and stopped by your site. You have made my life easier by bringing a lists of all personal development blogs. Thanks for this fantastic list to kick start our 2016.

  113. I’ve started a blog on personal development, it’s great to have the list to see what’s we’re discussing about.

  114. Hi Brendan,

    Great resource! I was doing research on the personal development industry and you had everything here. Save me a lot of time. Thank you! 🙂

    But just for your information, I went through all the websites listed and noticed that Robin Sharma appear twice at #32 and #36.

  115. Christian Eaton says:

    What about high that has an alexa score of 27k?

  116. Brendan,

    Once again thanks for putting together a wonderful resource for the personal development community.

    I know these simple lists take some time and effort to put together to ensure you are not missing good blogs.

    Of course, on a personal level, it has been a privilege to make the list for the last few years, (not sure if this is the 3rd or the 4th showing here) regardless, it is an honor!!!

    Love the consistency of this annual list too! Keep up the great work.


  117. A fantastic list. Thanks Brendan! And this list was how I found you last year. In terms of ‘favourites’ I particularly like Mark Manson’s blog – I like his humour, his intelligence and his ‘call a spade a spade’ approach. But there are many I haven’t explored yet, so probably many gems still to discover.

    1. Thanks, Angela!

      Mark’s blog is great… always insightful I look forward to see where you take the Change Academy this year!

  118. Hello Brendan,

    Thanks for the awesome list to kick start our 2016 with such wonderful personal development blogs !

  119. No danger and play in this list?sad

  120. Hi Brendan,

    Let me start by thanking you for compiling such a wonderful list each year, and adding my blog to it as well. Feels great to be included each year, and hoping to do so in the coming years as well 🙂

    It’s always good to connect with other established bloggers, especially the ones we don’t know, and your post is always one looks forward to each year. We so appreciate the hard work and efforts you put into creating such a great resource for all.

    Thanks for sharing it with us, and wishing you and yours a very Happy & Prosperous New Year 🙂

    1. Harleena, it’s always such a pleasure to hear from you! You’ve grown and grown over the years and you’re completely dominating your arena at the moment… a huge congratulations and I can’t wait to see where you take things this year!

  121. Hey Brendan, thanks for putting together such a great list of personal development blogs. I’m really happy to see that this year Chantalle and I made it into the top 100 :). It feels a bit surreal to be included among such famous and established bloggers. Thanks to your list I’ve also now discovered a few other blogs that I’ll start following this year.

    1. Truly well deserved Bastiaan 🙂 It’s been great to get to know you a little and see your progression. Your definitely moving things forward really well. Nice work! 🙂

  122. Look forward to this list each year 🙂 It’s a great resource to find sites and authors that are inspiring and making a difference in the personal development space. Few of my favorites on here are, and Would love to make the list some day alongside these great writers.

    1. I love it Danii! Very diversified favourite blogs you have… great to see!

      I just checked out your website and you are doing some amazing things yourself… hopefully we’ll see you on the list next year 🙂

  123. Thanks so much for including me in your list, Brendan. I’ve been following your list since 2015. And I’m grateful to be among such a great list of bloggers. 🙂 Incredible resource!

    1. Theo… a MASSIVE congratulations to you my man! You truly live by your words… just be real. Nice work and it’s great to have you on the list 🙂

  124. Thanks for sharing this – always a great place to find new sources of motivation and inspiration!

    My goal for this year is to make it onto your next edition of this list!

    1. Hey Mathias! Great work on making a difference in this world… here’s to a massive 2016 for you so you can make the list next year 🙂

  125. Wow, almost missed it this year. Thanks so much for putting this together, Brendan, it’s the 3rd year in a row for me, and I have to confess that just being here, along with these personal development living legends, it’s a fantastic honor for me. And a huge incentive to do even better next year. Kudoz! 🙂

    1. Huge congrats, Dragos! Three years in a row is an absolute killer of a task… you’re definitely making a difference… congratulations and well deserved!

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