The Most Useful Bloggers on the Web

  • Useful People

    My guru recently suggested I try to be more positive in my writing, and in my “self-dialogue.” So, rather than highlighting some of my least favorite bloggers (hi, Michelle Malkin), this slideshow is dedicated to the real heroes of the blogosphere—personalities and writers producing useful, fun, insightful content for us on a regular basis. Bookmark these bloggers, add them to your RSS feed, welcome them into your life. You will be a smarter, wealthier and healthier human being as a result. Photo Credit: Ed Yourdon
    Seth Godin
  • Seth Godin

    Sneaky genius and bestselling author Seth Godin is a valuable resource for any small business owner or personality looking to grow and maintain an online audience. Sometimes we feel as if his posts are a bit intense, because he is a genius, but mostly he has killer marketing tips and amazing insights into the business cycle, Web 2.0 and life in general. Read him here. Photo Credit:
    Robert Scoble
  • Robert Scoble

    Nobody blogs about tech as Robert Scoble at Scobleizer does. If you want someone smart and well-connected to guide you through the quiet battle between Google, Facebook and the other online titans, get Scobleized. Read him here. Photo Credit: Phillie Casablanca
    Emily Gould
  • Emily Gould

    She has been posting to Emily Magazine (which she founded) since October 2005. And she also contributes to The Awl from time to time. It looks like Gould has intentionally slipped into semi-obscurity lately, or maybe she has just found a level of fame she is comfortable with, but we suspect that will change when her book And the Heart Says…Whatever gets closer to hitting shelves (it’s due out in May). Look to her for insightful book reviews, a dose of culture and interesting personal experiments... like a recent five-day detox from the Web, phone and electricity. A must-read personality. Read her here. Photo Credit: Wikimedia/Nightscream
    Paul Krugman
  • Paul Krugman

    Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman runs a pretty entertaining and enlightening blog over on We don’t always agree with him, politically, but he definitely has a knack for explaining complex issues—like Europe’s economic woes—in a way we can actually understand. He’s that cool Econ professor you wish you’d had in college, basically. Read him here. Photo Credit: doctorow
    Mary Rambin
  • Mary Rambin

    Offbeat health and lifestyle blogger Mary Rambin answers the cool questions you never realized you wanted to ask. Like, for example, what’s up with that hyperbaric oxygen therapy all the cool kids, and multi-millionaires, are getting these days? Rambin also covers fashion on her blog, and is the only blogger to livestream “coverage continuously from the tents at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in NYC.” A combination of access and smarts make her yet another must-read blogger, even if you hate fashion and being healthy, as I do. Read her here. Photo Credit:
    American Morning staff
  • American Morning staff

    Although CNN’s morning show, American Morning, is not exactly an individual, it does run an excellent blog. The show, which is anchored by Kiran Chetry and John Roberts, is arguably the best thing CNN has going for it these days—and the blog has tons of original content from American Morning contributors and producers. Read it here. Photo Credit:
    Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit
  • Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit

    Brand New, a division of Under Consideration, is a great blog to keep an eye on. It’s described as a site “to chronicle and provide opinions on corporate and brand identity work, focusing mostly on identity design and a modest amount of packaging. We cover redesigns and new designs. Nothing more, nothing less, what you see is what you get.” May not sound exciting, but all that means is that Armin and Bryony ridicule, praise and critique huge corporations when they redo their logos or brand identities. It’s entertaining, and I’ve learned a lot—makes me wish I had double majored in graphic design, actually. Read them here. Photo Credit: Brand New
    Zachary Quinto
  • Zachary Quinto

    TV star and Star Trek’s young Spock has a blog where he interacts with fans regularly and gives insights into the Hollywood life. He’s undoubtedly our favorite famous blogger named Zach, now that Zach Braff no longer updates his blog. (Seriously, where did you go? We’ve seen you absent-mindedly ambling through Union Square before, with your dog, so clearly you have the time to resuscitate that blog and post hilarious things again. You should.) Read Zachary Quinto here. Guilt Zach Braff into posting again here. Photo Credit:
    Krazy Coupon Lady
  • Krazy Coupon Lady

    Krazy or not, we like Krazy Coupon Lady. As a personal finance site, we respect her deal-seeking moxie. She will save you a lot of money. Read her here. Photo Credit: Krazy Coupon Lady
    Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Gary Vaynerchuk

    Big-time wine entrepreneur and social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk is both inspiring and useful. He turned his “family’s local wine business into a national industry leader” and built a successful online wine TV program viewed by more than 80,000 fans per day. I liked wine before Vaynerchuk came along, and I love it now that I actually know what I'm talking about. Vaynerchuk's wine wisdom has probably saved me many times before. Read him here. Photo Credit: earcos
    Madisyn Taylor
  • Madisyn Taylor

    Armchair New Age enthusiasts will enjoy reading the daily blog, and accompanying e-mail newsletter, of Madisyn Taylor. Each day you get a new “DailyOM”—a fairly succinct essay about some aspect of life, and how to bring greater “awareness” or a new Zen perspective to the situation. She isn't the first person to do something like this, but she's the best. Her essays can really de-stress you and give the jolt of insight you need. Read her here. Photo Credit:
    Anthony Bourdain
  • Anthony Bourdain

    Bourdain, of Travel Channel fame, runs a pretty awesome blog with behind-the-scenes info on his show and life. The blog is unpolished, raw and real; we would expect nothing less. Read him here. Photo Credit: Travel Channel
    Bill Gates
  • Bill Gates

    Part of his foray into the personal Web (he more famously joined Twitter recently), billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates also has a new uber blog, The Gates Notes. It’s a bit too serious for me at times, because I am a shallow idiot, but I have it bookmarked... and it shows promise. Hopefully he’ll cut down on the talk about vaccines and H1N1 pandemics (yawn) and, instead, start critiquing Ke$ha music videos and taking iPhone photos of himself at parties on the Lower East Side. Well, I doubt he'd be caught dead with an iPhone, but regardless. Plus, he needs a cool nickname that the kids can relate to... MS-DO$ maybe. We'll talk, Gates. Read him here. Photo Credit: World Economic Forum
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