Want to start a blog, but not sure what type of blog to start? Maybe seeing the best personal blogs will help you decide if starting a personal blog is right for you.
In this blog post, I’m going to share the best personal blogs with you by showcasing 20 examples to help spark your creativity and inspire you. But before I get started, let me go over the different types of blogs you can start first.
What are the different types of blogs?
There are a few different types of blogs. Namely, personal blogs, business blogs, niche blogs, news blogs, and multi-author blogs.
The main theme of a personal blog is the author. While a personal blog may focus on one topic, most talk about different things. For example, a personal blogger can talk about food, fashion, travel, and their daily life.
The reason why personal blogs are so popular is because of the freedom to write about anything you want. After all, readers tune in to get the latest updates from the author herself/himself.
Many businesses start a blog to keep their customers informed on the latest news from their business. But some companies take blogging to another level and actually write great industry-related content. Since businesses already have a lot of backlinks, it makes it easier for them to rank their blog content in Google.
A niche blog is one where the blog author only writes about one narrow topic. For example, Do Six Figures is a niche blog where I write about all things blogging.
While you can blog about anything you want, not all niches make money online. For example, a blog about goldfish isn’t going to earn you a penny. But a high-traffic food blog can make money with ads.
News blogs can write about the latest news in a particular industry. For example, a tech blog can write about the latest smartphones while a stock market blog can write blog posts about market trends.
I don’t recommend starting these types of blogs because they can be hard to manage. Imagine having to come up with new content every few days? Then, after your content is published, it becomes outdated by the end of the week! Plus, it can be difficult for a news blog to build an audience without getting personal.
Rather than focus on the personal life of the blogger, a multi-author blog stays away from anything personal. A multi-author blog can be about one or many topics, but the blog’s focus is on the article’s topic.
Since different writers are publishing content, the reader connects with the content rather than the author. For that reason, multi-author blogs don’t quite attract the loyal audience a personal blog attracts.
Best personal blogs: 20 examples
Jenny Lawson, also known as The Bloggess, has grown her blog from a small personal blog about her life and health into a full-blown brand. She’s written multiple extremely popular books that have made the New York Times Bestseller list and have gotten her featured on the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and The Today Show to name a few.
James Breakwell, the personal blogger behind Exploding Unicorn, blogs about his life, parenting, and the growth that comes with it. With published books and a strong Twitter and Facebook presence, he uses humor to help others through the more trying moments of parenthood.
Danielle LaPorte began with a personal blog that has grown into an international business. Her website hosts her personal blog, podcast, and her wide range of lifestyle products and services.
She’s been named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes and is a member of Oprah’s Super Soul 100 group. On her blog, she writes about how to find your inner feelings and desires to become the person you most want to become.
Dana, the blogger behind The Minimalist Baker, has millions of followers on her food blog. Her notoriously easy-to-make recipes help countless families get a good meal on the table quickly (and with minimal cleanup)
As society makes us busier by the day, and with so many things that take up our time, homemade meals are an important part of family time. Her recipes and books make it easier to make good meals faster and with fewer ingredients, most of which can already be found in your pantry.
The Book Smugglers is a highly popular blog that covers book reviews and book-related topics for everyone. Covering both fiction and nonfiction, including comic books and all other forms of reading material, this blog provides great ideas for your next read and provides a great reminder that readers are never alone.
Kimchi Mamas is a blog run by a group of moms who all share their experiences and life raising kids. Their blog includes recipes, parenting, and everything in between. This blog is well-rounded and provides many different points of view from its contributors.
Tech Savvy Mama is a blog following an entire family and their lives in the age of technological advancements and social media. This personal blog puts a focus on STEM discussions and navigating life as a parent in today’s age.
Gala Darling is a strong role model who says what others may not about the mental health struggles that affect people every year. Open about her own struggles, she uses humor as she covers the hard issues while providing hope and reminding people they aren’t the only ones with these mental health issues.
Pinch of Yum, run by the husband and wife team of Lindsay and Bjork, share their own beautifully crafted recipes on their blog. Built over many weekends and late nights at home, Lindsay has now left her day job behind and transitioned to full-time work on her blog.
Glo, creator of The Blog Abroad, combines travel adventures with humor. As a full-time blogger, she travels around the world and shares high-quality photographs all the while keeping an upbeat, positive attitude. She has now moved on from her blog to the next challenge in life, but I wanted to keep this one up as a great example of a personal blog.
Frugalwoods shares a family’s experiences and ideas on how to live a homesteading life. With great ideas, parenting tips, and posts on homesteading, this well-rounded blog is full of ways to help families save money and live a frugal life.
James Clear runs a website full of ways to improve your major life decisions. Follow his blog and you’ll learn how to make changes and live the life you really want. James, an author and life coach, writes on his personal blog about how to create positive habits and be more productive without working more hours.
Leo Babauta from Zen Habits runs this personal blog about life as a minimalist. His blog focuses on productivity, simplifying things, and remaining mindful.
Riskology provides support and guidance for introverts who are (or who want to be) leaders. It covers taking risks and how to assess them, decision-making, and leadership skills. As an introvert himself, the writer has left his comfort zone to help others do the same.
Mr. Money Mustache started as a personal blog on managing money. MMM started this blog in his 30s after retiring early and now runs this blog full-time.
Cookie and Kate is a blog that provides recipe options for vegetarians. With her dog Cookie, Kate has released her first cookbook and keeps her blog up to date with food trends and smart choices.
David Lebovitz has a personal blog full of recipes and professional-looking photographs for all his posts. Even with his own books being published, he runs the blog full of recipes, interviews, and tips on food and travel.
Design for Mankind shares stories and personal experiences of author and mother of three Erin Loechner. She shares her journey of homeschooling, parenting, and finding ways to build downtime in life and slow down.
The Everywhereist shares many little pieces of life from great tweets that have gained tons of attention to recipes that succeeded and some that failed, and everything in between. A true personal blog, The Everywhereist shows Geraldine’s fun personality and it shines through in her new book as well.
Cup Of Jo is another personal blog that covers all the things that interest Jo, the creator of this blog, and many other moms as well. On this blog you’ll find recipes, parenting tips, style, and anything else that grabs her interest. This blog has since expanded to a team to help with content and photos. But at the root, it’s still very much Jo’s personal blog.
Wrapping it up
Hopefully, this blog post on the best personal blogs has got you thinking of starting a personal blog of your own. When you put your heart into your blog and share your personal journey, it will open so many doors for you. The days of creating a blog to dryly share information are over. I find it’s far better to create a personal blog where you share your unique tips, gleaned from personal experience.
Until next time,