One of the questions I get asked often is “What do you read?” It’s a tough one, because I consume almost one book a week, about 200+ RSS feeds, a constant Twitter stream, and more. Amazingly, I seem to keep up with all of it for now, and I think it’s important for someone in my position to do so and stay updated.
The “regular” consumer of personal finance, on the other hand, should be more of a cherry-picker. Aiming to find the best of the best, while maintaining a variety of perspectives.
5 Personal Finance Blogs I Can’t Live Without
If I was stranded on a remote island with an RSS reader that could only pull off five personal finance blogs (you know, satellite reception is not that great out there), these would be the 5 I’m taking with me:
1. Get Rich Slowly: GRS was started by J.D. Roth, and now features a multitude of voices writing about everyday topics related to personal finance. The content stays away from the latest PF “fads” and focuses on a principled approach to money. Exactly my cup of tea. Latest post from GRS: Give Your Wealth Away: An Argument For a Secular Tithe.
2. Man vs. Debt: Adam Baker is just a regular guy with extraordinary dreams. I fell in love with this blog from the get-go because of Baker’s unique and compelling writing style, and he’s delivered ever since. Along with his wife and daughter, they’re traveling and blogging about money and other related and unrelated topics. Latest from MvD: New Site Design & MvD Featured in a Comic!
3. Bible Money Matters: You don’t have to have a Christian-leaning perspective to appreciate Pete’s fantastic content. He writes about every imaginable personal finance topic, creating a comprehensive body of work that always manages to stay fresh. Latest from BMM: A Scam Or Not A Scam, That Is The Question: How To Make Sure You’re Really Getting A Deal.
4. Wise Bread: This group blog was off my RSS reader for a long time, because of the sheer volume of content they put out. It was just too much for me. But it’s back on. As far as group blogs go, this one is my choice. Wise Bread’s diverse staff of writers always manage to cast a different perspective on money, the posts are enjoyable, and the community is vibrant. Latest from WB: Non-Traditional Jobs: How Bibliophiles and Film Fanatics Can Find Success.
5. The Simple Dollar: Trent Hamm is a personal finance blogging staple, and with good reason–his content is as regularly delivered as it is fun to read. Started in 2006, The Simple Dollar is Trent’s manifesto on living a more successful financial life. Latest from TSD: Interest Rates Don’t Matter If You Don’t Carry a Balance: Some Thought on the Cash-Only Debate.
5 Non-Finance Blogs I Can’t Live Without
Life is not all about managing your own money. For me, it’s also about blogging. And business…and simplicity. My top five choices for non-finance blogs I read religiously:
1. Leo Babauta: I list Leo’s name only because I follow all of his major blogs regularly: Zen Habits, Zen Family Habits, Mnmlist, and Write to Done. Leo was one of my first introductions to how powerful the blog format could be in my own life, and the lessons of each of his posts resonate with me on a very personal level. Leo’s latest from Zen Habits: 48 Fun Ways to Exercise.
2. ProBlogger: Darren Rowse is a blogging rock star when it comes to optimizing every aspect of your blog imaginable. His insight and analysis of the latest trends and what works in the world of blogging are priceless. Latest from ProBlogger: The Parable of the Lemonade Stand: Is AdSense Costing you Money?
3. GaryVeynerchuck: Less than two months ago, I had no idea who Gary was. Since then, his energy and business sense have completely flipped my world. GaryVeynerchuk.com features almost exclusively video content. Gary’s always entertaining to listen to, and his instincts about what’s coming next in the online world are spot on. You’ll also see Gary’s new book listed below. Latest from @garyvee: My Le Web Keynote.
4. Dumb Little Man: Productivity, automation, and simplicity–the self-described traits of DLM, but the blog is so much more–a resource for tips on all aspects of life. The posts are usually well-organized and easy to digest. Six fantastic writers currently contribute to the site. Latest from DLM: You Can Write Like a Professional: Here’s How.
5. Chris Brogan: Chris is the co-author of Trust Agents (affiliate), and offers expert commentary on social media and the new direction of business. Both his blog posts and talks are enjoyable to digest and always make you think. Latest from Chris: Put Your Skills to Use.
My Hard Copy Reading List
Yes, I actually read things in print! It’s not as painful as it sounds–we were all doing it a few short years ago. Here are five books that recently taught me some great lessons on personal finance (all are affiliate links to Amazon):
1. Crush It! by Gary Veynerchuk. A lot of people are completely put off by Gary’s style. I am not one of them. I find it 100% infectious and incredibly motivating. Just watch any of his keynotes and you’ll get a taste for just how passionate and insightful this guy is about business and blogging. As it relates to finance? Absolutely. After all, half the equation is income, and crushing it is certainly one option.
2. Quarterlife Crisis by Alexandra Robbins and Abby Wilner. If you’re in your 20’s, I can almost guarantee you’ll relate to this book. We graduate college, head out on our merry way, and sooner or later hit an absolute wall of despair. “What the hell am I doing?” Trust me, it’s a good read, at the very least for self-awareness so you can do something about it.
3. Life Matters by A. Roger and Rebecca R. Merrill. I think I’ve mentioned this book about 1,000 times and reviewed it a while ago. It’s a “whole-life” kind of book, talking about family, work, time, and wisdom in addition to money. But it’s really necessary to understand all the components to see how money fits in. And it’s a very principled approach to the whole thing, which I loved.
4. What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles. An absolute classic for all job-seekers, but it’s so much more than a how-to-get-a-job book. WCIYP teaches you how to figure out your passion in life and capitalize on that. And it also does a great job of steering you away from useless job-seeking methods.
5. Personal Finance For Dummies by Eric Tyson. This might be a surprising addition for many of you, but let me defend it–I love the Dummies series. The books are not particularly insightful or detailed, but I think that is their power–they are a taste of almost everything to do with any particular topic. They are comprehensive. Once you understand the scope, you can set out to find more information on your own.
I hope that answers your questions as to what I read on a regular basis! I encourage all of you to check out these blogs and books, and let me know what you thought.
What Are YOUR Favorites?
Do you have a favorite personal finance blog? (Pick me! Pick me! Just kidding…). How about a book that has really inspired you recently? Please share and discuss!
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