Archive for January, 2011

Top 100 Travel Blogs

Jan. 30th 2011

Chris Around the World

Chris Gray Faust is a former travel editor at USA Today and the winner of a 2010 Lowell Thomas writing award for travel blogging. She shares her tips for travel and offers commentary on travel news and trends. Some regular features of her blog include “Trip Reports,” “Memorable Meals,” “Travel Tips,” and “5 Reasons.” Some interesting recent posts include Dieting While Traveling Using Weight Watchers, Coriolis Effect: Do Toilets Flush Differently in the Southern Hemisphere? and On the Road with the Gutsy Traveler, Marybeth Bond.

Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site

Nomadic Matt has been living as a traveler since 2005, and his blog shares his experiences on his travels, as well as travel tips, profiles of different destinations, and commentary on travel news. There are also recommendations for travel books and guides. Some notable posts include The Great American Road Trip, A Girl’s Guide to Italy, and Buying a RTW Ticket.

Solo Traveler

Janice has been traveling since she was a teen — for years with her husband and children and now as a solo traveler. She shares her trips and offers advice along the way. She even accepts requests for travel. There are profiles of destinations, lots of pictures, product reviews, and tips for travel. Some notable recent posts include Solo Travel Planning: The Important Though Tedious Details, Confessions of a Solo Bobo, and Travel Solo: If Not Now, When?

Gadling

This comprehensive blog offers travel news and information on specific destinations. There are categories for budget travel, technology and travel, travel tips, and much more. Find all the answers to your travel questions here! Some notable recent posts include You Might Not Like Disney Dream, 10 Destinations to Skip in 2011, and National Geographic Jumps into the Adventure Travel Arena.

Rick Seaney

Rick Seaney is the CEO of Fare Compare.com, and his blog offers expert tips and commentary on travel, with a focus on flying and the airline industry. Seaney is a frequent guest on news and entertainment shows, and is often quoted by the news media, including publications such as USA Today and the New York Times. Some notable recent posts include More Airline Fees in 2011? My Predictions, Airline Passenger Bill of Rights and Bumping – What You Should Know and Six Reasons to Hop on a Plane this Summer.

Tnooz

Tnooz “focuses on technology, digital distribution, media and marketing, web strategy, start-ups and financing in the travel sector.” Some interesting recent posts include Top 3 Tips for Remarketing Techniques in Travel, How Facebook Can Work for Travel Competitions, and Analyst Report: Expedia, Orbitz Feeling Impact of American Airlines Exodus.

Everything Everywhere

Gary Arndt has been traveling the world since 2007, and his blog shares his adventures on the road. Places that he’s visited in the last year include Fiji, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, Spain, Canadian Atlantic Provinces, South Africa, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Las Vegas, Nevada and Honolulu, Hawaii. Posts regularly share stunning photos of travel locales, often available for purchase. Some interesting recent posts include 8 Things You Might Not Have Known About Hawaii, Traveling to Dangerous Places, and Being Productive and Working While Traveling.

The Practical Nomad Blog

Author Edward Hasbrouck has written a series of The Practical Nomad travel books and has served as a consultant and policy analyst on travel issues for several groups. He is a consumer advocate and travel expert, and his blog discusses issues related to federal regulation of travel, privacy issues, and more. There are many useful guides also included on this blog, such as How Does Hotel Discounting Work? What’s in a Passenger Name Record (PNR)? and How to Request Your Travel Records.

Online Travel Review

Jared Blank, a former travel analyst, writes this blog, which discusses travel news and offers tips and commentary about travel and the travel industry. You can also search for travel deals. Some interesting recent posts include How to Get Miles for Free Flights Using Credit Cards: An Introduction, The Airline Fees You Should be Complaining About, and What Are You Buying When You Buy an Airline Ticket?

Christopher Elliott

Consumer advocate Christopher Elliott offers commentary and advice on travel, trends and news. There are question-and-answer sections, and practical advice for consumers. Some interesting recent posts include That’s ridiculous! Hotels are Charging Even More for What Should be Free, Most Travelers are Skeptical of User-Generated Hotel Reviews, and But I Never Asked for Car Insurance!

Upgrade: Travel Better

Mark Ashley’s blog focuses on business travel, including the ins and outs of loyalty programs, airfare, and hotel stays. His motto is “Living the first-class life…at coach prices.” “The site provides news, travel tips, and commentary on happenings and trends in the travel industry for the traveler looking to maximize comfort, style, and convenience, while getting a great deal.” Some notable recent posts include The Latest Threat to Your Safety: Inflight Wi-Fi? Upgrades and Downgrades: iPads Inflight, Contraband, Biofuels, and Security Cartoons, and Lufthansa Revives Inflight Internet Over the Oceans.

Almost Fearless

Christine Gilbert left her job managing a successful company to become a freelance traveler and writer. She sold all of her belongings and started traveling — visiting 17 countries and 25 cities. Her blog shares her experiences traveling and offers some tips for others interested in doing the same. Some popular posts include 8 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 22, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Redesign Your Life and Travel the World, and 10 Unexpected Costs of Owning Things.

Uncornered Market

Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott are a married couple who have been full-time travelers since 2006, and they share their photos and stories from life on the road. “We aim to humanize the places we visit, drawing our readers in through photographs and stories, so they connect with people and places they might otherwise never hear about or actively disregard.” Some interesting recent posts include Geotagging Photos: A Software Review and Tutorial, Facing Fears, Wiping Out, and Getting Up Again, and Our Low-Tech Travel Gear of the Year.

Travel Rants

Darren Cronian writes about the problems that travelers often encounter, from handling airfare to hotel bookings to touring. He started the blog after he a bad interaction with a travel agency and needed a place to rant about it. Now his rants help fellow travelers. Some interesting recent posts include Will Luxury Travel Struggle in 2011? Skip Times Square When Visiting New York City, and My (Stupid?) Travel Predictions for 2011.

Canada’s Adventure Couple

Dave and Deb have been married for 13 years, and they have been traveling since shortly after they met. Their blog aims to tell the truth about their experiences traveling, the good and the bad. Some top posts include Christmas Abroad, Our Lack of Holiday Tradition, Getting Around Internet Censorship While Traveling, and Comfort While You Travel.

A Luxury Travel Blog

This blog by Paul Johnson focuses on “the finer aspects of travel.” Readers can learn about stays at luxury hotels and resorts, as well as other travel perks. Some recent posts include 5 Top Tips for Luxury Travel on a Budget, Top 15 Experiences You Shouldn’t Miss in Australia, and Travel Like a Celeb – Just Leave the Hawaiian Shirt at Home.

Delicious Baby

For families with wanderlust, this blog offers advice for making travel with kids fun. In addition to travel tips and guides, there are numerous photos and links to deals for families. Some notable practical posts include Travel Toys, Preparing Your Kids for the Trip, and Babyproofing Your Hotel Room.

Europe a la Carte

Here you’ll find profiles of travel destinations throughout Europe, in addition to tips and guidance for planning your travels. In addition to the blog, there are frequent podcasts, which offer you an insider’s view. Some interesting recent posts include 6 Tips on Making Time for Travel, Language (Mis)Adventures While Traveling, and Best Places to Slow Down and Experience Vienna’s Café Culture.

Journey, Etc.

This blog offers travel guides for locations throughout the world, including luxury vacations. There are profiles and guides for specific locations and regions, as well as general travel advice. Some interesting recent posts include

Tim Leffel’s Cheapest Destinations Blog

Tim Leffel is a travel writer who has been around the world three times in the past 20 years. He is the author of several travel books, including The World’s Cheapest Destinations. His blog offers some insider tips on not just saving money on travel, but also on smart travel. Some recent posts include Get Four Free Plane Trips Per Year, Four Annoying Things to Consider Before You Move Abroad, and Two Weeks, One Carry On.

The Cranky Flier

Bretty Snyder is the “chief airline dork” of Cranky Flier, and he has been a long-time travel aficionado and has worked in different capacities in the travel industry. His blog offers commentary on travel news and trends. Some recent posts include Flying from JetBlue’s Efficient JFK Terminal 5, The Case for London/City and the Flight to New York and Club World on British Airways (Trip Report).

Heather on Her Travels

Heather explains: “This is where you’ll find tales from my travels, where I take you with me to meet the people, taste the food and experience the sights and sounds I came across along the way.” Posts include lots of wonderful photographs and videos to help bring these locations to life. Posts also include links to additional resources and information for other ideas and planning your trip. Some interesting recent posts include See Where the Road Will Take You in Spain, Roadmap to the Riviera – a Drive from Nice to Monte Carlo, and My Top 10 Sights in Budapest with the Help of the Eyewitness Guide from Dorling Kindersley.

Malaysia Asia

Read all about travel in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Luang, China, and Hong Kong. Some interesting recent posts include Islands to Visit in Malaysia for 2011, Matta Fair 2011, and Le Tour de Langkawi 2011.

Boarding Area

Get insider travel tips, special deals, travel news and much more on this comprehensive blog. Posts focus on consumer tips for travel, including how to find deals, using rewards programs, and more. Some recent posts include The Value of Incremental Revenue to an Airline, Survey of Hotel Discount Reward Nights, and The Two Most Difficult Frequent Flyer Award Redemptions Out There – And How to Book Them.

Johnny Vagabond

Wes Nations is Johnny Vagabond, and his blog chronicles his experiences taking a year off to travel the world. He says, “Along the way, I’ll share photos, reviews, tips and tricks, and try to answer any questions you have.” Some notable recent posts include Depression, Burn Out and Renewal on the Streets of India, Instant Karma: My Beer Run by the Ganges, and It’s Wedding Season in India.

Otts World

Otts World shares the “travel and life experiences of a corporate American runaway.” Sherry — the corporate runaway — has turned full-time traveler, and her blog shares her journeys to locations off the beaten path. Some interesting recent posts include Unplugged Travel, Getting a Ride with Strangers, and Minimalistic Beverages.

Travels With a Nine-Year-Old

Think that you’re tied down because you’re a parent of have family? This mother and son duo prove that’s not the case. The two have been traveling around the world for over a year now (Z is now 10), and they share their experiences and tips along the way. Some interesting recent posts include Nine Lessons from a Year of Travel Blogging, Like Jane Austen but Not: The Single Gal’s Guide to Traveling Asia, and Travel Tips: Avoiding Transport “Scams”.

A Dangerous Business

“It’s a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and, if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no telling where you might be swept off to.” This quote by J.R.R. Tolkien inspires the travel philosophy behind this blog, which chronicles the travels of Amanda. Posts include travel tales, travel tips, photo essays, videos, and more. Some popular posts include Great American Road Trip 2011: The Plan, Why I’m a Weenie When it Comes to Solo Travel, and 9 Money Saving Tips for Travelers from Travelers.

Vagablogging

Rolf Potts has been a travel reporter for publications such as National Geographic Traveler, the New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, and Outside, in addition to National Public Radio and the Travel Channel. His blog shares travel tips and destination profiles. Some interesting recent posts include Travel Talismans, Jjimjilbangs in Korea, and Staying Safe in “Dangerous” Places.

Go, See, Write

This former attorney decided to take a trip around the world without ever getting on a plane. Two years later, he has traveled through 44 countries, returned home, and returned to traveling — this time in Colombia. Some interesting recent posts include Worst Hotel I Have Ever Stayed In?, Worst Dorm Night Ever…And My Revenge, and Third World Begging.

Phil in the Blank

Phil started his travels in West Africa, but continues to travel wherever the inclination takes him. His blog reflects his interests in slow travel, music, and people drawing camels. His blog is an eclectic mix of travel photography, travel writing, musical collections, and pictures of camels. Some interesting recent posts include 3 Fun Strategies to Deal with Hasslers, Hawkers and Touts, Inside My Head: Five Months Alone in West Africa, and Things to Eat and Drink in Morocco that Taste Good.

Soul Travelers 3

A married couple and their young daughter are the three soul travelers behind this blog, which follows their adventures traveling around the world. They also share their tips, reviews, and more. Some interesting recent posts include Family Travel Hawaii: Learning to Surf in Kauai, How to Make Perfect Paella Valenciana in Spain! and First Christmas in Asia.

Backpacking Matt

Matt set out to work in Ireland and the U.K. for a year after he graduated college, but traveled to 14 countries over 16 months and returned home long enough to save for his next trip. His blog offers profiles and photo essays of travel destinations, as well as practical tips for travelers. Some interesting recent posts include 5 Cities You Should Visit on Your RTW Backpacking Trip, Traveling for the Unexpected, and 5 Ways to Fund Your Travels Around the World Online.

Over Yonderlust

Shaun and Erica are high-school sweethearts who got married and decided to travel the world. Posts not only share their experiences abroad, but also offer thoughtful reflection about life as travelers and what it means to make your own path. Some notable recent posts include Risks in the Game of Life, Confronting Fears Abroad, and Empathic Civilization.

A Little Adrift

Shannon O’Donnell spent a year traveling around the world, then decided to just keep on traveling. “This blog started as a way to chronicle my travels, and it still does function like that, but I also craft stories to inspire the arm-chair travelers out there, advice for others setting off on RTW trips, and occasionally those resources that have helped me become location independent.” Some interesting recent posts include A Little Accountability…I Tell You, You Keep Me Honest, A Little Perspective…Another Year Over, a New One Just Begun, and A Little Synchronicity…Plan? Who Needs a Plan?

NewYorkology

Who needs to travel the world when you can spend time in the greatest city in the world? This blog offers a comprehensive guide to New York, with posts on everything from food and drinks to hotels to sightseeing and much more. There are posts to events and festivals, links to deals, and much more.

Got Passport. Will Travel. Will Serve.

This family of three is living in Thailand and traveling throughout Asia. In addition to travel, the blog talks about the importance of education, service, and living simply. Some interesting recent posts include Travelers: Be a Gracious Guest, Not a Pest, How to Be Our Good Neighbor: Offer Food! and Less IS More: George Carlin Had a Point About all That *STUFF*.

Two Backpackers

Jason and Aracely gave up their corporate careers to backpack around the world and “to discover and validate our passions, step outside of our comfort zone, and grow as individuals.” Their blog shares their experiences, their advice, and reflections on alternative living. Some interesting recent posts include Where to Travel Before the World Ends? Paris on the Cheap and Visiting Lost City of Petra on a Budget.

Traveling Mamas

Get tips for family trips, girlfriend trips, finding travel deals, choosing the best gear, and much more. There are also product reviews, links to online deals and travel resources, and more. Some notable recent posts include 2011 Year of the Passport – A Year for International Travel Adventures, 5 Tips for Visiting Great Wolf Lodge Properties, and Tips for Driving on Snow and Ice.

Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel

Barbara Weibel says she felt like a “hole in a donut” — “”solid on the outside, but empty on the inside” — after working long hours at jobs she didn’t like. After being diagnosed with Lyme disease, she made the decision to pursue the things that made her happy: travel, writing, photography. She went on a trip around the world, and she continues to travel and write about her experiences, the people she meets, and the way that travel has changed her. Some interesting recent posts include Healed by a Tibetan Shaman, Life in Puma, Nepal – An Exercise in Sustainable Living, and Travel Tidbits Worth Passing On.

Vagabond Journey Travel

“Perpetual traveler” Wade Shepard founded this online magazine, which features nine different sections and nearly a dozen contributors. The blog features product reviews, tips for travel, discussions on current events, and more. Some notable recent posts include Long Term Travel Primer on How to Keep Traveling, What Makes a Country Good for Bicycle Travel and How to Find Good Hotels to Rent Rooms by the Month.

The Longest Way Home

This is the blog of “a guy traveling the world in search of a place called home.” The guy – Dave – shares his thoughts on each country he visits and whether or not it will eventually be home. Posts share thoughtful reflections on culture, travel, society, and more. Some interesting recent posts include Food from Sabah, Malaysia: Lost in Culinary Translation! Sitting with Homeless People in Kota Kinabalu and Delusional Happy Smiles Don’t Work with Travel.

2 Nomads, 1 Narrative

Rhys and Nicky started their journey traveling around southeast Asia, then settled down to teach in Korea for a year, then traveled through India and Nepal. They are currently back in the U.S. awaiting their next trip to Asia. Many posts recount the highlights of their travels through Asia, such as The Beautifully Dirty Ganges, Only in India…! and Our Top 10 Korean Experiences.

Abandon the Cube

Lauren and Mike share their experiences and tips for traveling the world, including a brief history and summary of each country they visit. Some interesting recent posts include Should You Look for Work in China, Asks CNN. ATC Responds! Apartment Hunting in Beijing, China and Job Hunting in Beijing, China.

1,000 Places to Fight Before You Die

Mike and Lucy travel somewhere (and fight) together every year for their anniversary. Along the way, they learn more about themselves and create cherished memories. They share their secrets for traveling on the cheap and finding great new destinations. Some interesting recent posts include Stay in a Castle! In the States? The Secret Safari and Top 10 Reasons to Travel as a Couple.

Traveling Savage

Keith is traveling through Scotland and documenting his experiences along the way. Get an in-depth look at the people and places of Scotland, and learn some tips for planning your own travel. Some interesting recent posts include 5 Edinburgh Pubs I Can’t Wait to Visit, Highlighting Edinburgh’s Literary History and Coming of Age: The Flavor of Travels Over Time.

1,000 Lonely Places

This blog strives to inspire people to travel and discover the world by offering tips for travel and information on interesting places to visit. Some recent destination profiles include Top 5 Luxury Islands, Kasbah Tamadot – Sir Richard Branson’s Spectacular Moroccan Retreat and The Romanos Luxury Resorts, Costa Navarino.

Happy Time Blog

Aaron and Georgie maintain this blog, which follows their full-time travels. But this is not just another travelogue: Posts are comprehensive and cover all the ins and outs of travel, from finding deals to booking hotels to life on the road. Some recent posts include How to Make Money While You Travel, How we get to Southeast Asia for less than £100, and How to Enjoy Paris for Less.

foXnoMad

This comprehensive travel blog “is a resting point to gather information on the best ways and gadgets vagabonds can use to stay in touch, save money, and make the most out of any vacation.” There is information and advice on every aspect of travel, from airfare to lodging to sightseeing, as well as information and tips for those who want to travel full time. Some top posts include The Best Places to Travel on a Weak Dollar, 33 Ways to Green Your Travels, and How to Make Money with Your Travel Blog.

Go Visit Hawaii

Get travel advice, news, reviews, and deals for one of the most popular vacation spots in the world. You’ll also find photo essays and profiles of popular destinations throughout Hawaii. Check out recent posts Top Tips for Saving Money on Your Hawaiian Vacation and 7 Hawaii Car Rental Money Saving Ideas.

Alex’s Travel Blog

Alex spends his time traveling the world, and he shares his experiences through his blog. He says, “I’ve always been a mad traveller and at every opportunity I strive to get out there and travel the world seeking to experience different cultures. I live life to the full and make the most from any experience I am in, whether it’s having to eat live frogs or taking a 32-hour train journey to visit remote destinations.” Some interesting recent posts include The Great Food Safari, Top 10 Places to Visit in Thailand, and Top Things to Do in Amsterdam.

The Adventuress

Karen Marston is “a British girl travelling solo around the world with nothing but the clothes on her back and her passport (and a laptop, toothbrush, some pens, spare undies, a couple of books, a whistle, a torch, and er, some other essentials).” Her blog shares her adventures traveling and her thoughts on alternative living. Some interesting recent posts include Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Steps Towards Minimalism, and The Galapagos Islands.

Adventure Bimbling

Here’s another couple’s blog detailing their trip around the world and sharing their tips for travel. Some interesting recent posts include Touring Egypt and Crossing the Dark Side, Island of the Gods – The Attractions of Southern Bali, and Fuerteventura – The Perfect European Surf Destination?

Arie’s Travels

Arie Uittenbogaard has lived and worked many places abroad. He explains, “I’ve been everywhere; I’ve seen everything. I’ve survived hurricanes, mutinies, pirates, fires, loneliness, insanity, drunkenness.” Read about his travels and discover some inspiration of your own. Some interesting recent posts include Up the Amazon – A Rite of Passage, Wonderful Tourism Facts Accidentally Acquired from U.S. Government Sites, and The Netherlands – Home is Where My Wooden Shoes Are.

Around the World “L”!

Lillie is a “loving, 6-foot tall Boston English teacher, learning through travel.” She spent nine months traveling through Asia and parts of Europe, and now she is back home in Boston. Her travels will continue, however, and her blog continues to recount lessons and experiences from her travels, and tips for other aspiring travelers. Some interesting recent posts include 8 Great Cities of RTW Travel to Actually Move to and Live, The 10 Most Yummy Foods of World Travel 2010, and How to Run a Successful International Penpal Exchange.

My Melange

After watching Under the Tuscan Sun, Robin planned a two-week trip through Italy that sparked a deep love for the country and for traveling through Europe. Now, she is a freelance writer, travel consultant, itinerary planner, blogger, and host of cooking classes and wine tastings. Some interesting recent posts include Travel Tip Tuesday: Italian Hand Gestures, Winter in Paris, and Southern Italian Christmas Traditions.

Life Cruiser

“Lifecruiser Travel Blog is about a Swedish couple with a passionate interest in travel, photography and actually: the whole world! Since Sweden is a country with a rather long winter season and very short summer season (just a couple of months), we try to escape as often as we can…” The blog shares lots of information about places they’ve visited, local customs, traveling tips and more.

Go Backpacking

This comprehensive blog helps connect you with the information you need to plan your own trip around the world. Some interesting recent posts include 10 Unforgettable Destinations for 2011, How to See Argentine in 30 Days, and Top 5 Things to Do on The Canary Islands.

Technomadia

Chris and Cherie run a technology consulting company as they travel around the world — leading the lives of “technomads.” “We aim to create a long term sustainable lifestyle that combines our hi-tech careers with a rich and fulfilling life full of travel, adventure, wanderlust, and amazing experiences – without giving up our sense of community, time with family, or our desires to minimize our environmental impact.” Some top posts include Considerations for Selecting a Home on Wheels, The Domestic Nomad, and 7 Steps to Get Rid of Stuff.

Around the World on a Toilet

Lianna and Nick both left jobs to backpack through Asia, and then they moved on to Europe. Their blog shares their experiences and offer tips for planning your own journey. Some interesting recent posts include The Best of Bangkok Away from the Madding Crowds, Wanderings in the Holy Land, and Cairo – A City Which Needs No Introduction.

Around this World

Erik and Heather are on an around-the-world trip that has them currently traveling through Chile. They share their travel secrets and tips, including their itinerary and gear. And, of course, they share lots of photos and information about the places they visit. Some interesting recent posts include Touring the Potosi Mines in Cerro Rico, Mountain Biking Bolivia’s “Death Road” and Volcanoes, Lagoons and Ghost Towns in the Deserts of Southwestern Bolivia.

As We Travel

This blog is targeted at young travelers who are planning their first trip around the world. Posts offer “simple travel tips, backpacking advice, clutter-free country travel guides, and amazing travel photos from all over the world.” Some fun recent posts include 4 Types of People You Don’t Want to Travel Around the World With, How to Plan Your First Adventure Trip, and 5 Songs that Inspire Me to Travel More.

Backpacking Chica

Kim, the backpacking chica, tries to show others that travel is possible if you set your mind to it. Her blog shares her experiences and tips, and tries to raise awareness for social and biological problems in the places she visits. She tries to raise money for local projects through her charity The Ladybug Project. Some interesting recent posts include Top 5 Things to Do in Santiago, Chile, Learn From My Mistakes…Lost in Paris, and What Happens After All of Your Plans Have Run Their Course?

Backpack and Go!

Leah Eades shares her travel writing, which has a focus on student travel, budgeting, and backpacking. Some interesting recent posts include A Tour of Onscreen Bristol, Why I Need to Go Back to Rio de Janeiro, and Xi’an China: A Review.

My Several Worlds

Learn about “destinations, lifestyles, and cultures in Asia” with this comprehensive blog. Whether you want to travel through the region, or you plan to stay and work for awhile, this blog offers great tips and information. Some interesting recent posts include Teaching in China: 12 Tips for Your First Weeks Living Abroad, More Curious Things About Life in Taipei, and Taiwan Folk Religion: Guanjiang Shou – God’s Bodyguards.

Nerd’s Eye View

Pam is a freelance technical writer who travels as much as possible. She has also written extensively for several travel publications, and appeared as a guest on several travel shows and at several conferences. Her blog shares her love of travel and her advice to fellow travelers. You’ll find hotel reviews, gear guides, and links to useful resources. There are also great profiles of destinations, with lots of photos. Some interesting recent posts include Seattle’s Neighbor: Vancouver, Canada, Back to Austria in 2011, and Antarctica Wish List.

Nomadic Notes

James Clark is a travel industry web developer, writer and photographer, and he also handles public relations and promotions for travel and tourism Web sites. His blog shares his experiences as a full-time, working nomad. Expect to see great photos, unique sights during travel, and recaps of recent trips. There are also occasional links to travel contests and resources.

Two Go Round-the-World

This blog presents information “to inspire you before you go, a collection of resources to consider while you’re waiting for the ink to dry on your plane ticket.” It shares the experiences of Kathryn and Daniel as they prepared, planned, and packed for their own trip around the world. The main categories include reviews, tips on travel gear and gadgets, and reflections on the couple’s own travel over the years. Some interesting recent posts include Koh Lanta Yai – Unforgettable, A Look Back and a Look Ahead, and Cruising the Galapagos: Setting Out.

501 Places

Freelance writer and traveler Andy shares his experiences on the road with this travel blog. Some interesting recent posts include Tipping: When and How Much? Travels in Guatemala: A Day on the Chicken Bus, and El Salvador: The Ghosts of War on Guazapa Volcano.

Beers and Beans

This is the blog of a photographer and a journalist traveling the world together “in search of the unusual, the mundane, the beautiful, and the forgotten.” Some interesting recent posts include When Street Hawkers Attack! Rome, Italy, Calmness and Cuisine in Malta, and Traveling Long Term – 8 Things I’ve Learned on the Road.

The Big Fat World

Megan is the wanderlust lover behind this blog, which shares her experiences traveling the world, one country at a time. Some popular posts include Top 10 Things to Do in Vietnam, Top 10 Things to Do in Ireland, and Top 10 Things (Not) to Do In Vegas.

Bit by the Travel Bug

Fie is “a travel fanatic who loves to randomly go anywhere just to see, touch and smell something different.” Her blog shares her experiences traveling and learning about new cultures. Some interesting recent posts include Searching for a Cheongsam Top, How to Pack in Less than 48 Hours? and I Heart Hong Kong (the first of several Hong Kong posts).

Breathe. Dream. Go.

“Travel that changes you. That’s what this site is about. Inspiring experiences. Taking the leap to pursue your dreams.” Some interesting recent posts include How to Dress for Social Success in India, Top 5 Myths of India, and 2011 – A Big Year for India and Delhi.

Offbeat Travel

Here you’ll find an extensive collection of articles about unusual places to visit and “a fresh look at old favorites.” Some interesting recent posts include Beirut, Lebanon and More: Nature, History and Glamour, Traveling Switzerland by Rail and Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.

The Professional Hobo

This blog chronicles the “adventures of a girl with no fixed address.” Nora has been traveling since early 2007 and has been to 20 countries on five continents. She shares her experiences traveling and some tips for how to do it yourself on a budget. Some interesting recent posts include Perth in 24 Hours, What Makes You a Traveler, and Breaking Up While Traveling.

The Aussie Nomad

Chris Richardson left his corporate job and decided to make his way around the world, working for himself. “This blog will serve as a guide to both myself and others to show that it is possible. That you can uproot yourself and find a new way to live and make money, all while having the time of your life.” Some interesting recent posts include How Much Did it Cost – Amsterdam Budget (part of a regular series), Seeing and Listening in Florence, and Oh Beautiful Prague.

My Jet Set Life

This blog proclaims: “Excuses are over. It’s time to live!” Posts share reviews of products and restaurants, offer tips for travel, and provide information on some of the best places to travel. Some interesting recent posts include My Top 5 Favorite Bakeries in the World, The Art of Being Selfish, and Top 11 World’s Coolest Cocktails.

Galavanting

“When it comes to travel, we believe women are interested in more than just fashion and style columns and reviews of ludicrously expensive resorts. We know that not every female is in search of the world’s perfect facial. And that women without trust funds travel too.” With that in mind, this blog aims to provide women with the information and advice they need to travel. Some interesting recent posts include Behind the Veil, Savory, Spiritual and Sensual San Antonio, and Gentle Spirit, the Island of Curacao.

Brooke vs. the World

Brooke is a self-described “thrifty traveler and experience collector.” She has been traveling around the world since 2007 and writing about her experiences. She has started the new year by vowing to take a picture of herself every day. Some interesting recent posts include Day 25: 25 Travel-Related Things That Make Me Happy, Day 18: 18 Reasons to Love Travel Blogging, and Day 12: I Challenge You – Do Something You’ve Always Wanted.

Brave New Traveler

“BNT publishes thoughtful, entertaining, and introspective stories about travel and how it has the potential to change us in meaningful ways. We do not publish ‘destination-specific’ pieces, but instead focus on topics like spirituality, philosophy, health, politics, religion, and culture.” Some interesting recent posts include Conversations with a Child Monk in Bodh Gaya, Experiencing the Peyote Way Church in the Arizona Desert, and War and Peace on a Costa Rican Beach.

The Road Forks

This comprehensive blog includes tips for travel, recipes for cultural cuisine, and guides by country. You can also browse travel photography and videos. Some featured and recent posts include 99 Lessons Learned Traveling, Japanese Desserts, and Why I Decided to Travel the World.

The Global Grasshopper

“At GlobalGrasshopper we like independent travel, discovering places away from the usual tourist haunts, quirky hotels and beautiful photos and this website is the product of all our favourite things.” Some interesting recent posts include In Pictres: The World’s Most Unusual Hotel Beds, Travel Health Advice: How to Avoid Food Poisoning, and Top 10 Historic Attractions of Rome.

What a Trip

Nancy D. Brown is a freelance writer and travel enthusiast. Through her blog, she shares her travel knowledge, including tips for travels and advice on the best places to visit. Some interesting recent posts include San Francisco Neighborhoods – Pacific Heights, Things to See and Do in Zurich, Switzerland, and Things to See and Do in Bayeux, Normandy, France.

My Itchy Travel Feet

This travel blog aims to help baby boomers who are itching to travel by offering them advice on planning their next big trip. Some interesting recent posts include Surviving a Road Trip, RV Camping in Beautiful Borrego Springs, and Discovering Ronda.

Travels of Adam

Adam was a graphic designer living in Boston, Massachusetts, who designed to spend time traveling the world. His blog shares his past and present travels, and plans for future trips. Some interesting recent posts include Dangers and Difficulties…Exaggerated by the Locals, Seven Months Abroad; What’s Still in My Bag, and Six Months Abroad; Revising My Itinerary.

Diary of the Purple Passport

This is the diary of “Two best friends. Two passports with matching purple covers. One unending quest to find the most fun, unique, and elegant spots throughout the globe.” Posts are categorized with helpful icons to brows by food, lodging, sights, shopping, etc. Some interesting recent posts include Hot Springs-ing it in Taipei, The Alchemy of Trendy and Moneyed on Robertson Boulevard, and Tempting Tuesday: Hot Dining in Cool (Cold!) NYC.

DigiDrift

Jason and Liza have been traveling since 1992. They use their blog to share their experiences and to inspire others wishing to travel. Some interesting recent posts include Dromomania – Do I Suffer? Do You? Lessons in Budget Travel – A Tale of Hitchhiking on America’s West Coast and Mauled in Marrakesh – A Boxing Kangaroo in Djemaa el Fna Square.

Dotting the Map

Hilarye and Reid are a married couple traveling with their young child, and they travel as often as they can. They share their experiences, their tips for travel, and lessons learned along the way. Some interesting recent posts include Eating Around Dublin, Passports with a Purpose, and Top 5 Best Spa Packages for Valentine’s Day in Las Vegas.

Double the Adventure

Sharlene is a mother of twins, and her blog aims to inspire parents to get out and explore the world with their children. Posts includes lots of kid-friendly activities and destinations. Some interesting recent posts include Bolsa Chica State Beach and Ecological Preserve, The Best Tide Pools in Orange County – Your OC Tide Pool Guide and US Open Sandcastle Competition.

Dream a Little Dream

Scott and Dee spent 10 months traveling the world, and now they are living back home in Vancouver — and planning more travel. “By continuing to share our experiences and travel tips we hope to inspire others out there to start dreaming and see the world. It’s an amazing place!” Some interesting recent posts include Egypt is Burning, Booking Halong Bay: The Right Way, and 10 Random Observations of Hanoi.

Eclectic Trips

Gina lives and works in Miami, Florida but she is a frequent traveler and has been to 26 countries. “This blog is about my travel experiences past and current, about discovering new places in my own city, and breathing fresh life into the familiar. In my travels I like to experience everything, and my stories are often funny, sometimes outrageous and sometimes just revolve around restaurant recommendations.” Some interesting recent posts include Japan – It’s All in the Details! Tokyo – The Visual Diary and Tokyo – Lost in Translation.

 

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Top 50 Volunteer/Activism Blogs

Jan. 17th 2011

Whether you’re interested in volunteering or working at a deeper level to effect policy change, the following blogs will offer you some information and guidance. You can find opportunities for ways to get involved, read about others’ experiences, or learn more about the underlying cause of some of the problems that need to be addressed.

Voluntourism Blogs

Travelanthropist

Want to combine your travels with volunteer work? This blog offers news, inspiring stories, destination spotlights, tips, guides, and resources in travel philanthropy and voluntourism. There is a global directory of volunteer organizations, as well as trip suggestions. Some notable recent posts include How to Pick a Good Volunteer Travel Company, What Does it Mean to be a Global Citizen? and Volunteering in Rwanda Beats an African Safari.

Voluntourism Gal

Alexia Nestora is a voluntourism industry consultant, and her blog offers tips and advice for those interested in combining their travel with volunteer opportunities. Some interesting recent posts include Voluntourism a Setback for South Africa’s Orphanages, Core Principles, and Voluntourism and Cuba.

GeoVisions

This extensive blog offers thoughtful discussions about volunteering abroad, including how you can make your experience count, how to find placements, and how to prepare for the work. There are links to useful resources, as well. Some interesting recent posts include Volunteer and Choose to Make a Difference with Civic Responsibility, When You Volunteer Abroad, Keep an Online Travel Journal to Get Hired and Volunteering Abroad Didn’t Work Out: How Do you Do the Right Thing?

VolunTourism.org

Volunteerism.org offers a wealth of information about volunteer travel opportunities, and this blog offers those interested in voluntourism tips for how to get involved, as well as thoughtful discussion about the movement. Some interesting recent posts include Putting the Voluntourism Experience Into Context, “What Are the Dangers of the For-Profit Sector Making Moves Into the Volunteering Sector?” and What Are the Obstacles to Corporate VolunTourism?

Volunteer Logue

Get tips and advice for planning your volunteer travel, and find airfare, hotels, insurance, and more with this comprehensive volunteer travel guide. Some notable recent blog posts include Geekcorps: Bringing YouTube to Developing Villages, Senior Friendly Volunteer Trips and You Can Represent 5% of Your Nation’s GDP.

Volunteer Vacations Blog

GlobeAware is a nonprofit that organizes short-term volunteer opportunities abroad. The group sponsors this blog, which discusses ways that volunteers can get involved, both at home and abroad, and features volunteer experiences. Some interesting recent posts include Photo Memories of Ghana During a Globe Aware Volunteer Vacation, Volunteer Vacations for Singles and A 12-year-old Volunteer Vacationer’s Perspective of a Globe Aware Experience.

Personal Volunteer Blogs

Rosemary’s Travellog

This personal blog of Rosemary Holden shares her experiences as a volunteer abroad. Her posts share her experiences not only as a volunteer, but also as a traveler. Follow along with her adventures and learn what life is like as a volunteer abroad.

Ashley Jonathan Clements

Ashley describes himself as “a nomadic aid worker with a passion for photography.” His work has taken him to Asia, Europe, the Middle East and other parts of the world, and his blog shares his experiences (accompanied by stunning photos), as well as his reflections on humanitarian aid and emergency relief work. Some notable recent posts include Remembering Haiti, Little IDPs and Returning from the Mouth of Hell.

Aaron in Azerbaijan

Aaron has worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Azerbaijan, but he cautions that his blog does not reflect the views of the Peace Corps or of any government. It offers his view of his work and what’s happening in Azerbaijan. Some interesting recent posts include Why Do Azerbaijani Schools Teach English and Not Mandarin Chinese? Məhərrəmlik and Aşura and Hijab for a Cause.

Mark Fullmer

Mark Fullmer started an assignment with the Peace Corps in August to teach English in the Philippines. He writes about his experiences as a volunteer teacher, as well as other topics that interest him. Recent posts concerning his volunteer experience include Kids, Thinking on My Feet and Community Cleanup.

Renee on Ugandan Time

Renee is a Peace Corps volunteer that is stationed in Uganda until 2012. Her blog shares her experience as a volunteer living abroad. Some interesting recent posts include Recent Poll: If a Worm Crawled Out of Your Guava, Would You Still Eat It? Yes, Ugandan Nutritional Myths, and Lesson Planning Sucks.

Paix de Sara

Sara is working as a volunteer in Bamako, West Africa, Mali until October. She works with a natural resource management program with the Peace Corps. Her blog shares her experiences in the country, as well as poetry inspired by it. She often uses a narrative style to tell her story. Some interesting recent posts include Paying for Attention, Planting Trees in Place of Subsidies and Sweet Ghana Dreams at the Six-Month Mark.

I Can See Russia From My House

Bailey shares his experiences, “adventures and shenanigans” around Azerbaijan, where he is stationed as a Peace Corps Volunteer through December. Some interesting recent posts include Being in Community, Work Update – January 2011 and Better Know a Rayon: Balakən–Why Diversity is Important.

Tidbits from Tonga

Charity is a newly minted Peace Corps volunteer who just started her assignment in Tonga in December. Follow along with her posts as she discovers Tonga and learns how to adjust to life as an overseas volunteer. You’ll learn as she does on her two-year journey.

Where Have Charlie and Miranda Benin?

Charlie and Miranda will finish their assignment in Benin, West Africa, this summer. Follow along with their adventures and learn about life as a volunteer and Africa, in particular. Some interesting recent posts include Back to School, Good Times in Ghana, and Girls Just Want to Have Fun.

Felicie’s Blog

Felicie is a volunteer stationed in Morocco, and this is her personal blog about her experiences in the country. Check out recent posts New Year’s in Essaouira, New House and More and Conference on the Coast.

AZ Mac

Katie McSheffrey is currently serving in Mingechevir, Azerbaijan, as a Community Economic Development Advisor in the Peace Corps. Her blog offers a detailed glimpse into life in Azerbaijan. Some interesting recent posts include Embassy Thanksgiving, Pomegranate Festival and Another Typical Workday.

AzerbaiWHAT?

Lori explains, “This blog will show you how I figure out exactly how to speak and function like a human being while serving two years in the Peace Corps.” Her work teaching English and community development will end in September. Some notable recent posts include You CHEATERS! November Holidays in Qax, and I Broke a Rule.

Nerdy Nomad

Kristy has traveled extensively and has volunteered in countries including Bangladesh, Nicaragua, Indonesia and Haiti. She has even written an e-book, The Underground Guide to International Volunteering. There are plenty of posts about Kristy’s experiences, as well as her endeavors to make her income online.

Development/Aid Blogs

Good Intentions are Not Enough

According to this blog, “If aid is done poorly it can hurt the very people it is supposed to help. Accurate information and sound practices are also crucial to smart aid.” The blog aims to offer helpful information and resources to become responsible volunteers to do the most good. There is a “charity rater,” links to useful resources, a Q&A session, information on trainings, and much more. Some notable recent posts include Admitting Failures, Nonprofit Advertisements: What Message are We Sending? and Media Matters.

Tales From the Hood

This blog offers a collection of tales about life in the humanitarian aid industry from someone who has worked in the industry for nearly 20 years. Some interesting recent posts include Coming to Terms with Sean Penn (Well, Sort of…), Looking Back on Haiti – III: Crisis of Purpose, Crisis of Practice and Looking Back on Haiti – II: Failure or Success? There is an extended series on aid work in Haiti.

Aid Thoughts

Aid Thoughts offers discussions on development and foreign aid. Some of the posts offer in-depth discussions about weighty topics such as politics, elections, governance, and more. Some interesting recent posts include Wrong About China, Revolution in Africa? and On the Probability of Coups.

Owen Abroad

Owen is an economist who lives in Ethiopia, and his blog discusses humanitarian aid and reducing global poverty — as well as some personal interests such as running. Some interesting recent posts that discuss topics relevant to volunteers and other activists include Tech Tips for Development Workers (4): Online Services, How Can We Raise Awareness in Darfur and How Much Are We Doing for Them? and Could Donor Proliferation Lead to Better Aid?

Edge of Seven

The mission of this blog is “to generate awareness and volunteer support for projects that invest in education, health, and economic opportunity for girls in developing countries.” The blog promotes grassroots development efforts that focus on local, sustainable projects. Some interesting recent posts include Building a Future for Girls in Nepal, Join the D.I.Y. Foreign-Aid Revolution and It’s TIME to Kick Poverty Out of the World.

Lessons I Learned

The lessons learned on this blog are about running NGOs (non-governmental organizations), volunteering, living and working in Cambodia, and life in general. Some notable posts about volunteering include How Do I Know if I’m Going to Add Value in My Volunteer Placement? Voluntourism: What Could Go Wrong When Trying to Do Right? and Not All Volunteer Projects Are Created Equal.

Staying for Tea

Aaron Ausland offers “good principles and practices of community-based international development.” Posts are in-depth and offer thoughtful discussion about volunteerism and community development. Some excellent recent posts include Poverty Tourism Taxonomy 2.0, A Moderate Elitist and Poverty Tourism: A Debate in Need of Typological Nuance.

A View From the Cave

Tom Murphy started this blog as a way to share his experiences working in Kenya. He continues to write about development, aid, and health care reform now that he no longer works in Kenya. Some interesting recent posts include The Economist Compares US States GDP and Population to Countries Around the World, Technology and Haiti Relief and Ngrams of Africa 1800-2008.

A Humourless Lot

According to the blog author, “A Humourless Lot is a journey through the no-man’s-land between logistics, health, and aid work; it tries to make it less of a no-man’s-land and more of a healthy, thriving town.” Some of the most popular posts include The Professional Volunteer: Impossible in Aid? (And How About the Salaried Amateur?), Eleven Helpful Skills and Traits for Aid and Health Logisticians and The Unkindest Cut: Why Gifts in Kind are Often a Bad Idea.

Aid Watch

This blog is a project of New York University’s Development Research Institute (DRI) and is primarily written by William Easterly, a professor of economics and the author of The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics and The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good. Other contributors also write for the blog. Some interesting recent posts include Aid is Not Just Complicated; It’s Complex, Deep in the Sahara, Listening to “Feelings” and After Sudan, Should More African Borders be Drawn?

Bottom Up Thinking

The author of this blog works in the field of conservation and development, and posts offer personal perspectives from the work being done. Some interesting recent posts include Don’t Forget How it Was Before, Something is Better than Nothing and Proposal Prepostery.

Engaging Internationally

Bonnie Koenig, the author of this blog, has worked with NGOs that engage globally since 1983. She is also the author of Going Global for the Greater Good: Succeeding as a Nonprofit in the International Community. Some interesting recent posts include Internal Decision-Making Practices: Doesn’t Sound Exciting, But oh So Important, The Preciousness of Water and What Makes Someone Inspirational?

How Matters

Jennifer Lentfer, the founder of How Matters, explains that the purpose of the blog is to “revive and magnify compassion and empathy within foreign assistance and development aid.” She cautions that the blog will raise more questions than provide answers. Some interesting recent posts include 161 Indicators, and Then What? What’s Missing from the DIY Aid Debate? Overlooking the Capacity of Local NGOs and Changing the System from the Ground Up.

Find What Works

A grad student studying international policy and management writes this blog, which discusses international development and related topics such as politics, management, economics, war, human rights, public health, ethics, and more. The author has also worked with NGOs and nonprofits. Recent posts of note include Foreign Involvement in Constitutional Reform Processes: DRC, Rwanda, Kenya, Things that Work: Migration, Mockery, Meta-things and More and A Grad Student’s Guide to the International Development Blogosphere.

Be the Change You Wish to See in the World

The blog advocates what its name says: Social change starting with advocacy and volunteerism. Other topics discussed on this blog include humanitarian aid, migration, refugees, and international development. Some notable recent posts include Floods Damage and Needs Assessment Report, Pakistan vs. Haiti and 10 Pakistani NGOs I Highly Recommend for Funding.

Penelope M.C.

Blog author Penelope Chester has worked with nonprofits in locations such as Africa and Canada. “My interests lie primarily at the intersection of international affairs, economic development and foreign policy, with a particular focus on African issues and post-conflict reconstruction.” Her blog shares her thoughts on these and other topics. Some interesting recent posts include On Entrepreneurship and NGOs, Free Elections in Guinea and Investing in Women: A Human Rights Approach.

@laurenist

This blog offers up views on “international development without pity.” The author cautions “the posts here will make a lot more sense if you read them in the style of Stephen Colbert.” Some interesting recent posts include I’ll See Your “Change We Can Believe In” and Raise You Some COIN, The Invisible Hand Axe and How to Write About Issue Advocacy.

Roving Bandit

This blog claims to be “probably the best economic blog (previously) in Southern Sudan.” The author, Lee Crawfurd, used to be an economist in Southern Sudan and now works for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). Posts discuss foreign aid, economics and development. Some interesting recent posts include Southern Sudan: What Happens Next? 7 Reasons Why Urban Growth is a Natural and Normal Phenomenon and Agricultural Production and Global Migration.

Humanitarian.info

The manifesto for this blog states that the humanitarian industry is suffering from a lack of effective management, and that better information management is crucial to improving management and to support all aspects of relief organizations, making them more effective. Posts aim to foster discussion and provide information about relief work and how it can be improved. Some interesting recent posts include Look at the Philosophy, Not the Technology, Question You Might Want to Ask About Your NGO Coordination Body and I’m With Ivan Illich on This One, Sort Of.

Aid Worker Daily

Blog author Jon Thompson has worked in the aid industry since 2001, working with groups such as Doctors Without Borders and International Medical Corps. He also started an NGO in California. Aid Worker Daily offers information and commentary about the humanitarian aid industry. Some notable recent posts include Google Chrome – The Aid Worker’s New Best Friend, Map Kibera – The First Useful Humanitarian Tech Thing to Be Done in a While and An Open Letter to the Humanitarian Technology Community.

Aid on the Edge

This blog strives to connect those working in development and to “provide the latest, up-to-date information on initiatives, meetings and reports related to complexity sciences and international aid.” Some notable recent posts include Globalisation of Vulnerability, When Can Crowds Outperform Aid Experts? and Complexity and the Wealth of Nations.

Jina Moore

Jina Mooer is a reporter and producer who covers human rights, Africa and foreign affairs. Her blog offers commentary and analysis on these and other subjects. Some interesting recent posts include On Sudan, the View from Outside Africa, Is Development a (Waltian) “Bad Idea?” and Women as Anti-Corruption Weapons.

KM on a Dollar a Day

Ian Thorpe works at a large UN agency on knowledge management, and his blog talks about his work in knowledge management, aid and development. Some notable recent posts include 20 (Deceptively) Low-Cost Ideas for Development, Outside-In Development and Definitions.

Pulling for the Underdog

Dennis Whittle is the founder of Global Giving, and his blog talks about development and aid issues. Some popular posts on the blog include Bridges Made of Paper? CGD as Social Capital and The Tyranny of Ideology.

Texas in Africa

This is “an academic blog about African politics, security, development, and advocacy.” In addition to the thoughtful discussions and commentary, the blog also includes links to resources for ways to help. Some popular posts include What’s Going on in Rwanda? Show Me the Data and What Causes Badvocacy?

The Road to the Horizon

Peter is an international aid worker and “addicted traveler” and he shares these interests and others on his blog, which began as an e-book sharing his experiences traveling. Some “signature posts” include Aid is Dead. Long Live Aid. News: Cutting Agricultural Aid Research or How to Dig Your Own Grave… and News: The Global Food Crisis: The Perfect Storm.

People and Places

This blog promotes responsible volunteering, and aims to help readers find opportunities to match their skills and interests with community needs. Some recent posts include Isaac Booi – Funding a Classroom Assistant, News of the First Volunteers to Amar Jyoti School from Our Local Partner and Mistakes Let’s Learn From Them.

Non-Profits

La Vida Idealist

The staff of Idealist.org presents this blog as a way to “help bridge the all-too-common gap between good intentions and action” for those who are living and working in Latin America, or who wish to travel there, and who want to volunteer in the local community. Some notable recent posts include Volunteerism in Latin America: The Uruguay Picture, Give a Student Hot Lunch, and She’ll Eat for a Day…, and Planning a Fundraiser.

Quest4Change

Quest4Change is a nonprofit that aims to fight poverty and the destruction of the environment in Africa and South America. The blog highlights many of the group’s projects and volunteer work in those locations. You can browse by specific location if you’re interested in the different types of programs they sponsor according to region.

Hand Relief International

This blog is written by Dr. Alden Kurtz, the executive director of Hand Relief International. Kurtz shares thoughts on running a nonprofit and on development and aid work. Some interesting recent posts include Best Practices in Procurement for Hardship Postings, How to Land a HRI Job and Survive Savage Attacks on the Industry and Protecting Children – All the Way to Easy Streets.

Charity Navigator Blog

Charity Navigator bills itself as the nation’s largest independent charity evaluator, and this blog offers donors tips and information to make the best selection when considering a donation. The blog also offers commentary and discussion on issues and trends in the nonprofit sector.

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10 most inspiring student activists

Jan. 16th 2011

One More Generation

Siblings Carter, 9, and Olivia, 8, of Georgia founded the non-profit One More Generation to help save endangered species of animals. Carter and Olivia had been working to adopt cheetahs in South Africa for years, and one of their foundation’s initiatives is to raise $50,000 to support a cheetah rescue program in South Africa. Other efforts include a collaboration with The Art Miles Mural Project, water conservation, working with the state legislature to make changes to laws to stop the Rattlesnake Roundups, and much more.

One More Generation

Kids vs. Global Warming

Alec Loorz, a sophomore in high school, found inspiration in Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and started this non-profit when he was 12 years old. Loorz gives presentations on global warming to students all over the world and is the youngest U.S. trained presenter for Gore’s Climate Project. The mission of the organization is to educate youth about the science of global warming, and empower them to take action.

Kids vs. Global Warming

Signature Donations

Two sophomores at Cornell University, Ricky Panzer and Alex Friedman, started Signature Donations last March to help fight the causes and effects of poverty. They partnered with Andrew Lin, a sophomore at UCLA. One of their first efforts was to raise $2,100 to buy black, leather shoes for 120 orphans in Ndola, Zambia. The shoes were ordered custom-made for children at Haven of Hope Orphanage, so they might attend school. In Zambia, students may only attend school if they can pay for tuition, books, and a uniform, which includes the cost-prohibitive leather shoes.

Future projects with Signature Donations include the construction of a K-8 school in Zambia.

Signature Donations

Kayla Kares Inc.

Kayla Polk started this non-profit last year when she was in the third grade. The mission of Kayla Kares is to share kindness — kid to kid — by giving stuff animals to children facing eye surgery. Kayla, 10, was 7 when she had her own eye surgery and came up with the idea for the non-profit. Kayla and others in the non-profit worked to raise money to buy new stuffed animals and to solicit donations of stuffed animals from around the country.

Kayla Kares works in conjunction with local ophthalmologists in Michigan and will consider requests from other offices and clinics through its Web site and Facebook page.

Kayla Kares

Kayla Kares on Facebook

The Pencil Project

Hannah McConn and Randryia Houston, students at the University of Houston, found inspiration when they participated in a study abroad program in African-American Studies in Ghana. The UH students learned that many students in the country drop out of school over minor issues such as not having school supplies like a basic pencil. The two went on to start The Pencil Project — which they later registered as an official non-profit organization — and raised enough donations to buy more than 30,000 pencils for the children of Ghana. Houston said that she would also like to open a boarding school in the country.

The Pencil Project

Kids in Care of Kids (KICK)

Jaide Ramirez-Jennings started Kids in Care of Kids (KICK) when she was in kindergarten. She began by looking for ways to encourage people in her hometown of Topeka, Kansas, to use reusable shopping bags as a way to preserve the environment. Yahoo! later donated 900 purple canvas bags as part of its Purple Acts of Kindness program. Jaide sold the bags for $5 each to raise money for other organizations that help the environment and help improve the lives of children, including Keep America Beautiful, the Topeka School Fund, and the American Heart Association.

Little Diva’s Making a Difference

Jazmine Jackson was a junior Mass Media Arts major at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga., when she started this non-profit last year. Jackson said that she was inspired by some of her own struggle as a young woman and those of her younger sister to try to help boost self-esteem in young girls in middle school and high school and to prevent violence and teen pregnancy.

The organization doesn’t yet have a web site, but you can learn more about its efforts to help raise money for breast cancer awareness and research on Facebook.

We Speak for Animals

Cassie Lewart was 10 when she started a club to help her local animal shelter, the Hillside SPCA in Pennsylvania, and she was 12 when she officially turned the club into the non-profit organization We Speak for Animals three years ago. Her club and her non-profit have held activities and fundraisers to help support the operations at the animal shelter.

Hillside SPCA

The Traveling Canvas

Tae Tae Davis was 13 when she started The Traveling Canvas to provide art supplies to homeless children. She got the idea after her Florida school cut the art budget and she worried about how students who could not afford their own supplies would not have the means to express themselves artistically. Tae Tae wrote to 50 companies asking for donations, and she raised over $32,000 to buy supplies. She used the money to stock her school’s art program and to hold art parties for homeless students in her home. (She also sends the students home with supplies.)

The Traveling Canvas


Kids for K-9s

Six-year-old Kayleigh started this non-profit after she watched training exercises at Chesapeake Police Department and learned about the dangers that police dogs face in their work with the police department. She questioned why the dogs don’t wear protective vests, and decided to raise the money to buy one for the department. She raised $630 for the first vest, and immediately started raising money for two more. The organization holds fundraisers and accepts donations to buy the vests, and the group hopes to raise enough to outfit all the dogs in the department.

 

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Top 100 School Administrator Blogs

Jan. 16th 2011

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BoardBuzz_Top100administrtorblogs Board Buzz – This site is a daily weblog for the National School Board Association, and some of the many post categories include “Charter Schools,” “Early Childhood Education,” “Education Technology,” and much more. Recommended Posts: “Schools and public health departments: partnering for success” and “International student assessment shows progress but long road ahead.” Connected Principals – This highly recommended site is a “must-read” for any principal who is interested in the future of education. All of the posts are written by numerous administrators, most of whom are included on this list. Recommended posts: “Less is more. Teach less, learn more” and “19 Top Ideas for Education in Drive by Daniel Pink.” LeaderTalk - Written “by school leaders, for school leaders,” these posts discuss several important topics every administrator should be aware of, ranging from homework and politicians, to teachers and leadership issues. Recommended posts: “How Parent-Friendly is Your Campus?” and “Habits and Habitats: Rethinking Learning Spaces for the 21st Century.” The Leading EdgeFrom the American Association of School Administrators, the “mission” of this blog is to “support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children.” Recommended posts: “Surviving A Thousand Cuts” and “USED Establishes 16 Priorities for Discretionary Grants.” Practical Principals – “Practical Principals is a podcast hosted by two practicing principals with “practical” ideas to help other principals in their current administrative positions,” writes co-author Melinda Miller, who also blogs for The Principal Blog. “We try to stay away from philosophy and visionary topics and stick to practical tips that can be used immediately.”Recommended posts: “Practical Principals 23 – #EduconEnvy, Ten Things, and the iPad” and “Practical Principals 19 – Wikified.”

Pre K-12

The Compass Point – Josie Holford is currently the head of a Pre K-12 grade school in Poughkeepsie, New York and she has been blogging since 2005. Recommended posts: “Social Media and School Leadership” and “NPR and Me.” Introit_topadministratorblogs Introit – Kevin J. Ruth, who is from Southeastern Pennsylvania, has been blogging for almost 2 years. He explains that he uses his blog to “inspire school leaders with commentary that inspires innovation and re-consideration of extant models of ‘doing school.’” His advice to administrators who are new to social media is to “ignore the push-back, and jump right in. The more you write and share your insights in a thoughtful manner, the sooner folks will embrace what you’re trying to accomplish. Conversations will follow sooner than you think!” Recommended posts: “Review of The Shallows” and “Parallels: Cloud Computing and Change in Schools.” The Passion-Driven Leader – Amy Sandvold is a Pre K-8th grade school administrator from Waterloo, Iowa, and writes that through her blog to she hopes to help join “passionate school leaders” together to “spread a Passion-Driven Education Revolution.” Recommended posts: “Are You Passion-Driven or Passion-Based?” and “Passion-Driven Leaders Unite!”

K-12

The 21st Century Principal – John Robinson is a principal in Newton, North Carolina, and he has been blogging for about 3 years. “The sole purpose of my blog is advocating for both public education and for the engagement of technology in our education system,” he writes. “I want to share my own experiences with education and technology with other educators in general and administrators in particular.” He highly recommends that other administrators get established with Twitter, a blog, or to try using an RSS reader “to filter the education conversation out there…These three tools allow me to both follow the world conversation about education and to share all the things I find out,” he explains. “To become engaged in the social media conversation about education is as simple as sharing your own personal knowledge and experience, and then commenting on that of others.” Recommended posts: “6 Ways to Stretch Your School or District Technology Budget” and “3 Reasons an Administrator Needs an iPad.” Bircher’s Banter -  “I believe all administrators should become active in social media, so they can better understand how technology can improve student, staff and their own learning,” advises Dave Bircher, a principal of a K-12 school in Montmartre, SK, Canada. “The purpose of my blog is to discuss issues and share ideas pertinent to school administration and K-12 education,” he writes. “The sharing of ideas and humour are important for all school administrators.” Recommended posts: “Building School Culture” and “The Educator and Extra-Curricular.” Center for Teaching – “The purpose of the Center for Teaching blog is to share resources with other educators, provide perspective and commentary on educational issues and trends, and use it as a learning forum through which educators can stay connected to relevant topics,” writes Robert Ryshke, who was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and graduated from UW in 1976 with a Master’s degree in Medical Microbiology. “Take the plunge,” he recommends to other administrators, “Get help. Ask questions, mostly from people who are younger than you. Good way to connect. Keep it professional!” Recommended posts: “Promote a Culture of Learning with Faculty” and “Extending the AP Conversation.” DangerouslyIrrelevant_Top100administratorblogs Dangerously Irrelevant -  “Dangerously Irrelevant focuses on the leadership side of K-12 technology, an aspect that’s absolutely critical but usually neglected,” explains Dr. Scott McLeod, an associate professor of educational administration at Iowa State University. (He also works as the director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education, commonly referred to as CASTLE). His advice for administrators who are new to social media is to “dive in with both feet” and to ask everyone you know for advice and tips: “Remember that the education blogosphere / Twittersphere is a pretty welcoming place,” he writes. “Start as a learner/listener, and then gradually (but quickly) move into connecting and sharing.” Recommended posts: “Enhancing your e-mail productivity – Boomerang for Gmail and NudgeMail” and “12 videos to spark educators’ thinking.” David Truss :: Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts -  “This blog has provided me with an opportunity to share my learning, and more than anything else it has challenged me to be accountable in a way that no other professional development ever has,” writes David Truss, who is originally from Canada but currently works as a principal of a Pre K-9 Foreign National School in Dalian, China. “It has reminded me that I love to learn and it is part of a learning process that I truly love.” He advises other administrators to “try Twitter and stay with it long enough to ‘get it.’” Recommended posts: “We aren’t in the ‘teaching business’, rather we are in the ‘learning business‘” and “On being an agent of change.” Donald Clark Plan B – For the past 5 years, Donald Clark has been using his blog to discuss the use of technology in classrooms, and the future of education in the 21st century. Recommended posts: “Whiteboards: the white stuff or black holes?” and “Skype learning – 7 great benefits.” The Genius in Children -  Rick Acklery is a “nationally recognized educator and speaker” with over 44 years of experience at working in education. He previously worked as a principal of four different schools,and his articles have been featured in Education Week, the New York Times, and much more. Recommended posts: “Is Praise Good for Children?” and “A Home and a Heaven for Children.” Innovation 3 – Some of the many topics discussed on this blog include digital media, social networking, Twitter, and employment. Recommended posts: “Craig Watkins: Why Low Performing Schools Need Digital Media” and “2020 LMC 3.0.” InnovativeEducator_Top100administratorblogs The Innovative Educator – Lisa Nielsen, an educational administrator from New York City, has been blogging for the past 3 years, and uses her blog to “share ideas about educating innovatively.” When it comes to giving advice to administrators who are new to blogging, she recommends that they “embrace the tools and spaces students love, to empower them to become independent, 21st century learners.” Recommended posts: “Are Interactive Whiteboards a Smart Idea when they Make Even the Most Innovative of Educators Look Dumb? – 10 Reasons to Ditch the Board ” and “A Dozen or So Reasons I Applaud Lamar High School for Ditching School Library Books.” In the Lead -  “My advice for administrators new to social media who want to learn more is to find someone you trust to serve as your guide and jump in,” writes Jaime Dial. (Jaime works as a district-level administrator in the curriculum, instruction, and assessment department in Northwest Missouri, and has been blogging since July 2009). “I was fortunate to have someone in my district who was well-versed in social media. Although he was an instructional coach and I was a district-level leader, I wasn’t afraid to ask him for his help. I decided that if I was ever going to ask folks to jump in and start using the tools available through social media and other avenues, I had to do it as well.” Recommended posts: “Adult Learning: What role do you play?” and “Information Circumspection.” KARE Givers – Sean Grainger works as a teacher/administrator in Red Deer, AB, Canada, and has been blogging for a little over a year. He writes that the purpose of his blog is “to remind us that teaching and learning is a process that involves people, and that people need more than instruction; they need acceptance, understanding, support, and care.” He goes to explain that administrators should not feel like they need to be ‘experts’ before fully embracing social media: “There is tremendous value in being open to developing SM skills in real time together with staff. They will appreciate collaborating with a leader who is willing to explore the educational possibilities of SM alongside them.” The Leading Source“We have two goals in the Leading Source,” explains blogger Naomi Dillon, “to provide commentary and insight on the latest education issues and to highlight the work we do on the American School Board Journal.” (Naomi has been blogging and managing the Leading Source since 2007). “I would advise administrators interested in delving into social media to stay authentic in voice and message. It’s the only way to generate genuine dialogue.” Recommended posts: “Community engagement, great in theory but hard in practice” and “New on ASBJ.com.” Mrs. Mann’s Blog – “I’ve been blogging only for a couple of months now, but I have found it to be a really effective way to keep in touch with current research and trends in education,” writes Katherine Mann. “I also value the connections that I have made with other administrators. My primary reason for blogging is to promote a culture of professional talk and collaboration amongst the staff, and to give myself a space to be reflective about my work. Very often, I will read an interesting book or article, and the furthest it will go is to make copy and leave in someone’s mailbox or forward a link. With blogging, I get a chance to reflect on the material I’ve read, and make connections to the work that we’re doing in my school.” Recommended posts: “Homework For Learning” and “Mistakes Are More Fun.” Molehills out of Mountains -  “I enjoy writing about technology in education, issues of educational equity, school leadership and strategies for working with ‘at-risk’ students,” writes Jeff Delp, a K-12 administrator from Tempe, AZ, who has been blogging for about a year. “Twitter is a particularly powerful tool for educators. It is a great way to build a Personal Learning Network (PLN) and share links/information…Like anything, you just have to have the courage to begin the discussion.  There are lots of people out there with similar interests who will provide guidance along the way.” Recommended posts: “Civility Begins With Me” and “Homework Hubbub: Reflective Assignments.” The Principal of Change – George Couros is a K-12 principal from Stony Plain, AB, Canada, and he has been blogging for approximately 8 months. He explains that purpose of his blog is “to be a reflective educator in an open and transparent way.” His advice for other administrators who are new to social media? “Technology is just the tool that you are using,” he explains. “There is so much that you can learn through this means, but more importantly, it is about connecting with people.  Find some people that have already started and help them connect you with others.  The impact in your practice will be huge!” Recommended posts: “Evolution of a Lead learner” and “Risk Taking Does Not Fit With Perfection.” Principal Reflections – “Principal Reflections is my attempt to dig a bit deeper into the issues I come across in education every day that may prove interesting, helpful, or inspiration to other educators and parents within the Hopkinton community and throughout the blogosphere,” writes Bill Carozza, the principal of Harold Martin School, Hopkinton, New Hampshire. Bill has been blogging since July 2008, and his advice for other administrators is to pick one component of social media to become comfortable with at first: “If your teachers see that you have an interest in social media and you want to be proficient, then it will be clear that it is not just a passing thing but something that’s here to stay.” Recommended posts: “House Bill 39” and “Disney’s Organizational Chart.” Shared Leadership – “Shared Leadership is focused on creating awareness and motivation to adapt our education system and experience to the Digital Age,” writes Jamie Feild Baker. (Jamie is from Memphis, Tennessee, and has been blogging for 3 years). “I write about change leadership, adult learning, strategic thinking, accountability, growth mindset and developing an entrepreneurial spirit within ourselves so that we can influence our classrooms and schools.” Jamie advises other administrators to “give up the idea of learning” and try to find a few blogs to read regularly: “Blogging and technology is best learned by jumping in and doing it. Find a good, friendly techno-savvy person who is at least 2 or 3 steps ahead of you and ask questions. Also, don’t forget to Google or search on Youtube any questions that you might have – others have had them before you and have shared their answers. Lastly, don’t be afraid to misstep or make mistakes because that is the best way to learn.” Recommended posts: “Creating a Culture of Innovation” and “Ed Tech.” Transleadership – “The purpose of my blog is to write about, support, and push to continue this shift toward connected learning, especially from the perspective of an educational leader  (and more recently as a parent),” writes Tony Baldasaro. (Tony works as the chief learning officer at the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School in Exeter, NH, and has been blogging since July 2009). “My biggest regret is not starting earlier,” he admits. “Since becoming transparent and learning out loud, I have made more connections and learned from more passionate educators than I ever expected.  So my advice [for administrators] would to to do two things to get going.  First, begin writing publicly (ie. blog). Second, find someone you trust on Twitter and follow him or her.  Then follow those that he or she follow as well.  This will get you started.” Recommended posts: “Tools Are Still Not the Answer” and “Teach Students not Programs.” weblogg-ed – Will Richardson works as the “Learner in Chief” at Connective Learning in New Jersey, and he uses his site to discuss the use of Weblogs, wikis, audiocasts, and the future of learning “in the K-12 realm.” Recommended posts: “A New Culture of Learning” and “The Wrong Conversations.”

Elementary/Primary

Apply Today – Assistant Principal Kevin Creutz, from St. Charles, MO, has been blogging for 1 year and uses his blog to “[share his] experiences in education in a way that other educators can apply to their own career.”  His advice to administrators is to “take advantage of the massive amount of information and sharing that is taking place…We are stronger educators when we use each other to become better teachers, administrators, etc.,” he writes. Recommended posts: “Enhance Student Learning” and “Launch Party.” Education for All -  “[My blog] is really a way for me to share my views on the issues that are important to me and education, writes Don Cowart, an elementary school principal from Rhode Island who has been blogging since December 2006. “In the beginning no one really reads your blog, so you need to write for yourself. It isn’t about becoming famous or making money, because those things don’t often happen.” His advice for administrators who are new to social media? “Blogging is so easy,” he writes. “Websites like Blogger make it easy for anyone to blog. My 6th graders at my school blog using free easy to use web-based programs like Blogger. Before you start you should take some time to cruise the Internet and read and comment on other blogs related to your interests and genre. It will help you focus your blog.” Recommended posts: “To Blog or Not to Blog…..That is the Question” and “Passion.” The Evolution of Education -  Brian J. Nichols is a former elementary school principal, but currently works as the executive director of elementary education. Recommended posts: “Teach Don’t Tell” and “No Excuses.” FreshfromtheFarm_Top100administratorblogs Fresh from the Farm! – Susan T. Phillips, an elementary school principal from Jacksonville, FL, stated that the purpose of her blog is to “communicate with my faculty and showcase our school’s work with the public, opens up a network of feedback from teachers and peers.” Her advice for other administrators is to “just do it” and “educate yourself about doing it wisely and then try it…Start looking for others who are embracing it and follow them.” Recommended posts: “The Blogging Challenge – What Book Made the Biggest Impact on Your Life?” and “You’re in BIG Trouble…NOT!Memorial School Principal’s Blog – Karen Rickershauser is the principal of Memorial Elementary School in Burlington, MA, and her blog provides updates on the latest information about activities and events at her school. Recommended posts: “After-School Homework & Study Club Gr. 3-5” and “New Memorial School Tile Project.” National Association of Elementary School Principals – Specifically for elementary and middle school principals, this blog discusses educational issues as well as any recent news concerning the future of education. Recommended posts: “Survey: Definitions of Effective Principals” and “The Unintended Consequence of Suspensions.” Of Principal Concern – Gary Hopkins has been the editor-in-chef of EducationWorld.com since 1997, and previously worked as a third-grade classroom teacher and the managing editor of Weekly Reader, the largest free website for educators. Recommended posts: “BLOG BITS: Video Motivates Science Fair Interest, Student Perfectionists, Fund for Teachers” and “‘Peace Keepers’ Program Brings School’s Totem Story to Life.” OHE_Top100administratorblogs OHE Principal’s Blog by Dr. Cathryn Mitchell – Dr. Cathryn Mitchell works as a principal at a Pre K-5 grade school in Austin, TX, and has been blogging since August. She explains that the purpose of her blog is to “inform parents of what is happening at school” and to let them learn more about her through the process. “I had a fabulous parent help me get started [on my blog],” she writes. “Many of our parents send the blogs for teachers. All teachers have to do is send the parent an e-mail with blog information.” The Principal Blog Melinda Miller, (from Springfield, MO), has been blogging for 6 years, and her blog is designed for “practicing school principals” to share ideas with other administrators. “My advice would be to start somewhere,” she writes. “Whether you start with Twitter or blogging our community is very accepting and helpful…Don’t worry about mistakes at first, just get started.” Recommended posts: “Principal Back to School To-do list….” and “Promoting your school through Smilebox.” The Principal’s Blog – Ft. Myers Christian School – This blog documents the numerous activities and events that are taking place at Ft. Myers Christian School in Florida. Recommended posts: “Fourth Grade Meets The Mayor” and “Special Project in 2A.” The Principal and Interest – Dave Sherman, an elementary school principal in Deerfield, IL who has been blogging for the last 5 years, currently operates two blogs; (one is for school use and one is for his own personal opinions and viewpoints). “I use the school blog as a communication tool for parents and the community,” he writes. “I use my own blog to share my opinions on education, parenting, and other interests.” His advice for other administrators is to “understand the power of RSS” and create an account on Bloglines, Google Reader, or some other site. “Start reading other educators’ blogs and add them to your RSS aggregator. Next, create a simple blog on a site like Edublogs or WordPress. Write comments on other blogs and link to your own blog. That will start establishing a readership of your own.” He also explains that administrators should create an account on Delicious.com and start bookmarking on it. “This will lead to other educators who have bookmarked the same and similar sites.”  Recommended posts: “The Land of Studenthood” and “Engagement, Empowerment, Enthusiasm – Part One.” Principal Learner – “[The purpose of my blog] is to clarify my thinking for myself and, on the off chance  that someone actually reads one of my ramblings, interact with like minded people,” writes Daniel Winters, an elementary school principal in Chula Vista, CA. His tips for other administrators who are new to social media is to “decide on your purpose for any tool, then jump right in.” Recommended posts: “Antecedents of Excellence” and “Dewey Derailed.” Principal (le?) Learning – Greg Carroll works as a principal at a primary school in New Zealand, and writes about how to improve the future of education for students, ePortfolios, technology in the classroom, and much more. Recommended posts:”ULearn Presentation” and “ePortfolios.” Principal’s Point of View – Larry Fliegelman is a principal in Massachusetts and has been blogging since the summer of 2009. “I blog to share ideas and learn from other educators,” he writes. He also recommends that other administrators should “follow lots of educators on Twitter,” and “create a simple blog and dive in. Start with blog posts highlighting your school.” Recommended posts: “The Librarian and the Rules, Girls and Boys” and “Topic Sentence? I’ll give you a topic sentence.”

Principal’s Post -  “I write about Educational Change and Leadership keeping in mind that we need to keep the needs of our students first,” writes Akevy Greenblatt, a lower school principal in Memphis, TN, who started blogging 6 months ago. “I write to express and share my ideas with others. I also enjoy getting comments so that I can learn from others as well…For me, I just jumped. I first was on Twitter watching then I started tweeting, which lead to my blog. My advice would be just jump and see what’s out there read other tweets and other blogs, and once you get a feel for things share your ideas. I believe that all administrators need to embrace social media as a way of collaborating and sharing and growing professionally, and having a blog is one way to do that.” Recommended posts: “My Thoughts On Effective Teaching” and ““All or Nothing”- I Don’t Think So.”

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The Principal’s Posts -  “I use writing and posting to my blog as a reflective activity towards improving my practice. That is the main purpose,” explains Lyn Hilt, an elementary principal/school administrator from Pennsylvania who has been blogging since November 2009. “I also enjoy reading the reflections of other educators who read my blog and post comments, which in turn leads me to their blogs where I can learn even more about our field.” Her advice for other administrators is to start with Twitter, utilize hashtags to widen your audience, and share your first posts: “Begin by establishing a supportive network of educators with whom you can go to with questions,” she writes. “Comment on others’ blogs. Include links to other blogs/resources in your posts. Don’t be frustrated if you don’t get a lot of comments right away. Write for YOU! The readers will come.” Recommended posts: “Inspiration delivers” and “Good teaching is everywhere.”

Teach It, Tech It, Learn It, Lead It. – Chris Atkinson writes about everything from teaching and leadership, to educational technology and teacher effectiveness. Recommended posts: “Google Apps For Education – Indiana Webinar Pt. 1” and “Gates Report Indicates Test Scores A Predictor In Teacher Effectiveness.” The Wejr Board – Chris Wejr is an elementary school principal in Agassiz, BC, Canada, and previously worked as a physical education, math, and science teacher, as well as an elementary vice principal and athletic coach. Recommended posts: “The Price of Grades” and “Is Learning A Sport?

Middle/Junior

Dane’s Education Blog – Dane Peters is the head of Brooklyn Heights Montessori School (BHMS), and has been blogging for the past 4 years. He explains that the purpose of his blog is to “provide insights on children and parenting” as well as to provide resources for educators and parents on children, teaching, and learning. Recommended posts: “Teachers Learning Together” and “More on E-book Revolution.” Do I Dare Disturb the Universe? – Scott Elias is a middle school principal in Loveland, CO, and some of the many post topics on his blog include technology, teaching, educational conferences, and creativity. Recommended posts: “Practicing what I preach” and “My Commencement Address to the Class of 2009.” Intercultural Responsiveness – “Intercultural Responsiveness is about the reality that we are all cultural beings, and learning about ourselves and others will help us learn how to recognize and appreciate differences and interact in effective, appropriate, and supportive ways,” explains Tom Altepeter, the assistant principal at Lucile Erwin Middle School in Loveland, CO. “Jump in with Twitter,” he advises to other administrators. “Do a search for #cpchat. Follow some of those people and some of the people they follow. The learning will happen naturally from there.” Recommended posts: “The Mistakes We Make” and “Nuts & Bolts: Part 1.” ItsaboutLearning_Top100administratorblogs It’s About Learning -  “On ‘It’s About Learning,’ I try to talk about the roots and foundations of learning,” explains Bo Adams, a junior high principal from Atlanta, GA, who has been blogging since July 2008. “For the past 50 years, educators have seemed to gravitate more and more to talking about teaching. However, in the past few years, there has been a resurgence of focusing on LEARNING. I try to promote that shift in focus.” Adams’s advice for other administrators is to start a Twitter account and find 5 to 10 educators to follow: “Get the hang for using Twitter as a daily learning tool. Also, starting to follow other educator blogs is a great way to learn.” Recommended posts: “Do Schools Match the Tools?” and “GOOGLE and the JHS.” Principally Speaking -  “My sole purpose is to sharing my thinking, mistakes, and innovation with others, so that the marketplace of ideas grows,” writes Dr. Robert Dillon, a middle school principal from Saint Louis, MO, who has been blogging for over 2 years. “My advice is that [administrators] should try one or two things at a time, be willing to take risks and ask questions. There will be something that doesn’t go well, and you should be ready to pick and choose what works for you. There isn’t an option to do nothing in this realm.” Recommended posts: “Middle School Beauty and Art” and “Counterinsurgency and School Discipline.” South Brandywine Middle School Principal’s Blog — John Reid has been blogging for almost a year, and uses his blog to “provide people with a good picture of what occurs in our school.” When asked to provide tips or advice to other administrators who are new to social media, he recommends that they “have to jump in and make it a priority.” Recommended posts: “South and Scott Students Skype About Books!!!!” and “South Brandywine Kicks Off Bullying Prevention and Awareness Plan!Tiger Principal – This blogger is principal of a middle school in Idaho, (she named her blog after her school’s mascot), and the purpose of her blog is to “share insights into educational issues” that are affecting her community. Recommended posts: “Why Power of “I”?” and “Morale is a Team Effort.”

Secondary/High School

A Principal’s Reflections – “The sole purpose of my blog is to reflect on educational leadership, share successful strategies, and promote innovation within my school,” writes Eric Sheninger, a principal in New Milford, NJ, who has been blogging since March 2010. “Tips:  Don’t be afraid to stick your toe in the water! Social media has the ability to enhance the work administrators do on a daily basis, especially in the areas of communications, knowledge acquisition, finding resources, and collaboration with colleagues across continents. Follow other “tech-savvy” administrators before taking the plunge!” Recommended posts: “What is the Most Effective Classroom Technology?” and “Take Control of Your Public Relations.” Burlington High School Principal’s Blog -  The posts on this blog update readers on events that are taking place at Burlington High School in Massachusetts. Recommended posts: “Third Annual Artist Alumni Day A Great Success!” and “Course Weight Discussion – What I Will Recommend To School Committee This Week.” Burlington High School Associate Principal’s Blog -  This blog is for students, (or parents of students), at Burlington High School who are interested in staying up to date on their school’s activities and events. Recommended posts: “Mentor Tutors are Back for Mid-Term Help!” and “Freshman Orientation Questions & Feedback.” Darcy Moore’s Blog – From Kiama, Australia, this deputy principal has a passion for introducing students to various Web 2.0 tools, along with helping teachers and other administrators develop Personal Learning Networks (PLNs). Recommended posts: “10 IDEAS: blogED Prezi” and “10 questions for your child’s teacher.”

Deputy Principals Online – Yet another blog created by Darcy Moore, the posts on this site discuss cybersafety for students, the use of technology in education, and numerous technological tools every administrator should be aware of. Recommended posts: “Professional Learning Day” and “Cybersafety and Digital Footprints.”

  Educational Discourse – This blogger is a vice principal of a high school in Saskatchewan, Canada, and has a passion for Web 2.0 tools, leadership issues, and social networking. Recommended posts: “Finding your focus” and “Online Bookmarking – Not an Option.” The Fischbowl -  Karl Fisch works as the director of technology at a high school in Centennial, CO, and also worked as a teacher for 21 years. Recommended posts: “We See This as the Future of Higher Education” and “No Extra Credit Required.” The Learning Nation – Cale Birk is principal from Kamloops, BC, Canada, and his posts discuss  important topics such as class sizes, student achievement, and attendance policies. Recommended posts: “A Baker’s Dozen to Follow — No Measurements Required For This Recipe” and “Research – It should be called BS Repellent.” Learning the Now – Gino Bondi is a principal at John Oliver Secondary in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and has a passion for “redefining learning” at his school with the use of technology. Recommended posts: “Ever Expanding Horizons of Possibility: The Leaders We Need Now” and “Personalized Education: Learning that is Meaningful and Important.” Lisa Learning - Lisa Neale currently works as a principal from Ontario, Canada, and some of the many post topics included on her blog touch on School Improvement Visits (SIP), PLNs, and the future of education in the 21st century. Recommended posts: “3 Words: Personalize, Blend, Balance” and “Is Leadership Different in 21st Century?

Mexico High School Principal’s Corner – Dr. Terry Robinson uses his blog to praise successful students and teachers at his high school, and most recently he conducted a parent-teacher e-mail survey and posted the results on his blog. Recommended posts: “PARENT FEEDBACK about parent teacher conferences” and “Fall Posting.”

Practical Theory – Chris Lehmann is a principal in Philadelphia, PA, and he also previously worked as a technology coordinator, English teacher, and athletic coach in Manhattan. Recommended posts: “When I Learned to Hate Drugs” and “What I Ask of SLA Teachers.” NationalAssociation_Top100administratorblogs The Principal Difference -  From the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the “head blogger” of this site, (Mel Riddile) is a secondary school principal from Reston, VA, and topics  include teaching, curriculum and instruction, and graduation rates. Recommended posts: “Five Internet Trends” and “Highly Qualified: Just find the great teachers!Principal’s Policy Blog -  Also from the National Association of Secondary School Principals, some of the many categories include “Federal Funding,” “Adolescent Literacy,” “School Reform Policy,” and “IDEA/Special Education.” Recommended posts: “Department of Education Releases National Education Technology Plan and Launch of Online Communities” and “School Districts Reveal Lack of Familiarity, Implementation with Turnaround Models.” Refreshing Wednesday – “I try to post something that helps educators return to their true priorities (whatever those may be),” writes Stephen Valentine, the assistant head of the upper school at the Montclair Kimberley Academy in New Jersey. “School gets pretty messy — I hope my blog lends some clarity.” Stephen has been blogging for one year, and his advice to other administrators who are new to social media is to ‘dive in.’ “It is difficult to talk about social media if you haven’t tried it,” he explains. Recommended posts: “Life Beyond Screens” and “Your Opinion Matters.” Tado – Not only does Darren Cannell, (an administrator from Saskatoon, Canada) post about educational issues on his blog, he also posts his artwork, pictures, and favorite videos quotes as well. Recommended posts: “Education Discussion” and “U.S. Schools Are Still Ahead–Way Ahead.” Technology’s Guiding Principals – Dominic J. Giegerich’s passion for the use of technology in schools is evident when scrolling through his posts, some of which discuss Web 2.0 tools, Personal Learning Networks (PLNs), online learning, and Twitter. Recommended posts: “Coffee with a shot of PLN in the morning” and “Web 2.0/PLN class evolves, redefines “wait-time.’” #Vanmeter- Leading the Educational Transformation -  Deron Durflinger works as a secondary school principal in Van Meter, IA, and writes that his hope for education is “for schools to move away from the factory model developed over 100 years ago, to a more relevant system for learners of the 21st century.” Recommended posts: “Do Walkthroughs Make a Difference?” and “What Are You Doing To Threaten The Status Quo?

College/University

The Brescia Weekly LEADer! - “My blog is just one of many ways that I try to better connect with the Brescia community,” writes Colleen Hanycz, the principal of Brescia University College in London, ON, Canada, who has been blogging for almost a year. “At Brescia, we recognize the growing importance of social media in connecting with our students and alumnae and blogging has been a great vehicle for this connection. It also allows for some wonderful feedback, both from those connected and those not connected to the Brescia family, so that our wider community has a sense of what we are up to.” Her tips for other administrators? “You need to set aside specific time for blogging, something that is often challenging to do in a busy administrative schedule. I have begun to keep a list of topics or events that pique my interest, to be blogged about at a later time!” Recommended posts: “Beware of the Bubble!” and “Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Leaders.”

Yale College’s first Principal’s blog! – Although principal Paul Croke will be retiring from his position this August, he uses his blog to update his staff, students, or even prospective students with the activities and events taking place at Yale College. Recommended posts: “World Skills Team Challenge at Yale College” and “Yale’s Record of Success.”

Director

21apples - Arvind S. Grover works as the director of technology at The Hewitt School in New York City, and identifies himself as a “constructivist educator.” Recommended posts: “The Concord Consortium – beautiful math and science software and tools – free!” and “The Modern Educator – a talk on young people and the Internet.” Blogg-Ed Indetermination – Steve Taffee is an administrator/director of strategic projects at an all girl’s independent school, (grades 6-12), and has been blogging since July 2008. He explains that the purpose of his blog is to “provide a perspective” on 3 things he is passionate about: Education, technology, and environmental sustainability. As for other administrators who are new to social media, he advises them to “try repurposing content you are already creating.” (“For example, if you have a newsletter you send to parents or alumni, use that as the basis for your blog posts.”) He also recommends that administrators “start small” and to use an “informal, conversational tone.” Recommended posts: “The Goldilocks Number: Systems Complexity” and “The Changing Influence of Teachers.” BlueSkunk_Top100administratorblogs The Blue Skunk – Doug Johnson works as the director of media and technology for Mankato Public Schools, MN, and he has also worked in numerous leadership positions for state/national organizations, such as ISTE and AASL. Recommended posts: “BFTP: What gets tested, gets taught” and “Steps to keeping your tech sanity.” Chalkdust101 -  Patrick Higgins currently works for the Verona Public Schools in Verona, NJ, and he has been blogging since 2005. “It’s mostly a reflective space for me to push through ideas that I want to know more about,” he explains. “I don’t really write for any purpose expressly, but when I need to clarify my thinking, that’s the first place I turn to.” His tip for administrators is to “dive in and see how you can leverage the network that is out there to learn, grow, and find easier ways to do things.” Recommended posts: “2010 in review” and “Can We Handle the Truth?Drape’s Takes -  Darren Draper is the director of technology services for the Canyons School District in Utah, and some of the many categories on his blog include “#Edchat,” “Reform,” and “Moral Issues in Education.” Recommended posts: “Barriers That Hold Some Back ” and “On Empathy, Culture, and Barriers to Making Technology Integral to Teaching.” The Power of Educational Technology – Liz B. Davis is the director of academic technology at an independent, all boys, grades 7-12 school near Boston, MA. She also has a weekly post series titled, “Two for Tuesday,” where she updates her readers on the latest Web 2.0 tools that she (or her students) have discovered. Recommended posts: “Ten Flashcard Apps for Tuesday” and “On being different…Mr. Torode’s Guidance – This blogger not only posts monthly newsletters on his blog, he also includes various resources for other administrators, such as learning disability and college/career resource links. Recommended posts: “December Newsletter – 7 Skills Students Need to Survive” and “Parent and Student College Workshop.” williamstites.net - “Try to look at educational technology and make it easy enough for a 3rd grader to understand,” advises William Stites to other administrators. (William is the director of technology at The Montclair Kimberley Academy in New Jersey). “Don’t worry about contributing (tweeting), just spend time finding people to follow and see how the conversations and ideas flow.” Recommended posts: “The iPad in Education and the Questions” and “Expanding the Definition of Community to a Global Community.”

School Board

Laurie Goodman’s Blog – Laurie Goodman is a member of the Board of Education in Ridgewood, NJ, and she has been blogging for 3 years. She explains that the purpose of her blog is to “communicate and engage with parents and other members of the community in Ridgewood, New Jersey, on education issues at the local, state and national level.” She recommends for other administrators to start reading other blogs to “get a feel” for what kind of information they can find: “The possibilities are limitless,” she writes. “As you get more comfortable with what’s out there, sign up for a Twitter account and follow a few educators. You’ll quickly build a network and, eventually, you’ll feel comfortable enough to post a few tweets of your own. Consider starting your own blog — how often you post is completely up to you.” Recommended posts: “Big changes coming to AP courses, tests” and “Librarians to hold workshops on web resources for research/homework.

Head of School/Headmaster

21k12_topadministratorblogs21k12: celebrating 21st century K-12 education – “Social media offers incredible opportunities to forge professional networks with other educational leaders, to develop your voice as an educational leader, and to articulate your educational vision to your own school and community and beyond,” writes Jonathan E. Martin, the head of a private-independent school in Tucson, AZ who has been blogging for 3 years.  He goes on to explain that the purpose of his blog is to “develop and share [his] thoughts and vision about educational innovation in our fast-changing era.”  Recommended post: “Jane McGonigal on TED: Gaming can Make a Better World (and a Better School?)” Aspiring Heads – Inspiring Headships – Chris Wheeler works as a headmaster at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, DE, and his blog is packed full of educational videos, guest posts, and book recommendations. Recommended posts: “Your Colleagues Recommend…” and “How fluent are you in the various languages spoken in your school?Holton1_Top100administratorblogs Holton Arms: Head’s Notes -  Susanna A. Jones, the headmaster at Holton-Arms School, (an independent girl’s school, in Bethesda, MD), writes about leadership issues, 21st century skills and technology, as well as upcoming activities and events at her school. Recommended posts: “Authentic Happiness and 21st Century Skills and Habits of Mind” and “Head’s Message: American Women: Unhappy.” To Keep Things Whole – Mark Crotty works at St. John’s Episcopal School in Dallas, TX; (a Pre K-8th grade independent school with approximately 500 students), and has been blogging since September 2010. “As a new head of school, I wanted the blog as a way of letting many people get to know me and what I believe rather quickly,” he writes. When asked to provide any tips for administrators who are new to social media, he explains that administrators should see it as a “great opportunity to get [their] message and vision out to many people at once,” and to also “keep a little notebook in which you gather ideas.” Recommended posts: “To Screen or Not to Screen” and “Wikileaks and Education.” The Next Generation of Educational Leadership -  Blogger Nathan Barber works at the Second Baptist School in Houston, TX, and some of the many categories on his blog include “Teacher Compensation,” “Educational Leadership,” “Hiring,” and “Personnel Management.” Recommended posts: “Concussion Information All Athletic Directors Should See ” and “Tell Your Teachers to Go to the Gym.” Peak Experiences – Michael Ebeling, the head of Summit School in North Carolina, writes that his blog is intended as a “thoughtful, informed, and good-willed exchange of ideas on teaching, learning, and leading in the 21st century.” Recommended posts: “A Blurred Line between the Roles of a Parent and Child?” and “Turning Failure into a Gift: A Mindset for the Future.” PDS_Top100administratorblogs Presbyterian Day School’s Headmaster’s Blog -  Lee Burns is the headmaster at a boy’s school in Memphis, TN, and has a passion for 21st century education and technology. Recommended posts: “The Year in Tweets” and “Kindergarten Lessons for a Community of Children and Adults.”

Superintendent

A Space for Learning - “Learning connects us to the world and the world to us. We learn as individuals and with each other,” writes Pamela Moran on her blog. “This space for learning creates an opportunity to connect and construct memories together that become internal documentaries of that which we choose to explore- to rewind, play, pause, or fast forward.  We are all creators of learning moments. That’s what we do.” Recommended posts: “Seven Take Aways from PISA Research” and “11 Reasons I am Thankful for Public Education in the United States.” CultureofYes_Top100administratorblogs Culture of Yes – Chris Kennedy is a superintendent from West Vancouver, BC, Canada, and he started blogging a few years ago. He explains that the purpose of his blog is to “share [his] thoughts and engage the community in ideas.” He also advises other administrators to “focus on a couple tools – e.g. Twitter and blogs.” Recommended posts: “A Student’s View” and “Truth About Leadership.” Dr. Jerome Stewart’s Blog – “The sole purpose of my blog is to provide a communication tool from the superintendent of schools,” writes Dr. Jerome Stewart, the Superintendent for Midlothian ISD in Midlothian, TX, who has been blogging for approximately 6 months. “Tips for administrators? Jump right in! One day I asked our web manager if I could start a blog. He said sure and asked when I would like to begin. I said, “Right now.” I had never blogged before but I knew that it was better to just begin.” Recommended posts: “Local Control” and “State of the State’s Finances.” Kimberly Moritz BlogPosts – This superintendent from New York discusses various topics on her blog such as the use of technology in classrooms, politics, and the importace of good teaching. Recommended posts: “Public School Bashing?” and “Possibilities for PLC.” MichaelSmith_Top100administratorblogs Michael Smith’s Principals Page -  Michael Smith has been working in education for the last 16 years, and he previously worked as a K-12 principal and assistant superintendent. His posts reflect not only his humorous side, but his passion for the future in education as well. Recommended posts: “Teachertudes” and “Twitter is Changing Education. But Not School Desks.” PCHSdirectorBLOG – Dave Meister, a high school director from Paris, IL, has been blogging for the past 4 years. “Start slow and find your comfort level,” he advises other administrators who are new to blogging. “Choose one thing to do, whether it is blogging, creating a rss reader, joining Twitter…start looking at the resources, ideas, expertise that is available via social networking.” Recommended posts: “Why Banning Social Media is not the Answer” and “How Did You Get Your Kids to do That?“The Power of Us” Brings Excellence to Austin Schools -  Superintendent Meria Carstarphen discusses many important educational topics on her blog, such as the future of education in Austin, Texas, healthy eating, intercultural learning, and much more. Recommended posts: “Lunch Line Redesign” and “A is for Apple and Awareness.” Principal Thoughts Top 100 admin blogs Principal Thoughts – Chris Lindholm works as an assistant superintendent in Burnsville, MN, (but he started his blog when he was working as a junior high principal), and he has been blogging for the past two years. “My goal is to push us outside of our comfort zone to wrestle with the realities in education that we don’t like to face,” he writes. “Fulfilling this role/purpose has changed significantly for me in the past year as I have changed jobs – but I intend to stay focused on that purpose.” His tips for administrators who are new to social media? “You have to have the guts to jump in yourself to really understand just how significant social media is,” he explains. “Jump in and begin learning about the language and how to use it as a leader working to make positive change. Also, remember that everything you write, say, post, etc… is public and is truly your online – much extended - resume.  The one page resume is now gone and you now have a “digital footprint.”  Make sure your footprint is a postive reflection of your work.” Recommended posts: “Teaching and Leading is Tough Business…” and “Ted Talks – Can children really educate themselves?” Rebel 6 Ramblings – David Britten explains that he started his blog to “create transparency” in his district by “‘leading out loud’ through blogging and real-time communications, and influence wholesale change in our K-12 institution.”  (David works as a superintendent in Grand Rapids, MI, and he has been blogging for 3 years.His advice for other administrators is to “try it out and don’t worry about whether you understand it yet, or not…Took me 6 months before I got the main idea behind Twitter. Follow 2 or 3 other administrators and perhaps your local media folks at first. Nobody cares about what you ate for breakfast. Share something from your visits to schools, classrooms, or extracurricular events If you are reading something interesting, share that. Don’t be afraid to speak out. If you’re always worried about what your board will think about what you say, you’re probably in the wrong career.” Recommended posts: “Riding into the Perfect Storm of Reform” and “Taking Action During a Storm.” Superintendent’s Blog – Some of the many educational topics discussed on this blog include web-based learning in the classroom, bullying, budgets, Facebook, and politics. Andreas Viklund also posts various resources for students, families, and staff on the blog as well, such as the Draft District Improvement Plan 2010/2011 for Burlington High Schools in Massachusetts, as well as the Systems of Tiered Instruction (RtI). Recommended posts: “Seventh Grade Student Perspective on Web-based Learning” and “Learning Walks with John Antonetti.” Superintendent’s Blog: Scot Graden – Superintendent of Saline Area Schools – Scot Graden was hired as the superintendent of Saline Area Schools, MI, in March, 2008, and previously worked as an interim athletic director, alternative high school principal, and executive director of community services. Recommended posts: “The Parent Teacher Conference” and “Use and Misuse of Electronic Communication Devices.” usd344supt – Greg Gorman works for a school district in Kansas, and uses his blog to discuss his own personal experiences and thoughts that come along with being a superintendent. Recommended posts: “My Perspective on 21st Century Learning ” and “Educational Philosophy.”

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Top 100 Financial Blogs for College Students

Jan. 8th 2011

Realm of Prosperity

This blog from a 2009 graduate “serves as a medium to connect the lively reckless nature of the younger generation with the responsible attitude that financial stability requires.” Posts focus on money management, investments, debt management, and much more. Some popular posts include College Student Bought Home Instead of Renting, Investing Now v. Removing Debt, and A Weekend in College: Zero Dollars.

I Will Teach You to be Rich

This blog — and the book of the same title — offers advice on personal finance and business for college students and recent graduates (and anyone else who might be interested). In-depth posts discuss marketing, negotiation, debt management, home ownership, starting a business, and much more. Some recent posts include Behind the Scenes of a Psychological Campaign, Wednesday Workout: Testing Your Assumptions, and How to Apply the 80/20 Rule to Earn More, Work Less, and Dominate.

Grad Money Matters

This blog is “for those of us that are well-educated, yet clueless when it comes to money matters.” Posts cover topics ranging from consumerism to personal finance to investing. Some popular posts include 10 Steps Using Which Even a Lazy Person Can Be a Millionaire, 101 Tips for Frugal Living, and 11 Things You Do Not Learn in School.

Broke Grad Student

This former grad student started this blog to document his attempts to pay back $22,000 in student loans. Along the way, he shares his tips for saving money and managing personal finances for college students. Though the blog has not been updated in some time, there are still plenty of excellent articles in the archive. We liked 5 Easy Ways for College Students to Make Extra Money, How You Can Make $25 in 10 Minutes, and Building a Car Fund for College Students.

Independent Beginnings

Olivia is a college student at Brigham Young University, and her blog discusses “issues such as budgeting, credit, financial aid, savings, investing, taxes, insurance, and smart spending.” Many of the recent posts also include links to online coupons, freebies, and other deals for products and services.

20 Something Finance

The purpose of this blog is to “entertain and help inquisitive young professionals get out of debt, build wealth, and achieve financial freedom.” Post categories include investing, career, home buying, budgeting, retirement planning, insurance, and more. There are also reviews of Web sites, books, products, and more. Some recent posts worth checking out include The 57 Best 20Something Finance Posts of 2010, The Hidden 401k Fees that Can Crack Your Nest Egg, and Obama Tax Cut Extensions and New Payroll Tax Cuts: How Much Will You Save?

Consumerism Commentary

This personal finance blog started as one man’s personal efforts to hold himself accountable for his own account balances and spending habits. It has grown into a vast blog with a team of writers and in-depth posts about all aspects of personal finance. Some interesting recent posts include Low Savings Interest Rates: Good or Bad?, How to Buy Facebook Shares Now, and The Myth of Ownership.

Stop Buying Crap

Between posts about the silly and irresponsible ways that many of us spend our money (such as $166 jeans and these 9 Weird Crap You Can Buy on Amazon.com), there are thoughtful posts about ways to save money and wisely invest your money. Some interesting recent posts include S.3247: Fair Access to Credit Scores Act, How I Made the Most Money I’ve Ever Made in My Life but Still Felt Miserable, and Teach Your Children About Money Management by Playing Shopkeeper.

Studenomics

This blog offers economic advice for students, by a student. Some of our favorite recent posts include How a Reader’s Slapping College Loans Around, Should Parents Pay for College?, and Vagabonding 101: Everything You Need to know to Travel the World.

Bargaineering

Here you’ll find guidance on financial products such as savings accounts and credit cards, as well as reviews on financial tools (such as software and phone apps) and books. Some of the most talked about posts include How to Win McDonald’s Monopoly Game, Rent Forever, Don’t Buy a Home, and $7,500 First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit.

Steadfast Finances

Here’s “a personal finance and investing 101 blog that delves into current events, consumer education, and techniques to improve your bottom line.” Categories include consumer education, frugal living, humor, index funds, infographics and chartology, investing 101, investor psychology, and real estate. Some notable recent posts include Could the Stock Market Rally Really be ‘This Simple?’ http://steadfastfinances.com/blog/2011/01/06/renting-hot-home-ownership-not/”>Renting Hot, Home Ownership Not, and The Condo Money Trap: 68% Loss and In Foreclosure.

Man vs. Debt

The man behind Man vs. Debt encourages you to “Sell your crap. Pay off your debt. Do what you love.” Baker and his family sold all of their possessions to pay off $18,000 in debt and to spend a year traveling abroad. He hopes his experiences and his blog will help others find their own path to financial health. There are extensive interviews with financial experts and reflections on what it means to live simply and how to eliminate consumerism from your life. Baker and family will even be embarking on an RV tour of the country this year.

The Sun’s Financial Diary

Sun’s Financial Diary was started as a way for Sun to track personal investments and to share tips and advice with others interested in investing. Readers will find information on credit cards, the best stock brokers, promotional items, book reviews, and more. Some notable recent posts include Does Automatic Enrollment Improve Retirement Savings? Cash in Now for Secondhand Savings, and The 2010 Year in Money.

The Learning Curve

Muckdog offers his take on current events related to finance, with a focus on the stock market and investing. Some interesting recent posts include Whoa, Market Timing Works! It’s Official: “The Most Difficult Time to Invest”, and Are the Stocks Not to Own, the Ones to Own? A bonus for all the fellas: Many of the posts include a picture of a cheerleader or model.

The Simple Dollar

Trent Hamm is the author of 365 Ways to Live Cheap and The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams. His blog shares the financial advice that helped him overcome financial hardship. Many of his tips center around living frugally and adjusting attitudes towards money and success. Some of our favorite recent posts include The Post-Christmas Challenge, Intimidated by the Mistakes of the Past, and Flipping the Mental Switch for Success.

Shaun’s Real Estate Adventures

Shaun hopes to let others know that investing in real estate is “really not that difficult or scary.” Through posts such as Loan Closing and Apartment Financials Improving, Hard Money Loan #14 Paid Off, and House Now on the Market, readers can get a sense of Shuan’s personal experience in real estate and how investors like him are able to make money in the market — and maybe pick up some tips along the way.

Boston Gal’s Open Wallet

Boston Gal is a “single, 30-something” who is looking for “control of her net worth.” Her current net worth is $572,941.60, and her goal is $3,376,500.00. Her posts talk about ways to live frugally (including shared coupons and promotions), saving and investing, and other money-management tips.

Frugal Zeitgeist

“Your hostess” is a 42-year-old New Yorker who started the blog with the goal to pay off her mortgage in under seven years. Now, the blog discusses a range of topics related to personal finance and money management. The author closed out 2010 with a net worth of a half million dollars (excluding real estate) and savings of $67,000. Learn about her personal secrets and pick up a few tips for developing your own personal finance strategy.

Make Love, Not Debt

This “relationship finance blog” is written by a recently married Chicago couple and tracks their attempts to reduce debt and to increase their net worth. The blog notes: “Current statistics state that half of all marriages fail. One of the top reasons for divorce is disputes over finances!” The blog covers topics that are important to managing finances as a couple, including insurance, budgeting, groceries, and more.

My Money Blog

This blog’s author shares personal investing strategies and advice on how to make more money and to spend less. Posts discuss topics such as tracking your portfolio, managing your debt, and frugal living. Some popular posts include My Favorite Rewards Credit Cards, Our Complete Home-Buying Experience: From Offers to Mortgages, and Best No Fee 0% Balance Transfer Offers.

Million Dollar Journey

Here’s another blog that was started as a way to track personal net worth but has grown to become a source of information and advice for others interested in learning how to better manage finances and investments. Some notable recent posts include Top Stock Picks for 2011: What are Your Picks? Top Stock Pick Results From 2010, and Bah Humbug! Three Ways to be More Like Scrooge.

The Smart Passive Income Blog

Pat is “not a millionaire” but is “living off passive income made online.” Learn from his experiences and pick up a few tips for how to make your own passive income and improve your financial health. To get a better understanding of how he does it, check out My 2nd Annual Passive Income Report, My Income Report – December 2010, and 22 Take Action Ways to be a Remarkable Blogger.

Christian Personal Finance

This blog is dedicated to responsible money management according to the principles outlined in the Bible. The goal is to help others make more money, save more money, invest money wisely, and use financial gains to help benefit the lives of others. Some notable recent posts include 11 Tips for Getting Out of Debt, 6 Financial Mistakes and How to Recover Quickly, and How to Teach Kids About Money.

Money Smarts

Mike Holman is the author of a book about investment accounts in Canada, and he has nearly 20 years experience in the financial industry in Canada. Posts cover investment strategies and other tips for financial management. Some recent posts include Top Stock Picks for 2011 Contest, Why are Investors Only Using GICs and High-Interest Savings Accounts in Their TFSAs? and I’m Switching to e-Bills and e-Statements.

Budgets Are Sexy

J. Money had a financial wake-up call after he bought his first house. But after making some changes to his finances and reading some popular finance books, he has figured out how to improve his financial outlook. His blog shares tips on financial management and investing, offers a “millionaire to-do list,” budget worksheets and more. Some recent posts include Frugal is Sexy. Even When It Itches, My 7 Worst Money Mistakes, and Side Hustle Series: I’m a Craps Dealer.

The Budgeting Babe

This blog is “dedicated to all the young, working women who want to spend like Carrie in a Jimmy Choo store but have a budget closer to Roseanne.” Frugality and financial management are the focus. Recent posts include Are You Paying for Your Useless Baggage? Gazing Into the Retirement Crystal Ball, and Do You 6IOL?

Counting My Pennies

Counting My Pennies shares the experiences of a 20-something looking to increase net worth and instill better financial management principles. Some popular posts include Could You Go Cashless? The Value of a Good Work Environment, and Can You Spend Irresponsibly if You’re Rich?

Debt Hater

Debt Hater is a 30-something Washington, D.C. woman who hates debt — “Not just financial debt, but debt in all areas of life — physically, emotionally, spiritually and any other -allys you can think of.” She overcame $16,000 in credit card debt and has also paid off student-loan debt. There are regular updates on net worth and income. Some recent posts include Debt Hating 101: How to Spend Your Money Where Your Heart Is, Yet Another Reason I’m Glad to Be Debt Free: Painless Car Repairs, and I Got a New Job! How I’m Managing Money Between Paychecks.

Everybody Loves Your Money

This amateur personal-finance blog offers tips and advice on financial management. Some recent posts include Are You Winning the Slow-Motion Lottery? This Just In — Stopping Smoking Can Save You a TON! and Obama Tax Cut Saves Us Over $200 a Month.

Experiments in Finance

This blog talks about different “experiments in finance” such as investing and different financial strategies. Some of the most popular posts include How to Calculate Net Present Value (NPV) — An Introduction, How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel — A Simple Tutorial, and How to Calculate an Internal Rate of Return (IRR), and When Not to Use It.

Girls Just Wanna Have Funds

A certified psychotherapist writes this blog to offer women information and advice on how to take charge of their own finances to ensure self-reliance. Some notable recent posts include 2011 Income Tax and Payroll Changes: What You Need to Know, Easy Money-Saving Tips for the New Year, and 4 Fiscal Tips for the Savvy Single Woman.

Lazy Man and Money

The blog author explains: “Lazy Man and Money is my personal journal where I explore how I can save money and make more money. I try to cover topics such as: banking, budgeting, career, credit, debt, entrepreneurship, investing, taxes, real estate, insurance, spending, retirement, and estate planning.” Some popular posts include 15 Products that Save Time, Money, and Space, Seven Things You Must Do to Prepare for an Emergency, and Top 5 Paths to a Million Dollars.

All Financial Matters

This personal-finance blog discusses topics such as “budget, asset allocation, 401K, IRA, cash flow, insurance, financial planning, portfolio management, and other areas in personal finance.” Some notable recent posts include My Advice to Those Just Starting Out: Keep Good Records, Better Think Twice Before Playing the Lottery With Friends or Co-Workers, and 10 Ways You Can Give This Season (Without Spending a Lot of Money.

Blogging Away Debt

Beks is working to pay off $40,277.36 in debt. She has managed to pay off $31,662.16, with $8,615.20 left to pay on a student loan. She shares her experiences with financial management and what she has learned. Recent topics include travel, holiday spending, monitoring credit, and more.

Wise Bread

Personal finance, frugal living, operating a small business, and more are covered on this blog, which also includes community message boards. Some recent posts include Diagnose and Improve Your Financial Health: A 10-Item Checklist, Best Money Tips: Part-Time Jobs With the Best Benefits, and Best Money Tips: How to Take a Digital Break.

Fat Pitch Financials

George is a resource economist, and he shares his personal financial discovers through his blog, especially insight he has received through the writings of Warren Buffet. There are frequent portfolio updates and features about stocks and stock performance.

My Open Wallet

In this blog, “an anonymous New Yorker tells the world how much she earns, spends, and saves.” In addition, this 40-something single mother shares “my home-buying experiences, my financial goals and ambitions, my thoughts on class and what it means to be rich or poor, and anything else that relates to money.” There are frequent updates on investment performance and income reports.

Queer Cents

This blog proclaims: “We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going shopping without coupons.” Regular posts discuss credit and debt management, answers to reader questions, product reviews, freelancing tips, and more. Notable recent posts include How to Write and Publish Your e-Book,

Dog Ate My Finances

This is the blog of a “20-something, recently debt-free, married and laid-off” woman. She has since gained employment, and her posts share her experiences with financial management, including paying extra on bills, ways to spend less, self-employment, conducting business, and more.

Mapgirl’s Fiscal Challenge

Mapgirl shares her experiences with her own financial goals (such as paying off credit card debt and increasing her savings), and offers tips for personal finance and investing. Posts include regular updates on financial goals, as well as regular updates on personal net worth.

Fabulous Financials

A 30-something single mom with two children is the author of this blog, which shares her personal experiences and offers some insights and tips on financial management. Fitness and fashion are also frequent topics of conversation.

Bad Money Advice

This blog claims that “mainstream personal finance advice is not what it should be,” and Francis X. Curmudgeon, a “bitterly unemployed hedge fund manager,” aims to change that because “surprisingly, he often knows what he is talking about.” Posts that Frank thinks should be popular include Credit Cards and Our Nation of Children, House Prices: The Long View, and Our Personal Finance Problem.

Oblivious Investor

This blog offers tips for “simple, low-maintenance investing.” Posts cover taxes, accounting principles, investing, retirement accounts, and more. A free newsletter is also available. Recent posts include Does This Count as Market Timing? Do REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) Belong in Your Portfolio? and Teaching Kids About Investing: Giving Shares of Stock.

One Mint

Personal finance, technology and economics are explored on this blog, which offers tips and advice for personal investors. Some recent posts include Section 80C Tax-Saving Schemes, Tax-Saving ELSS Mutual Funds, and Post Office Monthly Income Scheme.

Sweating the Big Stuff

Daniel writes this blog to help educate people about ways to improve finances while maintaining a high quality of life. He notes that many bloggers suggest ways to save money that are too severe and disruptive to everyday living, and he endorses a more broad view of spending and saving. Some notable recent posts include What People Pay Shouldn’t Change Our Behavior, Comparing the Tax Cuts and Stimulus Packages, and Are You in Charge of Your Finances?

Blonde and Balanced

Amber is the writer behind Blonde and Balanced, and she writes about how to find a balance with finances and health to find happiness. Some notable recent posts regarding personal finances include When Personal Finance and Health Become Serious, Weddings: Sticking to a Budget & Vendor Customer Service, and Money Lessons from the Big Easy.

Girl With the Red Balloon

Red is a 20-something college student who blogs about her attempts to shrink debt, live simply, and spend and save wisely. Many posts reflect on simple living and the value of money and consumerism. Some notable recent posts include The Money/Power Exchange, What Have I Lost and Gained? and Are We Obsessed?

The Centsible Life

Kelly Whalen writes about personal finances, family and frugal living. She offers lots of tips for saving money, including regular posts with links to discounts and special offers. Some notable recent posts include Organizing Your Finances for the New Year, End of Year Tax Tips, and What’s Covered by a Flexible Spending Account?

Debt-Free Adventure

Learn how to become debt-free with this blog, which uses the principles of the Bible to offer tips on saving, investing, giving, managing taxes, and more. Some recent posts include The Wardrobe Mission, Does the FICO Score Matter? and Help Paying Student Loans.

Young and Thrifty

This blog was started when the author realized that her friends didn’t know what an RRSP was and that her sisters didn’t understand the difference between a debit card and a credit card. The blog aims to educated young people about personal finance and investing. Some notable recent posts include Top 4 Things to Buy After Christmas and New Year’s, How to Use the Homebuyer’s Plan, and Closing/Home Costs to Think About Before You Buy Your Home.

Paying Myself

A first-year lawyer struggles with a high student-debt load and finding financial independence. She shares her experiences and her tips along the way. There are weekly checkups and monthly goals set. Some recent posts include Thoughts from a Reformed Sales Whore, Tackling My Business Debt, and Preparing My Finances for 30 Something.

Punch Debt in the Face

This is the blog “where personal finance and stick figures meet.” Posts are populated by fun graphics and pictures. Though the blog started with a focus on reducing debt, it has grown to discuss other aspects of Boy Ninja’s life, as well. There is still plenty of talk about personal finance (with updates on net worth), there are also plenty of personal musings.

Well-Heeled Blog

This blog combines a “nerdy interest in personal finance” with savvy living. Posts often discuss strategies for frugal shopping, as well as the application of sound financial principles to other areas of life, such as health and fitness. Some interesting recent posts include SEP IRA: Have Side Income? Save for Retirement, High Cost of Healthy Groceries, and Lending to Family: The Easiest $20,000 Decision.

Dough Roller

Learn how you can be a dough roller yourself with tips on how to make more money, save more money and invest it wisely. Some notable recent posts include How Much Money is Won in the Lottery? The Dangers of No Pre-Set Spending Limit Credit Cards, and 5 Must-Follow Financial Resolutions for the New Year.

Enemy of Debt

Enemy of Debt aims to motivate and inspire others to attain financial discipline by teaching sound financial management principles and the important of personal planning. Recently, the blog issued a challenge to its readers to avoid restaurants for a full month. Other recent posts include What’s Your Debt-Free Plan? Get Organized! Homemade Wedding Tips and Benefits for 2011, and Saving Money on Renter’s Insurance.

Financial Samurai

This personal-finance blog aims to help readers “slice through money’s mysteries.” Posts also draw connections between money and current events (such as health insurance reform) and life choices (such as whether those with low incomes should have children, or how those who live at home with their parents can find dating success). Some popular posts include How Higher Taxes Saved Me a Boatload of Money, The Secret to Early Retirement, and Insuring the Uninsured is Worth It.

Five Cent Nickel

This blog offers tips for financial management and investing “because money matters.” The focus is on investing products and debt management, rather than personal experiences and goals. Some notable recent posts include Five Ways to Maximize Your Retirement Accounts, Financial Tips for Couples in 2011, and Investing for Future Income: Start Early, Save Often.

Good Financial Cents

Certified Financial Planner Jeff Rose writes this blog to help readers “make cents” of their investments. Posts offer advice for investing, saving money, instituting financial discipline, and more. Some recent posts include How to Determine the Best Banking Products for Your Small Business Needs, Easy (and Unusual) Ways for College Students to Save Money, and 7 Things You MUST Know About Roth IRA Rules for 2011.

Weakonomics

Learn about “everything that’s wrong with you and your money” with this blog, which is based on the philosophy that most people do not know enough about their money or enough about where it goes. Sometimes, posts discuss pop culture or the author’s personal experiences. Some interesting recent posts include 2011 Predictions: Here are Mine, What are Yours? Couponing Yourself Out of the Market, and Share Lock-Outs.

Suburban Dollar

Kyle describes himself as a typical, middle-class dad, and he hopes that his blog will inspire others to learn more about finance and take control of their finances as he once did. His blog includes a lot of financial information and advice for taking control of aspects of your finances, such as negotiating bills, making extra income, and investing. Some recent posts include Using Volunteer Work to Improve Your Career Prospects, 5 Tips for Using Your Home and Car to Make Money, and How to Negotiate Medical Bills.

My Journey to Millions

This blog was started as a way to track a 27-year-old’s journey from broke lawyer to multimillionaire. He’s not there yet, but in the meantime, he shares his experiences and know how from his training in economics, law, and insurance sales to offer financial tips and investing advice. Some recent posts includes How to Avoid Debt — a Guide, Using Your 401(k) to Start a Business, and 4 Common Money Mistakes to Avoid.

The Psy-Fi Blog

This blog offers “a sideways look at psychology and finance.” Don’t expect to find lots of tips for the market here, or updates about net worth or debt load. Rather, you’ll find posts about the psychology of the market and spending. Some interesting recent posts include Economics and Psychology: The Divorce, Love Your Kids, Not Your Stocks, and Weird Markets.

Money Funk

Here’s another blog that tracks one family’s efforts to minimize debt — $85,000 worth — and live more simply and frugally. There are plenty of tips for ways to save money and to make smarter choices with your finances. Some recent posts include 6 Tips for Finding a Good Mechanic Who Won’t Break the Bank, Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck, and Frugal to Survive or Frugal to be Rich?

Mighty Bargain Hunter

The Mighty Bargain Hunter shares tips for saving money, finding deals, living frugally, making money, and investing. There is also a free newsletter to which readers can subscribe. Some recent posts include A Hack to Include Online Purchases in a Cash Budgeting System, Six Tricks to Finding Deals on Coins, and Money-Tracking Advice so Simple that it Just Might Work.

Fabulously Broke in the City

FB managed to get out of $60,000 in debt in just 18 months, and now she finds a way to balance her “shopaholic” tendencies with healthy saving habits. Some notable recent posts include How Not to Spend More Than You Make, Are People Wealthier Because They’re Business Owners or Self-Employed? and Negotiating: Why You Can Only Win When You Ask for Money.

Small Steps for Big Change

This blog aims to guide readers toward “financial freedom — one step at a time.” A “reformed spendaholic” shares her monthly budget and net worth to offer some guidance for others. There are also reflections about work and personal habits as they relate to success. Some recent posts include Why I Don’t Track Spending, Chance Favors the Prepared Mind, and Self Worth and Work — I Can’t Tell the Difference.

Frugal Law Student

Brett McKay is a second-year law student who is trying to manage tens of thousands of dollars in student debt, and he share tips and advice for students and others who are also trying to find ways to manage their debts and their finances. Articles talk about personal finance, frugality, law school, career, and productivity. Some recent posts include Is Law School Worth the Cost? 7 Ways to Save Money on LSAT Prep, and Mac on a Budget.

Poorer Than You

This blog targets college students and 20-somethings, and offers financial advice “without being boring.” “Topics include credit cards, savings, budgeting, earning more money, evaluating job offers… from big financial decisions down to small ones, from the latest news to time-tested advice.” Stephanie had to drop out of school because of poor finances, and now she shares her journey back after getting her finances in better shape and returning to school and graduating.

Single Guy Money

This single guy had over $80,000 in debt at one point, but has since managed to pay off $40,000 in credit card debt and a car loan of $22,000, and is now working on paying off student loans and a mortgage. He offers great tips for saving money and making better financial decisions. Some notable recent posts include 5 Tips on Juggling Multiple Savings Accounts, Getting the Most Out of Ebay as a Seller, and Eating Out: Finding Restaurant Vouchers and Coupons.

TeacHer Finance

A 25-year-old high-school teacher attempts to get her financial house in order and to enjoy life on a small teacher’s salary. She shares her progress with her financial goals and with reducing debt. Share in her personal experiences and find inspiration for making your own financial changes.

Always the Planner

“I work in a field where I don’t make a huge salary and probably never will. Therefore, planning for a stable financial future starts now.” This blog shares the planning process and preparation for building a secure financial future, in addition to tips for saving money and budgeting. Some useful recent posts include The Life of a Part-Time Grad Student, 10 Tips for Group Travel Planning, and Starting Out in Life: How to Pick Up Cheap Furniture.

Engineer Your Finances

This blog focuses on three principles: optimization, education, and financial security. “I feel these fundamental qualities are lost in a world of get-rich-quick schemes and as they are the basis for my own beliefs,” the blog author explains. Some notable recent posts include Top 10 Ways to Avoid an IRS Audit, 3 Strategies to Envision Your Way to Debt Freedom, and 30 Ways to Wreck Your Career.

Simolean Sense

Simolean Sense describes itself as “a multidisciplinary blog for renaissance thinkers, financiers, decision makers, business students, and consilient observers.” Some recent finance-related posts include All Value Investors Must Read This! Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond? and When Being Wasteful Appears Better than Feeling Wasteful.

Generation X Finance

This blog is meant to help members of Gen X have a better understanding of financial issues to improve their personal finances. Generation X includes those born between 1965 and 1980. “That isn’t to say the topics here aren’t applicable to others, but the primary focus is to help people get their debt under control, establish a successful career, and begin to accumulate wealth.” Some notable recent posts include How Much Money Do I Need to Save for Retirement? Should You Be Investing in Gold? and The Lost Decade of Investing: Was All Really Lost?

Homeowner by 30

This blog exhorts readers to “join me as I share the strategies, trials, and tribulations of getting out of debt and saving for a down payment on a home by the end of my 30th year!” Posts discuss life as a teacher, personal savings goals, personal efforts towards debt reduction, and ideas for saving money (even low-cost recipe ideas).

Life As a Purse

This 25-year-old explain that she graduated college with no debt and was making good decisions for her finances, but then sunk into a depression that caused her to wreck her finances by overspending. She has returned to graduate school, and uses this blog to keep herself accountable for her financial habits. Find inspiration by following along with her experiences with trying to build her net worth and reduce debt — all on a limited salary.

Money Maus

This blog tells the tale of “a 20-something gal trying to save her cheese.” Follow along with her as she tracks her goals to build an emergency fund, a Roth IRA, a birthday fund, a travel fund, a car maintenance fund and a gift fund.

M is For Money

Miss M managed to clear $20,000 in credit card debt in one year by understanding the value of saving money, living more simply, and investing wisely. Some interesting recent posts include Homeownership: A Never-Ending Expensive Adventure, Maybe It’s Your Major? and How Do You Divide Your Financial Goals?

The Digerati Life

Get some personal finance insights from a true Valley Girl — a software engineer in the Silicon Valley. There is a lot of great personal-finance advice here, accompanied by lots of graphics and photos. Some notable recent posts include Bush Tax Cuts Extension: What Are the Effects? Bill Paying Strategies to Help Find Your Spending Balance, and Investing in REITs to Diversify Investments.

Penny Foolish

Learn some personal-finance tips and find motivation from a “girl bad with the pennies, who’s trying to keep from making the really big mistakes.” There are posts about her online business efforts, career development, purchases, and debt management.

Accumulating Money

This resource-rich blog has a lot of articles on various personal-finance topics, including financial basics, investing, retirement accounts, insurance, debt management, taxes, and much more. Some popular posts include Spending Money: Needs vs. Wants, 5 Simple Do It Yourself Debt Reduction Strategies, and Spend Your Money on Doing Things Rather Than Owning Things.

My 1st Million at 33

Frugal made his first million in the following way: $360,000 from savings (after working for about 9 years), $90,000 from stock investments, $260,000 from a small condo, $200,000 from a company stock option, and a $90,000 gift from his parents for his wedding. His blog offers tips and advice for how you can make your own million through smart investing and financial management.

One Million and Beyond

Matt is an average guy working to pay down debt and build savings, and he writes his blog to document his efforts to move beyond living paycheck to paycheck. Some of the most popular posts on the blog include Accepting Financial Responsibility, Net Worth vs. Cash Flow, and Social Pressures to Spend Your Money.

2 Million

Brian is an engineer with a goal of attaining $2 million in cash and assets (excluding his home) — an amount that he believes will offer him financial freedom. His current net worth is just over $750,000. He shares frequent updates on his cash flow and net worth, and shares tips for investing and saving along the way. Some interesting recent posts include Tips for Saving Money on Car Insurance, Tips for Building Your Brand on the Internet, and Low Cost, Easy Business Promotion Tip.

Money, Matter, and More Musings

The title of this blog says it all: It offers musings on money, debt, frugality and other matters. Some interesting posts include Are Americans Killing the Economy by Saving Too Much? Are Poor People More Frugal than Rich People? and Stock Market Technical Analysis — Loads of Bull Crap and Bear Crap.

Art of Money

Jon says that the two primary keys to his financial success are “1. Be open to expanding your mind: for me the best methods I’ve found to accomplish this are to interact with people who are richer or more knowledgeable than me and to play the Rich Dad board game Cashflow 101. 2. Take action! It’s a cliché, but it is way better to get started and make a ton of mistakes than to sit around and dream about getting rich.” His blog shares these principles by offering others advice for how to implement them in their own lives. Some recent posts include Ultimate Blogger’s Survival Guide, Monday Morning SEO Tip — Google Exaggerates, and Careful, This Blog Rush is Going to Hurt.

Adult ADD and Money

This blog offers personal-finance and business advice for adults with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). There are often free webinars on various topics, and links to other resources and support groups for those with ADD and ADHD. Some recent posts include Have ADD and Out of Work? 6 Overlooked Reasons Why You are Struggling with Your Finances, and Women with ADHD — Money Issues.

Savvy Saver

“Personal prosperity depends not on how much money you make, but on how much money you keep. This personal finance blog is dedicated to making smart money decisions, living below your means, and increasing net worth.” Find tips for ways to save (including links to online promotions and discounts), regular updates on debt reduction and savings efforts, and reflections on financial management.

Adventures in Money Making

Find advice for all kinds of ways to make money, from business ventures to tax management to investing. Career advice is also offered as a means of increasing earning power. Some recent posts include Tax Havens for Retirees, Buying Silver Coins, and How to Nail an Interview.

Debt Kid

The original Debt Kid racked up over $300,000 in debt through day trading. Debt Kid and two other writers now offer advice to others about how to minimize debt. There are also thoughtful posts about current events in finance, such as legislation regulating lending and credit cards. Some recent posts include Will That be Cash or Credit? Four Money Thoughts That Can Change Your Life, and Who Has the Best Free Online Checking Account?.

Eventual Millionaire

Though she doesn’t have a million dollars yet, Jaime says she grew up knowing that she would eventually be a millionaire. After college, she racked up $70,000 in debt and worked long hours at a job she didn’t love. Now, she works with other entrepreneurs to help them find work that they love while building their net worth. Pick up some tips here for how to do it yourself. Some notable recent posts include How to Start Tracking Your Expenses, Get Rich Quick Isn’t Always a Scam, and Increasing Your Business Confidence.

Not Made of Money

A husband and wife team offer tips on how to save money and live a debt-free life. Some notable recent posts include Start Saving Now for Your Summer Vacation, How Living Above Your Means Can Destroy Your Finances, and 8 Financial Mistakes to Avoid for 2011.

Give Me Back My Five Bucks

Krystal is on a quest for financial independence and has already eliminated $20,000 in debt in under a year. She posts about her spending habits, her progress towards further debt reduction and savings, and other personal goals. Find some tips and inspiration through her experiences.

Spilling Buckets

Ryan and Leslie started their blog after outlining some financial goals that included creating an emergency fund, buying a house, and eliminating debt. In their “manifesto,” they pose “Ask yourself this question: What would happen if instead of making a living I designed a life?” In addition to saving and investing, finding purpose and meaning is a part of their “freedom-driven lifestyle design.” Find inspiration here for designing your own life by discovering your own meaning and purpose. Some interesting recent posts include Consumer to Producer: Our Evolving Philosophy, Smart Tips to Cut Your Expenses, and What is Quantitative Easing?

No More Spending

This blog has a simple goal: To get out of debt and stay out of debt. Laura paid off approximately $65,000 in debt in under five years, and now she writes about how she lives frugally and stays under budget. Posts talk about saving, budgeting, financial management, living on a single income, planning for the future, financial independence, making extra money, and more. Notable recent posts include Paying Off Your Mortgage Early and Not Spending for a Month.

Ugly Debty

“One girl’s journey to freedom from an evil amount of personal debt. This blog is from an Australian writer with no financial smarts whatsoever. All advice should be triple checked with someone way better with money than me.” She started with a debt of about $131,000 and has whittled it down to about $42,000. She shares how she manages to reduce debt and save money through different financial strategies.

The Frugalista

Natale P. McNeal writes about “the frugal side of fabulous” on this blog, which shares tips for saving money while still living the fabulous life. The blog also talks about current events and celebrity happenings that are related to finance. McNeal is also the author of the book The Frugalista Files. Some recent posts include Money is Power-If you Spend it Smartly, College Debt Rises, and Could You Live Off Coupons for a Year?

Money Mate Kate

This self-employed massage therapist is living debt-free in New York City who is often the go-to person for financial advice in her family. She writes about career experiences, her strategies for minimizing debt, and her reflections on financial management, including current events. Some interesting recent posts include Will Healthcare Reform Go the Same Route as Credit Card Reform? Frugality Blogging–>Enriched Day-to-Day Life, and Penny Experiment 2: $204 for $23.

Stacking Pennies

Follow along with this young professional and her attempts to reach financial goals. She shares some tips and reflections along the way that others can use to develop their own financial plan — and meet their own personal goals.

My Pretty Pennies

This blog is “the journal of a girl trying to change her world one pretty penny at a time.” Lately, there have been a lot of posts about her upcoming wedding and wedding planning, but there are still plenty of posts with reflections about financial goals (among them to eliminate debt, build an emergency fund, and build a wedding fund).

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Best Paying Jobs in 2011

Jan. 6th 2011

We recently compiled research on some of the best paying jobs for 2011 and the highest paying degrees for 2011.

Best paying jobs.

Jobs Sorted By Median Annual Salary

Job Title Median Annual Salary
Chief executives $155,195.98
Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers $123,228.48
Engineering managers $118,314.24
Computer and information systems managers $108,512.80
Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates $107,604.00
Materials scientists $103,491.24
Petroleum engineers $103,200.00
Aerospace engineers $103,181.12
Computer hardware engineers $97,314.92
Marketing managers $97,083.94
Computer software engineers, systems software $89,503.81
Sales managers $89,347.50
Nuclear engineers $87,380.80
General and operations managers $86,200.00
Chemical engineers $85,813.00
Natural sciences managers $85,407.32
Computer software engineers, applications $85,249.22
Actuaries $82,964.91
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school $82,877.04
Financial managers $82,264.82

Best paying degrees.

Best Paying Associate Degrees

Degree Name Median Salary Return on Investment
Nuclear Engineering $75,649.60 31,797%
Medicine $67,639.94 26,073%
Information Technology $51,083.46 19,547%
Electrical Engineering $53,472.30 19,213%
Mechanical Engineering $46,766.16 18,284%
Engineering Technology $48,621.13 17,699%
Electronics $48,672.63 17,010%
Accounting $50,286.62 16,049%
Dentistry $43,857.00 15,977%
Architecture $44,881.36 15,796%

Best Paying Bachelor Degrees

Degree Name Median Salary Return on Investment
Aerospace Engineering $103,181.12 1,869%
Aviation $123,228.48 1,845%
Computer Engineering $101,710.99 1,778%
Nuclear Engineering $87,380.80 1,725%
Business Administration $102,455.84 1,604%
Engineering $89,913.98 1,582%
Information Technology $85,080.13 1,438%
Electrical Engineering $81,091.60 1,434%
Chemistry $75,265.39 1,334%
Business $85,813.68 1,304%

Best Paying Master Degrees

Degree Name Median Salary Return on Investment
Geology $74,785.88 871%
Nursing $70,491.21 800%
Public Health $60,046.64 680%
Business Administration $64,925.28 679%
Biology $59,237.40 612%
Medicine $57,854.62 593%
Business $65,127.40 589%
Physical Therapy $54,987.16 589%
Economics $75,416.06 578%
Civil Engineering $59,394.00 570%

Best Paying Doctorate Degrees

Degree Name Median Salary Return on Investment
Dentistry $94,397.60 877%
Optometry $92,270.60 654%
Law $101,400.00 577%
Veterinary Medicine $71,049.34 548%
Medicine $98,399.47 466%
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