Over the past 4-6 months I have made a concerted effort to consolidate the publications which I read on a regular basis. Now, I have read plenty on avoiding the obligation of subscriptions and the value of free-range digestion of content… However, I value the following and I’ll tell you why.
- Wall Street Journal, Online Edition
- The WSJ is an authority on markets and big business. The ‘What’s News’ section on the front page is a great snapshot of the business and political environments across the world. Additionally, occasionally there are excellent stories in the Personal Journal and Weekend sections.
- I made the move to the online edition as my most recent annual print subscription expired. The online edition costs less, has more material, and it doesn’t create personal guilt for me because I am not wasting paper – all of the articles are archived and available for me if I find that I have missed a key insight or news story
- If you’re anything like me, Fortune = Fortune 500, and I find the magazine to be most relevant to big business. They deliver great articles on executives, corporate culture, and markets. If you work in a large corporation or professional services firm, this is a great way to stay up to date on news and trends in the corporate world.
- Inc. is a small business/entrepreneurial gold mine. On the other end of the business spectrum, this magazine is by far the most enjoyable to read for me. When I receive my monthly periodicals, this is the first one I finish and I literally read every word. It is great for entrepreneurial tools, stories of success and failure, and highlighting the up-and-coming companies that you may not have heard of but should.
- I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to keep up with new technologies, gadgets, and gizmos. I just can’t keep track of it all on my own, so I let Wired serve as my proxy. I trust their judgment and I feel like it delivers enough of an overview on new technological trends and useful gadgets. I picked my first copy up last month from Barnes & Noble and almost immediately subscribed after finishing
- Fast Company is also a magazine I just started subscribing to. FC and Inc. have a great joint offer to subscribe to both. After my first edition, I have mixed emotions. Some of the articles were ok, but I didn’t feel any sense of excitement or urgency to consume the material. The typeface is small and the information is plentiful, so it becomes a bit of a chore to get through it all. I’ll keep you up to date as I become more acquainted with the format and article types and let you know what I think. One article worth reading from this past edition: Matt Damon and his mission.
- Seth Godin
- I don’t know what you know or think of Seth Godin, but I have to admit that he was the one that got the ball rolling for me. I have learned a ton from Seth about doing good work, not settling for the status quo, creating value without being a perfectionist, and overall life lessons in business and writing. I highly suggest giving his blog a shot.
- I stumbled onto Pat not long ago thanks to Corbett Barr and I have been singing his praises ever since. I can’t get enough of his Podcast and his tools, tips, tricks, and resources for building a successful online business have been downright inspirational in addition to informational. If you have any interest in blogging, niche sites, or passive income in general, please check Pat out over on the Smart Passive Income blog.
- I was introduced to The Art of Non-Conformity by a guy named Garrett Gravesen practically the day after the book came out. I ordered it and it sat on my shelf for a while before I finally dug in… What a mistake that was – letting it sit on my shelf that is. Chris has an incredible story to tell and his mission to visit every country in the world is incredible. His blog is awesome and The Art of Non-Conformity book is equal parts inspiration and challenge (as in, why are you doing what you’re doing, when you could be doing what you love).
- I read everything this guys puts out there. The best part about Corbett: he is one of those that will interact with you on a personal level. Send him an email and get one back in return FROM CORBETT (yes, really). I can’t imagine the volume he receives, but it’s awesome that he takes the time to interact. His personal insights are spot on and his business site is another great resource for building a business online and driving traffic to your site. Taken in conjunction with Pat Flynn’s SPI, you’ve got a killer toolbox for getting it done right online
- The guy is both funny and inspiring. He is a cartoonist who wrote the books: Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination and more recently Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity. He creates daily cartoons and I would highly suggest subscribing to his email list. The cartoons are available in print form and you can find them here. In supplement to his cartoons, he also provides a brief description and thought-process behind the art.
- Still getting into Jonathan’s material but as an initial assessment, I like what he has to say. His website focuses on inspiring you, me, and everyone else to do what we love and do it well.
- Leo wants you to simplify your life and focus on what really matters. Check out his story (its quite amazing) and read his blog here. It’s another one to inspire and ignite the passion inside of you, while also encouraging you to avoid the excesses in life.
- Newly subscribed, so not much to tell yet. His blog focuses on making money on the internet (hence the URL). You can find him here.
- A professor, blogger, and coach related to entrepreneurship and small business. His wife started a facebook group to connect bloggers here, which I think is a great idea and could really help develop a thriving network as the group grows. Paul’s site is here.
- Runs ProBlogger and is known as an authority in blogging and monetizing online activity. Recently subscribed, but very much looking forward to learning from him.
Why do I read all of this? For ideas, for inspiration, for pleasure, to be up to date, and, mostly, as a way to fulfill my appetite for new knowledge and learning.
Please comment and let me know what you read on a regular basis – I know there are plenty of blogs out there that deserve attention, so please tell me if I’m missing out on something great!