After hours of zombie-ing your way through StumbleUpon, getting caught up in other people’s lives on social media, and working your way through endless grumpy cat memes, you may be looking for something on the internet that requires using more of your human intelligence. While travel and learning languages is, of course, the most effective way to think a bit deeper and question what you consider normal, reading the following thought-provoking blogs is probably your next best supplement. Put that cup of coffee aside and get ready to use what’s already inside of you to feel more awake and present. Enjoy:
High Existence is a thought-provoking (sometimes controversial) blog, and also a community and forum of free-thinkers. It’s definitely the most out there of the entire bunch, but that’s why I find it refreshing. Some may be a bit uncomfortable by how deep some people get on here, while others may find it enlightening. From the forum alone today, there are threads ranging from “What are your opinions on brutal honesty” to “People in Dreams You Have Never Met”.
I remember finding this site while googling something about Lucid Dreaming. I was so intrigued and curious about it all that I Facebook friended the owner of the site. That’s right, we’re Facebook friends.
If you’re looking for a self-help blog that’ll tell it like it is, Mark Manson’s your man. It may be a bit too blunt and snarky for some, but for others, it’ll be the exact amount of snark they’re looking for in this saturated market of cheery self-help and cliché motivational content. Mark Manson doesn’t deal with no fluffy bullsh*t, and you shouldn’t either.
I almost had a sh*tshow when the author of this blog gave up :mnmlst to write exclusively on his other blog ZenHabits, although I do understand how much work it is to maintain one blog. We can barely keep up this one. Hah. All articles on:mnmlst are quick, to-the-point reads – think of it as the Twitter of this genre of blogs – and I also think of the entire bunch of blogs in this post, I have taken the most away from this blog. Living For Everyone Else was one of the posts that made me finally decide it was time to drop out of college and pursue what I wanted to do, despite my friends and families’ wants.
Written by the same author of :mnmlst, ZenHabits has honestly changed my way of thinking. I have used some of the blogs to help set up my Gmail and Mac to be the most minimal, clean layouts, in an effort to declutter the things I look at most, and I’ve also used many of the other blogs to make big changes in my life, like stopping the trap that is wasting one’s time doing things they don’t want to be doing.
Matador Network: Consciousness
Matador Network is the king of travel blogs; they’ve got a load of different categories, you’ll most likely find yourself control-clicking at least five posts. If you’re not ready to commit to opening every tab in your browser, maybe you should save this blog for an empty Sunday afternoon. Just while writing this blog, I clicked on another post, 15 Perfect Instagram Shots of Los Angeles – I swear whoever comes up with blog post titles deserves a raise. Maybe I’m just sensitive to catchy blog titles cuz I’m a blogger but gotttdamn, good for their content teams. They’ve got travel content of all kinds, but my personal favs are the Language & Study Abroad and the Conciousness categories.
You’ll probably have to sift through the entire site of “I Wish I Loved You“s and “How To Get Him Back“s, but with as much content as Thought Catalog pushes out on the daily, you’re sure to find a piece of gold somewhere in the mix. Their writers are so witty that at the end of each post, I find myself hovering over the purchase button of their Amazon page for each author’s books. Seriously, I should start taking notes.
The Minimalists is another minimalism blog. It’s super clean – in all black-and-white, with huge margins. The posts tend to be more story-like, but nonetheless effective in taking your thinking to the next level.
If you’re looking to take your reading to the next level in more of a long-form style, check out our other blog about self-help books that aren’t cheesy: Self-Help Books That’ll Actually Change Your Life