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The Top 50 Personal Development Blogs of 2012

It’s finally here: this years Top 50 Personal Development blogs of 2012.

As you know I tried to do it a little different from last year to try and whittle the numbers down a bit.  Last year we had 200 nominees and this year we had 70 nominees.  Upon reflection I will leave the voting open to 3 votes per person, as I did last year.  It’s more work, however we will get a more comprehensive listing of the personal development blogs out there.

You can see this years nominations here

How are the top 50 selected?

To make it as fair as possible I totally changed the way the top 50 was calculated from last year.  Each blog was scored out of 100 using 5 areas.

The 5 main areas that I concentrated on, were weighted as follows:

Number of votes – 15% of total score 

Klout Score – 15% of total score (if someone didn’t have a Klout account they were given a Klout score of 30, however there were only 7 people who didn’t have one)

Avg Number of posts per week – 15% of total score

Avg number of comments per post – 20% of total score

Quality score – 35% of total score.  This was broken down into a further 3 areas: Blog design(10%), Navigation(10%). and content (15%)

So if someone received the most votes they would receive the highest score of 15 in ‘the number of votes’ category as was the case with Jeff Friend, and everyone else’s score would be weighted.  The person with the highest Klout score was Leo Babauta with 81, so he received 15 points for being top and everyone else received a score going down to 0 depending where they were on the table.  The avg number of posts per week; 15 points was awarded to Ben Rolnik, however he didn’t score high enough in the other areas for him to make it into the top 50.

Quality score was a mark out of 35:  10 for design, 10 for navigation and 15 for content.  This is, of course, the subjective part of the contest, however I again had certain criteria to look for when I was marking.  e.g. in the navigation area I was looking for: A good about page, a search function, a contact page, a subscribe area, an archives feature, and a social media subscribe area, this ruled out as much of the subjectivity as possible.

Content was not just about the writing, it was about the post structure, images in post, ability to share and most important the writing itself.

I hope you agree I couldn’t make the marking any fairer than I have, so favouritism was taken out of the equation, and objectivity was the name of the game.  

Anyways onto the winner of this years top 50.

Top 50 Personal Development Blogs of 2012

#50 – Jamie Flexman
www.psycholocrazy.com/

Votes – 1
Klout Score – 26
No Posts p/w – 1.6
No Comments avg – 2.2
Quality Score – 24

Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#49 – Roman Soluk
www.oplife.org/

Votes – 1
Klout Score – 38
No Posts p/w – 1.7
No Comments avg – 1.8
Quality Score – 24


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#48 – Melissa Curran
www.findyourparadigm.com/

Votes – 5
Klout Score – 50
No Posts p/w – 0.9
No Comments avg – 1.7
Quality Score – 23


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#47 – David Singer
www.sixsimplerules.com/

Votes – 6
Klout Score – 40
No Posts p/w – 0.9
No Comments avg – 3.8
Quality Score – 22


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#46 – Jackie Walker
jackiewalker.me/

Votes – 6
Klout Score – 48
No Posts p/w – 0.7
No Comments avg – 1.2
Quality Score – 23


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#45 – Jamie Alexander
lucidability.com/

Votes – 11
Klout Score – 29
No Posts p/w – 0.6
No Comments avg – 5.5
Quality Score – 23


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#44 – Suzie Cheel
suziecheel.com/

Votes – 3
Klout Score – 68
No Posts p/w – 0.6
No Comments avg – 5.2
Quality Score – 21


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#43 – Dennis Do
selfexceed.com/

Votes – 5
Klout Score – 52
No Posts p/w – 0.6
No Comments avg – 4
Quality Score – 23


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#42 – Melissa Reyes
mizmeliz.com/

Votes – 3
Klout Score – 62
No Posts p/w – 2.3
No Comments avg – 1.5
Quality Score – 17


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#41 – Dragos Roua
www.dragosroua.com/

Votes – 3
Klout Score – 66
No Posts p/w – 0.9
No Comments avg – 0.3
Quality Score – 24


Blog | Facebook Twitter |

#40 – Amit Sodha
www.unlimitedchoice.org/blog

Votes – 3
Klout Score – 47
No Posts p/w – 0.7
No Comments avg – 14
Quality Score – 22


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#39 – Stephanie Mulac
infiniteevolutioncenter.com/

Votes – 22
Klout Score – 51
No Posts p/w – 0.7
No Comments avg – 0.2
Quality Score – 21


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#38 – Angela Goodeve
lifeadvicethecoachingway.blogspot.co.uk/

Votes – 5
Klout Score – 61
No Posts p/w – 0.6
No Comments avg – 4.8
Quality Score – 21


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#37 – Sarupa Shah
www.sarupashah.com/

Votes – 12
Klout Score – 29
No Posts p/w – 1.3
No Comments avg – 3.2
Quality Score – 23


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#36 – Tamarisk Saunders-Davies
tamarisksd.com/

Votes – 25
Klout Score – 30
No Posts p/w – 1.4
No Comments avg – 2.7
Quality Score – 20


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#35 – Otiti
www.otitijasmine.com/

Votes – 1
Klout Score – 46
No Posts p/w – 0.7
No Comments avg – 18.6
Quality Score – 21


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#34 – Evita Ochel
evolvingbeings.com/

Votes – 2
Klout Score – 49
No Posts p/w – 1.7
No Comments avg – 2.1
Quality Score – 25


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#33 – Holly Worton
ready2bloom.com/

Votes – 5
Klout Score – 59
No Posts p/w – 1.4
No Comments avg – 0.8
Quality Score – 22

Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#32 – Joe Wilner
shakeoffthegrind.com/

Votes – 1
Klout Score – 51
No Posts p/w – 1.6
No Comments avg – 5.4
Quality Score – 24

Blog Facebook | Twitter |

#31 – Evelyn Lym
www.abundancetapestry.com/

Votes – 1
Klout Score – 47
No Posts p/w – 1.6
No Comments avg – 10.3
Quality Score – 24


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#30 – Brendan Baker
www.startofhappiness.com/

Votes – 5
Klout Score – 53
No Posts p/w – 0.9
No Comments avg – 6.1
Quality Score – 27


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#29 – Arvind Devalia
www.arvinddevalia.com/blog/

Votes – 20
Klout Score – 53
No Posts p/w – 0.3
No Comments avg – 7
Quality Score – 25


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#28 – Tess Marshall
theboldlife.com/

Votes – 2
Klout Score – 54
No Posts p/w – 1
No Comments avg – 16.7
Quality Score – 22


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#27 – Galen Pearl
10stepstofindingyourhappyplace.blogspot.co.uk/

Votes – 1
Klout Score – 30
No Posts p/w – 1.4
No Comments avg – 46.7
Quality Score – 19

Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#26 – Alex Blackwell
www.thebridgemaker.com

Votes – 2
Klout Score – 50
No Posts p/w – 1.3
No Comments avg – 15
Quality Score – 24


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#25 – Taslim Jaffer
www.letmeoutcreative.com/blog/

Votes – 40
Klout Score – 45
No Posts p/w – 1.4
No Comments avg – 3.3
Quality Score – 20


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#24 – Anne-Sophie Reinhardt
amindmedia.com/

Votes – 22
Klout Score – 30
No Posts p/w – 6
No Comments avg – 1.1
Quality Score – 24


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#23 – Victor Schueller
www.victorschueller.com/

Votes – 5
Klout Score – 56
No Posts p/w – 2.1
No Comments avg – 4.2
Quality Score – 23


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#22 – Betsy Henry
www.zen-mama.com/

Votes – 1
Klout Score – 60
No Posts p/w – 0.7
No Comments avg – 29.4
Quality Score – 20


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#21 – Justin Mazza
www.mazzastick.com/

Votes – 6
Klout Score – 43
No Posts p/w – 1.1
No Comments avg – 18.5
Quality Score – 23

Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#20 – Craig Morton
www.ignitechange.net/

Votes – 32
Klout Score – 49
No Posts p/w – 2.4
No Comments avg – 1.4
Quality Score – 23


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#19 – Angela Artemis
www.poweredbyintuition.com/

Votes – 6
Klout Score – 54
No Posts p/w – 1.1
No Comments avg – 15
Quality Score – 22

Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#18 – Ken Wert
meanttobehappy.com/

Votes – 2
Klout Score – 42
No Posts p/w – 1
No Comments avg – 25
Quality Score – 26


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#17 – Stephen Borgman
www.personal-success-factors.com/

Votes – 5
Klout Score – 50
No Posts p/w – 0.9
No Comments avg – 22
Quality Score – 23


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#16 – Dani DiPirro
www.positivelypresent.com/

Votes – 1
Klout Score – 55
No Posts p/w – 2.1
No Comments avg – 7.9
Quality Score – 20


Blog | Facebook | Twitter ||

#15 – Paige Burkes
www.simplemindfulness.com/

Votes – 11
Klout Score – 62
No Posts p/w – 0.7
No Comments avg – 12.6
Quality Score – 24


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#14 – Arianna Merritt
ariannasrandomthoughts.com/

Votes – 36
Klout Score – 47
No Posts p/w – 2.3
No Comments avg – 8.5
Quality Score – 22


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#13 – Zeenat Merchant-Syal
positiveprovocations.com/

Votes – 13
Klout Score – 62
No Posts p/w – 0.7
No Comments avg – 13
Quality Score – 24

Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#12 – Sandi Amorim
www.devacoaching.com/blog/

Votes – 8
Klout Score – 64
No Posts p/w – 1.6
No Comments avg – 10.3
Quality Score – 24

Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#11 – Leo Babauta
zenhabits.net/

Votes – 1
Klout Score – 81
No Posts p/w – 2
No Comments avg – 10
Quality Score – 26


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#10 – Jeffrey Friend
www.kaizenways.com

Votes – 84
Klout Score – 63
No Posts p/w – 1.1
No Comments avg – 8.4
Quality Score – 23


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#9 – Elle Sommer
www.reflectingalife.com/

Votes – 12
Klout Score – 48
No Posts p/w – 2.1
No Comments avg – 16.4
Quality Score – 26


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#8 – Tim Brownson
www.adaringadventure.com/

Votes – 1
Klout Score – 65
No Posts p/w – 2.3
No Comments avg – 17.8
Quality Score – 28 


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#7 – Vidya Sury
vidyasury.com/

Votes – 2
Klout Score – 69
No Posts p/w – 2.7
No Comments avg – 23.5
Quality Score – 23 


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#6 – Jodi Chapman
www.jodichapman.com

Votes – 12
Klout Score – 70
No Posts p/w – 2
No Comments avg – 14.1
Quality Score – 24


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#5 – Marquita Herald
www.inspiredgiftgiving.com

Votes – 12
Klout Score – 53
No Posts p/w – 2
No Comments avg – 21.7
Quality Score – 25


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#4 – Celestine Chua
personalexcellence.co

Votes – 11
Klout Score – 56
No Posts p/w – 4
No Comments avg – 33.7
Quality Score – 25


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#3 – Izmael Arkin (Izzy)
30yearoldninja.com/

Votes – 20
Klout Score – 47
No Posts p/w – 1.9
No Comments avg – 44.5
Quality Score – 25


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

We have joint winners this year.

congratulations to:

 


#1 – Melody Fletcher
www.deliberateblog.com/


Votes – 1
Klout Score – 62
No Posts p/w – 2.1
No Comments avg – 56.1
Quality Score – 28

Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

#1 – Michael Hyatt
michaelhyatt.com/

Votes – 1
Klout Score – 80
No Posts p/w – 2.7
No Comments avg – 75.3
Quality Score – 26


Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

Please leave a comment to congratulate all the bloggers listed.  

A huge thank you to everyone who voted, all 1,200 of you :) We’ll do it

all again next year

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