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18 blogs to kickstart your brain

Occasionally, we are happy to admit KindredHQ isn’t the one and only blog you’ll ever need. There are a few excellent places that we turn to for inspiration when we are researching topics we think you’ll be interested in. Here are some of our favourites.

Life Hacks and productivity

1. Lifehacker http://lifehacker.com/The indispensable guide to the little things in life that just make it work better.  It’s possibly our favourite blog of all time, if nothing else because some of the hacks are, frankly, obscure.  Trust us, you’ll be thanking us for throwing you this one!

2. 99U – Make Ideas Happen http://99u.com/
99U is the productivity think tank that is allied to Behance (the online portfolio site for creatives).  They believe strongly that just because you are ‘creative’ it doesn’t mean you can’t have structure, and the blog includes lots of tips and articles to help you ‘make ideas happen’.

Staying ahead of the curve

3. The Next Web http://thenextweb.com/

The Next Web launched in January 2008 as a spin-off to The Next Web Conference.  It’s the definitive blog for international technology news and makes an effort to stay relevant wherever you live (yes, some of us live outside Silicon Valley.  It includes channels focused on select topics including Apps, Apple and Viral Sensations.

4. PSFK http://www.psfk.com/

PSFK is the first source for new ideas and inspiration for people who want something more than the usual puff. They are consistently out there in front with their advice on fresh trends and innovation. Always a good read.

5. TrendHunter http://www.trendhunter.com/

With 35,000,000 monthly views, TrendHunter.com is the world’s largest, most popular trend community. Their head office is based in Toronto, Canada, and they are fuelled by a global network of thousands of members.

6.  It’s nice that  http://www.itsnicethat.com/

It’s design and ideas porn.  Basically.  A blog that champions beautiful design and creativity from across the world.  What’s not to like?

Make Your Marketing Work

7. Seth’s Blog http://sethgodin.typepad.com/

No blog roll like this could be complete without good old Seth. Seth Godin is a bestselling author and entrepreneur.  In his blog, Seth writes about marketing in a social world, how to lead from the front and the ways ideas spread.

8. Duct Tape Marketing http://www.ducttapemarketing.com/blog

This blog focuses on small business marketing ideas and strategies. Jan is a marketing consultant, award winning social media guru and best-selling author of Duct Tape Marketing and The Referral Engine. This is his personal blog.

Start me up inspiration

9. Springwise http://springwise.com/

Springwise editors scan the globe for smart new business ideas – and there are thousands of them. If you are wavering about starting up on your own, start here for brilliant inspiration.

10. Inventor Spot http://inventorspot.com/

This will appeal particularly to the geek in you. InventorSpot.com is a fun and informative website focused on Inventions, Innovations and Interesting Ideas from around the world.

11. This is going to be BIG! http://www.thisisgoingtobebig.com/

Charlie O’Donnell is with First Round Capital, working on very early stage investments in the New York City area.  He founded New York’s largest independent innovation community group, nextNY, He writes here about big ideas and why they do or don’t work based on his gut feel and experience.

12. Chris Dixon’s Blog http://www.cdixon.org/

Chris Dixon is the co-founder of Hunch and an investor in early-stage technology companies, including Skype, Foursquare, Kickstarter, and loads of other start ups you will have heard of. I love this blog because it’s fundamentally about why he thinks some ideas make it and some don’t.  You really feel his passion for innovation and it will leave you inspired.

13. Noobpreneur Business Blog http://www.noobpreneur.com/

Noobpreneur is a US based business blog offering tips and ideas for small business owners but if you live elsewhere don’t be put off – the advice is universal.  It’s practical, but manages not to be patronizing and you’ll find all kinds of really good resources here.

14. Steve Blank http://steveblank.com/

Steve Blank is a legend and you are bound to have heard him quoted before now.  He’s been in the start up world since the ‘70s and he’s pretty much seen it all. He now blogs about his experiences and lessons learned here.

PLUs (People Like Us)

15. Rocking the Freelance World http://rockinginthefreelanceworld.wordpress.com/

I just love Sian’s blog. Like me, she left the public sector a few years ago and found freedom as a freelancer.  She writes brilliantly on freelancing life here and much of it will resonate with you too.

16. Doug Shaw’s blog http://stopdoingdumbthingstocustomers.com/blog/

Doug is certainly one of us. He writes a no nonsense blog for people who are leading independent, creative lives just like you and I.  If you ever start taking yourself too seriously, read this.

17. Birds on the Blog http://www.birdsontheblog.co.uk/

One for the laidees.  Love this, because it’s not Pinterest and it’s not about cooking or shoes (not that I mind a good cooking blog).  It’s about being a bird in business and it’s written by a few rocking women who never fail to inspire.

18.  Life after London http://lifeafterlondon.com/

Or any other city that sucks the soul out of you if you spend all your day commuting backwards and forwards to your job.  This excellent blog paints a picture of life outside the city, where you aren’t dependent on the big employer and you create your own opportunities.

You must have your own ideas!  Please let us have them in the comments section below and we’ll include them in future updates.

 

Who is Alex Butler

Hello, I'm Alex Butler and I founded the KindredHQ community and blog back in 2011 after I re-started a freelance career. I LOVE freelancing and I wouldn't swop the freedom, control and joy of working for myself for anything. But I realised how much I missed the company and energy of other people - of having a team around me. So, I got a few people together one day with our laptops, a jar of coffee and some jelly babies and we sat and worked together one afternoon. We've been doing that every week in London, UK since then! I am still 100% freelance and I like to share the everyday highs and lows of being a freelancer here on the blog.

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