3 Sites You Should Be Reading But Possibly Aren't Yet

Thursday, December 15, 2011

If you're looking for some new sites to add to your list, or clearing out some old ones and looking for replacements, here are three I recommend:

The Offbeat Empire business blog by Ariel Meadow Stallings. Ariel is the founder of Offbeat Bride and its sister companies, Offbeat Mama and Offbeat Home, a book author, and has an online community of over 21,000 members and nearly half a million readers each month. Reaching an audience that is distinctly outside of the mainstream wedding industry, Ariel has inspired many other bloggers who are also now finding success in this particular niche. Plus she's brilliant, nice and down to earth -- my favorite combination. On her Offbeat Empire blog, Ariel shares her insights on building a successful online business.

Frank Chimero is a designer (you may recognize some of his work from Newsweek or The Atlantic) who writes about the way that design interacts with the world and how the world interacts with design. His blog is thoughtful, and one I consider a must-read for any artist. I especially love his ability to "see" his surroundings in a way that requires being totally present.

Patterns from IDEO is a place to discuss the common insights from problems people are working to solve around the world. In their Business in Beta issue, they talk about the common plague all businesses face: the need to launch and refine versus the desire to be perfect. (PS: You may have never heard of IDEO, but you see their work every day. They are the company that Apple hired to develop the mouse for their computers.)

What sites do you consider to be must-reads?

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