Notable blogs:

The Huffington Post
This blog is number one (most linked to blog on the internet) on Technorati's top 100 blog list. The blog does not seem like a blog at all. It seems more like a news site with just a number of different contributors. The aggregated blog founded by Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer, and Jonah Peretti was launched May 9, 2005 as a liberal/commentary outlet. Some well known contributors are Harry Shearer, John Conyers, Rosie O'Donnell, Roy Sekoff (Founding Editor), Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Michael Moore, Madonna, Alec Baldwin, Norman Mailer, John Cusack, Larry David, Madeleine Albright, Robert Redford, Neil Young, Rahm Emanuel, Mia Farrow, Al Franken, Ari Emanuel, Edward Kennedy, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ryan Reynolds, Donna Karan, Kenneth Cole, Donatella Versace, Bill Maher, and Robert Wright. The Huffington Post reports on politics, media, business, entertainment, living, style, the green movement, world news, and comedy. It is argued that the decline of traditional news papers results from blogs like the Huffington Post. Some people prefer to read their news online for free instead of purchasing a news paper.

Dooce is reportedly the most successful personal blog ever. Started by Heather B. Armstrong in 2001, the blog was originally intended to document the writer's single life in LA as a web designer and ex-Mormon. When her boss discovered stories about co-workers posted online, Armstrong was fired from her job, coining "dooced" as the current term for being sacked from one's job because of one's blog. Almost 10 years later, though, Armstrong gets the last laugh. She now lives in Utah with her husband and two daughters, blogging on Dooce for a living. Her web log of the past several years documents her struggle with post-partum depression, book deals, being a mother, her dogs, style, and much more. Since Armstrong started running ads on her site in 2005, it has been reported that she makes around $40,000 a month.

Life Hacker - Lifehacker is full of tips, shortcuts, downloads, web sites, do-it-yourself projects, and how-to's for getting small things done and moving on with life. The blog features 20 or so new tips every day, things like how to swim like a pro and get fit, pack a vacation into just one backpack, get the most from your rechargeable batteries, and avoid the most unhealthy items on fast food menus. (Worst Fast Food Meal: McDonald's Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips with creamy ranch sauce, clocking in at 870 calories.) Most days, Lifehacker lives up to its motto: Don't live to geek; geek to live. Named one of TIME.com's top 25 blogs of 2008.

Perez Hilton - This may not initially come to mind as a 'blog of note', but Perez Hilton (or Mario Lavendeira's) blog is one of the most popular around. Hilton, who began his site in 2005, now has enlisted help for his blog, but began it himself as a celebrity gossip blog. Hilton categorizes celebrities by name for easy accessibility on the home page, but posts in order on a daily basis. Hilton is an enemy to many famous faces, known for drawing on celebrities' faces and writing rude comments, but nevertheless has risen through the ranks and socializes with A-listers daily. Perezhilton.com gains monetarily through advertisements--sometimes the entire background of the web page is one--and selling apparel adorned with his face or name, or other celebrities. As a result of his success, Hilton has penned several books which essentially contain his juicy stories in novel form.

Gawker
Gawker.com is listed as one of the top blogs of 2009. The website is described as ""The source for daily Manhattan media news and gossip" and focuses on celebrities and the media industry. Gawker.com was named "blog of the decade" in 2009 and Adweek has said that "Gawker remains the epitome of blogging: provocative, brash and wildly entertaining."

Cupcakes and Cashmere
Blogger Emily started this blog in 2008, and it is a great example of the monetization of blogs. She was even asked by Coach to design a handbag, which was just released. She is also always featuring clothes that were "gifted" to her by various stores and designers in the hopes that they will be featured on her blog.

style rookie
Tavi, who is now 13, started her blog at age 11, and has been featured in the New York Times, French Vogue, Teen Vogue, and Harper's Bazaar. She gets invited to couture fashion shows and is sent designer clothing by big names such as Prada and Miu Miu. There is a lot of debate surrounding Tavi and the exposure she has gotten at such a young age, as well as whether or not her being 13 makes her a legitimate writer. Her writing style, however, is mature, quirky, and really entertaining. She has over 50,000 followers.

Gizmodo
Gizmodo is a technolog weblog about new consumer electronics. It was launched and edited in 2002 by Peter Rojas, and now is part of the Gawker Media network and run by Nick Denton. The blog gives it's readers up to date coverage of the technology industry in a personal and comical writing style created by its contributors. Today, the blog's content can be found in seven different languages, and brings in a revenue of about $6,500 per month.