1. Well, the first article is discouraging for the likes of me. It wrote the obituary for both Blogger and Google+. Hmmm. I have some thinking to do. For the best platforms to begin a blog (or begin again), see: http://thenextweb.com/businessapps/2015/05/11/the-18-best-blogging-and-publishing-platforms-on-the-internet-today/#gref
2. For the 100 best blogs and websites, see that article by Dailytekk: http://dailytekk.com/2015/01/01/the-100-best-most-interesting-blogs-and-websites-of-2015/?reading=continue You can pick up on 2016s early successes as well.
3. The Webby Awards winners are ...: http://webbyawards.com/winners/2015/websites/general-website/personal-blogwebsite/
4. eBizMBA has their own ideas: http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/blogs
5. For personal development, try the State of Happiness's list: http://www.startofhappiness.com/personal-development-blogs/
6. Try Fathom's list for travel blogs: http://fathomaway.com/postcards/quirk/best-travel-blogs-and-websites/
7. Look to Social Media Examiner's list for the top social media blog sites: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/top-10-social-media-blogs-2015-winners/
8. 50 Leading Leadership Blog Sites (count 'em, 50) from Ready to Manage: http://blog.readytomanage.com/best-50-leadership-blog-sites-in-2015/
9. If food, fitness, and happiness are your things, try Greatist's list: http://greatist.com/health/must-read-health-fitness-blogs
10. Refinery will give you their ideas on the best beauty blogs: http://www.refinery29.com/beauty-blogs
Now for the bonus round, two more:
11. For nerds, seek out the Computer World article: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2545070/data-center/top-15-geek-blog-sites.html
12. Games Radar will give you many great blogs for movie lovers: http://www.gamesradar.com/100-awesome-tumblr-movie-blogs/
There you have it. The best blogs of 2015 in many categories.
For the best blogs of 2014, see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2015/01/top-12-blog-sites-of-2014.html