Thursday, October 2, 2008

Top 10 Blogs For Writers

My RSS reader is full of feeds from different writer-centric blogs. I used to have even more, but weeded out some that did not ultimately meet my needs. I NEED more time in the day...

This year saw the 3rd Annual Top 10 Blogs For Writers competition over at Michael Stelzner's Writing White Papers blog and below are, appropriately enough, the Top 10 Blogs For Writers. I'm going to copy/paste Michael's list and descriptions (though in reverse: lowest to highest order) along with a note from me about whether I already subscribed to that particular blog, plan to or will pass at this time.

10. Urban Muse: Susan Johnston covers a wide range of excellent topics that all writers will enjoy. Not one that I had previously read or subscribed to, but after a scan through this eclectic mix of pertinent subject matter I quickly added both the blog feed to my reader and the monthly e-mail newsletter to my mailbox. Great stuff here!

9. Freelance Parent: Two moms, Lorna Doone Brewer and Tamara Berry, provide excellent perspective on writing while balancing time with little ones. Another one that was not on my radar earlier. This indeed looks like an excellent blog for its target audience; freelancing parents with children at home, but I'm an old fart whose children are grown and have flown the nest. Passing on this one, but recommended for those to whom it applies.

8. Writing Journey: Looking for a great stop on your writing journey? Bob Younce’s blog will refresh and energize you. Here's where being an old fart (see above) is a detriment. This blog looks familiar, which means I probably tried it before and gave it up, but since I'm not sure and what I looked at today was more in line with what I like to read, I'm adding it to my feed.

7. Remarkable Communication: One part writing, one part marketing and one part selling, this excellent blog by Sonia Simone will help any writer succeed. Not previously in my feed and won't be added. The "one part writing" seems to be overshadowed by the other two parts. Just not my cup of hot chocolate.

6. The Renegade Writer: Linda Formichelli and Diana Burell, authors of a book by the same name, help freelance journalists find inspiration. Not previously in my feed, but I've read and enjoyed Linda Formichelli's guest posts in other feeds and the blog looks interesting enough to be added to my feed.

5. Confident Writing: Looking for encouragement? Joanna Young will help you take your writing to the next level. Not previously subscribed to, but if there is ANYONE who needs confidence in their writing it is yours truly so I'm adding this to my feed with high hopes.

4. Write to Done: This blog delivers a steady stream of excellent articles for all writers and is the product of top blogger Leo Babauta. Not previously in my feed and won't be added. I scanned through this one 3 different times (I think I must have subconsciously WANTED to find something to make me add it to my feed) but just could not come up with enough incentive to add to an already long list of such feeds.


3. Freelance Writing Jobs: Founded by Deb Ng, this site is the first stop for freelance writers seeking new work and great articles (and it remains a top winner since this contest began). This one has been in my feed for a loooonnnnngggg time. Good source of writing gigs and helpful posts and articles.

2. Men With Pens: James Chartrand and Harry McLeod are the dynamic duo who continue to deliver rich content and community discussion. Also in my feed for quite a while. My only negative comment is that every time I see it in my feed there is a nanosecond that I see "Men With Penis", which really bothers me.

1. Copyblogger: As the undefeated champ, this blog has held the number-one spot for three straight years! The baby of Brian Clark, this blog keeps winning because of its excellent and educational articles. Not in my feed and not planning to add. Copywriting is not my focus at this time. Neither is marketing.

I found the list of Top 10 Blogs For Writers to be very helpful in adding some hopefully new and informative writing feeds to my already overloaded reader.

2 comments:

Susan Johnston said...

Hi Jeff, thanks for the add! :)

The Word Of Jeff said...

Susan,

Thank YOU for the great site and the comment.

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