Most freelance writers travel in the same circles online. We visit the same freelance writing blogs, chat in the same freelance writing forums and follow the same freelance writing “experts” online. This is a good thing as we learn, offer each other support and tips and find work via these wonderful online tools.
Freelance writers shouldn’t limit themselves to only blogs about freelance writing, however. There are so many important resources that don’t focus solely on writing, yet still offer valuable information. Today’s writers don’t only need to write. We need to manage our businesses, market our services and network with other professionals. With that in mind I’d like to share this list:
10 Terrific Blogs for Freelance Writers That Aren’t About Freelance Writing
Naomi Dunford’s IttyBiz is a must have resource for anyone wishing to market a business and achieve success. Though Naomi’s language is no-nonsense and little salty for some, she gets her point across with humor and never makes the reader feel as if she’s lecturing or talking down to them. Naomi also offers both free and paid resources to help all small business owners achieve their goals. If this isn’t a daily stop on your list, get thee to your RSS reader immediately and rectify the situation.
2. Web Worker Daily
Only a small part of freelance writing is writing. Mostly it’s about making the best use of your time, having good business sense and knowing the key to your clients’ success. Web Worker Daily features app reviews, productivity tips, and the tools to ensure a successful work at home career.
3. 10,000 Words
The tagline for 10,000 Words reads, “Where journalism and technology meet.” Truthfully, this blog is as entertaining as it is informative. It’s jam packed with tips for using online resources to further journalism and writing careers.
4. Social Media Explorer
I think too many writers stay away from social media blogs as they feel it’s not relevant or only targeting big business. This is far from true. At Social Media Explorer, Jason Falls discusses how social media impacts business and how to best use social media tools to advance our careers and just about all of it applies to freelance writers.
I have no doubt ProBlogger Blog Tips is already on your radar, but that doesn’t make it any less worthy of a place on this list. Freelance writers are also bloggers, either for themselves or clients. Darren Rowse’s tips for profitable blogging are dead on making him a definite daily read.
6. Chris Garrett: The Business of Blogging and New Media
Full disclosure: Chris Garrett is my good friend. He’s also a brilliant mind. Don’t let Chris’ quiet demeanor fool you. He’s been at this for a long time and his tips for blogging, writing, social media and business success are right on the money.
7. Successful Blog
Liz Strauss has a reputation for being a “nice” blogger, but make no mistake. Being “Nice” doesn’t mean Liz isn’t a perceptive business person. The co-founder of the SOBCon business conference for bloggers, Liz share tips and advice for best business practices while making you feel worthy and special…and remember, you’re only a stranger once.
8. Social Media Examiner
Mike Stelzner’s Social Media Examiner seemed to come of nowhere to become one of the top social media blogs around. This is no fluke. Mike is an expert in viral marketing and his success is no accident. Want to know how he did it? Subscribe to SME, “your guide to the social media jungle.”
9. Plagiarism Today
Jonathan Bailey isn’t a lawyer, nor does he play one on TV. However, he is well versed in copyright and plagiarism matters, and blogs regularly about your rights (and wrongs) regarding web content and usage. If you’re unsure of the rules regarding “borrowed” web content or images, or, if you’ve been ripped off, visit Plagiarism Today for tips.
10. Rock Your Day
Dave Navarro Rocks Your Day with productivity tips you can use. This isn’t the same old work/life/get organized blog. Dave riffs on everything from boosting confidence to doing unto others. It’s my daily feel good read and should be yours too.
What are your favorite blogs for writers – that aren’t about writing? Share in the comments.