10 Blogs for Bloggers
It's time to get to know other blogs, blogs that exist for you — a blogger! That's right, now that you've joined the ranks of other bloggers and entered the blogosphere, it's time to check out the content that is written to support that community. Here are ten blogs that are not only great for readers in general but also are of special interest to other bloggers.
Darren Rowse, the owner and founder of ProBlogger, is perhaps the most well-known professional blogger in the world. When Darren speaks, bloggers listen. So do corporations, brands, government agencies, and charities. Put simply, Darren knows blogging.
ProBlogger is divided into an easy-to-follow series of navigational choices:
Blog: Although Darren certainly still blogs on his site, he also populates the content of his blog with incredible guest posts that cover topics ranging from becoming a better blogger to optimizing your site for search traffic.
Forum: The ProBlogger Community is a fee-based community that allows you to connect with other professional bloggers.
Workbooks: This section covers very specific blogging topics in more depth than a blog post will allow. One that might be of particular interest is ProBlogger's Guide to Your First Week of Blogging.
Book: This section of ProBlogger allows you to learn more about the book Darren wrote with coauthor Chris Garrett.
Jobs: Updated regularly, this section of ProBlogger provides bloggers with access to blog-related job listings.
Income: If you'd like to learn more about making money on your blog, this is the area for you.
Archives: ProBlogger was launched in September 2004, providing you with years of content to read should you wish to take the time to sort through Darren's archives. You may also want to use the site's search feature to explore past posts about specific topics.
Copyblogger was founded in 2006 by Brian Clark, who came to the blogosphere from a background in online content marketing long before it was the popular field it is today. The goal of Copyblogger is to help other bloggers create better content for their own audiences. The site, simply put, empowers you to create content.
Like ProBlogger, this site is far more than a blog. Founder Brian Clark and his team provide you with content in the following ways:
Articles: Article topics range from basic writing lessons to online marketing shortcuts that you should avoid. Posts are written by several contributing authors.
Ebooks: The Copyblogger online Ebook library — available for free after you've signed up for a free Copyblogger account — includes more in-depth coverage of topics such as SEO and content creation.
Seminars: This is the site area to visit to listen to recordings of past seminars on topics related to content creation, blogging, and marketing.
Webinars: Want to join an online class with Brian Clark and other experts in the field of content creation? Stop by Authority Webinars.
Forums: The Copyblogger forums are divided into categories, including forum topics supporting the Copyblogger seminars and webinars.
Daily Blog Tips
Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the vast knowledge available to you at Copyblogger and ProBlogger? Hop on over to Daily Blog Tips, which contains an equally vast array of content in a format that may keep you from feeling pulled in a variety of directions.
Daily Blog Tips provides readers with posts that feature a specific topic or tip for the day. For example, on October 8, 2013, Daily Blog Tips explained how to best use quotes on your blog. Just a few days earlier, readers learned about the pros and cons of accepting guest posts on your blog. Be sure to use the site's search feature to find blog posts on topics that matter most to you.
Like many other sites mentioned so far, ChrisG.com not only provides readers with blog posts but also allows readers to dive deeper with a range of products, courses, and ebooks. Written by Chris Garrett, Darren Rowse's book coauthor, ChrisG.com is another incredible source of a huge range of information important to blogging.
If you want to learn from Chris on a regular basis without the need to stop by and navigate the sometimes overwhelming site, consider signing up for the ChrisG.com newsletter. Signing up for the newsletter also provides you access to two free e-books covering the topics of content creation and partnerships.
Blogging Basics 101
Founded by blogger and author Melanie Nelson, Blogging Basics 101 is a wonderful site for bloggers to visit to find tips, resources, and inspiration. Although Melanie's section "How Do I Start a Blog?" covers some basic new blogger questions, the site also keeps experienced bloggers coming back for more with link-ups to great content and resources about topics ranging from the best WordPress themes to social media tools.
Don't miss the Blogging Basics 101 newsletter archive.
Blogging Tips is a site written by a team of bloggers bringing their collective blog knowledge together to provide bloggers with an in-depth look at a variety of topics. One cool feature of Blogging Tips is the "Meet the Bloggers" interview series. As bloggers, it's easy to begin to feel isolated. After all, most bloggers are often working on blogs alone in a room, sitting at a computer. The Blogging Tips interview series allows you to get to know a range of other bloggers and learn from both their successes and failures.
Another great feature of Blogging Tips is the Blogging Resources section, which contains links to tools that site owner Zac Johnson personally uses and recommends.
The Blog Herald
The Blog Herald, as the name suggests, looks much more like an online newspaper than a super-savvy blog created by a blog superstar. With that said, it contains a wealth of information from blog news to guides to interviews.
Don't miss the review section of The Blog Herald. The posts contained within this category review tools and resources that you as a blogger may be considering. Before choosing a web host or purchasing a ticket to a tech conference, for example, stop by and search The Blog Herald to see whether it has a related post that may help you make a tough — and sometimes expensive — decision.
Many of the blogs covered walk you through the nuts and bolts of blogging, but Blogussion is a bit different. With headings such as "The Psychology of Blogging," you know at first glance that you're not in Kansas anymore. In fact, Blogussion calls itself the Next Generation of Blogging.
Sure, you can still find the basics on blogging at Blogussion. But be sure to also take some time to poke around at the other thoughtful, original content you'll find here. Other interesting topics include how to balance the aesthetics and functionality of your blog. It also helps you delve deeper into the minor details of blogging.
Mashable is far more than a blog for bloggers, but it is a site that every blogger should frequent. Mashable considers itself a news source, and with 20 million unique visitors monthly, its audience seems to agree. If you want to know what the online world is discussing at any moment of the day, pop over to Mashable to read the top articles. Mashable content is some of the most retweeted content online. This is a great site to visit to see what happens when blogging transforms into online innovation.
Similar to Mashable, Gawker is one of the places to go online to see not only what is being written but also — and perhaps more important — what is being read. Begun as a blog by founder Nick Denton, Gawker now publishes upward of 30 blog posts a day. These posts cover everything from current news to what other blogs and news organizations are covering. Although Gawker can be controversial at times, for bloggers it's a window into the mind of the blog reader. Want to know what online media consumers are hungry for? Stop by the top stories list at Gawker.