15 Lesser Known Blog Resources for Writers & Other Freelancers

blog-resourcesReading blogs is one of the ways that we freelancers learn about how to be more efficient in our work. They also help us to learn new things and can be a source of inspiration. Blogs are a tremendous resource for freelancers because most of them are free.

We’ve listed a lot of helpful blogs at Freelance Folder in the past. Some of those posts listing blogs include:

Also, don’t miss our post, 100+ RSS Feeds for the Reading List of the Well-Rounded Freelancer.

All of the blogs we’ve listed in the past are tremendous resources. However, as I was looking through the lists of blogs I noticed that some of my regular reads were missing.

In this post, I remedy that by providing a list of blogs that are great resources for writers and other freelancers. While these blogs may not be as well-known as some of the blogs we’ve previously highlighted, I think you’ll agree that they are informative and worthwhile.

Blog Resources for Freelancers

Here is a list of some of my favorite blogs about freelancing and small business in general:

  1. The Anti 9to5 Guide–A freelancing site geared towards women. (Sorry guys!) Actually, most of the advice here would work equally well for freelancers of either gender. The author is Michelle Goodman.
  2. The Blog Herald–Keep up with the news about everything that has to with blogging including mobile blogging and microblogging. This is a multi-authored blog.
  3. Life Dev–By its own description, this blog is for creative people. You’ll find a variety of miscellaneous topics here. While you may not agree with everything, the ideas here are indeed creative. The author is Glen Stansberry.
  4. Location Independent–Although the posts here are infrequent, the topic of location independence is one that I am interested in learning more about. The authors are the location independent professionals Lea and Jonathon Woodward.
  5. MyWifeQuitHerJob–The real life experiences of an online entrepreneur. Although the blogger runs an online wedding linens store, there are many parallels between his experiences and mine as a freelancer. The authors are Steve and Jennifer.
  6. SmallBizTrends–Useful tips and news geared specifically to small business owners. And what is a freelancer if not a small business owner? This is a multi-authored site edited by entrepreneur Anita Campbell.
  7. StartupNation–The posts here deal with trends and topics of interest to small business owners and, of course, freelancers. This site was founded by Rich and Jeff Sloan.
  8. WebProNews–While not technically a blog, this news site specifically dedicated to eBusiness including social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Blog Resources for Freelance Writers

Here are some of my favorite blogs about freelance writing (even if you’re not a freelance writer, I think you’ll be able to relate to most of these blogs):

  1. About Freelance Writing–The blog home of veteran freelance writer, Anne Wayman, her experience is invaluable. She also posts job listings.
  2. All Freelance Writing–Blog contains good useful information, combined with some useful writing tools. This blog is managed by Jennifer Mattern.
  3. Bob Bly–This blog from one of the best-known commercial copywriters provides helpful information for freelance copywriters and others. The author is, of course, Bob Bly.
  4. Get Paid to Write Online–While geared towards writers, freelancers of all types will be able to relate to the posts here. Sharon Hurley Hall founded this blog.
  5. PoeWar–Tips, information, job listings, and other resources for freelance writers. The author is John Hewitt.
  6. The Urban Muse–Great information for freelance writers and others who may interact with them. This is the blog of Susan Johnston.
  7. The Well-Fed Writer Blog–Very helpful information from a long-time freelance writer, Peter Bowerman.

How Reading Blogs Helped My Freelancing Business

I hope that you enjoy reading the blogs that I shared as much as I do.

I have to admit, I consider my favorite blogs to be my unofficial mentors. I’ve learned a lot from their authors, and probably saved myself from making a lot of mistakes too.

While smaller, lesser known blogs may not post as frequently as the well known sites I’ve found that many offer excellent information. They should not be overlooked as a freelancing resource.

Participating in blogs by commenting also helps you to become part of the larger network of freelancers online. Meeting and interacting with other freelancers will also help keep you from feeling too isolated.

What About You?

The blogs that I’ve listed here are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many other excellent smaller blogs that are geared towards freelancers and freelance writers.

Has reading blogs helped your freelancing business? What are some of your favorite freelancing blogs?

Share your answers in the comments.

Image by arbron