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.

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Comments

  1. says

    Great list, Laura. A few other blogs that really make me think and add value to my business:

    * JonathanFields.com: Author of “Career Renegade.” Great insights and ideas for those of us who work solo and tend to be more entrepreneurial.

    * 4-Hour Workweek blog: Always makes me think about how I can improve my business in order to enjoy more flexibility and get more out of life.

    * MenwithPens.ca: Been reading this one more lately. Great stuff for writers and freelancers in general.

    * EscapefromCubicleNation.com: Pam Slim’s blog. Another recent addition to my weekly reading. Even if you’ve long left the cubicle, there are some great discussions here on creating a business on your terms.

    * TheWealthyFreelancer.com: OK, so I’m biased. This is the blog I co-founded. :-D But I think we offer a fresh perspective on freelancing. You can have the clients, income and lifestyle you want doing what you love. It’s no a tradeoff.

  2. says

    Thanks Ed!

    That’s a great list. As I said, my list is just the tip of the iceberg. I knew I’d leave some off.

    I wrote this post because I was tired of seeing the same blog resources listed over and over again. :-)

    Hopefully this post (and the comments) will help highlight some other blog resources.

  3. says

    Great list, Laura.

    There’s a whole new universe of freelancers out there, and, at the same time, I think your choices are relevant. I browsed some of the pages and they look just perfect.

    Lloyd
    officedeskreviews

  4. says

    Thanks everyone!

    Don’t forget to add your favorite blogs to the list in the comments.

    @Anne Marie Bonneau — I’m glad that Freelance Folder has helped you. :-)

  5. says

    There are some good blog resources here that will be useful for any developers and designers. I think it is often overlooked how useful reading developer and designer blogs can be, there are so many tutorials covering things you wouldn’t usually stumble upon.

    Out of those listed I think ‘The Blog Herald’ seems to offer the most comprehensive range of resources looking at all aspects of development and design. I particularly like the way the site is laid out like an online newspaper.

    I will be bookmarking these resources for future usage. Maybe some further posts covering specifically web development blogs would be useful too as these are a great way to learn new techniques.

  6. says

    Thanks for sharing those valuable links to us. I must admit, there are many freelance blogs and websites that exist nowadays and LanceEarner is one of it. LanceEarner.com is a global outsourcing solution and freelance jobs website. Here you can find freelance coders, writers, programmers, designers, marketers and more. You can also outsource projects and save a lot of money in the process.

  7. says

    Thanks for sharing those valuable links. There are many freelance blogs or websites that exist nowadays and LanceEarner is one if. LanceEarner http://www.Lanceearner.com is a global outsourcing solution and freelance jobs website. Here you can find freelance coders, writers, programmers, designers, marketers and more. You can also outsource projects and save a lot of money in the process.

  8. says

    Great post, Reading blogs is always an important part of learning and developing skills and ways of working. I really like smallbiztrends.com, there is many great posts about how to better a small business.

    Thanks for sharing these great blogs.

  9. says

    Thanks for including Location Independent in your list, Laura. We do post more regularly on one of the sub-sites (locationindependentprofessionals.com) just in case you hadn’t seen it :)

    Great to see some other useful resources on here, especially Get Paid to Write Online from Sharon who’s doing a really wonderful job of sharing her extensive experience & success as a freelance writer.

  10. says

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  11. says

    I do agree with all the ideas you have presented in your post. They’re really convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are very short for newbies. Could you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

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