20 Must-Read Blogs For Freelance Writers

Businesswoman Writing in NotebookThe idea of this post comes from Steven’s recent post on freelance blogging. Freelance writing certainly has many advantages and can be rewarding too.

It goes without saying that in order to become a freelance writer, you gotta love writing. But you should also consistently work on sharpening your skills. And how do you do that? Reading well-written articles and blogs is a very good start! This can help you write innovative and appealing content.

Reading blogs with good writing is a must if you want to improve your skills as a writer/blogger. Keeping this in mind, I decided to list 20 blogs which should be on every freelance blogger’s RSS feed reading list. This is not a definitive list as there are many more good blogs and I can’t possibly name all of them. But still it’s a useful list which I hope you will enjoy.

Note: these blogs are not all about freelance writing or writing for the web. What they have in common is they’re all really well-written.

Here’s the list in no specific order (It’s not a top 20 list!)

  • 1. Zen Habits & Write To Done Zen Habits and Write To Done are written by Leo Babauta, an experienced writer and a prolific blogger. Not only does he write great content he has an amazing writing style which is simple yet captivating.
  • 2. Problogger I’d be very surprised if you haven’t heard of this blog. Problogger is written by Darren Rowse and teaches the art of blogging and making money through it. In spite of being one of the most famous blogs on the planet, Darren still maintains the same old way of writing articles which are useful, impressive and easily understandable.
  • 3. Dumb Little Man One of the best productivity blogs around, Dumb Little Man is edited by Jay White and written by an impressive group of writers who produce useful articles on how to increase your everyday productivity and manage time in a better manner.
  • 4. Copyblogger Brian Clark is an authority when it comes to blog writing and you cannot afford to miss any of his articles if you want to become a good writer. Seriously.
  • 5. Freelance Switch Written by the best freelance writers and edited by Skellie, this blog presents insightful articles which include tips and tricks for freelancers and web workers. Thanks to it’s great content, the blog has achieved huge growth in the past one year and should be on your reading list too.
  • 6. Dosh Dosh Maki’s writing style and his in-depth analysis of topics has gained him admiration and respect in the blogosphere, not to mention a huge reader base. One of the most well-written blogs around and certainly a writer’s paradise.
  • 7. Seth Godin Seth’s unique and candid style of writing makes his blog a must read for all writers and bloggers.
  • 8. 43 Folders Although Merlin doesn’t write much these days, his blog still remains one of the most useful productivity blogs with some very nicely written articles.
  • 9. Skelliewag Skellie’s proficiency as a writer and blogger is well known and she has been producing great web content for years. Skelliewag is her flagship blog which boasts of some brilliant articles which are quite useful for bloggers.
  • 10. Men With Pens This blog is written by James and Harry, both of them being professional and without a doubt, amazing writers. A must read blog if you aim to improve your writing skills and write impressive content.
  • 11. Chris Pearson For those who don’t know, Chris is probably the best and the most sought after freelance WordPress designer (am not sure if he is doing freelance work any more). He doesn’t write much but when he does, the articles are too good to miss. He also created an immensely popular WordPress called Cutline.
  • 12. Daily Blog Tips One of the top blogs in the blogging niche, Daily Blog Tips is written by Daniel and has some great advice for bloggers and writers who aim to make it big in the blogosphere.
  • 13. Life Hacker Unmissable and a must-read everyday, no matter who you are and what you do.
  • 14. Entrepreneurs Journey Yaro Starak aims to help bloggers and online entrepreneurs through his candid and thought provoking articles, which make his blog one of the most important in it’s niche.
  • 15. Chris Garrett Chris is an internet marketing consultant and an experienced writer. He has also co-authored the Problogger book with Darren. Hence, it goes without saying that his blog is an important one, especially from a writer or freelance blogger’s perspective.
  • 16. The Simple Dollar One of the best finance blogs around, Trent writes top quality articles which have made his site a huge success.
  • 17. Steve Pavlina Steve’s 4000 word essays are quite well known and apart from including impressive content, they also feature an impeccable writing style.
  • 18. Life Hack Like Dumb Little Man, this blog focuses on personal development and productivity and employs guest writers who consistently produce excellent content.
  • 19. Chris Brogan Chris is a social media marketing consultant who writes some direct-from-heart articles on his blog which are nicely written and well presented.
  • 20. Freelance Folder It’s not that I am biased towards this blog because I write for it but I believe it’s certainly a must-read blog for all the freelance bloggers out there and I have been enjoying the well written articles on this blog by influential writers, long before I started writing for it. :)

Some other blogs which feature impressive writing are A List Apart, The Writers Manifesto and Success Soul.

Which blogs do you read to improve your skills as a writer / blogger? I’d love to know your resources.

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  1. Rhianna Clarke says

    Thanks for the list of great blogs. Writing comes naturally to some and for others it’s a skill that comes with practice. Many of today’s best copywriters learned from studying the masters, too. I’m learning that way, too

  2. says

    Hi Abhijeet,

    Thank you for the honorary mention. To (nearly) make it on the list of so many established and long term bloggers is an honor to say the least. I’m a regular reader of a few of the blogs you mentioned and have found a couple more of interest.

  3. Rhianna Clarke says

    Hey Abhijeet…

    I’d like to leave a tip that helped me gain confidence as a writer. I’ve mentioned this tool to a few fellow writers who looked at me in dismay but it’s helped me enormously. Glyphius is a software that scores your words for positivity and power. It allows you to tweak those words to make them score higher. This tool has improved my writing in many ways. Just thought I’d pass that on to your readers.

  4. Lois K says

    I found a few I haven’t checked out before! AllGraphicDesign.com also has some very well written informative articles though they are not as active as they were six months ago. Rachel does a beautiful job over there. Thanks for the great list!!

  5. says

    A few of these were missing from my reader, so thanks for taking the time to create this list. Write to Done is excellent and I’m a recent convert to Men with Pens.

  6. says

    Great list of blogs. However, I would say these as a group should be referred to as “blogs for freelancers” not freelance writers. A couple of these would qualify as freelance writer blogs, but most don’t.

  7. says

    Great list! Many I already visit daily, but there’s some that I’d never heard of and am excited to check out!

    I think you must have forgot to include my blog though. :) I post hand-picked freelance writing job listings every day and try hard to weed out the scams and low-paying jobs. http://www.writersresources.blogspot.com

    Thanks again for the great list!

  8. says

    all these productivity blogs are killin’ my productivity. My adivce is to pick two or three, and stick with them. Write to DOne for writing, and Zen habits for productivity. Throw in Freelance Switch for freelancing/biz advice and presto, you’re producing more, reading less.

  9. says

    This is a great list of useful blogs, but if you read all of these (and all the other blogs people recommend) on a daily basis when you find time to write – or do anything else for that matter? I agree with Allena T: pick a few favorites, stick with them and don’t worry too much about being left behind. If a blog’s awesome and useful, chances are you’re going to hear about it by simple word of mouth. There’s always going to be someone who has a longer and hipper feed list than you. Chances are, they’re not loaded down with professional assignments though.

  10. says


    Thanks for the great list. Found out about some gems that I’ve never even heard of, I’ve heard of the biggies like copyblogger and problogger, but Men With Pens and The Simple Dollar look like great additions to my bloglines reader.

    More stuff to keep me distracted from doing my own blogging!



  11. says

    It’s good to know that half of your list is on my Google Reader and now is yours… :-)

    Thank you very much for your recommendations. Good work!

  12. says

    Hi Aberjheet,

    You are a pouplar name on the web!

    I have set up a social network for artists, writers and musicians and I wondered if you would consider doing an article on how new social networks and websites can get honest coverage by bloggers?

    I have seen a few companies which require payment to get blogged about but I guess there might be a more honest way if you know where to go and how to go about it?

    Anyway, all the best and keep up the good work :)

  13. Melissa says

    I’m wondering if your glaring omission of http://freelancewritinggigs.com was an oversight on your part or if you don’t feel it deserving of a place on the list? It’s the first blog most of us visit every day and it’s the number one online community relating solely to freelance writing. Is there a reason you’re not including it?

  14. says

    Abhijeet – Tripping over this blog today reminds me of finding $5 in the street when I was a child ($5 was nothing to sneeze at back then). What a wonderful source of information and I particularly appreciate this post for providing “study” material.

    My friends and family have been admonishing me for wasting my writing ability for years. I finally feel like I’ve found a source from which to learn and be emboldened. Thank you again for a great blog and an equally great post.

  15. says

    So, I’m checking out my stats, and there’s a link from Freelance Folder (one of my very favorite freelancing blogs btw), and it says it’s coming from a post called “20 Must-REad Blogs for Freelance Writers.”

    “Oh my goodness,” I think. “Could we have made that list?!”

    Sadly, the answer was “no.” :-( Still, we really appreciate that you listed our “67 Niche Markets” post in your sidebar. It doesn’t quite make up for the sting, but it’s pretty close. ;-)

  16. says

    Also, author, one of the blogs you listed was full of errors- not typos (cause I know typos, hell, I made my last comment from a Blackberry on the back of a bike!) but real mistakes. Anyway, yeah, just cleaning up my reading after the lonnnng holiday. Thanks again for putting a list together for the writers:)

  17. says

    im working as a software developer and i want to register my site for freelancing.so we could get gud projects.so will u pls help me for this i will really greatfull to u.
    thank u dear

  18. says

    Very informative blog! I will definitely refer my clients here for blogging info!

    Keep up the great work!
    Really good……..Hello admin, nice site you have..

  19. says

    This is a great list – it’s also nice confirmation to see that I read about 75% of those blogs regularly!

    These guys have created media outlets that fit to the pursuits of freelancing perfectly. If you follow any of them on Twitter, you can sometimes get direct access to them too! (Don’t over-use this!)

    If you ever need to know something – see what these guys have to say.

  20. says

    arghhhh! Good list for sure, but tell me, when the heck do you all get time to read or even glance at the headlines of 20 blogs? Sure I’ve got a reader, two of ‘em in fact. And I’ll add some more from here.

    Sigh. Between my clients (not complaining believe me), social media (!) and blogs I want to read, or think I need to read… seriously, how do you keep up?

  21. Anamika says

    Hi Abhijeet,

    I am new to writing as in I am not a professional just a novice. What book would you recommend?

  22. says

    Прикольно пишете, жизненно. Все-таки, для того, чтобы делать по-настоящему интересный блог, нужно не только просто сообщать о чем-то, но и делать это в интересной форме:)

  23. says

    Три зрелых развратника цепляют блондинку украинку, что бы всунуть соски в её отпадный лобок. Толстушки не желают насладиться холодной свадьбой, где увлекаются экстазу и вылизыванью. В эротических сексгалереях собраны самые неутомимые фильмы стареньких училок. ооо клуб знакомств парадиз Вскоре мужчина стал вылизывать их. Я проснулся, встал и по пути в спальню увидел Юнону – она была сказочна.

  24. says

    Совсем недавно попал на Ваш сайт, теперь каждое утро захожу посмотреть, не написали ли чего новенького. :) К сожалению только Вы не каждый день Ваш сайт обновляете :(

  25. says

    Hello and thanks a lot about the list! Not only to Abhijeet but also to people who commented and told about more links!

    I’m new to freelance and have to proove my knowledge – so far I had 2 translations done with both customers totally satisfied with its quality.

    I looked through the links and I saw a real interesting things to tell people – Russian people. I’d like to translate those in order to pass those ideas to those who don’t speak ans read English promoting the Bolgs and my translation quality at the same time. But I couldn’t find writers’ emails to ask for permission. can you give me any tips how to contact them or will posting source links and writer’s name be fine (I anyway will post their names and source links)?

    Thanks for any feedback!
    Regards and good customers to everyone,
    Arevik Dumikian

  26. says

    Thanks for the nice list . Blogs serve a very useful purpose and now days there are lot of jobs for freelance writers. Just go to some freelancing sites like http://ezdia.com where you get work for article/blog writing etc.

  27. says

    Thanks, quite a list you’ve got here. But I can agree with some of the comments – you better chose 2-3 out of the list and stick to them. Going back and forth trying to utilize all of the available resources is time consuming=)

  28. says

    Wow, what an impressive resource. I also read many of the blogs listed here, though there are some I’m unfamiliar with. I subscribed to all of them, so looking forward to the awesome content!

    Thanks a bunch. :)

  29. Linh says

    Thank you for a great article. I have just started on blogging. It is really helpful for me because I am not an English native. If you happen to know any good blog of non – native English blogger, please write a post on that.

  30. says

    All great resources. Zen Habits is great.

    “Which blogs do you read to improve your skills as a writer / blogger? I’d love to know your resources.”

    Google: “The 2010 ABA Journal Blawg 100″ You’ll find a list of the top 100 legal blogs. I find this to be a great resource to find what issues are popular, trending.

    Thanks for the post!

  31. says

    Excellent list. Another good way to find articles or blogs that relate to a certain subject matter is to Google search with strings like: “freelance + inurl:blog site:.com” (or edu or org). Just thought I’d share a fun trick.

    Thanks for the post.

  32. says

    One of the top blogs in the blogging niche, Daily Blog Tips is written by Daniel and has some great advice for bloggers and writers who aim to make it big in the blogosphere.

  33. says

    Thanks a lot, im a freelancer writer, this blog
    helps me a lot and give some vital information.
    i read another blog about freelance.
    this also help me for what i write in my job.

    thanks again

  34. says

    i am also did but now am i learn my mistake and try to don’t repeat these again ,also freelancing need dedication some time freelance feel lazy because there is no boss

  35. says

    Great list! I subscribe to some, today I will subscribe to all. Really good resource for those who are starting out and building a their freelance business.

  36. says

    I’m a follower of Zen Habits, Problogger, Copyblogger, Seth Godin, Entrepreneurs Journey and I’m very impressed of what I’ve read from their posts. I’ve learned different writing styles and voices that can mold me to become a good writer someday. But it’s up to me if I will continue to face this challenge. Because what I’m thinking now is that my readers understand clearly the messages I’m imparting to them.

  37. says

    Even for people who have a passion for writing, there are days when words just don’t seem to flow. Your list of bloggers provides a rich resource of tips and inspiration for those of us who are trying to express ourselves through a blog. Thank you.

  38. says

    Wow! What an amazing, comprehensive list. Thanks so much for putting all the must read blogs in one place. I have read some excellent material from a few of the blogs you listed. Most of the blogs on the list are completely new to me – so this is great!

  39. says

    good Lord, George. I was desperate that there are no more people reading the above-mentioned classic writers! What’s more, no more reading people among the pc-world-population. Do you have a girlfriend by any chance? :) Seriously, you’re absolutely right!

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  41. says

    This is an excellent list! There were a few in there I hadn’t heard of but I’m checking them out now. I really appreciate your time in creating this list, it was really helpful! ~Krysha

  42. says

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  50. says

    If you haven’t already, absolutely MUST check out TerribleMinds.com – the writer has a very raw, humurous style, and gives exceptional writing (particularly for fiction, but applicable anywhere) advice. A very unique voice, and a pleasure and inspiration to read.

  51. Kateland says

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    See http://www.jobstock.com/blog/ for more information.

  52. says

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  53. says

    Interesting, to say the least. I was going to suggest that people hire a blogger. There are several places out there to pick from, but one place that I’ve dealt with in the past is Ez Writers. http://www.ezwriters.net has a lot of different things to offer. Heck, they even do college papers. Just a thought!

    Thanks for the interesting article!

  54. Samantha Spencer says

    I definitely think that one of the best ways to improve your writing is to read and this list looks great. With the advent of the blog we are seeing an influx in the the availability of personal essays. I was looking at a site for personal injury attorney in chicago and seeing how writing is evolving and becoming more prevalent. Would you say that the writing of the site or the visuals have more effect on your choice? Or is it a combination of the two?

  55. says

    Freelance writing is a great way to get feedback about the real quality of your work. I write for my blog but it’s not very popular yet so I don’t get much feedback. Thanks for the list its great.

  56. says

    This is a great list and GREAT advice. Writing for a website is a special sort of skill, and I’m trying to improve. They say that to write well, you should read avidly, and I think it also is true for the type of writing that you would like to do.


  57. says

    This is a great list–I’m particularly fond of Leo Babauta’s writing, as he also writes (at least) another blog besides for the freelance writing website listed above. It’s all about minimalist living and it’s very interesting–I highly recommend it and think it’s particularly relevant towards us self-employed writers!

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  59. says

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