To do great writing, read great writing. Here’s the great writing I’m reading this week:
In honor of the 2010 WordCount Blogathon, which starts May 1 -tomorrow! - today’s edition of my weekly roundup of good reading and good writing is devoted to bloggers, blogging and blogs.
ProBlogger - Whenever I have a question about blogs, ProBlogger is my first stop. Lately I’ve been researching advertising and ProBlogger didn’t let me down. I found the most comprehensive explanation of anywhere I looked on how a solo blogger like me should set blog ad rates. Is this great writing? It won’t win any Pulitzers. But if you’re a blogger, it’s a veritable fount of information.
Break the blogging rules – Do this, don’t do that, make sure you remember SEO. Don’t you ever get sick of people telling you what to do on your blog – including me? If so, you’ll love these blogging rule breakers. First, Seth Godin. An Internet marketing trendsetter, Godin’s blog, which is simply called Seth’s Blog, breaks all the rules: no links (in some posts), titles that are anything but SEO, subjects that are all over the place. But the stuff he talks about – priceless. Next, Lisa Barone, chief branding officer at Outspoken Media, whose recent post The 5 Old Blogging Rules Killing Your Readership has been making the rounds. Barone argues that tried-and-true blogging rules about short posts being better and page views being the end all be all are outmoded ways of thinking. Even if you don’t agree with what she says 100 percent, it’s food for thought.
Writer-bloggers we love – When it comes to blogs on writing or blogging, some writers have it down cold. Susan Johnson is one of them – and I’m not just saying that because she’s a 2010 Blogathon sponsor. Johnson’s blog, The Urban Muse, is well-organized, has lots of extras and above all, is always an interesting read. Other blogs about blogging worth checking out: Blogging Basics 101 – the name says it all – Copyblogger and Daily Blog Tips. Want more? Here’s Daily Blog Tips’ list of top 25 blogs about blogging.