The Top 10 Blogs For Writers: A Blogger’s Resource Library

If you need tips on how to become a better writer, you may be acquinted with Copyblogger. If you need more resources to help your writing, the following Top 10 list is sure to provide the content you are looking to read. Michael Steltzner the author behind WritingWhitePapers.com chose his “Top 10 Blogs for Writers-The 2009/2010 Winners” awards. This list can be a content library unto itself. Congratulations to Coppyblogger the winner of this years competition.

Michael Steltzner’s Top 10 Blogs for Writers

The following is Michael’s list in his own words on why he chose each site:

Copyblogger award

  1. Copyblogger: This site is the heavyweight champion of the world four years running (and one of the top blogs on the planet)!  The brain-child of Brian Clark, his blog keeps winning because of its insightful articles.
  2. Men With Pens: James Chartrand and Harry McLeod maintain the number two slot with their inspiring content and rich community discussion.
  3. Write to Done: This blog nearly always delivers a home run with its excellent articles for all writers and is the product of top blogger Leo Babauta.
  4. Editor Unleashed: Inspired by the former Editor-in-Chief of Writer’s Digest, Maria Schneider explores writing, social media and community on her excellent blog.
  5. Freelance Writing Jobs: This site is the first stop for freelance writers seeking new work and great articles (and it remains a top winner since this contest began).  Congrats Deb Ng!
  6. Confident Writing: Joanna Young delivers rich and useful articles that will help you take your writing to the next level.
  7. Urban Muse: Susan Johnston covers a wide range of excellent topics that all writers will enjoy.
  8. WordCount: Journalist Michelle Vranizan Rafter explores the challenges freelance writers face on her excellent blog.
  9. Quips & Tips for Successful Writers: A true cornucopia of ideas for writers, Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen provides endless content and freelancing tips.
  10. Fuel Your Writing: This site will certainly fuel you! Michelle Krasniak Oxman and her huge team of contributors provide great content for writers.
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The 10 Worst Marketing Tips: A “Marketing Gurus” Guidebook to Fame

Tony RobbinsIn “Top 10 worst marketing Tips” Barbara French states “. . . somebody out there is giving lots of companies dubious marketing advice.” Barbara’s list is a combination of real advice and a tongue n cheek look at the marketing consultants who claim to be social media “gurus.”  Let’s take a look at Barbara’s list and our thoughts.

“Top 10 Worst Marketing Tips”

1. BF: Let’s add 2.0 to that noun

dg: Web 2.0 is full of semantics that apply and then there are “marketing gurus” who come up with yet to be coined phrases hoping their semantic entry will catch on

2. BF: Let’s add 3.0 to that noun

dg: There is NOTHING more infuriating than to hear a “marketing guru” who does not understand Web 2.0 yet has christened their definition of Web 3.0 as the coming trend

3.  BF: If we use a cat in your video, it’s sure to go viral

dg: All furry animal videos result in youtube stardom and eventual guest appearances on Letterman right?

4. BF: Don’t worry about running it through legal review — this is the social web

dg: Use common sense, create a plan and rules for all employees participating in social media. Passing this on to legal is a sure fire way to add months to your launch

5. BF: We need to differentiate your message. Let’s turn all those keywords into verbs by putting an “ize” at the end

dg: Semantics and jargon are like salt– use sparingly. If you plan to humanize, personalize, economize, capitalize, or victimize anything- just say no

6. BF: It’s a mistake to strive for excellence. You should aim for good enough

dg: What is excellence to one person may actually be “good enough” to the rest of us. Strive for perfection and then fall short

7. BF: Every blog post should be short and pithy

dg: You could be Hemmingway yet nobody, according to useability expert Jakob Nielsen, reads more than 30% of your blog articles. If your readers are going to skim, then be short and pithy

8. BF: Create good content

dg: What’s wrong with good content? Write it and they may or may not come to your site. Write crap and they definitely will never show up

9. BF: Let’s place your messages where customers don’t expect to see them

dg: Ah yes the “we’ll fake them out by showing up where nobody goes” approach. This is a time tested path to failure

10. BF: Be brilliant

dg: Why didn’t I think of that? Brilliance is so underrated!