You have to read well to write well, and blogging is no exception. If you’re maintaining a business blog, hobby-blogging or looking to turn your passion for writing into a fulltime online career, it’s important to not to write in a vacuum – and that means reading a lot of great blog posts from a wide variety of writers to expose yourself to different styles and perspectives.
Becoming a devoted blog reader will crack open and enhance your blog writing skills in ways you may have never considered. So who do you read? And which blogs should you bookmark?
Darren Rowse’s ProBlogger site is considered one of the premier resources on making a living from blogging. Darren has been blogging since 2002, and as well launching ProBlogger and building a fanbase of thousands, has written three popular books on the subject.
The ProBlogger 31 Days to Build a Better Blog series proved extremely popular with fledgling and experienced bloggers worldwide, and went on to inspire one of Darren’s most successful books.
His blog is a great resource for all bloggers – particularly those looking to monetise their sites. Follow Darren on Twitter at @problogger.
New Zealand-born and New York-based blogger Gala Darling is one of the blogosphere’s favourite It girls, and her hugely successful blog has spawned her position as an expert on the subject – and led to the establishment of The Blogcademy worldwide workshops.
Though originally focused on fashion, Gala’s blog is now geared toward her Radical Self Love Project, and is a great source of inspiration for lifestyle bloggers. Follow Gala on Twitter at @galadarling.
Blogger, traveller, self-professed authority challenger and author Chris Guillebeau is perhaps best known on the blogging scene for his manifesto, A Brief Guide to World Domination, his blog on The Art of Non-Conformity, and his personal 11-year challenge to travel to every country in the world, which he achieved earlier in 2013.
Jam-packed with ‘unconventional products’, ‘los manifestos’ and articles on everything from 279 Days to Overnight Success to Why You Should Quit You Day Job and Travel Around the World, Chris’ blog is a beacon for entrepreneurs and bloggers who want to design extraordinary lives. Follow Chris on Twitter at @chrisguillebeau.
Offering laser-lucid lessons on life, writing, creativity, work and more, Alexandra Franzen writes about how to be a better writer, and has worked with a number of noteworthy entrepreneurs, including bestselling author Danielle LaPorte and the CEO of B-School, Marie Forleo.
Penning books and running writing workshops and retreats in her spare time, Alexandra’s blog is a wonderful resource for bloggers and writers looking to hone their craft. Follow Alex on Twitter at @Alex_Franzen.
Bestselling author of no less than 14 books, founder of Squidoo.com and marketing guru Seth Godin has changed the way people think about marketing and work. His books have been translated into more than 33 languages, and his YouTube clips have draw thousands of views globally.
Seth’s blog is recognised as one of the most popular marketing blogs in the world, covering a diverse range of topics from How to write copy that goes viral to Eleven things organisations can learn from airports. Follow Seth Godin on Twitter at @ThisIsSethsBlog.
Founder of Brazen Careerist, Penelope Trunk’s career advice is featured in 200 newspapers, and her speaking engagements have riveted and inspired audiences across the United States. Audacious, to-the-point and sometimes controversial, her blog posts cover everything from what startup life is really like and living up to your potential, to how to pick a career you’ll like.
Her blog is a great resource for bloggers looking to transition their passion from part-time to full-time, who want tell-it-like-it-is advice and been-there-done-that wisdom. Follow Penelope Trunk on Twitter at @penelopetrunk.
Of course, who you enjoy reading on a regular basis really depends on your preferences, but the above six bloggers are a good place to start. Looking for further inspiration specific to your area of interest or industry? Try a Google search, or browse Technorati’s blog directory to see what stands out.