Be a Better Blogger: 5 Must-Read Blogs About Blogging
Want to guess how many unread blog posts are sitting in my reader right now? It’s 686. Just since last week.
I subscribe to a lot of blogs—food blogs, wedding blogs, lifestyle blogs, home decor blogs… it’s… just… it’s a lot of blogs—and I haven’t quite found the time lately to reach Feed Reader Zero. But no matter how many wedding pretties and drool-worthy food snaps are waiting for me, do you know what blog genre I make sure I never miss? It’s the blog blogs.
Each of these stellar bloggers is totally meta, writing primarily about, well… blogging. If you’ve ever wondered how to start a blog, run a blog, find readers for your blog or monetize your blog, these sites have you covered with great advice and resources. I always turn to these blogs for consistent, expert advice on keeping up an online presence.
It doesn’t even look like a word anymore, does it? Thanks, semantic satiation.
Anyway, here they are, the blog blogs:
Elle & Company
To be a pro blogger, you have to be a jack of all trades—writing, marketing, web design, social media. Lauren is great at simplifying what can sometimes be really complex ideas. I read her blog almost like a to-do list. Improve SEO. Clean up your Pinterest boards. Refresh old blog content. Create a brand style guide. It sounds like a lot, but Lauren makes it all easy to read and easy to do. (Plus tons of content for Squarespace bloggers.)
Favorite post: How to Create the Quintessential Instagram Feed
Regina’s blog is a great read if you’ve been at it for a while and asking yourself, “what’s next?” Whether your goal is building an audience, monetizing your blog or using it to springboard your own business, Regina makes it seem totally achievable with tutorials on everything from gaining advertisers to how to build an online mini-course.
Favorite post: 7 Tips for Finding Your BFFs (And Why You Need Them)
The Well by The B Bar
This was the first blog blog I ever followed, after following Victoria and Meg on their personal blogs. They’re both so approachable in their day-to-day writing, and that friendly tone totally comes through on The Well, as Victoria and Meg walk you through some of the less-tangible (but equally important) ways to grow, like reflecting on your vision and asking yourself questions to craft a mission. Follow the posts and participate in the link-ups and you’ll feel like you have a friend in your corner to support your online life—one who just happens to be an expert on blogging.
Favorite post: The Evolution of Your Blog Content
Blog Better by Leap
Blair knows a thing or two about blogs. She manages two of them—The Fox & She and Wandeleur—and started Leap, a studio specializing in WordPress design. This offshoot, Blog Better, was launched this year and is a one-stop shop for everything related to starting and building a blog. It’s also a steady stream of advice for staying on top the tools and strategies that are happening in the blog world right now.
Favorite post: 6 Ways to Get Your Blog Noticed Even Faster
Amy Lynn Andrews
If you’re just getting started blogging, Amy’s website is a valuable resource for learning your way around. She covers everything about starting a blog on WordPress from A to Z—no stone left unturned. If you’re an established blogger, her newsletter—she calls it “The Useletter”—is a curated list of the best stuff on the web for bloggers, entrepreneurs, authors and freelancers.
Favorite post: How to Write a Killer About Page
Bonus: Pinch of Yum
Lindsay and Bjork run a food blog, not a blog blog, but their monthly income reports are a great snapshot into the different ways you can make money blogging. They usually also give a bit of insight into their thought processes as they look to grow Pinch of Yum.