I love blogging. I love talking about blogging. And I love reading blogs about blogging (go figure!) I’ve learned so much about this blogging thing over the past few years, and I love sharing what I’ve learned with all of you so that your first few years of blogging are happy and everything you dreamed of. But I don’t know everything about blogging, and I have been so fortunate to find a few blogs that really make me challenge myself and think about blogging in a way that goes beyond what I ever imagined.
Blogs are amazing in that you’re able to share your voice with millions of other like-minded individuals on the internet and build a real community. But they can also serve a purpose as part of a larger business and marketing strategy. For many women, blogging is a legitimate source of income! And so if you’re at the point where you’re ready to take your blog “to the next level” and turn your hobby into a hustle, these are the blogs you should be reading. I have learned so much from all of them!
4 Amazing Blogs About Blogging
byRegina // If I never found Regina’s blog, I would have never created the Blog Happy Workshop (which is getting ready for a total relaunch this summer, so stay tuned!) and I would have wasted a lot of time trying to figure out how to create my course. She’s taught me everything I know! I’ve never met Regina in person, I’ve never heard her speak…but in my head, she is the most encouraging person I’ve ever met. It’s like her purpose in life is to create amazing content for bloggers who want to go from blog to business. That’s it. She just wants you to succeed, and she does everything she can to make sure that happens. I would highly recommend take a day (or two) to go through her archives and explore all her many ideas for how to go from blog to business. Her content is amazing (every single post!) and her resources are well worth the investment (plus, a lot of them are free). This post on daily, weekly and monthly blog tasks is my favorite, and it includes FREE checklists!
The Nectar Collective // Want to learn how to expand your reach on social media? Or how to work with brands? Thinking about branding your blog and need to learn how to create a style guide? Then you should be reading Melyssa’s blog The Nectar Collective. It has lots of great information about business and blogging from Melyssa and her contributors (including Maya Elious from BRNDWCH). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve saved a blog post from The Nectar Collective to my Pocket app for reading on the subway. And the free media kit template? The best one I’ve ever seen.
Jennypurr // Jen Carrington of Jennypurr has to be one of my favorite bloggers right now. She just gets it, and she doesn’t mind sharing her epiphanies with all of us. She could literally write a book about blogging and marketing, but instead she’s sharing countless gems on her blog for FREE. Jen combines blogging strategies with tips for how to blog, run a business and maintain balance in life. Her posts are so soothing, like a hug from a friend or a pat on the back. I’ve noticed that when I start to feel overwhelmed by ideas and to-do lists and next steps, I can read Jen’s blog and get back to center. Jen’s blog has helped me clarify my blog and business goals. As a matter of fact, I wrote my blog business plan after reading her post on five ways to take a blog from a hobby to a game changer.
The Well // Once upon a time when I thought I would become a graphic designer and design blogs for a living (circa 2011-2012), my favorite blog was Victoria McGinley’s VMac & Cheese, where she shared bits and pieces about being a web designer and cook. She was one of the bloggers who inspired me to expand The Feisty House into a lifestyle blog; Victoria did such a good job of incorporating her interests into her blog content and making it all feel cohesive. Now, years later, Victoria has teamed up with DC-based blogger Meg Biram to create The B Bar, a cute shop that sells “cocktails” on everything from legal tips to bloggers, to social media best practices, and other e-books. The Well is the blog for The B Bar, and both Victoria and Meg share lots of information for bloggers who are interested in becoming business owners. Their posts on organization are especially good (read this one on how to plan and organize your social media–it comes with a free worksheet!)
Even once you get pretty good at something, you should still push yourself to learn more and grow and become better. That’s my approach to blogging. Sure, I’ve been doing it for a while, and I think I have a successful blog, but I don’t want to stay at this level. I definitely want to learn more about growing The Feisty House and being a professional blogger, and these four blogs have been teaching me so much about how to do just that. If you’re ready to take your blog to the next level, start with these four blogs! They’re truly amazing!