25 Awesome Resources for Early Stage Bloggers
I recently setup a blog for one of my classmates from Pepperdine and after setting it up, I realized that I should probably send him a list of blogs/resources. So rather than just email him I figured I’d be selfish and turn into a post. Hopefully this will help my two blogging friends: Madmansdigest and Toms University (shout outs to you guys).
Blogging Blogs: Although the idea of a blog about blogging is something that we seem to make endless jokes about, most of these bloggers do a great of sharing ideas that can really help take your blog to the next level.
- Problogger: If there’s anybody who we associate with blogging, it’s Darren Rowse (@problogger). Problogger is probably one of the most heavily trafficked blogs on the net and for good reason too. One of the things that has surprised me lately is how much value there is in the Problogger Archives. While you might be tempted to add it to your RSS reader and read the most recent stuff, submit your guest post, I highly recommend you dig into the archives. I’ve found so many gems there in the last few days which are going to fuel the next several months of some of my content here.
- Remarkablogger: While Remarkablogger is not a 130K subscriber blog like Problogger, Michael Martine (@remarkablogger) is an extremely smart guy. In my one hour chat wit him, he told me so many things that I’ve yet to implement (doh!!), but I know would be tremendously valuable. Another reason I read Remarkablogger is because of the personal touch that Michael adds by responding to almost every comment.
- Blogussion: Blogussion is the brain child of high school student Alex Frasier. When you see that somebody in high school is doing things of this caliber it should inspire you to get of your as@ and really charge ahead.
- Yaro: To leave Yaro Starak’s (@yarostarak) entrepreneurs journey off this would be sacrilegious considering I’m an alumni of Yaro’s Blog Mastermind program. Through his blog, Yaro not only provides a ton of advice, but also a wealth of resources such as free ebook, podcast, etc. I can honestly say Blog Mastermind has been instrumental in getting me to where I’m at today.
- MackCollier: Mack Collier (@mackcollier) is somebody who has been around for a while, but somebody I only discovered recently. One of the things I really have enjoyed about Mack’s blog is the various how to’s that he’s been sharing lately. Not only does he tell you his own results, he gives you a step by step process for how to actually replicate what he’s done.
- David Risley: David Risley(@davidrisley) is the kind of guy who will pretty much tell it as it is. But you can’t really argue with his results considering he’s a 6 figure blogger.
Interesting Voices: Developing a voice is definitely something that is part of the evolution of every blogger. That is of course you are one of the people on this list. If you want to understand what it means to have your own style, these people should be
- Kelly Diels: Kelly Diels(@kellydiels) is so interesting that she gets marriage proposals on twitter. Somehow I still haven’t mastered that. Kelly was one of the first people I ever interviewed. Within a few weeks of that interview she was famous. Although I’d like to think my interview was the catalyst, she’s just a rockstar. She helped me to find a voice and write about things I wasn’t sure I should share.
- The Middle Finger Project: At this point considering I’ve interviewed her and called her out here at Skool of Life, it wouldn’t surprise me if Ashley Ambirge (@tmfproject) thinks I’m obsessed with her ( I’m not, at least not completely ). If you want to witness somebody who says fuc#@# it to the rules of writing and everything else and has a truly unique voice that stands out from the masses then, check out her stuff. Feel free to check out my recent chat wit her too.
- Josh Hanagarne: A giant hulking librarian with Tourette’s and an amazing writer have to make for an interesting story. Josh(@joshhanagarne) was actually the very first person I interviewed and one of the early influences in my growth as a blogger. His blog also landed him a book deal with Seth Godin’s publisher, so he’s clearly doing something right.
Good People to Know: I couldn’t quite figure out how to classify this group of people, so I asked what it is about these people that I could say, and what came to mind is “I’m glad I know them.”
- Life without Pants: Matt (@mattchevy) is a 20-something master of community who seems to welcome everybody to Life Without Pants with open arms. If there’s one thing that you can learn from Matt, it’s how to connect people together. I would say I’ve discovered and connected with close to 20 other bloggers because I learned about them from Life Without Pants. If you look at the comments in every post, you’ll also learn quite a bit how to generate a conversation.
- MsCareergirl: Nicole (@mscareergirl) was one of my 20 bloggers I discovered because of Matt Cheuvront (I should write that post ). As somebody who’d gone through a hellish job search, I’ve always been intrigued by the advice that Nicole provides. She’s also allowed me plaster her blog with guest posts and my thoughts on life, careers, and more.
- Nathan Hangen: Nathan (@nhangen) was somebody I discovered after he wrote a guest post on Problogger about the power of guest posting. He’s allowed me to drain his brain of knowledge twice and still hasn’t charged me. He’s building a digital empire and he’s a great person to drink and dine with at the Pink Taco (I’ll leave that you to decipher)
- Rich Lazzara: Rich (@richlazzara) is not the typical blogger and works in his family business, Lazzara Yachts. Rich is a continual inspiration to all aspiring entrepreneurs and has served as a friend and mentor to me throughout many of my endeavors. In my first interview with him he threw out an offer you’d be stupid not to take him upon. If you have an idea, but don’t know how to monetize it, he’s willing to tell you . Seriously, you’d have to be out of your mind not to take that opportunity.
- Under 30 CEO: Matt Wilson(@mattwilsontv) and Jared O’Toole (@jaredotoole) are the founders of the Under30CEO, one of my favorite sites. They provide a continual stream of excellent resources for entrepreneurs and even thought I’m not under 30, they’ve allowed me to make a contribution here and there. Under30CEO is another great resources to connect you to like minded individuals.
Personal Development/Minimalism: I think that blogging and personal development often blend together partially because we can borrow many of the concepts from personal development in growing our blogs.
- Zen Habits: Zen Habits really needs no introduction per se. It’s arguably the most popular personal development blog on the web. Leo Babauta(@zen_habits), who we recently interviewed at BlogcastFM, is an icon for blogging success. He’s attained the kind of fame that enables him to make other people famous.
- Dumb Little Man: I don’t personally know the owner of Dumb Little Man, even though I’ve written about a dozen guests post for the site. Dumb Little Man is not only a great self help resource, but another place to discover some amazing bloggers.
- Far Beyond the Stars: Everett Bogue (@evbogue) is a rising star who is rising extremely fast. In 6 months he grew his blog to over 3000 subscribers, launched a successful ebook and even a guide to starting your own business. I was fortunate enough to have him tell me how he did it.
- Exile Lifestyle: Colin Wright (@colinismyname) is the author of this awesome blog on location independence. Even though I attempted to send him to Somalia he still agreed to be interviewed by me and he’s up to some really amazing projects. He also just recently launched the Networking Awesomely ebook.
- WakeupCloud: Henri Junttila(@henrijunttila) is yet another rising star. He started his blog in December and today over 1700 people subscribe to his blog. To add to that he recently launched the Passionate Living Ebook and you can retweet this interview with him to win a free copy.
Social Media Resources: The blogs below are my go-to resources for anything social media.
- Chris Brogan: Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan) is the author of Trust Agents and a never ending stream of content (sometimes upwards of three times a day). Similar to Problogger, I think there are many gems in the archives at Chris’s blog which I’ve been going through over the last several weeks as I start to brainstorm content ideas for my personal and work projects.
- Conversation Agent: Valeria Maltoni(@conversationage) is another social media thought leader that I discovered on another social media blog. This is yet another resource to help you take your social media skills to the next level.
- Social Media Explorer: Social Media Explorer is the blog of Jason Falls (@jasonfalls). He shares some amazing ideas and some incredibly useful case studies that I’ve modeled things off of. If you don’t want to reinvent the wheel or hit your head against the wall, this is a must read.
- ViperChill: ViperChill is another great internet marketing/social media resource and the brain child of 21 year old Glen Alsop. He’s definitely somebody we can all learn alot from especially when it comes to making some serious coin from your blogging efforts.
- Outspoken Media: Outspoken Media’s blog is another one of my go to resources for social media related stuff. Lisa Barone(@lisabarone) is an awesome writer and I come away with at least one new idea a week from the content at Outspoken Media.
- Social Media Examiner: Social Media Examiner is probably my personal favorite on this (well it’s at toss up between this and ChrisBrogan), but I love this site because of all the hands on immediately applicable tips that I get from it.
Hopefully you guys will find this list useful. It’s more or less my daily reading list and I highly recommend you subscribe to all these blogs because they are all an endless stream of wisdom.
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