Here is a list of a few of my go-to blogs when I’m looking for fresh and interesting information, news, and tips for writing and blogging. If your looking for even more, check out the blogger’s blog roll and see who they like to follow. Leave a comment and make some friends. Who knows the path it may take?
In no particular order….
Writers First Aid Blog – From the Institute of Children’s Literature
Write4Kids! – Home of Children’s Book Insider
Jennifer Represents – Jennifer Laughran, Literary Agent. Code name literaticat
SCBWI MD/DE/WV Regional Blog -Edie Hemingway and Laura Bowers, tag team bloggers
Writers and Illustrators – Kathy Temean’s Blog with NJ SCBWI info and more
Nathan Bransford – Literary agent turned author
Anita Nolan’s Blog – packed with good stuff
Guide to Literary Agents – Chuck Sambuchino, editor of the book by the same name
The Urban Muse – Susan Johnston, named Top 10 blogs for writers
Think Traffic – Increase traffic to your blog
Do you have some favorites? Let me know. I would love to check them out.
I recently read a post from a blogger who lamented the lack of readers to his blog. We’ve all been there. As much as we want to write for the love of writing, or even the practice of writing, we would love if people read it.
Nathan Bransford, literary agent turned author, spoke at a children’s writing conference about establishing an online platform. Among those tidbits of advice were to leave 5 nice comments a day on other blogger’s posts. This is advice I try to follow. Blogs work because we share our ideas with each other, not just through our own blogs, but through our comments to theirs.
For those of us who blog, we don’t do so in a vacuum. It’s a dance. You can dance alone, but it’s not nearly as much fun. If, like an awkward 7th grader, we stand on the side of the gym waiting for someone to ask to read our blog, we might be in for a long night, or week, or bloglife. Have the courage to walk across the gym and extend a nice thought and we can all dance together.
Go to Freshly Pressed or Tags or Tag Surfer and find someone who is writing about something that you write about. Or, find someone who writes about something you never thought about. If a post made you laugh, cry, think, or eat chocolate, let the blogger know.
So, go ahead. Leave a comment. You might just find that I’ll go to your blog and leave a nice comment, too.