5 Powerful Resources to help a newbie blogger.

After a few weeks of freelance writing I came to the conclusion that writing is a very lonely profession. Then I realized I was wrong. Up to that point, I had been furiously reading every article I thought would prepare me as a freelance writer. I’d get to the end of the article and close the window and go to one of the other 4 or 5 articles that had linked from that one. In doing so I missed the most important part: The comments.

Luckily I felt I had some insight to give on one of the articles and went to the comment box. First, I checked that no one else had already commented about the same thing. But reading through the comments I realized something strange. Some of the commentators’ posts seemed to indicate they knew each other and (gasp!) the writer. It turns out that most of the better sites have active communities of commentators and contributors that regularly engage each other.

I then took it further and worked up the courage to actually email one of these VIP’s, who was already a successful writer and helping other writers do the same through her blog. And she replied. Very quickly, in fact. She liked the question I had so much she wanted to do a piece about it. She even wanted to know if I would be okay with it and whether she could include my contact details in the piece. After picking my jaw up off the floor I told her it would be okay and I wouldn’t mind her including my contact details. (It’s Jennifer Mattern from allindiewriters.com, in case you were wondering).

As I became a bit more curious and paying attention a bit more, I quickly realized that writing does not have to be lonely. Sure, you may be sitting alone in your study, office or writing nook, but there is a whole world full of people out there doing the exact same thing. And by and large, they are more than happy to meet you and even help you if you ask politely.

Here are some of the places you can meet them:


Jennifer Mattern

Jennifer Mattern from http://allindiewriters.com/


Allindiewriters.com is the brainchild of Jennifer Mattern. Her site comes complete with a forum and a job board, which makes it worth your while to check out. The articles are also amazing. Make sure to check out the “Resources” section which is full of nifty tools for your budding freelance writing or blogging career.




Broke Bloke

Broke Bloke from http://brokeblokeblogs.com/


Broke Bloke’s website is pretty good, but he’s on this list for a different reason: He’s a Twitter fiend. (You’re not on Twitter?! Stop reading this and go set up a Twitter account before you go any further) Specifically he posts links to a lot of good articles every day. Certainly, some are his own stuff, but he posts a lot of links to other peoples’ work as well.




Linda Formichelli

Linda Formichelli from http://www.therenegadewriter.com/


Linda Formichelli’s The Renegade Writer site is another great resource. Except for the usual good blog posts about writing and life as a freelancer, she also offers “Editors Unleashed: Magazine editors growl about their writer peeves” and “50 Ways to Build Your Freelance Writing Business Today — No Matter How Much Time You Have” for free. But the main reason I included her here was her excellent “New to Freelancing? Start here” section. She also has a great “Monday Motivation for Writers” newsletter you can sign up for.




Sophie Lizard

Sophie Lizard from AllIndieWriters.com


Sophie Lizard heads up BeAFreelanceBlogger.com. With a forum and job board her site is definitely worth a look. What gets her on this list however is the great content she posts, but the clincher is this: On signing up she sends you, among others, “The Ultimate List of Better-Paid Blogging Gigs” I also signed up for her “Get Started for Freelance Blogging Success” course.







Huh? What? Glad to see you’re paying attention. Wpbeginner isn’t about writing. It’s a site about using WordPress. Unless you’re a crazy programmer, you should consider using WordPress (or another similar service) to create your website or blog. Then it makes sense to know what you’re doing and to solve problems you have as quickly. There will be problems, trust me. Wpbeginner has great articles that will help you.



In closing, this list is in no way exhaustive. There are many other great sites out there. Feel free to go find them. If you do find a great site or already use one (or own one!) feel free to tell us all about it in the comments below.


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  1. Thanks Anton! And thanks for submitting the great question to this week’s writers’ podcast. :)

  2. Glad you found Jenn, Anton. When I first started freelancing I was fortunate to land on Jenn’s site. I’ve been a loyal follower ever since and am thrilled to call her my friend. :-)

    Love your style, Anton – simple and effective. Right up my alley. 😉

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