Top 6 Blogs to Strengthen & Inspire Your Writing
[By Kait Fowlie]
Good writing is an essential skill to have in our PR toolbox. From press releases to blog posts, much of our success in this industry depends on our writing ability. We claim to value quality writing, support it, and practice it, but are we all confident in our own writing abilities? All too often, poor grammar and jargon-riddled writing sneaks up online and in print, and when it does we all cringe. Don’t be the one to find yourself at fault. Arm yourself against errors and bookmark these blogs that are sure to tighten up and inspire your writing.
The Write Life delivers a daily, if not weekly, dose of motivation for committed writers. With actionable how-tos for self-editing, writing corporate blog posts, and tips for ignoring your competitors’ content, this resource is invaluable for people who write often for work – whether you’re building content marketing strategies, or have been tasked with starting the company blog.
ProWritingAid’s blog may look bare bones on the aesthetic side, but the content here offers up no-nonsense writing techniques to save you time in writing and improve quality (think: grammar basics you were afraid to ask, using transitions, etc.) With a bit of an academic slant, this blog gets right down to the nitty gritty details of the craft you might not have thought about since university.
If you’re writing and publishing your own content online, or are considering it, you’ve probably heard of Copyblogger. This e-commerce company has been making premium writing solutions for content marketers for 9 years, and producing a top-notch blog in the process. It brings you original, relevant content every week about what’s working right now in content marketing. It’s a must if you’re just getting started making your site add more value.
The creator of this blog, Mignon Fogarty, is a fountain of grammar knowledge. She creates a podcast (which we listed as one of our must-haves for PR pros) that serves as “your friendly guide to the world of grammar, punctuation, usage, and fun developments in the English language,” and her blog follows suit. With bite-sized grammar tips and memory tricks to retain them, Grammar Girl is a one-stop shop for getting schooled in what you may have missed in class.
Seth’s Blog is the place to go for storytelling inspiration. His posts (musing on topics like trends vs. fads, predicting the future, etc.) are more like poetry than blog content. Expect quirky metaphors, oddball anecdotes, and a lot of shining wisdom about standing out and being effective, here – Seth’s philosophy is that being boring is the one sure way to fail. And isn’t he right? Check out his blog to yank your thinking outside the box.
The name sound like a popup ad, but the content on this blog is truly helpful. Created for writers who are interested in creating really valuable online content (SEO, anyone?), you’ll find all kinds of time-saving pointers to improve your blog and site’s performance. Not all hacks here – you’ll find sentence structure best-practices and storytelling lessons from those who are doing it well, now.
What did we miss? Any personal favourites this top 6 list doesn’t include? Let us know in the comments.