As a freelance writer you need to stay out of ruts. My father, years ago, passed along the bromide that “a rut is a grave with both ends kicked out.”
The best way to get out of a rut is to do something different. Reading different blogs is not only a way out of a rut, but can be plain fun and informative.
Here are some suggestions:
- Successful (and outstanding) Blog(gers) – Liz Strauss is a hoot, and a heck of a business women who generously shares I think every single thing she knows and learns. Plus she’s fun.
- WebWorkerDaily has a tag line of “rebooting the workforce.” I would say this blog is about business and technology. Although a lot of it is office based, they are careful to include freelancers quite often. You can pick up hints on all sorts of work related tech here.
- jonathanfields – awake at the wheel – Jonathan is hard to define. Entrepreneur fits, so does father and husband. He’s written a book called Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love which is certainly worth a read. The thing, however, I like most about him is his attitude of service. He truly wants to know how he can help and seems to have few preconceived ideas about how to do that.
- IttyBiz – Naomi Dunford is wonderfully fey about business and life. Her blog entries almost always make good sense; she offers lots of free stuff – what’s not to like?
- DumbLittleMan – Started by Jay White who quickly added a nice handful of other writers, this is one of those blogs you’ll love part of the time and wonder why you bothered other times. I mean what can you really say about a blog that has both 10 Amazing Life Lessons You Can Learn From Albert Einstein and 9 Great Reasons to Drink Water, and How to Form the Water Habit? Except that it’s worth following at least part of the time.
- Seth Godin’s Blog – Why is he always looking up at his bald head? Never mind. Seth’s view of marketing and life can kick you out of any rut in a hurry. His books are good too.
- Frog Blog is about marketing with a delightfully skewed or creative view. Is The American Dream Dead? isn’t exactly marketing, but worthwhile none-the-less; Creativity Is Messy | Creatives Can Be Cranky
- ZenHabits – Creator Leo Babauta says this blog is about simple productivity. That seems limiting to me, although I suppose anything that helps us live simply and fully also is productive. In many ways, this is a blog I wish I’d thought of.
Whew. I usually only list four or five resources on Tuesday… got a bit carried away.
What’s your favorite non-writing website?
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