For the past few months I’ve been running a Saturday series featuring writing blogs that I think offer something a little extra. I’ve called the series “Of Note” because I try to feature blogs that I think are notable for writers.
What do I look for when I select a blog to feature? Of course the process is somewhat subjective since it’s based on my own opinions of what is valuable to writers, but I can list a few things that I take into consideration:
- An Active Blog. I try to feature blogs that post regularly. By post regularly, I mean that the blogger usually posts several times a week. I would hate to recommend a blog resource to my readers, only to have them find that the blogger only posts once a month. Of course, sometimes a blog appears to be active only to have the blogger go on hiatus.
- Content that Is Useful To Others. A lot of bloggers post regularly, but much of the content is of no interest to anyone but themselves. For the “Of Note” series I’m looking for something a little more. Most people aren’t really interested in finding out that a blogger ate fast food three times last week and is getting new carpeting in their living room, so if this is the main content of a blog I probably won’t feature it. (Note: I do consider humor to be useful to others.)
- Writing Or Freelancing Related Content. WritingThoughts is about freelance writing. The “Of Note” blogs that I like to feature are also about freelancing or writing. A blogger could have the best gardening blog in the world, but I’m not going to feature it in my “Of Note” series on this blog. It doesn’t fit with the theme of WritingThoughts, or with this series.
- Recent Exceptional Content. One thing that really sways me towards featuring a blog is if that blog has recently had thorough, thought-provoking, or informative content. If I feel that a good blogger has gone out of his or her way to research and inform others I am much more likely to feature them.
The “Of Note” series is basically my recommended blog reading for writers. Of course, my blogroll also performs that function. The difference is that the “Of Note” series goes a little bit deeper and I often point out particular posts thatÂ I find helpful. (If you want to check out the “Of Note” archives, click here.)
My basic opinion is that if a blog is about writing or freelancing and it’s good, it eventually needs to wind up in the “Of Note” series. Of course, there are thousands of blogs and I’m only one person. That’s why I post my disclaimer each week. Still, if you know of a writing or freelancing blog that’s notable, I’d like to hear about it.
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