5 Helpful Freelance Writing Blogs
You know that old saying, “knowledge is power”? A few years into this whole freelance writing thing and I’m beginning to realize that that old saying is the ultimate truth.
Ask any successful writer today, and they likely have a mentor, favorite books on craft, or freelance writing blogs they read to stay up to date on best practices.
As a freelance writer, it’s easy to get comfortable and put learning on pause. Maybe you have a good client list and the income is sufficient. Perhaps you feel complacent with your portfolio and career. Maybe you enjoy the autonomy your work provides and you’re not looking to take on any more. However, the best people in any industry are open to learning—and will continue learning—no matter how successful they become. The best freelance writers, the ones who will enjoy long and fruitful careers, never let themselves get complacent.
This is the part where you ask yourself, what kind of freelance writer are you? What kind of freelance writer do you want to be?
If complacency is your thing, then go back to whatever you were doing before you started reading this article. If you’re in it to win it and want to be the best freelance writer you can be, well then, you’ve come to the right place.
Lucky as we are to be living in this digital age where we can roam for jobs online, punch a clock in our pajamas, and submit finished projects and invoices via email, we also have the bounties of the internet—knowledge at our fingertips—to be grateful for.
Specifically, the internet is full of countless freelance writing blogs dedicated to helping us perfect our craft, stay up-to-date on latest practices and trends, and manage our business.
Get your pen and paper ready (or, you know, just your “bookmark” button primed).
Here are 5 of the Best Freelance Writing Blogs
1. Buffer Social
Buffer Social is the official blog of the Buffer app — a social media tool that simplifies sharing across platforms. The writers at Buffer Social are consistently pumping out well-researched and useful content on digital marketing, industry news and trends, and how-to guides for entrepreneurs. How is this useful for you as a freelance writer? Buffer Social breaks down complicated algorithms so you can understand the best way to market yourself, the proper way to write copy for social media, and how to use social media to your advantage as a freelance writer.
Some of my favorite recent articles on Buffer Social include:
- You Have $100 to Spend on Social Media Marketing. Here’s One Way to Spend It.
- 30+ Ultimate Headline Formulas for Tweets, Posts, Articles, and Emails
- How to Choose The Best Social Media Marketing Tools For Your Business
Hubspot is an inbound marketing and sales software that helps companies attract visitors, convert leads, and close customers. Their blog, however, is an information hub (pun intended!), “Where marketers go to grow.” As a freelance writer, marketing is at least half (if not more) of the battle. It doesn’t matter how skilled you are if potential clients can’t find you or don’t know that you exist. Beyond that, the Hubspot blog also offers useful tips and guides for content creators, entrepreneurs, and the like.
Some of my favorite recent articles on Hubspot include:
- The Character Count Guide for Blog Posts, Videos, Tweets & More
- 4 Strategies to Spark On-Demand Creativity
- How to Make a Good First Impression: 11 Tips to Try
Copyblogger is a digital commerce company that teaches online content writing, marketing, and strategizing. The Copyblogger blog consistently provides fresh and valuable content aimed at helping content creators hone their skills, improve their craft and find success in their careers. With a minimalistic, no-frills design, this blog is all about the words and can help you improve yours.
Some of my favorite recent articles on Copyblogger include:
- 10 Ways to Build Authority as an Online Writer
- 8 Incredibly Simply Ways to Get More People to Read Your Content
- The 7 Things Writers Need to Make a Living
4. Quick and Dirty Tips — Grammar Girl
I remember the first time I heard about Grammar Girl. I was a freshman in a first year writing class in university and my professor—likely fed up with all the silly grammar mistakes she was finding in our assignments—enlightened the whole class on the gold-mine that is Grammar Girl. Now, years later, rebranded as Quick and Dirty Tips, the same beloved Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogarty, continues to spew a wealth of information on the English language. I don’t care what kind of writing you do, if you call yourself a writer, this is one blog that shouldn’t be avoided.
Some of my favorite recent articles on Grammar Girl include:
5. The Writer’s Job Board
What kind of blog would we be if we didn’t consider our own illuminating content in this list? Our Writing Tips are written specifically with freelance writers, such as yourself, in mind. The topics we cover on our blog range from breaking into a freelance writing career to keeping your clients happy—and everything in between. Here you will find invaluable information to help you along your career, and just a single click away you can start perusing job ads for your next great gig. We’re a one-stop shop for freelance writers.
Some of my favorite recent articles on The Writer’s Job Board include:
- 5 Quick and Easy Time Management Tips for Freelance Writers
- How Much Should You Charge as a Freelance Writer?
- 5 Reasons Every Professional Writer Should Have an Online Portfolio
If there’s one thing I’ve learned thus far as a freelance writer, it’s that the learning simply never ends. Whether you have one client or a long list of clients, whether you’re just starting out or you’re seasoned in the field, there is always more to know, more to understand and more to gain. Staying on top of the wealth of information available to us, helps us excel in our field.
Do you have a favorite blog that belongs on this list? Let us know below in the comments.