I heard recently that if you spend a weekend reading and devouring information on a given topic, you will know more about that topic than 90 per cent of the people out there.
I would never say that I’m an expert on the topic of blogging, but I have a deep love of learning and that’s something I think I’m pretty good with. So, I constantly find myself rooting through new material and resources for tips and advice. Not everything out there is a gem, and there can be a lot of repetition. Here are a few resources that I feel have actually helped me out along the way.
5 Resources to help you become a better blogger (for $30 or less)
FYI: Some of the links below are affiliate links, but I would recommend everything that follows either way.
Some people like to say that quality content is not necessarily an indicator of a blog’s potential success. That may be true to a degree. However, no one can say that they don’t appreciate well-written pieces with enticing narratives, and that’s what this book teaches. If you can’t afford a pricey option, like Matador U’s Travel Writing Program (which I have completed and have found to be very useful, especially for the community involvement), this book will teach you how to write good features.
It hits all the bases: where to find the story, how to structure your work, incorporate dialogue, and the process of actually becoming a paid travel writer. It’s loaded with exercises that help improve your writing–as long as you actually do them!
Most of us don’t do everything right from the beginning when we start blogging. It’s a process that you learn gradually. The information is out there, but it tends to be spread out in a way that isn’t always the easiest to find (for beginners, at least). That’s why I love ebooks like this. It’s not specific to travel blogging (or any type of blogging, though it does seem to lean to the lifestyle blogger side of things). It’s got 35 chapters that begin with the initial setup, go through what makes good content, building relationships and conquering social media, and touch on monetizing your blog. There are also accompanying printouts to help you organize absolutely everything.
Another book on writing. This book is part autobiography and part extensive guide on writing technique and the basic tools writers must utilize. There are certain practices that can benefit all writers, no matter the genre or medium. Some people consider it to be essential reading for all writers.
This article covers some of the tips you’ll pick up along the way.
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I first discovered the free podcast because I started this course (which is great, but certainly an investment at $200–I got it as part of a bundle). Luckily, the podcast touches on a lot of the topics and has a lot of great info about running a location independent business. Maybe you don’t see your blog as a business, and that’s fine, but a lot of the same principles can be applied.
Here are a few episodes to check out:
This podcast is an interesting listen for those looking to grow their brand, or to think about their blog or website as a business. Design*Sponge founder Grace Bonney teaches you through interviews with designers and solo podcasts.
A couple of episode suggestions:
BONUS: byRegina e-products
Here are the products I’ve purchased from Regina:
- The Guide to Creating a Stellar Content Plan ($12)
- The Epic Guide to Creating a Brand Identity (You choose what to pay, minimum $3)
- Grow Your Blog Traffic With Social Media ($29)
- The Guide to Creating An Epic Information Product in 3 Days (minimum $9)
Most of these are workbooks that allow you to go through creating something step-by-step. I’ll admit, I haven’t used anything to completion. However, I do find that I go back to certain places when I am stumped or feeling uninspired. I’d definitely recommend any of these if you feel like you have knowledge gaps when it comes to any of those topics.
What resources help you be a better writer, blogger, or entrepreneur?