27 Top Writing Blogs

Just a brief intermission announcement to let you know that the list of finalists in the 4th Annual Top 10 Blogs for Writers has just been published by Michael Stelzner at Writing White Papers.

Here’s the list of finalists:

3000 Messages Blog

Collective Inkwell

Confident Writing


Editor Unleashed

Freelance Writing Jobs

Fuel Your Writing

Future Now

How Publishing Really Works


Men WithPens

Nail Your Novel

Neo Blue Panther

Off the Page by Drew Myron

One Night Stanzas

Renegade Writer


The Adventurous Writer

The Aspiring Mangaka & Writers Blog

Urban Muse


Write for Your Life

Write to Done

Writer’s Edge

Writer’s on the Rise


Writing Pays

To qualify as a finalist a blog had to be nominated more than once.

The top 10 will be selected based on:

Quality of posts: A qualitative analysis of the content of posts will be examined. Educational and discussion-spurring posts are more valuable than self-promotional posts. (55% of decision)

Frequency of posts: Blogs that write multiple posts per week will score higher. This is a sign of the blog’s commitment to blogging. (15%)

Reader involvement: Blogs that have regular comments from readers are another sign of a healthy blog. In addition, the numbers of nominations for a specific blog play a part in this. (15%)

Technorati.com Ranking: The number of other blogs that link to the blog shows the value of the content. (15%)

Thanks to everyone who nominated Confident Writing - I was really moved to read the reasons you gave for nominating the blog. Thank you :-)


    • September 15, 2009

    Congrats and it’s very nice to join you on the list. Have to say though, those criteria are a bit of a nonsense. I don’t mind it being a subjective choice at all (first bullet), but the rest sound like an excuse to make sure Copyblogger comes in first.

    I genuinely hope Confident Writing pips them to the post - go on Joanna!
    .-= Iain Broome | Write for Your Life´s last blog ..Scrap that last post – we won! =-.

    • September 15, 2009

    Hi Joanna - this is wonderful news and well deserved. Confident Writing is an excellent resource for writers. Well done.

    • September 15, 2009

    Joanna -
    Congratulations for making it to the next step. Keeping my fingers crossed you make it all the way!
    .-= Debbie Yost´s last blog ..An Early Winter Vacation =-.

    • September 15, 2009

    Hi Joanna! Congratulations on making it to the finals, it is is a well deserved honor. I am rooting for you!

    • September 15, 2009

    Congrats on making it to the finals!! Your blog is always a true inspiration.
    .-= Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach´s last blog ..TIME SENSITIVE – How to give AWAY 100% commission to build your list (big savings too!) =-.

    • September 15, 2009

    Congratulations! So many good blogs! I’m glad I’m not the one picking the winners because it would be impossible to choose!
    .-= Alex Fayle | Someday Syndrome´s last blog ..No, I Won’t Talk to You: Why Someday Syndrome Offers Email-Based Coaching =-.

    • September 15, 2009

    I’ve just recently found this and have to say I feel I’ll get a lot of use out of it.
    .-= Brandy´s last blog ..This one gets a little graphic… =-.

    • September 16, 2009

    Congratulations Joanna. I’m thrilled for you :-) Well deserved.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..The Key To Vacation Thyme =-.

    • September 16, 2009

    Congrats! Joanna, you making to the top 27 is no surprise as I know you are the absolute best :-)
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Interviewing Successful Thai Language Learners: Chris Baker =-.

  1. Thanks everyone for your support and encouragement - and for the nominations you made at the time. I really appreciate it :-)

    Cath thanks - it’s good to see you back and aroun

    Iain interesting reflection on the criteria - I suspect it comes from a previous time when things like Technorati figured higher in ranking systems (no-one ever seems to mention them any more). Possibly the same point about frequency of posting - regular posting was previously deemed to a must but the thinking on this seems to have shifted over the last year or so.

    Anyway, having beaten the mighty Copyblogger in another competition once upon a time… ;-) I’m up for the challenge

    Good luck to you too - great to see Write for Your Life on the list

    • September 16, 2009

    Joanna: just wanted to pop by and say Congratulations on making the list!
    .-= Ricardo Bueno´s last blog ..[College Humor Video] Real Life Twitter =-.

    • September 16, 2009

    Yes!!! Congrats! Well deserved indeed.

    • September 17, 2009

    Congratulations, Joanna, for making it into the finals!
    .-= Ulla Hennig´s last blog ..Writing Prompts – Lesson learned with RocketMoms =-.

    • September 17, 2009

    Hey, Congratulations!

    I am sure you are going to make it to the top ten too! :-)
    .-= NeoBluePanther´s last blog ..The best time to write? =-.

  2. @ Ricardo, @ Janice, @ Ulla, @NeoBluePanther - thanks for your support!


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