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5 Awesome Bloggers and Blogs You Should Know About

Published on Wednesday, May 04, 2011
By Sarah Payne
There are many—too many, in my opinion—blogs about blogging. But today I've sorted out a few that are actually worth reading. It's always a good idea to get more than one view on a topic. That's right—you're not forever imprisoned at Template Faerie. I won't be mad at you if you subscribe to another blogging blog. After all, these are awesome blogs, which is why I'm recommending them.

Here they are in no particular order, so if your blog ended up at the bottom, please don't let it ruin your day.

Kiesha from WeBlogBetter

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Most articles I read on the internet aren't memorable. But Kiesha has a unique way of bringing her personal experience into her writing that makes it unusually memorable. The post titles are good too, and they almost always are eye-catching. They work like a magnet. Or a toy to a cat. Or a food bowl to a dog. Or a finger to a turtle. They're irresistible, and so is the content. Anyway, on WeBlogBetter, you can be sure that Kiesha will always be giving you tips on how you can blog better. Plus, there are plenty of guest authors who can give you a fresh perspective on blogging, and who knows—you could be one of those guest authors!

I've always liked the design of WeBlogBetter. It's simple, but best of all, it's unique. I can't believe how well it does without a header image. In fact, I think a header image would ruin it.

Here are some of my favorites from WeBlogBetter:

Ileane from Basic Blog Tips

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If you haven't heard about Basic Blog Tips, where have you been? I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't visit this blog until recently, even though I had passed by (if such a thing can be done on the internet) the link more times than I can count. Don't think that Basic Blog Tips is for beginners only. Beginners can certainly learn more than enough to fill their brains from this blog, but Ileane shares tips that are worth reading even if you think you could blog in your sleep. She'll prove you wrong—there's still more to learn.

She also has a YouTube channel, so if you're too lazy to read, all you have to do is sit and watch, and the knowledge will flow from the computer speakers into your brain. So easy.

Here are some must-reads. In other words, read these now—or else!

Daniel from Reviewz 'n' Tips

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I followed Daniel on Twitter for a long time before I realized what a great blog he had. Reviewz 'n' Tips always has clear, straightforward advice for bloggers of any kind, and the content is unique—you won't find any of that regurgitated content you would on most other blogs. Plus, it's a Blogger blog, and you know how big of a fan I am of Blogger—and if you didn't, well now you do! I know, that's a silly reason to like it.

The articles are always top-notch, even the guest articles. You can count on Reviewz 'n' tips to help you become a better blogger! Here are a few great articles:

Brian from Blog Engage

Of course I'm going to include Blog Engage in this post—it should have been expected. For those of you who haven't been observant enough, or who have a short memory, Blog Engage is much more than a blog. It's actually a community for—duh, bloggers. And, better yet, it's also a community for engaging with bloggers. You never would have guessed that, right?

"Oh great," you're thinking, "all I need is another community to keep up with." Well, here's a tip. Forget about all the other spammy communities you've joined. Blog Engage is the best of blogging communities, because it's made of bloggers who are serious about promoting their content and engaging with others. Spammy? No. While most other communities are made of spammers—and not just the bot spammers, but human spammers, which in my opinion are even worse—Blog Engage is a thriving community of real content. It's great for keeping up with your favorite blogs, promoting your blog, and connecting with like-minded people. I still can't figure out how Blog Engage has managed to retain its quality content all this time. Obviously it's something that Brian's doing, and other communities aren't.

To find out more about Blog Engage, visit these pages:

Tristan from Blogging Bookshelf

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I came across Blogging Bookshelf at—guess which website! I'll give you a hint. You were just reading about it. Can you guess?

The first post I read was Why My Last Guest Post Got 150 Retweets and a Million Impressions. My first thought was that it would be one of those incredible claims of "everyone can do this in their first day blogging". I thought it would be boring too. Tristan blew me away (not literally). He used my favorite technique (story-telling) to keep me interested, and believe me, keeping me interested all the way through a post is an amazing feat when I have an attention span of about 30 seconds. My favorite thing about his "101 Ways You're Killing Your Blog" eBook is that it has more text than any other ebook I've ever downloaded—it isn't just white space.

Tristran's writing is clever, interesting, and informative. Here are some examples of what you'll find on his blog:

Now you've got five new blogs to keep up with! Just don't forget to check on Template Faerie every now and then, okay?

So, what do you think of these blogs? Tell me what your favorite blogging blogs are! I would love to hear from you!

About the Author

I'm Sarah Payne, the author of this blog. I'm an amateur writer and template designer, an avid Blogger-user, and a reptile lover. One way or another, I ended up creating TF to show people that blogs don't have to be ugly and to share my unavoidably opinionated rants. You can also find me on Twitter and Google+.