photo-1417733403748-83bbc7c05140I’m always encouraging/haranguing my Blog Writing students to start regularly reading blogs if they’re not already. A lot of them aren’t, even though they want to write their own blogs, and they don’t know where to start. There are so many blogs, and I think you should find the good ones within the niche that interests you as a blogger. But here are some ideas to get you started:

Brain Pickings: inspirational thoughts from greats throughout history

ClickHole: a humor site satirizing viral content and click bait

Dani Shapiro: posts from the inspirational author

FiveThirtyEight: statistics-based analysis of politics, sports, and culture

Goins, Writer: writer Jeff Goins writes about writing

Gothamist: New York-centric news and commentary

Jane Friedman: expert publishing advice

Jezebel: youthful feminist commentary

LAist: LA-centric news and commentary

Make a Living Writing: just what it sounds like, and great

Re/code: news and commentary from the tech world

Refinery29: for Millennial women (I write for this one sometimes, too)

The Renegade Writer: fantastic advice for freelancers

Vox: a news site big on “explainers,” which walk you through everything you need to know about a current topic

The Write Practice: writing and marketing

Write to Done: more writing advice and inspiration

If you have other favorites, let me know in the comments!