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5 Blogs And Websites That Will Help Bloggers and Content Marketers

Today’s post is a bit different to the content I normally publish on One Spoon.  For a start it’s going to be short! (I CAN do short you know!)

What I want to do is introduce you to five websites and bloggers that will help you if you’re interested in improving the standard the writing.  Either the help will be specific- tactics and strategies, that kind of thing.  Or it will be a bit more subtle – it will expose you to quality writing and content, the kind that you should search out and read (the cliche ‘you are what you eat’ applies to reading and writing).

Here are the 5 sites in no particular order.

1.  Jeff Sexton

Jeff Sexton is a guy I came across first on a guest post on Copyblogger .  Jeff is a guy who walks the walk – he’s taught writing and copywriting courses with Brian Eisenberg and in conjunction with The Wizard Of Ads.

He’s a great writer and an astute guy – his articles and posts are illuminated by both his ideas, and how those ideas are expressed.   His latest article – The Stradivarius Myth – is a typical example of his work: great writing, great ideas.

You’ll find Jeff online at Jeff Sexton Writes

2. Matt Gartland

Matt Gartland is a guy I found literally yesterday.  I think I saw someone tweet to a post on his website, and I spent around two hours reading one post and following the links out from it.

That post is a must read for writers and bloggers thinking of self publishing in any form.  You can read it here:

The Little Black Book Of Self Publishing

Matt’s website is called Modern Audacity.  It’s different, full of great writing, and highly recommended.

3. In Treehouses

I found In Treehouses via a link from the post I linked to above by Matt Gartland (the Little Black Book).  If you’re interested in self publishing at all then the free In Treehouses magazine is something you should be subscribed to.

It’s run by a guy called Thom Chambers – here’s a sample of his wisdom: “We are not bloggers who self-publish, we are self-publishers who blog.”  Very cool.  And very true.

Go to the In Treehouses website and subscribe now.  Don’t understimate the value of the content because it’s free.  The content is well worth a paid subscription.

4.  Ghostwriting Dad

Sean Platt’s blog is aimed at freelance writers.  I don’t remember how I first came across Sean’s website – but there’s a ton of great info for writers/bloggers on there.

Here’s an example of Sean’s writing.  It’s a post I really enjoyed – there’s good writing in it.  And here’s something I really like – it’s achingly honest:

Losing My House

Go check Sean out at Ghostwriter Dad.

5. Steven Pressfield

If you’ve read much of my blog you’ll know how much I like Steven Pressfield.  One thing you won’t know is that one of the goals written down in the ‘goals’ section of my One Spoon Mission Statement is to interview Steven Pressfield on the topic of writing and creativity.

There’s a series on his website called Writing Wednesdays – I highly recommend you go check it out, and read through the archives.  There’s gold in them thar hills!

Go check Steven out at Steven Pressfield Online

Summary

I hope you find the websites of these writers useful and inspiring.  If you’ve got similar resources to share, please do so in the Comments Section below.  Remember that most of us know all about Copyblogger and ProBlogger and the big sites – what we’re looking for is some of the ‘smaller guys’ who put out great content and deserve some wider recognition and some more readers.

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  • Stuart April 22, 2011, 10:07 am

    Thanks for sharing these Paul, I was only aware of Jeff Sexton beforehand but I’ll be sure to check out the other four.

    This post is pretty short, are you sure you’re feeling OK? ;-)

    • Paul Wolfe April 22, 2011, 10:11 am

      Hey Stu

      Ha ha – you just gave me an idea for my Idea Bank. How long should a post be.
      The…ahem…short answer is that it should start at the beginning and finish at the end. And use as many words as it needs to get there.

      This post is comparatively shorter than some of my other posts – but if I’d created a list of 20 websites to go check out that would just be too many and not many people would go check them out.

      All of these websites are very cool and worth checking out! (You’ll be pleased to know that I have a couple of longer posts planned for publication real soon!).

      Thanks for stopping by – hope you’re doing something cool on such a beautiful day. (Assuming that the sun is shining in your part of the midlands).

      Paul

  • Ingrid Abboud April 22, 2011, 3:24 pm

    Hey Paul,

    These are great recommendations thank you. I’m not familiar with In Tree Houses and Jeff Sexton so I look forward to checking them out.

    As for S. Pressfield, I’ve read your mention of him here several times and I couldn’t agree more. I really like his work in general and coincidentally before coming over here – I was just listening to his interview with David Garland of The Rise to the Top. I’m gonna’ give you the direct link to that – hope you don’t mind as I’m only shamelessly promoting someone you admire on a site that isn’t mine haha. http://www.therisetothetop.com/forward-thinking-author/steven-pressfield-interview/

    I also saw that his new book is out so I’m looking forward to getting a copy of it through Amazon.

    Thanks again for these recommendations.
    Wishing you a great long weekend and a Happy Easter.

    Cheers

    • Paul Wolfe April 22, 2011, 5:36 pm

      Hey Ingrid

      Welcome to my humble corner of the ol’ Blogosphere! (I know you’ve been here before…but this is your first official comment, hence I have to moderate it. In future you can post whatever you want and it will appear straight away ;) )

      Thanks for the link – Pressfield is also a lucid and engaging speaker, so I look forward to digging into that later tonight. I never mind links that continue and further the conversation. So no problems.

      Do check out Jeff Sexton, he doesn’t post as often as we’d like….but his posts are top quality and he’s also a good ‘ideas’ guy. The others are also good too.

      Thanks for the Easter wishes….right back at you. Hope you’re doing something cool and interesting and NOT reading 10 Billion posts on the ol’ Interwebz so that you can create the best Link Post of the week. You gotta relax sometimes too you know!

      See you around.

      Paul

      • Paul Wolfe April 23, 2011, 7:35 am

        Checked out that interview – really enjoyed it. Thanks for posting the link:) (The link probably got you put in the Aksimet spam folder though!)

        • Ingrid Abboud April 23, 2011, 4:39 pm

          Yikes! Sorry about that. Silly Akismet – didn’t it know that I was promoting someone else and not myself? Haahaha!

          Glad you enjoyed the interview and thanks a lot for the kind reply Paul.

          Cheers

          PS – I’m afraid to say that I am in fact working on the SuperPost as we speak hehe. But hey, you gotta’ do what you love to do right? ;)

          • Paul Wolfe April 23, 2011, 4:43 pm

            That’s true – we all gotta follow our bliss.

  • Steve@Internet Lifestyle April 22, 2011, 4:46 pm

    I had to laugh at Stu’s comment. Are you feeling well? ;)

    You get in such a habit if writing mega-posts normal sized posts seem abrupt and abnormal.

    It is not the length of the post that always matter anyhow (though I am a fan of meaty longer posts). It is the content of the post that matters.

    The content here is great. These seem like some really good writers. Besides Pressfield (I have been to his website and seen his Wednesday stuff) they are all brand new writers for me. With just a cursory glance at the pages (which look good) I added them all to my feed and will be checking them out more when i get the chance.

    Thanks for the info Paul

    Have a great weekend!

    • Paul Wolfe April 22, 2011, 5:28 pm

      That Stu – he’s a joker alright!

      They are all good writers – Jeff Sexton in particular is very, very good. Although he doesn’t post as frequently as we’d all want, his posts are definitely worth checking out.

      So enjoy their excellent content – and spread the word too!

      Have a great weekend back – hope the Game Of Thrones TV series is up to your expectations!

      Paul

  • Allie April 22, 2011, 6:03 pm

    Hey Paul,

    I came here on Ingrid’s suggestion. I trust her. And she is right. Thanks for the wonderful new blogs I can explore.

    As I arrived on your blog I noticed a very odd phenomenon. All your stats said “5”. I took a screen shot here: http://allierambles.tumblr.com/post/4840763966/paul-wolfe-as-i-visit-ur-link-on-5-bloggers-this

    So odd!! Your post is about 5 bloggers, the number 5 is dominant on the post, 5 tweets, 5 bizsugars and 5 blokube votes.

    I’ll be tweeting this post so it will change…unless you did that on purpose, lol.

    Have a great weekend. I look forward to coming back, apparently I should be ready to read long posts. :-0

    ~Allie

    • Paul Wolfe April 22, 2011, 6:25 pm

      Hey Allie

      Rescued you from the spam queue – and didn’t know that links and/or links to pictures could put you in the spam queue. So thanks for that – learned something new.

      And no I didn’t do it on purpose – I’d have to have 5 different identities to post all the votes on Blokube etc. That’s a sure fire way to get banned! LOL.

      And yes, apparently I write long posts! (I’m going to be writing a post on that very topic!). I might start serving virtual coffee….or virtual guinness for the REALLLLLLYYYYY long posts.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Paul

      Paul

  • Peggy Baron April 22, 2011, 9:36 pm

    Howdy Paul,
    Thanks for the short, but value-packed, post! I’ve only visited one of these, so I’ve got the other 4 to look forward to. I think I’ll visit them now… your short post gave me some extra time on my hands. ;)

    Peggy

  • Paul Wolfe April 22, 2011, 9:42 pm

    Hmmmm….there’s a message I’m starting to get in the comment thread today! By any chance do I write…ahem…long posts? LOL.

    Thanks for stopping by Peggy, always appreciate you pulling yourself away from your surfboarding, mountain biking, abseiling, hostage rescue, and all the other full on Action Gal stuff that you do :)

    Hope you find some great content in those sites – I know that I did!

    Paul

  • Jack@TheJackB April 22, 2011, 11:35 pm

    Thanks for the list. I am always interested in finding new resources. Ghost Dad is good, haven’t been there in a while, time to go back.

    • Paul Wolfe April 23, 2011, 7:41 am

      Hey Jack

      Thanks for stopping by. I always like to find new writers who write well – all the guys on this list do. I *think* that you’re interested in self publishing, in which case yo should definitely read Matt’s ‘Little Black Book’ post.

      Paul

  • Sean April 23, 2011, 12:57 am

    Hey Paul, thanks for the mention!

    Looks like I caught you in a rare moment of brevity. :)

    • Sean April 23, 2011, 12:57 am

      P.S. Thanks for putting me in such great company.

    • Paul Wolfe April 23, 2011, 7:43 am

      Sean

      You’re welcome (and welcome to my little ol’ corner of the Blogosphere).

      Hmmm…it looks like I’m gonna have to address this issue of long posts!

      Paul

  • Christian Hollingsworth April 23, 2011, 12:59 am

    I’ve been really grateful to become connected to a few more people via Triberr. Your blog here being one of them. So many individuals are putting out marvelous content, and often we just don’t find everyone. Checking out Jeff Sexton and In Treehouses now. They look fantastic.

    • Paul Wolfe April 23, 2011, 7:42 am

      Hey Christian

      Yep, Triberr is good for connecting with people and also for getting some of the content of the ‘little guys’ out there.

      Thanks for stopping by – and make sure you’ve got a couple of hours set aside for reading! Enjoy.

      Paul

  • Theresa Bradley-Banta April 23, 2011, 3:49 am

    Kudos to you for putting some of the ‘smaller guys’ out. I promise to check out each blogger’s site. Glad I landed here on a Friday… this will be some perfect weekend reading. Thank you.

    btw – I came over from Steve Scott’s site where I read your excellent post on 18 Ways to Use Simple Ebooks. I’m looking forward to reading more Paul!

    And yes, we are what we read. :)

    • Paul Wolfe April 23, 2011, 7:46 am

      Hey Theresa

      Thanks for stopping by. I saw your second comment on that post over at Steve’s house – I replied to it too! – glad your putting things into action. Sounds like you’re moving and shaking!

      Make sure you’ve got a few hours spare – there’s some GREAT reading on those sites!

      Paul

  • john Falchetto April 23, 2011, 8:49 am

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks for all these great recommendations. I love them, why? They aren’t your usual suspects and I fully agree with you, the ‘small’ guys is where the gold is. We all know about the Brograns, the Copy, Pro and other Bloggers.

    This will give me some great reading material for this weekend.

    Now how long is too long? Did you read Ingrid’s awesome post on Spin Sucks a few months ago?

    • Paul Wolfe April 23, 2011, 8:58 am

      John

      Thanks for stopping by. There is definitely some great reading to be had over the weekend for ya…..also, some great WRITING. (I’m always looking for people who write well – any genre – these guys happen to write in areas that interest me from a ‘business’ perspective – AKA the business of writing).

      I missed Ingrid’s post on Spin Sucks – both Ingrid and Spin Sucks are relatively new to me. I’ll go search it out and have a read. Especially as I’m going to be writing on this topic shortly….

      Take it easy and have a great weekend.

      Paul

      • Ingrid Abboud April 23, 2011, 4:45 pm

        I’d love to leave you a direct link to that particular post Paul so that you don’t go out of your way looking for it – but I think if I do, I may find myself chilling in spam again hehee. So I’m gonna’ DM it to you via Twitter if you don’t mind that is. If you do – you can cuss at me later ;).

        • Paul Wolfe April 23, 2011, 4:46 pm

          Already been there, read it, and thought about commenting. (I would have commented – but there were already 324 comments!)

          Thanks though!

    • Ingrid Abboud April 23, 2011, 4:42 pm

      Awwww thanks for that awesome recomendation John :))). I was actually looking forward to reading Paul’s post on that topic when I saw him mention the he would write one here in the comments :).

      Hope you are well my friend.
      A very Happy Easter to you and Ameena and the familia :)
      Ciao

  • Edwin April 23, 2011, 1:58 pm

    Thank you Paul for all the links to the sites. I always love to find new websites with killer content and hopefully the sites you listed have just that. Thanks again

    Have a great day!
    Edwin

    • Paul Wolfe April 23, 2011, 2:01 pm

      Edwin

      All these sites have GREAT content. Especially if you’re a writer or looking to make your writing better.

      Paul

  • Hi Paul
    I love short – thanks for that.

    I’m really falling behind, I’ve not heard of any of these sites!
    I’ll check out a few… when the royal wedding is on. LOL

    Happy Easter Paul

    • Paul Wolfe April 24, 2011, 9:29 pm

      Hey Keith

      Good to see you here today. If you’re interested in good writing – mostly about good writing – then these sites have all got stuff to offer you. There’s some great ideas presented with good writing. Jeff Sexton particularly is a very good writer – if you start there, go check out some of his guest posts on Copyblogger. I’m pretty sure they are all linked from his site.

      Thanks for leaving a comment – Happy Easter to you too! You doing anything exciting for the ‘big day?’ We are having a street party. The kids are stoked.

      Paul

  • Daniel M. Wood April 24, 2011, 2:00 pm

    Hey Paul,

    Thanks for sharing these resources.
    I’ll take a look and see if any can help me out.

    //Daniel

    • Paul Wolfe April 24, 2011, 9:30 pm

      Hey Daniel

      Thanks for passing by today. There’s some great stuff to find in these sites….otherwise I wouldn’t have linked to them! Hope you find some info that helps you.

      Paul

  • Steve@Internet Lifestyle April 25, 2011, 4:38 am

    Semi off-topic note for you.

    I was just doing my bi-weekly looking at what amazon is offering free this month for kindle. and I noticed that they have Steven Pressfields “Do the Work” for free and thought of you.

    Here is the shortened amazon URL http://amzn.to/eL3AlB

    You should be able to get it is you have a kindle, amazon app for ipad, PC, Mobile device. Basically no matter what you have there is a way to read kindle books (I love to promote amazon)

    • Paul Wolfe April 25, 2011, 6:29 am

      Hey Steve

      Thanks for thinking of me – beiong a Pressfield fan boy I already have the Kindle version of Do the Work. AND the hardcover version. And the audio book version is in the post too! ;)

      Funnily enough I was going to head over to your ‘Game of Thrones’ post and suggest another book series for you – have you read the Runelords series by David Farland? There’s 8 of them I think – I’ve read the first 4, and have the second 4 in my pile.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Paul

  • Steve@Internet Lifestyle April 25, 2011, 6:52 pm

    Paul,

    Actually I have read the runelords. At least the first few. I think I got 3 books into it. I thought some of the ideas were pretty original but the characters a little stale. Not bad but not great. It has been manhy years since I have given them a try. Maybe I will give the books another shot.

    • Paul Wolfe April 25, 2011, 6:59 pm

      Interesting – I read the first 4, which make up the ‘first’ series. The subsequent 4 are a separate series. I thought they were outstanding – some of the most original fiction in the fantasy field.

      A totally different kind of fantasy series for you – have you read Orson Scott Card’s Tales Of Alvin Maker. Now THEY are awesome. (He also wrote a fabulous SF story called Ender’s Game that you’re probably heard of….)

      Back to the blogging!

      Paul

  • Dan Black April 26, 2011, 6:04 am

    Paul,
    Enjoyed the short and good post. I look forward to reading and improving my writing. My desire is to become a better writer so I can become a content king. Thank you for sharing all these valuable resources.

    Dan

    • Paul Wolfe April 26, 2011, 6:36 am

      Hey Dan

      No problems. You’ll definitely find some great resources in those sites that will help you improve your writing. Glad you found the post valuable. If you find any similar sites then don’t hesitate to stop by and drop a link in a comment.

      Paul

  • farouk May 7, 2011, 8:41 am

    thank you Paul
    we need every bit of advice , marketing is not simple
    cya :)

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