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As a blogger, do you ever feel like you’re out there on your own? I know we don’t all conform to the typical stay-in-your-pjs, never-leave-the-house, social-introvert, I-like-to-work-by-myself mold that we’re often put into. But even still, blogging can feel isolating at times.
If you’re at the beginning of your blogging journey, you most likely are working on your own because you can’t afford to hire a team or rent a space to work from. Your non-blogger friends and family have a hard time understanding how you make a living, and you might not even have many blogger friends to look to for advice and inspiration.
The good news is, you don’t have to look far.
The people in the blogging industry are a curious group. As a blogger, you need to be a dedicated self-starter with relentless passion for your topic. Of all the entrepreneurial circles you could come across, you’d be hardpressed to find the same kind of single-minded ambition spanning such a broad range of topics.
With all the industries, sub-industries, and completely niched-down topics blogs can cover, it’s almost impossible to ever have a solid grasp of what’s happening in the blog-o-sphere. The Internet is so alive with blogs that just keeping up with bloggers in your specific industry can be difficult. If that’s true, I think it’s safe to say you also might not have time to take a peek into how other industries that are blogging either– something you should definitely take the time to do.
Keeping up with blogs outside your niche will help you stay fresh in your writing, your blog topics, and creativity. No matter what your core topic is, browsing blogs from all industries is a great way to stay up-to-date with trends, news, and new ideas in the blogging community.
More than anything, it’s important to have other bloggers you look up to. These are people who set the bar for the quality of work you hope to produce, the level of insight you hope to provide your readers, or the amount of time and research you’d like to put into each post you publish.
We all have things to learn and teach each other whether it’s a fresh way to pitch a course, a new app that’s changing your daily work flow, or even picking up a dinner recipe to try out. Look no further than the bloggers around you for inspiration. After all, we’re all in this together, right?
In case you fall in that camp of never having time to explore the great expanse of blogs, I’ve pulled together a list of some of the blogs inspiring us here at ConvertKit right now.
There were no special requirements, conditions, or applications to get on this list. It’s simply a compilation of blogs we admire. I’ve broken it down into industries so you can browse through your kindred bloggers and hopefully find some new favorites to follow!
(Fun fact, many of our own customers made the list! You can tell who’s a ConvertKit-er by the *** with their web address.)
Dave Stuart Jr ***
Effortless Gent ***
Minimalist Baker ***
iPad Calligraphy •••
James Clear ***
Elle & Co ***
by Regina ***
Zen Habits ***
Wellness Mama ***
Wes Wages ***
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