Saturday, September 22, 2007

Blogging for Writers

I'm giving a talk about blogging at the meeting of the Marin Branch of the California Writers Club tomorrow at the Book Passage in Corte Madera. I always like folks to be able to have an electronic handout, in addition to a paper one, so I'm posting the handout I'm using here. Forgive me if you've seen a lot of these links before, and please feel free to add more examples of blogs about writing, or by writers who publish in print, as well as online, in the comments.

Writer/Writing Blog Sampler

100 Mile Diet by J. B. Mackinnon and Alisa Smith
Book: Plenty (US) and 100 Mile Diet (Canada)

9 to 5 Poet: An Annotated Diary of a Working Writer

A.Fine Blog by Allison Fine
Book: Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age.

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

Books: Dirty Girls Social Club, Playing with Boys, Make Him Look Good, Haters.

Barbara Ehrenreich
Books: 18! You can see them all here. Nickel and Dimed (2001) was very popular.

Birdie Jaworksi (New blog. Not too many entries yet) (Old blog. More content)
Birdie's stories have appeared in many online and print journals, including Good Housekeeping, The San Diego Reader, Adoption Today, Mipoesias, and the American Press Institute's Media Center blog. Birdie's blogs and stories have been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Positive Thinking Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal as well as many other news outlets.

BlogYoNoMo (Blog Your Novel Month)

Inspired by National Novel Writing Month. Don’t know if they will do it in 2007.

Dispatches from the Final Frontier
by Michael Belfiore
Book: Rocketeers: How a Visionary Band of Business Leaders, Engineers, and Pilots Is Boldly Privatizing Space

Gayle Brandeis
Books: The Book of Dead Birds, Fruitflesh and Self Storage

Getcha Grub On by Anna Lappe
Books: Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen and Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet

Book: Wake Up and Smell the Planet: The Non-pompous, Non-preachy Grist Guide to Greening Your Day

The Julie/Julia Project
Book: Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

Katya Andresen’s Nonprofit Marketing Blog
Book: Robin Hood Marketing: Stealing Corporate Savvy to Sell Just Causes

Pause by Jory Des Jardins
Writes about women’s business issues, marketing, blogging, and entrepreneurship for Fast Company, Inc., Corante, and other topics for The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Worthwhile, and The New York Times. Essay on corporate authenticity in More Space: Nine Antidotes to Complacency in Business.

Poetry Thursday (Looks like they are discontinuing this series).
Poetry Thursday is an online project that builds community by encouraging bloggers to read and enjoy poetry, as well as sharing it with others.
Has links to two blogs that publish poetry:
Bolts of Silk
The New Verse News

Wish Jar by Keri Smith
Books: Author and illustrator of several books including Wreck This Journal –an activity
book for creative destruction (2007 Penguin Books), and the Guerilla Art Kit
–everything you need to put your message out into the world (2007,
Princeton Architectural Press), Living Out Loud –activities to fuel a creative
life, (2003, Chronicle Books), Tear Up This Book (2005, American Girl), Story
in a Box-Cinderella, and Princess and the Pea (2001, Chronicle Books).

Book: Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century

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  1. GoStats is a great web stats service, you may want to consider adding to the list.

  2. there are a ton of blogs by poets, too many to list. a good resource is silliman's blog kept by poet ron silliman: he writes about all things poetry, and has a long set of links to poet blogs.

  3. Zoe--Thanks for the poetry link. I'm heavy on the nonfiction in my examples and low on fiction and poetry.

    Rchmura--I've never heard of GoStats. Thanks for the resource!

  4. Poetry Thursday is indeed being discontinued. Sunday Scribblings is a useful blog ( that offers weekly prompts for writers of all types.

  5. Hi, Britt!

    I recently discovered your blog and love it! In fact, I recently listed it it in a post " Adding Women Bloggers to my List of Favorites" on one of my blogs Virtual Woman's Day: (

    Thanks for the great information.

    Wishing you all the best and continued success.


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  6. Thanks for adding me, Heidi!



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