24 Must Read Blogs for Freelancers, Designers, Bloggers etc.

February 8, 2011 · 23 comments

by Dustin Betonio


A freelancer, freelance worker, or freelance is somebody who is self-employed and is not committed to a particular employer long term. Fields where freelancing is common include; cosmetics, fragrances, journalism, book publishing, journal publishing and other forms of writing,editing, event planning, event management, copy editing, proofreading, indexing, copywriting, computer programming, web design and graphic design, consulting, tour guiding, and translating.

Freelance practice varies greatly. Some require clients to sign written contracts, while others may perform work based on verbal agreements, perhaps enforceable through the very nature of the work. Some freelancers may provide written estimates of work and request deposits from clients.

Freelance writing certainly has many advantages and can be rewarding too. It goes without saying that in order to become a freelance writer, you got to love writing. But you should also consistently work on sharpening your skills. And how do you do that? Reading well-written articles and blogs is a very good start! This can help you write innovative and appealing content. As I am new to freelance writing myself, in order for me to improve my skills as a writer/blogger I read blogs with good writing. My current favorites run the gamut from straight news to very personal, from blogs that provide tips for improving your writing to sites that tell writers how to change their freelance business to keep up with the times. In today’s post I have decided to list blogs that which should be on every freelance blogger’s RSS feed reading list. This is not a definitive list as there are many more good blogs. But still it’s a useful list which I hope you will enjoy.



1. Mashable


You can’t be an independent writer without using social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and Mashable is one of the best sources for keeping up with what’s new.

2. Problogger

pro Blogger

Problogger is written by Darren Rowse and teaches the art of blogging and making money through it. In spite of being one of the most famous blogs on the planet, Darren still maintains the same old way of writing articles which are useful, impressive and easily understandable.

3. Copyblogger

Copy Blogger

Brian Clark is an authority when it comes to blog writing and you cannot afford to miss any of his articles if you want to become a good writer. Seriously.

4. Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist

penelope Trunks

As Penelope Trunk’s said herself, you won’t see an ad on her blog yet it’s made her bundles of money, because she’s used it to create a business, launch a speaking career, write books, etc. Want to make money as a blogger? Follow Trunk.

5. Freelance Switch

Freelance switch

Written by the best freelance writers and edited by Skellie, this blog presents insightful articles which include tips and tricks for freelancers and web workers. Thanks to it’s great content, the blog has achieved huge growth in the past one year and should be on your reading list too.

6. Reflections of a Newsosaur


Alan Mutter brings his unique experience as an ex-newspaper guy turned venture capitalist to this erudite blog that examines the evolution of the news business from ink and paper to bits and bytes. Never one to pull punches, Mutter explains in plain English what newspapers continue to do wrong while offering intelligent advice for what media companies old and new should be doing today and in the future.

7. Seth Godin

Set Godin

Seth’s unique and candid style of writing makes his blog a must read for all writers and bloggers.

8. Regret The Error

regret the error

Craig Silverman’s compilation of newspaper and magazine corrections operates under the assumption that someone needs to hold news media accountable and by pulling corrections together it’s serving a larger purpose . It’s also a great example of how a lone writer can carve out a niche for themselves, and make a difference.

9. Write To Done

write to done

Write To Done is written by Leo Babauta, an experienced writer and a prolific blogger. Not only does he write great content he has an amazing writing style which is simple yet captivating.

10. There Are No Rules

there are no rules

Writer’s Digest Publisher Jane Friedman uses her blog to talk about changes happening in all forms of media, including magazines and book publishing, and what writers need to do to keep up. She also shares about upcoming Writer’s Digest classes and events, making it a good way to keep tabs on the magazine if you don’t get to the website very often. On Fridays, Friedman lists the best links, quotes and inspirations for writers she found on Twitter that week.

11. 43 Folders

43 folders

Although Merlin doesn’t write much these days, his blog still remains one of the most useful productivity blogs with some very nicely written articles.

12. Men With Pens

men with pens

This blog is written by James and Harry, both of them being professional and without a doubt, amazing writers. A must read blog if you aim to improve your writing skills and write impressive content.

13. Personified


For those who don’t know, Chris is probably the best and the most sought after freelance WordPress designer (am not sure if he is doing freelance work any more). He doesn’t write much but when he does, the articles are too good to miss. He also created an immensely popular WordPress called Cutline.

14. BusinessJournalism.org

reynolds Center

The recently reorganized website of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University includes several blogs worth tuning in. One is freelance business writer  Melissa Preddy’s Story Ideas blog, where she shares suggestions for business stories five days a week, including tips for localizing national news and trends.

15. Freelance Folder

freelance Folder

16. The Writers Manifesto

the writers manifesto

Freelance Writing is about sharing the knowledge of making money on the Internet. It is about blogging,freelancing, affiliate marketing and Internet marketing and helping you to establish yourself as the unique person you deserve to be.

17. Skelliewag


Skellie’s proficiency as a writer and blogger is well known and she has been producing great web content for years. Skelliewag is her flagship blog which boasts of some brilliant articles which are quite useful for bloggers.

18. A List Apart

A list Apart

A List Apart Magazine explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.

19. Smashing Magazine

smashing magazine

Founded in September 2006, Smashing Magazine delivers useful and innovative information to Web designers and developers. Their aim is to inform readers about the latest trends and techniques in Web development. They try to convince you not with the quantity but with the quality of the information they present.

20. 1stWebDesigner


1stwebdesigner is a design blog dedicated to bloggers, freelancers, web-developers and designers. They are writing here tutorials, inspiration, discusion/opinion type articles, roundups, case studies, interviews and occasionally even design news.

21. Life Hack


this blog focuses on personal development and productivity and employs guest writers who consistently produce excellent content.

22. Steve Pavlina

steve Palina

Steve’s 4000 word essays are quite well known and apart from including impressive content, they also feature an impeccable writing style.

23. The Simple Dollar

the Simple dollar

One of the best finance blogs around, Trent writes top quality articles which have made his site a huge success.

24. Tripwire Magazine


It’s not that I am biased towards this blog because I write for it but I believe it’s certainly a must-read blog for all the freelance bloggers out there and I have been enjoying the well written articles on this blog by profound and influential writers, long before I started writing for it. :). Bloggers, Designers, Freelancers etc. can all benefit from writing guest articles on sites like tripwire magazine. First of all they will reach a new audience of targeted readers and this will drive new traffic to their own blog or portfolio and hopefully also provide new followers and subscribers. Working with experienced blog and magazine editors is also a good opportunity to learn new tricks and improve writing skills and to broaden your horizon.

Author : Dustin Betonio

Dustin Betonio is a Translation Management graduate at University of Mindanao. His earlier career was devoted on customer service outside the information highway. Currently studying Law in the same University.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

App Development India June 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Thanks for sharing these valuable information. I will read these all blogs. I think I can able to increase my web development skills.


Jack Hard December 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm

This is very great blogs for designer and freelanchers. I’m predominantly a fan of Problogger. Too being a fellow Melburnian he is so authentic in his writing. Thank you to sharing Great Collection. ASP.Net Development


Shevonne May 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Great list! I am subscribed to almost all of them.


Openxcell Inc May 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Really a good collection, I like it very much. Thanks for sharing.


Marcia Williams May 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Excellent resource for blogs- following most on twitter and now have signed up for a couple more. Thank you for your effort in providing this resource.


Laura Spencer March 5, 2011 at 1:22 am

Just found this post! Thanks so much for recommending Freelance Folder and including us on your list. :)

Keep up the good work here.


Lars March 5, 2011 at 11:40 am

Hi Laura, thanks for the feedback. Freelance Folder was an obvious pick for this list!


Custom Web Video Templates February 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Good article, love the men with pens styling.


Lars February 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm

yeah it is really hard style


Rebecca Diamond February 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Thanks for including us in your roundup! :)


Lars February 16, 2011 at 10:13 pm

You are welcome Rebecca, I love your blog and I’m a regular visitor!


websocialmarketing.it February 11, 2011 at 7:21 pm

very nice web desingers resources for blog! 😉


Dzinepress February 11, 2011 at 8:23 am

useful resources for bloggers inspirations.


Emily from Video Avatar February 10, 2011 at 3:49 am

Cool lineup of blogs, I am looking forward to a great year and these will help me improve my writing more and get acquainted with great bloggers. For guest blogging, do they approve/proofread your article first before posting?


Lars February 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Emily I don’t know the process on other blogs. Here on tripwire I always review and give feedback to guest writers. You can learn more here: http://www.tripwiremagazine.com/contribute-and-be-rewarded-for-great-articles


Allie @ FaqSoftware February 10, 2011 at 3:49 am

Cool lineup of blogs, I am looking forward to a great year and these will help me improve my writing more and get acquainted with great bloggers. For guest blogging, do they approve/proofread your article first before posting?


Rhonda February 8, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Great list! I see a few of my favorites here and some I have not seen before. I’ll have to check them out. Thanks!


Lars February 8, 2011 at 8:49 pm

You’re welcome Rhonda, thanks for your feedback


Matt Haff February 8, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Awesome article, I’ve added some of these to my list of blogs to read. More than half of them need to redesign their blogs though!


Lars February 8, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Thanks Matt, well you may be right – could be a job for you ?


Graphic Design Boss February 8, 2011 at 1:07 pm

There are some great blogs. I’m particularly a fan of Problogger. Besides being a fellow Melburnian he is so authentic in his writing.

For the record, I’m a graphic designer of 20 years experience who has a blog to help other graphic design bosses businesses thrive rather than just survive. Would love to know what you all think 😉

Top 20, not yet. Maybe one day!


Lars February 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Thanks for sharing your blog. I like it but you need to work on building traffic. Check out this free training course I have create (Free access): http://www.blogincomeformula.com/?/register/9eFBDV

I like Problogger too!


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