Chances are if you're reading IFB, then you are interested in becoming a better blogger. There are many, many blogs out there that dish out tips and tricks. Unfortunately, they don't always last that long, a couple of years then petering out. I get it, coming up with tips and tricks to improve your blog is not the easiest thing in the world, that said, there are those blogs that have been around for ages, continually coming up with useful tips to apply to your blog. That said, there are a few tried-and-true resources that have been around over the years and continue to give solid advice.
Here's what's on my reading list:
At first, I wasn't much into Copyblogger, but over the years it's developed into my go-t0 resource when I have problems figuring out how to approach my writing, growing my blog and community and basically every problem I have when it comes to content development, Copyblogger has the answer for me. For fashion bloggers, you'll have to look for the similarities, but I swear by this site, it's solid. They give great tips on writing, developing sticky headlines, converting your readers into customers, and so much more.
2. PR Couture
You don't have to be a PR, or want to become a PR to appreciate the gold that lies in PR Couture. This site hits a little closer to home where it focuses on fashion, it also talks a lot about blogger campaigns from the brand's perspective. Which gives you insight into what brands and PRs are looking for in bloggers, and how they view success.
Ah, Problogger. This was the first site of it's kind that I really found useful. In fact, I always credit it for giving the inspiration to start IFB. There were a few years where founder, Darren Rowse did not write as much… and I missed his voice. Now he's back, though there are some guest posts, it still delivers a consistent source of blogging knowledge.
To be honest, more than half the time, SEOmoz give tips that go over my head. That doesn't mean it's not worth it to add to your list. I take what I can from this site, and as it really helps put SEO into perspective with their handy videos. I also take inspiration by how they take a somewhat dry topic and make it upbeat. They also have a strong community, which also is interesting to see how they engage.
5. Seth Godin's Blog
Other than being incredibly smart and inspirational. I love Seth Godin because he tells it like he sees it. He doesn't sugar coat. At all. And it works. It's very rare to see someone who says controversial things like, “no one cares about you” and turn it into something truly inspiring. He's been a big influence in how I've evolved as a blogger.
6. Business of Fashion
Imran Amed's Business of Fashion has gone through an interesting evolution since they've gotten funding this year. Aside from beefing up their site, they've also increased their content. For those of you who don't subscribe to WWD, or are not willing to pay for a subscription, this site will keep you in the know about what's going on in the fashion world. They even syndicate content from Bloomberg and Associated Press, along with their original content and Op-Ed pieces.
7. Chris Brogan
I look at Chris Brogan to see how he engages his readers, how he keeps on top of his content. He addresses topics like blogging fearlessly and engaging your audience. He also gives social media tips as well as blog business tips.
What blogs to you read to improve your blogging?
[Image credit: Shutterstock.com]