The popular blog BuzzFeed recently published a style guide for its writers which, according to The Atlantic, is “an in-house manual made public (slash a smart publicity play, slash a de-facto declaration that BuzzFeed places itself in the company of the AP and The New York Times, slash “slash” instead of “/” is not, for the record, officially sanctioned by BuzzFeed’s Style Guide).”
A publicity stunt or not, the style guide provides some guidance on how to craft an internet-friendly (note the lowercase “i”) and compelling blog. It also inspired me to share some helpful resources that I turn to when writing my own blogs.
Check them out below.
- CopyBlogger – An excellent resource written by professional bloggers and content marketers.
- The Definitive Guide to Copywriting– A great overview by Neil Patel which can be accessed via his QuickSprout blog.
- On Writing Well – A book by William Zinsser that I keep by my desk and read occasionally to inspire me.
- Lexicon Valley – A blog by Slate Magazine about language.
- Grammarly – Copy and paste text into this online tool when you are unsure whether Microsoft Word (or your word processing software of choice) has caught all of your grammar mistakes.
- Seth Godin’s Blog – If you want to learn from a master, Seth’s blog is a must-read.
Do you use any resources or blogs to help you with your writing? If so, please share them in the comments section below.