Last December, something magical happened. Some of my readers nominated me for a Top 10 Blogs for Writers award.
If that wasn’t surreal enough, the esteemed judges chose CatsEyeWriter blog as one of 20 finalists.
A week or so later, one of my readers sent me this email: “Noticed that you won. Congrats! How cool is that?”
I had no idea until I got this email.
But the grandest part of all? Well, that has to be the amazing bloggers I’ve met along the way, my fellow co-winners.
My best takeaway
I learned that all bloggers who are at the top of their game can teach me something. And while my blog’s audience may not be exactly the same as theirs, certain things apply across the board—to all of us.
Business bloggers can learn something new about writing and storytelling from author bloggers.
And bloggers who focus on the craft of writing have readers who also need to know how to market themselves—their blogs, their books.
As bloggers and blog readers, we are way more alike than we are different.
And so the Top Ten Tour was born
It started with a simple question: “What if we all guest posted on each other’s blogs?”
And so the Top 10 tour was born.
I’ve guested on 5 of my co-winners’ blogs so far.
If, like me, you think that you can learn from bloggers in different niches than yours, if you believe that brilliantly presented ideas can help you grow and improve, if you need a little extra creative spark every now and then, I encourage you to linger a while on these blogs.
Read a little. Explore. And if they resonate with you, consider subscribing so you don’t miss a single post.
Because these bloggers are smart, creative, inspiring and fun.
I’m not an author (yet) but I’m learning all sorts of things from them. Things that are helping me think in different ways. Stuff I can bring right back to my own blog—and to you.
Okay, since I didn’t publicize my guest posts here on my own blog, here they are, all in one place. Just in case you missed them:
The Top 10 ‘Mini-Tour,’ Part 1
How to Grow Your Reader Community with an Author Blog – The Creative Penn blog
Want 1,000 Blog Subscribers? Just ‘Invent’ Them – Make a Living Writing blog
Your Blog as Stage: Building a Believable Author Brand – StoryFix blog
5 Reasons First Graders Would Rule Your Writing Blog – Courage 2 Create blog
10 Steps to Making Your Author Blog a Rockin’ Success – A. Victoria Mixon, Editor blog
What about you?
Do you find that reading a mix of blogs helps you develop more fresh content for yours?
Do you ever read outside your niche?
What are some of your favorite blogs?