I spent part of Christmas Eve trying to explain to my dad what a blog is.
I should have known it would be difficult, like the time I tried to show my mom how a fax machine worked. (I don’t blame her. Did any of us really understand that one?)
“But how do the words go through the phone line like that?” she asked.
I should have known that it’s impossible to explain my life’s work to someone who calls voice mail my answering service.
“I tried to call you yesterday, but I just got your answering service,” she said.
On Christmas Eve, after a couple of false starts, I told my dad, “Well, see, a blog comes through the computer. People subscribe to it—you know, kind of like your newspaper?
“You write stuff to help them solve their problems. They see how much you know and they start feeling like they can trust you. And some of them will become your clients.”
He squinted. “O-o-oh.”
I could tell he didn’t have a clue.
But four bright and accomplished people do know what a blog is. They recently got together with Write to Done, the amazing website for writers, and chose what they thought were this year’s Top Ten Blogs for Writers.
I was glad I was sitting down when I read this year’s winners’ list because my name was on it!
Thanks to the judges, whose daunting task was to narrow down 518 nominations to 20 finalists, to just 10 winners. What hard work that must have been!:
• Leo Babauta, creator of the blogs Zen Habits and mnmlist.com, author of Focus and co-creator of the top writers’ resource site, Write to Done.
• Brian Clark, creator of Copyblogger and co-founder of Teaching Sells and Third Tribe.
• Deb Ng, founder and former owner of Freelance Writing Jobs, owner of the blog Kommein and Conference Director for the BlogWorld and New Media Expo.
• Michael Stelzner, author of Writing White Papers and founder of Social Media Examiner.
And thanks to my readers, who left such encouraging words of support on the contest website. You are the best!
Whether you have that next blockbuster fiction book in your head or 2011 is the year you’ll finally write that how-to book to help your clients, there is something on this list for you.
As Mary Jaksch, Chief Editor of Write to Done, says, “There’s some serious gold here, folks!”
Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2010/2011
1. StoryFix- Bestselling author Larry Brooks helps budding novelists break down the storytelling process, from concept to character to sequence and theme.
2. Men with Pens- This Canadian blogging team of copywriters and web designers is a leading resource for writers, creative professionals, freelancers and entrepreneurs.
3. Make a Living Writing- Carol Tice is a blogger who is passionate about helping freelance writers earn more from their work.
4. Cat’s Eye Writer- Hey, that’s me. (Blush.)
6. Writer Unboxed- Aspiring novelists Therese Walsh and Kathleen Bolton blog about “unboxing” genre fiction writing by discussing craft and interviewing successful authors.
7. Word Play- Novelist K.M. Weiland blogs to help writers become authors.
8. The Creative Penn- Author, speaker and consultant Joanna Penn shares her knowledge about writing and self-publishing with aspiring authors.
9. Victoria Mixon- Professional writer and editor Victoria Mixon blogs with spot-on advice to aspiring authors.
10. Courage to Create- On his blog, Ollin Morales chronicles his journey as he writes his first novel.
And if you’ve been wondering how to find the time to write, this post is for you.
Happy holidays to you, my dear readers, and here’s to the most awesome year of writing and blogging yet.
Have you thought about writing a book? If you’re undecided, what’s holding you back?