Toolbox for New Bloggers: Great Sites for Getting Started

It can be intimated at first to begin blogging. Seems like there are so many things to consider.

Drew’s Marketing Minute suggests we offer some key sites as the “New Bloggers’ Toolbox.”

Here are a few of the sites I often suggest to folks who want to begin blogging:

  • David Armano’s Logic & Emotion His clean design and insightful graphics really help to communicate the whole Web2.0 message and has many practical tips.
  • SlideShare powerpoint: 25 Styles of Blogging & When to Use Each One This is great for when the writing well starts to run dry (and it will!) Although this isn’t a blog, it sure is a great way to help write compelling posts.
  • Dawud Miracle at (formerly Healthy Web Design) offers a great example of how to build community.
  • When it comes to marketing tools, Todd And’s Power 150 kitchen sink can’t be beat. Just type in any marketing phrase into the search tool bar and it searches all of the 150 of the top marketing & PR blogs in the world for your answer.
  • The best welcome wagon blog I’ve found, is the same blog that Drew spotlight’s as the best marketing tools: Mike Sansone at Converstations. I can’t think of anyone who is as generous with welcoming new blogs, except maybe Mack Collier with his Z-list.

My List condensed:
Logic & Emotion (practical tips)
25 Styles of Blogging & When to Use Each One (compelling posts) (build community)
Todd And’s Power 150 kitchen sink (marketing tools)
Converstations (welcome wagon)

Drew’s list:
Converstations (chock full of practical tips)
CK’s blog (compelling blog post examples)
Viral Garden (demonstrate how to build a community)
Lonely Marketer (teach marketing tools)
Successful & Outstanding Blogs (bloggers who spotlight newbies)

Toolbox Links From Biz & Buzz
Conversation Agent by Valeria Maltoni - a great thinker who write in a clear yet articulated way
Servant of Chaos by Gavin Heaton - the down under look to our world making you see things from a different perspective
Webware by Rafe Needleman and others - I like the fresh insight to cool web apps
Note to CMO by Stephen Denny - a cool way to tell to CMO to wake up

The Toolbox List from Lewis Green

Liz Strauss at Successful Blog - Thinking, writing, business ideas . . . You’re only a stranger once (Liz and other writers offers suggestions and recommendations that are wonderfully written, and her blog is a great first stop for new bloggers.)
Logic+Emotion (Since, David Armano doesn’t have the title of marketer, some may wonder why I chose his blog. It’s simple: Marketing is first and foremost about creativity, and no one shares insights into the creative arts better than David. Furthermore, his writing is personal and engaging, which I believe is the key to good blogging.)
Hee-Haw Marketing (Paul McEnany is the most entertaining and one of the smartest bloggers in the blogosphere. Be sure to check out his series on Kohl’s if you want to see how to handle a real-time case study.)
Conversation Agent (Valeria Maltoni never ceases to surprise us with her range of topics and her ability to use writing styles appropriate to the subject matter. She is a must read, and we all learn from her.)
The Diva Marketing Blog (Toby may be the best blogger I know. She mixes styles, covers lots of good material and reaches out to feature as many bloggers as she can. This is a person you need to know. Be sure to introduce yourself to her.)

Author: Chris Brown

Business owner operating a marketing consulting firm. Online Publisher. Keynote Speaker.

4 thoughts on “Toolbox for New Bloggers: Great Sites for Getting Started”

  1. Chris:

    This is not the first time you link to Conversation Agent… it is the first time I can put a comment here as I was on dial up until last week and the comment box here would not open. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your support and generosity in sharing the information and resources.

  2. Chris,

    Great list! Thanks for jumping on board. I hope all your readers follow suit and link to my post, so I can find them when I create the master list!

    Thank you for helping me spread the word and making it a little easier for the newbies down the road.


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