Top 10 Articles for Writers for February 2011

Carol Tice

Top 10 logo in repeating spiral patternHere it is again, scribes, my collection of the articles and blog posts that most amused me this fortnight. In this edition, I find my Top 10 Blogs for Writers colleagues were really cranking.

It also appears my mind was on selling and the business end of writing this month. A lot. And, of course, on the art of blogging.

Some familiar blogs in here, but a lot of great new writers in this month’s sampler.


  1. 4 Things a Prospect Doesn’t Want to Hear by Ron Smith, on RainToday. Great tips for not blowing those first client meetings.  Editor’s Note: This site has reformatted and the article is no longer available.
  2. 5 Common Ways Freelance Writers Get ScammedSome of the More Common Scams Hitting Freelance Writers by Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today, on Freelance Writing Jobs. Don’t get hosed — know how writers are misled.
  3. 5 Reasons Why I Hate Your Web Site by Lori Boris. I’ve written posts like this myself, but this one raises some excellent design-basics problems I see often. You’re not doing these, right?
  4. 5 Writing Rules You Should Break by KM Weiland, on Victoria Mixon — One Top 10 Writer writing on another Top 10 Writers blog…you know it’s quality stuff. And I love oppositional posts like this.
  5. 7 Mistakes That Lead to Guest Post Failure by Andrew Nattan of The Unmemorable Title Copywriting Blog, on Copyblogger. I’ve had guest posters on this blog commit some of these…
  6. The 8 Most Greatest Tips to Write Unstoppably Killer Headlines Guide Ever by Eric Cummings and Michael Cummings of On Violence, on Problogger — Terrific case study on how one blog achieved better living through careful headline writing.
  7. 110 Ideas to Get More Freelance Work and Generate New Client Leads by Susan Johnston of The Urban Muse, on FreelanceSwitch — I’m a fan of big-list posts. This one’s a print-and-save.
  8. How to Break Into Magazine Article Writing by Ollin Morales, on Courage2Create. Once again, a Top 10 blogger guesting on another Top 10 blog…and really nailing it. Great basics. NOTE: Ollin’s site is now gone.
  9. How to Sort Through the Noise in Freelance Writing Advice by Jenn Mattern on All Freelance Writing. Jenn helps you cut through the bull and ask good questions about whether someone really has the cred to help you.
  10. Not Getting Enough Traffic? Here’s Why… by Corbett Barr of Think Traffic, on DIYThemes. One simple thing we all should know, but it seems to need constant repeating.



  1. Susan

    Thanks for the shout out, Carol! Glad you found my FreelanceSwitch post useful. I’m a huge fan of Think Traffic as well.

  2. P-A-McGoldrick

    Carol, thanks for this amazing list!


  3. Laurie Boris

    Carol, thank you so much for the mention! And for new web sites to explore.

    • Carol Tice

      Well, folks are up early and checking their Google alerts this morning!

      Thanks for great contributions, Laurie and Susan.

  4. John Soares

    Excellent list Carol. K.M. Weiland’s post was my breakfast reading. (She goes well with oatmeal.)

    Turns out I’m not the rebel rule breaker I thought I was. For instance, I always edit as I write, probably because I don’t trust my short-term memory to remember what changes I want to make.

  5. Claire Wagner

    Just wanted to add my thanks. I saw several of these but missed several others.

  6. Carol Tice

    Would like to thank everyone who’s alerted me this morning that my header is broken in Firefox…have my designer on it now! Still fine in Safari. Don’t you love stuff like that?

    • Carol Tice

      Ugh, and now it’s breaking in Safari too. The start to a swell day!

  7. Eric C

    Carol, thank you so much for including us on the list. Guest-posting can be kind of a crap shoot, and it’s great to know that a post I wrote really stood out to people.

    • Carol Tice

      My pleasure! I’m kind of obsessed with headlines and improving them as I see so many bad ones around…so thanks for writing a great case study on the big difference paying close attention to headlines can make!

  8. Carol Tice

    Have to send out a special thanks to my developer David Hogg, who helped patch up the header — back to normal now!

  9. Ollin Morales

    Thanks for the mention Carol! Linda is awesome.

    By the way. I’m trying to get that guest post to you by tomorrow.

  10. Jasmine

    Hi Carol –

    fantastic list, thanks!

    Just wanted to mention that the link to Linda Formichelli’s article goes to a Twitter ‘sorry, can’t find the link you’re looking for’ page, and Courage to Create isn’t linked at all… of course, a quick google search brings up the website and article easily enough 🙂

    • Carol Tice

      Dang! It’s been a day of technical problems here…fixing it up now!

  11. Linda Formichelli

    Thanks for the mention, Carol! I’m glad you liked the post. I already have some of these others on my readers and will have to check out the rest.

  12. Ana

    Thanks for these links! I’ve learned so much through your website!

  13. Thea Easterby

    Hi Carol

    Thanks for this post. I llove these top 10 articles you do each month on writing, I always get a wealth of information out of them. Keep them coming.



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