Other People’s Blogs


I love reading other people’s blogs. But what constitutes a good blog for me?

I like a blog to be both informative and entertaining. I also think one of the most interesting things about writing blogs is seeing which ones other bloggers follow. It’s a rabbit warren once you start clicking on the links.

There are a number of good writing blogs that I read regularly, each one for a different reason.

My favourite writing blogs

First, of course, is Womagwriter’s blog which Patsy Collins manages beautifully. Sometimes the Friend gets a mention. Sometimes it’s praise. Sometimes flak. But it’s always helpful for keeping in touch with what’s going on in the wider sphere of women’s magazines. It’s a terrific forum and resource for writers of all levels of ability and experience.

I regularly pop in to read Friend writer Kate Blackadder’s blog. Here she writes book reviews of what she’s read each month, and I often pick up recommendations from her. She has a very wide and varied taste, which is a great prompt to try different genres and writers.

Another blog I think is excellent is Helen Yendall’s. Helen always has something to talk about. She’s an excellent writing tutor, and we were lucky enough to have her co-present one of our PF writing workshops when I headed very south to Bristol a couple of years ago. And she brings that enthusiasm for teaching to her blog. It offers advice, news, thoughts – I always enjoy it.

If you want a blog that’s chock full of solid writing advice, it’s hard to look past Della Galton. It’s practically a workshop in itself.

Most of these are the blogs of regular People’s Friend writers. They probably don’t know I follow them because, like so many, I lurk silently! I do follow others, too, but I’ll leave them for another time.

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Shirley Blair

Fiction Ed Shirley’s been with the “Friend” since 2007 and calls it her dream job because she gets to read fiction all day every day. Hobbies? Well, that would be reading! She also enjoys writing fiction when she has time, long walks, travel, and watching Scandi thrillers on TV.

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