Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2012 – The Winners

Top 10 badge 2012 When we asked you to nominate your favorite writing blog as one of the top 10 blogs for writers, we got a huge response! Great to see how passionate readers are about their favorite writing blog.

As you’ll see there are some previous winners, as well as some talented new bloggers in the top 10 of 2012.

How were the winners selected?

  1. Initial qualification: A site must have been nominated more than once by multiple individuals. If someone nominated more than one blog, only the first nomination was counted. Valid nominations needed to include the URL and give a reason why the nominated blog should be considered.
  2. Contest criteria: In order to be considered, a blog needed to be a writing blog. In order to qualify, at least 50% of posts needed to be about writing and not about freelancing, business, publishing etc.
  3. Blog-based analysis: Reader involvement: Comment numbers per post accounted for 15% of the total score. The number of nominations accounts for 15% of the total score. Number of shares on social media per post accounted for 15%. These three blog-based factors make up 45% of the final score.
  4. Quality of posts: Educational, useful, engaging, and discussion-creating posts were rated higher than self-promotional posts. The quality of posts accounts for 55% of the final score.

And the winners are …

Jeff Goins Writer


Positive Writer

positive writer

The Creative Penn

Creative Penn

Make a Living Writing

make a living writing

The Write Practice

Write practice

Live Write Thrive


Moody Writing

Moody writing

The Romance University

Romance university

The Renegade Writer

Renegade writer

The Writers [Inner] Journey

Writer's inner journey

Congratulations to all the winners!

The badge of distinction: If you are a winner,  display the badge you see above on your blog and link the badge back to this page.

Readers, be sure to check out these awesome blogs!

And please help spread the word. Click the social media buttons to share this post with friends and fans.

We’ll be inviting the winners to guest post on WTD so that all our readers can get to know and enjoy these excellent bloggers.

Mary signature better bigger

Mary Jaksch, Chief Editor, Write to Done

Check out the winners of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2013

The (nearly) Ultimate Guide to Better Writing

Become a better writer overnight with this FREE eBook
  • Find daily inspiration
  • Improve your writing overnight
  • Get started, even when you don’t feel motivated
  • Complete what you start
  • Get WTD updates
Fill out the form below and get your copy immediately!

97 Responses to “Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2012 – The Winners”

Read below or add a comment...

  1. I love Jeff Goins website because of awesome writing tips and encouragement I used to get from Jeff’s articles.

    With this final lists, I will also check the other blogs to learn more ideas about writing what matters!

    Thanks for the list
    Olawale Daniel recently posted..4 Ways to Increase your Blog Traffic from PinterestMy Profile

  2. Marcie says:

    Congratulations to all the winners! And thank you, Write to Done, for holding this contest. It gave me a chance to learn about more writing blogs.
    Marcie recently posted..Happy New Year from Overcoming Blogger’s BlockMy Profile

  3. Brittany says:

    Congratulations to all the winners! I follow half of these blogs already, and I have added the others to my blog reader. I enjoy following The Creative Penn especially. Looking forward to a good new year of blog posts!
    Brittany recently posted..Top posts of 2012 and what I’ve learned for 2013My Profile

  4. Jeff Goins says:

    Thanks for including me, guys. I’m honored.
    Jeff Goins recently posted..How to Make the Most of the New YearMy Profile

  5. Beth Havey says:

    Congratulations to all. These writers and others who we voted on have helped the writing community
    come alive on the net. Pens and keyboards at the ready, good writing to all in 2013.
    Beth Havey recently posted..Fight Winter SAD: Facts To Beat Winter BluesMy Profile

  6. Thank you! What an honor to be included among such wonderful blogs! Very much appreciated! =)

    Romance University
    Carrie Spencer recently posted..The Songs We Sang, The Clothes We Wore, The Way We Made Love—And The Books We Write with Ruth HarrisMy Profile

  7. Thank you for including me in your Top 10…I’m honored!
    Linda Formichelli recently posted..How to Earn More From Your Writing Just By Talking About ItMy Profile

  8. Joe Bunting says:

    This contest has meant so much to me and to my community. Thank you for choosing The Write Practice and thank you for honoring the hard work being done in the world of writing blogs.
    Joe Bunting recently posted..Writing Goals for 2013My Profile

  9. I am stunned and excited to be included in this list for a second time! Deep thanks to everyone who nominated me and who gives my blog your precious time.

    Congrats to Linda and Jeff…and to all the newcomers on here. Advice: Connect with your other Top 10 winners and see what you can create together! Linda and I met through winning this 2 years back and now we teach classes together for freelance writers.
    Carol Tice | Make a Living Writing recently posted..3 Reasons Freelance Writers Need to Build Their Social Media Audience NowMy Profile

  10. Patricia says:

    Congrats to All!
    Carol Tice, I have been following for some time & now I know about several more great blogs to check out!
    Patricia recently posted..2013 HAPPY NEW YEAR!My Profile

  11. Cheryl says:

    Congratulations to all the winners! I’m familiar with some, but not all, so I look forward to checking them out. Thanks, Mary, for doing this. I know it was a lot of work.
    Cheryl recently posted..New Years Resolutions: How to increase your chance of success through Conscious Choice and Deliberate PracticeMy Profile

  12. Bryan says:

    This is truly an honor. Thank you so much for including Positive Writer.
    Bryan recently posted..How to Unlock Your Creativity and Stop Feeling Like A FailureMy Profile

  13. Amy Morgan says:

    Great list! Congrats to all – I follow Jeff Goins and The Creative Penn already, and will check out the others soon!

  14. Bryan says:

    To touch on what Carol said, we could guest blog with each other and I certainly want to interview members of this great group. Congrats everyone and I look forward to connecting with you.
    Bryan recently posted..How to Unlock Your Creativity and Stop Feeling Like A FailureMy Profile

  15. Thank you for including The Writer’s [Inner] Journey with these terrific writing blogs.
    Meredith – The Writer’s [Inner] Journey recently posted..stuck/unstuck: DANCING AT THE SHAME PROM contributors talk shame of self and writing: Victoria ZackheimMy Profile

  16. Congrats to all the writers on this list!

    I regularly follow Jeff Goins, Carol Tice and Linda Formichelli and they all have great blogs. I can’t wait to check out all the other writers on the list!
    Bamidele Onibalusi recently posted..Writing With NO Introduction – Easier, Faster, BetterMy Profile

    • Hey bro,

      I also nominated your blog to win this awesome contest but it seems you still need to work harder – I hope you are among the top 10 next year.

      Your blog is awesome and helpful for me in helping me shape my writing skills as well as Jeff Goin’s blog.

      Have a pleasant week

  17. Julia Rymut says:

    Congratulations Everyone.

    Every year I come to this list and see who is on it. Over the years, this list has introduced me to many writers that I now love to follow.

    Thank you for the list, for the great writing sites and for the inspiration.

    Julia Rymut recently posted..25 Blog Ideas to Blow Away Your ReadersMy Profile

  18. I love it that the blog I nominated (The Write Practice) is a winner! It’s not a big surprise though.

    I’ll be writing a short commentary on this list for Friday.
    Chihuahua Zero recently posted..Is YA Only a Sales Label?My Profile

  19. I am more than honored to be on this list with the top writing blogs! It was my goal when I began my blog last January to pour my heart and soul into helping teach writers the craft of writing as well as keep tabs on the changing publishing market in order to help and inspire writers in navigating their career. I am psyched to dive into 2013 with some great ideas and challenges and a new year-long course for writers: Shoot Your Novel.

    My dream was to make this top ten list, and it is a dream come true! Thank you all so much.

  20. Jim Bessey says:

    Thanks for this wonderful list, Mary!

    I will check into every one of these in the coming days. Each looks like it has unique merits, and all are appealing to me as a writer and as the host of a writing-oriented website.

    Looking forward to ten great guest posts!

    Jim Bessey recently posted..What lessons can we mere mortal writers learn from these 6 literary geniuses?My Profile

  21. I want to congratulate all those who won the competition this year!

    You are all well-deserving of this title.

    I won it two years ago and it changed my life. It’s the gift that keeps on giving–and once you’ve won it, it can never be taken away from you:

    You’ll always be a Top Ten Blogger for Writers. That’s the best part.

    I’m so happy to see the new faces! Now make us past Top Ten Blogger winners proud: now that you’re on this list, please treat all in the writing community with respect, nobility, and compassion–no matter their background.

    This is the responsibility that comes with this title, don’t take it lightly.

    Thank you Mary for hosting it again this year!

    Ollin Morales recently posted..How To WaitMy Profile

  22. Congratulations to the winners! There are a couple of sites here I haven’t heard of, so will be check those out.

    Now, my ambition is to get my site on this list for 2013 ;)

  23. Excellent list of writing blogs, many of which I already follow. Will try to check them all out. Congratulations to all the winners.
    Tammy Roberson recently posted..New Releases on My 2013 To-Read ListMy Profile

  24. Great list! I wasn’t familiar with all of these blogs, but I’m definitely going to add them to my RSS reader now.

    Congrats to all the winners :)
    Sarah Russell recently posted..15 Ways to Get Paid to WriteMy Profile

  25. Danyelle Franciosa says:

    Congratulations to the following winners. Above winners deserves the win and they are all worth it. I will check this blogs later on. Thanks!
    Danyelle Franciosa recently posted..Allkind Joinery Brisbane – Upholding a Proud TraditionMy Profile

  26. Dear Mary
    Congratulations to all these great bloggers, but the site missing from this list is yours. All of the sites are great and I try to read as many as I can, but it’s Write to Done I never miss.
    Thank you.

  27. Caitlin Muir says:

    These are great choices! There are a few names I didn’t recognize…adding those to my reader right now!

  28. Ruchira says:

    Congratulations everyone!

    I just across this site and would be following it to learn more.

    Cheers to a new year!
    Ruchira recently posted..Wordless WednesdayMy Profile

  29. Great to see so many of the people I consider top of their game here. I know how the likes of Carol, Linda, Joanna, Joe, Susanne and Jeff inspire, encourage and inform me and I’m glad they’re getting recognised for the great service they provide for new and existing writers across the board.
    Writing is a solitary path but these guys make you feel less alone in the room!
    I’ll be sure to check out the new leads here. Congratulations all!

    • C. S. Lakin says:

      Thanks so much! It is so great to have an online community or support all around the world. Writing used to be very lonely, back decades ago when I started, hiding in a corner and typing on a typewriter. But the world has opened up and we can find connection even if we are huddled in our little offices!

  30. mica says:

    Congratulations to everyone on the list.

    I had not heard of two of these blogs. I have just checked out ‘positive writer’, i’m going to spend some time on there this week.

    I think ‘The creative penn’ is a great blog with great interviews that are easy to access, listen to and download. I have found a wealth of information on there, thanks Joanna Penn.

    I prefer the blogs with podcasts and video interviews that i can listen to while i am doing my housework, especially since i sit on the computer most of the day doing my work.

  31. Irene O. says:

    Congratulations to all the winners. I have been following Jeff, Linda and The Creative Penn – found them creative and informative. I will add the others to my reading list.
    Irene O. recently posted..I’m Going All The WayMy Profile

  32. I’m so glad to see Carol Tice and Linda Formichelli on this list — I’ve been following them both for awhile, and they’ve helped me prepare to leave my job and go freelance full time with confidence. I look forward to checking out the other winners!
    Sarah Kolb-Williams recently posted..Coffee and Books: New Marketing Opportunities For Self-Published AuthorsMy Profile

  33. Thanks, everyone, for your congratulations! I’m so excited to be on the list of winners.
    Linda Formichelli recently posted..6 Key Questions to Ask During InterviewsMy Profile

  34. Connie Berry says:

    Congratulations to C. S. Lakin (Live, Write, Thrive)!
    Connie Berry recently posted..The Long, Steep Learning CurveMy Profile

  35. A big congrats to all the winners, and to WTD for putting this on! :) Way to go, guys!

    Angela Ackerman
    Angela Ackerman recently posted..Matthew Turner: Using A Short Story To Rock My NovelMy Profile

  36. What a terrific list! As a freelance writer for the past 20 years (and now primarily a book author) I find you can never learn too much about the business. It’s an ongoing process of making connections, honing and expanding our skills, sharing knowledge and mentoring those we can. Thanks for giving writers access to the resources they ned to succeed.
    Doreen Pendgracs recently posted..time to check in on the gratitude meterMy Profile

  37. Mike says:

    Great list and congrats all around to all the winners! This is an also an excellent introduction to some quality writers that I may not have discovered on my own.
    Mike recently posted..In The InterimMy Profile

  38. Kyon says:

    This is a great list, just found it today and went through all the blogs, all of them had a lot of good advice.

  39. Mirza says:

    It was a good contest. Found many new blogs to read! Hopefully next year a new one!
    Mirza recently posted..Hello world!My Profile

  40. wow very good post keep it up keep posting
    Tatoogirlspage recently posted..Full Tattoo GirlMy Profile

  41. Good website. Thanks for posting that. I’ll check to this site to find out more and recommend my people about your writing.

  42. johneden says:

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful one, and congrats to all the winner, self already follow some of the writers, looking to increase more……..

  43. kangbabas says:

    well, this is my first time to see the winner. congratulation, i think all the winner are the best.

  44. Diya says:

    I think is a wonderful blog and it should be on this list.

  45. sameer says:

    a href=””>property new launch

    sameer recently posted..UP @ Roberson Quay (District 09)My Profile

  46. Sy says:

    Please visit our Blogging website


  47. Alex Miller says:

    Dear users if you are facing any kind of Sign-in issue,password not working,account compromised or due to any other issue you are not able to work on your Facebook account so please feel free to call us on our Instant help number.+1-323-744-6446 ,we are available round the clock , as per EST Our Toll Free number-1-855-601-0203.

  48. map says:

    Its good information here…

  49. Josh Arvin says:

    This is a great list–all very worthy blogs, most of which I had never heard of before! As an aspiring freelance writer, this is very helpful!

  50. Steve says:

    Hi.. please check this page, and leave your valuable comments.

  51. When will you be having the awards for 2013? Would love to submit my blog – for writers trying to get their work published …

    Thanks for putting together this list! I love Moody Writing … a constant source of inspiration
    Outaprintwriter recently posted..Indie book a month – Fall on meMy Profile

  52. tangpavel says:

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful one, and congrats to all the winner, self already follow some of the writers, looking to increase more……..

  53. Roy says:

    Awesome, thanks.

  54. Miles Thomas says:

    This IS a great list! I’m brand new to blogging–tender and green–and have been just sort of fumbling my way around, trying to learn how to do it effectively. Been doing quite a bit of reading on the subject though (in addition to the bumbling). I can see why each of these blogs made top-ten. Fantastic stuff! I’ll be following some of them closely. Regards.

    Miles Thomas recently posted..Beauty in the Brief–on short fiction and attention spanMy Profile

  55. This is a nice job I love it

  56. Piece of writing writing is also a fun, if you know then you can write or else it is difficult to write.
    Uncle Milton Bug Jug recently posted..Uncle Milton Bug JugMy Profile

  57. Tobi Nifesi says:

    Congratulations Jeff, one of my favorite blogger…. a mentor too.

  58. Tobi Nifesi says:

    Congratulations Jeff, one of my favorite blogger…. a mentor too.
    Tobi Nifesi recently posted..Winter WoodsMy Profile

  59. Ashraf says:

    Nice Information ! may be very useful for me. Thank You boy.