10 Terrific Creative Writing Blogs

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If you know Copyblogger, you know that we believe in writers.

Which is why we always look forward to the results from the “Ten Best Blogs for Writers” each year — a contest currently being produced by the blog Write to Done.

If you want to become a better writer yourself, it’s smart to study writers with strong voices, to learn about the craft of writing, and to spend time with others who share your obsession.

You can do all of that and more by checking out this year’s winners.

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5 Lessons You Can Learn from a Breathtaking Customer Service Fail

FAILOh Paul Christoforo, what would we have done last week without you?

Twas the week between Christmas and New Year’s. There wasn’t much to read, not much going on other than the whole annoying “real life” thing.

Just when we were nearly reduced to checking out our weird cousin Lenny’s 120-part Facebook timeline of meringue sculpture, we were blessed with a stunning social media fail.

An irresistible account of arrogance, cluelessness, and incompetence described in a post on Penny Arcade — appropriately titled Just Wow.

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The Best of Copyblogger 2011

image of 2011We’re big on tradition here at Copyblogger. And I’m not just talking about that crazy Puerto Rican eggnog. (Who knew you could get that much rum into a seemingly innocent dairy-based beverage?)

Every year right before Christmas, we let you know that we’re taking the rest of the year off. And every year, we slip in a “Best of Copyblogger” post right before New Year’s, just in case you missed something juicy over the past 12 months.

Man, are we sneaky.

So here are the best Copyblogger articles from 2011, based on your enthusiasm and my own bias for content that’s going to get you what you want in 2012.

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5 Marketing Lessons You Can Learn from a Weird “Real World” Business

image of west highland terrierOne of the most useful skills in business is to be able to look at what someone else is doing in an unrelated topic, and bring it to your own online marketing.

You’ll find fresh angles, new approaches, and compelling ways to deliver your message.

If you run a yoga studio, you can often learn more from an auto body shop or a roofing company than from your fellow yogis.

If you’re in technology, take a look at what artists are doing. If you’re a musician, borrow from accountants.

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Are Internet Idiots Annihilating Your Productivity?

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It’s one of the hazards of spending social time online.

Every day, everywhere you look, you’re going to find someone who’s doing it wrong.

They use the term “rock star.” Or “ninja.” (You hate those hypey cliches!)

They have a pop-up on their blog. (Don’t they know pop-ups are the work of Satan?!)

They had a launch last week and emailed you three whole times. (Don’t these people realize how full your email box is?)

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The 2011 Copyblogger Gratitude List

image of pumpkin pieTomorrow is Thanksgiving in the States … a day devoted to family, football, and eating our own weight in pie.

And, of course, gratitude.

I probably don’t take as much time as I should to sit down and think about everything I’m grateful for. The list is embarrassingly long, and it starts with the readers of this blog.

If I tried to list every single thing I’m grateful for, we’d both be here until after Groundhog Day. But I’d like to hit a few highlights — and to find out what’s on your gratitude list this year.

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