Many professional writers, editors, and teachers rely on blogs to engage in online conversations about the nature of the writing process, from discovering fresh ideas to carefully editing a completed article or essay. Here you'll find links to some of the more popular and useful blogs for writers, editors, and teachers of writing.
1. Language Log
This engaging language site hosted by linguists Mark Liberman and Geoffrey K. Pullum (authors of Far from the Madding Gerund and Other Dispatches from Language Log) is now in its ninth year.
The editors and guest writers at the Macmillan Dictionary Blog "explore a wide range of topics related to English as it is used around the world, and hope to be of interest and relevance to the international community of English speakers."
Veteran copy editor John McIntyre (former head of the copy desk at The Baltimore Sun) is an exceptionally smart, entertaining, and open-minded stickler for correct usage.
For the past 16 years, freelance lexicographer Michael Quinion (author of Why is Q Always Followed by U? Word-Perfect Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Language) has kept track of new words, topical words, and weird words (that is, "words that refer to obscure or outlandish subjects, are in themselves rare, or which look odd").
Dr. Nancy Soonpaa (professor of law at Texas Tech), Dr. Sue Liemer (assistant professor of law at Southern Illinois University), and Dr. Mark E. Wojcik (professor of law at John Marshall Law School) maintain this blog for their colleagues in the legal profession--but you don't have to be a lawyer to benefit from their sound advice on writing.
This monthly bulletin has been hosted by the The Wall Street Journal since 1987. Learn to recognize (and avoid) overworked expressions before they become full-fledged journalistic clichés.