Gini Dietrich

#FollowFriday: For Bloggers, By Bloggers

By: Gini Dietrich | February 25, 2011 | 

Well, this isn’t a #FollowFriday for a particular person; rather a site that is written for bloggers by bloggers.

The brain child of Danny Brown and contributed to by Joey Strawn, Frank Dicksinson, Aaron Lee, and Judy Dunn, For Bloggers, By Bloggers is chock full of tips for everyone interested in blogging to the most sophisticated blogger.

Broken into eight different areas – design, tips, topics, social bookmarking, social networking, theme review, videos, and WordPress – you can get information on just about everything you need. I say just about everything because I’d love to see a robust section on organic search, but that’s because it’s something I need to do more efficiently, not because I think it’s a gaping hole. Come on, guys! Don’t you know this is all about me?!

One thing I love that they’ve recently added is weekly topic ideas for free. In some places, you’d have to pay for those ideas, but For Bloggers, By Bloggers gives them to you with a smile and a “have at it” attitude.

Want to start a blog?

Don’t know what to write about or how often you should write?

Don’t like to write, but really would like to better understand vlogging?

Keep hearing about using social bookmarks, but have no idea what they are or how to use them?

Already have a blog, but don’t get any comments on it?

Reached exhaustion and need a pep talk?

Get my drift? It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or if you have a blog with a robust community. This #FollowFriday is for you. Because, well, it’s written by people who do this every day and are able to share their lessons, mistakes, and successes.

Check out Danny, Joey, Frank, Aaron, and Judy…and their site that is maintained with you in mind.

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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75 responses to “#FollowFriday: For Bloggers, By Bloggers”

  1. I think For Bloggers, By Bloggers may have been one of the first 5 blogs I discovered in the infancy of my adventure, and I’m happy to say that their (Danny, Joey, Judy & Aaron) advice has played an influential role in the development of Life as an Experiment in both content and design. On their own merits, I know all these folks are deserving of this prestigious honor (Gini’s #FF) but as a collective, they are absolutely a gem for all budding writers and bloggers.

    Happy Friday my dearest Aunt Gini. Hope you make it hope in time for today’s Oprah. I heard it’s going to be a very unique & riveting show today. She’s going to talk about a book, share a deeply emotional story, and then give away somthing to the audience for free. I can’t wait.

    All the best – JB

  2. DannyBrown says:

    Well snap my toy head on and call me Buzz Lightyear – thanks a TON for the kind write up, miss, really appreciate it and glad you’ve been enjoying it. I’m really happy with the team over there and I think the great thing about the topics they write is that they’re not always ones you’d expect to find on a resource site, Which is nice. 🙂

    Cheers again, and I’ll see what I can do about your organic search needs. 😉

  3. DannyBrown says:

    @JamesDBurrell2 Hey there Jamey,

    Been a blast getting to know you over there sir, and so glad to hear that we’ve been able to help you as well, since that’s all we can ask for at the end of the day. 🙂

    Cheers, and have a great weekend!

  4. wagnerwrites says:

    Hadn’t heard about this – thanks for pointing it out.

  5. joey_strawn says:

    @dannybrown @JamesDBurrell2 Ditto to what Danny said. James, you rock!

  6. joey_strawn says:

    Well holy canoles! Thanks Gini for the very kind words. It makes me smiale whenever I show up somewhere on your radar and this definitely was a good end to a kind of crappy week. Thanks for the support and can’t wait to make a trip up to Chicago so you can show me around. : )

  7. DannyBrown says:

    @joey_strawn Just don’t ask her to guide you via Skype, Joey… 😉

  8. faybiz says:

    great like those guys don’t have big enough egos…

  9. mattmaldre says:

    ha! that’s a funny comic. Actually, my usual goal for a blog is to develop a tribe. Whether it’s big or small, it’s ok. As long as there is a tribe of engaged participants. (per Seth Godin’s book “Tribes”)

  10. DannyBrown says:

    @faybiz Always room for bigger heads. 😉

  11. DannyBrown says:

    @mattmaldre Great goals, Matt – I think most bloggers would cite that as their aim. Sure, monetization, speaking gigs, client work and more are also goals. But you won’t get any of these if you don’t have folks sharing your stuff to start with. So a great tribe/community is key.

  12. JudyDunn says:


    Love your drawing. : )

    Thanks for spreading the word about For Bloggers, By Bloggers.It’s a huge honor to be contributing to FBBB. What I really sense with this site is that we are here to help people. And Danny so models this all the time, that how could we not?

    Have enjoyed getting to know you a little better on Twitter!

  13. JudyDunn says:

    @faybiz Wow. I think that’s the first time anyone told me I have a big ego. I guess there’s always a first time. : )

  14. faybiz says:

    @JudyDunn I’m messing with danny and joey… what you all are doing couldn’t be further from ego driven

  15. joey_strawn says:

    @faybiz My ego is just on the brink of too big. There’s always room for a boost. : )

  16. DannyBrown says:

    @JudyDunn I think it was Gini’s dog that drew it…

  17. JudyDunn says:

    @faybiz Therein lies the problem. A writer who lives on sarcasm and self-deprecating wit but can’t recognize it in a blog comment. : )

  18. Griddy says:

    Well I for one – couldn’t agree more with you on this choice of #FF Gini :). I’m an avid reader of For Bloggers, By Bloggers and I think the contributors just rock!

    There’s always some highly entertaining and helpful blog posts on there – but then again – with writers like Joey, Judy, Aaron, Frank and Danny – I’d expect nothing less!

    And Kudos on the little image my dear Aunt ;).


  19. Brankica says:

    I ran into that blog once, loved an article and put it in one of my round ups. I forgot to bookmark it and had the luck of Ingrid Griddy recommending it to me. So I came back and never left. Lol.

    It is probably one of my favorite blogs at the moment. But it is so easy to find great blogs with Ingrid on your team.

    Great recommendation Gini and assuming some of the comments here are accurate, I must say your dog draws great 🙂 Wish my puppy could do that!

  20. DannyBrown says:

    @Brankica Gini’s dog is awesome. Maybe he should teahc Gini how to use Skype… 😉

    Thanks for the praise, Brankica, and really glad you’re part of the community over there! 🙂

  21. DannyBrown says:

    @Griddy The check is in the mail, miss. 😉

  22. Griddy says:

    @dannybrown Ummm…do yo mind sending it via FedEX please – the weekend is already here LOL ;)!

  23. TheFriendlyBlogger says:

    @Griddy @dannybrown Western Union is much faster!!! Press for speed Ingrid!! 🙂

  24. Griddy says:

    @TheFriendlyBlogger @dannybrown I was gonna’ suggest WU but the charges to Beirut are enough to make him gasp. I was feeling kind -but now – come to think of it – FedEX international charges are just as much fun lol ;).

  25. HowieSPM says:

    @Griddy @TheFriendlyBlogger @dannybrown Ingrid is this where you get all your inspiration when you blog about bloggers who blog about blogging?

  26. HowieSPM says:

    Is there going to be a section about non-bloggers by non-bloggers?

  27. DannyBrown says:

    @HowieSPM I think that’s the Huffington Post? 😉

  28. Griddy says:

    @HowieSPM @TheFriendlyBlogger @dannybrown You got me Howie – I usually go to For Bloggers, By Bloggers or to Gini’s and Danny’s site and copy exactly what they wrote and just change the author’s name hahaha – You see – no need for inspiration – it’s a simple matter of plagiarism and copy/pasting skills 😉

  29. Griddy says:

    @dannybrown @HowieSPM Muwahahahaaa (use joker/scary like tone when saying this out loud please lol)

  30. ginidietrich says:

    If I’d known writing this would have brought out all the crazies (except @JudyDunn ), I would have chosen a different #FF!

  31. ginidietrich says:

    @HowieSPM Who would we get to write that?!

  32. ginidietrich says:

    @Brankica I guess Griddy hasn’t taught you, yet, that @dannybrown lies?

  33. ginidietrich says:

    @Griddy LOL!!

  34. ginidietrich says:

    @dannybrown @JudyDunn Jack Bauer IS quite talented!

  35. ginidietrich says:

    @dannybrown @mattmaldre So, wait. You don’t think becoming famous is a goal?

  36. ginidietrich says:

    @faybiz No shit. I should have really thought this through better this morning.

  37. ginidietrich says:

    @dannybrown I think doing a Skype call while dragging my suitcase up 66 stairs to the office, with a purse on my shoulder and a latte in my other hand is pretty darn good! I mean, I AM coming to visit you, after all.

  38. ginidietrich says:

    @joey_strawn Holy canoles?! LOL!! But…what is a smiale?

  39. ginidietrich says:

    @wagnerwrites You’re very welcome! Minus the crazy authors who have commented here today, you’ll get some great actionable tips from the blog.

  40. ginidietrich says:

    @dannybrown Well, at least you read the blog post.

  41. ginidietrich says:

    @JamesDBurrell2 You must have Spidey sense to know what Oprah is going to discuss today! WOW!

  42. Griddy says:

    @ginidietrich @JudyDunn Oh thank goodness, for a moment there I thought you were referring to me as well Muahahahah 😉

  43. Griddy says:

    @ginidietrich @HowieSPM Aren’t you supposed to be on a plane to Siberia?

  44. joey_strawn says:

    @ginidietrich It’s the way someone spells “smile” when they’re typing too fast. : )

  45. JudyDunn says:

    I am totally offended that I don’t get to be part of the ‘crazies.’ Don’t you remember the old Apple ads? (“Here’s to the ‘crazies’ “) : )

  46. Griddy says:

    @ginidietrich @Brankica @dannybrown Wait…who’s Danny Brown again? (I’m stealing Howie’s little trick thing here – I told you – PLIAGARISM all the way! lol)

  47. Thanks Gini. I went to visit For B by B and I was shocked.
    For one he gives away FREE blog topics, I mean that is just plain cruel when you know some people out there are trying to put food on the table by selling them. I believe the going rate is 20c per topic.
    Second, there I dont see a weekly Post listing all the posts people wrote with the blog topics that could have been sold.
    You are right Gini, I went there, found terrific value for free. It is crazy. 😉

  48. @joey_strawn @dannybrown The pleasure is all mine gentlemen. Love how your energy and love for what you does shines through in your writing. It’s fun to take part in your conversations, and it gives an aspiring blogger confidence that taking a serious topic and sprinkling it with sarcasm and wit is not only entertaining but a successful way to connect with people.

    @ginidietrich I don’t need a mask Gini. No spidey sense, just a plain clothes guy that brings swagger, charm and when the situation calls for it, the latest run down on Oprah or The Bachelor… Google is a man’s best friend — apologies to my pups for that one.


  49. ginidietrich says:

    @JudyDunn LOL! Alright. Fine. You’re crazy, too.

  50. ginidietrich says:

    @Griddy Uh…you are an original crazy!

  51. ginidietrich says:

    @johnfalchetto LOL!! Crazy, huh?! FREE!

  52. ginidietrich says:

    @Griddy I don’t go to Siberia until tonight.

  53. @ginidietrich @Griddy I prefer the term coocoo, but mostly because I just watched a Coco Puffs commercial. I need to get out of this place before I forever become sucked into all of these conversations…

  54. joey_strawn says:

    @ginidietrich [Clears throat] [Clears throat again]

  55. joey_strawn says:

    @JamesDBurrell2 @dannybrown @ginidietrich : )

  56. ginidietrich says:

    @joey_strawn Oh Joey. YOU are definitely crazy!

  57. ginidietrich says:

    @JamesDBurrell2 Great. Now that’s stuck in my head.

  58. ginidietrich says:

    @joey_strawn Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

  59. joey_strawn says:

    @ginidietrich Whew. I was starting to get nervous.

  60. HowieSPM says:

    @ginidietrich @Griddy did you see Ingrid’s announcement on her blog about her launching project Jack Bauer next week! I so suspected cut and paste but wasn’t quite sure because she claimed she is already at version 3.0

  61. Brankica says:

    @Griddy @ginidietrich @DannyBrown Not sure if we are talking about the same Danny. The one I am referring to never lies 😛

    By the way, what are the chances of borrowing your dog, Gini, to teach mine only to use Skype and not type all over my posts (yes, she actually does that, so typos are never mine).

  62. Brankica says:

    @ginidietrich @Griddy No way 🙂

  63. @ginidietrich I may be coocoo for coco puffs, but I can’t get enough of them there Frosted Flakes, They’re Great… Tony the Tiger was a marketing genuis.

  64. AskAaronLee says:

    Woot! thanks for sharing FBBB Gini!! So happy to be part of it and be part of an awesome team! Will we see you there anytime soon? *winks*

  65. DannyBrown says:

    @johnfalchetto I hear it’s run by a Scotsman, which make the free thing even more confusing. They’re tighter than the Irish! 😉

  66. DannyBrown says:

    @Brankica @Griddy @ginidietrich I have my moments. Usually when complimenting Gini… 😉

  67. FrankDickinson says:

    yowsa – I’m the “sin” ner of the group (2nd paragraph, first sentence :)~

    FBBB is a cool place – thanks for featuring us Gini!!

  68. ginidietrich says:

    @FrankDickinson LMAO!! I’m totally keeping the spelling of your name that way. HAHAHAHA!!

  69. ginidietrich says:

    I love that there are nearly 70 comments on this…and it’s all of the BBFB team.

  70. DannyBrown says:

    @ginidietrich Pish posh.

  71. FrankDickinson says:

    @ginidietrich LOL – I thought you’d enjoy that!

  72. ginidietrich says:

    @DannyBrown Ah dang! I didn’t get a “pish posh” out of you last weekend! Dammit.

  73. ginidietrich says:

    @FrankDickinson It’s kind of fun to say out loud – Dick Sin Son.

  74. ginidietrich says:

    @AskAaronLee Uh…there is no room for the masterful Gini Dietrich at FBBB!

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