(David Letterman may be retired, but the Top 10 List lives on…this time in the form of a monthly list of my favorite blog posts.)
Sometimes, when an idea hits you, it is best to run with it.
Marinating on an idea too long gradually destroys it, like what happens to a burger sitting under a heat lamp for hours.
You want to eat your ideas when they are hot and fresh.
So this morning as I was thinking about content, a monthly “top ten blogs” idea showed up in my thoughts.
Once I started grilling this, the whole order came together.
I’m now serving a quick, sloppy good order of blog posts at the end of each month.
I know you don’t have time to consume as many good blog posts as you’d like. And sometimes you get so busy you miss some really delicious blog posts from other bloggers.
That’s why from now on I’m going to offer juicy burger blog posts with salty fries for anyone feeling a need to indulge.
Whenever you feel a craving coming on, you can check out this monthly cheat day of top ten blogs. You can scan the list and pick what you want. Have it your way.
These top ten blogs lists will come out the final day of the month. Since I’m writing this on July 31, we better get cooking…
Everyone Should Enjoy a Cheat Day Once a Month
Is this for here or to go?
Just kidding. Here is your order. Enjoy!
Top Ten Blogs for Hungry Bloggers – July 2015
#10 Almost Paradise
Ryan Biddulph is that guy many bloggers want to be…living as a digital nomad, moving from paradise to paradise. Running an online business while sitting on the beach, sharing his latest adventures. Look! There’s Ryan and his wife feeding monkeys on top of a mountain as the sun sets!
Meanwhile, you’re stuck in traffic…
So when he shared how hectic his life has been lately, I paused… Ryan has bad days? Yes, he’s human after all. And his willingness to share some of the crappy things he’s experienced lately and how he keeps blogging when life sucks turned out to be quite an inspiring read.
#9 The Dynamic Duo of Freelancers
I’ve known Brent Jones for over a year (digitally. Not in person.) He’s one of the hardest working internet marketers you’ll ever meet. Dude is living the “blog from home” dream. Well, it turns out Brent’s wife is also freelancing from home. Together, they are the Dynamic Duo of Freelancers (@Copyrights are mine) and I want to be their manager.
Seriously, check out what a great team they make in this informative (and adorable) video where they talk to each other from separate rooms in their house on how they go about finding clients as freelancers–dynamic duo freelancers.
#8 Latest Google Plus Change Makes Hitler Angry
Some people are just gifted in social media. They should thank Mark Zuckerberg for changing their life.
Eli Fennel is one of the gifted ones. Doesn’t matter what platform you follow him on, he knows how to deliver compelling posts. You never know what you’re going to get…on G+ he’s having a serious conversation about Bill Cosby, while on YouTube, he’s sharing some brilliant satire he created, like this video meme “Hitler Finds Out Google+ is Now a Standalone Google Product.”
#7 These Social Media Rules Were NOT Meant to Be Broken
Different cultures have different customs. Burping is offensive in America, but serves as a compliment in Japan (so I’ve read.)
A few years ago, I would travel from social media platform to platform and act the same way on all of them. Oblivious to the fact I was upsetting and ticking off many folks around me–like a Floridian vacationing in Montreal.
When visiting the six continents of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram) it is helpful to know the 17 proper etiquettes that should never be broken on social media.
#6 Gourmet Productivity Hacks
The first time I met Tor Refsland, he wasn’t wearing any clothes.
(My office gets chilly, so I won’t try that until I get a new space heater.)
Since the memorable encounter, Tor is my go-to guy when it comes to “productivity hacks.” (He is called the Time Management Chef for a reason.)
His writing style is fun to read. I enjoy Tor’s time management tips in between Facebook updates.
Uh oh… I’m guilty of doing stupid activity #5.
Focus, Matthew. Focus.
#5 Bullets Dominate the News
From Chattanooga to Iraq, the news is filled with stories involving bullets.
Almost makes you want to wear a bulletproof vest out in public.
Our social media strategy (or lack of one) can inadvertently leave our blog vulnerable. Protect your digital promotions by bulletproofing your social media strategy.
#4 Dude, Time to Give Your LinkedIn Profile a Makeover
Many people still haven’t figured out LinkedIn.
It’s social, but it’s business. (Okay.)
Don’t post political memes on there. (Got it.)
My profile pic should be professional, but not too bland or corporate? (How do you determine that?)
Why does any of this matter? Because LinkedIn remains relevant, even as resumes become irrelevant.
Like any networking event, your career depends on first impressions. (I already got that.)
That’s why it might be time to boost your LinkedIn profile in 3 easy steps since we cannot yet give out virtually firm handshakes. Yet.
#3 Blogging in a Van Down By the River
If I had a van like this one, I would run Build Your Own Blog by a beautiful stream. Or next to the ocean. Definitely up in the mountains.
Thing is, if I did have a van like David McKinney does (I don’t), I still live in the Midwest. It might take me hours to find a scenic spot to set up shop that’s quiet yet safe. Gorgeous yet has good wifi.
Anyway, this blog post showing off McKinney’s “redefined office” is one of the coolest things I came across this month. Solopreneurs, freelancers, and bloggers should all see his mobile workstation because your mind will be blown.
#2 The Most Famous Novelist Alive Writes for One Woman
“Do you think Stephen King focuses on millions of readers when writing his bestsellers?
In his book On Writing, King tells us he writes for one reader only — his wife. When he writes, he doesn’t wonder whether his millions of fans will enjoy his new book. He wonders, “What will Tabitha think about this section?”
Every writer must know who they’re audience is and then write to please them. Yet many new bloggers try to write for everyone, which leads to failure.
If your wife can’t read, don’t worry…the one person you write for can be anyone.
And the number 1 blog post for July 2015 is…
#1 Today’s “Link Up” Culture
Bloggers want links. But many quit in frustration after getting too many rejections.
They want to link up NOW and expect everyone they approach to feel the same way. So they go out and make many mistakes, which is not the problem. The problem is they don’t step back and look at how they’re pursing links and learn from it so they can go forward and get better results. These six common reasons people say no to link builders could be an eye opener.
Need a Napkin?
Mmm, that was good.
Are you full? You can go ahead and burp. I’ll take it as a compliment.
Photo: Cheeseburger and Fries by Jeffreyw Attribution 2.0 Generic