Ten Awesome Blogs with Awesomesauce–Your Cheat Day is Ready (October 2015)

November 11, 2015

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Howdy, and welcome to the monthly cheat day every blogger appreciates…time to indulge!

This month’s featured dessert from Chef Dennis is his Gluten Free Cocoa Brownies. They look soooo good! Definitely going to make these bad boys.

Alright, let’s dive in to these posts from October, 2015…you never know what’s going to end up in my monthly top ten. I like to include as many articles as I can that many of my readers haven’t seen yet. Sometimes, like in a few cases here, a post is really good and it has to be included, yet I know some of you have seen them, too. But great is great and I just list here what stood out to me while surfing the web during the previous month.

Okay. Ready. Set. Enjoy.

Here’s Some Awesome Blogs from October, 2015


10 Branding Goofs She Made On the Way to Solopreneur Badass

Andrea Belltrami is fast becoming one of the best sources for branding tips online. As a solopreneur with a blog, you need to know your stuff about branding, so you can stand out in the crowded niche you are (probably) blogging in. If you blog niche isn’t crowded, enjoy it while it lasts. One day when that changes, you don’t want to be wishing you had paid more attention to your branding. Start now by learning from Dre’s mistakes.


9 Best Mommy Blogger of All Time Says She’s Had Enough

You could be a single dude and still know who Heather Armstrong (a.k.a. Dooce) is, because she’s reached a HUGE audience over the years. Her funny tagline says, “I exploit my children for millions of dollars.” She apparently isn’t exaggerating about the income, although some things changed for her over time, which caused her blogging to really feel like child exploitation. This appears to be her primary reasoning for giving up her reign as Queen of Mommy Bloggers. She tells her compelling story from a conference stage: this video, published on the XOXO Festival YouTube Page, is a cautionary tale for bloggers of all types that should be shared. Just know up front that Heather likes to swear and some of her material is not “work appropriate.” Might not want to play this if your kids are around.


8 Buy a House, Quit Your Job, Succeed as a Freelancer–the Brent Jones Story

Intentionally burning his career bridges, he forced himself to go out and succeed. His dream (work for himself online, from home) matches many of you reading this now…Brent Jones shares his personal story for the first time. For the freelancer/solepreneur reader, this is one of the most inspiring stories you’ll read this year.


7 Author Says She Still Loves Writing One Year In

TK Lawyer is a published author who has spent the past 12 months blogging to promote her book.

This post is part self talk, part inspiration for other writers. After mentioning all the various things she’s been doing, TK can look back and see that she’s getting results! At one point, she writes, “Whatever you do, don’t stop! If writing is your dream, keep doing it. Live your dream. Do what makes you happy and have faith in yourself that you can achieve all you want to be. In fact, take a break right now, sit down in your comfortable recliner and relax and visualize the amazing success you want with your books. This is good advice for me too for life gets crazy and complicated and we forget to take care of ourselves but do it because you are worth it.”


6 Cold Autumn Rain Got Ya Down?

As the trees get naked and the temperatures plummet, our spirits can stay warm and cozy if we find things to do. Those who don’t have a lot to do easily fall into boredom and depression…folks like retirees. Those who spend more time at home and are not in as much contact with others.

Retirement blogger Dr. Rin Porter recommends ten things that soothe and  encourage practically anyone needing some help with this year’s transition to winter. Reading the first idea, I immediately felt more relaxed. She writes, “Give yourself some aromatherapy. Pleasant scents lead to relaxation and feelings of well-being. Light a scented candle and sit in a chair close to it. Relax and close your eyes for 5 minutes. Breathe deeply. Think about a time that the scent reminds you of. If it’s a flower scent, you can think of bright summer days or events that feature flowers. If it’s a scent like pine or cinnamon/spice, think about holidays spent with friends and loved ones.

Feel better? I hope so.”  Ah, aromatherapy could be a new part of my routine this winter. If scented candles don’t perk you up, maybe one of these other 9 suggestions will?


5 Your Business Video is Not “Reality” Television

If you’re jumping into video for your online business, don’t forget the script.

Susan St. Mauer is noticing a disturbing trend out there–businesses get excited about their new video venture and get so caught up in the various elements involved to put it together, they are skipping or scrimping on the foundation of the video–the script.

The script is “the  blueprint for the whole damned thing.” Here’s why you don’t want to blow off the initial script writing your video needs to get it done right.


4 This

Love this description of the internet from the keyboard of Dave Pell.


3 Here’s a Handy Guide to Social Media Images

Dustin Stout knows what web design is all about. He’s got the clout without a doubt. That’s why I must give him a shout out on this stout post from October. Yes, its current, so no need to pout.


2 Take This Quiz to See Which of the Three Stooges You Are

I used to do some of these frivolous quizzes back when we were all using Myspace. They were amusing time wasters and still are. Have you noticed they’re on Facebook now? In the past few years, silly quizzes like “What Star Wars Character Are You?” or “Which Occupation Suits You the Best?” Seems harmless, right? Well, turns out these quizzes can provide hackers tons of information that can help them hack your account, and more…Glad I have never gone back to these quizzes since joining Facebook 7 years ago.


1 How to Sell More Bananas

People in sales who work offline, like in car lots or retail stores,  think about their environment and how it affects sales results…so why do some online businesses put such little effort in website design? Most likely it’s simple ignorance. If you haven’t focused much on your website and how the look and feel affects your potential customers, here are four design elements that affect blog visitors dramatically–either good or bad.

Have another brownie on me.



Author Bio:

Matthew Kaboomis Loomis is the owner of Build Your Own Blog. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter


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  1. Brent Jones says:    •   4 years

    “…this is one of the most inspiring stories you’ll read this year.”

    ^ Wow, Matt!

    That’s quite the compliment!

    Really glad you enjoyed reading my story on Carol’s blog — and I hope your readers find value in it, too.

    I appreciate you including me in another monthly roundup post. Thank you!

    I’ve checked out about half of the content you have listed here — now you’ve given me some reading to do!

    Hope you’re well,


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hey Brent,

      “I hope your readers find value in it, too”…..dude, many who follow BYOB want to do exactly what you did! They want to work for themselves, be their own boss, work from home…your story is a natural fit here.
      Thanks for sharing it. Enjoy your reading. 🙂

      I’m doing well, thanks for asking.


  2. Dr. Rin Porter says:    •   4 years

    Whoa Matt!
    I am so pleased to be included in your Top 10 list for October! Thank you! Being in the company of the other 9 bloggers you chose makes me feel really good. I am glad you liked the Rainy Day post and found a suggestion that worked for you.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      You’re welcome, Dr. Rin!

      There’s a significant portion of readers here at BYOB who fall in your target audience, so this needed to be sent.
      Heck, I benefited from your post. As a dude, I haven’t really gotten into aromatherapy, but there was something about your description of it that made it seem really appealing. 🙂


  3. Andrea Beltrami says:    •   4 years

    Wooohoooo, I made your October list. Please wait while I get my happy dance on!

    Ok. I’m back.

    Thanks a ton for including my confessional in this epic round up, brotha man! Someone’s reading list just got bigger. 😛

    You ROCK, Matthew…

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Yo, you sho did make it, Dre! Yes, I said “sho”…I freestyle rap in my spare time.

      Fabulous post. Transparent posts about what we learned from our mistakes make some of the best content…I’m due for one myself.

      Rock on, sista!

  4. Adrienne says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matthew,

    What another great roundup post you’ve got for us and I do agree with you about Brent’s post over on Carol’s blog. I mean talk about inspirational and he really did help other understand that they too can do this online thing ya know.

    I’m going to be sure to check out Heather’s video, you’ve got me curious about that one.

    As you know I shared Dre’s post too because I really appreciated what she shared in that one. I haven’t read the rest of them but will be sure to check them out. Thanks for this great list and no gluten free brownies for me my friend. It’s all the way or nothing at all. ;-


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Adrienne,

      You will find Heather’s talk to be very interesting…I’m a little skeptical that she is going to just fall off the internet, but we shall see.
      Yes, that post from Brent was awesome…he’s made my cheat day four straight months…I wonder what he’s got coming this month? 🙂
      Dre’s post was a good one for folks like us and the people we serve. She’s a lot of fun to read.

      Adrienne, you gotta have a little indulgence once a month or so. 🙂 You should make the brownies for Thanksgiving. Just an idea….

      Let me know what you think about Heather’s talk….there’s some lessons in there.


      1. Adrienne says:    •   4 years

        Hey Matthew,

        I really enjoyed Heather’s talk and I get where she’s coming from actually. Not that I’ve dealt with what she has but she just seems really put out now by all the crap that has come her way so maybe she just needs a break to find where she belongs next. I admire her though for what she’s accomplished.

        Actually, I just got home Sunday night from an out of town trip and Mom had brownies waiting for me. My next thing is I’m making them for Thanksgiving but I’m going to add a coconut topping on them. Those two combined should be sinful but I’m ready to dive into those babies for sure.


        1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

          Yes, Dooce has accomplished a lot. Her story is amazing. It will be interesting to see what she does next. She’s still posting pics of her kids on Instagram, I just saw that yesterday.

          Wow, I love coconut! I’ll bet that will be amazing on a brownie! I can help you dive in to those babies anytime! 🙂

          Might be worth a bus ticket to Texas. 🙂


  5. TK Lawyer says:    •   4 years

    Wow, Matt. I am really honored to be included in your top 10 blog posts for October 2015. Thank you.
    I try to include something inspirational each month, whether it be advice for writers or just general life advice and I’m glad to be noticed among so many wonderful bloggers out there. So, thanks!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      You’re a good example for many readers here, TK. Looking forward to hearing more about your success down the road.
      Keep us posted.


  6. Ashley Faulkes says:    •   4 years

    Thanks for sharing Matthew, there were certainly some great posts in there from the likes of Brent and Dre (that I know of) :>
    Hope things are going well in the LI group, I never get much time to get in there these days!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      My pleasure, Ashley. That’s a helpful post you created.

      The LinkedIn group needs more conversation going on. People seem hesitant to initiate conversations. Every time I do, I get valuable, interesting feedback from my peers. Some folks just want to self promote and run. The group is quite a resource for folks if they will only tap into it. 🙂

      Hope to see you around more often, Ashley. Cheers

  7. Sherman Smith says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matthew,

    Thanks for sharing this list. Ive read Andrea’s and Brent’s posts but the rest have yet to be explored. Ive seen a few othets that caught my intereat and I’ll make a note to check them out this weekend.

    Have a good one Matthew!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Sherman,

      Good to hear you like this. 🙂 I enjoy putting these together. My goal is to not have ten articles everyone has seen, so thanks for the feedback, this seems to be working.
      Definitely fun to do. If anything really stands out to you this weekend as you read, let me know your thoughts.

      Talk again soon, Sherman!

  8. Odiah says:    •   4 years

    Cool. I knew TK Lawyer was going to be on this list. I’ve almost been glued to the blog. I have to check out the others.
    This is awesome, Matthew.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Odiah,

      Happy to hear how much you’re enjoying this month’s list. 🙂

      TK is definitely a writer to keep our eyes on. She is going places.

      I do this every month, so stick around, another cheat day will be here before you know it.


  9. Christopher says:    •   4 years

    Love reading through your monthly list. I always discover something new.

    Thank you, Matthew.


  10. Porscha. Lewis says:    •   4 years

    My blog is for the Sexy at heart. And I hope to make it on your list one day soon…

    Thank you

  11. Suzan St Maur says:    •   4 years

    Hi and thanks so much for including me in your October selection – only just discovered this now! Glad you found the article useful … Suze

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Suze,

      I meant to give you a heads up…Glad you found it! Enjoyed the article and I’m sure others are too.