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