10 Cool Blogs with Awesomesauce–Your Cheat Day is Ready (February 2016)
Your monthly cheat day is here. This is where you get to browse through ten of the sweetest, tastiest blogs posted in February. No work on your part. No clean up.
I never regurgitate my own posts on a cheat day. These are posts from other bloggers I have found to be covered in so much awesomesauce, I have to share them!
Welcome to my monthly cheat day–a time to indulge and enjoy some extra content, guilt free!
This Month’s Cheat Treat
The February cheat day bonus treat from Chef Dennis is a No Bake Blueberry Cream Pie! Looks sumptuous, don’t it?
If you want to kiss that starry sky filled purple haze of sugary delight, here’s the recipe.
Those of you who indulge every month know there’s not a lot of chatter on these posts, because we’re all too busy stuffing our faces. So let’s get right to the cool blogs, shall we?!
Cool Blogs (10!) from February 2016
10 Why I Stress WordPress
Sometimes getting your point across is more effective when somebody else does it.
Over on the Blogging Wizard, writer Kerilynn Engel makes a strong case using 3 simple reasons why you should consider only a WordPress self hosted blog.
Like I told someone over lunch last week…you could add a WordPress blog to your sitebuilder website, but you still don’t own the website, so you should start from scratch and get off on a strong foot. Because you’re going to want to upgrade that website eventually, and then you’ll have to move all your content and go through more hassle than if you would have started with WordPress to begin with.
9 Bending Trends to Make More Online Friends
If you’re blogging, you probably would like to somehow get more people visiting your site.
I’ve talked about newsjacking before, and that can work, but what about “trendjacking”.
News and trends are oftentimes one and the same. Together, they make up the hot topics currently getting the most online attention.
You may have noticed that every social media platform has a “trends” feature where you can see what topics are trending…what if you “hijacked” a trend to get more people to your blog? Can it work? How do you do this? Donna Merrill can you show 4 Ways to Spot Trends for Your Blog–and How to Use Them.
8 Why Cheat Days Are Not Every Day
These monthly posts are billed as “cheat days” when you get to take a day off and overindulge in caloric content.
But if we did this every day, we wouldn’t get anything done. A lot of mental weight would be gained, causing sluggishness and other problems.
Yes, you can consume too much content. In other words, you can overdo it and read too many other blogs when you should be “working out” on your own.
So where is the balance? How do you know if you are reading too much stuff from other bloggers? See if you are suffering from any of these 5 Signs You Need to Stop Consuming So Much Content.
7 Entrepreneurs Get 27 Hours a Day with These Tools
If you’re blogging for business, you know how precious time is and are figuring out the importance of being organized.
Chris Ronzio is an organization, efficiency and experience consultant for business owners and in this transparent post he shares What I spend on Being Efficient.
There are affordable tools out there you can start using today.
6 Full-Fledged Focus for Part Time Bloggers
Maybe you’re not a full-time blogging entrepreneur…What if you’re a part-time blogger who needs more time to focus on their blog because you have a job or whatever…
Meet Sherman Smith. He offers advise to folks working a job who want to get a successful blog running in their spare time.
Did somebody say time? This month he shared three elements a blogger needs to get focused and gain more time.
5 New Freelancers Making Money On Their Own Time
If you’re new to freelancing, the sudden increase in “free” time can be overwhelming. Or taken for granted.
Do you appreciate how much control over your time you now possess? How are you using this new-found time?
If you want to use it wisely (in a way that brings in a six figure income), Brent Jones can help. And he does with this post that includes a downloadable copy of his daily schedule so you can see what this looks like. Check out An Intense, Ready-Made Weekly Schedule for Freelancers.
4 One Click to Better Headlines
Still fits. The BYOB Ideas Generator can also help you come up with some headlines. Or you can test the other 21 tools listed.
3 What Problems Are You Passionate About Solving?
That’s one of the questions Don Purdum asks his readers in his intense blog post How to Discover Passion, Influence People and Increase Sales.
If you want your blog to grow, you gotta get passionate about it. Want to make money? Definitely need passion behind your blog. Even if you aren’t monetized, passion is critical to enlarging your audience. If you are unsure what your passion is, Don’s post can help.
2 The Queen of Blog Comments Decrees This
Here ye! Here ye! The queen of all things pertaining to online engagement, Her Royal Majesty Adrienne Smith, has declared that blog comments are to continue on indefinitely for the betterment of the internet kingdom! This declaration can be read now and forever in her recent edict 3 Reasons Blog Commenting is Still Important Today.
Seriously, Adrienne knows how to do blog commenting the right way. Want results when you leave comments on other blogs, instead of getting nothing in return? Pay attention to this monarch of blogging.
1 Ugly Websites
It’s one thing to get up out of bed, skip the shower, throw on some sweats and go to Wal-Mart. You don’t care what you look like in that context. People can stare, laugh and make a sour face for all you care. You’re not trying to impress anyone in that moment.
Sadly, some people treat their blogs the same way.
Why would you think it doesn’t matter if your blog is wearing sweats and has bed head? You think the message of your content is the only important piece to blog success?
Tell that to the dozens of folks who fled your site in less than 15 seconds.
We all know deep down that appearances do matter (to some degree.)
Apparently there’s a lot of interest in learning how to effectively design a blog, because this post received a better than average response from my Facebook followers when I shared it.
Does your blog look like a disaster? Find out by reading the 5 Disastrous Blog Design Mistakes–Fix These to Keep Your Readers.
Cool Blogs for Cool Dogs
Well dawgs, we’re licking the bowl now. Our cheat day has ended. The curation master has put the treats away for another month.
Which treat did you enjoy the most? Are there any of these you would like to talk about?
Tell us how much (or how little) you enjoyed this cheat day in the comments.