10 Cool Blogs with Awesomesauce–Your Cheat Day is Ready (February 2016)

February 29, 2016
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Yum!

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?

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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.

 

 One Click to Better Headlines

My Blog Post Ideas Generator made the list of the 22 Best Blog Title Generators on the Internet even though it’s technically not called a “headline generator.”

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

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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.

 

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

    Woohoo! So great to make this list again along with a number of my friends!

    Thanks, Matt!

    Brent

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Brent,

      I’m impressed with your backlinks detection super powers! 😉
      This puppy just rolled off the press about an hour ago, yet, here you are. 🙂
      No wonder you’re killing it in the freelance world.

      Lots of friends this month. This will be fun. 🙂

      Cheers,

      Matt

      1. Brent Jones says:    •   4 years

        Oh, don’t be too impressed… I simply got a pingback notification. 😉

  2. Ryan Biddulph says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matt,

    Super list of resources! Adrienne makes a fabulous point.

    I took my foot off the commenting pedal for months. First I was busy writing eBooks. Then I was stowed away – or chose to go there 😉 – deep in the Costa Rican jungles, without electricity or internet or….gulp…..plumbing. Not that the third factor prevented my commenting.

    Back commenting and making buddies full bore now.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Ryan

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hey Ryan,

      Good to see you. Glad you’re back to commenting. 🙂

      Adrienne’s post was poignant. Isn’t it great to see blog commenting receive a vindication of sorts? Blogging and commenting are intertwined. Viva la comments!

      Would love to visit Costa Rica one day. With plumbing, btw. 😉

      Glad you enjoyed this list!

      Matt

  3. Don Purdum says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matthew!

    WOWZA! Thanks so much for including my article and for the amazing introduction to it. I am honored and blessed. Thanks you so much!

    It is truly my own passion to help people discover the problems they are passionate about solving. It’s what makes our businesses unique and relevant.

    I’m looking forward to looking into the other posts you’ve included as well. The only one I recognize is Adrienne’s and so it’s great to connect with other amazing bloggers.

    Thanks so much again Matthew.

    Have an awesome week!

    ~ Don Purdum

    1. Don Purdum says:    •   4 years

      After second glance Matthew, I missed some of my friends to give credit to for being here: Way to go Donna, Brent, and Sherman as well!!!!

  4. Adrienne says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matthew,

    Well aren’t you a sweetheart, I made the list again. Thank you so much and when I heard that prediction I thought to myself, who the heck are they talking about because I haven’t see anything slacking off. I’m thinking they’re talking more about larger companies because Copyblogger reinstated their comments. Kind of tells you a lot there right!

    Love this list again and great to see Donna, Brent and Sherman here too. Now the one about ugly blog designs, that’s definitely worth everyone reading. Especially if you’re just starting out because what you might think is cool is an eye sore. We all mean well but please….

    Thanks Matthew for sharing these and again for including mine. Long live blog comments. 😉

    ~Adrienne

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Adrienne,

      Love seeing the redemption and vindication that blog commenting is receiving now. We always knew, didn’t we? 😉

      I didn’t plan to have this group together, it just worked out that way. You all produced some wonderful posts last month. Keep it up! There’s no rule that says you can’t make the list every month. 🙂

      Viva la comments,

      Matthew

  5. abdul says:    •   4 years

    Great tips, Matt. Looking at the intense schedule for freelancers as well as Smith’s time-saving ideas.
    Thanks.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Abdul,

      Glad you like this. 🙂

      Let us know how Brent’s schedule and the time saving ideas work for you.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. Eva says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matthew,

    Thanks for sharing the “10 Awesomesauce Blogs” email. I especially enjoyed Carol Tice’s Ugly Website post as well as her blog site.

    Cheers!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Eva,

      Glad you got the email. 🙂
      Yes, that is a great article about ugly blog designs. The Tice website is a good one.

      Cheers,

      Matthew

  7. Donna Merrill says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matthew,

    Wow…what an honor to be on your list…just made my day today and a big thank you. Yes trend-jacking can work well, as long as we don’t do it all the time lol. I like the introductions on all these blogs as well as mine.

    A shout out to my peeps, Don, Adrienne, Sherman. Now going to visit the rest and find out how to make that yummy cake!

    Thanks so much.

    -Donna

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Donna,

      Your post really stood out to me. I’m a bit of a news junkie, so your idea to make trending topics work for your blog caught me attention.

      Glad you like these article intros. I enjoy putting these monthly posts together.

      Have fun on the Chef Dennis site. You will probably be on there awhile. LOL

      This has been fun and I’m glad you were a part of it. 🙂

      Matthew