These Top Blog Websites Taste Better Than Pecan Pie; Your Cheat Day is Ready (Ten Blogs With Awesomesauce: November 2015)

December 4, 2015

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Throw discipline out the window. Time to indulge!

For those who partake in this monthly cheat day, you know Chef Dennis is the unofficial sponsor. His decadent cheat day treat this month is Bourbon Pecan Pie with Chocolate Ganache.

My lord, that looks incredible!

Pecan is my favorite pie to begin with. I’ve never had it with a thick layer of Ganache before.

OMG, I gotta make this for Christmas!

Alright, now that treat from Chef Dennis is just the start to this party. Why stop now? This is called a cheat day for a reason. You get to consume as much as you want.

Here’s ten other treats I found on the interwebs during the month of November, 2015.

Let me know what you think in the comments between burps, okay?


Top Blog Websites from November IMHO (In Matthew’s Humble Opinion)

Ten Blogs with Awesomesauce: Your Cheat Day is Ready


10  That One Conversation Every Married Couple Fears

Surely my wife wouldn’t get remarried if I died…would she?

This question crosses every married man’s mind at some point…though not every guy has the nerve to ask their wife directly, because they don’t want to hear her answer.

Clint Edwards not only asked his wife…he blogged about their conversation in this beautifully honest post. 


9 Twitter Slaps “Social Proof” in the Face

One of the biggest social media news stories in November was the big change Twitter made by eliminating share counts.

Your website can still use a Twitter share button, only now it doesn’t show how many people shared the post to Twitter.

You may still be scratching your head about this move. If so, this post from Eli Fennel provides answers that make sense and will help you go with the flow, because share counts are pure vanity, right? They don’t mean quality traffic is flowing to your blog.

So chill and keep Tweeting. Because according to Fennel, other social medias could be following Twitter’s lead.



Speaking of Twitter, The Bloggess is one blogger who gets great engagement from her readers over there. Some of her blog posts contain a string of hilarious tweets from people responding to her various weird or funny topics . This one from November I enjoyed is called Awkwarding is What Brings Us All Together, because it proves quite hilariously that we are all so, well, awkward.

You will LOL reading these tweets, I promise.


Smart Email

If you aren’t using email marketing for your blog, you are like a baseball player that refuses to use a bat. You are trying to kick a 90 mph curveball, which is why you can’t even get on base when it comes to building an audience.

Not sure why a baseball analogy hit me in December, but you get what I mean, right?  (Guess I’m still giddy about my Royals winning the world series)

If you want to learn some valuable tips about email marketing, this post from November called Tips for Higher Conversions Using Marketing Automation will help you out. In fact, Stephan Hovnavian offers a free program called Email Smarts if interested.


6  When Tube Socks Were Cool

This nostalgic look back on video games will make you feel old and young again.


5 InstaGlam No More

Instagram is a visual smorgasbord of pretty people posting picture perfect photos. Models in particular.

One model named Stina Sanders was a typical example, until she got tired of the fakery and started posting photos of herself without makeup, sharing pics that normally wouldn’t “make the cut” on a model’s IG account.

Her follower count has dropped by 5,000, but that hasn’t stopped Sanders from keeping it real. She’s learning how a quality audience trumps quantity.


4  Quality vs. Quantity in More Detail

Let’s explore this topic further…is quality or quantity more important on social media? Here’s a vlog from social media manager Andrea Jones, who goes into more detail why quality wins.


3 Smartphone TLC

We love our mobile devices because they are an extension of us. Which is why keeping them clean and healthy is a good idea. Treat them well and they will better serve you. This ten point checklist from Sharon Hurley Hall protects your smartphone from top to bottom while improving its performance.


Enjoy Your Visit to Gotham

Travel blogger Nienke Krook has put together a list of helpful tips you can use on your next New York city tour. She gives helpful advice on airplane travel, driver service, renting an apartment instead of a hotel, using the metro card, and a list of additional websites to go deeper. Next time you take a bite of the Big Apple, be sure to read this first.


1 Collaborating with Myself

After reading this, I bleached my hair and curled my mouth like Billy Idol as I sang “Oh oh oh oh, if I had a chance, I’d go out and collaborate, I’m a collaborating with myself.”

In other words, this articled called 3 Reasons Why Great Writers Always Work Alone  took me back to my earliest of writing days (high school), when I spent many hours writing by myself (which wasn’t that hard being an only child.) As a writer himself, Demian Farnworth gets it. He doesn’t rip collaboration. He simply advocates for the dying practice of working alone.

This is so refreshing in the current era of corporate environments that force feed work spaces without walls, without boundaries, where “creatives” are crammed together with no privacy at all and expected to produce quality content, as if writing doesn’t need silence or quiet or long stretches of singular focus.

No wonder there’s so much crappy content being produced.

Maybe there’s so much crap content on the web because nobody works alone anymore.


Which of These Blogs Did You Enjoy and Why?

Ah, I’m stuffed. I always overdo it on cheat day. (Burp)

I’d love to hear what stood out for you this cheat day. Share with us in the comments whatever is on your mind.

This concludes another monthly cheat day. Back to the grind tomorrow. See you next month.

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. Adrienne says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matthew,

    Looks like you have another great collection here and I have a few that I definitely want to check out. Veering from what I normally read all the time, hey, I think it will be a great change for me. Now to find the “extra” time. LOL!!!

    My grandmother used to make a killer pecan pie and although my Mom attempts it at times it just isn’t the same. Never had another one I liked so much. One thing is definitely for sure, I’m not attempting to make it. Hope yours turns out yummy.

    Thanks for these shares and I’ll be sure to pass them around too.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Adrienne,

      Yes, finding time is always a matter of priorities. Keep in mind I have read these over a period of four weeks. Put them together and you have a “cheat day” as its called. You don’t have to eat all these treats in one day. Maybe spread them out over several days. LOL

      Pecan became my favorite pie several years ago. They are so rich and incredible when done well. I cannot recall having one with chocolate like this Chef Dennis recipe. That should be mind blowing. Or should I say, tongue blowing. LOL

      Thanks for sharing this list, Adrienne. I appreciate you and I hope you have an awesome week.


      1. Adrienne says:    •   4 years

        Hey Matthew,

        I agree, that’s how mine were when I did roundup posts. I had collected them throughout the entire month so I was one up on everyone. But I read a lot of posts so what I do is just add them to my Pocket and I go down the list reading. I’ll eventually read them when I get to them because I enjoy finding more content to read and switch up at times.

        Yeah, you can’t beat a good pecan pie. I’ve tried them with chocolate before and I’m a huge chocolate lover but there is just something about the original taste I prefer more. You’ll have to let me know what you think. I know it will be scrumptious.

        Enjoy your day and have a terrific week.


        1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

          Hi Adrienne,

          That’s what I do as well. I stick them in my Reader quite often for reading time.

          You want to know something funny? You “inspired” me to hold off on sharing these individual posts I come across until this list comes out, because the first couple of months you said, “I read most of these…” So you prompted me to adjust my strategy. 🙂 I think it is important to not just share the same articles that most of my niche is talking about as well. I’ll include a few that are too good not to share. Otherwise, it’s the hidden gems I’m looking for.

          You may be right about pecan pie being better without chocolate. I won’t know unless I try it. 😉

          Good luck on your webinar this week!


          1. Adrienne says:    •   4 years

            Hey Matthew,

            I know that a lot of posts go out on certain days but I just read down the list the majority of the time so they don’t get shared until maybe a few days later or even a week sometimes. I go as quickly as I can ya know.

            Well the way I’ve learned about this approach is that even if you share it when you first read it, the majority of us didn’t see that particular share because social media moves so fast ya know. So even though I did share them as I read them and then included them in my roundup post I learned that the majority of my readers still hadn’t seen that particular post. Just like me not having seen a lot of these that you shared. Either way though, we’ll get to catch up on what we haven’t run across yet.

            Absolutely, try that one out and see what you think. Eager to know.

            Thank you Matthew, I’m excited yet nervous.


  2. Brit says:    •   4 years


    Great article! It´s nice you brought out blogs that are not so known, it definitely adds diversity and I found it interesting to read.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Brit,

      Thanks for your replies on Twitter as well. I know you’re a real person. 🙂 I did some work for TextMagic a couple of years ago. Tell Priit hello for me.



  3. Andréa Jones says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matt,

    Thanks for featuring me in this cheat day roundup! So humbled to be included next to these awesome-sauce folks.

    Also, the Bloggess post about Awkwarding was hilarious. Some of those tweets made my awkward self feel a bit better. Definitely going to follow her on Twitter.

    I hope all is well!



    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Adrea,

      Definitely happy to add your talk about quality vs. quantity in this month’s list. I thought it was a good one to share with BYOB followers, many are quite new to SM.

      The Bloggess is hilarious, isn’t she? She uses Twitter effectively. Awesome engagement there and on her blog. How cool is that to have so may hilarious tweets you can grab a bunch and make a post out of it? 🙂 She does that regularly.

      All is well on my home front. Good to see you and Brent are back from your road trip and are right back in the game. 🙂 That was a great photo of you guys both dressed in black, I think you were at a relative’s wedding.

      See you around,


  4. Lynne says:    •   4 years

    #10 – it resonates with my personal life; # * – Hilarious-I’ll be following her from now on; #1 – I like to think I am a writer.
    Thank you

    1. Lynne says:    •   4 years

      Oops, my bad # 8 – Hilarious etc.

      1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

        Hi Lynne,

        Glad you enjoyed this month’s list. 🙂

        Yes, love #s 10, 8 and 1 too. All great reads.

        When December’s list comes out, drop by again, okay?


  5. Mary St. Dennis says:    •   4 years

    There are some great posts here. I’ve GOT to try that PIE! Here is one for the homesteaders to check out.
    Thanks for this service. I enjoy your posts.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Mary,

      Thank you for the kind words. Glad you liked this.
      Nice looking blog you have here. Love your style. 🙂
      Thanks for sharing Should You Name Your Farm Animals.

      Don’t be a stranger, okay?


  6. Deb Palmer says:    •   4 years

    Great collection of blogs. My favorite is number 10. I’m always partial to posts that get real. Thanks for putting this together, Matthew

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Deb,

      Yeah, I agree. Clint is one of the best bloggers in the “Dad” niche because he is authentic and good at telling stories.

      Haven’t heard from you in awhile. Hope all is well. 🙂

      Have a great rest of the week,


  7. ivan johnson says:    •   4 years

    really enjoy #1 , lots of stuff in there that appeals to me and how I work
    a really big thanks to you matt

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Ivan,

      Yep, #1 is excellent. Full of truth. I suspect many millennials don’t even know what they’re missing because they have been so conditioned to “teamwork” from k-12.

      Glad you like this, Ivan. 🙂

      Have a wonderful weekend,


  8. Nehemie says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matthew,

    Thought I was different. My colleagues hate me for I don’t want to work with them very

    I, too don’t like it when it’s in the beginning because it makes me a lonely, tired person.

    But , at the end, only God knows how happy I feel when I look at something I created myself.

    However stupid it might be, I know its mine and can impact somebody’s life in one way or another.

    I enjoy your blogging tips! But let me put these class stuff aside, and I go crazy with


    Nehemie aka Nehes Mias

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Nehemie,

      We are kindred in our working styles it sound like. 🙂 You have been working alone for so long you didn’t know there were others like you. Ha ha I’m kidding.

      Great hearing from you. Your Yankees logo stands out, as I remember seeing you in my email list as a new subscriber a few weeks ago.

      Glad you enjoy the blogging tips here! Now go crazy! Ha ha



  9. Aiesata Collins says:    •   4 years

    Hey Michael ! I was reading your post about cheat day and PEECAN pie, (yes, pecan, because I have an aunt that always corrects me and says, PIH-CAWN). Anyway, I was on Pinterest earlier and found a pecan pie recipie that was!! Check it out

  10. Jim says:    •   4 years

    Hi, Matthew,

    I’m still chuckling about “Awkwarding!” I think sharing our awkward moments and goofs does bring people together in laughter, goodwill and humbleness. We are more alike than we sometime like to admit.

    I found the “Collaborating With Myself” to be my favorite. While I believe we are connected in this world, it seems the indiviual creativity has been taking a backseat to compromise, group think and consensus building. Consensus has its place in the world, but not at the expense of the development of great men and women.

    Thanks for the blog,


  11. Paula says:    •   4 years

    Wow so good to see other great blogs, Finally figured out how to post a picture!, thanks for all the advice, ebook was awesome!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Paula,

      Glad you enjoy this monthly list. 🙂 Also glad you got the photo posting figured out.

      I’m so happy you like the ebook!


  12. Paula says:    •   4 years

    wow, I’ve done it, getting the hang of it now….truly a miracle for those of us technologically challenged

  13. Captain Donna says:    •   4 years

    Ahoy Matthew,
    thanks for yer’ ebook on blogging. Still learning and going to take the plunge and write more. Blessings, Captain Donna

  14. Mike says:    •   4 years

    I enjoyed the ones about Gotham, Smart Phones, and Smart E-mails.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Mike,

      That’s great! Good to know you like this monthly list.

      Stay tuned for the next one.


  15. Gunny says:    •   4 years

    Good morning Matt,

    Still trying to get the hang of all this…

    Really enjoy any of the technical subject matter… but, the foodie in me enjoyed the ganache as well.

    I am making myself a promise to get the hang of all this in 2016.

    Semper Fi,


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hey Gunny,

      Nice start to your blog! Looking good. Keep going. You’re on your way!

      See you at the top,


  16. Rob Umber says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matt! I like to read your blog posts. I find them interesting and educational. Since I don’t get to blog as much as I would like, I need all the help I can get. So, yes, please keep sending them.

  17. Beth says:    •   4 years

    I don’t always read your lists but once in awhile something sounds interesting and I will check it out. Just happy you promote everyone’s ideas. If you want to short the lists to five, or even one favorite a month, that would be good, too.
    You’ve created a great tribe! And apparently a hungry one. 🙂