These Top Blog Websites Taste Better Than Pecan Pie; Your Cheat Day is Ready (Ten Blogs With Awesomesauce: November 2015)
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.
7 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.
2 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.