Top Ten Blogs with Awesome Sauce – Your Monthly Cheat Day is Ready (August 2015)

September 1, 2015

Aug15 Top Ten Awesomesauce


Hi there fellow bloggers and blog readers!

Hold on a sec…You’ve lost a few pounds since last month, haven’t you?

You’re looking more trim and I can tell you’re ready for a cheat day!

The past four weeks flew by and now it’s time again for my monthly top ten blogs with awesomesauce!

A.k.a. Your cheat day. This month I’m serving strawberry cheesecake, prepared by Chef Dennis.

Grab a fork and enjoy this tasty treat.

If you want to pour a cup of coffee and talk about any of these ten delicious blog bites listed here, I’ll pull up chair in the comments and join you!

Pass the Awesomesauce, Please

Okay, here are ten awesomesauce blog posts from August…


Top Ten Blogs for Hungry Bloggers – August 2015


#10 Simply Irresistible Blogging

Getting a new blog is the easiest step to becoming an internet rock star.

After your blog is up, then what?

Well, to become that irresistible website people flock to see requires something called a content marketing strategy.

Those who don’t know anything about content marketing should start with the basics. Lucky for you, Andrea Jones (she is the better half of the Dynamic Duo of Freelancers) put together a mega irresistible Content Marketing 101 post that breaks the entire process down into 5 steps.

I can’t help but think Robert Palmer is smiling down on her blog from rock and roll heaven.


#9 This Editor Can Write

“If you allow yourself to dive deeply into love, anger, fear, joy, or any other emotion, letting it crackle through you and out your fingertips as you write, it will jump like arc lightning from you to the page, then to your readers’ hearts and souls.”

Now that’s a sentence!

Beautifully crafted by writer editor Michelle Russell in another Boost Blog Traffic gem, Russell teaches you the building blocks to sentence composition in this wild and crazy guide.

The best part is her 6 ways to write epic sentences that make epic posts…like this one.


#8 Is Trump a Narcissist or Egomaniac?

“Last week, a man, gazing up at Donald Trump on a convenience store TV, turned to me and shook his head. “What a narcissist.” I couldn’t agree more, but I couldn’t help wonder if what he really meant was, egomaniac. Then there’s healthy narcissism, in which you care about your image and endeavors just the right amount (is this measurable?). When you call someone a narcissist, which narcissist are they? And does it matter?”

Therapist Blair Glaser throws a plethora of questions at the topic of narcissism, which I found compelling in this age of selfie sticks and ego driven content.

Are some confident people mistaken for narcissists? Is there a spectrum of narcissism we all fall under to some degree?

Or is narcissism pretty cut and dry? Like one commenter said, “If you worry about being a narcissist, you aren’t one.” Because a true narcissist doesn’t ever think he is one.

Mirror mirror on the wall, who has the fairest toupee of all?


#7 Hidden Clues Found in Corporate Mission Statements

Here’s an enjoyable read the next time you’re sipping hot Breakfast Blend while waiting for a UPS delivery…

Two of today’s most popular brands are Amazon and Starbucks. The former has been getting a slew of negative press lately. Meanwhile, heavenly coffee aromas continue to flow out through thousands of drive through windows without a spill. The Seattle mermaid’s press remains positive.


Over on the Inc. blog, Justin Bariso found A Tale of Two Cultures  with his fascinating analysis between the Core Values page found on the Starbucks and Amazon websites.

Each corporation is a modern day success story, yet their corporate cultures are vastly different behind closed conference room doors.

Discerning why one company is getting bashed in the media while the other is staying above the fray are usually a mystery for those of us on the outside…unless you take a closer look at what their core principles reveal.

Okay, so this is all speculative theory. Still fun, though.


#6 Game of Drones

When drones started making the news a few years ago, my outlook tended to lean Orwellian.

Not sure why…maybe it was that one day somebody on Google Plus shared a picture of a drone that looked like a humming bird?

How could you not have privacy concerns when it comes to drones like that? In the future, we might have to watch what we say while sitting out on the deck. That bird over there could be a surveillance drone.

What? Me, paranoid?

Months later, another news story breaks, this one on Amazon’s plans to use drones for delivering packages…hmm. Maybe drones are beneficial on some level?

Poor drones. Perhaps they’re getting an unfair wrap?

They need more positive PR–who better to do that than lovable tech journalist Mike Elgan, who demonstrates his knack for sharing complicated tech news in simple terms even non techies can understand with his post Here Comes the Drone Backlash.

He’s pro drone, and he just might convince you to be the same.


#5  David <3 Blogging

There appears to be plenty of naturally inspiring beauty around David Boozer…he’s a blogger up in the great Northwest.

Surrounded by pine covered mountains and ocean views, his Blog By the Sea website has been helping business minded folks earn income with their blogs for six years.

This past month, David shared his personal story how and why he came to love blogging. I’ve followed David casually on social media for awhile now and find him interesting. This post enabled me to get to know him better.

If you want to meet a straight shooting blog coach, give him a read.


#4  Trollers Gonna Troll

Bullies gonna bully. Haters gonna hate. Jackwads gonna jack…we’ve all known this since grade school.

So it should not surprise any blogger to find this same behavior on the internet…if you haven’t experienced it yet, you will.

How will you handle the inevitable troll who visits your blog trying to pick a fight?

How to Deal With Trolls, Bullies & Jerks is the best blog post on the topic I have ever read. Brent Jones shares some of his own experiences with trolls and how he handled them.

I can testify that his 2 Step solution to dealing with online trolls is the best way to address that situation.

Be prepared. A troll is heading your way.


#3 Hey Mr. Influencer, Will You Promote My Blog?

Every blogger would love to have the kings and queens of their niche giving  them a shout-out…well, since the holy book says “You have not because you ask not,” that’s a sign you should IM, email, or call these gurus and request them to share your post, right?

If you said yes, please slap yourself right now.

Connection is key to blogging success. First, you need to know The Right and Wrong Ways to Do Influencer Marketing , or you could do a lot of damage to your online reputation.

Who better to teach you influencer marketing than the internet’s Engagement Superstar–Adrienne Smith!


#2 Instablogtraffic

Unless you’re a food, travel or fitness blogger, there’s no need to share your blog posts on Instagram, amirite?


I have been promoting Build Your Own Blog posts over at Instagram for awhile. I knew there was more to learn, which is why I’m happy to report that social media expert Mike Allton posted How Bloggers Can Leverage Instagram. He put together an awesomesauce article full of tips to getting more traffic from Instagram.

You might be surprised what this social media platform can do for you

Test it and see.


#1 Niche Who?

One third of those blogging for the first time begin without knowing anything about a “niche.” No one has even told them they need to pick a niche.

Another third of beginners know they should pick a niche–finding the right one for them is the problem.

The final third know what niche they are blogging in, yet they lack knowledge on how to rise to the top of their niche and make a profit.

How to Find Your Perfect Blog Niche (and Make a Profit) has answers for all three.

This stellar post by Rebekah Radice draws from her years of experience, giving insights to finding your blog’s purpose, finding great topics your audience will enjoy, how to tell a great story, and more.


Savor This Moment

I hope you enjoyed this cheat day.

Sadly, we can’t do this every day. If we did our own blogs would get slowed down by the extra pounds.

Remember, one day a month of overeating high caloric content is perfectly harmless.

This won’t affect your bathroom scale at all. I promise.


 Photo Credit: Chef Dennis "Oh So Creamy Mascarpone Strawberry Cheesecake"

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


    Looks like I made your ‘top 10’ list two months in a row! So exciting!

    I’ll have to go through the rest of these posts in detail because I only recognize a couple of them. Love this idea, Matt. Compounded with all the fatty food, and you have a winning combination. 😉

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Your post on trolls was fantastic, Brent. Yep, you’re batting .1000 so far with two issues. 🙂 I’ll definitely be scoping out your posts for September.

      You really should browse the others. Some great topics and quality writing here. Enjoy!

  2. Andréa says:    •   4 years

    Woot! Thanks so much for including me in your post, Matt! Now, I’m off to savor some of the other delicious posts you shared here. Great stuff!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      You’re welcome, Andrea. Great stuff from you. Enjoy this high calorie break in routine. 🙂

  3. Michelle Russell says:    •   4 years

    Hey, Matthew! Thanks so much for including me in your Top Ten this month! It’s gratifying, among other things, to be part of a “cheat day.” 😉

    It also looks like there are some other great posts here for me to check out that I hadn’t seen yet. Off to sample the goodies!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Michelle,
      Nice to meet you. 🙂
      I sent this post to my email list just a couple of hours ago and one lady replied back how much she enjoyed your article specifically. 🙂
      Great work! I’ll be keeping an eye on your blogs, both your own and guest posts.
      Savor some of these other articles. Quality treats here. 🙂

  4. Adrienne says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matthew,

    Why thank you for sharing my post, I really do appreciate being included among all these other fabulous posts. So many different topics which I love. Not the same old things I’ve been reading about already.

    Some of these bloggers I know while others I don’t think I’ve had the pleasure. I’ll just have to make sure I bookmark this post so that I can come back over and then check each one of them out that I’m not familiar with. Hey, you never know when I might find a new friend right!

    Thanks again Matthew and I’m off to share this post with my friends and followers as well. They might find some goodies in here too!

    Have a great day.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Adrienne,

      That article on influencer marketing you did was covered in so much awesomesauce, I needed a spoon just to read it. 🙂
      You gave so many tips in that one I hope newbies will read it and take notes.
      And one other thing, knowing you I’m sure you will make many new friends from this month’s list. 🙂

      Enjoy your week,


  5. David Boozer says:    •   4 years

    Thank you so much for the include Matthew, I greatly appreciate it. I love the path I am taking with Blog By The Sea, very different from, and a little bit more of a personal journey too… Thank you again!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hey David,

      Your post was authentic and I think inspirational for those thinking about blogging and other bloggers who have been doing it awhile. I think it’s a good exercise for each of us to pause at times and think about “why” we blog.
      You’re a great example of a blogger living the dream.

      Looking forward to seeing where Blog By the Sea takes you.



  6. Rachel says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matthew,

    We have only just meeting and I am sure you did these 10 blogs for me alone. How did you know I had trouble with finding my niche and sticking to it. How did you know I needed to know about how to promote my blog.

    Thanks for the drones delivery, it will make me stop looking not just over my shoulder but up at the sky as if waiting for one of these flying machines to delivery me a baby as storks are now obsolete because man made drones.

    How’s your cheesecake going, because I am thoroughly enjoying mine.

    Thanks for Brent’s, Trollers gonna Troll – I wonder does people handing me their number and demanding I phone them count for trolling because it certainly does not feel like attraction but the wrong attention.

    And as for an influencer’s shout out, well slap me now, that is certainly a go to immediately after our cheesecake is said and done. Thanks for a great informative post.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Rachel,

      You are so funny. 🙂 You REALLY got a lot out of this one. LOL
      Thanks for making my day.

  7. Steven says:    •   4 years

    This is a great read. I am fairly new to blogging (I am prepping a tech blog as we speak) and this list is a tremendous help. Thanks!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Glad you found this helpful, Steven.

  8. Mike Allton says:    •   4 years

    Thanks so much Matthew! Looks like you’ve rounded up some great posts. I appreciate that you included mine!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hey Mike,

      That was a timely and helpful post, my friend. Can’t wait to test some of your tips!

  9. Annamarie says:    •   4 years

    Great ideas come from bright minds, like your’s, love it.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Awe thanks Annamarie! Always good to hear from my favorite kiwi. You have a bright spirit.

  10. Dan Ewah says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matthew,

    What an awesome roundup you’ve got here.

    I love roundup posts because apart from what I get to learn, I’m also able to meet other bloggers, this post is full of sauce and I enjoyed it.

    Cheers and keep the good work up.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Good to see you, Dan.
      Every month my goal is to provide a cheat day smothered in awesomesauce.
      I’m glad you enjoyed this one. 🙂
      See you later,

  11. Mitesh Sanghvi says:    •   4 years

    Some really good writing blogs, I am a regular reader of some of these writing blogs. I would love to check out the ones that I have not visited yet…
    Thanks for the list….

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Mitesh,

      Did you see the latest list? Lots more new blogs to check out.

      The new list should come out next week.

      Have a great day!


  12. Bill says:    •   4 years

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