Top Ten Blogs with Awesomesauce — Your Cheat Day is Ready (September 2015)

October 2, 2015

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Ready to finally break your strict blog diet?

Happy Cheat Day!

Now when it comes to real food, truth be told,  I know you’ve already cheated.

Oh come on, you had a pumpkin spiced [insert food or beverage] recently, didn’t you?

Yeah well, that is understandable. It is autumn now.

That’s why this month’s blog cheat day is full of pumpkin spice, because since it’s that time of year, pumpkin spice is mandatory. Everything you consume in October has some form of pumpkin in it.

(Just kidding…a little.)

I want to add some fall flavor to today’s monthly serving of top ten blogs with a mouth-watering photo of a pumpkin spice cake from the blog of Chef Dennis Littley. (Featured at the top and bottom.)

Man, that looks tasty. The good news is you can get the recipe for this autumn treat at the Chef Dennis blog.

When you make one, invite me over, mmmmkay? I’ll bring the coffee.

Seriously, each blog this month brings its own spice to the table.

Enjoy this decadent break from your usual reads! This early fall harvest reaped some goodies!

Let me know which article stands out to you in the comments.

Alright, let the cheat day begin…

Pass the Awesomesauce, Please

Here are 10 Pumpkin Spiced Blog Posts with Awesomesauce…


Top Ten Blogs for Hungry Bloggers – From September 2015


10 Make Love Not Divorce

Madeline Osman usually blogs about ways to save money in Chicago over on her website Chicago Cheap Ass. That’s why she published an article about the four pillars of love and how they help your marriage…you’re probably scratching your head, going, “what does that have to do with money-saving tips in Chicago?” (I did, too. At first.)

Think about it…Divorce is expensive, amirite?

Touché, Madeline.


9 Two Black Holes Ready to Collide

No play on words in that title….

Two black holes somewhere out in space really are going to collide in about 100,00 years.

I know this thanks to The Tachyon Beam (OMG, is that a cool name for a blog or what?), which is where scientific illiterates like me come to pick up some science that we can at least partially comprehend.

Everything about this blog is cool. Aside from the name, there’s the tagline, “A blog devoted to astronomy / astrophysics and space missions” (Wow.) Even the author of this blog has a really cool Italian name: Massimo Luciani. *Sigh*  The entire website is coolness galore. Science geeks will love it. Because Luciani is a REAL scientist. Yet he writes his blog posts so that people like me know what’s going on.

I wish Massimo had been my tutor back in Biology 101.


8 Putting Your Best Blog Forward

Every successful digital entrepreneur knows the importance of delivering a clear message. Those not succeeding online probably need to tweak their message to make it better.

This honest post from Don Purdum is a great reminder to stop and evaluate how your blog is being perceived by visitors, and to then make bold changes if necessary.

I admire transparent posts like this one, where Purdum admits his shortcomings to his audience and then explains how he’s going to make things even better.

Kudos to you, Don. Courageous post here.


7 And You Thought the Robot Takeover Was Going to Be All Bad

Good Magazine delivers another piece of good news, even from a generally  grim topic: the future of human employment after the robot revolution.

Plenty of dystopian viewpoints out there, how robots will be replacing people in all sorts of jobs–from assembly line workers to servers.

You might be surprised that even lawyers are not immune to this…which may not be a bad thing.



6 Facebook Knows You Better Than Your Spouse Knows You

No exaggeration in that headline…studies show after 300 Likes, Facebook can predict your behavior better than your spouse, best friend, or psychiatrist.

Which means Facebook could be one amazing tool for online entrepreneurs and bloggers. Their algorithm can do some incredible things to help you focus in on your target audience.

But you have to know what to do and what not to do with Facebook, or you’re going to waste a lot of money….. like NEVER hitting that Boost Post button.

(Yes, I did share two links. The post about never hitting the Boost Post button is the awesomsauce blog here.)


5 Turn the Tables: Get to Know Facebook Intimately

The more a blogger understands how Facebook works and the tricks to using it effectively, the less annoying it becomes.

Facebook is a business that does offer entrepreneurs access to a giant potential audience. FB is just lousy at teaching us how to use what they offer.

Which is why this blog post on maximizing your Facebook reach stood out in September. We need more articles like these, because Facebook doesn’t get this type of teaching out there effectively.


4 Did You Get Up On the Wrong Side of Your Phone?

Jason Zook wrote this great post on why starting off your day grabbing your phone off the nightstand to dive into Facebook and email is a bad decision. His article prompted me to make some big changes in my morning routine. My days have been much better since.


3 Bloggers Taking Selfies When They Should Be Taking Groupies

If you’re older than the millennial generation (born before 1980), this headline may not make much sense to you.

Brent Jones is a millennial, and he speaks directly to the bloggers who know exactly what I mean by this headline–other millennials. (I’m actually Gen X and had to use Google Interpreter to write this title in millennial-speak.) Millennials make up a HUGE portion of the global blogosphere, and if that’s you, be sure to read his advice…many of you need it.

Hey grandpa, you should read it too. This article will help you understand the millennial mindset and shrink that “generation gap” you gripe about.


2  Dissecting a Frog Web Writer in Anatomy Class

That’s basically what Demian Farnworth does here…he cuts open a web writer specimen and examines how they’re put together.

You’ll see all the “bones, organs and tissue” that come together to form a real “modern web writer.”

Not just any web writer. A strong, healthy one.

As Demian writes, this article is great for two types of people…

•Anyone who wants to become a web writer
•Anyone who wants to hire a web writer

Kiss this post and it turns into prince charming filled with lots of links to Copyblogger resources.



1 117 Goal Setting Studs & Studettes Share Their Secrets

When it comes to goal setting, Tor Refsland definitely knows how to execute.

Like that one day when he said to himself, “I’m going to create a round-up blog post on goal setting and email 117 experts, ask them for their secrets, then put all of this information into one stellar post.”

And boom–he achieved the goal with amazing results.

Seriously, Tor is a master at round-up posts. Most people have 10 people in their roundups, maybe 20…still fewer might reach into the 40s…but 117 PEOPLE in a single round-up?

My lord, this thing is awesome.

Tor, you’re making us look bad! Ha ha

The fact I was included made it even more enjoyable.


Cheat Day Last Bite

What did you take away from this month’s blog cheat day? Did you enjoy this multi layered dessert?

I’d love to talk about what tasted good to you in the comments.

See you again in four weeks!

(And if you want to start a blog so you can create delicious posts like these, I can help you!)


If this month’s featured dessert looks insanely scrumptious to you, just click the link below the photo and you will find Chef Dennis’s easy-to-follow recipe.


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Photo Credit: Ask Chef Dennis Pumpkin Cake

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. Maddy says:    •   4 years

    Divorce IS expensive! So is spending too much time and money on someone who’s just not worth it. Thanks so much for sharing this article 🙂

    1. Brent Jones says:    •   4 years

      Only you, Maddy, would think of marriage and divorce in terms of how their net impact on your bank account. LOL

    2. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      My pleasure, Maddy!

      Always good to get some tips/brush up on the ol’ relationship skills. My wife likes it when I read posts like this. 🙂



  2. Andrea Beltrami says:    •   4 years

    I haven’t cheated with any pumpkin spiced beverages lately but I sure have with an abundance of ‘martini’ flavored beverages. If it makes you feel better I will be bathing in pumpkin cheesecake come the end of October. YEAH I stalked the store and anonymously called to ask when the goods will be arriving. No shame in my gam,e brotha! 😛

    Thanks a TON for including Brent’s awesome millennial smackdown from my blog-o-real-estate. Really appreciate the love! Cheers to cheatin in all the right ways and owning it like a boss after. Bottoms up!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Ha ha, sounds like you are definitely owning this season, Dre!

      I enjoyed Brent’s writing and he sure did a great guest post for ya.

      This guest post also opened the door of communication between us, so that’s a bonus! 🙂

      Talk soon,


  3. Tor Refsland says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matthew,

    a million thanks for the shout-out and awarding me with your #1 spot.

    I`m truly honoured.

    Yeah, it took a little bit time time to put together 117 awesome replies form successful studs and studettes.

    Nothing really worth achieving comes easy.

    You contribution was awesome by the way 🙂

    Thanks again, Matthew.

    Have an awesome day!



    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author


      Definitely topped the list, my friend, because I know how much work went into it. Plus, it is amazing to have so many achievers all together, giving their take on that specific topic.

      Smothered in awesomesauce, that was. 🙂

      Keep them coming,


  4. Brent Jones says:    •   4 years

    Matt — so very cool of you to include me on your top 10 list three months in a row.

    Really had fun writing this article for Dre’s blog, and I’m glad you enjoyed it, too.

    Have an awesome weekend,


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hey Brent,

      Wow, I forgot it’s been three straight months for you. Time flies when you’re reading quality articles. 🙂
      You really knocked that one out of the park. Quite enjoyable, I must say.

      See you around,


  5. Don Purdum says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matthew,

    Thank you for the honor of including my article. None of us have it together 100% and there is always room for improvement so I wanted my audience to know that I take my message and its presentation just as serious as I take theirs!

    Thanks again for including me along with these other fine blogs!

    ~ Don Purdum

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Don,

      I’m so glad you said that. That’s why I want new bloggers to read your post.
      They need to understand that you don’t have to start out being perfect. It is okay to make mistakes in front of God and everyone, then make changes along the way.

      Your post is a good example of being real with your audience.

      Happy to share it. 🙂



  6. Dr. Rin Porter says:    •   4 years

    Great roundup! I had already read some of these, and plan to read others. Thanks for doing the curation.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Dr. Rin, I’m glad you enjoyed this roundup! Curation is fun. 🙂


  7. Adrienne says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matthew,

    Okay, first off I’m probably the only person on this planet that cannot stand pumpkin anything so although that cake does look delicious I was trying to pretend that it was an Italian Cream cake. Now that’s a cake I can dive into!

    Let’s get on to your posts shall we!

    I’ve been to Madeline’s blog but haven’t read this particular post. Probably because I don’t live in Chicago and I’m not going through a divorce. LOL!!! I can see why it would be important though for those who are.

    I’ve read Don’s, Brent’s and Tor’s of course so I can definitely vouch for those for sure. Not a huge Facebook lover at the moment but I’m sure those posts are pretty interesting. I might have to give myself a moment and just check them out.

    Thanks for this particular roundup, you always do share some interesting posts with us.

    Hope your Monday started off well and you be sure to enjoy your week.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Adrienne,

      Ha ha, Italian Cream Cake sounds like a nice change of pace. 😀 Wouldn’t be surprised if Chef Dennis has a recipe for it.

      As for Madeline’s blog, I was glad to find that post, not only because it was good for me to read personally, but also because I know most folks don’t actually live in Chicago, so this article had more general appeal for this occasion. I’m glad more people are discovering her website.

      I do recommend taking a look at the Facebook posts sometime. Everybody is over there, and despite how annoying FB can be, there are some good tips in both aticles which may actually make FB more appealing for you.

      I’m glad you liked this month’s cheat day…if you decide to bake that Italian cake, please let me know and I’ll bring some high quality coffee. 🙂

      Cheers to a wonderful week ahead,


  8. Massimo Luciani says:    •   4 years

    Thank your for appreciating my astronomy blog! 🙂

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      My pleasure, Massimo!

      It is a great blog for people who want to learn more about science in easy-to-digest bites.

      You do a great job with the writing and not overwhelming the reader with too much info.

      Look forward to learning more!


      1. Massimo Luciani says:    •   4 years

        I’ll do my best to keep on informing my readers!