Top Ten Blogs with Awesome Sauce and Hot Fries – Your Monthly Cheat Day is Ready (July 2015)

July 31, 2015

top ten blogs

(David Letterman may be retired, but the Top 10 List lives on…this time in the form of a monthly list of my favorite blog posts.)

Sometimes, when an idea hits you, it is best to run with it.

Marinating on an idea too long gradually destroys it, like what happens to a burger sitting under a heat lamp for hours.

You want to eat your ideas when they are hot and fresh.

So this morning as I was thinking about content, a monthly “top ten blogs” idea showed up in my thoughts.

Once I started grilling this, the whole order came together.

I’m now serving a quick, sloppy good order of blog posts at the end of each month.

I know you don’t have time to consume as many good blog posts as you’d like. And sometimes you get so busy you miss some really delicious blog posts from other bloggers.

That’s why from now on I’m going to offer juicy burger blog posts with salty fries for anyone feeling a need to indulge.

Whenever you feel a craving coming on, you can check out this monthly cheat day of top ten blogs. You can scan the list and pick what you want. Have it your way.

These top ten blogs lists will come out the final day of the month. Since I’m writing this on July 31, we better get cooking…

Everyone Should Enjoy a Cheat Day Once a Month

Is this for here or to go?

Just kidding. Here is your order. Enjoy!

Top Ten Blogs for Hungry Bloggers – July 2015

#10 Almost Paradise

Ryan Biddulph is that guy many bloggers want to be…living as a digital nomad, moving from paradise to paradise. Running an online business while sitting on the beach, sharing his latest adventures. Look! There’s Ryan and his wife feeding monkeys on top of a mountain as the sun sets!

Meanwhile, you’re stuck in traffic…

So when he shared how hectic his life has been lately, I paused… Ryan has bad days? Yes, he’s human after all. And his willingness to share some of the crappy things he’s experienced lately and how he keeps blogging when life sucks turned out to be quite an inspiring read.

#9 The Dynamic Duo of Freelancers

I’ve known Brent Jones for over a year (digitally. Not in person.) He’s one of the hardest working internet marketers you’ll ever meet. Dude is living the “blog from home” dream. Well, it turns out Brent’s wife is also freelancing from home. Together, they are the Dynamic Duo of Freelancers (@Copyrights are mine) and I want to be their manager.

Seriously, check out what a great team they make in this informative (and adorable) video where they talk to each other from separate rooms in their house on how they go about finding clients as freelancers–dynamic duo freelancers.

#8 Latest Google Plus Change Makes Hitler Angry

Some people are just gifted in social media. They should thank Mark Zuckerberg for changing their life.

Eli Fennel is one of the gifted ones. Doesn’t matter what platform you follow him on, he knows how to deliver compelling posts. You never know what you’re going to get…on G+ he’s having a serious conversation about Bill Cosby, while on YouTube, he’s sharing some brilliant satire he created, like this video meme “Hitler Finds Out Google+ is Now a Standalone Google Product.”

#7  These Social Media Rules Were NOT Meant to Be Broken

Different cultures have different customs. Burping is offensive in America, but serves as a compliment in Japan (so I’ve read.)

A few years ago, I would travel from social media platform to platform and act the same way on all of them. Oblivious to the fact I was upsetting and ticking off many folks around me–like a Floridian vacationing in Montreal.

When visiting the six continents of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram) it is helpful to know the 17 proper etiquettes that should never be broken on social media.

#6 Gourmet Productivity Hacks

The first time I met Tor Refsland, he wasn’t wearing any clothes.

(My office gets chilly, so I won’t try that until I get a new space heater.)

Since the memorable encounter, Tor is my go-to guy when it comes to “productivity hacks.” (He is called the Time Management Chef for a reason.)

His writing style is fun to read. I enjoy Tor’s time management tips in between Facebook updates.

Uh oh… I’m guilty of doing stupid activity #5.

Focus, Matthew. Focus.

 #5 Bullets Dominate the News

From Chattanooga to Iraq, the news is filled with stories involving bullets.

Almost makes you want to wear a bulletproof vest out in public.

Our social media strategy (or lack of one) can inadvertently leave our blog vulnerable. Protect your digital promotions by bulletproofing your social media strategy.

 #4 Dude, Time to Give Your LinkedIn Profile a Makeover

Many people still haven’t figured out LinkedIn.

It’s social, but it’s business. (Okay.)

Don’t post political memes on there. (Got it.)

My profile pic should be professional, but not too bland or corporate? (How do you determine that?)

Why does any of this matter? Because LinkedIn remains relevant, even as resumes become irrelevant.

Like any networking event, your career depends on first impressions. (I already got that.)

That’s why it might be time to boost your LinkedIn profile in 3 easy steps since we cannot yet give out virtually firm handshakes. Yet.

#3 Blogging in a Van Down By the River

If I had a van like this one, I would run Build Your Own Blog by a beautiful stream. Or next to the ocean. Definitely up in the mountains.

Thing is, if I did have a van like David McKinney does (I don’t), I still live in the Midwest. It might take me hours to find a scenic spot to set up shop that’s quiet yet safe. Gorgeous yet has good wifi.

Anyway, this blog post showing off McKinney’s “redefined office” is one of the coolest things I came across this month. Solopreneurs, freelancers, and bloggers should all see his mobile workstation because your mind will be blown.

#2 The Most Famous Novelist Alive Writes for One Woman

“Do you think Stephen King focuses on millions of readers when writing his bestsellers?

In his book On Writing, King tells us he writes for one reader only — his wife. When he writes, he doesn’t wonder whether his millions of fans will enjoy his new book. He wonders, “What will Tabitha think about this section?”

Every writer must know who they’re audience is and then write to please them. Yet many new bloggers try to write for everyone, which leads to failure.

If your wife can’t read, don’t worry…the one person you write for can be anyone.

And the number 1 blog post for July 2015 is…

#1 Today’s “Link Up” Culture

Bloggers want links. But many quit in frustration after getting too many rejections.

They want to link up NOW and expect everyone they approach to feel the same way. So they go out and make many mistakes, which is not the problem. The problem is they don’t step back and look at how they’re pursing links and learn from it so they can go forward and get better results. These six common reasons people say no to link builders could be an eye opener.

Need a Napkin?

Mmm, that was good.

Are you full? You can go ahead and burp. I’ll take it as a compliment.

Photo: Cheeseburger and Fries by Jeffreyw  Attribution 2.0 Generic

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

    “Have it your way.”

    ^ Matt, tell me you used in the Burger King slogan in your burger analogy intentionally…!

    “I want to be their manager.”

    Dude, if you want to start booking clients for us, we’re totally down. We’ll cut you in on the profits!

    Thanks for featuring us here in this great list of content, and for the compliments. A few of these posts I saw this month, but some I missed, so I’ll go back and check ’em out.

    I love anything relating to ‘top 10’ posts or list posts in general, so definitely keep this idea going. 🙂

    Have an awesome weekend,


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Brent, when people read these, I want them to say to themselves, “I’m lovin’ it.” 🙂

      I’ve already got a gig for the Dynamic Duo in Branson. You guys will be creating marketing plans on stage in front of a live audience. Interested?

      1. Brent Jones says:    •   4 years

        That actually sounds like a tremendous amount of fun. 🙂

        Oh, and I see what you mean. This post is full of quality you can taste.

  2. Tor Refsland says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matthew,

    thanks a lot for including me in this great top 10 list.

    I really appreciate it 🙂

    Have an awesome weekend!


    Tor Refsland

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      You’re welcome, Tor. It was a marvelous post! I always enjoy reading your articles.

  3. Dr. Rin Porter says:    •   4 years

    Great list, Matt! And I was thrilled to see that I had read six of them and seen the Jones’s video too! This roundup as a regular feature is going to be fun to look forward to. But I hated the photo of the food – made me too hungry for stuff I shouldn’t eat.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      LOL That’s funny, Rin! Only one day a month won’t cause too much weight gain. 🙂 Enjoy them on the treadmill if you need to. 😉

  4. Peter Diaz says:    •   4 years

    Your making me hungry Matt! Awesome post! I don’t always know where to find the good stuff but I know you know what to look for and I trust your judgements! Keep em coming, (with garlic fries and extra pickles).

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      You got it, Peter! I’ll be serving up this high calorie list at the end of each month. Enjoy!

  5. Adrienne says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matthew,

    That burger and fries looks so darn good. Had I read this post over the weekend I might have run out and gotten me one. But I ate way too much and am feeling it today so right now I’m not loving that right now. LOL!!!

    Wow, thanks for including Ryan’s guest post in this first lineup of yours. I like the idea because there is so much great content out there and we hate missing it.

    I’ve read some of the posts you’ve shared here but of course not all. I’ll be sure to check out some that really caught my eye.

    Love the direction you’re going and again, thanks for including one of mine.

    You have a fabulous week and take care.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      H Adrienne,

      I’m lovin’ the feedback on how the photo is making people hungry. 🙂 Mission accomplished there.

      Glad you like this new round up. I’m sure your blog will once again be a part of this list, so, sorry, there’s no way you can avoid this high calorie meal. 😉

      Talk again soon,


  6. Kevin Carlton says:    •   4 years

    It wasn’t just the picture that nailed it Matthew. It was also the mouth-watering intro.

    If you write an opening like that again then I so want to be in your top-ten list!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Thanks, Kev! Send me links to your best stuff in August so I can get acquainted with your blog. Some day it might happen! 🙂

  7. Amanda Thierry says:    •   4 years

    Thank you for this great list and I will look forward to this every month. As I have followed you, I have noticed that you are very supportive of others and I think that is so gracious of you.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Thank you for the kind words, Amanda. Supporting new bloggers feels good. 🙂 Let me know if you need anything.

  8. Devendra says:    •   4 years

    Hi, Matthew again great content.

    #4 LinkedIn okey, i took this as it is for me, specially.

    PS – the link hover effect is nice.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Thanks, Devendra! Look me up on LinkedIn and if you haven’t yet, consider joining the LI group Leading Bloggers.



  9. J says:    •   4 years


    Thanks so much for All your helpful hints and your fun approach in this post and others. I am new to this part of the world and appreciate your sharing so generously.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      I appreciate that, JC. If you need any help, feel free to contact me.

      Cheers to your blog success,


  10. Lane says:    •   4 years

    WOW! Matt. Talk about an ‘eye catcher ‘ opening & I am practically a vegetarian! I will definitely go through this more than once because I can tell each read will give me more fresh ideas…Thank you for all your time & effort you put into this…
    Memory Lane

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Memory,

      Love your name! Happy to hear this made you “hungry.” 😉

      See you again soon,


  11. Éric Jouis says:    •   4 years

    Good article

    I’m still at the begining of my blog and try to find the right niche for me.
    The web is like an ocean of informations, just look for the right path and connexion.

    Have a good meal Éric