There is a high number of marketers and long term bloggers who will suggest to you that when you blog you need to make it about the reader. It is also suggested, if you make it about YOU then no one will come to read what you have to say. I believe this to be somewhat true.
But I want to try a new type of post on this blog that requires me to be both indulgent and still provide you, my reader with something to take away as well.
Starting with this post, I will create a collection of ten posts from other blogs for your reading pleasure. These posts I have read and will give comment or insight on how each affected me. I provide them also, for you to indulge at your pleasure.
As always, I like to try out new stuff here on the blog and importantly, your feedback and comments go a long way to help me provide you with what you ask for. It’s not only about me 🙂
Jade is a regular contributor to the Problogger website, provides a post about long term bloggers who have made a REAL impact in the blogosphere. For me, Problogger is the place I really felt I developed my early learning on getting educated about blogging. Jade looks to keeping a record of bloggers whom have had influence and made an impact over the years.
Author: Kate Doster
Site: Kate Doster Blog
Article: Exactly What To Do When Your Not Getting Sales, Signups Or Traffic
Kate and I ‘e-met’ through Chris Ducker’s Youpreneur Mastermind site. We probably don’t get to talk to one another as often as we like, but we always say G’Day and trade online war stories when we do. What I really like about Kate’s blog posts is her ease into it style of doing online business. Kate always takes you through a compelling story of explaining the frustration of why you are not getting hits on your email list, why no-one is listening to your podcast or why no-one is reading your stuff or buying from you. Take a breath and look through Kate’s site after you read this article. For me Kate’s further ahead in the journey than I am but since she has been in the trenches, Kate understands that you don’t need to stress to start to get ‘this online game’ to work for you. Kate’s advice is gentle, yet compelling.
I’ve been following fast talkin’, faster tweetin’,Brian since late 2014. I also found plenty of times to listen or have conversations with him when Blab.im was around. I got to meet Brian in person as he was a keynote speaker at the Problogger conference I attended in 2016. I liked an appreciated his no BS approach to marketing and being yourself on social media and using live broadcasting as a form of personal brand growth. Sine I love tools and this blog is about tools, check out Brian’s post on these excellent social tools for your biz or personal brand.
Loren I met at the Problogger conference in 2014 and it was memorable meeting her for this reason. During a presentation on setting up a podcast series with speakers Chris Ducker & Pat Flynn, she jumped up at the end of the talk and publicly stated she would start a podcast. True to her word she started The Business Addicts podcast with friend Fiona Redding and the podcast has been running gangbusters ever since. But Loren is a social media and Facebook specialist helping small business with social strategy. As part of that process, Loren shows us in the post how you don’t need to go and spend a fortune to make great looking videos and its as easy as owning a mobile phone.
Author: Chris Ducker
Article: Passion Vs Profit: Which One Will Build A Stronger Business
As I said about Loren above at the same 2014 Problogger conference I also met and spoke with Chris Ducker. Chris had a session on podcasting with Pat Flynn and did the closing keynote at the conference. Chris is an affable chap and is a keynote speaker, blogger, serial entrepreneur, author and business owner. With his ‘online’ presence he really strives for people to achieve their best with their personal branding. This article though is the one I wished I wrote when it came out. I am all for having passion with what you do, if its a hobby or a business, but unless its also making profit, passion on its own will never be enough.
I don’t know Michael and we have not corresponded, but I did come across this post that I though was exceptional reading. A few of these apps I know and use and others are detailed to a depth of use I’ve not seen previously. Even with using only half of these apps you would be well on your way to putting your online marketing efforts into overdrive.
Author: Brian Clark
Article: The ‘Pulp Fiction’ Tecnique For Engaging And Persuasive Content
Brian Clark is another blogger who has used content marketing in a huge way to build first Copyblogger, then the Rainmaker platform and also to podcast on his series called ‘Unemployable’. Brian started blogging around the same time as Darren Rowse. I discovered Brian and his blog in 2014 and I am surprised I never cam across his work prior to 2014. This article really sang to me for two reasons, one I am a huge fan of Pulp Fiction. Its an amazing film for many ways that are too detailed to explain here. Secondly, I would not have thought in a thousand years to use the basis of Pulp Fiction as a content technique.
Author: Beth Ziesenis
Site: Your Nerdy Best Friend
Article: There’s Gotta Be A Better Way! Password Management
I came across Beth’s website a few weeks ago looking for other bloggers like me, who talk about digital platforms, using apps and online resources. Beth is a speaker, author and trainer of groups on how too use digital tools. This blog post provides a good list on one of those real dreaded online and offline tasks, which is password management. I myself use LastPass which once you work out how to use (starts to become effective and easy after a few tries) is a good and efficient password management tool.
Nick Loper has been running the Side Hustle Nation Blog for over 4 years. I came across Nicks blog, then his podcast about two years ago when I was looking into ‘side hustle’ on a Google search. He is a speaker with a TEDx talk, author, blogger, podcaster, and side hustler! Side hustles are a way to use business as a way to earn a second (or third, or fourth) income, whilst still maintaining a form of full time or part time employment. If you sell a few items a week on eBay or drive for Uber and do this consistently, you a side hustler. Nick writes his reports on his blog highlighting his gains (or losses) that happen on all his endeavors as well as giving you a peek into his personal life. Nick doesn’t disclose earnings like Pat Flynn does, but its a still useful insight into carving out your niche on the interwebs.
As a blogger, for some of us, the workload can seem quite overwhelming. Writing posts, creating videos, recording podcasts, making courses, leading Q&A’s on webinars. Occasionally it can seem just like to much is happening and there is too much to do. I came across Praveen with a guest post on a blog called Shout Me Loud Praveen wrote a post on this site when I was searching for blogs for researching an article I was writing at the time. Praveen has been through the process I have a couple of years ago. Blogging just seemed all too much, so I gave up on it for a period of time. I kept the blog and occasionally wrote a post but it was months between posts. Until I realised I was doing both my readers and myself a disservice. I decided that either I needed to give my readers the blog they deserved or I needed to spend my time elsewhere.
Looking forward to your feedback. I have seen commentary from a few influencers that roundups on websites or blogs have been done to death. My intent here is not to create a roundup , then harass the hell out of these people highlighted on this post to ask, ‘hey I highlighted you on my post, go share it with your audience’. That would be just too rude. No I am more than happy for this post to be found organically and dusted with a little attention on social.
But its also me being a little indulgent and providing it as interest to you.