Once again we are back to another Sunday. Labor Day has come and gone and school here in the United States is back in session. I hope everyone had a wonderful week. And I hope everyone has a week filled with happiness and joy for this coming week.
Speaking of happiness and joy; that is a good way to start off this post. Dia had a great post this week about ways to be happy. Along with being happy it is important to nourish your soul, your spirit or whatever you want to call the inner part of you that represents the finer things in life. Belinda gives us a great article about how to nourish that starving soul.
Speaking of soul I have always been fascinated by the way artists, particularly sculptors free an image “that was there already”. El gives us a fascinating story of Michelangelo and tells us ways we can use this to fulfill our dreams.
To go further into the theme of old artistry, Farnoosh talks about an old book. Written 166 years ago it is still one of my favorite works of fiction. It has everything you could ask for. Love, betrayal, revenge, pirates, swords fights, prison escapes, transformation and ultimately character growth; yes, the Count of Monte Cristo is THAT good.
Speaking of books, Matthew starts talking about one, “Thriving on Chaos,” by Tom Peters in his great article. He starts there, but moves onto the important topic of getting and work worth paying for.
As a final mention on reading (yes lots of reading assignments this week) Tyler has a site dedicated to risk taking. Taking chances, struggling and overcoming obstacles are some things that I am very fond of. It is not surprising that Tyler is also a fan of one of my favorite websites and has done a short book review of Chris Guillebeau’s new book . Since I haven’t had time to read his book yet myself, I thought I would include it. While on the subject of Chris you should pop over to his site and read what he has to say about the need to protect and nurture things that you care about.
Changing the subject to work, James gives us some insight on how to get some inexpensive work done. It can be used to make money in for low paying but hopefully quick jobs. Fiverr is a site where people can post jobs they are willing to do for 5 dollars. In lieu of more explanation, go visit James to find out more.
Ralph gives us a cantankerous rant about all the bad points of email (we all hate spam don’t we). As if to answer this issue James gives us some ways to organize email. Organization means efficiency and I LOVE efficiency.
Joshua gives us a lesson on the ways to recover when plans go awry. Rather than try to fumble around with something good to say I will just give you a line from his article that particularly struck me. “Success comes to those who are able to make the necessary adjustments, and still see the goal.”
Jered turns our topic to the study of leadership. He gives us a great list of the quality traits leaders should possess. For success they are all traits we should ALL possess, but they are particularly important in leaders. This is really a good, “print out and post” list.
Now we move onto our final topic of blogging. I found the next article to be extremely important to bloggers. I attempted to spread the word via Twitter and Facebook as soon as I saw this. Hopefully, anyone effected got the message from me or one of the other sites that, “spread the word”. In a nutshell, if you have been commenting on commentluv sites and you use feedburner in its default setup, you have been getting some of your “link juice” stolen.
By the by, see the two links above too Twitter and Facebook. That is what I like to call a SUBTLE HINT. If I do not have you as a friend/follower I would like too, please add me. Well, so much for subtlety, it is overrated anyhow.
While we are still close to the subject of link building Mike gives us a list of “black hat” link building techniques that we should avoid, and the reasons why we should avoid them.
The personal tidbits are often what make a blog interesting. Let’s face it ,the information is great, but most of it you could likely find everything elsewhere if you looked hard enough. A reason to keep reading is often because the blogger consistently posts on topics that interest you AND simply because you like them (from their writings). Thus it can be very interesting then when a writer peels back the curtain a little bit and lets you see behind the scenes. There were two of these revealing blogs this week Karen got personal and let us know things that we did not know about her. Murray gave us a view of the things all his different aspirations and things he has going on.
Perhaps you heard of the 100 comment challenge that just ended up. Jacinta had a brilliant idea to network and get people to comment on each other’s blog post until each posts comments reached 100. Replies didn’t count. It was a great idea, and like any great idea there were some who did a wonderful job and others who did not so wonderful jobs. Alex, a simply wonderful writer, took a stab at some of the people who didn’t approach the challenge with real zeal. Some of the challenge participants took some offense to his words and a great war seemed to erupt in HIS comment section (oh sweet irony). Anyway, break out the popcorn for reading the comments, as great as the post is, the drama going down in the comments is wonderful. As a counterpoint to the drama, Thu wrote some articles about many of the great posts that came out of the 100 post challenge. There were indeed many very good ones!
Summer is over now. It is time to stop going to the beach and buckle down and work again. Hopefully you have all enjoyed your weekend and can hit your work or school week with renewed vim and vigor.Take Action. Get Results.