“Water, Water Everywhere and not a Drop to Drink”
Before I jump into all the hijinks and shenanigans that is the Sunday Selection I have a couple of really important posts to discuss. Once a Year there is a Blog Action Day. This is a day when normal bloggers get together and do their part to try to raise the profile of an important issue. I came late to this great cause and missed my chance to join in with a post. Just because Blog Action Day has passed does not mean that the opportunity to give to this wonderful cause (or any cause) has passed.
This year’s theme was the need for water in developing nations. Here are two different takes on the subject from friends of the Steve Scott Site: Karen and Jennifer. I read a couple other articles on this topic that were also wonderful and I want to thank everyone who took the time to make a blog post for Blog Action Day. Furthermore I want to encourage every one of my readers to do the second part of “Blog Action” day. Read these posts and take some form of Action. If you cannot afford a monetary donation, read some of the great conservation tips and do your part that way.
This weeks selections are:
Maria gives us an unusual technical service call that is very inspirational. Installing Love in the Human Computer. While Thu shows the love to many of her wonderful followers. -A few of whom are also wonderful followers of this blog. – This is a really nice way of giving back and showing appreciation for all the wonderful comments.
Lynn gives us some information about a man named Don Miguel. He seems to be a pretty amazing man; mixing what seems to me to be modern wisdom with ancient Toltec tradition. One of the things that really struck me -in an awesome way- was Lynn’s explanation of his concepts of the, “The Four Agreements”. These 4 philosophies are both amazing and practical. Four important philosophies. My personal favorite is 2. -Don’t take anything personally- but I do not want to steal Lynn’s thunder. Go check it out.
Ralph is a really inspirational guy, and I don’t think he even knows it. He discusses some problems he had with a 12 mile mountain hike. I am only 35. I run marathons and I still do not always find 12 mile mountain hike something that is “easy”. Ralph also runs two separate and awesome blogs and is a great source of wisdom and a great guy. Truly an inspiration! Check out his story about the hike and then swing over to check out his other site where he talks about Columbus Day and derides critics of the great holiday.
Adam talks about 11 ways to optimize your site and encourage more commenting
What can I say it isn’t every day you get hit up with a simple concept that might actually help to directly improve the way you do business. I haven’t had a chance to take this for a test drive yet, but this WordPress tool that Julius talks about seems like it could really be something I will enjoy using. He also gives some really clear instructions on how to really make the most of it. I must say it has me a little excited to try it out.
Speaking of useful plugin’s, Mike gives us a whole list of of them. 9 wordpress plugins in fact. These look like the “real deal” so check them out!
Ana has some wonderful site speed tips for us. This is an often overlooked aspect of blogging. Big fancy graphics, outgoing banner ads and latest and greatest plugins and widgets seem really cool. But like the force, there is a Dark Side.
Ben give us some hints on perseverance and understanding when and how to “change things up”
I will be completely honest. I found this post as I was about to finish up my Sunday Selections. I saw the title and knew I had to add it even if the writing was complete gibberish. Of course I also knew it would not be, since it was an article by Alex. This post is a collection of random thoughts by Alex. All of them containing some wisdom and a decent bit of humor; check out: The Bluebird and Cannibal Goldfish (Twitter Tips Etc. ) By the way, I would buy the treadmill if shipping costs from Australia to New Jersey wouldn’t kill me.
As always Matthew gives us a couple really good books for our reading list this week.
Patricia shows the way you should run a niche website by example. She is truly the queen of all things lavender. She takes a nice small niche and defines it. She gets all sorts of comments and backlinks; not because she spams, uses crazy strategies or expensive link programs. She gets them simply because she visits many sites, leaves thoughtful and insightful comments and really participates in community. Whenever people talk about ways that you should be promoting any niche products; this is the way people!
Maybe not entirely self serving. I want your opinions. If you haven’t yet commented please help me pick my next weekly series. The competition is pretty close with two of the three choices. This series will be running for at least 12-14 weeks, so please let me know what would interest you the most so I can deliver the post that the greatest majority of you all would enjoy.Take Action. Get Results.