I have always been a big reader. In fact, I cannot remember a time when I did not read. Sometimes I think I was born clutching a novel in my hand.
But in the past 18 months I have discovered a new reading addiction.
The first blog I ever subscribed to (by email because I had no idea what RSS was) was Copyblogger. If you want to learn how to write clean, compelling blog posts and web copy then Brian Clarke is THE MAN. I think everyone in marketing, advertising, blogging or with a small business should subscribe to Copyblogger. Follow his advice and your writing will improve ten-fold. He has the absolute best headlines too.
Darren Rowse at Problogger made me see blogs were a unique new way to self-publish and build an on-line community. Yaro Starak at Entrepreurs Journey then provided me with the technical skills and little details of what blogging was all about. Yaro excels at step by step explanations and I recommend him as the go-to guy for both beginner bloggers and people interested in learning how to build an on-line business.
By January 2008 I was starting to network with other bloggers, and my blog-roll filled out as I became excited by the quality of information on blogs and the great people I was meeting. Since then I have regularly added new blogs to my reading list. Some of them I comment on regularly, others occasionally, and the rest I lurk (sorry!).
What’s in my Google Reader
Today, I thought I’d share what’s in my Google Reader. Maybe there’s a blog here you haven’t heard of before that is right up your alley. Maybe we have the same taste and can celebrate our like-mindedness. Either way,
SHE-POWER is all about sharing, and what better thing to share than a love of reading!
These blogs are ordered from my longest subscription to most recent.
An Island Life – Paradise Edition
In My Heels – Tips for Love, Life, You
The Growing Life – Alternative Productivity. Anti-Hacks for Living
Cath Lawson – Bold Advice for Business Success
GoodLifeZen – Personal Growth with a Spiritual Twist
Delightful Work – Coach Tom Volkar on Pursuing Work Life Freedom
Skelliewag – Innovation. Ideas. Simplicity
AnyWired – Work Online, Work Anywhere, Live Free
Watdawat – One Man’s Adventures in Parenting Five Crazy Children, while Educating Ninety More
The Discomfort Zone – A Daring Adventure Life Coaching
Illuminated Mind – The Less Boring Side of Personal Development
Productive Flourishing – Beyond Lifehacks. Toward Living
Monk Mojo’s 1000 Cuts – Hacking Life with a Dull Blade
Think Simple Now – Creativity, Clarity & Happiness
The Writer’s Manifesto Blog – Freelance Writing. Blogging. Work from Home
My Tropical Escape – Lifestyle Design. Entrepreneurship. Travel
Blogging Without A Blog – Blogging Lessons, Links and Observations
The Internet Entrepreneur Diary – Word Like an Entrepreneur & Play Hard Like a Billionaire
The Happiest Blog on Earth – Great Smiles. Happy Life
The Simple Dollar – Financial Talk for the Rest of Us
Self Made Chick – Make Money Online, Work from Home, and Take Back Your Life
The Simple Marriage Project – Simple Relationship Design
NorthxEast.com – Weekly Articles about Blogging
Alex Shalman – Practical Personal Development
Liz Strauss at Successful Blog – Thinking, Writing, Business Ideas… You’re Only a Stranger Once
MomGrind – Mommyblogger Wannabe
Dumb Little Man – Tips for Life
Awake at the Wheel – Tips, Strategies and Conversations at the Crossroads of Work, Life, Entrepreneurship and Play
Location Independent Living – Live and Work from Anywhere You Choose
Men With Pens – Web Business Tips for Writers, Freelancers and Online Entrepreneurs
We The Change – Personal Development for Conscious People
Island Wench – Celebrating the Joy of Living on an Island through Creative Living, Spiritual Crafts and other Soul Transformational Activities
Write to Done – Unmissable Articles on Writing
IttyBiz – Work from Home Tips to Help You Stay Sane
Telling It Like It Is – Things You Need to Know about Marriage, Relationships and Parenting
Attraction Mind Map – Attracting Abundance Begins in the Mind
Success Soul – Abundance and Simplicity for Mind, Body & Soul
The Art of Non-Conformity – Unconventional Strategies for Work, Life and Travel
7P Productions – Dedicated to Achieving Goals and Dreams
iNeedMotivation – Self Improvement & Motivation for Logical People
Hunter Nuttall .com – Stop Sucking and Live A Life of Abundance
A Few Strong Words – Freelance. Writing. Life
Today is that Day – Create Life in Your Image
San Diego Momma – but it could happen anywhere…
Urban Panther’s Lair – The Strange Behaviours of Wildcats in an Urban Setting
Pun Intended – Daily Humor and Escapism
Bloody hell, I had no idea I read so many blogs!
I’m tempted to say, if you know of another blog I might like, then drop me a line. But I’m not sure my family will thank you.
Then again, I’m expanding my mind, feeding my thirst for knowledge and perspective. One or two more blogs can’t hurt… Just whisper it so MusicMan doesn’t hear.
And check out some of the fabulous blogs on my list. I recommend all of them and I thank their writers for getting me thinking and keeping me entertained over the past year.
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