I’ve been spending a lot more time reading blogs lately and it’s helped me in a lot of ways.
- I’m learning more, both about my methods of making money online and about my mindset and what I can do to improve my general outlook on life and business.
- I’m meeting and networking with more bloggers. I’m commenting on their posts, striking up conversations, and some of them even head over here to check out what I’m about. That’s always great!
- Reading is an important part of being a good writer. The two best things to do if you want to be a good writer are read more and write more!
- It’s relaxing. I spend all day working. It’s nice to sit back and just read.
The biggest downside is that it does take a big chunk of time out of my days but it’s worth it. In order to succeed in business you should always strive to improve and learn.
I’ve decided to create another benefit of my blog reading. It’s something that will help me and you both! Each week I’ll be doing a “weekly wrap-up” where I share some of my favorite posts I read this week. Some weeks it may only be one or two, other weeks it may be a dozen posts. It helps me because I can put this together on Friday so you guys have something to read and it helps you because you I’ll be sharing posts that I honestly think will help you.
I’ll also be doing this on SquidsPro for posts about Squidoo including some interesting posts by HQ and blog posts from IM/Squidoo blogs. If you’re on Squidoo, head over to SquidsPro on Fridays as well! (This week’s will be early Saturday morning because creating theses posts was a last minute decision.)
We’ll start with a post by Tiffany Dow. She had a few posts that were really awesome this week but rather than let her unintentionally hog the spotlight, I’ll share my favorite and you guys can check out her other posts if you like what you read. The post is called “3 Important Criteria for Setting Goals” and really gave me a lot to think about.
Basically, Tiffany talks about setting goals and make sure they are good goals for where you are and what you want to accomplish. Her criteria are your financial situation, what you want to put out into the world, and the daily life you want to achieve. She goes into more detail in her post, but it boils down to figuring out what you really want out of life and business. When you have an idea for something you’d like to do, run it through your “goal filters” to see if it’s a good fit.
She gives some of her own examples, but it got me thinking a lot about some of the things I’ve been doing lately. I’ve been doing a lot of things to bring me immediate money like freelancing with Christmas coming up. I was thinking about taking on a client that has a huge project for me. It will likely take around 6 months to complete and pays pretty well. I was set to do it but after reading this, I ran it through my filters. I’m not really looking for immediate cash after the holidays but it never hurts so either way is fine on that filter. It’s something I’m okay with working on so it checks with filter two, but what about my daily life? My big goal is to spend more time relaxing with my family and playing/reviewing games for my video game site through 2013. If I’m busy writing for a client I’m going to be working twice as long each day. That won’t work for me. I declined the job and send the client a list of writers I recommend for it.
I highly suggest heading over to take a look at the blog post!
The next post I want to talk about was written by Bonnie Gean, a fellow vlogger from Tiff’s challenge. (I still read the vlogger’s blogs daily if they update so I’m sure you’ll always see at least a few great posts by them in the round-ups!) It’s called “Schmoozing Builds Community“.
I was a little confused when I read the title of the post because “schmoozing” always felt like kind of a sleazy word and I know that’s not how Bonnie is, but when I clicked over and got to enjoy a great post about networking and building connections.
It’s important to remember that there are real people on the other side of blogs and comments. Reaching out and leaving a comment or striking up a conversation is not only a great way to build connections but a great way to start building a community.
Why is community important? Well, let’s look at this vlogging challenge. The vloggers who participated and even some commenter who didn’t still check the participant’s blogs often. We’ve formed a community where we check out what others are teaching or doing. We discuss, we brainstorm, and we support each other. Community makes peoples and businesses strong.
Two more left! Next is from Copyblogger. “How to Quit Publishing Bad Content“. We’ve all seen it – you land on a blog expecting to find something worthwhile only to find some kind of spun mess or an article stuffed with keywords. Good content comes from writing for readers, not for computers, bots, or spiders. It’s about the people that visit your blog! Quit working so hard to get them there before you have something on your blog worth reading. So many people lose sight of that.
Don’t head over to Copyblogger unless you’ve got some spare time on your hands or you’re very good at not pressing the related article links. I don’t check back there daily or even weekly, but I do enjoy checking back from time to time to read. I’ve learned a lot there!
The last post for this week’s wrap up is a new vlog by Lisa Stoops about high impact activities in business.
There are so many different things you can do each day when you sit down to work. Sometimes it can be hard to decide where to start. If you’re anything like me, that can easily lead to sitting there doing nothing or checking email over and over again until a decision is made. Lisa talks about high impact activities and challenges us to define our own high impact activities for our own business models.
For you it may be most effective to focus on blogging, building a list, or contacting potential affiliates. Everyone’s business is different so what is most important will be different from person to person.
That’s it for today’s round up. Once again, here are the blog posts mentioned.
- 3 Important Criteria for Setting Goals by Tiffany Dow
- Schmoozing Builds Community by Bonnie Gean
- How to Quit Publishing Bad Content from Copyblogger
- High Impact Activities by Lisa Stoops
Any blog posts you read this week that you think should have made the list but didn’t? Let me know in the comments!