The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – September 20, 2013

Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending September 20, 2013

5 blogs that matter

Continuing in my new tradition, here are quotes from 5 blogs that got my attention this week.

I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think outside my old paradigm.

It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think.

I hope you will find some new sources of inspiration with these posts.

Here’s the next group of 5 in the series:


Zac Johnson 

How to Pre-Plan for Success with a Niche Review Site

Zac JohnsonOne of the most exciting times before launching a new site of your own is thinking about everything that you will have on your site and the floods of traffic that you will have coming to, in addition to all of the piles of money coming in!

Yes… that is what we all “dream” about when starting a new web site or blog.

The problem is that many of us will quickly run over to GoDaddy and buy the first awesome name that we can think of, then throw up a wordpress site, write some content… then lose motivation in the site and let it die out because it didn’t get any traffic or make any money in it’s first month!

That’s the problem… you didn’t plan out your site like a true business.

Read the post…

Mike Brown

15 Blogging Hacks – What to Blog About and How to Get a Daily Blog Post Done 

Mike BriownI’m conducting a sold-out workshop today on blogging for business at the Enterprise Center of Johnson County. From the advance attendee list, it looks like there are several Brainzooming blog subscribers attending, so I reached out to a number of them for their expectations from the session.

Duane Hallock, Regional Communications Director and Chief Communications Officer for the American Red Cross, Kansas City Region, wrote back that he was “eager to see what goes on behind the curtain” with the Brainzooming blog to meet a five day a week publishing schedule.

My List of Blogging Hacks

I’m not sure there is a “curtain” to look behind, but since we won’t talk about these in the content workshop, here’s a list of blogging hacks (in no particular order) for maintaining a daily blogging schedule:

Have a few foundation topics…

Read the post…



Flushing Engagement Down the Pan

RideauHere’s a new way to measure employee engagement. Visit the restroom.

What do you think of each time you visit your washroom/ restroom/ or toilet at work?

I know whenever I enter a restaurant’s facilities I am always evaluating the cleanliness, smell and availability of soap, paper towels or well-functioning hand dryers. I think subconsciously I give a secondary evaluation of a restaurant’s quality by the restroom experience I have over and above the food and service.


Read the post…


Dov Seidman

Are You a Social Media Narcissist? Good and Bad Ways to Love Yourself Online

Dov SeidmanFor millions of people, a social media bubble inflates every day, as their key indicators—likes! endorsements! Klout scores! clickthroughs!—soar.

Unfortunately, these misguided measures exert great and growing influence on how we manage our lives and businesses while reflecting our social mediamisuse. If we don’t pop our virtual personal bubbles, we can be in for a world of very real hurt. Too many of us will stare too intently at our highly curated images and plunge through our screens into a bottomless sea of inauthenticity.

One of the most common refrains about the explosive growth of social media is that it makes many of us “narcissistic.” That’s an understandable observation, but it is both imprecise and off-the-mark.

Read the post…


Les Hayman

Life is Not About Learning to Weather the Storm…

…Life is About Learning to Dance in the Rain

Les HaymanWhile I am not a big fan of most inspirational quotations, I have always liked these particular few words.

These days a large part of what I see posted on Facebook, rather than being original thoughts from supposedly intelligent people that I have “befriended”, tends to be pithy little sayings that are meant to make us all feel better about ourselves, and which are meant to inspire us to ensure that we understand that our “attitude determines our altitude” and that “life begins at the end of your comfort zone”

I believe that most of these are just being used to ensure that, through these regular over-postings, we do not forget that these people who keep posting these aphorisms are still alive and needing some attention, rather than any real belief on their part that we are somehow going to be uplifted by reading “Don’t stress the could haves. If it should have, it would have”.

Read the post…


Hugh Ballou

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