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Cool Stuff I Learned This Week

Here is a round up of some cool things I’ve discovered this week. I hope that you find them useful and interesting too!

Interesting

Spontaneous Urban Gatherings: From Subway Parties to Pillow Fights. This new wave could spark something wonderful. Does it give you any fun ideas? Web Urbanist always has some very interesting stories about cities around the world with amazing pictures. Check out Web Urbanist home page too for some more gems. (Image from Web Urbanist)Parkour

Writing

How to Complete Your First Book with these 9 Simple Writing Habits by Leo Babauta at Dumb Little Man

Business

Thinking of starting a web based business? Read this first: Learn From an Adsense Millionaire: Notes on Markus Frind and PlentyofFish.com by Maki of DoshDosh.

Money

Massive Personal Finance Resource List by Brett McKay of The Frugal Law Student

Living

Zenhabits.net . You know what? I just can’t pick one from this blog. There are so many good ones. I learn and am reminded of useful things here every week. Check out Leo’s superbly useful articles!

Kindness from Be Inspired Every Day blog. Kindness always makes sense. This article will make you feel good because it helps you release negativity.

Technology

Did You Buy an iPhone? If so check out 4 ways to get your money back and 200 reasons to love american express – an article by social media maven MSaleem.

Sudden Hard Drive Crash. Lorie Morero’s (happy ending) story of a hard drive crash. Are you ready if your hard drive crashes?

Please Share!

What great articles did you read or write this week? All comments big and small are very welcomed!

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If You Have a Blog, You’ll Want to Read This

If you don’t have a blog, you can skip this post. But if you do have a blog, and you’d like the chance to win some extremely valuable services that can help take your blog to the next level, then you’ll want to check this out.

I recently came across a prize giveaway by one of my favorite bloggers, David Airey. David Airey is a graphic designer specializing in logo design. He is holding a prize giveaway to celebrate the one year anniversary of his blog. There are more than $4,000 worth in free prizes! Find out how to enter by reading the details on David’s logo designer blog.

David Airey Logo Design

To whet your appetite, here are some of the prizes that are up for grabs:

If you’re interested, find out how to enter the drawing by reading the details on David’s logo designer blog.

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The Z-List: Cool Blogs You’re Not Reading…Yet


 

What’s the Z-List?

It’s a list of cool blogs that you’ve probably not seen before.

Why Should You Check It Out?

  • Curiosity to find a cool blog or useful information.
  • Get traffic to your site by adding your adding your blog to the Z-List.
  • Have your say by voting for blogs that you like or dislike.
  • Chance to win the top blog spot on the Z-List.
  • Who doesn’t love feedback about their site?

Where’s the Z-List?

Click Here to see the Z-List on Life Learning Today
Enjoy! And if you have any feedback, as always, comments are welcome and I Follow!

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Keyword Meme – All Aboard!

I was tagged by Courtney Tuttle on a new blog ’ship’, which is very much like a train. The term ‘blog ship’ was coined by BloggingForBills.com, which started the ship. So here is a networking link love post, where the links come with keyworded anchor text!

For this “ship” you pick the keywords of the people that you want to tag. The best way to do this is to visit their sites and choose some words from their title tag, which appears in the blue bar at the top of both Internet Explorer and Firefox.

If anyone wants to join the ship, let me know! Add the list to your site and I’ll gladly add you to the list here!

****Start copying here****

Here are the rules:

1) Write a short post about how you found this sweet list and include a link back to that blog. (This is required!)

2) COPY the rules and ENTIRE list below and post it on your blog.

3) Take the blogs in“My New Shipmates� and move them into the “The Original Shipmates� list.

4) Find 3 new blogs, make them your shipmates by linking to them with a keyword that is relevant to their site. Pick any keyword you want, just make sure it could be beneficial to them. Add them to “My new shipmates� section. Some will end up with similar keywords, that’s ok:) You can also link to specific posts in their blogs if you want.

5) Notify your new ship mates that you’ve included them so they can get on the keyword ship!

My New Shipmates

The Original Shipmates

Business Opportunity
Life Learning
Blog Ratings

How to promote your blog
Make money online
Green tea benefits
Blog marketing

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New MyBlogLog Wagon – Choo Choo

Court from CourtneyTuttle.com made me aware of a new link train to get on board with. It’s the MyBlogLog wagon!

MyBlogLog is a great way to meet other bloggers in your field, and joining the MyBlogLog train can help you to get a bunch of extra links for your site.

Join the train to find some new readers and gain some links!

***Start Copying Here:***
Here are the rules:

1) Write a short introduction about how you found this list and include a link back to that blog.

2) COPY the rules and ENTIRE list below and post it on your blog.

3) Take “My New Community Members� and move them into the “The Original Community Members� list.

4) Find 3 new blogs, join their MyBlogLog Community and add them to the “My New Community Members� section. Remember to also add the “Join the Community� link next to your new blogs. ( Example: http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/community/ReformatThis/ )

5) Join as a member to each Community listed here by clicking on “Join the Community�. The goal is that all of the new Members listed will join your community, and you should do the same!

My New Community Members
Reflections of TimeJoin the Community

Blog-Blond – Join the Community

Google Tutor Join the Community

The Original Community Members

CourtneyTuttle.ComJoin the Community
SmartWealthyRich.comJoin the Community
BloggerLounge.netJoin the Community

The Thinking BlogJoin the Community
Blogging For BillsJoin the Community
Randa Clay DesignJoin the Community
2PerfectJoin the Community
PureBloggingJoin the Community
DietrifficJoin the Community
Shawn KnightJoin the Community
Reformat ThisJoin the Community
Kelly ChoJoin the Community
Ms. DanielleJoin the Community
The Man of SilverJoin the Community
Nate WhitehillJoin the Community
Leo ChiangJoin the Community
Garry ConnJoin the Community
SamanathonJoin the Community
Mr. Gary LeeJoin the Community
Feats of a Chilean Dot Com EntrepreneurJoin the Community
Jon LeeJoin the Community
Everyday WeekenderJoin the Community
Bryan’s RantsJoin the Community

WriteToRight.ComJoin the Community
TagsKitchen.comJoin The Community
LifeLearningToday.comJoin The Community

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The Learning Blog Awards!

What are The Learning Blog Awards?

This is an award that highlights outstanding blogs from which we learn a tremendous amount  of useful and interesting information. Presenting:

The Learning Blog Awards!                 

Learning Blog Award recipients consistently provide well written information that is both useful and interesting.

Here are the winning blogs. Each of these blogs can now proudly display the award gif on their site.

  1. Be the Change You Want to See in Yourself by Catherine Marie
  2. Change Your Thoughts by Steven Aitchison
  3. Paula Neal Mooney by Paula Neal Mooney
  4. Blog About Money Online By Alex Bamo
  5. The Positivity Blog by Henrik Edberg
  6. Life Coach Daily Tips by Thea
  7. Clever Dude Personal Finance & Money by Clever Dude
  8. Earth & Sky by Ryan Britton et. al.
  9. Dumb Little Man by Jay White
  10. Indexed by Jessica Hagy

Congratulations! You have won A Learning Blog Award

Participation Rules

  1. Only if you are tagged with this award, please write a post on your blog with links to 5-10 blogs that you learn great things from.
  2. Link to this post, so that people can easily see where these awards began. (Link to The Learning Blog Awards post)
  3. Optional: Proudly display the “Learning Blog Award” with a link to the post that You wrote.

Please check out these great blogs and let me know your thoughts!

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It’s OK to Not Finish Your Peas

Reading Book Reviews

I used to think that my hobby was reading books. And it is… or used to be before I became a parent, but that’s not the whole story. What I’ve discovered is that more often than not, I read the book review, become interested in the subject or story, buy or borrow the book, and then never finish the book. It’s not for lack of interest or willingness to do the work of reading. It’s that my interests greatly exceed my time. So I’ve determined that my hobby has become reading book reviews.

BooksSelf Flagellation

This realization has taken me a while to acknowledge consciously. But as the unread books in my room keep piling up, I’ve had to face it. And my first reaction has been to beat myself up about it, mentally that is.

I tried behavior therapy such as not allowing myself to buy books anymore. Only library books for a while. But then I started modifying my rule, saying well if I buy a book from a yard sale, then that’s OK. But it’s not OK. The books keep piling up. And I keep feeling bad.

I tried disallowing book review reading. If I am not tempted by the luscious new books hitting the bookshelves, then I won’t buy any more books, right? But that didn’t work. I found myself doing drive-by’s of the bookstore like a lover mourning a break-up. And eventually I found myself inside the bookstore… on the way to the grocery store… just a quick stop I told myself.

Epiphany

So fast forward to today. I was trying to think of a story to write for the Not-So-Boring Challenge, and it hit me! It’s OK to not finish every book I buy or borrow. It’s OK to only skim a book. It’s OK if you rarely use that power tool you impulsively bought that’s collecting dust in the garage. It’s OK if it takes 2 years to finish the quilting project you were so excited about at the start.

Hobbies should be fun. We shouldn’t attach our crazy insane work ethic to our hobbies, because if we do, then they become work and then we avoid them altogether.

So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to read what I can, skim without guilt, and enjoy reading book reviews. Maybe I’ll even allow myself to fantasize about buying a new book now and then.

….And now over to Not-So-Boring-Life’s Rare Must Read Books to see if I can find something juicy to read….or not read! 🙂

 

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Extreme Makeover: Blog Edition

My Lucky Day!

I recently won a blog redesign from the world famous author of The Thinking Blog, Ilker Yoldas. I wrote this review of her blog, The International Woman of Mystery, to win this fabulous makeover.

And you are looking at the results. Here is the before and after:

           

This gifted designer also created a streamlined and eyecatching favicon  for the Life Learning Today blog that you should see in your browser tabs and address bar.

Other Winners

I am honored to have won because many other great bloggers competed in this contest. You can read about the honorable mention and runner-up winners in the What Do You Think post.

Promote Your Blog

YOU could be the next winner. Ilker’s re-design contest is ongoing with new winners on a regular basis. Click here to learn how to enter this contest. If you are one of the the winners you will gain a very valuable link from a site which is highly ranked on Technorati. The Thinking Blog is currently ranked 877 out of the millions of blogs in the universe!

World Class Designer

If you have graphic design needs, I highly recommend hiring Ilker Yoldas. She is very detail oriented, a computer whiz (just check out what she has done with the Blogger template on her site!), a quick study, and a pleasure to work with. Thank you, Ilker for your great design!

Please share your thoughts on the new design in the Comments! Thanks!

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International Woman of Mystery: Ilker Yoldas and The Thinking Blog

Inspiring Blog Inspiring Author

There is a site that inspires me and it is called “The Thinking Blog.” It is authored by Ilker Yoldas. This blog inspires me to write my best for my blog. The Thinking Blog provides “Thinking Fuel” for your brain, which is similar to what I want to bring to my readers, “Learning Fuel” – to borrow a phrase. The posts are diverse, well researched and make an impact on you. I am also inspired by Ilker and her positive, friendly, good-hearted nature which I believe is genuine. I am inspired by her success story in gaining a very solid readership in just 3 months, but I believe that her success directly stems from her superb content and her positive nature.

TheThinkingBlog

Posts of Note

I have yet to read all of The Thinking Blog, but that wouldn’t be easy as she posts religiously every day, which means after 3 months, she has at least 90+ interesting posts to choose from in categories such as: arts, cars, computers, creative, design, games, health, music, sports, technology, and more. A couple of posts that demonstrate her well researched, well-thought out content are: The Cult of Apple-Part 1 and Microsoft Substitutes. These are two of her longer posts. The Cult of Apple-Part 1 is a well thought out examination of the merits and fallacies of blindly following Apple (without being negative or disrespectful). Microsoft Substitutes is about all the cool open source computer goodies she uses with links to where to get them. In her posts, Ilker makes good use of including videos, diagrams and other visuals to relay good food for thought. Oh and of course you won’t want to miss her most popular post, Support Topless Women.

Designer Extraordinaire

Ilker is a designer and a good one. Here are 2  links to some of her work: Her website redesign and John Chow redesign idea. Of course there are many more examples in her blog. If you need to hire a freelance designer for your website, she is available. And of course you must check out her Free 2007 Calendar giveaway that showcases her beautiful photography.

Mystery Author

So why do I call her the International Woman of Mystery. Well it is because none of us, her readers, really know her. In fact we don’t even know if she is a man or a woman. I’ve seen her readers refer to her both as “he” and “she.” The avatar that she uses is a picture of Natalia Oreiro, a popular Latin Grammy-nominated Uruguayan singer and actress. She started by using the avatar as a test, and when she tried to go back to her alien fetus avatar, her readers demanded the Natalia avatar back.. She either lives in Turkey or is Turkish, but seems to be very American. Again another mystery. With every post we learn a little more about Ilker, like connecting the dots in the stars to form a constellation. I believe that her mystery is partially what keeps us coming back for more. With each post another clue is revealed. It’s a little bit like a reality blog, although the focus on herself is not Ilker’s aim. Her aim is to invite us to think along with her on the subjects that fascinate her.

One to Watch

Ilker has amassed a large community of readers. She claims to not be interested in “traffic or SEO or nothing like that,”  and also she “never thought of making money with this blog.” She claims it is “Just another hobby. Time left over from studying, sports, and hanging out with friends, this is what I enjoy doing. Its some serious fun!” (My guess is that she doesn’t sleep with all her activities both offline and online. How do you do it Ilker?) However, by design or by intuition she promotes her blog well and in doing so she has gained much blogging success.  As of this writing, she is ranked the 5th most popular community on MyBlogLog, and her Technorati Rank: is  8,646 (581 links from 360 blogs) which is excellent. UPDATE: Technorati Rank is now: 1,281 (1,943 links from 1,213 blogs)! That’s a jump of 7000 places! Wow!

Her Secret

The key to her success? She blogs with honor, her content is high quality, and she keeps us coming back for more because we all want to know this positve person a little better than yesterday. Congrats Ilker! Keep inspiring us all!

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