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I haven’t done one of these in way too long. Here’s a collection of tasty links I’ve found that I think you will enjoy. I’m hoping to reach out more in the blog over the coming months, so look for more of these!
- Naomi at Ittybiz has announced that she’s going to bring down her amazing Marketing School posts. Grab ’em now while they’re still free. I have mine copied into a Word doc as my own do-it-yourself Marketing School ebook.
- Joanna Young at Confident Writing has a fascinating post about how to handle a change in direction in your blog. When your audience (or customers) feel they have a real stake in what you do, you’ve won a battle–but taken on a whole new set of responsibilities.
- Michael Martine at Remarkablogger is running a series called the Remarkablogger Manifesto to explore your core values as a communicator and a businessperson. The concepts all apply whether you have a blog or not–they’re really about examining what drives you and where you want to go next. This post has been my favorite, but they’re all very solid.
- This video by the Grandmaster of Grump, Dan Kennedy, is part of a pitch for a new product of his. But I want you to pay special attention to his story about the chiropractor who let his family define him as “not too successful,” to the point of making it a moral issue. Kennedy would tell you that this kind of self-limitation is completely optional on your part, and I agree.
- Chris Brogan’s epic post on 50 Ways to Take Your Blog to the Next Level has been bookmarked 689 times (so far) on Delicious, for good reason. He uses five different perspectives to look closely at what’s keeping you from moving forward, and how to break through. This is a much more thoughtful, meaty post than the usual linkbait list. Highly recommended.
- Havi Brooks did a great series this week on “How to Annoy the People You Want to Help.” This was my favorite post, on speaking the language of the person you want to make a connection with.
- If writing is torture for you, check out my Copyblogger post this week on growing a blog post. This is the system I use to write content, and I’ve really found it makes the process less painful and more productive. Hope you find it useful!