with Mir Kamin
I'm a freelance writer and mother of two working from home, which theoretically means I can set my own schedule so as to best accommodate my family. In reality, "flexible hours" often equals "working too much." Yes, I'm my own boss; no, that doesn't mean life is easy. It's hard to leave the office when you live there. But I love what I do and feel very lucky. And not just because I get paid to work in my pajamas.
To learn more about Mir, check out her profile on Work It, Mom! or visit her blog at http://www.wouldashoulda.com/
There’s a school of thought that says that information is best conveyed in a numbered list of items. (I’ve also read/heard that those lists should always contain an odd number of items, but that may be a bit more controversial.) As a lifelong rambler who never writes a sentence when a half-dozen paragraphs will do, the list thing isn’t something I do too often. (I should probably try doing it more.) I do find it a fabulous way to garner lots of little informational tidbits in a short amount of time, though.
Translation: I am not succinct, but I appreciate it when others are. Heh.
Anyway, in the spirit of the whole new-year-self-improvement kind of thing, I figured that as January is winding down, now, I’d direct you to a few master list-makers who’ve piqued my interest lately. If you’re looking for the best bang-for-your-buck mileage out of some blogging advice, check out these lists from people smarter—and more succinct—than I:
Start with this list of 24 (of the) Best Business Blogging Guides, Tips and Tools of 2011 from Business 2 Community. Yep, it’s a list of lists, but I guarantee you’ll find something there that resonates. From advice on blog commenting to best SEO practices to general blogging tips, it’s all there. Bookmark that one, because I guarantee you’ll want to go back to it in the weeks and months to come.
Missing from that list are two recent pieces from Problogger that I think are worthy of a mention.
First, I really loved reading Uttoran Sen’s 31 Unexpected Perks of Blogging You’ll Never Want to Give Up, particularly because many of the items on the list aren’t the “rah rah be a pro!” kinds of things you typically see when people are talking about blogging as a business. I think that’s precisely why I think it’s a good business read—once you’re doing this for a living, you can forget about why you started blogging in the first place, which (for most of us, anyway) is because it’s fun. This one is a great reminder of some of the intangible benefits.
Second, if you need a little levity, don’t miss Karol K’s 13 Steps to Being the Worst Blogger on the Planet. I particularly like number 14 (nope, not a typo). Just a little geeky blogging giggle to lighten your day, of course, but there’s some valid points embedded in the humor.
At the end of the day, there’s no “magic list” that’s going to clarify everything, of course, but I do love these sorts of pieces that impart such good information in bite-sized bits.
Do you have some other favorite tips lists bookmarked you can share with me?
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