Monthly Archives: October 2010

Want a book that will save you hours of blog design time?

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The Web Designer’s Idea Book is exactly that — a compendium of screenshots (700, to be exact) of beautifully designed websites. The subtitle of the book reads, “The ultimate guide to themes, trends, and styles in website design.” I bought this book because I create a lot of blogs and mini sites. I always always always spend a ton more time trying to come up with a good design and tweaking it than I should. So I saw this book in the bookstore last year, flipped through it, and was sold. The question is, though, do you need a book like this?


October 18th, 2010|

Plan and Launch Your Blog with The Blog Planning Kit (free PDF, no opt-in)

This is a free, downloadable, printable PDF ebook that I wrote because I like blog planning and I like lists. Whenever I start (or think of starting) a new blog, I make a bunch of lists. The lists are so that I can have a fully-developed idea of what I want my blog to be like in terms of content and design, plus what my roadmap is for things like promotion and monetization. When all of these lists come together, you get the Blog Planning Kit.

I got tired of just writing out all of the notes randomly on normal paper and never quite remembering all of the things that I should think out, so I digitized the whole thing. Out of the kindness of my heart, I’ve made it freely available to all :)


October 17th, 2010|

Should You Buy 31 Days to Build a Better Blog? (by Darren Rowse of

This was the first ebook that I ever paid for, and doing so was a pretty big deal for me. I’d always figured that whatever’s in any ebook, I can find for free elsewhere online. I mean, the trusted internet’s got it all, right? It’s especially interesting that I bought this particular ebook because a fair amount (but not all) of the information really is available for free here on as a 31-day series of posts. So why would you pay for something that’s already free?

Because 1) It’s got more up-to-date and better info than the above link, 2) The info in the book is in a different order to make the biggest difference in your blogging, and 3) it’s friggin awesome. Let that sink in a little bit and be put into perspective. I’m a not-quite-broke-but-still-very-cash-strapped, unemployed recent college grad (and I was still in school when I bought this) and I still shelled out $20 to buy this ebook. And I’m glad I did. That’s how good it is.


October 16th, 2010|

The formula for turning your passion into a viable business

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I first heard about Gary Vaynerchuk (the author of Crush It) in a video of a talk he gave at the Web 2.0 World Expo (I’ll embed the video at the bottom of this post) in 2008.The title of his talk was “Do What You Love (No Excuses!).” I was super inspired and psyched by the talk, and it made me feel good knowing that there were other people in the world who couldn’t imagine doing anything for a living other than what they love to do.

Then I came across Gary’s book. I knew I had to read this book from the second I read its title and subtitle: “Crush It: How to Cash In on Your Passion.” Pretty great, right? I mean, that’s what everyone wants to do: make money doing what they love. I ordered the book off Amazon and it sat around in my “to read” pile. Eventually I picked it up, and I ended up reading the whole thing in one sitting. And I’m glad I did!


October 15th, 2010|