In The Journals Of An Amateur Naturalist

Amateur NaturalistWhere to Find Journals of an Amateur Naturalist:
Blog URL: http://naturejournals.blogspot.com/
Category: Nature, Outdoors

Journals of an Amateur Naturalist

Many of us share an affinity with nature; if not a direct connection and experience of it at least a curiosity. Others make it their singular hobby, a passion, really, as Jace Stansbury has. Jace is a self-proclaimed amateur naturalist who uses his blog to share his love of nature, the creatures within it, and the stories he thinks are worth sharing.

Journals of an Amateur Naturalist – Why You Should Go

Jace is a US amateur naturalist, and many of his posts and the creatures that he spotlights are found there. That presents an opportunity for naturalists around the world to learn more about the animals that the common person comes into contact with, as opposed to what you might learn about in mainstream press. This blog is more like a living field guide that shows the diversity of the wildlife Jace explores, on a more intimate and personal basis. For those more local, Jace Stansbury’s blog is an opportunity to see what you might be missing in your own back yard, and how you might enjoy it.

Summing Up Journals of an Amateur Naturalist

Jace Stansbury writes with an obvious passion and impressive depth of knowledge for one who claims the title of ‘amateur’. This is an interesting nature blog written with care and concern for creatures and habitats far and wide, a good place to learn about supporting wildlife and enjoying the great outdoors.

Go here to check out Journals of an Amateur Naturalist.


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What Francessa’s Thinking

Francessa's ThinkingWhere to Find Francessa’s Thinking:
Blog URL: http://francessarich.blogspot.com/
Category: Reviews, Personal Blog

Francessa’s Thinking

Hoping to expand our international reach a bit beyond our three nations of main interest—which have been, up until now, Australia (Sean’s & Digg It’s real home), the U.S. (mine), and Canada (close by), I was excited to see that Lydia from Writerquake was recommending a blog written by a woman who lives/commutes between Austria and Germany (the blog, however, is in English). I had high hopes that this would be a blog worth reviewing, and I wasn’t disappointed. Actually when I got there I had a choice of two great blogs, but more on that another day…

Francessa’s Thinking is written by Francessa Rich, a teacher and researcher researching the internet communication of teens. Her posts include many reviews of thought-provoking books and movies, and also posts of a more natural and observational nature. It’s a nice balance and an easy read on some interesting subjects.

Francessa’s Thinking – Why You Should Go

As I mentioned when I got to Francessa’s blog I had a choice to make—which of her two to review (the other being her research-focused blog)? And I very nearly went with the other for today, because it offered some very interesting views and analyses of blogging and life through the internet. But I thought it more appropriate to start with this one, to where Lydia sent me.

The reason for my choice was the reason for Lydia’s blog, which does so nicely capture the spirit of blogging. She began her blog in the interest of connecting with and learning from people all over the world, and also to give others “a glimpse of European points of view.” Hers is a highly respectable task that offers the opportunity to open the mind, expand your horizons, and understand a bit more about diverse cultures, worth sharing for the premise of the blog itself.

Summing Up Francessa’s Thinking

Francessa’s thinking is a rare opportunity in blogging. It is written in English (with the warning that Francessa is not a native English speaker, but you’d never know it to read it!) with an admirable goal, and what’s more it offers information of insight and value. If being one in a global community is your goal, this is a blog to put on your list.

Go here to check out Francessa’s Thinking.


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An Experience In Getting Rich Slowly

Get Rich SlowlyWhere to Find Get Rich Slowly:
Blog URL: http://getrichslowly.org/blog/
Category: Personal Finance, Success

Get Rich Slowly

Rather than tell you what you will learn when you visit J.D. Roth‘s award-winning Get Rich Slowly blog, let’s start with what you won’t see.

Get Rich Slowly does not offer

• Get rich quick schemes (guess we shouldn’t be surprised)
• MLM fads
• ‘Hot’ stock tips
• Pitches for products or books (save for the occasional or timely reference to something real J.D. has used)

In the place of all this that isn’t there, J.D. offers “daily information about personal finance and related topics.”

Why? So that readers can find their way through the maze of debt to wealth as J.D. himself has done.

Get Rich Slowly – Why You Should Go

First off, it’s an award-winning blog as I mentioned; but not just one of those graphics trophies that circle the blogosphere, real designation by Money magazine as the “Most Inspiring Money Blog.” That’s something worth bragging about.
Beyond the bragging, though, there is a real blog full of real useful, educational posts dealing with everything related to “sensible personal finance.” And this isn’t theory—it’s tips, tricks, insight, and information that J.D. learned on his way out of $35,000 of debt: “I share stories about debt elimination, saving money, and practical investing. I also post occasional reviews of books, magazines, and software. And, of course, I scour the web for the latest personal finance tools and articles.”
The blog grew out of J.D.’s attempts at remedying his money problems, wherein he learned a crucial fact—there are no fast fixes to big money problems, but there are gradual ones, and “almost anyone can get rich slowly.”

Summing Up Get Rich Slowly

J.D. is quick to tell you that he is not a finance professional. He is a regular guy with regular money problems, looking for a better way, which he found. Since 2006 he has been generous enough to share what he’s learned with those in need, and thus we have this top-notch resource. Read J.D. Roth’s blog for financial inspiration and insight, and proof if you need it, that financial freedom is a real possibility.

Go here to check out Get Rich Slowly.


Mary Ward
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Creating Better Zenhabits

Zen HabitsWhere to Find Zen Habits:
Blog URL: http://zenhabits.net/
Category: Personal Development, Simplicity

Zen Habits

“My name is Leo Babauta, I’m married with six kids, I live on Guam, I’m a writer and a runner and a vegetarian and I love writing Zen Habits.”

That about sums up the life of Zen Habits writer Leo, and gives a bit of an insight into what his blog is about. As for the rest, the blog is a steady stream of posts to help simplify your life in the Zen fashion, an exercise in simple productivity, and a behind-the-scenes look at the real life of a productivity blogger. And it’s all good things.

Zen Habits – Why You Should Go

Zen Habits is a collection of thoughts, issues, current events, and personal analyses all presented with the admirable goal of helping writer Leo and his readers accomplish the very enviable task of living more productively and contentedly. The blog is more than a reiteration of the habits of the truly Zen, it is a way to compare modern life and marry it to the tenets of the philosophy for personal betterment and fulfillment. Instead of just telling you how the Zen should live, Leo applies the concepts to all manner of things, from personal observations to issues in the news.

Summing Up Zen Habits

On the About page Zen Habits posts a simple quote from Aristotle that reads,

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”

This serves as the basis behind the blog, and as a simple guide for living life well. Zen Habits is an illustration in how you can achieve this end in diverse and ever simplified ways. It’s a philosophy worth exploring, that you might just find impacts significantly in your life and efforts at finding an even balance.

Go here to check out Zen Habits.


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On Simplifying For A Better Life

On SimplicityWhere to Find On Simplicity:
Blog URL: http://www.onsimplicity.net/
Category: Simplicity, Personal Development

On Simplicity

Sara is a girl on a mission, too—a mission to get more out of life by paring it down to the essentials. She believes in the power of simplicity, whatever that may mean to you, and in “amplifying life’s pleasures by clearing out the clutter…” Her blog is a practical guide to achieving simplicity as she learns it herself through her own personal efforts at “creating a happier, easier, more enjoyable life…”

On Simplicity – Why You Should Go

Simplicity means many things to many people, and so one of the missions of this blog is to clarify that meaning. Recognizing that the ideal of simplicity is personal, Sara offers her definition of what simplicity means and can be to her, but encourages readers to add their own for their own personal development. For Sara, though, simplicity is ” stripping everything away from our lives: assumptions, preconceptions, fears and dreams, and then keeping only the things that we truly value. It’s about being happy with enough, and finding contentment from within.”

The posts at On Simplicity vary, with all aimed at helping readers find their individual paths to simplicity and contentment; on any given day that may include how-to posts, tips and tricks, or insights and inspirations. It’s an interesting enough and effective enough mix to keep you coming back, and to have engaged a healthy community of readers and commenters.

Summing Up On Simplicity

There are few lives that couldn’t benefit from some worthwhile paring down to the simpler side of life. This is a blog that has the goods to help you do that, one that you’ll find interesting, insightful, and useful as you work towards less, and enjoy less more.

Go here to check out On Simplicity.


Mary Ward
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My Super-Charged LifeWhere to Find My Super-Charged Life:
Blog URL: http://mysuperchargedlife.com/blog/
Category: Motivation, Personal Development

My Super-Charged Life

Jeff Nickles is a man with a passion and a mission. His passion—to live life to the fullest, in all aspects and in every way; his mission—to help you do the same.

As Jeff explains it, he has “always believed in living life to the fullest so I have spent numerous hours researching this subject in books and on the Internet.” Moreover, he has spent a lifetime implementing what he has learned through literal adventure and reading, and then brought all of his learned and earned knowledge to his blog so that you and all of his readers can experience the kind of life fulfillment that he has.

My Super-Charged Life – Why You Should Go

If the promise of a super-charged life isn’t enough of a reason to go to this blog to at least see what’s there then there really isn’t much more to be said to encourage you. But in the interest of putting the best effort forward, let me highlight a bit of what you’ll find there:

• Posts gleaned from personal experience living the super-charged life.
• Posts gleaned from extensive reading and ongoing research into maximizing life’s potential. (From Jeff: “I take the best of what I find and write about it here making it easy for others to locate and use.”)
• Personal lessons learned through action and adventure (including riding in an F-15, snorkeling in Cozumel, Colorado white-water rafting, and experiencing the Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland).
• Weekly round-up posts on the best of the net in personal development in seven categories, including striving for excellence, being financially wise, commitment to a cause, leadership by example, the entrepreneurial spirit, continual learning, and, naturally, adventure!

Summing Up My Super-Charged Life

Jeff Nickles has had some excellent life adventures to be sure, and clearly he is living life large. But that does not mean that a person with a more low-key lifestyle cannot benefit from his super-charged blog. Jeff’s attitude shows that he understands the perspective of success and fulfillment; “It doesn’t matter how you define success or in what profession you work. The principles of success are the same.” And when you know those principles of success, you know how to capitalize upon them for you own good and self-interest. That is what Jeff’s Super-Charged life example is intended to do. Visit Jeff today and be inspired to make the most of all yours days!

Go here to check out My Super-Charged Life.


Mary Ward
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Wealth & Wisdom For The Other 20%

Wealth and WisdomWhere to Find Wealth & Wisdom:
Blog URL: http://blog.wealth-and-wisdom.com/
Category: Personal Development, Wealth

Wealth & Wisdom

Wealth and wisdom go hand in hand; that is the foundation of B Smith’s Wealth & Wisdom blog. Those terms as applied to this blog mean a variety of things—wealth and wisdom are not only financial; they are also personal, emotional, professional, and much more. This is a blog that is aimed at helping you become a personal success in all parts of your life, a truly holistic approach to success and happiness, focused largely on entrepreneurship, but so applicable across the board.

Wealth & Wisdom – Why You Should Go

B. Smith embraces Vilfredo Pareto’s 80/20 principal (whereby 80% of wealth is controlled by 20% of the population) to give readers both focus and perspective; but where others will focus on life in the 80th percentile, Smith encourages you towards bigger success—the real advice that helps you succeed as one of the wealthy, the top 20% of people that produce results. His take is inherently more action-focused, providing the useful advice that it takes to be better than average.

Summing Up Wealth & Wisdom

B. Smith has a firm understanding of what real success is, and recognizes that it goes far beyond financial achievement. His posts and the information provided on his site are thus geared to tackle success through every imaginable avenue, including communication, life balance, finance, wealth, and life lessons. It’s an in-depth look at what it really takes to be a life success, and a valuable resource for anyone who is really serious about living better than the vast majority of the world.

Go here to check out Wealth & Wisdom.


Mary Ward
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Small Fuel, Big Returns

Small Fuel Marketing BlogWhere to Find Small Fuel Marketing:
Blog URL: http://www.smallfuel.com/blog/
Category: Marketing, Small Business

Small Fuel Marketing

Regular readers here know how much we like good, free, professional service and advice. Today we’ve found another gem for the small business owner and online dabbler in Small Marketing Fuel. This blog, an off-shoot of SmallFuel Marketing, Inc and offspring of IdentityFuel, is the work of Natalie M. Miller and Mason Hipp, a pair bonded in life and in business with the sole mission “to help small businesses everywhere get bigger.”

SmallFuel Marketing – Why You Should Go

As Mason and Natalie put it on their About Page, they don’t want to tell you what you want to hear as a small business owner or entrepreneur, they want to tell you what you need to hear. They want to provide you with real vital services and information you can use to set you up right in business. That doesn’t mean they’ll send you on either the cheapest or most expensive route, it just means they’ll send you on the most profitable.

And what could be more profitable than free advice? That’s essentially what the companion blog to the business is. There are posts from Mason and Natalie, and also well-known coaches and bloggers including James Chartrand and Dave Navarro. And the advice is real—not just sales gimmicky posts to get you buying their business, but posts important to growing a small business on topics like marketing essentials, productivity, exposure, and how to gain a competitive edge.

Summing Up SmallFuel Marketing

SmallFuel Marketing is an information-packed resource of real small business advice. It’s a great resource for online marketers and for offline small businesses, and also for people interested in capturing the power of small business marketing techniques for other interests (blogging and monetizing, perhaps?). Visit this blog and reap the knowledge of the pros, and grow your efforts above and beyond the average.

Go here to check out Small Fuel Marketing.


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What Does This Song Mean To Us?

What Does This Song Mean?Where to Find What Does This Song Mean To Me?

http://www.whatdoesthissongmeantome.com/

Category: Entertainment, Music

What Does This Song Mean To Me?

Music means different things to different people. Individual pieces mean different things to different people, too. Just what a single piece means to various individuals is an interesting topic, one that Kelly at What Does This Song Mean to Me decided to explore in depth.

What Does This Song Mean To Me? – Why You Should Go

The personal meaning of a variety of sings is the focus of Kelly’s posts. She poses this question, but also wants to know, “Better yet, what does it mean to you?” Kelly understands that music evokes different thoughts, feelings, emotions, and memories for everyone, and offers us her blog as a place to share and discuss. It’s an interesting take on a universal theme, and one that is proving to be a quite popular concept. Plenty of people are getting in on the act at this still young blog, and enjoying exploring the meaning of music with a diverse crowd.

Summing Up What Does This Song Mean to Me?

Kelly has done a very good job of creating a blog based on a simple and meaningful concept. She’s also done well to make that a place of interest by tying her selections into everyday life and events, and to make us laugh with the too true gems she finds around the ‘net (some of your guys may enjoy commiserating with this guy who really misses his hair). Kelly’s is a truly unique blog concept that is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. It’s as up-beat as she seems to be, a great place to stop by for a song and a comment, and to learn what your music may mean to someone else.

Go here to check What Does This Song Mean to Me?


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What To Do With 365 Days Of Trash

365 Days of TrashWhere to Find 365 Days Of Trash:
Blog URL: http://365daysoftrash.blogspot.com/
Category: Environment, Going Green

365 Days Of Trash

What do you do with your trash 365 days of the year? If you are like most people you justify your waste with a touch of recycling, and then throw away the balance never to be seen again. Unfortunately, we all know that last part isn’t at all true—the waste is simply shifted, not really dealt with, and just becomes a problem in another place of the city, state, region, or world.

But what can you do about it? We all create waste. We all need to live healthily. But we also have to respect and preserve our planet, right? So how do you reconcile the waste you create and the mess we are collectively making of the place?

365 Days of Trash – Why You Should Go

If you are Sustainable Dave you challenge yourself—challenge yourself not to throw anything away for a year. To recycle as much as possible, to compost as much as possible, and to stash the remainder (which you are now sure to limit significantly) in the basement. And then you blog about it. (Oh yes—and you develop a course on conservation and sustainability to teach to California kids and teens.)

What purpose would that serve? It would show you and the world that there are much better ways to deal with your trash, starting with the choices you make, than just making it go “away.” It would show you and everyone who reads your blog that the average person can do a whole lot more to be making the world a better, cleaner, cooler place to live. And it would inspire others to reassess their living (and wasting) habits.

Summing Up 365 Days Of Trash

By now you surely have questions and to be honest the answers are too many to relate in this short space, so I’ll leave that to Sustainable Dave. He has provided pretty much every answer you could think of (including, yes, “are you insane?”) and listed them on an FAQ page on his blog site, as well as a list of “The Rules” he goes by.

A lot of thought has gone into Dave’s experiment, and he’s done a lot of learning and teaching along the way. Reading his blog doesn’t take a long daily time commitment, but the impact is significant. Chances are that you won’t go to Dave’s extent, but chances are good, too, that just knowing how possible a cleaner, more sustainable lifestyle is will inspire you to do a little better yourself. And that collective effort is sure to add up to something.

Go here to check out 365 Days of Trash.


Mary Ward
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