I love Easton Ellsworth’s awesome “blogtipping” idea. This is my first time to participate, so here’s how it works:
1. Pick three blogs
2. Write three things you like about each one
3. Give each blogger a tip
This is a great tradition to help us get to know each other better, connect with other bloggers, and offer constructive feedback on each other’s work. It fulfills the very spirit of blogging. Without further ado, here we go!
The Daily Saint
1. Mike does a terrific job of integrating faith and business life. In fact, that’s his specialty. It’s refreshing to see this breath of faith in the world of blogging. And I’ve gotta give kudos to a fellow Catholic!
2. Mike writes in a great tone and voice; he’s got a great way with words. I just love the title of the first post I read: Get Behind Me Multitasker.
3. Mike writes thought-provoking content. A lot of bloggers (including myself) are prone to repetition and just feeding links to readers. Mike inspires deep thinking about productivity and life. It’s great!
Tip – Mike’s main blog is hosted on Blogger. Mike, you’d have a lot more control over your blog if you moved to WordPress. I’d recommend this for everyone. You can get a free, hosted installation at WordPress.com, or you can host it yourself by getting the platform at WordPress.org. (I’m happy to help out with this, if you want.)
The Frugal Law Student
I’ve been reading Brett McKay’s blog, The Frugal Law Student for quite some time. I’m privileged to have become online friends with him. Maybe someday we’ll get to meet in person.
2. Brett does a great job of finding interesting material for his posts; in particular, he finds cool kernels of info in mainstream media. One of my favorites is his post on extreme frugality.
3. Brett perseveres in the face of adversity. That’s a hard quality to come by. He just got out of the hospital after having a mystery illness and spinal tap, yet he’s already getting back in the saddle. Stop by, and wish him well.
Tip – Brett uses AdSense to make a little dough. Brett, try utilizing an AdSense link unit on your blog. You’re allowed one of these per page, along with 3 regular ad units (I think). I’ve found the link unit at the top of my page to be a good money-maker, but your experience might differ.
Chuck Newton – Third Wave Lawyer
Chuck Newton is an innovative Texas lawyer. I’ve been reading his work for a while now.
1. Chuck operates a virtual law firm. He works out of his home office with his wife. I applaud and admire this innovative approach to the practice of law.
2. I love that Chuck finds a nice variety of content for his posts, especially applicable videos. YouTube isn’t filled with content aimed at lawyers, but Chuck seems to find great things to post about.
Tip – Comments are the juicy interaction of the blogosphere. Chuck moderates the comments on his blogs. But not requiring moderation helps to encourage conversation. Chuck, you might consider removing moderation on your comments. Just a thought.
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