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August 31st is National Blog Day

Everyday, I read certain blogs and so do you, right?

I would not know that we have a National Blog Day unless I read Chris Brogan’s daily posts - Chris is a “Social Media Business Strategist.” I think I read about Chris at Guy Kawasaki’s blog, and ever since I’ve found his insights on today’s marketing to be on point and ahead of the curve. If Guy is reading Chris everyday then that is example enough for me.

Chris celebrated National Blog Day 4 (yes, it’s newish..) by encouraging his readers to do what Nir Ofir encouraged him to do – “to reach out and identify five blogs that you might not yet be reading. It’s his way of showing how wide a world it is and how interesting things can be out there in the blogosphere.”

Nir Ofir? This dude founded Blog TV and is developing I Am News. If he’s not a web heavy then I don’t know who is.

Getting back to Chris’ challenge – and you can read his 5 blog recommendations here – I wrote a short list of 10 websites that can all be found on my “Official Georgia Pecan Blogroll.”

I narrowed the list of 10, down to these 5:

1. Seth Godin – I call Seth the Headmaster, because I am always finding his writing and speaking to be the most insightful, most authentic and most relevant idea generator for me and my business. I’ve read almost all of Seth’s books and if you want to start somewhere, go buy “The Dip.” I saw him at the Keller Williams Realty Family Reunion in February here in Atlanta and I can’t say enough about how cool this guy is.

2. Zen Habits – “We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit” said Aristotle. Good habits are so hard to develop, especially in our complex world of interruptions and noise. “Leo Babauta, is the author of Zen Habits. “Zen Habits is one of the top blogs on the Internet, and covers: achieving goals, productivity, being organized, GTD, motivation, eliminating debt, saving, getting a flat stomach, eating healthy, simplifying, living frugal, parenting, happiness, and successfully implementing good habits.” He just might be the coolest guy on the planet (now that John Lee Hooker and James Brown have passed away) and he lives on Guam with his lovely wife and 6 children. Digest Zen Habits - he is on to something.

3. Get Rich Slowly – J.D. Roth has identified a 12 point set of rules for sound financial living and he is recognized worldwide for his authentic, tried and true, very human approach to helping others “get rich slowly.” He describes his blog: “I’m just an average guy who found himself deep in debt. When it finally became too overwhelming, I began reading personal finance books, hoping to find answers. I wanted swift solutions to my problems. My research revealed that few people get rich quickly, but almost anyone can get rich slowly by patiently following some simple rules.” I read his advice everyday, I just don’t apply it as forthrightly as I should!

4. Go Green Intown – The folks at Atlanta Intown magazine have a superb blog series, and this one contains regular news, advice and tips that are are near and dear to many of my clients and neighbors. How to live eco-friendly in Intown Atlanta – cool concept!

5. Chris Martenson - Take Chris’ CRASH COURSE and learn everything that you need to know about the economy in 2 hours. One of the coolest thinkers, with a remarkable sense of humor that I know is Rusty Umphenour. I can not resist utilizing his current Facebook profile photo, just to keep this post as lively as possible.

Rusty told me about the Crash Course and if you take it, you will open your eyes widely to what is going on in our world. Consider that Chris conceptualizes “the end of money” as just one small part of his ethos and consider how completely convoluted the US economy has become, and you will not want to miss a chance to take the free CRASH COURSE.

So, there are my 5 – I hope that some of you get something out of this little discourse. We’ll reconvene on this subject next year!

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