Top Ten Favorite Links – Second Edition

Top 10 List of Favorite Links - Second EditionI want to share some recent posts that grabbed my attention, made me laugh until my stomach hurt, articles about parenting written by fathers, and discussions about the benefits of using Twitter.

Have you ever thought about the need to write a final blog post, often referred to as a Blog Will? What would happen to your blog if you suddenly died in a freak accident, got killed by a drunk driver or suddenly died of a massive heart attack? Kathy Frederick’s recent participation in “The To-Do List Meme” made me realize I needed to write a final blog post and keep it with my personal will and other important documents, so family members would know exactly what I would want done with my blog upon my death. Do you have a Blog Will?

I’m what you might refer to as a “work-from-home-momma wannabe”, so I was fascinated by Laura Spencer’s list of “8 Drawbacks of Working from Home” and “10 Benefits of Working from Home”. I’ve been in the workforce for so many years now that I can’t remember what it was like being a stay-at-home mom anymore, but I‘m working hard to change all that as soon as possible.

I laughed until my stomach hurt while reading Jeremy Neal’s “The Evolution of Marriage After Parenthood”, where he reveals some of the funny and awkward changes that can occur when we become parents, including bathroom etiquette, dress code and grooming etiquette, and even sex etiquette. Blogs written by dads are some of the best blogs I’ve found, and the humor and quick wit some of these guys have is simply amazing.

All parents make mistakes, and I’m no exception to that. I recently discovered Jeff Nickles’ blog since he joined the Change Your Tree Forum, of which I am a moderator. In his article, “My Three P’s of Good Parenting”, Jeff explains some parenting mistakes that he regrets as a father, and steps he took to make the needed changes in his parenting style to have a better relationship with his children.

Peter is the young father of a baby boy. In his article, “One Year On. How Fatherhood Has Changed My Life”, Peter discusses the changes that have occurred in his life since becoming a dad, and his initial thoughts and reactions since learning that he was about to become a father. Becoming a mom or dad at a young age doesn’t have to mean giving up personal hopes and dreams, but new parents often discover their priorities change once the baby is born, and find a whole new meaning to life.

The Power of TwitterMichael Martine’s “Twitter is Like Sex” is not only hysterical to read, but I really appreciated how he pointed out that using Twitter correctly means doing more than selfishly posting links to your own blog posts, without spending time to actually engage and communicate with other Twitter users. To be successful at social networking requires having a giving attitude, “Give to Get” as I’ve said before, which is why many of my “tweets” include links to fantastic posts written by other bloggers.

Many bloggers have discovered the benefits of using Twitter. If you are a husband or father with a blog, you must check out Derek Semmler’s “The Ultimate Twit List: Dads & Husbands on Twitter”, and start getting to know and begin building friendships with these great guys. If you’re not yet on Derek’s list, leave a comment with your Twitter profile link to be added to the list.

Mom and wives are also on Twitter, so be sure to check out Wendy Piersall’s “The Ultimate List of Moms on Twitter” and start getting to know these ladies. Like with the guys, if you’re a wife or mom not yet on Wendy’s list, leave a comment with your Twitter profile link to be added to her list. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you have a blog but aren’t using Twitter, you are missing out on one of the best online tools for social networking available for bloggers.

Building relationships with other bloggers (in and out of your own niche) is a primary component to successful blogging and getting noticed. Not only have my subscriber numbers increased since joining Twitter, but I’ve found many blogs by mom’s and dad’s that I’ve discovered and subscribed to just from being on Twitter. Don’t underestimate the power of Twitter.

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4 Responses to “Top Ten Favorite Links – Second Edition”

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  1. Great list of posts! You have a few that I haven’t seen yet.

    Thanks for the link love!

  2. Great list! Love it!

  3. Thanks for the mention! Glad to be included in the Top 10. 🙂

    Jeff

  4. Lin says:

    Thanks everyone, I really enjoyed those posts and couldn’t help but share.