Day 23/30 of Experiment: views 4
Main Referring Sites: 1 StumbleUpon, 1 RBKartworks.com, 1 WordPress/LinkedIn
- Tip 2, 7, 8, 13: Surfed the web for some more blogs to add to my RSS reader. Found a whole host of new sites for added resources and inspirations. See Links below for my favorite subscriptions.
Thoughts out Loud
I’ve been asked a number of times this week why I use an RSS reader, and if I really get any value from it. The answer is, ABSOLUTELY YES!
For anyone new to blogging or following blogs, a RSS (Really Simple Syndication) reader is a handy free software (shareware) you can install on your computer that allows you to read all the blogs you subscribe to in one simple place. By simply adding a chosen blog to your list, you will be alerted to any new posts they publish. It saves an incredible amount of time. I call it my personalized electronic newspaper.
I organize my blog subscriptions into category folders. Branding, marketing, design, web, social media, and even inspiration. I continually add new ones so my list over the last few months has really grown. On any given day I can have 50-70 articles posted to my reader, so I always have resources at my disposal.
As a blogger, I’m always looking for new links to provide as resources in my articles. I skim through headlines to see what’s new in my industry and I often get inspiration from popular topics posted. It’s constant brain food and inspiration. As a freelancer, it’s vital to staying connected. I’d be lost without my reader.
Below is a list of some of my favorites, feel free to check them out and recommend some of your own in the comments section. I’m always looking. Enjoy!
- Branding: Brand Freeze, Design & Branding Delight
- Copywriting: CopyBlogger, Copywriting tips for online marketing success
- Graphic Design: The Design Cubicle, graphic designer Brian Hoff shares design tips, tutorials, and links. Viget Inspire, a design house who’s whole team contributes. Great variety. Blog.SpoonGraphics, Chris Spooner is a designer who often posts techniques and a number of good creativity links.
- Freelancing: Freelance Folder: Community for all types of freelancers
- Illustration: VetorTuts+, Everything vector, great tutorials
- Inspiration: Inspiredlog: the official tumblelog of Inspired Magazine. Design Finds Me, a mish mash of good random stuff.
- Marketing: Online Marketing Connect, Social Media Marketing. Duct Tape Marketing, small business marketing
- Social Media: E-Commerce Experiment, a work in progress much like this experiment, they keep posting all their resources. Great link source and relevent information to a new growing media.
- Web Design: TripWire Magazine, goodies for web developers and designers. Webitect, resource for webmasters