One of the unexpected and most rewading benefits I have realized since I started blogging, is tremendous personal growth. I expected to grow personally by pursuing my dream and taking action, but the growth that I have experienced came long before I have started manifesting my dream.
The growth that I have experienced in the last month or so, since I started seriously pursuing the idea of becoming a nomad and to blog about it, both to keep me accountable and to share with others what I learn, came not from my planned actions, but rather from getting to know other bloggers and how they were blogging about their lives and their passions. I have subscribed to many blogs and I read many others that I’ve come to know from links within these blogs or from people tweeting about them.
So, this is my feeble attempt to salute all those great souls who have taught me so much in so little time, in the hope that I can contribute to the spread of this great learning experiecnce, that in doing so, maybe I can attract more great souls who can be a beacon of guiding light on my life’s journey, and maybe, just maybe, I can be instrumental in inspiring another soul to pursue his/her purpose.
I don’t know if I would call this a carnival of blogs or what, but here are the 10 gems I found in the last few days, in no particular order.
1. Alan Perlman has been an inspiration and a guiding light. He introduced me, through his blog to the 100 pushups website which has added a much needed work out for me. Alan is a giver and his posts show that. He recently wrote a post promoting another blogger who is attempting to win a trip to Antarctica, and then followed it up a couple of days later with “10 Ways to Support Charity Through Social Media.“
2. I was really touched by the personal nature of “How to Quit Your Job, Divorce your wife, and be a Successful Blogger at the Same Time” by Michael Martine of Remarkablogger, because at some level I can relate to the challenges he had to face and the decisions he had to make, and for having the courage to talk about it. Thank you, Michael!
3. Here is someone who knows how to mix business with pleasure. It was such a pleasure to read Brooke Ferguson’s “Lifestyle Design: Why to Live Like a Rock Star” on her BusinessBackpacker blog. I am just beginning to know Brooke since I found her blog, but I can tell she is a powerhouse, or is it Brick House?
4. Cody McKibben is having an impact on the world at a very young age. He is a successful expat living in Thailand and creating a better environment for the locals through his participation in charitable work and through influencing other young people across the globe with his excellent posts on his ThrillingHeroics blog. “Having fun and Making a Difference” is a prime example of his commitment to making a difference.
5. I found Sean Ogle through his comments on another blog. I love his sense of adventure and and his sense of humor. The best thing about Sean is that he is a quick learner and adapts very quickly, two attributes that are essential to success. I know we will be hearing very soon about Sean taking the plunge into a nomadic lifestyle that he longs so much. “How to Make an Extra $1,000 in a Month” is awesome testiment to his sense of adventure, humor and creativity.
6. In addition to reading about other nomads and LIP’s, I also read blogs on how to improve my own blog and among those that I read, Chris Brogan is someone I really enjoy. He is a no-nonsense, tell it like it is kind of a guy who write about many thngs but his forte is marketing. I really enjoyed his recent post on branding titled “What You Might Not Know About Pearonal Branding.” I highly recommend it and if you’re not reading his blog, you should.
7. Chris Dunphy and Cherie Ve Ard are a nomadic couple that I envy a lot. They have been traveling around in their solar powered trailer towed by their Jeep for the last two years plus, and they write the Tales from Technomadia. I have enjoyed reading their blog and interacting a little it with them and it has been very educating and inspiring. Cherie’s latest entry “Trusting Things Will Work Out” is a prime example of their way of thinking and successful lifestyle.
8. Free Pursuits was one of the first blogs I subscribed to and read religiously. Corbett Carr is a happy-go-lucky kind of a guy (I think). I have enjoyed his posts for the last two months and I was surprised to find that he has only been blogging for about four months. He was on a six month Sabbatical in Mexico and just returned to the USA a couple of weeks ago. I learned a lot form his list of 21 tips for a new blogger and am implementing them slowly but surely. One of the things I learned is to write posts that are “lists” because they are attention grabbers and people like things presented in an organized manner. True to his advise, his latest post is a list of “10 Lessons Learned on a 6 Month Sabbatical“
9. Every Blogger who is serious about blogging subscribes and reads Problogger. Darren Rowse has been writing for over five years and recenty had his 5,000th post published. Problogger has a wealth of information about how to create a successful and rewarding blog that is read and generates income for you. “9 First Step Goals for New Bloggers” is the latest in the rich collection of ideas and valuable advice that you will find on Problogger.
10. Christian Skoda has the same philosophy as I do. Living Life on Your Terms. Except he is ahead of me by several years in living it. I am just beginning to put the wheels in motions. Nomad4ever is how he sees his life and is how he lives his life. He is currently traveling across Phillipines in a Tricycle with his girlfriend, something, it seems, no one has ever done before. He writes his Tricycle Diaries on his blog and here is the latest of the entry in his Tricycle Diaries.
I hope this collection provides you as much enjoyment and inspiration as itdid for me. Let me know if you enjoyed it in the comments below, or suggest other blogs that I could include in my next collection of blog posts read.
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Update: Corection – I accidently typed Chris Dunphy of Technomadia’s name as Chris Duncan in the original post. Thank you, Cherie for drawing my attention to the error. Problem solved.