In honor of International Strategic Thinking Month: would you scan over this week’s blog round and pick out just one post to read. Isn’t that one of the best uses of our time?
Choose a topic to read:
Monetize a blog, Introverts and Ambiverts, and more Blog Round-up 19 from #introvert inspirer
How to monetize a blog: Follow your passion
Amber Johnson is pretty frank when it comes to her thoughts on motherhood right after having her first child.
“I thought my life was over,” laughed the bubbly, curly-haired blonde.
As she started to feel more isolated, she decided to reach out to other moms in a concept that, 11 years ago, was still fairly new: blogging.
She created the website www.milehighmamas.com. In the past decade, she’s gained thousands of followers and subscribers along with major advertisers. But Johnson’s quick to point out most mommy bloggers don’t do it for the money.
“I think that’s a mistake a lot of new, first-time bloggers make,” she said. “At the very start, they immediately say ‘I’m in it to make money,’ and that’s not the way to go.”
Instead, Johnson suggests aspiring bloggers let their hearts and personal experiences inspire them. That’s what Lori Holden did. On her blog www.lavenderluz.com, she let her personal experiences with open adoptions guide the topics.
Time To Change the Way I Use Linkedin
Linkedin has changed a lot in the last 10 years for me.
- From 2005 – 2011, I thought it was a great job board where people were carefully putting their online resume on display for people to checkout, learn from and record for a possible job change in the future.
- From 2009 – 2012, Linkedin Groups were the place to be. For some people they still are. People could connect with others based on their industry, professional networks and other new markets.
- In the past three years, there was a movement toward more social sharing on Linkedin. People started looking more at personal updates, company updates and article updates. These changes have really made this platform the place to be for networking with different groups of people.
- The Linkedin Blogging Platform has taken Linkedin to another level.
So what does all of this mean…I am not a normal Linkedin User
Introverts and Ambiverts
If you can’t deal with crowds, prefer time with your pet over time with actual people, and find peace in the quiet of a familiar space (alone), then you might be an introvert. Introverts are deep-thinking do-gooders who gain energy and inspiration from themselves rather than from other people. Introverts are seriously amazing, but certain aspects of the personality type can lead to some kind of . . . awkward situations. An awesome artist and self-proclaimed extreme introvert put these situations into comics that will be SO real to introverts who live them daily. We’re cringing/relating on all sorts of levels.
Work Wanted: Applause for the ‘ambiverts,’ who can lead by example while listening to others
Human behavior almost always falls along a continuum; people seldom exhibit extreme behavior. Extroverts and introverts were one of the last bastions of either/or measurement, and now social scientists are rethinking that measure as well.
Extroverts are stimulated by interactions with others; they appear more socially confident and connect with others more easily than introverts. Introverts crave alone time, which they need to recover when they’ve had too much social interaction. Generally, psychologists believe that your extrovert or introvert behavior is set at a very young age and stays constant over time. But what if you don’t feel you fit neatly into one of these categories?
I can relate. Although I’m an extrovert, I find these days that I need more recovery time than usual after big, noisy, social functions. I also have a friend who has always identified as an introvert who recently ran a very successful campaign for public office. You would never have guessed that meeting new people and speaking in public was a challenge for her – she made it look effortless.
Should You Skip Breakfast?
Americans have long been cautioned not to skip breakfast, based on epidemiological findings that breakfast eaters maintain healthier weights and live longer (American Journal of Epidemiology, Nov. 1982; Obesity, Sept. 2015; British Journal of Nutrition, July 14, 2015). But what are the true consequences of not eating breakfast?