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Dan Linstroth

Co-Founder at Heroic (http://www.beheroic.com/)

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Starting from scratch

Hello, 

I have very little blogging experience.  I spend more time re-creating my blogging schedule then actually blogging.  When I do sit down to blog, I easily fall into the trap of writing what I think might get shared, instead of writing what I actually think.  

3 engaging blog posts: 

1. The Daily Routines of Writers, Maria Papova, BrainPickings.org http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/11/20/daily-routines-writers/

Most of Maria's blog posts are curated bits from her favorite writers, artists, articles, or any creative resource.  She has built a very loyal following made primarily of people in the arts and litereature communities.  This blog post is an example of knowing her audience and providing it with useful information that they can apply to their daily lives.  

2. 7 Shitty Things You Will Think Today, James Altucher, The Altucher Confidential 
http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2012/09/7-shitty-things-i-will-think-today/

I don't always agree with James but he always causes me to either laugh outloud or think critically about myself.  His blog posts are extremely personal.  He disects his own life, thoughts, and behaviors better than any other blogger and totally opens himself up to criticism.  He has an ability to make readers feel normal when they might be questioning themselves.  This blog post is a great example of that. 

3. Top 5 Reasons to Be a Jack of All Trades, Tim Ferriss, Fourhourworkweek.com/blog http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2007/09/14/the-top-5-reasons-to-be-a-jack-of-all-trades/

Love him or hate him, Tim has a cult-like community.  People worship this guy.  He knows how to speak to his community.  

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