Happy Friday everyone! I take it all of you had a great week – got a lot done – made some things happen. I know I did, and I’m quickly learning in this new “path” of mine, I have to force myself to come up for air every now and then. I blinked and the week was gone. I took a little more time to put this Friday Quick Hits together. This week kicked my ass and last night, I forced myself to dive into my Google Reader, one post at a time, and what a great week of writing (and reading) it was. Enjoy! And feel free to share some of your favorites from the week in the comments below.

The Critical Mistake that Keeps Bloggers Broke | Copyblogger

This is a great post about the balance of blogging from a community building and opinion sharing standpoint, and how it can transition into a legitimate revenue source. Depending on your goals (and I emphasize that point) the relationship building process is the CORE of everything else, but as a business, the ROI comes down to sales – dollars and cents. It’s important to make sure that all of your effort is, if nothing else, a contributing factor to the end result you seek.

“…Connecting with people. Helping them. Sucking up all that nice feedback. Participating in a community, being part of a meaningful dialogue. Those are, and should remain, part of the reasons you blog. But if they aren’t your real objective, your end game — if making a living is an element you want to add to that mix — it’s time to take stock. Because it’s so easy to get lost in all that community stuff, the warm and fuzzy elbow rubbing, the sense of doing something helpful and worthwhile. Which doesn’t pay you a dime until you actually sell something.”

The Ethereality of Goals | Writing on Purpose

Man oh man can I relate to this post (folks had a way of really hitting things home this week). Teresa over at Writing on Purpose talks about goals, and how those vague-ness of our “life goals” can keep us from actually achieving them. In short, set small goals, take baby steps, chip away at them one day at a time – thing big and start small.

“…That’s where we get stuck. When you boil it down, goals can be hard to set because the end goal — the goal we’ve hoped to achieve by our very last breath — is anomalous and vague. It’s spiritual, not tangible. It’s unknown, because we don’t really know what’s next. What’s next is always in flux. And, things that are in flux are tricky for us to grab a hold of, so goal setting must be frequent and adaptable, and somehow have an eye on the end.”

Hey Today! How’s it Feel to Get Your Ass Kicked? | Walk Talk Chew Gum

Sara Davidson put together a knock out post about setting goals, rocking the house, learning how to say no, hustling, and avoiding burn out. This is a must read for every go-getter out there who may be feeling a little overwhelmed and needs a kick in the ass to start moving in the right direction.

Why Do You Blog? | The Life Thing

Jonny over at The Life Thing asks the age old question, “Why do you blog”? Have you stopped and thought about it yourself lately? Do you know what you want to get out of it? At the end of the day, there is no right or wrong. I agree with Jonny 100% except for one key points about failing and learning. Yes, you’re going to have some bumps in the road, but as long as you’re doing what you love, blogging or otherise, as long as you’re doing, as long as you’re trying, you’re not failing. The ONLY failure is not trying and conceding to the “I can’t” mentality.

One Family’s Recipe for Happiness | Ms. Career Girl

It took me almost 30 minutes to work up a response to Nicole’s post – it took me aback and seriously made me feel…inspired, for lack of a better word. Nicole recently went through the loss of a loved one, and shares her thoughts on personal and professional fulfillment, and the value of your career and the impact it has on your own happiness. I STRONGLY recommend each of you to go read what Nicole has to say.

How to Succeed in Freelancing: Say No to More Work | Men with Pens

I cannot tell you how much I NEEDED to read this (and the entire series from Men With Pens this week). As some of you know, this is a challenge you will inevitably be faced with as an entrepreneur or freelancer – along with valuing yourself – learning how to say “no” and setting realistic expectations for yourself is IMPERATIVE to success (hell – in all walks of life this is true). Highly recommend all freelancers to stop by Men With Pens and check out their brilliant week-long “How to Succeed in Freelancing” series.

3 Lessons Learned in 3 Years of Marriage | Man vs. Debt

Adam Baker shares three (extremely valuable) lessons learned after three years of marriage. One thing that has always kept me interested in Adam’s writing is his ability to write about “non traditional” blogging topics that REALLY hit home – things we may not write or talk about a lot publicly (such as our relationships) but that are obviously extremely important. This is a great read for anyone in the middle of the “work/life” balancing act.

All Wants Are Not Created Equal | The Middle Finger Project

Ashley Ambirge puts together a great post on “actual” wants versus wants you’re obligating for yourself (ehem, there’s a big difference). It’s funny how we allow ourselves to think we HAVE to have something, that we HAVE to do something, without even really knowing why. This is a great reminder to step back and think about the “real” most important things in your life, and go after those, without question.

What were some of YOUR favorite posts from the week?

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  1. Awesome links! Big mistake again! Biggest link of Thesis in your sidebar (Great Yellow Banner) has old affiliate link!
    Ouch! I hate pointing out this again at your blog which I love, but then I really love this place without pants and don’t want you to loose any money you see.

    Have a great weekend.

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  2. Awesome links! Big mistake again! Biggest link of Thesis in your sidebar (Great Yellow Banner) has old affiliate link!
    Ouch! I hate pointing out this again at your blog which I love, but then I really love this place without pants and don’t want you to loose any money you see.

    Have a great weekend.

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  3. Love this round up (needed it after a long week of not being able to keep up with my blogs!) Favorite post of this week is Kelly D’s on Cleavage (you can check it out at kellydiels (dot) com: “What do Jean Jacques Rousseau, The Seduction Community and the New York Times Have In Common? Don’t Worry, I’ll Tell You”

    Would leave the link in here, but don’t want it to go to spam. It’s just do darn good! Have a great weekend Matt.

    Laura

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    • You can leave a link without it going to spam – I currently have it set to 2 links or less without needing moderation. Just for future ref. – I’ll have to check out the article you mentioned – her headlines always drag you in!

      Hope things have been going well with you – have a great weekend!

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  4. Love this round up (needed it after a long week of not being able to keep up with my blogs!) Favorite post of this week is Kelly D’s on Cleavage (you can check it out at kellydiels (dot) com: “What do Jean Jacques Rousseau, The Seduction Community and the New York Times Have In Common? Don’t Worry, I’ll Tell You”

    Would leave the link in here, but don’t want it to go to spam. It’s just do darn good! Have a great weekend Matt.

    Laura

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    • You can leave a link without it going to spam – I currently have it set to 2 links or less without needing moderation. Just for future ref. – I’ll have to check out the article you mentioned – her headlines always drag you in!

      Hope things have been going well with you – have a great weekend!

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  5. Awesome “hits” this week, Matt! Nicole’s post about the funeral she attended really touched me, but I don’t know that I place the same weight on career happiness in the grand scheme of life happiness. I’m slowly learning that I’m not as “career-driven” as I thought I was.

    Also really liked Ashley’s posts on wants; I love the freedom and fresh perspective I gain from every post of hers I read.

    Sara’s post at Walk, Talk, Chew Gum reminded me of the person I used to be and the life I no longer live. I learned those valuable lessons in my go-go-go living, and I learned to slow down in a BIG way.

    Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

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    • Hi Jen – I see what you’re saying about Nicole’s post – but I REALLY think your career plays a big part in personal happiness. If you hate your job, it spills over into almost everything else you do – don’t you think?

      As for Sara’s post – she is a firecracker, no doubt about it, with one hell of a drive. But, as I’m sure she would agree with me on – you HAVE to learn when to slow down a bit.

      Have a great weekend yourself!

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      • I think I get where Jen is coming from. The idea of hating your job spilling over into everything else you do stems from the assumption that life revolves around your job to a certain degree.

        And for many it does. Some folks “work to live” and others “live to work.” But I think Jen is suggesting that there’s a lot more to life than our jobs and the activities associated with them.

        At least that’s my take – I can’t speak for Jen :)

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        • I COMPLETELY understand both of your stances – there’s a hell of a lot more important things in life than a job. My point is that loving what you do as a career can and does directly impact your personal happiness. If you’re working a job that you absolutely hate – odds are you come home in a crappy mood and, it can really take over your attitude. Loving what you do from “nine to five” or whatever hours you want to throw in there is EXTREMELY important to personal happiness (away from work).

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  6. Awesome “hits” this week, Matt! Nicole’s post about the funeral she attended really touched me, but I don’t know that I place the same weight on career happiness in the grand scheme of life happiness. I’m slowly learning that I’m not as “career-driven” as I thought I was.

    Also really liked Ashley’s posts on wants; I love the freedom and fresh perspective I gain from every post of hers I read.

    Sara’s post at Walk, Talk, Chew Gum reminded me of the person I used to be and the life I no longer live. I learned those valuable lessons in my go-go-go living, and I learned to slow down in a BIG way.

    Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

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    • Hi Jen – I see what you’re saying about Nicole’s post – but I REALLY think your career plays a big part in personal happiness. If you hate your job, it spills over into almost everything else you do – don’t you think?

      As for Sara’s post – she is a firecracker, no doubt about it, with one hell of a drive. But, as I’m sure she would agree with me on – you HAVE to learn when to slow down a bit.

      Have a great weekend yourself!

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      • I think I get where Jen is coming from. The idea of hating your job spilling over into everything else you do stems from the assumption that life revolves around your job to a certain degree.

        And for many it does. Some folks “work to live” and others “live to work.” But I think Jen is suggesting that there’s a lot more to life than our jobs and the activities associated with them.

        At least that’s my take – I can’t speak for Jen :)

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        • I COMPLETELY understand both of your stances – there’s a hell of a lot more important things in life than a job. My point is that loving what you do as a career can and does directly impact your personal happiness. If you’re working a job that you absolutely hate – odds are you come home in a crappy mood and, it can really take over your attitude. Loving what you do from “nine to five” or whatever hours you want to throw in there is EXTREMELY important to personal happiness (away from work).

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  7. Matt,

    Of this list I think the two that really touched me this week were Ashley’s and Nicole’s. Great and very inspirational ideas in both. I need to start doing a weekly list like this :)

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    • Yes – I took a couple hours last night to finally tap into Google Reader from this week and wow, folks had a lot of good things to say. Cheers to you my friend and have a great weekend.

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  8. Matt,

    Of this list I think the two that really touched me this week were Ashley’s and Nicole’s. Great and very inspirational ideas in both. I need to start doing a weekly list like this :)

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    • Yes – I took a couple hours last night to finally tap into Google Reader from this week and wow, folks had a lot of good things to say. Cheers to you my friend and have a great weekend.

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  9. Lol, I was reading through you suggested posts and saw “Why I Blog” and thought “Some cheeky barstuard has nicked my blog title. Kudos for the hit up.

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  10. Lol, I was reading through you suggested posts and saw “Why I Blog” and thought “Some cheeky barstuard has nicked my blog title. Kudos for the hit up.

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    • Haha – not at all man – of course it’s been talked about before but it’s a question every blogger has to ask themselves along the way. Have a good weekend buddy!

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  11. Nicole’s post really got to me. I began following her blog, it’s really top notch. Also, keep going with these lists, they’re very helpful each week. Cheers.

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    • Yeah – great post from Nicole without a doubt – it’s those “personal” reflections that readers really connect with. She really put together something special. Thanks for being a regular around these parts Robby…

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  12. Nicole’s post really got to me. I began following her blog, it’s really top notch. Also, keep going with these lists, they’re very helpful each week. Cheers.

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    • Yeah – great post from Nicole without a doubt – it’s those “personal” reflections that readers really connect with. She really put together something special. Thanks for being a regular around these parts Robby…

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  13. Great list, Matt! The Men with Pens “Say No to More Work” is definitely one of my faves of the week! Another that I found valuable is How To Reclaim Your Attention at ZenHabits.

    Thanks for passing these along!

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  14. Great list, Matt! The Men with Pens “Say No to More Work” is definitely one of my faves of the week! Another that I found valuable is How To Reclaim Your Attention at ZenHabits.

    Thanks for passing these along!

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