Every Friday I break down and comment on an article I’ve read recently that inspired me, enlightened me, challenged me, or otherwise made me think. I also share some of my favorite links from the week that was. This is: The Friday Response.

9 Ways You Can Build a Blog That Matters by Benny Hsu on Get Busy Living

Benny recently wrote an article that will without a doubt inspire you to either 1) start blogging or 2) make your blog better. I’ve shared before that I believe starting and maintaining a blog can completely change your life. It will introduce you to people you would’ve never met. It will open the door to business opportunities. It will make you smarter. It will change your perspective. It will open your mind to new ideas. It will give you solace. It will spark conversation. It can inspire change. And overall, it feels damn good to write about something you care about.

Benny hits the nail on the head in a very real and tangible way with these nine tips:

(1) Write epic shit: Without good content, the other 8 steps won’t make a difference. My biggest piece of advice? Don’t worry about narrowing your focus TOO much. Don’t over-think things. Allow yourself to be a bit random, but above all, write with passion. Passion is relatable, interesting, and compelling.

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For the first time in 2012, TGIF! As a blogger and as someone who reads a lot of blogs, what I love more than anything about the first week of the year is the unanimous optimism amongst writers and thinkers everywhere. If you make it through the first week of the year uninspired, check your pulse.

The trick? Keeping that momentum going every day of the year. Taking pictures of the sunset every Monday when you get off work, just to admire it’s beauty. Posting to Facebook how much shit you’re going to make happen during the week ahead, and commenting on how awesome last weekends spontaneous dance party was. It’s things like this, celebrating every little moment, every success – those things we’re all doing right now, that I implore you to continue doing, every Friday, every Monday, and every day throughout the year.

So, the first Quick Hits of 2012. I better make it a good one, eh? Here goes nothing…

Best From Around the Web

  • How To Survive Your First Year as an Entrepreneur - Outstanding, or at least, interesting advice shared in this article on TechCrunch. I’m all-in on Jame’s advice of bringing in a masseuse to the office every Friday, but the one point that I agree with more than any other? Follow up. I am a perpetual follower-upper, and for the few times it may be annoying to clients, it’s more than paid off time and time again.

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Hello from my second-home of Chicago! I’m spending a couple weeks here visiting friends and family, eating entirely way too much food, and trying, as hard as I can, to legitimately unplug and relax. Here’s to hoping the next week leading up to Christmas is as relaxing and stress free as possible for you!

Each week I recap some of the best things I’ve read/seen/heard from around the web. I also get you up to date on what you may have missed here on the blog. It’s perfect “right-before-the-weekend-already-checked-out-at-work-on-a-Friday-afternoon” reading. Without further ado, here goes nothing.

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Another week in the books and we’re already almost at the halfway point of December. I’m heading back to my second home of Chicago this weekend for the holidays, and am looking forward to eating way too much, visiting family, seeing my Chicagoland friends that I haven’t seen in over a year. Good times. What are your holiday plans? How are you planning to get away and unplug over the next couple weeks?

Each week I recap some of the best things I’ve read/seen/heard from around the web. I also get you up to date on what you may have missed here on the blog. It’s perfect “right-before-the-weekend-already-checked-out-at-work-on-a-Friday-afternoon” reading. Without further ado, here goes nothing.

Best From Around the Web

  • Modern Love – My Husband is Now My Wife – My “read of the week” goes to this true story of a woman and her man-turned-women husband-now-wife. It’s a true story of acceptance, understanding, and above all, love. Do yourself a favor and give it a read.
  • Selling: I Love This – People want to connect with something larger than themselves. In branding, marketing, and selling your business, think not only about the end product, but about the emotion it evokes, story it tells, and experience it provides.
  • Taking some time off - Sometimes a day at the beach is much better for your business than a day at the office. Why stepping away and unplugging can do wonders for your productivity and efficiency.
  • Millennials are Born Entrepreneurs. Wait, Really? – Was my generation born into a life of entrepreneurship, or are we victims of circumstance, the way we were raised, and the current state of our economy? How has our circumstance provided opportunity? Interesting stuff to consider.

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Hard to believe it, but 2011 is coming to a close. Where has the year gone? I’ll be spending a good part of the month on vacation, taking some time to unplug, recharge, think things through, and approach 2012 full speed ahead. What do you have on deck this month?

Each week I recap some of the best things I’ve read/seen/heard from around the web. I also get you up to date on what you may have missed here on the blog. It’s perfect “right-before-the-weekend-already-checked-out-at-work-on-a-Friday-afternoon” reading.

Best From Around the Web

  • What’s the worst thing that can happen to me? - Nina Yau, who I had the pleasure of meeting last year before she really took of toward where she is today, asks the very, very important question, “What’s my worst case scenario”. As I talk to people looking to make big transitions and changes in their life, personal or professional, this one question is absolutely critical.
  • Archer unveils new office – Mostly, I’m including this because I want to work (and live) in this office. Me likey.
  • All You Need is Love – My friend Elisa is bringing back her “All You Need is Love” series on her blog. If you haven’t been a part of the series the past couple years, I highly encourage you to get involved. (Also, check out my post from a couple years back)
  • A great way to give thanks – Seth Godin helps put into perspective that you, and I, and everyone else who has the opportunity to read this, is in a spot that thousands would do anything to be in. Don’t waste the opportunities in front of you.
  • The One Page Career “Cheat Sheet” – Do you like your job? Do you like what you do? Sarah Peck has drawn up a career “cheat sheet” (that you can download as a PDF). Check it out, ask yourself the questions, and maybe gain a little clarity.
  • NaBloPloMo Goals and Milestones – November was a big month for Laura – both online and off. One of the key takeaways for bloggers? Don’t worry about writing epic blog posts. Keep it simple. Don’t self edit yourself (see my post on that from last week). Just write.
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (soundtrack) - If you read this blog often, you know I have a crush on two things: Saved by the Bell and Trent Reznor. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo looks to be one of the best remakes ever (though you really SHOULD see the originals) – and the soundtrack/score orchestrated by T. Rez (we go way back) will no doubt be awesome.
  • Why Girls Don’t Want Careers in Tech – An interesting piece on FastCompany about women working in the field of technology (or the lack there of) and why it will be up to us to raise our daughters to be uber-good at coding.
  • Best About Pages – My company (Proof) was featured on bestaboutpages.com. We’re honored to be included with such sexy company.

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Hello and Happy Friday from someone who can’t believe we’re less than a week away from Thanksgiving! How did that happen? At this time next week, I’ll be taking part in the annual tradition of Black Friday shopping with my cousins. The only other brave souls who would dare attempt to deal with those crazy post-turkey-and-dressing-induced-food-come folk with me at 5am. Who’s with me?

Each week I recap some of the best things I’ve read/seen/heard from around the web. I also get you up to date on what you may have missed here on the blog. It’s perfect “right-before-the-weekend-already-checked-out-at-work-on-a-Friday-afternoon” reading.

Best From Around the Web

  • Generation Make – This is a great, great piece over on Techcrunch that summarize so well what my generation is all about. Debunking some of the stereotypes and recognizing others in a real, honest, optimistic way. We are a generation of makers, creators, and doers. (Also read this: Generation Sell)
  • What’s Your Story? - Great brands and individuals are great because they have a compelling story to tell. A story that’s relatable and distinct. One’s that inspire and bring others into something that’s larger than themselves.
  • The hard work is worth it - I speak frequently about the value of hard work. Hard work is the key to success and the opening of doors to great things. I love Sarah’s take on hard work – and her relentless pursuit to try new things and constantly learn. We should all follow in these ambitious footsteps.
  • On Not White-Lying by Omission: 12 Mini Confessions – What’s the life of a twenty-something entrepreneur really like, behind the scenes? Let Jenny Blake share some (very true) insight into the day to day.

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Hello from San Francisco!

Each week I recap some of the best things I’ve read/seen/heard from around the web. I also get you up to date on what you may have missed here on the blog. It’s perfect “right-before-the-weekend-already-checked-out-at-work-on-a-Friday-afternoon” reading.

Best From Around the Web

  • 28 in fifty-two notes: a year’s worth of writing, lessons, and people - I had the pleasure of (finally) meeting Sarah in person this week. And in the midst of conversation, she wrote in several thin Moleskine notebooks. Her ideas, her passions, and lessons learned. It wasn’t distracting. It was inspiring. We should all take a page (pun intended) out of Sarah’s book and take time to reflect more often – to remember where we’ve been, in pursuit of where we’re going. This post, in light of her recent birthday, shares 52 wise nuggets of wisdom worth considering.
  • There’s nothing wrong with having a plan – But missions are better, so says Seth Godin. More on this from me in a post next week.
  • 23 Incredibly Useful Insights on Shortcuts to Becoming an Expert – Corbett has launched his latest venture, Expert Enough. Everything he does is great, and this looks to be no different.
  • Project Budgets & Secrets – This is an oldie but a goodie from Brian Hoff. Extremely useful insight for anyone working with client budgets.

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Each week I recap some of the best things I’ve read/seen/heard from around the web. I also get you up to date on what you may have missed here on the blog. And, sometimes, if you’re lucky, I share a cool video, an addicting game, or something totally random – you know, the perfect thing for you to pass around the office around two o’ clock, because let’s face it, you’ve already checked out for the day.

Best from around the web

  • Crappy Day? Tell Me About It. - Sam, in response to this post from Peter Shankman, asks the questions, “How much is too much” when it comes to being open and transparent with your emotions, especially the negative ones, online.
  • Lessons Learned from Fitness Bootcamp – Getting active and working out regularly is something I’ve committed to in 2011. It’s paid dividends from an overall healthiness and studliness standpoint, but it’s also taught me a lot about drive, dedication, and focus. Check out this post from Sam Davidson for how his weekly bootcamp has whipped him into mental and physical shape.
  • How to Get a Job with a Small Company – Want to know how to get a job with a small company? Look no further than this great post from Seth Godin. Spot on.
  • How to Speed Up Your Website – I’m a sucker for a good tutorial. This is a good one for anyone looking to improve your website’s load time (which is super-important for SEO).

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A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of joining an entourage of great people in the pursuit of writing, filming and editing a seven-minute film as part of the 48 Hour Film Festival in Nashville. We were given a genre (Superhero) a name (Paul Duncan) a prop (flowers) and a line (“Tell me how you really [...]

It’s back! Well, it never really left – but I’ll play the comeback card anyway. Friday Quick Hits has returned and this week I’m talking Mom & Pop Marketing and a redux of my favorite childhood computer game, Oregon Trail (truly, something for everyone). Check out the video above (for the first time shot in [...]