For today’s post, I thought I would share with you some of the blogs I’ve been reading and enjoying during this month’s Ultimate Blog Challenge. As part of the January challenge, each time we post to any given day our blog URL, the rule is to read, comment and share at least two other posts from other participants. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know veteran bloggers who have been participating, along with new bloggers who are finding their way through and making it through the challenge. There are some blogs that I have visited repeatedly over the course of these three weeks into January that I’ve enjoyed reading based on my interests of small business, healthy living and inspirational posts. I don’t have any that are specifically my favorites. I’ve enjoyed reading ALL the blog posts I’ve chosen. They have all been wonderful to read!

Here are the five blogs I like to read, in no particular order. 

Roy Ackerman, “Cerebrations”

I like to read Roy’s blog because it provides great insights into current world issues that will make you think. I walk away from one of his articles feeling informed and empowered. I may not necessarily act upon some of the things he suggests, but he shares knowledge that I would not ordinarily know…and I like that!

Alana Mautone, “Ramblin’ with AM”

I like to read Alana’s posts because, well…we have several things in common…she writes about flowers, gardening and she loves chocolate. Guess what? So do I! But the real connection we have (and I bet she doesn’t know this herself) is both of our first and last name starts with “A” and “M”. How cool is that?! 

Martha DeMeo, “The Martha Review”

I have been reading Martha’s blog on and off since I’ve been participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I believe she’s blogged for the challenge for at least five or six years now? She always shares great stories about her life and her sweet granddaughter, Lia. I recall one of Lia’s posts about the basket of eggs. Yep, I remember that one like I had read it yesterday! When I need a break from reading business articles, I turn to Martha’s “reviews” for a smile or a laugh.

Francis Cahill

Francis’ blog is something I should be reading daily. She provides timely tips on writing and lately on public speaking. Two of the most daunting tasks for me is writing and speaking in front of groups. Yep, I admit I fail miserably at public speaking. In case you didn’t know this about me…I’m an introvert, working in a virtual environment. I love my comfortable world of working remotely and independently, but I do need help in writing and public speaking, so I’m going to continue to read Francis’ blog when I can. 

Paul Taubman, “Digital Maestro”

When it relates to online business topics, Paul’s blog is a great read. I like to model some of my own business strategies from what he’s shared on his blog. He also hosts some great teaching webinars that I’ve had an opportunity to attend. And for those of you who participate in the blog challenge, without Paul, we would not be coming together every three months to write, to challenge ourselves and to meet fellow bloggers like we have.

Like I said before, the above blogs are just a handful I read, but I really enjoy all of the blogs and the writers behind them. I’ve really enjoyed being a part of the challenge and I’m very fortunate I’ve been able to make it to Day 25 without quitting. Here’s to 6 more days to go! See you on January 31st…Day 31!

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Aletha McManama
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