Best of the Week – December 29, 2013

With very few exceptions, one of the requirements I have for this “Best of the Week” post is that the posts I mention must actually be posted in the past week. Now, there are times when I find a little nugget that I had not seen before, or I come across a new blog to follow that I had not previously known about – and I will use stories that are older than a week old in this post. But for the most part, I like to keep the information on this post fresh and new.

I’m mentioning this now because this past week was Christmas, and it was very evident in the number of articles and blog posts that were published this week. Let’s just say, the pickens were slim…

Anyway – let’s just get to it. Here are some of the interesting and noteworthy stories that I came across this week, in no particular order:

  1. Top 10 Inspirational Quotes worthy of your refrigerator. I love quotes, and this is a damn good list. I might just steal some of these for my twitter feed.
  2. Two of my posts come from the Social Media Examiner. If you follow my podcast, you may recognize this name – I referenced this website in my goal setting episode this past week. The first post is Vine Vanity URL’s: This week in social media. It’s SME’s version of my best of the week, but for social media updates only – and there were some pretty cool updates this week (specifically to Twitter) that you should check out. The second post from SME was this weeks SME Podcast, entitled Google+ Success: What your business needs to know about Google+. This was one of the best podcast episodes I’ve listened to in a long time. It really opened my eyes to some of the things you can do with Google+.
  3. Brian Clark of Copyblogger gave his annual predictions in 2014: Year of the Rainmaker. In a nutshell, Mr. Clark discusses why content marketing is king and why those that understand this concept will win big in the coming year.
  4. The Beginning of Compassion: How to be a better person by Jeff Goins. In this post, Mr. Goins talks of giving blankets to homeless people in Nashville – which actually made him feel worse about himself. But at the end of the day, is that such a bad thing?

Did you come across something this week that you think I should share? Post a comment below or send me a message on Twitter @jwhart518.