Link Love From James’ Feed Reader (and on Giving Up)

Putting together a page of links to show appreciation for other bloggers, point readers to good posts and be a community-conscious blogger takes time. I don’t think that many people realize the effort that goes into those seemingly quick link love posts.
(I also hate the term “link love”. There. I said it.)
We’re often completely remiss on sharing the Google juice with our peers and friends. To those who do link to our posts, we always try to share a thank you by leaving a comment on their blog, and we mentally tip our hat in their direction. It’s appreciated, guys – more than you know.
And here’s a little bit of Google juice for our friends. Finally. Rather than link out to posts that you’ve probably already read, we thought it would be a good idea to give you a glance at my feed subscription list.
Anywired: Skellie takes web working advice and puts it right up there for all to see. It seems to be more focused on how other people use the web to work, but I like anything Skellie writes (thought I don’t always agree.) Check out this post on How to Be Your Own Boss.

Charfish Design: Sometimes, you meet kindred spirits and become instant friends. That’s how I felt about Charlie Pabst. He writes with wit that I envy and smacks off snappy stuff with a positive, friendly tone. He’s also got a good head for business and does some rockin’ cool design work. Read his post on What It Means to Me to Be a Designer.
Copyblogger: Okay, this one was a given, right? Who doesn’t read Copyblogger these days? What I love about Brian Clark’s blog (besides being a regular contributor) is that Brian can smack me upside the head and leaves me a changed man. Not many people can do that. Want to know what I’m talking about? Read the Content Crossroads post and you’ll see.
Itty Biz: Naomi dishes out advice with a lot of smack, and topics wander from small business marketing to personal anecdotes that often have me either laughing or crying. She’s also a personal friend and lets me take a break from life every now and then. (Or take her picture to post to our blog.) Check out why I’m an anomaly to the rule in Are You Cocky or Do You Have Balls.
Dave Navarro: If you want someone to tell you how to get your shit together, Dave’s the man. He’s all about action and getting things done, and he offers some pretty damned solid advice on reaching your goals. Plus, he’s a nice guy.
Freelance Folder: At the very least, I can one day say that I know a rock star personally. At the very best, Jon’s blog collects some freelance advice posts that offer plenty of tips for those of us working for ourselves. Or working for you, rather.
Put Things Off: Nick Cernis has to be one of the most brilliant people I know. He writes well, he’s professional, he has great ideas, and he’s extremely bright. If you haven’t read why you need a bigger envelope, do so. It’ll save you thousands. Oh, and get Todoodlist, too. It’s worth every penny.
Maximum Customer Experience: Ah, Kelly. This woman makes me laugh, brightens my day and generally loves giving me a hard time with her bold, confident comments. She also has some pretty smart stuff to say about customer service, so listen up. Oh, and watch out for Voodoo 2.0. It works.
Um, okay. This is exactly why I don’t do link love. If you’re not sleeping from boredom by now, I sure as hell am. Plus, it’s taken me two hours to get this far, thanks to sifting through all the great articles in my feed reader to share with you and thanks to thinking about why I love these people.
Cliffnotes version? The following people give me value, they teach me, they entertain me, or they’re my buddies. Oh, and some are just peers I keep my eye on. Gotta stay on top of things.
Without further ado, here’s the rest of my feed reader list of link love. Each link will take you to an article I liked.
Daily Blog Tips
Dosh Dosh
Catalyst Blogger
Chris G’s New Media
Freelance Parent
Freelance Writing Gigs
Freelance Switch
Get Paid to Write Online
Ignite Living
Jarkko Laine
Joshua Clanton
Self-Made Chick
SmallFuel Marketing Blog
The Writers’ Manifesto
Vigorous Writing
North x East
Write to Done
Caroline Middlebrook
Writing Forward
Writing Thoughts
Words for Hire
Write from Home
Super Blogging Tips
Vandelay Website Design
The Writing Journey
Punctuality Rules
The Copywriting Maven
The Art of Manliness
Awake at the Wheel
Pick the Brain
6 Weeks
Network Blogging Tips
Rogue Ink
The Growing Life
Dumb Little Man

Thank you, everyone!

Post by James Chartrand

James Chartrand is an expert copywriter and the owner of Men with Pens and Damn Fine Words, the game-changing writing course for business owners. She loves the color blue, her kids, Nike sneakers and ice skating.

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  1. Thanks for the mention and the link James. Always appreciated.

    Steven Snell’s last blog post..April’s Best: This Month in Web Design

  2. Back at you, bro. (Man, I’ve been hanging out with my 10-year old son and his best bud all weekend. My English has gone completely to hell.)

    Roberta Rosenberg’s last blog post..Holding Firm Part 2: Copywriters AinÒ€ℒt the Only Ones Getting Dissed

  3. Oh my God, a link post? From MwP? Are you sick? Are you dying? Should I send a card?

    Naomi Dunford’s last blog post..Brazen Careerist and Alltop and Memes, Oh My!

  4. @Naomi: Stranger things have happened.

  5. I’m guessing you don’t want me to say “Thanks for the LINK LOVE” so I won’t. I do like link posts though, I find them interesting because I get to see what people I read read. There’s usually a common like going on, and I find new stuff. I don’t like them all the time mind you.

    Jennifer’s last blog post..Discuss?Full vs. Partial Feeds: What’s Best for a Network Blog?

  6. Yeah, and I wanted to write this huge thing about why I liked each one… I don’t know what I was thinking but I gave it the college try.

    And see? It’s extra special link love!! (And once we get our PR back, it might be worth something!)

  7. @ Harry — Please provide proof of these “stranger things” to which you refer.

    @ James — I just saw Jennifer’s last blog post title, about full vs. partial, which reminds me. I just wanted to let you know (since I’m here anyway) that one of my posts per week is going to partial feed. I figured I’d tell you here since you’re less likely to misbehave about it on your own turf.

    Harry, please keep him under control. It’s one post per week.

  8. Brett Legree says:


    I do like these kinds of posts because each time, I get to add one or two more people to the special folder in Google Reader that I reserve for people who *really matter* – like you guys, and all of the folks on your list.

    Thanks for letting me be a part of it. You’ve been, and continue to be, a good teacher as I learn how to do this blogging thing.


    Brett Legree’s last blog what you love, and the underpants will follow.

  9. @Naomi: Would you like that on VHS or DVD? As for the control part, I’ll have to weld his cage shut, he keeps picking the lock.

  10. Ok, who spiked James’ Google Juice?

    Hey I’m honored to be on the list. I sorta feel like James and Harry are my blogging mentors. I’m always curious who and what others are reading.


    John Hoff’s last blog post..A Special Offer For My Blog Readers Only

  11. Thanks for the tip of the hat – and the peek inside your feed reader, James. A lot of these are in my reader as well, but there are a few new ones to check out.

    Sharon Hurley Hall’s last blog post..Posts On Writing April 2008

  12. Hmmm … I was going to think up a suitably snarky comment, but … just glad I could be of service.

    Keep rocking, James.

    Dave Navarro’s last blog post..How To Smash Your Insecurities And Take Massive Action

  13. Michael Martine | Remarkablogger says:

    It feels good to be appreciated. You guys are a regular part of my life now. πŸ™‚

    Michael Martine | Remarkablogger’s last blog post..What Picture Do Your Social Media Activities Paint about You?

  14. I’m with Dave on this one. Naomi and Harry have the funniest comments, I can’t even begin to compete : -)

    Thanks for the Google juice – Mason

    Mason Hipp’s last blog post..10 Clever Ways To Wow Your Clients

  15. Awww, they called me Poewar. Cool.

    Thank you for the mention. Good luck in the Elite Eight.

    John Hewitt’s last blog post..Writing Blog Madness: The Elite Eight

  16. Thank you so much — I’m honored.

    Even though life (and business) takes up the majority of my time, I still read MwP religiously.

    Nez’s last blog post..5 More Simple Pleasures

  17. I think I welded the cage a little too well. That’s what I get for living with a welding inspector.

    On behalf of James, you’re all welcome.

    @Mason: You caught me on a good day

    @John: Poewar is such a cool name

    @ Nez: Just don’t call James a god, we’ll never hear the end of it.

  18. Thanks for the list of links… lot of great ones in there. There are even a few new blogs that I need to check out.

    David Culpepper’s last blog post..Weekend Links 04/25

  19. @Harry — Six letters long. Perfect for video games in the eighties. Been using it ever since.

    @James — I think you understand now why I just list the links and don’t talk about the articles. I would be at it all day.

    John Hewitt’s last blog post..Writing Blog Madness: The Elite Eight

  20. Holy crap I’m in James’ reader!

    Clay Collins | The Growing Life’s last blog post..The Predictable Irrationality of Life

  21. James, getting a mention from this blog means more to me than you could know! Not because you’re celebribloggers but because I totally respect your opinion and have learned so much from you an the VOR. πŸ™‚ Thank you for letting me in on the party and introducing me to an awesome group of people. I really like the photo too, and dude, ha you said “link love!” πŸ™‚


  22. My dearest Pen Men, πŸ˜‰

    (yes, the wink belongs there)

    Link posts are awful to produce, I agree. I shall only have a 100th birthday once, and I thank goodness for that.

    Thanks for the kind words. Somebody is stalking somebody here, because on the entire list, there are only two blogs I’ve never read. I’m off to take care of that now, because I respect your collective opinions More Than Words.

    Sleep well, James. Little Pen snuggles dreamily in his bed of fans.



    Kelly’s last blog post..Tip of the Week: The Simplest Way to Avoid Naming Disasters

  23. Thanks so much, Mens. Pingback notifications bring me a special kind of joy.

    Tei’s last blog post..In Which I Continue to Be Off-Topic: More Dandelions

  24. Well, no matter what you call it, I appreciate the shout-out. (Although, what? I don’t get a paragraph to myself??)

    But, yes, now I’m going to have to spend some time clicking through to the other links on the list–the ones I don’t know already at least. Because there’s always going to be more people I don’t read YET but should be!

    –Deb’s last blog post..MM: Confusing Travel Terminology

  25. Pen Men! Thanks for the Google Juice πŸ™‚ I don’t mind the term “link love” (come on, it’s kinda cute), but Google Juice is just packed with vitamins and nutrients — I mean power. Yeah, power. You’ve got it, thanks for sharing it!

    Melissa Donovan’s last blog post..Briefs are Not Just Underwear

  26. I’m honored to be mentioned among so many more established and successful blogs.

    Thanks, MWP.

    Jesse Hines’s last blog post..The Real Secret to Making Good Money From Your Blog

  27. HOLY SMOKES…this took a lot of work. Thanks James.
    Someday, when I grow up and show up, I hope to be on your list too.
    But for now, I am so eager to learn from the likes of you, and so many on your list who have already become part of my weekly, if not daily “feed.”

    And it’s not just the bloggers themselves, it’s some of the meaningful comments that can tweak a string in me. I am reminded of the article I read recently on “The Butterfly Effect” – You created quite a “flap” today James.

    Harmony’s last blog post..What if You Lost Your Mind?

  28. Holy crap! I’m NOT in James’ feed reader.

    Hmm, guess I need to do more stalking then πŸ˜‰

    Lodewijk van den Broek’s last blog post..Review week 17-2008; Goals, blog and productivity habits

  29. Caroline Middlebrook says:

    Thank you very much James. It sure is appreciated and you’ve made me feel slightly guilty that I’ve stopped doing them myself now! I recently cut down on blogging time in general and as you say these link posts simply aren’t that quick so that was the first thing to go on my blog. Thanks for taking the time out for doing this one.

    Caroline Middlebrook’s last blog post..Introducing my Internet Marketing Newsletter

  30. Hey James and Harry,

    Thanks for the nudge. It’s great to receive a friendly mention every now and then and unexpected ones are always the best.

    Monika Mundell’s last blog post..Finding Work – Freelance Writing Guide

  31. Aw shucks! Thanks guys. What a lovely compliment. I’ve also been putting off sharing the link love for a bumper 6 month anniversary edition. Watch this space!

  32. Thanks for the linky love (it’s especially annoying with the”y” on the end, methinks) and for the list of wonderful new blogs to check out.

    Bob Younce at the Writing Journey’s last blog post..The Helium Experiment is Complete

  33. @ Lode – Actually, I don’t know why you weren’t, and I added you yesterday. And then I said, “Must go edit that post to add Lode, because I know he’ll….” Which you did. My apologies, because I read your blog and like it.

    Which reminds me… Anyone ever notice that Twitter replaces a feed reader?

    @ Caroline – You should only feel guilty if my feed isn’t in your reader πŸ˜‰

    @ Bob – Oh god, I hate that term.

    @ Nick – Bumper edition? Okay, have a hospital bed handy. It’s not easy.

    @ Monika – You’re very welcome.

    @ Harmony – My feed reader is in constant metamorphism and will never become a butterfly πŸ™‚

    @ Jesse – Oooh, I’ve been watching you.

    @ Melissa – You’re welcome. Mucho power… uh, once our PR comes back. (Google? Hallo? GOOGLE??? It’s been three frackin’ MONTHS, dammit! GIVE ME BACK OUR PR!)

    @ Deb – I’ve just increased your email volume.

    @ Kelly – Now I’m curious – which two?

    @ Tei – I am the harbringer of great Joy, celebrations… and trouble. I try.

    @ Karen – Hahah, celebriblogger! I like that one… hm. Makes me think of celibacy. Not good, that.

    @ Clay – Naomi made me do it.

    @ John – I understand a lot of people now and I understand why that “thank you for the link” is even more important than people realize. And Poewar is a cool name. Don’t know what it means, but it’s very cool.

    @ David – You’re welcome!

  34. James,

    The only two I had never looked at were Joshua Clanton (which I liked) and The Art of Manliness.

    I am now utterly in love with AoM and shall be come a regular lurker. I felt positively naughty in such a man-cave. It even felt too clubby to leave a drooling comment, in a nice way. When I clicked yesterday he had Frank Sinatra, law finals, six-pack abs, dressing well, and love letters all on the front page. I knew there were men like that left…. *sigh*

    If he wears John Varvatos, I’ll marry him in spite of my prohibition on attorneys. (If he’s reading this, it’s a joke. I still can’t marry an attorney.) πŸ˜‰



    Kelly’s last blog post..Are You a Manager or a Leader? Why Pushing Change Always Fails

  35. Brett Legree says:


    I hear you – AoM has a new subscriber today… awesome stuff… πŸ™‚

    Brett Legree’s last blog what you love, and the underpants will follow.

  36. @James: πŸ™‚ No hard feelings buddy. I do notice that twitter replaces the feed reader a lot of the times. I’m marking a lot of posts as read, because I read them already.

    Glad you opened the mystery box of your feed reader though, some nice gems in there πŸ˜‰

    Lodewijk van den Broek’s last blog post..Review week 17-2008; Goals, blog and productivity habits

  37. Hey thanks for the link love!

  38. Hi James – thanks for including me. It must have taken you ages to put that together. Many of those are in my reader already and I’ll definitely be checking out some of the others.

    Cath Lawson’s last blog post..Fab Quotes Of The Week: Week 3

  39. Thanks for the link! I appreciate the work that went into this post.

    You mentioned community, that’s definitely a reason to link to other blogs. I also think linking to other blogs in your niche is also a great way to show that you are a team-player and that you care about others!

    Keep up the good work!

    Laura Spencer’s last blog post..How Important Is It To Have a Photo On Your About Page?

  40. That is a very good list. Most of them I already read but I picked up a few more just from you mentioning them. Thanks for taking the time to do that.

    I get to know about a lot of new sites form reading lists like this and from people that I enjoy’s blogroll lists, although I know there is discussion about not including them.

    And I promise to not take it personally that I’m not on your list since I doubt if you need much motivation anyway, and I won’t take you off of my blogroll either. You are still one of my favorites!

    Wendi Kelly’s last blog post..My Attitude, My Choice

  41. Thanks for the link, I really appreciate it. πŸ™‚

    Tay – Super Blogging’s last blog post..Meet Super BloggingÒ€ℒs New Theme

  42. Wow! Talk about an overflowing glass, James!

    Thank you for these, what a fantastic list of links. Having done a few (much shorter) link posts, I know how time-consuming they are, so it really is much appreciated.


    Dianne Murphy-Rodgers’s last blog post..A Little Bit of Everything!

  43. Late to the party as usual. Thanks for the OJ.

    The Art of Manliness is hilarious. Great find. I just found out there’s more to life than six pack abs. :/

    Jay Francis Hunter’s last blog post..Becoming Bloghardy

  44. Oooh. I’m in James’ reader? Sweet!

    I know I’m late, but thanks for the link!

    Joshua Clanton – Design for the WEB’s last blog post..Welcome Anywired readers!

  45. @ Joshua – Better late than never πŸ˜‰ And you don’t post enough, by the way lol


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