Blog Roll 2012 and Blog Give-Away 2013.

Every news channel, radio station, and web site along with VH1 and MTV is making a list and checking it twice.  It’s time to say good bye to the year 2012 and reflect on everything that happened.  What changed us, who irritated us the most (I’m thinking Honey Boo Boo), and who we looked to for help and inspiration. Then we create a list to say thank you or good riddance.

Blog Roll 2012 is a list of 10 web sites that have helped me get through my first full year of blogging. The list is not based on science.  It’s derived from the experience I had with web sights that I subscribe to and/or visited most regularly throughout 2012.  *Skim the list if you want, but be sure and scroll to the end for information about the Blog Give Away 2013. 

Out with the old. In with the new.  Here's to 2012!

Out with the old. In with the new. Here’s to 2012!

 Blog Roll 2012

1.  Copyblogger –  I’m guessing almost everyone that has a web site subscribes to Copyblogger.  They have over 170,000 subscribers and generate new content daily.  The information and insight that Copyblogger provides daily to help you be successful in online marketing is unmatched. They are a must-follow for anyone launching a web site or blog.

2.  Daily Blog Tips – This site provides just what the name suggests.  Daily tips about blogging.  The articles aren’t as in-depth or lengthy as Copyblogger, but the information churned out at Daily Blog Tips is staggering.  Another must-subscribe-to site for anyone with a web site or blog, or anyone thinking about starting one.

3.  Jezabel – I love this site and frequently visit just for fun. Jezebel is all about celebrities, sex, and fashion for women. (Something tells me they have plenty of male subscribers too.)  With great writing and edgy content, it is one of the most popular sites on the web and there is nothing run-of-the-mill about it. For example: Are you a Les Mis fan?  You can read a review of every single song in the movie here: Here’s How We Felt About Every Single Song in Les Mis.

4.  Does This Blog Make Us Look Fat? – This has been a favorite of mine for several years.  Does This Blog . . .  authors Rebecca Regnier and Robin Gorrell don’t take life too seriously, and that has proven to be a good strategy for them.  Lots of funny stuff here, but also some things you can use like the collard green recipe that Rebecca highlighted on her TV show The Full Plate.  It inspired me to try collard greens for the first time and write about my experience.

5.  The Iron You – I found this site when a friend of mine signed up to compete in an Ironman.  I stumbled across The Iron You site and have been a regular visitor since then.  The Iron You highlights unusual healthy foods supported by great photographs and excellent content about nutrition and fitness.  You don’t have be competing in an Ironman to appreciate this site. Its goal is to bring out the Ironman – or woman – in each of us.

6.  Skinnytaste – This site provides delicious low fat recipes that aren’t impossible to follow or find the ingredients for. I’ve made several recipes from Skinnytaste with good reviews from the fam, and have recommended the site to my co-workers.  All of the recipes include calorie count, nutritional information, and Weight Watcher points.

7.  Cloudy With A Chance of Wine – Mommy blogger Dani Ryan describes herself as a TV junkie, germaphobe, lover of clothes, wearer of heels, drinker of wine. She stays in touch with her humorous side as she writes about her experiences as a wife and mother. Always good for a chuckle, and the best part is you don’t have to be a mommy to enjoy Cloudy With A Chance of Wine.

8.  Pick The Brain – Living a healthier life isn’t about counting calories, mastering CrossFit, or running a marathon; although those can all be part of it.  Being healthy is about behavior change.  Pick The Brain is dedicated to self-improvement with a focus on personal productivity, motivation, and self-education  They have a team of writers devoted to those topics that do a wonderful job of inspiring me.

9.  Sources of Insight – J.D. Meier’s web site Sources of Insight helps people “make the most of what they’ve got.”  Meier provides endless tips for motivation and gives advice that will help people be more effective in both their work and personal lives.  If you’re looking for empowerment and motivation as you step in 2013, Sources of Insight is a good place to start.

10.  The Greatist – One of the best health and wellness spots on the web.  They pride themselves on researching each topic thoroughly and, at the end of each post, give a list of resources they’ve used to base the content of the article on.  This isn’t something that all – or even most – blogs or web sites do.  Plus, they churn out a ton of content that’s of interest to a wide audience. Check out The Greatist here.

Why These 10 Blogs? 

In my job each day I’m inundated with health and wellness news.  As part of my job I constantly read articles and newsletters that keep me up-to-date on current weight loss fads, fitness topics, gimmicks and trends. But health and wellness is about more than knowing what the most popular fitness class is or how effective the new weight loss drug on the market is going to be.

To be successful in the field of health and wellness you have to figure out what motivates clients, where the resources are that will help them reach their goals, and what you can bring to them when they get off-track, want to give up, or feel like a failure.  In order to help them I have to find my own source of energy.

So, in my spare time I work on improving my own blog, follow fashion trends and celebrity gossip, find healthy recipes to make for my family, have fun reading about the escapades of a mommy blogger that likes to drink wine, strive to become more insightful, and look for ways to my expand my own personal happiness.  The sites in the blogroll inspire me to do all of these things. I hope they do the same for you.

Blog Give-Away 2013

I’ve received a set of workout DVDs from my friends at Lionsgate’s Be Fit. I have a set to review and a set to give-away to one of you.  The DVDs include:

  • Mary Helen Bower’s Ballet Beautiful
  • Billy Blanks Jr. Dance Party Boot Camp
  • Biggest Lower Power Ab Blast
  • Biggest Loser Power X-Train
  • Denise Austin Shrink Your 5 Fat Zones
  • Jane Fonda AM/PM Yoga

Stay tuned on how you can enter to win.

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