Fetching Friday – Resources Mashup & Cat Yoga

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the best posts of the week in blogging, making money online, SEO, and social media on kikolani.com.

The Resources Mashup

Here are some of the best articles I have stumbled upon, retweeted on @kikolani, and read in RSS subscriptions this week.

Blogging / Writing

  • Share your best post ever – currently has a collection over 30 posts that have gone viral and what the blog owner did to get it there. Great tips!
  • 51 bloggers talk about blogging burnout – if you’re feeling like you might be at the end of your rope, don’t fear. There is bound to be one out of these 51 great posts to help you get out of a rut.
  • 21 ways to create compelling content – a great source of ideas if you are stuck in a rut and out of ideas on what to post next on your blog.
  • Writer’s guide to successful interviews – great tips for before the interview, the interview itself, and what comes next.
  • 20 essential blogging applications and tools – tools for your computer, iPhone, iPad, or smartphone to help increase your productivity.

Making Money Online / Marketing / Online Business

Personal Development / Productivity

  • 20 exceptional tips for setting and achieving smart goals – you don’t want to just set goals – you want them to be ones that you can accomplish. These tips will help you set achievable goals!
  • The 10 second trick to make every minute count – the power of odd times and how to take advantage of each and every moment.
  • Is self improvement information doing you any good? How to know if you are really getting the most out of your personal development journey.
  • Finding your own path – why it’s necessary to against the tide and out of your comfort zone!
  • 11 steps to starting over today – if you’re looking to change your ways, here are steps you can implement today to start that change for the better.

Search Engines / SEO / Link Building

Social Media / Social Networking

Winner of the Lenovo ThinkCenter M90z

There was an amazing number of entries to go through for this one, which was pretty exciting.

The Selection Process

As mentioned in my post, I was using a random process. Here’s how it went. I took each name from the comments and put that name in the spreadsheet, one row per entry, so everyone had one to eight rows for their comments and additional bonus entries. This ended up to be over 400 rows of names.

Then I typed in a random four digit number into the column next to each of their names. I did a batch of 35 random four digit numbers and then pasted that group of numbers down the spreadsheet. After I entered all of the numbers, I sorted the spreadsheet from Z – A, or in descending order.

Last, and my favorite part, I took the number of rows and put it into the Random.org

Randomized Number

The lucky winner via randomization is Kiesha of We Blog Better. Congratulations! I will contact you via email for the details I’ll need!

A huge congratulations to the winner, and thanks to everyone who entered and spread the word about the contest!

Photo of the Week

This week’s top photo from my photography blog is a shot I took on my trip to Australia. It was taken near London Bridge along the Great Ocean Road. I couldn’t resist it because the beach was so pristine and the waves were so peaceful.

Beach Waves

Be sure to check out my photography blog for more photos (I post new pics Monday through Friday) and follow me @kristihines for my photography tweets!

Cat Yoga

Yes folks, we’re back to kitten videos again. This one is an amusing way to interpret a kitten’s antics as yoga poses.

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  1. says

    Thanks Kristi for such a wonderful bunch of lists to read for this weekend.

    Congratulations Keisha, really happy to know you win that Lenovo ThinkCenter. Would love to know your exp with that destop on ur blog.

    Thanks again.
    hyderali just posted Super Sunday – Funny Videos

  2. says

    Wow, really tons of great and interesting stuff :) Thank you very much for putting all these great links together! I guess it will take some time to work through it 😉

    Greetings from Austria
    Cheers Mika

    • says

      It takes me a bit to compile them Mika, but it’s worth it knowing that it takes a while for people to get through them too. :)

  3. says

    Seriously?! Now, this is the kind of news I like waking up to!! Thanks, for this wonderful opportunity, Kristi! I haven’t had any coffee yet, but I don’t think I’ll be needing it, now thanks to this news – I’m totally pumped! 😀

    You really rock! Thanks Random.org :)
    Kiesha just posted What to Do After you Start a Blog

  4. says

    I really appreciate the kitty yoga. I’ve taken some yoga classes over the years and still occasionally do. I have a near daily practice, even though it only averages about 10 minutes.

    And thanks again for including my post on the best ways for a freelance writer to conduct interviews.
    John Soares just posted When Editors Don’t Get Back to You

  5. says

    I could not be happier about the winner :) I feel like I won it!
    Congrats, Kiesha, if anyone deserved it it was you :)

    Awesome list, Kristi, there are 2 posts here that I missed that caught my eye. I also wanna say that not only do I find new interesting stuff to read in your round ups, but I am subscribing to those blogs as soon as I run into them and my readers is getting better stuff than before. It isn’t always easy to find great blogs to read but you make expanding our reading horizons easier :)
    Brankica just posted 3 Reasons I Sometimes Skip Commenting on Your Blog

    • says

      Glad I’m helping you find new bloggers to connect with Brankica. That is one of the things that makes me super happy is seeing bloggers find new people thanks to the posts or comments here. :)

  6. says

    I always like coming to your blog cause the design makes me feel happy. :) Great roundup of posts. It’ll keep me busy for awhile. And love the picture of the beach. :)

    • says

      Hey, Kristi. Don’t listen to Marcus! He’s a devilish chap. Kidding of course. He’s a great guy.

      I really appreciate you listing my 11 steps post. The Skool of Life is an awesome blog if you ask me and there’s a ton more to be learned there.

      All the best and thanks for the #FF!
      Eric Pratum just posted You have no excuses for not being an expert

  7. says

    I felt the blogger and photographer burnout this week. I mean there are so many other things going on here, but the burnout was huge too. I’ll have to check that link out to see how others deal or get out of it. I think time is one of the best ways and to explore some other interests for a little.

    Great job on sharing more great work by many other bloggers. Have a great weekend!
    Scott Webb just posted I Call BS on the Top iPhone Photography Apps by Photojojo

  8. says

    Congrats to the winner of the thinkcenter pc. Good tips, reads and resources. The all in one seo wordpress plugin with screen shots was very helpful and a great post.

  9. says

    Bummer.. I was to late I would have loved to win the Lenovo ThinkCenter :-(

    Congratulations to Keisha I am sure she would be happy with that one. Regarding the issue with the computer booting on the USB, that can easily be fixed by a little configuration in the BIOS.

    Great picture from Australia Kristi
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