Reading Roundup: The Ways of Washington

I’m back in Nashville after spending a few days in Washington D.C. I hadn’t been there since I was 16, so it was great to see the city again as an adult. I know this sounds crazy, but I had forgotten just how BIG everything is there – the mall, the Capitol, the museums, everything. It truly is a beautiful city and I’m glad I got the chance to go back.

While I was gone, I was thrilled to have Jayme Soulati guest post for me. If you haven’t checked out her post about building a blog community, it’s AWESOME. Go read it now. I’ll wait. :)

Okay, now that you’re back, here’s this week’s Reading Roundup:

  • Leadership Lessons in Washington – Since I just returned from D.C., I thought it only fitting to share Gini Dietrich’s compelling post about President Obama’s choice to have an expensive fundraising dinner for his 50th birthday. I’m not one to talk about politics here, and this post really isn’t about that. Instead, Gini used this post to talk about leadership and communication. It’s great read and the comments are fantastic too.
  • The Biggest Lie We Believe About Influence – Jeff Goins does a great job calling our bluff about the excuses we make for not sharing our art with the world. We all need a kick in the pants every now and this post is perfect for that. Go read it, then go get ‘em!
  • The State of Small Business Infographic – Adam Toporek and company developed this cool infographic with based on interesting stats about small businesses. But, what’s not cool? The fact that most small businesses don’t think marketing will make a difference. That’s troubling. Which means, us marketing folks have a lot of educating to do. What do you think about these stats?

By the way, I’m still noodling around with the Reading Roundup posts. This week, I decided to share just three posts instead of five. Have a preference? Let me know. I want to make sure this is useful to you.

It’s Your Turn

What were your favorite reads from this week? Feel free to share your own blog posts – I don’t mind. ;)

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  • http://twitter.com/jennwhinnem Jenn Whinnem

    Amen to Jeff’s post. I had missed it Laura, thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

      Happy to share it. I love @jeffgoins:twitter blog. It’s on my must-read list. 

  • http://twitter.com/mileigh13 Amanda Nelson

    I really enjoyed Chuck Hemann’s post on analytics. He tells it like it is and really breaks down impressions. http://chuckhemann.com/awareness-metrics-arent-the-social-media-meas

    • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

      Oooh, that’s a good one, Amanda. Thanks for sharing it. 

  • http://spinsucks.com Gini Dietrich

    Four of my favorite people in one spot! 

    Not only is everything in DC big…there is A LOT of distance between everything. The Washington Monument looks so close from the other side of the Mall. Until there is no straight way to get there.

    • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

      You’re right – it’s amazing how the Capitol seems like it’s so close no matter where you are. The same goes for the Washington Monument. Maybe I noticed the distance between everything more this time around since I am 15 years older than the last time I was there!

  • http://twitter.com/adamtoporek Adam Toporek

    Laura, thanks so much for the shout out! I appreciate the roundups. As for 3 or 5, I would say 3 but that’s speaking as a reader — not necessarily what is best for your blog. There are so many roundups now and some are quite large, the more focused the choices, the more likely I am to click on one.

    Of course, if you ever want to include a post of mine again and it would not make the top 3 but would make the top 5, then forget everything I just said! It’s hard for us little people to compete with @ginidietrich:disqus and her army of content elves for so few spots. :)

    Thanks again for the inclusion!

    • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

      Thanks for the feedback, Adam. You’re right – we all have so many choices of what to read that sometimes distilling it down to a fewer number is best. I think 5 makes more sense from the standpoint of getting more people over here and checking things out. But, from the reader’s standpoint, 3 is a lot easier to digest. I’ll play around with it and see what happens.

      I’m glad to hear folks think this is helpful. I wasn’t sure if it would be since so many others do it. But, I think it helps to have focused recommendations as you mentioned. 

      Thanks for stopping by. Happy to include your infographic, Adam. It was great!