Refreshing drink to grow by

The phrase “drinking from the Kool Aid” is a strange one. Originating from a cult mass suicide, it’s also used to describe belief in perspective. I still can’t decide whether I’m a fan of the term or not, but that’s neither here nor there.

Either way, if I was to drink from the Kool Aid and share with you, here are ten bottles of Kool Aid that would fill your creative juice needs anytime. I hope you enjoy.

  1. How to Choose the Right Blog Tool. Informative post from Arik Hanson about how to decide which blogging platform to use for your business needs, with reasons why each of the covered platforms might be better.
  2. The Mad Men Guide to Changing the World with Words. Okay, I’ll admit it – I still haven’t watched a single episode of Mad Men. But this post from Jon Morrow over at Copyblogger might change that – and it’s a damn fine post on the power of words.
  3. Unethical Social Media at Its Worst. Uber-smart PR guy Dave Fleet shares a sordid tale of politics, social media and the recent Toronto mayoral elections. Interesting views in the comments as well.
  4. Lessons Learned at a Parking Garage. Not as naughty as it sounds, this is a great post from Frank Dickinson on why businesses should think smarter, or end up with BMW customers (you’ll have to read the post for the acronym!).
  5. Over 140 Marketing and Business Development Ideas for You. One of my favourite marketing bloggers is Jim Connolly. This post, and the resources in it, shows why. Read, bookmark, use.
  6. Blogging Through Storytelling. We all know the power of a good story – but are you using that power in your blogging? Andrew Rondeau shares his storytelling advice over at Kikolani.
  7. Will It Matter in One Year? Oftentimes, we let so many situations take control of us when we don’t need to. Andrew Weaver shows us how, in the long run, a lot really doesn’t matter after all.
  8. Moderating Blog Comments. Always guaranteed to be a hot topic, the question of whether blog comments should be moderated didn’t disappoint over at Spin Sucks. Read the post, then join the great debate inside the comments.
  9. 10 Smart, Thought-Provoking Comments from the Future Buzz Community. I’m a big believer in a blog only being as good as its community makes it. Adam Singer clearly agrees, as he highlights some of the best from his.
  10. The Boy with the Bread. Okay, I’m cheating a little here by sharing one of my own. But this might help you understand why size doesn’t always matter; it’s how you share bread that does.

Hopefully I’ve satiated your thirst with these drinks. But now I’m thirsty. So, what would you suggest I drink – any recommendations?

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Danny Brown
Co-author Influence Marketing: How to Create, Manage and Measure Brand Influencers in Social Media Marketing. #1 marketing blog in world as per HubSpot. Husband. Father. Optimist. Pragmatist. Never says no to a good single malt. You can find me on Twitter - Google+ - LinkedIn.
52 comments
3HatsComm
3HatsComm

Danny, Love these summary lists, makes it easy to catch up on my reading. Thanks for calling my eye to Gini's comment moderation post, so many others. I also haven't watched Mad Men but I really liked that post. Kool Aid worth drinking.. checking the rest.

3HatsComm
3HatsComm

Danny, Love these summary lists, makes it easy to catch up on my reading. Thanks for calling my eye to Gini's comment moderation post, so many others. I also haven't watched Mad Men but I really liked that post. Kool Aid worth drinking.. checking the rest.

ryangeist
ryangeist

@dannybrown Great roundup! I really appreciate your summary of all the links in the post. Makes this post itself a userful resource. A friend of mine, Ramit Sethi , bookmarks all of his favorite articles, posts, videos, whatever to delicious.com with useful descriptions. I'm also so impressed with how much a two sentence description can add value to a link. If you're interested, you can check out his bookmarks here: http://www.delicious.com/ramitsethi. Cheers!

RyanGeist
RyanGeist

@Danny Brown Great roundup! I really appreciate your summary of all the links in the post. Makes this post itself a userful resource. A friend of mine, @Ramit Sethi , bookmarks all of his favorite articles, posts, videos, whatever to delicious.com with useful descriptions. I'm also so impressed with how much a two sentence description can add value to a link. If you're interested, you can check out his bookmarks here: http://www.delicious.com/ramitsethi. Cheers!

Justicewordlaw
Justicewordlaw

The title of this post made me want to read this. The content that was included was truly remarkable and I enjoyed this a lot. I am going to take the time to look at the suggestions that you have given. Thanks a lot Dan.

Justicewordlaw
Justicewordlaw

The title of this post made me want to read this. The content that was included was truly remarkable and I enjoyed this a lot. I am going to take the time to look at the suggestions that you have given. Thanks a lot Dan.

FrankDickinson
FrankDickinson

Whoa - thanks Danny for including my stuff with this great list. I'm betting that you are probably already reading Christopher Penn from Blue Sky Factory, but if you missed: What your dinner can teach you about marketing methods: http://bit.ly/9r5wAY , it's a must read. For a swift kick in the pants try "It's Only Temporary" http://bit.ly/ac7OuK by Lisa Miles Brady This was just posted by Nathan Hangen yesterday ->True Influence Isn't in The Numbers: http://bit.ly/deAZ23 Nathan both pisses me off and makes me think :)

FrankDickinson
FrankDickinson

Whoa - thanks Danny for including my stuff with this great list.

I'm betting that you are probably already reading Christopher Penn from Blue Sky Factory, but if you missed: What your dinner can teach you about marketing methods: http://bit.ly/9r5wAY , it's a must read.

For a swift kick in the pants try "It's Only Temporary" http://bit.ly/ac7OuK by @Lisa Miles Brady

This was just posted by @Nathan Hangen yesterday ->True Influence Isn't in The Numbers: http://bit.ly/deAZ23 Nathan both pisses me off and makes me think :)

drewmaniac
drewmaniac

Honor to be listed with such a great list of people, Danny! I appreciate it. Now... off to check out your other suggestions. :)

drewmaniac
drewmaniac

Honor to be listed with such a great list of people, Danny! I appreciate it. Now... off to check out your other suggestions. :)

JonHearty
JonHearty

Wow. The Mad Men post is the only one I've read so far and I already feel the urge to say THANK YOU! There is so much amazing content out there and I love posts like this that point me in the right direction; it is a much bigger help than you might imagine. I look forward to reading the rest!

JonHearty
JonHearty

Wow. The Mad Men post is the only one I've read so far and I already feel the urge to say THANK YOU! There is so much amazing content out there and I love posts like this that point me in the right direction; it is a much bigger help than you might imagine. I look forward to reading the rest!

JimConnolly
JimConnolly

Thanks for including me with so many great people, Danny.

Another fine post sir.
(BTW: Been trying to leave this comment since yesterday.)

jimconnolly
jimconnolly

Thanks for including me with so many great people, Danny. Another fine post sir. (BTW: Been trying to leave this comment since yesterday.)

Area224
Area224

Danny - I love your stuff, but I cringe when I see "drink the Kool-Aid." So much so, I've recently added that to the "cringe-worthy" list. http://area224.com/cliches-to-avoid/ is the link to my impassioned plea to avoid these things.

Otherwise, though, love teh list.

Area224
Area224

Danny - I love your stuff, but I cringe when I see "drink the Kool-Aid." So much so, I've recently added that to the "cringe-worthy" list. http://area224.com/cliches-to-avoid/ is the link to my impassioned plea to avoid these things. Otherwise, though, love teh list.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich

How is possible that we are friends and you've never seen Mad Men!? It's only the best show on television! Hands down. Get the DVDs (Netflix has them!) and get caught up! I also loved "The Boy with the Bread" and it should absolutely have been included. I also found a few new blogs here, so thank you! And thanks for including Spin Sucks...though I really hope we're red kool-aid. That's my favorite. You just earned a point so I'm not AS mean to you tomorrow. As for some stuff for you to drink... This post from bethharte on books to read is excellent http://j.mp/aP1mjd How not to advertise from jonbuscall made me swear http://j.mp/dhLQwj Foul language and all, you'll really appreciate the snarkiness of this post from bloggoddes http://j.mp/bZkRYY I thought this guest post about "rocket content" on jaybaer blog was really good http://j.mp/ahYtjf And, of course, the spinsucks quest to raise $30,000 in 30 days to help end malaria-related deaths in Africa by 2015.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich

How is possible that we are friends and you've never seen Mad Men!? It's only the best show on television! Hands down. Get the DVDs (Netflix has them!) and get caught up!

I also loved "The Boy with the Bread" and it should absolutely have been included. I also found a few new blogs here, so thank you! And thanks for including Spin Sucks...though I really hope we're red kool-aid. That's my favorite. You just earned a point so I'm not AS mean to you tomorrow.

As for some stuff for you to drink...
This post from @bethharte on books to read is excellent http://j.mp/aP1mjd

How not to advertise from @jonbuscall made me swear http://j.mp/dhLQwj

Foul language and all, you'll really appreciate the snarkiness of this post from @bloggoddes http://j.mp/bZkRYY

I thought this guest post about "rocket content" on @jaybaer blog was really good http://j.mp/ahYtjf

And, of course, the @spinsucks quest to raise $30,000 in 30 days to help end malaria-related deaths in Africa by 2015.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@3HatsComm Thanks Davina, and as much as it pains for me to say so, @ginidietrich does have some great stuff over at Spin Sucks. Okay... she ALWAYS has ;-)

3HatsComm
3HatsComm

@dannybrown @GiniDietrich She does indeed. BTW I also liked Adam's post highlighting blog comments.. good idea I'll totally steal someday ;-)

dannybrown
dannybrown

@3HatsComm Thanks Davina, and as much as it pains for me to say so, @GiniDietrich does have some great stuff over at Spin Sucks. Okay... she ALWAYS has ;-)

dannybrown
dannybrown

@ryangeist Ramit Sethi Cheers, Ryan, and yep, I use Delicious (though I've slid off the scale from usage recently). Very useful bookmarking service.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@RyanGeist @Ramit Sethi Cheers, Ryan, and yep, I use Delicious (though I've slid off the scale from usage recently). Very useful bookmarking service.

dannybrown
dannybrown

@Justicewordlaw Thanks sir, glad you enjoyed, and I think you'll find a ton of good stuff in these links. :)

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@Justicewordlaw Thanks sir, glad you enjoyed, and I think you'll find a ton of good stuff in these links. :)

Dannybrown
Dannybrown

@nhangen @FrankDickinson Lisa Miles Brady And exactly why I love reading you, mate. :)

nhangen
nhangen

@Dannybrown @FrankDickinson Lisa Miles Brady Nathan Hangen Thank you sir, that's all I can hope for :)

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@FrankDickinson Lisa Miles Brady Nathan Hangen Anytime, sir, and thanks for the recommendations - I'll be sure to check them out. (Nathan's always a good read, "right" or "wrong" ;-)

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@drewmaniac You know I'm a fan, sir - easy to include. :)

Dannybrown
Dannybrown

@JonHearty Thanks, Jon, glad to see the post was useful (or at least the first part of it!) :) It's one of the things I love about blogging - unlike a lot of other mediums, you don't have to read the same stuff over and over, there's a whole bunch of different stuff out there for different tastes. It only stops when we stop. :)

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@JonHearty Thanks, Jon, glad to see the post was useful (or at least the first part of it!) :)

It's one of the things I love about blogging - unlike a lot of other mediums, you don't have to read the same stuff over and over, there's a whole bunch of different stuff out there for different tastes.

It only stops when we stop. :)

jkretch
jkretch moderator

@JimConnolly Hey Jim sorry you weren't able to comment. Can you please send us a quick email at support@livefyre.com with the issue you were having? As well as your browser and version? Thanks!

JKretch
JKretch

@jimconnolly Hey Jim sorry you weren't able to comment. Can you please send us a quick email at support@livefyre.com with the issue you were having? As well as your browser and version? Thanks!

Dannybrown
Dannybrown

@jimconnolly Cheers, sir, easy to include quality stuff. :) Was there an issue with @Livefyre or something else mate? cc: Jenna Langer Jordan Kretchmer

Area224
Area224

@Danny Brown Yeah, it can definitely be a fine line. Eating cake and all...
And you score points for addressing that fact in your post. Some folks don't at all...

HOWEVER, I'm fearful we're all getting a little too PC.

Keep up the good work!

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@Area224 It's definitely one of the phrases that can go either way, hence the indecision on my part. :)

Read your post - agree, it's a shame so many buzzwords come from less-than-positive examples. Then again, "Vive la revolution" is usually associated with freedom, yet how many free states turned to dictatorship? Fine line, sometimes. :)

Area224
Area224

@Dannybrown Yeah, it can definitely be a fine line. Eating cake and all... And you score points for addressing that fact in your post. Some folks don't at all... HOWEVER, I'm fearful we're all getting a little too PC. Keep up the good work!

Dannybrown
Dannybrown

@Area224 It's definitely one of the phrases that can go either way, hence the indecision on my part. :) Read your post - agree, it's a shame so many buzzwords come from less-than-positive examples. Then again, "Vive la revolution" is usually associated with freedom, yet how many free states turned to dictatorship? Fine line, sometimes. :)

ginidietrich
ginidietrich

@Dannybrown Ari Herzog You can't vote down anymore. Nanny, nanny, boo, boo!

Dannybrown
Dannybrown

@ginidietrich Well you're not getting another point from me, you're getting way too close. Maybe I can get Ari Herzog to come on over and vote you down by mistake instead of voting down the system? ;-)

Dannybrown
Dannybrown

@ginidietrich Ha, look at you with all the fancy social alerts - have Jordan Kretchmer and Jenna Langer been teaching you the fine arts of Livefyre? ;) Thanks for the recommendations on the posts frombethharte jonbuscall bloggoddes jaybaer - I'll be checking them out soon. :)

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@ginidietrich Well you're not getting another point from me, you're getting way too close. Maybe I can get @Ari Herzog to come on over and vote you down by mistake instead of voting down the system? ;-)