A Deeper Look at 30 Day and 90 Day Challenges

A Deeper Look at 30 Day and 90 Day Challenges

One of my favorite self-improvement tools, whether it’s for financial improvement or fitness or diet or moral improvement or whatever, is the 30 day challenge. It’s a tool I’ve used for years to nudge myself in a better direction and establish better habits in my life.

For those unaware, a 30 day challenge is simply a challenge to oneself to adopt some sort of lifestyle change for thirty days. It might be something very discrete, like “meditate for 15 minutes each day for 30 days.” It might be something like “eat only 1800 calories a day for 30 days.” It could be something like “don’t speak negatively about coworkers for 30 days.” I wrote about financial applications for 30 day challenges in the past, and suggested ten such challenges:

+ Challenge #1: For 30 days, make all of your meals at home.
+ Challenge #2: For 30 days, buy no name-brand items.
+ Challenge #3: For 30 days, don’t use a credit card for any purchases.
+ Challenge #4: For 30 days, don’t turn on the television.
+ Challenge #5: For 30 days, sell or get rid of one item from your closet each day.
+ Challenge #6: For 30 days, keep your thermostat five degrees cooler (or warmer) than normal.
+ Challenge #7: For 30 days, make your morning coffee at home and take it with you in a travel mug.
+ Challenge #8: For 30 days, don’t purchase any unnecessary possessions.
+ Challenge #9: For 30 days, brainstorm 10 gift ideas each day for a different person in your life.
+ Challenge #10: For 30 days, track every single dime you spend.

(If you want to know why some of these are financially helpful or want more details, I really encourage you to read the original article, The Power of the 30 Day Challenge.)

Most months, I do one or two different 30 day challenges. For example, this month, my challenge has been to eat vegan for breakfast and lunch each day for 30 days and to brainstorm ten interesting short story ideas each day for 30 days. Sometimes my challenges are finance related, sometimes they’re diet related, sometimes they’re fitness related, sometimes they’re morally related, sometimes they’re hobby related… it could be anything.

However, what I’ve discovered over the years is that a 30 day challenge is virtually never long enough to actually set a permanent habit in my life. At the end of a 30 day challenge, I will invariably revert back to my previous habits and routines. At the end of this month (unless something changes), I’ll go back to a non-vegan breakfast and lunch, and I’ll go back to not brainstorming short story ideas.

The reason for this is that it takes much longer than 30 days to truly establish a permanent habit in your life. Depending on the study or the specific habit, it can take anywhere from 40 to 120 days to really make a habit permanent, and sometimes it can even take longer than that.

Sometimes, reversion to old habits is fine. There are many thirty day challenges that once they wrap up, they’re done. For example, downsizing a wardrobe can’t go on forever because eventually you run out of clothes. There are other routines that you might want to do for a while and then drop, like generating short story ideas.

Sometimes, however, I really don’t want to revert back because I see the benefits of the new habit, but without a more persistent nudge, I revert back to old habits anyway. For example, a good exercise routine is a great 30 day challenge, but a person probably doesn’t want to revert back to being sedentary after the 30 days are over.

The reason is that many 30 day challenges are really just trial runs for new permanent behaviors. The idea of such a challenge isn’t necessarily to permanently set the hook of a lifestyle change (though that would be nice), but to figure out if such a change is really something you want in your life.

For example, do I want to eat a vegan diet for breakfast and lunch going forward? Is it really a net positive for me? Is buying all store brand items a net positive? Is turning off the television for good a net positive? That’s really what a 30 day challenge is about – answering that question.

So, what happens when that question is answered? What happens when you’re at the end of a 30 day challenge and you think this is a good change in your life, but you still need structure before it becomes a permanent habit?

That’s where a 90 day challenge comes in.

A 90 Day Challenge Isn’t Quite the Same As a 30 Day Challenge

It might be easy to just think of a 90 day challenge as being the same thing as a 30 day challenge, except three times as long. I’ve discovered over the last year or two that they’re actually very different animals.

First of all, a 30 day challenge exists to help you figure out whether a new habit is right for you, while a 90 day challenge intends to convert a very promising habit into a permanent way of life. The goal of a 90 day challenge is very different than a 30 day challenge. A 30 day challenge is about discovery or, in some cases, about completing a task. A 90 day challenge is about change – ideally permanent change.

Second, a 30 day challenge operates almost entirely within a “honeymoon” period, whereas a 90 day challenge goes far past that period. A “honeymoon” period is a period of time in which a new activity is quite fun because you’re discovering the nuances and enjoying the details. For many things, it fades after a few weeks, but a 30 day challenge is usually mostly or entirely within that honeymoon period.

A 90 day challenge goes far longer than that. Even more so, it’s often something you take on after a 30 day challenge, so you don’t have a “honeymoon” period at all.

A 30 day challenge has a short term focus, while a 90 day challenge has a long term focus. With a 30 day challenge, you’re evaluating the change you’re wanting to make. Is this working out for me? Is this something that’s a net positive in my life? How can I make each day better. A 90 day challenge is an attempt to make a positive change, probably one you figured out during a 30 day challenge, permanent. You’re trying hard to establish a new normal.

In my experience, a 30 day challenge is usually fun, while a 90 day challenge, especially the first 60 days or so, can be surprisingly hard. There’s no “honeymoon” to rely on and you’re trying to change your well-established daily habits, so you’re going to resist the change with surprising intensity. It’s not going to feel fun, though you might start seeing results that you like.

For me, however, sometime between day 60 and day 90, the resistance just fades away for most 90 day challenges and I just feel like it’s the natural thing to do. This assumes, of course, that such a challenge has been on an unbroken streak for that long. When that happens, the change is pretty much permanent. Your day will feel wrong if the new habit isn’t a part of it.

I started migrating slowly to 90 day challenges over the last year and a half, trying different approaches, and I feel like my challenges during the first quarter of this year were quite successful.

So, how exactly do I pull off a 90 day challenge? I need to start by talking a little about triggers.

Enter Marshall Goldsmith

The real key for understanding a 90 day challenge for me was reading the book Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith. I’ve already shared an in-depth review of Triggers, as well as a discussion of the key question asked by the book.

To summarize, Triggers focuses on how exactly people establish new habits. Goldsmith’s approach is that the key element in establish a new habit is genuine, honest intent and effort. His core idea is that if you genuinely try to do your best each day to establish a habit, even if you weren’t perfect at it due to the vagaries of the day, that habit will eventually become your new normal behavior.

The method that Goldsmith recommends for doing this is to adopt a daily routine of evaluating your habits. In the evening, you simply ask yourself, “Did I do my best today to execute this habit?” For example, you might ask yourself, “Did I do my best today to eat vegan before dinner?” or “Did I do my best today to avoid name brand products?” or “Did I do my best today to be positive in the workplace?” or “Did I do my best today to meditate deeply?” or “Did I do my best today to avoid using my cell phone except for necessities?” or… well, anything you want.

Goldsmith’s suggestion is to actually score yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 on whether you really did your best to execute that habit within the context of your day. In other words, what he cares most about is intent and effort, not perfect results.

Why is intent and effort more important than results? Let’s say you’re asking yourself whether you did your best today to eat a low calorie diet. Most days, it might not take a ton of effort to pull that off if you’re preparing your own meals. However, a couple of friends invite you out to dinner at a fancy (read: calorie-rich) restaurant. Did you go there and throw caution to the wind and dig into a pile of foie gras chased by several after-dinner drinks? Or did you eat really lightly before the dinner, choose relatively low calorie options, and keep your drinking to a minimum? In the latter situation, you really did do your best to keep your calories low and you can still give yourself a really good score for the day, even if you maybe went a bit higher than you might have otherwise intended.

Intent and effort is central because it overcomes the varieties in your days. Some days will be perfectly set up for you to knock your habit out of the park, while others might make it tricky. The more you intend to do things well and actually follow through on that intent, even if the results aren’t always equal, the more you are teaching yourself to apply this new behavior of yours in a variety of situations that come up in your life. You’re learning and locking in how to do this no matter what life throws at you.

For me, it’s that continuous effort and intent that really sets a habit. By nudging myself to constantly keep applying intent and effort to a particular behavior, it becomes pretty constant in my life regardless of how my day-in-day-out life is going. So far, most of the time, 90 days has been enough to really set a new behavior really strongly in my life.

So, what does this actually look like in my life?

A Concrete Example: Default Home Meal Preparation

While Sarah and I have long prepared most of our meals at home, I often felt like there were times where we ate outside the home because of convenience, and that was mostly due to poor planning. I basically wanted to eliminate that from my life, both for expense and health reasons.

So, I decided to adopt a new habit: I’m no longer going to eat meals I didn’t prepare at home unless it involves overnight travel, a social event or celebration, or a genuine emergency. If it doesn’t fall into that category, I’m eating at home. I wanted to feel like the absolute normal default mode for all food preparation is my own kitchen.

This actually involved a number of changes. Most importantly, it involved some more careful meal planning and thinking. What were the times when I would eat out for convenience? Why did that happen? What could I do otherwise?

I started off with a 30 day challenge for this last year, to see if I could go an entire month preparing every single meal at home except for the rare exceptions noted above. It worked out pretty well and I was happy with the results, both financially and nutritionally. So, I decided I wanted to make it into a permanent habit.

The first thing I did is that I printed off a single sheet three month wall calendar, like this one but of my own design with a large space for each day to write in.

Each morning, as part of my morning routine, I thought about my new habit. Today, I’m going to do my best to prepare all of my meals at home. After doing that, I put a little X in the corner of the day on that calendar.

As I moved through the day, I try to be a little bit aware of what my intention is; the morning reminder helps with that. If I think today might be tricky, I’ll put a reminder or two on my phone to nudge me at an appropriate time. The goal is to make things like preparing a picnic dinner or making myself a lunch to go feel completely normal.

At the end of each day, I simply asked myself did I do my best to prepare all of my meals at home? I’d grade myself on a scale of 1 to 10 on how I felt I did that day in terms of effort. Did I genuinely try to prepare all meals at home? If I felt I gave it true effort, regardless of the results, I’d give myself a good score; if I didn’t, I’d give myself a bad score.

Ideally, I wanted to have a chain of days where I honestly gave myself a score of at least an 8, and when a good chain was going, I wanted to keep it going. I’d see it in the morning when thinking about my goal and I’d realize that this was a good thing to keep moving forward.

However, the key to this was honest scoring. If I couldn’t honestly give myself a good score for effort, then I wouldn’t give myself a good score.

As the process wore on, day after day like this, a few things emerged.

For starters, if I was really committed to this change, I would rack up a lot of good scores for effort. That was always a good sign. On the other hand, if I was consistently unable to give myself a good score, it meant that I probably wasn’t as committed to this change as I thought and it deserved to be re-thought. Usually, a 30 day challenge beforehand weeds out the behavioral changes I’m not really committed to and exposes the ones I really want, but in at least one case, I found that I didn’t realize that I wasn’t really committed until well into the 90 day challenge.

Second, having a bad day here and a bad day there wasn’t a sign of failure. It didn’t mean that the goal was falling apart. Rather, it meant that I was learning how to deal with an unusual day; it was part of making that kind of effort normal no matter what life threw at me. Usually, a one-off bad day was almost always followed by a few very good days.

Finally, somewhere around day 70 or so, it started to feel incredibly automatic, like I was reminding myself to do something normal, like going to the bathroom. I kept doing it through day 90, but there was a point in there where the “normal” switch flipped in my head and this new behavior became the new normal.

That’s really the sign of success, I think. It’s the point where I can take the training wheels off and stick to this new behavior for quite a while.

This doesn’t mean that the behavioral change is permanent, just that it’s my new “default” life pattern. Things may get altered as my life changes over time, but for now, that new behavior is part of the path of least resistance in my life.

Final Thoughts

If you think a behavior change in your life is something you need to do going forward to put yourself in a better direction, start off with a 30 day challenge. Commit to that change for 30 days. You don’t need to have that much structure for just 30 days, as you’ll be going through a “honeymoon” period where you’re enjoying figuring out the changes and, besides, there’s an end date to all of this.

After the 30 days, evaluate whether this change worked for you. Did you get some of the results you wanted? Was it a net positive in your life? Do you feel like things will continue to improve if you stick with it and made it the new normal?

It’s okay if you conclude that the change isn’t the right fit for you. In those situations, I usually assume that there’s something that I do want to change in my life that’s similar to this – or else I wouldn’t have wanted to do the challenge – but not exactly this, and that means I need to give it some more thought.

If it feels like something you want to have permanently in your life, I strongly recommend doing a 90 day challenge, as described above, using some of the strategies from Marshall Goldsmith’s book.

I’ve done this exact thing – or a close variation of this – for several different habits and it’s been incredibly effective at bringing about change, better than anything I’ve ever tried. You can certainly do simultaneous 90 day challenges as well if you’re willing to dislodge a lot of your normal habits and routines at once; I can confirm that at least two can work well at the same time.

The system as I described above really works, at least for me. I intend to keep it up with a new habit or two on a quarterly basis for a while, and I have a couple of pretty intense ones in mind for the third and fourth quarters of the year.

Good luck! (And, yes, I expect to revisit this topic again near the end of the year when discussing financial and other New Year resolutions.)

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23 of the Best Personal Websites to Inspire Your Own

Some refer to it as a full-time job in itself. Others compare it to dating. And several cats over at BuzzFeed think it just plain stinks.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

When you’re applying for a place, you’re normally asked to submit a resume and envelop symbol, or maybe your LinkedIn profile. But there are better ways to stand out from your race, and build a personal website is one of them.

Why You Need a Personal Website

Here’s the thing about resumes and cover words: No interest how peculiar “youre trying” attain your own, for the best part, they tend to read dry. And there’s a good reason for it: It’s supposed to be a single , no-frills sheet that documents your work experience. And while being concise is good, there’s very little opportunity to convey your uniqueness, or for your personality to glisten through at all for that matter.

While a resume is a sole, largely unchanging substantiate, a personal website can be customized and informed according to what you’re working on, or what you want to emphasize. It’s both fluid and current.

Did you know 70% of supervisors say they’ve spurned a profession applicant since they were learned something unattractive about them online? This doesn’t mean you should scrub the internet of everything about you — in fact, this statistic stress the importance given to refining your online proximity. Recruiters are looking you up online, and a personal website that tells the story you want to tell can make all the difference between you and a rivalling candidate.

If you’re thinking about creating a personal website of your very own, check out the patterns below that smash the claw on the brain. Inspired by a particular type of website? Click one of the following links to jump to that division of such articles 😛 TAGEND

Personal Resume Websites

Personal Portfolios

Personal Blogs

Personal Demo Websites

Best Personal Websites

Gary Sheng

Raf Derolez

Pascal van Gemert

Brandon Johnson

Quinton Harris

Sean Halpin

Tony D’Orio

Verena Michelitsch

Gari Cruze

Melanie Daveid

The Beast Is Back

Daniel Grindrod

The Everywhereist

Side Hustle Nation

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Smart Passive Income

Minimalist Baker

Kendra Schaefer

Mr. Money Mustache

Albino Tonnina

Robby Leonardi

Samuel Reed

Devon Stank

Personal Resume Websites

Whether you create a single-page site or a larger portfolio, the web resume acts as a more personalized alternative for sharing information and substantiating your technological skills — and it can be used by all types of job seekers.

Even if you have very little work experience, you can leverage a website to build a better picture of your capabilities and yourself as presidential candidates, while recline on your traditional resume to provide the basic background information.

1. Gary Sheng Personal website of Gary Sheng with a picture of him on the homepage followed by details of his resume

Unlike a standard resume document, Sheng’s website determines it easy for him to include mottoes and clickable links that allow his software engineering and network growing abilities to shine.

We love that pilgrims can choose to scroll down his page to examine all of the website’s categories( “About Me, ” “My Passion, ” etc .), or rush to a specific page squandering the top navigation.

The “My System” section predicts like a company mission statement, and this personal touch facilitates humanize his piece and manufacture him more memorable.

2. Raf Derolez Personal website of Raf Derolez with black background and large white font creatively outlining his resume

Derolez’s web resume is modern, cool, and instructive. It establishes off his personality, labelling, and developing abilities in a way that’s still very simple and clear. Not to mention, his use of peculiar fonts and geometric overlays ascribes personality to his refer in an eye-catching way.

Want to get in touch with Derolez? Simply click the CTA located at the bottom of the sheet to open up an email that’s pre-addressed directly to him. Or select one of the social media links to connect with him on pulpits like Twitter — where the inspection and feel of the visual assets happens to seamlessly align with the branding of his website. Well represented, Derolez.

Twitter profile of Raf Derolez 3. Pascal van Gemert Image from Gyazo

Pascal van Gemert is a web developer from the Netherlands, and his personal resume website proves you are able to include a lot of information on a single webpage if it’s organized properly.

The more know you get, the more of it you’ll have to share with employers. Pascal’s resume, indicated above, consumes an extended scroll bar to keep pilgrims from having to navigate to a different page when is known about him. He also imagines his career in different ways between “Profile, ” “Experiences, ” “Skills, ” and “Projects, ” while working a compatible teal color to unite all of his resume contents under one brand.

4. Brandon Johnson Personal website of Brandon Johnson with black and white resume and space theme

Johnson’s unbelievable resume must be seen to be belief. Beautiful portraits of planets help to complement his planetary science background, and livings realise his resume more of an experience than a document.

In words of design, the textured, multi-layered background supplements greater depth to the two-dimensional page in a way that elicits inclinations of infinite and the planetary systems, which Johnson’s piece focuses on.

5. Quinton Harris Personal website of Quinton Harris with resume details including personal photography and storytelling

Harris’ resume exploits photos to tell his personal story — and it reads kind of like a cool, digital scrapbook. It deals all the bases of a resume — and then some — by discussing his school background, work experience, and talents in a highly visual way.

Not to mention, the facsimile is fantastic. It’s clear that Harris took the time to carefully choose the claim statements to describe every step of his personal and professional journey. For precedent, the section on storytelling reads 😛 TAGEND

NYC, my new residence, is filled with the necessary confidentials to not only propel my skill send, but my identity as an creator. With every lens clicked and every pixel laid, I am becoming me.

Finally, at the final navigational pitch( record the scrolling haloes on the left-hand side of the page ), customers are redirected to quintonharris.com, where he goes on to tell his narration in more detail.

Website homepage of Quinton Harris that says 'Griot in Training' across the front 6. Sean Halpin Personal resume website of web designer Sean Halpin, using soft green illustrations

Halpin’s resume is short, sweetened, and to the point, which is authentic to his spokesperson and personal branding outlined on the site. The grey room countenances his patterns and emulate to pop and dominate the reader’s attention, which helps to improve readability — especially on mobile devices 😛 TAGEND Sean_Halpin_Mobile.png Sean_Halpin_Mobile_Site.png Best Rule for Resume Websites

Code your resume so it can be crawled by search engines.

Offer a button to download your resume in PDF so the charter director can add it to your document.

Keep branding consistent between the website and substantiate editions: Use same fonts, hues, and likeness so you’re easy to recognize.

Be artistic and authentic to yourself. Think about the pigments, personas, and media you want to be a part of your tale that you couldn’t include in a document resume.

Personal Portfolios

Building an online portfolio is a highly beneficial personal branding and marketing tool if your work experience and skill set call for content creation. In fact, photographers, graphic designers, illustrators, scribes, and content marketers can all use web portfolios to show off their skills in a more user-friendly way than a resume or hard copy portfolio.

7. Tony D’Orio Personal portfolio website of Tony D'Orio showing portraits of people

It’s important to keep the design of your visual portfolio simple to let portraits capture visitors’ attention, and D’Orio achieves this by boasting adventurous pictures front-and-center on his website. His logo and navigation menu are clear and don’t distract from his employment. And he makes it easy for possible customers to download his work free of charge.

Want to give it a try? Click on the hamburger menu in the upper-left corner, then select+ Create a PDF to select as numerous likeness as you’d are ready to download.

Link to create a PDF from Tony D'Orio's personal online portfolio, featuring tiled images of his photography

Once you open the PDF, you’ll notice that it comes fully furnished with D’Orio’s business card as the covering … just in case you need it.

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When you’re a designer , not one pixel on your personal website just going unused. Verena Michelitsch’s portfolio, shown above, is covered end to end in artwork. From her extended library of design, she chose to exhibit multiple complexions, forms, and aspects so pilgrims can see just how much range she has as a decorator. It’s a perfect pattern of the classic precept, “show, don’t tell.”

9. Gari Cruze Personal portfolio of Gari Cruze with tiled images of his photography and links to his work

Cruze is a copywriter. But by turning his website into a portfolio peculiarity likeness from different safaruss he’s worked on, he makes guests want to keep clicking to gain a better understanding of him. Too, there’s a great CTA at the top of the page that pass visitors to his latest blog post.

His site’s jocular print — specifically in the “1 7 Random Things” and “Oh Yes, They’re Talking” segments — serves to show off his knowledge, while uttering himself more memorable as well. These sheets also include his contact information on the right-hand feature, shaping it easy to reach out and connect at any point 😛 TAGEND Gary_Cruze.png 10. Melanie Daveid Personal website portfolio of Melanie Daveid with script font and simple illustration theme

Daveid’s website is a great example of “less is more.”

This developer’s portfolio peculiarities clear, well-branded imagery of campaigns and apps that Daveid worked on, and she demonstrates off her coding sciences when you sounds through to see the specifics of her work.

While it might seem overly negligible to only include three a few examples of her operate, Daveid did her portfolio a service by including her best, most noteworthy expeditions. At the end of the working day, it’s better to have fewer examples of excellence in your portfolio than countless examples of mediocrity.

11. The Beast Is Back Personal website portfolio of The Beast Is Back, also known as Christopher Lee, with tiled images of colorful design work

Christopher Lee’s portfolio is busy and colorful in a way that works. When “youre reading” more about Lee on his easily navigable locate, you “ve realized that” such a entertaining and vibrant homepage is perfect for an illustrator and doll designer.

Known by his brand name, “The Beast Is Back, ” Lee’s web portfolio highlightings eye-catching blueprints with noticeable brands, such as Target and Mario, along with links to purchase his task. This is another gallery-style portfolio with pops of shade that make it fun and hand it personality, thus making it more memorable.

12. Daniel Grindrod

This freelance videographer is another example of a simple but stylish portfolio, coordinating the many types of media Daniel’s done into the categories by which his potential patrons would likely want to browse. The opening video smudge on the homepage — labeled “Daniel Grindrod 2018, ” as is displayed in the still persona — too ensures his site visitors that he’s actively appointing beautiful work.

daniel-grindrod-portfolio Best Pattern for Portfolio Website

Use principally visuals. Even if you’re showcasing your written work, employing symbols or other branding is more eye-catching for your tourists.

Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Your identity, wording, and sense of humor could be what causes you apart from other websites!

Organization is key. If your portfolio is full of photos, mottoes, and other portraits, make sure it’s easy for visitors to navigate to where they can contact you.

Brand yourself. Choose a emblem or icon to prepare your knowledge easily identifiable.

Personal Blogs

Consistently publishing on a blog is an excellent way to attract attention on social media and search engines — and drive commerce to your site. Blogging is a smart way to give your work a personality, chronicle your experiences, and stretch your penning muscles. You might write a personal blog if you’re a writer by transaction, but virtually anyone can benefit from adding a blog to their site and adding useful content for their audience.

13. The Everywhereist Personal blog of Everywhereist with green and red homepage

This blog seems a bit busier, but its consistent branding assists visitors readily navigate the site. The traveling blog implements globe iconography to move pilgrims around the site, obligating it easy to explore areas beyond the blog.

Owned by scribe Geraldine DeRuiter, this blog likewise peculiarity a “Best Of” section that allows new visitors to learn about what the blog clothes to get acclimated. The color scheme is warm, neutral, and free of excess clutter that could amuse from the content.

Nick Loper 14. Side Hustle Nation Homepage of Side Hustle Nation, the personal business blog of Nick Loper

Side Hustle Nation is the business blog of Nick Loper, an advisor whose website offers tons of valuable financial suggestion for individual business owners. His homepage, shown above, determines a lighthearted yet fierce atmosphere for his readers. It shows you’ll get friendly content all commitment to a single objective: fiscal liberty. The light-green call to action, “Start Here, ” promotions first-time visitors know exactly how to navigate his website.

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On Nick’s blog page, indicated above, you’ll notice two unique types of content: “My Podcast Production Process, ” the top upright; and “Quarterly Progress Report, ” the third post down. The top post registers readers how Nick, himself, generates content that helps his business grow, while the third post down maintenances his books up to date on his blog’s growth over epoch. These content forms give people a peek behind the curtain of your functioning, indicating them you rehearse whatever it is you preach and that your insight is tried and true.

15. fifty chocolates Homepage of Fifty Coffees, one of the best personal blogs online

The website fifty coffees recounts the author’s series of coffee meets in search of her next task possibility, and it does a great job of using photography and visuals to assist in the telling of her lengthy stories.

The best part? Each berth conclude with numbered takeaways from her engagements for affluence of learn grasp. The high-quality photography used to complement the floors is like icing on the cake.

Quinton Harris Sean Halpin Tony D'Orio 16. Smart Passive Income smart-passive-income-personal-blog

This is Pat Flynn’s personal blog, a centre for monetary advice for people who want to start their own business. His homepage, shown above, causes you know exactly who’s behind the content and what his mission is for the content he’s present readers.

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His blog page likewise come here for a unique navigational implement, shown above, that isn’t time categorized by subject matter. Rather, it’s organized by what the reader wants to accomplish. From “Let’s Start Something New” to “Let’s Optimize Your Work, ” this locate design assistants customize the reader’s experience so you’re not forcing them to simply guess at which blog affixes are going to solve their problem. This helps to keep parties on your website for longer and increase your blog’s traffic in the long term.

17. Minimalist Baker Personal food blog of Minimalist Baker with yellow and white website theme

I’m not highlighting Dana’s food blog simply because the food gapes delicious and I’m hungry. Her blog applies a simple white background to let her menu photography sound, peculiar branding to realize her memorable, and mini-bio to personalize her website.

18. Kendra Schaefer Personal blog of Kendra Schaefer

Kendra’s blog is chock-full of information about her life, background, and professional experience, but she shuns overwhelming tourists by using a light background and organizing her blog’s modules to minimize clutter. She too shares links to additional writing tests, which bolsters her writing authority and credibility.

19. Mr. Money Mustache Personal finance blog of Mr. Money Mustache with wood themed background and illustrated logo

Mr. Money Mustache might take on an old-school, Gangs of New York-style facade, but his blog layout — and the relevant recommendations the blog offers — couldn’t be more fresh( he too doesn’t genuinely look like that ).

This monetary blog is a funny, browsable website that offers resonate revelation into money management for the layperson. While his personal legends help support the legitimacy of his advice, the navigation connects encircling his symbol make it easy to jump right into his content without any prior situation around his brand.

Best Practises for Blogs

Keep your site simple and clutter-free to avoid added distractions beyond blog berths.

Publish often. Company blogs that publish more than 16 uprights per months get nearly 3.5 X the web traffic of blogs that publicized less than four affixes per month.

Experiment with different blog vogues, such as schedules, interviews, graphics, and bullets.

Employ visuals to break up text and contributed context to your discussion.

Personal Demo Websites

Another cool way to promote yourself and your skills is to create a personal website that redoubles as a show of your coding, scheme, explain, or developer knowledge. These sites can be interactive and enlivened in a way that provides information about you and likewise pictures hiring managers why they should work with you. This is a great website option for technological and aesthetic material developers such as makes, animators, UX decorators, website content directors, and illustrators.

20. Albino Tonnina Personal demo of web developer Albino Tonnina with animated homepage showing his work

Tonnina is showcasing advanced and complicated entanglement growth abilities, but the pictures and icons he works are still clear and easy to understand. He also offers a simple option to view his resume at the beginning of his area, for those who don’t want to scroll through the animation.

21. Robby Leonardi robby_leonardi.gif

Leonardi’s phenomenal demo website abuses animation and network evolution talents to turn his portfolio and resume into a video game for site visitors. The playful branding and peculiar method of sharing information ensure that his site is memorable to visitors.

22. Samuel Reed Personal demo of Samuel Reed with plain code themed homepage

Reed employments his page as a start-to-finish demo of how to code a website. His website starts as a blank grey page and dissolves as a amply interactive site that pilgrims can watch him code themselves. The cool ingredient offsets this website memorable, and it impels his abilities exceedingly marketable.

23. Devon Stank Personal demo of Devon Stank with black homepage and 'Let's Build Something Amazing Together' written across the front

Stank’s demo site does a great job of showing that he has the web design choppers and it makes it a step greatly by telling guests all about him, his agency, and his ardours. It’s the excellent balance of a demo and a mini-resume.

Plus, we cherish the video epitome. It’s a consumable summary that at once captures Stank’s personality and credentials.

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