April Blogtipping

Hey, we’ve arrived at the first Monday of the month so it’s time for the next round of Blogtipping. You may recall from my March Blogtipping post that this was coined by Easton Ellsworth and is an opportunity to give three compliments & one useful tip to three fellow bloggers.   Now, I didn’t set out with "guy-stuff" in mind as the theme for April’s spotlight blogs but as I was assembling my props for the month, it just sort of evolved… Blogtipping icon

Dumb Little Man is Jay White’s collection of tips to make the everyday person more productive in life. What’s to like about his site?

  1. Jay & Mark post tips that are practical & relevant.
  2. New articles are posted often and categories make the content easy to navigate.
  3. You can subscribe to receive updates via email.
  • Tip: There doesn’t seem to be a way to email suggestions or contact the author directly.

Dethroner is Joel Johnson & Alex Colby’s head-on, two-fisted, & unflinching daily digest dedicated to men’s grooming, fashion, home life, & other toils of the modern man. What’s not to like?

  1. Useful or just plain entertaining content covering the gamut of guy stuff from TV shows to DIY projects to half-naked coffee baristas.
  2. They’ve even got manly discussion forums!
  3. Did I mention beer?
  • Tip: Some posts might make even The Duke choke up a little!   Rhino Egg Harvesting?

Toolmonger features tool reviews, commentary, news, & projects. You’ll find yourself returning to this blog because:

  1. Articles on a wide variety of stuff – not just the kinds of tools you’d find in your garage.
  2. New tool content & reviews are added continuously! (Thank goodness for RSS feeds!)
  3. I sent these guys email & they answered very quickly!
  • Tip: Needs more of those cool "’One Beer Projects" how-to articles!

As a bonus capper for this testosterone-fest, be sure to jet over to the Miller Lite "Man Laws" site to catch up on all of the latest unwritten guy rules decreed by Burt, Jimmy, & the other distinguished "Men of the Square Table."
 

Blogtipping

Easton Ellsworth over at Business Blogwire proposed that the first Monday of each month be Blogtipping Day. What is Blogtipping, you ask? Blogtipping is where you say three nice things – & offer one simple tip – to three of your favorite bloggers. After all, everyone likes a little pat on ther back, right? And you never know, your little extra bit of attention might just be the tipping point for some little-known gem of a website to become an overnight sensation. Blogtipping icon

If you’ve read many of the posts here, you already know that Dede & I like to give credit where it’s due so we pepper our blog entries with lots of links. But this seemed like a great opportunity to do so in a more formal fashion, so, here are our Blogtippees for March 2007:

bookofjoe.com, one of my favorite blogs, is penned by Joe Stirt, the world’s first treadmill-blogging anesthesiologist. What’s to like about his site?

  1. His posts cover the gamut – from mundane to marvelous.
  2. Joe’s writing style is uncommon & uncompromising.
  3. New entries are posted often and the site is easy to navigate.
  • Tip: Please post more info on your unconventional computer workspace setup!

TipNut, which offers tips on everything from homemade Febreeze recipes to preventing bad breath for your dog, is one of Dede’s faves because of:

  1. Practical tips that everyday, not-neccesarily-crafty people can use.
  2. Tips are well-categorized & easy to search for.
  3. The site features a perky color scheme & clean page layout.
  • Tip: This is a new site, so the only suggestion might be to hurry up & post more tips!

TreeHugger deserves some props for placing an emphasis on improving the world. While we’re a far cry from environmentalists in any sense, I admire (& am inspired by) these folks because of:

  1. In-depth articles that make it easy to take steps to "green up" your life.
  2. The wealth of interesting new blog entries that pour in continuously!
  3. Convenient navigation controls right at the top of each page.
  • Tip: The site’s main page is so packed that it can be a bit overwhelming.

Hacks Awe

Years ago, the term "hacker" carried a connotation of a malicious meddler who attempts to gain unauthorized access to sensitive computer systems to steal, change, or destroy information as a form of cyber-terrorism.

But today, it’s come to mean something entirely different and much more flattering. Now a "hacker" is someone who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations — someone who makes things work beyond perceived limits through unconventional means or skills. And there’s a whole new social culture of hacking that’s emerged as a result of information-sharing via Internet-based communities.

Some of our favorite websites to visit are hack sites, where off-beat, sometimes-radical thinking folks put forth creative ideas to make everyday things work just a little bit better, easier, and/or cheaper. Here are just a few:

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Lifehacker makes getting things done easy & fun with simple tricks for managing your information & time. If you don’t already have this site bookmarked, well, do it now!

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Danny O’Brien’s lifehack.org is a frequently-updated blog built around the theme of hacks, tips, & tricks that get things done quickly by automating, increasing productivity, & organizing.

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Asha Dornfest’s Parent Hacks is a collaborative weblog that collects useful parenting tips, recommendations, workarounds, & other bits of wisdom. It’s the stuff that would’ve been left out of the instruction manual — if there were one to begin with.

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ikea hacker is a a nifty site that offers simple tips on repurposing, tweaking, & otherwise improving the cool stuff from Dede’s favorite store, IKEA.