Reading List

Wasn’t sure where this list should go, so for now I’ll put it here, and we’ll see if there is interest.

Books I am Reading

Printed Books

Essential Blogging by O’Reilly and Associates

I took this book out of the Ottawa Public library just to see what interesting tid bits I might pick up, as I usually find all books by O’Reilly and Associates very informative.

The book itself is an excellent resource for beginner bloggers who want to start out and figure out how to set up their blog (using Blogspot as their hosting software). It does a step by step set up procedure and then starts adding in more and more details for the beginner to “tweak” and enhance their content to get more readers and more interest in what they write (unless you are writing a blog you don’t want anybody to read, very useful advice).

{… Click on the title for the full review …}

Make Easy Money with Google

Make Money with Google Got this book out of the Ottawa Public Library just to see what I might learn from it, in terms of making money with my sites.

Make easy money with Google : using the AdSense advertising program” by Eric Giguere (the link is to the Ottawa Public Library) is a good book if you are just getting started in the business of trying to make money on the web.

Eric Giguere, walks the reader through how to start and gives a good initial description of Adsense. He also spends time pointing out to the reader that Content is King, and if you want to make any money, you had better write about stuff that someone gives a darn about (a continuing theme on this blog as well). {… Click on the title for the full review …}

SEO Bible by Jerri L. Ledford

(ISBN: 978-0-470-17500-2) As usual I have not purchased this book, I have, however, borrowed it from the Ottawa Public Library.

This is an excellent book for those who are beginners in the “Mug’s Game” of Search Engine Optimization.(SEO) It explains what the basic concepts of SEO are, and why they are important if you are trying to make money on the web.

The book starts sensibly talking about how you need a plan for how you are going to use SEO on your site (know what you want to achieve so you know whether you have succeeded or not). A good point made is that if you are going to do this, you should use Google Analytics to collect data (again, you need data to know whether you are succeeding or not). (… SEO Bible full review here)

The Hamster Revolution

Review: Fun Quick Read

A fun little read for those who believe they are “e-mail warriors” and has some interesting statistics on how much time is wasted in e-mail and how it seems to run people’s lives. Some good ideas on how to control the beast and how to work with it as a tool, and how to write effective e-mails, which is interesting too.

Books I Recommend

Coaching and Sports

Raising a Team Player by Harry Sheehy

Review: A must read book for anyone with kids who play sports

An excellent book for parents who just can’t figure out why their kids aren’t on the Varsity (fill in the sport) team at school. I continue to forget the lessons taught in this book, and find I need to read it once a year to remind myself what my goals are to have my kids in organized sports, and for them having fun. We have raised a generation of disrespectful mean spirited kids, and the blame lays squarely at their parents feet. When I get back into coaching I will ask all my parents to read this book, to at least understand the pressures they sometimes by mistake put onto their kids shoulders. I recommend this book, if you have kids in sports, or even if you don’t, a lot of the lessons can be used with any competitive situation

What do you think?