Blog Carnival of Personal Development

Many of the articles that I write here at FreshBlogger could be grouped under the category of personal development or self-improvement. It’s a topic that I’m keenly interested in and I know that many of the people who come to this blog are here for this type of post. I’ve always been interested in improving the quality of my life and making myself better in the ways that are most important to me personally. This has become more of a quest over the last five or six years especially.

In fact, one of the reasons why I started this blog was to share ideas about writing, making money, and living a better life. Hence the tag line in the header of FreshBlogger. Among many things of interest to me, these are important parts of my life.

Writing has been a love of mine since I was a child. It’s been a way to express myself and a talent for which I always seemed to have a natural flair. That’s not to say that it hasn’t been a lot of hard work, but it’s been rewarding in many ways.

The making money part is also important. It’s not about getting rich, though. My interest in making money is because any money that you’re able to make on your own, without an employer, makes you that little bit freer, more independent, more in control of your life. Having streams of income that are independent of each other as well as not dependent on an employer is empowering and can be a great source of peace and security.

With FreshBlogger, I’ve been able to network with a number of great people who have been on the same sort of quest as I have. They’ve been searching for ways to improve their lives and those of their families and communities. A few years ago when this blog was at it’s peak and I was much more engaged in the blogging community, there seemed to be a lot more people out there who shared my quest. Or, I should say, it seemed a lot easier to find them.

Now, as I’m getting back into blogging, the landscape has changed a bit. It’s like coming home after a few years away and finding that much is different. Even though I’ve posted from time to time, I haven’t engaged as much as I would like to.

This is where comes in. Over the years, I’ve participated in a few blog carnivals. If you’re not familiar with what they are, blog carnivals are posts that are hosted on one blog and link to other posts themed around a specific theme or topic. Here’s a post I wrote a while ago as a quick how to get started with blog carnivals. is a site devoted to helping bloggers find each other. As such, it’s a valuable tool for bringing like-minded bloggers together. Bloggers can search for a blog carnival with a specific topic and then submit their own post to be a part of it, subject, of course, to the approval of the blogger hosting the carnival.

Monday, March 21st, I will be hosting and posting the first FreshBlogger Carnival of Personal Development. It’s been somewhat difficult up to this point to find many ongoing blog carnivals devoted specifically to personal development. I’m hoping to fill that need as much as I can.

I’m planning on hosting at least two of these blog carnivals to begin with to see how much interest there is from other bloggers. The first will be this Monday and the next will be the following Monday, March 28th. Submissions can be made through the link below.

Please feel free to enter a post of your own. If you don’t have something ready at this time, I invite you to visit again on Monday and check out the great articles I’ll be linking to. I’ve already gotten some awesome submissions and I can’t wait to share them with you!

FreshBlogger Carnival of Personal Development

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3 Responses to Blog Carnival of Personal Development

  1. Stephen says:

    I’m looking to get involved in the personal development blog community as well. You’re right, there are not too many personal development blog carnivals.

    I can relate with wanting to separate myself from job dependency. I graduated from college in 2010 and have been jobless since then. I think I’m just too honest in interviews to get a job. I digress. Having a blog is the chance to create permanent value for yourself and others.

    I look forward to seeing Monday’s content!


    • ray says:

      Hi Stephen – There are great rewards in exploring these ideas and sharing with a community of bloggers or just people who are searching for the same answers.

      The whole job search thing is scary. The good thing is that there are jobs out there for those with the skills, but it’s much harder when you’re just starting out and don’t have a long resume to show yet. And mastering the interview is a skill that takes a long time to perfect.

      Steve Pavlina wrote a great article about why you would not want to get a job and I wrote about it here. It really helped to change my thinking about working for an employer versus being self-employed. Good luck and thanks for commenting!

  2. Stephen says:

    I agree it is much harder without experience.

    I love that article by Pavlina. I’ve shared it with a friend who loved it as well. Pavlina was a big inspiration for me to start a blog myself. Someone told me today that my blog has already begun to change her and her husband’s lives. That’s something that a deskjob will never provide.

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