How The Daily Brainstorm Will Rock Your Blog

Today’s the official launch day of The Daily Brainstorm, a blogazine to rock your mind AND your blog. Woohoo!!!

So, what’s a blogazine? Basically, ‘blogazine’ is just a ramped up way of saying “aggregate blog.”

What’s an ‘aggregate blog?’

zzzzzzz, somebody wake me up when this part is over . . .

An aggregate blog is a blog that pulls in feeds from other blogs (like that love-it-or-hate-it Huffington Post).  It’s like a magazine with blogs for pages.

And, in the case of The Daily Brainstorm, those pages are a steamin’ hot mix of top blogs like Zen Habits, ProBlogger, Happiness Project, White Hot Truth, and Write to Done, with a spicy blend of up-and-coming blogs (like this one!) added in to round things out. Right now there are over 40 blogs on board, wih more being added.

Now, it’s pretty easy to see how reading such a wide variety of blogs could rock your mind, but how will reading The Daily Brainstorm rock your blog?

Because it will open up the doors of the internet for you.

There was a great Copyblogger article recently that said, “What we forget is that this little galaxy we’re occupying is only a tiny sliver of the universe. And if we want to expand our audience, we need to start boldly going beyond our safe little corner.”

A lot of us get stuck in our little corner, which we prefer to call our niche, and we rarely venture beyond it. We read the same blogs day-after-day, and pretty soon, we start looking and sounding eerily similar. And we start thinking that our niche is saturated and our audience is small and maybe even shrinking.

The truth is, our audience is huge.

We’re the ones who make it small.

And this is where The Daily Brainstorm comes in. It’s already pulling in feeds from blogs in a variety of niches, and the diversity will increase in the weeks and months ahead. It makes it easy for you to read and visit blogs you’ve never heard of, see how things are done in other corners of the internet, and dip your toe into new communities.

Keep doing that, and your blogging will rock in ways you can’t even imagine now.

I’m ready for a Brainstorm. How about you?

Your turn: Are you ready to step out of your blogging niche? Do you already venture into new internet territory on a regular basis?

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45 Responses to How The Daily Brainstorm Will Rock Your Blog

  1. Joshua Noerr July 12, 2010 at 7:38 am #

    Jean, you have got me going this morning! Can’t wait to dive into this thing and check it out! Congrats on being featured.
    Joshua Noerr recently posted..5 Kick Ass Blogs I’m Reading-July 2010

    • Jean Sarauer July 12, 2010 at 7:58 am #

      Hi, Josh. Good to see you here so bright and early! Happy reading :)

  2. Katie July 12, 2010 at 8:27 am #

    Yeah, Jean. So happy to be sharing this adventure with you and this is just one more amazing part of it. Great post by the way. Your writing sizzles with the excitement we’re all feeling.
    Katie recently posted..A Simple Guide to Eating Like a Human

    • Jean Sarauer July 12, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

      Hi Katie. Something is sizzling around here . . . my writing or my brain? Not quite sure yet :)
      Jean Sarauer recently posted..How The Daily Brainstorm Will Rock Your Blog

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 13, 2010 at 2:20 am #

      Congratulations to you Katie, Jean and Barry! for being a part of wonderful project called Daily brainstorm, looks very neat! I know it will be great read as all best blogs are in one place!

  3. Simon Hay July 12, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    Hi Jean. Love this ~ “The truth is, our audience is huge. We’re the ones who make it small.” That’s a collectible quote. Good stuff!
    Simon Hay recently posted..I’d like to fill a Hospital with Love

    • Jean Sarauer July 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

      Thanks, Simon. When I read too many blogs in my niche I can start thinking small too. Whenever I ‘go visiting’ to other niches for awhile, I can see how wrong that perception is!
      Jean Sarauer recently posted..How The Daily Brainstorm Will Rock Your Blog

  4. Jake LaCaze July 12, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    Jean, you’ve addressed a very serious problem that we unknowingly allow to stuck up on us. Fortunately, you’ve also presented a solution, so I’ve bookmarked The Daily Brainstorm.
    Jake LaCaze recently posted..What Dan Gilbert’s Letter Should Have Said

    • Jean Sarauer July 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

      Hi Jake. Yes, we definitely do allow it to come sneaking up. Our own blogs and niches are like houses and towns we seclude ourselves in if we don’t look out.

  5. Evelyn July 12, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    I’ve been stepping outside of my niche since I started my niche. By doing so, I learned so much about blogging.

    I would never know what I know now, if I hadn’t ventured out. Venturing out can always be a positive thing because it is hard to get bored. I’m meeting new people and enjoying learning and sharing.

    The Daily Brainstorm sounds awesome! I can’t wait to delve into this site. :)

    Take care!
    -Evelyn
    Evelyn recently posted..Get Your Buns Moving Today

    • Jean Sarauer July 12, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

      You’re my heroine, Evelyn. Venturing out is fun and healthy, and I need to do more of it myself. I do go out into a couple other niches regularly but need to start visiting beyond those. Brainstorm, here I come :)

  6. Farnoosh July 12, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    Go Daily Brainstorm, indeed! I am thrilled to have been asked to be a part of the mash-up, as I like to call it :) – A great, yummy, mash-up, of course Jean – and honored to be in such good company. Barrie and team had a great idea and I am here to support it and learn from all of you…..Great Monday Post!

    • Jean Sarauer July 12, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

      Hi Farnoosh. I’m really looking forward to helping The Brainstorm grow. And I’m happy that even more people will get to know you through seeing your beautiful writing on there!

  7. Alien Ghost July 12, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    Hi Jean,

    “Are you ready to step out of your blogging niche?”

    I don’t know what my blogging niche is!

    “Do you already venture into new internet territory on a regular basis?”

    Not really, but the idea is very tempting, at one hand to see what’s out there, and at the other to get a wider vision and new ideas.

    This is great, I’m in…or out should I say? :)

    Raul
    Alien Ghost recently posted..Spiraling Down

    • Jean Sarauer July 12, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

      Hi Raul. The wider vision and new ideas are both fabulous reasons to get out and about. There’s a lot of inspiration waiting!

  8. Lisa@Practically Intuitive July 12, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

    This is very cool! I love the idea. I have a bunch of sites I visit every day and this is a great way to get a bigger overview.

    Thanks for alerting me to it. (Hops over there right smack now!)
    Lisa@Practically Intuitive recently posted..And the winner is-

    • Jean Sarauer July 12, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

      Hi Lisa. It’s early days of The Brainstorm and it’s definitely a work in progress, but I think it’s a smashing idea!

  9. rob white July 12, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    This is great, Jean. Thanks for the reminder that there is a huge audience. It is easy to get stuck in a small niche (this I have started to feel.) I will definitely be checking that out, thanks for the tip.
    rob white recently posted..Life Mastery 101

    • Jean Sarauer July 12, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

      Thanks Rob. The world is as big as we make it!

  10. Angela Artemis July 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    Jean – I’m tired, but ready!

    • Jean Sarauer July 12, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

      Wow, I hear you on the tired thing . . . whew!

  11. Vince July 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm #

    Hey Jean
    you rock!
    that is so true… you are like a bottle of bubbly… really brilliant stuff and well written. As you know I am new to this, I’m in :)
    Vince recently posted..The Gold Standard

    • Jean Sarauer July 12, 2010 at 7:47 pm #

      Hi Vince. Right about now I wish I had a bottle of bubbly :) Yes, I would share with you too for being such an upbeat blogger!

  12. Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 12, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

    Jean,

    I got to know about daily brainstorm from Angela and I think it is neat with all cool bloggers from everywhere that I love and read, all in one place. Do you know who started it? There is no About page. It is very neat concept.
    Preeti @ Heart and Mind recently posted..No Spend Month Challenge- Update 1

    • Jean Sarauer July 12, 2010 at 11:42 pm #

      Hi Preeti. I love all that great reading in one spot too, and it will get better and better in time. The idea/credit belongs to Geri Langlois if I have things straight. Then he got things cooking with Mary Jaksch (A-List Club, Write to Done, Good Life Zen) and from there things have brewed more with the A-List Club. Speaking of which, head over to the comment section of Write to Done if you haven’t been there. Mary and Leo are offering some scholarships!

      • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 13, 2010 at 2:06 am #

        Jean,

        Thanks for letting me know about recent Mary’s post. Congratulations according to Mary’s post, you and Katie are Managing director of Daily Brainstorm. Super, that is great news and I am happy for your helping out and moving up! You and Katie both deserve it along with Barry.

        I do not think I know Geri yet, I am sure I will get to know him soon.

        • Jean Sarauer July 13, 2010 at 5:35 am #

          You’re welcome, Preeti. Yes, I’m very happy to be working with Katie, Barrie, and the rest of the Brainstorm team. Great people, one and all!

  13. mark July 12, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

    Hey Jean,

    This is really great! I wish you all of the luck in the world on this!

    Have a great day!
    mark recently posted..How to Determine If You Use Your Time Wisely

    • Jean Sarauer July 12, 2010 at 11:44 pm #

      Thanks, Mark. It’s awesome to see ideas spring up and energy flying around to build something useful. It’s just like what you’ve written about before too . . .we all need to stop looking at what everyone else is doing and instead think about what’s NOT being done!

  14. Louis July 13, 2010 at 12:30 am #

    Hi Jean,

    I will definitely have a look at this.

    Louis
    Louis recently posted..Article Marketing Automation Review – The Recommended Backlinking Tool For Internet Traffic Building From Search Engines

    • Jean Sarauer July 13, 2010 at 5:14 am #

      Hi Louis. Good to see you again!

  15. TheInfoPreneur July 13, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    Hey Jean,
    That is awesome…I also really love the signature banner you put in there for alist. It is really eye-catching and hopefully is getting people clicking. Whoever came up with that idea…that’s fantastic.

    Brandon
    TheInfoPreneur recently posted..5 Killer Traits of Successful Internet Marketers

    • Jean Sarauer July 13, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

      Hey Brandon. Thanks – these banners really are super. Members of the A-List Club do all the design work. It’s amazing how they’re growing these businesses under one umbrella.

  16. Blog Angel a.k.a. Joella July 13, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    Congrats Jean! You just keep getting bigger and better, er, that didn’t come out right.

    Anyway, keep spreading your wings and your sphere of influence you deserve the rewards you are sure to reap!
    Blog Angel a.k.a. Joella recently posted..Followers On Twitter Find The Ones That Really Matter

  17. Aileen July 15, 2010 at 2:54 am #

    The Daily Brainstorm is quite brilliant, love all the luscious articles – it’s a great compilation.
    Aileen recently posted..Stretch Your Way Into Stress Relief With These 10 Stretches

    • Jean Sarauer July 15, 2010 at 8:38 am #

      I love it too and I know it will just get better and better in time. So many great writers and blogs out there!

  18. Kiesha @ We Blog Better July 15, 2010 at 8:46 am #

    Hi Jean,
    I’m so excited for you an this new venture. So is this site still accepting blogs to include in their feed? What would I have to do to get WeBlogBetter added?
    Kiesha @ We Blog Better recently posted..Is your Blog’s Theme Turning your Visitors off

    • Jean Sarauer July 15, 2010 at 9:25 am #

      Hi Kiesha. Thanks so much. Actually, The Brainstorm team is in the process of creating guidelines that will answer your questions (which many others have too), so I’ll have answers either later today or very soon. I’ll send out the guidelines in a newsletter, plus we can talk more via email too :)

  19. finallygettingtoeven.com July 18, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

    Thank you again! I am trying to jump out of what I thought was my niche (frugality, minimalism) to include those who just want to hear about living daily life. In 8 short weeks I have already started heading another direction just for the reasons you stated above, I was getting tired of reading about frugality & minimalism, what else was there to say. So I changed the look and focus of my blog to include just about a little bit of everything (maybe I am too busy & cluttered now, but that is how life is anyway, right)?

    • Jean Sarauer July 19, 2010 at 6:36 am #

      Blogging is definitely a grow-as-you-go process, and there’s a lot of mid-stream changing that happens, especially when we start expanding our horizons. That’s all part of the fun :)

  20. Shi July 20, 2010 at 4:45 am #

    Thanks for offering this ‘push.’ BTW, your blog name is very good.
    Shi recently posted..Khanspur Shades and Lights

    • Jean Sarauer July 20, 2010 at 6:50 am #

      Thanks, Shi. Wish I could take credit for the blog name. It just dropped into my head one day :)

  21. Cori Padgett August 6, 2010 at 12:04 am #

    Sheesh I’m late to the party. Blame it on headaches! :) But I’ve dug around the DailyBrainstorm, and it rocks. And you rock for being a contributor! No one deserves it more. 😀

    xo
    c
    Cori Padgett recently posted..Creative Business Success- How to Synchronize the Right and Left Brains

  22. Jean Sarauer August 6, 2010 at 6:54 am #

    If you can blame being late to the party on headaches, what can I blame mine on?? I’ve been late to a lot of parties lately :)
    Jean Sarauer recently posted..What Are You Doing to Yourself

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