Sometimes it’s hard for us to stay motivated. Our plates are so full with things to do, we keep adding more and it becomes a balancing act.

This weeks “New Blog Of The Week” (NBOTW) has help for you. In his post titled “5 Tips For Motivational Recovery”, he reminds us to

Look at the alternatives.

I find that often times the best medicine is a little shock therapy. In this case it’s a matter of seeing what lies in store for you if you decide to give up on your dreams. It can be quite scary if you really take a look at the mediocrity that is in store for those who give up and take the easy road. Look at the average on the street who is just “getting by” and see that this may be you in the near future. Remind yourself that this may be living but it is certainly NOT being alive!

In blogosphere as well as in life, most people enjoy spending time with their friends, their “community”. This blogger dedicated a post to this subject. In “10 Reasons Why Community Is Essential To Our Success And Well Being” he wrote (in part)

We need to be needed.

There’s often times nothing more satisfying than filling the need of another human being. Knowing that it is because of something we did, something we provided, that another person is better off, gives us a great sense of purpose and satisfaction. And it is being involved in a community that gives you many of these great opportunities

This is the first blogger I’ve seen who has dedicated a complete page to his community. It’s a place where you can show your photography skills by downloading favorite photos and/or pictures of yourself.

You’ve seen him here (in the comment section). Now it’s time to visit his home at “Motivate Thyself”. He is Eric and his tag line reads “Your Freedom Depends On It”.

As a footnote, Eric recently started a second blog based on the popularity of a series he started. With the addition of his second site, he’ll be writing more about blogging as well as showcasing new bloggers. His second blog is Up And Coming Blogger.

Eric, I wish you loads of success with both of your blogs.

Enjoy your reign as “New Blog Of The Week”.


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  1. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara. I love this feature you offer. Every Monday night while I’m at the computer I find myself wondering who’s it gonna be this week? 🙂

    Congrats Eric! I’m on my way over now….

    Davina´s last blog post..Free Spirit My Ass!

  2. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    Congrats Eric. I like your theme and your focus.

    Thank you Barbara for another interesting find.

    J.D. Meier´s last blog post..It’s Not Your People, It’s Their Strengths

  3. MayaNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Barbara, for yet another BOTW.

    I have been to Eric’s blog a few times – I think he is always the first to comment on Zenhabits 🙂
    I missed his community feature. That is indeed quite a cool concept! I will be curious to see how it turns out ….

    Maya´s last blog post..Are we taking the time to meditate?

  4. Scott McIntyreNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve seen Eric around the blogosphere- but this is the first time I’ve taken the time to explore his blog…

    Thank you for bringing it to my attention- and well done, Eric.

    I like what you have to say and I hope to see you around some more 🙂

  5. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    I just stopped over there for the first time – great stuff! Congratulations Eric!

    That’s what is so great about the NBOTW series – it exposes us to new sites that we likely may not have discovered otherwise.

    Lance´s last blog post..Winds of Change

  6. I haven’t come across Eric’s blogs before – so thank you Barbara for another great find. Both of his blogs are now in my reader. Now that the number of blogs in my reader is starting to get bigger I have to find some ways to manage my er better. I think your interview with Liz Strauss series covered this must go look in your archives. Are there any other posts that might help with how to organise reading etc?

    Leanne Magraith | Forever Change´s last blog post..Take 2 – How Do You Sharpen Life’s Pencil?

  7. BetsyNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara, thanks for another great recommendation! Eric’s two sites are really great. At this rate, my reader is going to be filled and it’s your fault! 🙂

    Betsy´s last blog post..OUTSIDE, SEEING

  8. SuzetteNo Gravatar says:

    If you are not motivated what will you do for a living? Your website is giving so much for the commenting community. Where do you get all your ideas? I think it is great that people give some real love to their website visitors. Great promotion for Eric! And Thanks Barbara for your effort – I think we all enjoy every post you make!

  9. Welcome Eric. Just checked out your site and left a comment. Welcome to the highly prestigious NBOTW Club!

    Urban Panther´s last blog post..Airport shenanigans

  10. First I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ to Barbara for showcasing my blogs and giving me a moment in the spotlight here at your wonderful and inviting blog. You’ve really done a great job of creating a ‘forum’ for community and communication.

    @Davina: Thanks for stopping by Up-And-Coming-Blogger and leaving such a nice comment.

    @J.D. Meier: “I like your theme and your focus.” I’m glad you like it. Self motivation and, as I often refer to it, getting the most out of each and every day, has always been a passion of mine.

    @Maya: “I think he is always the first to comment on Zenhabits” There’s a secret to that. 😉

    @Scott McIntyre: Thanks for the kind words.

    @Lance: Thanks! and I enjoyed your comment over at “Motivate Thyself”.

    @Leanne Magraith: Thanks for stopping by “Motivate Thyself” and leaving a comment.

    “Now that the number of blogs in my reader is starting to get bigger I have to find some ways to manage my er better.”

    This is no doubt something we all struggle with! 🙂

    @Betsy: I appreciate your comment at “Motivate Thyself”.

    I really love hearing all of your stories regarding your loved ones!

    @Suzette: “I think it is great that people give some real love to their website visitors. Great promotion for Eric!”

    Barbara really does do a great thing for bloggers here. She always seems more interested in YOU and not herself. This is no doubt why her blog is so popular!

    @Urban Panther: I greatly appreciate your insightful comment at “Motivate Thyself”.

    “Welcome to the highly prestigious NBOTW Club!”

    I’m honored to be a part of such a wonderful group of people/bloggers! 🙂

    “Motivate Thyself”´s last blog post..Are You Best Friends With Your Spouse?

  11. Writer DadNo Gravatar says:

    Not only is Eric a terrific blogger with a learning curve to envy, he is super helpful and supportive. Congratulations, Eric. You deserve it. Great choice, Barbara.

    Writer Dad´s last blog post..Hi, My Name is Sean (Not Seen).

  12. JenniferNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for helping us to learn more about Eric. I’ve seen him around, but have never been to his site. Looks like he does a great job there. I love his community page!

    Eric, congratulations on being showcased here!

    Jennifer´s last blog post..Heroes of Healing: Ron Wilkins

  13. @Writer Dad: Thanks for the encouraging comment!

    “…he is super helpful and supportive.”

    I think the same can be said for you. 🙂

    @Jennifer: I appreciate your comment over at Up-And-Coming-Blogger! I’m thankful to be a part of such a supportive group.

    “Motivate Thyself”´s last blog post..Are You Best Friends With Your Spouse?

  14. We all need a little motivation now and again. I was away from the blog all weekend (music festival). I’m struggling to get back on the blogging horse and get marketing, writing, and sharing again.

    Thanks for the reminder that it’s okay to not always be 100%. I can still do the basics until I’m ready to go full throttle again. Why push to hard if it’s only going to freak me out.

    Karl – Work Happy Now´s last blog post..My Work Happiness Week in Review – Grand Plans, Aha, and ACL

  15. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Eric – You’re welcome. It’s nice to have you addressing all of the comments. Your blogs are well received.

    Hi All – Thank you for showing Eric such a warm welcome. I truly appreciate it.

    Hi Suzette – Welcome to the BWAB community. You’ve landed here today as I’m showcasing a new blog for the week. I’m happy to hear you liked the choice.

  16. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barb – it’s taken me hours to get through to Eric’s blog as I’ve been having trouble with my Internet connection. But it was worth the wait – another great blog to add to my reader. I don’t know how you keep finding them all.

    Cath Lawson´s last blog post..Would Money Problems Drive You To This?

  17. Hi Eric, congrats! I wish you all the success in the world. You actually look like a buddy of mine. When I first saw your avatar, I thought you were him.

    John Hoff – eVentureBiz´s last blog post..The Pros and Cons of Social Media Marketing and Does It Teach Us Bad Habits As Entrepreneurs?

  18. Congratulations Eric. I checked out your blog… Your writing style looks very crisp – I like that.

    Bamboo Forest´s last blog post..7 Stage Names That Spell Success

  19. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    Another outstanding choice and community builder for your NBOTW.
    I have enjoyed exploring Eric’s blogs and reading his good writing and posts that are longer than many – but just keep on adding good insight. I spent over an hour checking it out and checking in with his ideas.
    Thank you for giving light to Eric’s work.

    Patricia´s last blog post..Kindle From Amazon.com

  20. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    Congratulations! Eric …. welcome aboard and keep up the good work on your sites!

    Linda´s last blog post..An Idea I really Like!

  21. Congrats, Eric. Well deserved. 🙂

    Vered – MomGrind´s last blog post..Saw “Burn After Reading”. Non-Botoxed Actresses. Awesome.

  22. Thanks for the head’s up. It’s nice to see others involved in community.

    Jamie Simmerman´s last blog post..Pick the Brains of Top Bloggers!

  23. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    Oh yes…I’ve just begun noticing Eric’s sites. He’s so enterprising! I’ve got lots to learn from him 🙂


    Evelyn Lim´s last blog post..Soul Revelations From Past Life Memories

  24. Hi Barbara – Thanks for featuring Eric. I recognized him from your comments but hadn’t visited his sites.

    Congratulations Eric! Due to my own interests, I will probably be spending more time at your new blog 🙂 I actually just felt compelled to comment on two of the articles. Good luck juggling the blogs!

    Kim Woodbridge´s last blog post..Believing in Myself and Taking a Leap

  25. Eric HammNo Gravatar says:

    @Karl: “I’m struggling to get back on the blogging horse and get marketing, writing, and sharing again.”

    I know I can attest to that. I remember when I first started “Motivate Thyself” I found myself thinking, “I’m going to need motivation for my motivation!” 🙂

    But we push through it and our drive strengthens once again. Such is life and blogging.

    @Barbara: No problem. I love having the opportunity to interact with YOUR readers in this way. It’s such a welcoming atmosphere.

    @Cath Lawson: I appreciate your comments on “Motivate Thyself”. I love seeing new faces!

    @John Hoff: Thanks for the kind words.

    “You actually look like a buddy of mine. When I first saw your avatar, I thought you were him.”

    He must be a great guy! 🙂

    @Bamboo Forest: Thanks for the compliment. When I write I try to ‘cut the fat’ without losing the content.

    @Patricia: “I spent over an hour checking it out and checking in with his ideas.” What a compliment. Thanks and I appreciate you taking the time to leave your thoughts on my blog.

    @Linda: Thanks and will do.

    @Vered: Thanks.

    @Jamie: No doubt, community is what’s so great about blogging.

    @Evelyn Lim: Thanks for the compliment and I enjoy reading your comments on my blog.

    @Kim: Thanks for you comments at Up-And-Coming-Blogger. I look forward to being a positive part of you blogging pursuits.

    Eric Hamm´s last blog post..M2A! October (Exercise) Week1: The Question

  26. Rosie : )No Gravatar says:

    This was a great choice for the Blog showcasing. 🙂 Thank you for shraing it with us!

    Rosie : )´s last blog post..Ketchup, anyone?

  27. Barbara,

    As many others have said NBOTW is a wonderful idea. I love Eric’s site and his writing….you couldn’t chosen better for this week. I’m also pleased he’s starting a new blog because I’ve found his articles very helpful.

    YOU GO ERIC!!!!

    Sara B. Healy´s last blog post..Jedi Master Yoda Sara

  28. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Jamie – Welcome to the BWAB community. Glad to hear you like the choice.

    Hi Rosie – Welcome to the BWAB community. You’re welcome.

    Hi Sara – Thank you. Eric does have a great site, doesn’t he?

  29. leonaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara

    I love the generosity and curiosity of NBOTW and will be checking in each week. Thank you for sharing and supporting such a great idea.

    leona´s last blog post..Am I an Enabler or a Friend

  30. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Leona – Welcome to the BWAB community. You’re welcome. Check back every Tuesday for a New Blog Of The Week (NBOTW).