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18 Great Presents for Bloggers

Is there a blogger in your life that needs a life some blogging accessories? As it is my birthday in under a month, I thought I’d pull together a list of great birthday presents for bloggers.

I’ve separated it up into three price ranges, starting at the cheapest, (under $25, through to over $100), so there should be something for everyone!

Great Blogger Presents – $25 and Under

Books make great presents, and most of them are under $25, so that’s what we’ll start with. As an added bonus, perhaps your blogger may turn off the computer while reading, miracles can happen! Click the photos to find out more.


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How Would You Use 36 Extra Hours Per Week?

Internet competitions are great, the latest one I’ve read about is honestly one of the best, by Tim Ferris, the author of The 4-Hour Workweek, which I blogged about here.

» The Endless Summer: How to Travel the World — and Improve It — for Free

How would you use 36 extra hours per week? If you can answer that question in 350 words or less, you could win a roundtrip anywhere in the world, private consulation with [Tim Ferris] to plan it all, and $1,000 for the cause of your choice.

[His] goals with this are 1) to get people to take action towards their dreams, and 2) to help people to develop a global consciousness and feel the rewards of contribution.

If you live in the US, and meet all the rules and regulations, get in and submit your ideas for what you would do with 36 extra hours per week.

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What Did You Write Today?

The Name Tag Guy is a marketing and business blogwriter that I’ve been watching for a few months now. Watch the video below to see what makes Scott unique…


About halfway through the interview Scott mentions ways that he motivates himself. He has a whiteboard with all sorts of quotes and ideas on it.

What Did You Write Today

Its a good one for most of us, even those who aren’t trying to push out their fourth bestseller by April. What seemed like a really stupid idea to his friends at first is now his job and he does it well. A lot can be said about starting up a company with the backing of your friends, in fact most startup companies are set up by friends or like minded people. But Scott, as always is the exception to the rule.

Check out some of Scott’s free Ebooks:

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Heat – A Book On Global Warming

Today I found an interesting summary review of the recently released book – Heat: How to Stop the Planet From Burning – about which David Suzuki said:

This book is a brilliant and terrifying critique of the crisis of human-induced climate change, and the prospects of stabilizing temperatures before catastrophic runaway warming ensues.

George Monbiot brushes aside our rationalizations to maintain the status quo, shallow targets and mechanisms, and the empty promises of political rhetoric and corporate PR spin, to examine the real opportunities and what has to be done to achieve up to 90 percent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by the industrialized nations.

Source: Heat: How to Stop the Planet From Burning: Books: George Monbiot

The review /summary I found is split over two good length posts by David Pollard and gives a good taste for where the author is going with his argument, from the first post…

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WorldChanging the Book

I’ve recently discussed with the editors of this book and website to be included/invited on the list of Canadian blog authors on, (in light of our upcoming move to Canada), and once again, I’d like to give a shout-out to their recently release book, (#18 on today!)…

Bill McKibben calls it “the Whole Earth Catalog retooled for the iPod generation.”

BusinessWeek says the book “reads like a smart, hip mini-encyclopedia of what’s new and what’s next in green technologies and earth-conscious ideas.”

Climate champion Laurie David calls it “The seminal resource guide for anyone concerned about today and the future.”

Earth Day founder Denis Hayes says, “Worldchanging might well be the most complete, compelling articulation of the possible look and feel and actual operation of a sustainable society ever written.”

New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert says “Read it: it may change your life.”

Grist says “Buy a few copies and give them as gifts. Buy one for your local coffee shop or cafe to leave out for public perusal. Buy one and send it to Sen. James Inhofe. But be sure to buy it.”

Source: WorldChanging: Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future: Help Make Worldchanging a Bestseller – 5 Things You Can Do Today

Check out the reviews on – Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century – 5 stars!

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Urban Books – Wishlist

From time to time I come across reviews or press releases of great books.  Here are two that have made it onto my wishlist.

Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century

The guys from have released their book, and it looks great, you can get it from amazon, click on the image to the right to buy it.  At the moment, it is about 40% off the retail price, so if you are interested in that sort of thing, get it now!

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The Fifty Dollar House

Today we made the second step in our commitment to building our first earth covered home. The first was a couple of years ago when we purchased the Australian Earth Covered Buildings book by Sydney Baggs, which after reading much US and European information on the web, gave an excellent Australian perspective of the types and forms of construction, and from their experience as Australia’s preeminent earth covered homes architects, give a great insight into the technology and its benefits in the Australian Climate. I would provide a link to Amazon, but when there is one available at $150 US, I think the provided link to the author’s website will set you in better stead.


Today we purchased another book, this time The $50 & Up Underground House by Mike Oehler which gets great reviews. We’ll blog a review of the book as we work through it, and probably provide some online sketches as our design ideas develop.

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