The Seattle Post Intelligencer features a number of reader blogs that offer tips and resources to build your business. Some of the names are sassy and fun:

· Career Chic
· Career Diverted Survivors
· Entrepreneur's Journey
· Everything MBA
· In Good Company
· The Biz Bite (Boosting business)
· The Bull's Corridor (Workplace)

Check them out and see what useful lessons you can learn from these bloggers to grow your own business.

I had the good fortune to meet with Whitney Keyes, who is The Biz Bite blogger, and she is very committed to guiding her readers to enjoy more success. And, she did me a nice turn by saying a few good things about what I am up to.

Don't underestimate the power of blogs. If you are a newbie, start reading blogs that are relevant to your expertise and interests. Then, dip your toe in the water by posting with a thoughtful comment that adds value to the conversation. In short order, you'll find that new people take the initiative to check out your website or blog, and you have an entirely new audience of people with whom to connect. It doesn't cost a dime, and the rewards and new relationships you form can be priceless.