Happy Friday (and National Daiquiri Day) everyone!
Preface: Welcome to another weekly round-up post from our growing community of bloggers, writers, vloggers, podcasters, and other fellow creatives. To be straight to the point, each and every week we hand-pick five top posts from a pool of the highest voted user-submitted/created posts in the community and include them in this weekly round-up blog post, along with the newsletter for all of our e-mail subscribers. As per our submission rules, posts shared can not be re-posts, or older than 1 month (31 days), meaning that all of the following are fresh and recent! Tune in every week and you will gradually become a better and more insightful creative over time!
This week started with some big news when Google announced that they are shuttering Blog Compact, an analytics tool that worked with WordPress and Blogger, making it our top and most impactful story and well deserving of the top spot.
Next up at #2 is a piece by Ryan Biddulph for our very own Blog Enhancement Blog! He provides us with invaluable insights into his prolific experience and how to gradually grow your name and value by taking action, and sticking to a process like he did (and does).
Topping off the podium is a wonderful illustration by @SylviaDuckworth on Instagram that details how the bulk of sacrifices and failures that eventually lead to success are mostly out of public view.
Moving on to the fourth spot is Carol Tice from The Write Life with her five helpful tips on how to craft the absolute best headlines for your blog posts and articles.
Finally, rounding off the top five is Sonia Simone, who provides us tips on how to write the best and most engaging list posts, or “listicles” as they are better known as. Unironically it comes in a listicle format.
So without further ado, here are this week’s (July 13 – July 19, 2019) most valuable posts from the /t/BES creatives community:
1. Google Shuts Down Blog Management Tool 10 Months After Launch
“Late last year, Google launched a blog management tool named ‘Blog Compass.’ However, it’s time to dig another grave in the Google Graveyard, because Compass is now dead.”
2. 4 Tips to Develop a Successful Blogger Mindset
“Ancient wisdom dictates we see success if we BE success. Every practical writing and blogging tip in the world does you no good if you do not have eyes to see, seize and use these tips.”
3. The Iceberg Illusion
Member katymac shares a motivational graphic by @SylviaDuckworth (IG) detailing how the bulk of sacrifices and failures that eventually lead to success are mostly out of public view.
4. 5 Simple Steps to Write a Headline Your Editor Will Love
“Over the years, I’ve learned there are some basic things to do to build a fascinating headline. What are they? Here are five simple steps to make your headline irresistible to editors.”
5. The 7 Keys to List Posts that Are Worth Writing (and Reading)
“A number is a nice booster, but it’s not a substitute for strong writing, solid content strategy, or effective promotion. And that’s the problem with how most people look at list posts.”
That’s all folks! You can view all the rest of the community’s top submissions (11 more) here.
Be sure to tune in next Friday for another great weekend reading list that will make you a better and more informed blogger, writer, and/or content creator! If you have anything awesome to submit that others might enjoy, feel free to do so!
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