Happy Friday (and National Read-A-Book 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’s top spot is captured by Ana Andjelic at Fast Company with her psychological look into how “Self-promotion might not come naturally for some, but less outgoing people can use their natural strengths to create an authentic online presence” as she elegantly puts it, while laying out 4 main types of methodologies introverts can utilize to become more discoverable.
Up next is some major cyber security news rocking the blogging world involving WordPress whos CMS powers millions of blogs and websites. Davey Winder, Senior Contributor at Forbes, reports about how nefarious actors are leveraging vulnerabilities in certain third-party WordPress plugins to “create a new user with administrator privileges on the victim’s site.” If you’re on WordPress, you probably don’t want to ignore this.
Taking home the bronze is Tim Denning, a familiar name here being on our weekly round-up several times now, with his translucent piece about his personal experiences with writing for Business Insider, along with other major publications with massive viewerships.
In fourth, we find Kelly Gurnett who contends that language, grammar in particular, is constantly evolving, especially so in the modern day internet era. We 100% agree that different circumstances and audiences call for different rules and tactics, and recognizing that is a must.
Finally, we wrap it up with a little motivational web comic by Guy Downes from OfficeGuyCartoons illustrating how taking a detour in our creative journeys, departing from the standard in an attempt to be different, can be a winning strategy that help propel us to the finish line faster and with more wisdom.
So without further ado, here are this week’s (Aug 31 – Sept 6, 2019) most valuable posts from the /t/BES creatives community:
🥇 1. Personal Branding for People Who Hate Personal Branding
“Enjoying time alone and having a personal brand was once considered a contradiction in terms. Today, it may be the winning approach. In practice, this means playing up on the benefits of recharging solo.”
🥈 2. Critical ‘Backdoor Attack’ Warning Issued For 60M WordPress Users
“Criminals are always probing sites for ways to compromise them, either to use for serving malicious adverts, redirecting to other malicious websites or to get a foothold that can be leveraged.”
🥉 3. How I Got Featured on “Business Insider” (Mirror)
“They emailed me, asked if they could publish it, I said yes, and then they published it two days later. It took one email to make all of this happen. Not once did I pitch, sell myself, or paint a dream that wasn’t real to them.”
4. 6 Old Grammar Rules That Are Finally Going Out of Style
“At what point is non-standard sentence construction widely accepted as standard? Can we as writers loosen up on certain rules when general usage renders an “incorrect” syntax perfectly understandable to the average reader?”
5. Web Comic: Same Old vs. Doing Things Differently
Guy Downes from OfficeGuyCartoons illustrates how taking a detour in our creative journeys, departing from the standard in an attempt to be different, can be a winning strategy that help propel us to the finish line faster.
That’s all folks! You can view all the rest of the community’s top submissions (10 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 — it might even end up on next week’s top five!
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