Happy Friday 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 John Seabrook, a contributing writer to The New Yorker since 1989, who penned an incredible look into how AI, and modern technology in general, is gradually changing the writing landscape, much like many other industries. A long one but a good one!
Next up we have a familiar face in Shaunta Grimes who shares her personal account of how she started making five digits every month writing on Medium and other online platforms. It requires a lot of work, or “going all in” as she puts it, along with patience, experimentation, and, of course, learning along the way.
Taking home the bronze is Priya Krishna from the New York Times who takes a deep dive into the world of the food and recipe publishing business, and explains why and how more and more authors in that niche are turning to self-publishing.
In fourth place we have Stacey Corrin who provides us with a gigantic list of forty different types of content ideas, perfect for any blog in any niche.
Finally, wrapping up our list today is Thom James Carter who writes a five-chapter blog post on the subject of digital storytelling, it’s lengthy history going back thousands of years, and how to utilize it to engage your audience and create an emotional connection with them.
So without further ado, here are this week’s (Oct 5 – Oct 11, 2019) most valuable posts from the /t/BES creatives community:
🥇 1. Can a Machine Learn to Write for The New Yorker?
“What have I done? Had my computer become my co-writer? That’s one small step forward for artificial intelligence, but was it also one step backward for my own?”
🥈 2. The Truth About Earning $15,000 a Month as a Writer
“There are, obviously, writers who earn a living writing. I know because I earn a good living as a writer. In fact, I didn’t start earning a good living at anything until I gave up trying to do something other than be a writer.”
🥉 3. Would You Write a Cookbook for Next to Nothing?
“The Dallas food blogger Urvashi Pitre’s first cookbook, “Indian Instant Pot Cookbook,” sold over 100,000 copies. But her publisher, Callisto Media, gave her no advance or budget for developing recipes.”
4. 40 Different Types Of Content You Can Create For Your Blog
“Instead of pushing through with the same old blog post, utilise a bit of creative thinking to turn the ordinary on its head. Here are 40 different types of content you can publish.”
5. How to Gain Customers and Influence People with Digital Storytelling
“Storytelling. It’s a medium nearly as old as time itself. From the visual scribblings made over 30,000 years ago by our cavemen cousins to the 18th-century fairy tales.”
That’s all folks! You can view all the rest of the community’s top submissions 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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