Happy Friday (and National Cappuccino 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!
Kaitlyn Tiffany, technology writer at The Atlantic captures our top spot this week with her wordy and insightful article about the history, present, and future of digital newsletters, and the ever-increasing utilization of them for marketing and growth strategies.
Taking home the digital silver this week is a neat little web comic by artist @thunkfool on Instagram that perfectly and humorously illustrates how leaving tasks for another day is usually a bad (and unproductive) idea.
Rounding off the top 3 is a lengthy 40+ minute video of the State of the Word 2019 keynote address, where Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress, summarizes the highlights of 2019, and what he looks forward to in upcoming release 5.3. Worth watching, even if just in the background, if you are a user of WordPress and want to catch up on new features and functions.
Number four brings us a Medium piece by Aytekin Tank who provides us his personal outlook on the psychology of motivation, its two different “types” and how to build sustainable systems to not rely on it as much in his creative endeavors.
And finally, wrapping up our list is an article in The Economist, by an unspecified author that reassures us that artificial intelligence will never (not for a loooong while anyway) replace the human touch of writing. A.I. may be coming for many of our jobs, but definitely not complex and creative ones like writing.
So without further ado, here are this week’s (Nov 2 – Nov 8, 2019) most valuable posts from the /t/BES creatives community:
🥇 1. Is Anyone Going to Get Rich off of Email Newsletters?
“The new (old) social network has come along to disrupt the old (new) social networks. Newsletters were a private world, a club so thoroughly feminine it was forgotten. Now they’re the next big thing.”
🥈 2. Web Comic: Tasks
“There’s a copycat crisis in content marketing. Explore the search results for virtually any lucrative keyword, and you’ll find a bunch of articles with lookalike titles, headers and examples.”
🥉 3. Video: State of the Word 2019
“The State of the Word is the annual keynote address at WordCamp US, presented by the co-founder of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg. He discusses the controversies from 2018, and more.”
4. Forget About Motivation. Here’s What You Need to Succeed
“In the simplest terms, motivation is your desire to do something. It’s a sense of willingness that exists on a spectrum — from zero interest to a burning desire to take action.”
5. Don’t Fear the Writernator
“Computer-generated writing will never replace the human kind. To truly write, you must first have something to say. Computers do not. They await instructions. Given input, they provide output.”
That’s all folks! You can view all the rest of the community’s top submissions here.
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