Happy Friday (And National Hot Chocolate 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 digital gold goes to Aytekin Tank, founder of Jotform, who shares his views of the fear of criticism, explains how it’s ultimately unavoidable, and points out five tips on how to effectively avoid being hindered by it in your own journey or venture.
Up next, Nicole Bianchi explains why great headlines are über important in today’s noise, and lays out her five step process on how to write them to be the most effective at capturing interest in the article itself — the ultimate goal.
Rounding off the podium is Tom Kuegler, prolific Medium writer, who shares with us the psychology into how and why he routinely (and like clock-work) manages to pump out written content more than almost any writer out there.
Monique Danao provides some tried, tested, and true methods of building backlinks to your blog and/or website, so that your efforts can become more discoverable on Google and other search engines, and finds herself in the fourth spot.
And finally, closing out this week’s list is Sola Kehinde, who details out how to get better at writing by utilizing various forms of feedback, and using it to identify and highlight the problem areas that may stand out. After all, we learn best from our mistakes.
So without further ado, here are this week’s (Jan 25 – Jan 31, 2020) most valuable posts from the /t/BES creatives community:
🥇 1. How to Stop Fearing and Start Loving Criticism
“While strangers hurling insults should be ignored, challenging comments from investors or friends should be carefully examined. After all, everyone has blind spots. So what are they seeing that you’re not?”
🥈 2. How to Write Captivating Headlines: A Powerful 5-Step Process
“People’s social media feeds are flooded with a constant stream of articles and online content. If you don’t have an attention-grabbing headline, your post won’t reach the potential readers it could help and inspire.”
🥉 3. It Takes Me An Hour To Write Most Blog Posts
“It’s not that writing like the Flash is better, because I actually don’t believe that to be the case — it’s just that I know myself, and if I spent more than two hours at a keyboard per writing session, I’d get bored.”
4. 7 Ways You Can Earn More Backlinks in 2020
“Getting backlinks from big-name publications and eCommerce businesses can take a lot of time and laborious effort. Success often involves networking, content marketing, and utilizing the right tools.”
5. 5 Shrewd Ways to Get Honest Feedback about Your Writing
“No doubt about it, getting honest feedback on your writing is one of the most effective ways to quickly learn about problem areas in your content, whether you’ve just started your writing journey, career, or business.”
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, wiser, and more informed blogger, writer, and/or creator! Don’t forget to bookmark this blog, or better yet, add us to your RSS reader if you use one! 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!
And don’t forget to help others find this nifty resource by sharing it around! Huge thanks!
PS: Run a blog, vlog, or podcast, or any other creative endeavor? Start an accompanying homebase/community (like ours) on Snapzu (a social sharing platform for bloggers/creatives) and utilize it to help you dominate your social media game using the immense power of content CURATION, and effortlessly create and send out awesome routine round-up posts/newsletters like this to help grow your audience (and newsletter) 3x faster. It’s free! More info here.
Header image credit: Janke Laskowski on Unsplash