This Week in Blogging, Writing, and Content Creation: Aug 10 – Aug 16, 2019

Happy Friday (and National Tell-A-Joke 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 revolves around the blockbuster news hitting the blogosphere with WordPress parent company Automattic announcing they will be acquiring Tumblr. It’s unknown what changes may happen, if any, but the way they’ve been masterfully scaling WordPress to now power over 30% of ALL websites, they’ve earned our trust that they will make the right decisions to benefit the blogging community as a whole in the long run. Only time will tell.

Tim Denning makes our list an impressive second time in a row with his insightful look into motivation, how it affects us creatively, and how to combat demotivation when it inevitably arrives. A well written and relatable article that should not be missed.

Rounding off the podium is Jenny Justice with her insightful look into the psychology of rejection. In her Medium piece, she writes about how creativity comes in many flavors, but one thing is certain, there will be haters along the way. That’s just the nature of this business, and developing a thicker skin can go a long way in your endeavours.

Up next, James Scott Bell from KillZoneBlog  dives into Parkinson’s Law. As Wikipedia defines, Parkinson’s law is the adage that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. To avoid it, he explains that we must set and stick to daily theshold goals so that small tasks can be gradually completed along the way, instead of getting lumped and compounded at the end.

Finally, we arrive at an article (or more of an open-letter to Google) by Kamal Patel, founder of Examine.com, about how “Google is waging war on the peddling of magical pills and miracle cures by questionable health sites — and Examine.com seems to have been caught in the crossfire”, in his own words. He makes some great points, and hopefully the issues he and his team are having (which can happen to any of us, for any reason) are resolved sooner than later.

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Daily Reflection: Friday, August 16th, 2019

Leaders such as entrepreneurs or creatives don’t have set hours to follow like most jobs or careers do. And that’s fine, because oftentimes there is no set schedule to follow, and every day is different than the rest. But that doesn’t mean we don’t put in the work — it’s just that the hours are scattered throughout, 24/7, so that sometimes on a Monday we can enjoy a day in the sun at 2 PM, but sometimes we have to work our asses off at 2 AM on a Saturday.

This Week in Blogging, Writing, and Content Creation: Aug 3 – Aug 9, 2019

Happy Friday (and National Book Lovers 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!

Douglas Preston from the L.A. Times captures our top spot this week with his investigative look into how writers are earning significantly less compared to just a decade ago because of various scams such as counterfeiting, doppelganging, title and sub-title cloning, piracy, plagiarism, among others. Little is being done about it at the moment, but it’s great to see this appear in a popular and nationally read newspaper, helping it garner it some well deserved attention.

In a close second, Darius Foroux lays out an incredibly simple but effective 4 step plan on how to form new habits that ultimately reflect your progress in life, and your creative journey. The pattern almost each and every time: Start small and work your way up.

Topping off the podium is Ann Marie Nieves from the Writer Unboxed blog, who focuses her post on small victories and how to embrace them, which coincidently is a bit of a continuation from Darius’ post just above. Great minds think alike! 😉

In our fourth spot Tim Denning, a popular Medium writer, self-reflects on the lessons he learned the hard (but common) way–by failing. Creating and launching a paid course is a growing and effective tactic in monetizing a blog or website, but as the space gets more congested, it will only get harder for those who dare step into the arena.

Last but not least, we arrive at The Art of Blogging, with Christian Mihai’s simple but effective list of things you can do to improve your blog and attract more readers. Some of these will take a significant amount of work, but that’s just how it works and sadly there’s no getting around it.

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