Happy Friday (and National All or Nothing 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 brings us an incredibly insightful piece by blogging pro Tom Kuegler who posts on Medium (you might need to use incognito mode if not a member) about how personal life experiences are an absolute must to bring blog posts to life, landing him the top spot in this week’s edition. It’s all about having knowledge and experiences that no one else has, and being different!
Up next is a post from early July, where our very own B.E. author Jakub explains how the ever so lengthy creative journey is a different experience for each and every one in almost every aspect, and how the concept of compound growth accelerates the speed of getting through it significantly. He uses a neat hypothetical vehicle concept to help get his points across.
Rounding off the top 3 is Christina Gleason on her relatively short but useful post about the proper use of copyrighted images, how not to just “steal” them from places like Google Image search, and how to legally and ethically use royalty-free image sources for the visual aspects of your creative endeavours.
Number 4 brings us Darren Rowse from the iconic ProBlogger blog who details out everything you need to know about evergreen content, which is generally content that doesn’t age and stays fresh, but most importantly shareable for an extended period of time.
Finally, in the fifth and final spot is a gloomy but striking piece by Michale Stelzner about how Google is making its products more convenient and easier to use, but at the huge cost of the creatives who produce the content that Google inevitably displays. About half of users who make a search never leave a Google results page because they get what they want right there and now — it’s a problem that will only get bigger as Google and its technology gets smarter.
So without further ado, here are this week’s (July 20 – July 26, 2019) most valuable posts from the /t/BES creatives community:
1. Writers — If You Don’t Have This, You Should Not Even Try
“You need to put yourself in a position to transform. To do this, psych yourself into doing things you haven’t done before. Have experiences. The more experiences you have, the more your persona may change.”
2. At Every Milestone of Your Creative Journey Awaits a Faster Vehicle
“As you keep moving forward and progressing in your journey, you keep upgrading via countless faster bikes, then cars, then planes, then jets until you finally go far enough to reach a spaceship and can shoot for the stars.”
3. Google is Not an Acceptable Image Source
“I’m happy to see that more narrators are providing the sources of the images they use in their posts here on Narrative. Unfortunately, it seems that many people think that any image on Google is free for the taking.”
4. The Ultimate Guide To Creating Evergreen Content For Your Blog
“Evergreen content is a great investment because it serves your readers as much in the future as when you write it. The piece of content you publish today can potentially have a positive impact on people in ten years’ time.”
5. The Death of Google Search Traffic and What It Means
“Google is no longer in the business of delivering up lots of answers. Instead, it’s in the business of delivering a single answer—without the need to click. Why click any of those billion results? The answer is right there.”
That’s all folks! You can view all the rest of the community’s top submissions (9 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!
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