Why We Still Need to Write, Even When We’re Scared

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Writing is scary.

Sometimes when we publish something, it makes us feel like our insides are hanging out, for all the world to see. We feel vulnerable. We feel naked. We feel … terrified.

But here’s the thing — we have to keep writing, in spite of the fear. If we let fear stop us, our content will have no spark, no life. And everything we write will be completely unremarkable.

Right now, I’m working on a blog post (on a different topic) that scares the living heck out of me. I am afraid of the strong opinions and passion that are rising from some long-buried place inside me. I’m worried that I won’t write well enough to clearly communicate what I need to say. I’m worried about what people will say when I publish this piece.

Bottom line — I’m scared.

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13 Timeless Lessons from the Father of Advertising

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In 1962, Time magazine called David Ogilvy “the most sought-after wizard in today’s advertising industry.”

In his years as an advertising executive and copywriter, Ogilvy created some of the world’s most successful and iconic marketing campaigns, including the legendary Man in the Hathaway Shirt, plus notable efforts for Schwepps, Rolls Royce, and the island of Puerto Rico among many others.

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Case Study: How Content Marketing Saved this Brick-and-Mortar Business

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At this point, we hope you’re seeing how content marketing can transform an online business into a runaway success story.

It’s probably less obvious how you might go about doing that with a more traditional brick-and-mortar business. But those under-explored territories can be
particularly fertile ground for a solid content strategy. Today we’ll talk about just one example.

Marcus Sheridan’s pool company was hit hard by the recession in 2008. He and his business partners discovered that in order to save their business, they had to get creative — fast.

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Case Study: How a “No Meat Athlete” Built His Profitable and Satisfying Business

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Matt Frazier has worked hard to build a loyal community of vegetarian and vegan athletes. His blog, No Meat Athlete, gives his readers fun and accessible information on their favorite topics — training and food!

These days, Matt’s site gets about 600,000 page views a month, and he has more than 20,000 people on his email mailing list.

Matt has now created a successful business around his community, which includes digital training programs, a membership site, and a line of No Meat Athlete clothing.

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The State of Pinterest: What Content Marketers Need to Know Now

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The buzz about Pinterest seems to have calmed down a bit in the last few months, but it’s still a very powerful tool for content marketers.

According to a study by the social media analytics firm Simply Measured, 69 of the world’s top 100 brands now have Pinterest accounts, and Pinterest is still driving more traffic to websites and blogs than Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, or YouTube.

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Case Study: How to Build a Vast Audience by Mastering the Art of the Interview

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Srinivas Rao graduated from business school in 2009, straight into one of the worst U.S. job markets we’ve faced since the Great Depression.

But, instead of getting frustrated at the lack of opportunity in corporate America, Srini reinvented himself as a content marketer.

Srini’s interviews on his podcast, BlogcastFM, are legendary.

He’s hosted Chris Guillebeau, Danielle LaPorte, Tim Ferriss, and Seth Godin, and his site has become a sought-after stop for authors during any successful book launch.

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