What Does Creativity Mean to You?

Creatvity

What is creativity? It’s one of those deceptively simple questions.

One of the best ways to use Twitter is to ask questions. Keeping with the cocktail party analogy, which would you prefer… someone who wants to learn things about you, or someone who babbles on endlessly about themselves?

So, last week I asked people who follow me on Twitter a seemingly simple question: How do you define creativity? I picked out several of the responses and reprinted them below.

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How a Few Measly Words Can Dramatically Improve Your Blog Headline and Content

Just Words

Put a couple of tablespoons of fuel in your car’s tank today, and see what happens to the car.

I’ll tell you what happens.

It’ll probably take you a few inches further down the road.

And you’ll say to yourself: “What the heck? What difference will a few inches make?”

Just as you’d say: “What the heck? What difference will a word or two make to enhance the power of a headline?”

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Who Else is Going to SOBCon 2008?

SOBcon 2008

I’m heading to San Francisco next week to speak at the sold-out Elite Retreat, but I’ll be speaking at least one more time this year… at SOBCon 2008 in Chicago, May 2-4. I met SOBCon founder Liz Strauss at SXSW, and I’m really excited about how this event is shaping up.

I’ll be speaking about online business models that work at SOBCon, which is billed as “business school for bloggers.” This is part of what I’m also revealing at the $5,000-a-head Elite Retreat, so I’m hoping to deliver some solid value at a much lower price point.

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Three Ways to Maximize Your Twitter Time for Networking, Marketing and Fun

Twitter

Earlier this month, Brian confessed that he has succumbed to a newfound Twitter addiction. He’s not alone. Twitter is facilitating all sorts of communication from all sorts of people. But it can be fascinating and distracting all at once.

So, how can you maximize your use of Twitter to benefit both yourself and your followers?

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The Ready, Fire, Aim, Reload Strategy for Social Media Success

On Target

Content marketing works wonders, especially when compared or coupled with traditional advertising. Of course, I’ve been talking about tactics for creating compelling and persuasive content since early 2006 here at Copyblogger.

The missing elements that make content marketing truly work are strategy, observation, and rapid readjustment. And it’s exactly these elements that make social media such a dynamic and profitable environment for ambitious new media content producers.

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How Bloggers Profit From
Niche Media Disruption

Real Simple Magazine

This post is by Jason of World Fitness Network.

I took a trip down to Borders Bookstore the other day and strolled by the magazine section. I’m not usually very thoughtful about these kinds of things, but something really hit me this time.

I looked at the hundreds of publications on display and felt impressed by the number of magazines that were thriving on topics ranging from running, to arts, and even decadent bathrooms.

Who in the world reads a magazine about bathrooms?

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3 Sure-Fire Steps for Beating the
Boring Content Blues

My content is boring

Have you ever reached a plateau with your content? You come to a point where you have a predictable amount of traffic, that traffic creates a predictable level of response (comments, clickthroughs for your product, number of back links, whatever), but your response doesn’t seem to budge past that point.

It’s fun climbing to that spot, but less fun to get stuck there for weeks or months on end. I’m going to share a painful secret with you. It isn’t your layout or your banner. It isn’t your SEO. It isn’t your lack of the perfect WordPress plugin.

It’s your content.

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Getting Writing Done: How to Stop Thinking About It and Write

Just Write

If you’ve researched your topic, you understand your audience and you know what you want to say, then moving to action and starting to write should be utterly straightforward and require no particular effort. Right?

Not so. All writers, whether scribing for books, blogs or whitepapers, know only too well that sometimes this just isn’t the case. Getting down to the physical act of writing can take a herculean force of will.

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Freelance Writers: 7 Advantages of
Working in Your Dream Market

Freelance Dream Market

For every freelance writer there is a matching dream job. It will be different for everyone, but it’s certain that for every writer in the world, there exists at least one subject that turns them on, and that they could write articles about every day.

While it will always remain part of the business to write about subjects that don’t float your boat or require a lot of research, it should still be remembered there are many advantages to writing in the ideal market that is close to your heart.

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How to Rock Your Readers Like a Hurricane

Hurricane

What does powerful, engaging content have in common with the brutal intensity of a hurricane? Quite simply, they are both unstoppable, irresistible forces.

Powerful content must resonate so strongly with the reader that she can’t turn away. Likewise, once you’re caught in the torrential rain, crushing winds, and merciless storm surge of a hurricane, you’ve got no choice but to ride it out to the end.

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