10 Productivity Tips from a Blue-Collar Genius

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Imagine a fifty-something man in a blue long-sleeve shirt, the cuffs unbuttoned, his knuckles thick and coarse. He’s on the side of the road, quibbling over a stack of used cinder blocks with a merchant.

This is my grandfather. And it’s 1980, roughly.

His brother, my great-uncle, shuffles the dirt with his boots beside the white 1953 Dodge van, the one with a hot 5.2 liter block engine in between the driver and passenger seat — an engine they fetched from the junkyard a few years ago and nursed back to life. A 24-pack of Stag warms on the engine case.

My grandfather was a magnificent man.

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Is Content Marketing a Hamster Wheel You Can’t Escape?

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Brace yourself. It kind of is.

Here’s the thing: the more information you share, the more frequently you post, the fresher you keep your website — the better writer/podcaster/researcher/thinker you’ll be, and the greater the chance your ideas will spread.

That doesn’t mean you should post every day. Quality is just as important as quantity. Find a frequency that works for your business and your audience.

But there’s no way around it: successful content marketing involves creating a lot of content, and keeping it up over a period of weeks, months, and years.

But really, what are your alternatives? Spend hundreds of thousands of dollars (or more) on advertising that doesn’t work?

Don’t throw in the towel at the thought of creating all that content!

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A Common Sense Guide to Getting Your Work Done

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I don’t know about you, but creating content is not always a piece of cake. (mmnn, cake …)

See how easy it can be to get distracted?

Writing requires the actual use of your brain, not just the low hum of “On” required to zone out in front of your television.

It requires a little forethought, maybe some (at least light) planning, as well as a host of other factors conducive to churning out words on a page that make sense, and communicate your message to your audience.

However, there’s one little itty bitty thing that can save your ass every day of the week, not just in writing but in life. (Although let’s stick to how it applies to writing for today.)

It’s called common sense.

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Here’s How Hugh Howey (Bestselling Author of Wool) Writes

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The bestselling author of Wool, Hugh Howey, has become the patron saint of empowering authors to take their publishing straight to the people.

His own successes with self-publishing have recently placed him squarely in the spotlight as both a fierce advocate and savvy internet entrepreneur.

And Mr. Howey wants you to write a lot.

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5 Ideas About the Future of Work from WordPress.com

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I spent a year working at WordPress.com in order to learn their secrets.

Surprisingly, they were happy about this: they granted permission, before I was hired, to write a book about my experience. That book, called The Year Without Pants, launches today.

It follows my amazing year as one of the first managers in the history of Automattic, the company that runs WordPress.com.

It’s a fascinating story for any blogger, and Copyblogger was kind enough to let me share some of the lessons I learned.

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Five Productivity Articles You Can Use

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Being entirely uncertain of my safe return from SXSWi at the end of next week, I bid you all a fond — if preemptive — farewell. I don’t get out much, so this could get interesting.

Anyway, Texas is big, life is good, and its hours become increasingly short. Therefore, on with this week’s edition of The Lede

  • Are You Hooked on Hacking Your Life?
  • Henry Rollins on Competition
  • How to Make a Habit Stick
  • How to Write 300,000 Words in a Year
  • 10 Laws of Productivity

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