This week on The Lede …
- 100+ Small Business Blogging Ideas
- 21 Tools to Unlock Your Creativity
- 22 Storytelling Rules from Pixar
- If Only You Could Write Like Malcolm Gladwell
- How an MIT Postdoc Writes 3 Books, a PhD Defense, and a Popular Blog (and Finishes His Days by 5:30pm)
- The 7 Serial Killers of Creativity
- The 7 Sins of Marketing
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100+ Small Business Blogging Ideas
Ms. Barone penned this list of content ideas almost two and a half years ago. It still stands both as a useful resource, and as proof of the value of publishing good teaching on a domain/site you own. There’s not many 30-month-old tweets getting passed around out there, after all.
21 Tools to Unlock Your Creativity
This digital life breeds a burnout of sorts, one that previous generations didn’t need to consider in the same way. Used to be, you dug a ditch, plowed the field, hunted the food, or fixed the roof all day, and you were tired. You went to bed. Even intellectual workers of another age didn’t face the onslaught of information that we do now. And of course, we use information to create. But are you using the right kind? Ms. Milligan offers a tour of visual, textual, musical, and comical inspirations to aid in the production of your daily creative work.
22 Storytelling Rules from Pixar
Pixar has told several of the most beloved stories of the last two decades. When they start handing out advice, it’d be a good idea to listen. Or read. Or … whatever.
If Only You Could Write Like Malcolm Gladwell
Using a ridiculously demanding help wanted ad, Ms. Jiwa perfectly illustrates the true value of the work you may already be doing as a writer online. This is a call to action for building a platform you own, and to getting on with the business of (metaphorically) killing your heroes.
How an MIT Postdoc Writes 3 Books, a PhD Defense, and a Popular Blog (and Finishes His Work Days by 5:30pm)
If this article weren’t so useful and inspiring in regards to productivity, it’d be far too depressing and hopeless to pass along to you. I’m going with the former here, and betting that Mr. Newport’s tactics (and example) can — and will — move you to action.
The 7 Serial Killers of Creativity
These guys aren’t screwing around. You’ll recognize them instantly. Maybe you’ve passed them in the park, or on the way to turning on the tv, or in the flickering moment before you hit play on that YouTube video. Wherever you are, they’re in the shadows, waiting, watching, plotting the perfect opportunity.
The 7 Deadly Sins of Marketing
Much more than a tactical post, Mr. Godin dives deep, hacking at the root of much of our failure and fear, “Of course, they’re not marketing sins, they’re human failings.” We focus on polishing the outside of the cup, so often leaving the inside untended.