We all write for different reasons. Some people do it to get a book deal, some to generate web traffic for their business, some to share their personal experiences, and others do it just for fun. No matter what your reasoning, if you are writing with the intent of having other people read what you’ve poured your heart and soul into, you need to understand that after you hit publish is when your journey begins.
There is no denying that writing something meaningful is a labor of love. It takes time, passion, and grit to push through the feelings of writers’ block and self-doubt. But no matter how beautifully crafted your piece of writing is if you just press publish and walk away, more often than not, you’ll be disappointed with the results. …
An idea pops into your head. Maybe it’s a comment on something in the news, maybe it’s a review of a new product, or maybe it’s a plot point for the next great work of fiction.
You’re energized. You know this idea has potential so you rush to your favored idea absorber and start. You get the first idea down, then another, but then it happens. The one thing I dread on every writing project I’ve ever started. The realization that your one good idea wasn’t any more than a single paragraph.
This is going to require more work.
For many writers, myself included, this is where so many ideas migrate from an exciting opportunity to an unfinished hassle, never to escape the idea graveyard. …
Telling stories, working with technology, and creating visuals that carry a consistent aesthetic. These traits apply to most fields in marketing, but they apply to another exciting and rapidly changing field; game development.
When cash flow gets tight, it’s often marketing that sees the axe first. With a little creative thinking, you can turn this budget reduction into an opportunity to evaluate your existing marketing strategy, help your company through the downtime, but also provide a more budget effective strategy for the future.
If you are like many small businesses, you probably have a chunk of your marketing budget in digital ad platforms like Google Adwords, and Facebook/Instagram Ads as well as some sort of content creation and promotion strategy. No matter how effective these channels are at driving traffic and sales during a normal period, if those customers aren’t converting because they don’t have money to spend, it might be time to cut the costs of your paid ad platforms. …
There are two main struggles I have in my life. One is getting started and the other is finishing. I’ve managed to be successful in the middle part. If you need to get better at the starting and finishing part of any project, I’m here to help. First, let’s look at what causes those struggles and some things you can do today to get over it.
When you avoid starting any task or project it’s usually for a simple reason. Fear. You are afraid that you are going to fail. You are afraid that the project is bigger than you think it is. …
Thank you all for joining me on the Thoughtless Opinions journey. I apologize that I haven’t been writing a lot recently. This new year has been a busy one. But, things have settled down and you can start expecting at least one new article a week, hopefully, more.
Also, if you have your own thoughtless opinions that you’d like to share, come write for us! We’d love to have you.
Cheers and thank you again
The first time is awkward.
You’re not really sure where to look or how to act. Do I make small talk or just stay silent? Everything should feel familiar, but it all seems so foreign. Is there any way I’m going to be able to last for over an hour?
I’m talking, of course, about going to the movies by yourself. And like many of life’s greatest pleasures, it gets easier with a little bit of practice.
The first time you set foot in a theatre alone, it’s almost impossible not to start doubting what you are doing. The feeling of eyeballs following your every move. Whispers about, “the awkward person sitting alone.” I say, screw them all! …
I have met many people who have romanticized the idea of being a novelist. Sitting in a sun-soaked room, with a warm cup of coffee, maybe a bourbon, clacking away on a keyboard, each and every word bringing them closer to literary greatness. Every single person has a great idea about a novel but the dream ends at the idea. An incomplete idea that never gets written; a story untold. Then there’s the group of people who start writing but they never complete the book. …
Life is amazing.
But things that suck happen. They happen to you, they happen to me and more often than not there is no good reason for them. When you stop and think about all the things that are wrong with the world it can be very depressing. There’s a lot of truly serious stuff going on in the world.
Then there are the truly serious issues that many of us face every day. Like when our name is spelled incorrectly on our coffee cups. Or we step in a puddle and get our shoes wet. …
Great naps are a myth to me. I envy all the people out there who can fall asleep and actually wake up feeling more alert and ready to go. If I take a nap in the middle of the day, that’s the end of the day. Sleep is the only thing my brain wants to do. It’s like day drinking, a lunch cocktail never ends at lunch.
For me, the myth of the quality nap also applies to the vacations and time off of work. Going away from work doesn’t make me more productive, it reminds me how much I love hanging out with my family and makes me consider playing the lotto. When I am gearing up to go away on vacation I sure I will come back rested and motivated, but it never works out that way. …