Writing my way to a better life, one article at a time

The answer you find will help you to write what you need to write

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Have you ever had days where you just sat in front of your laptop and stared at the screen because you just didn’t know what to write about? I’ve had my fair share of that. In fact, I’ve been having that over the last couple of weeks, which probably explains why I haven’t been publishing as regularly as I usually do.

As much as I would love to just publish anything and everything that I write (I still do write daily), I know that not everything I write is worthy of being published or put in front of my readers.

You can either make it work for you or against you

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When I was playing football (or soccer for my American readers) semi-professionally back in school, the thing I hated the most during the training sessions was when my coach made us all run four laps around the running track. I found it boring, time-wasting and energy-consuming.

I always tried to skip the track running and get straight to the other drills — the shooting, passing, running through tactical plays, etc. because that’s where I’m with the football 100% of the time.

The running around the track? Nothing to do with football.

Or so I thought.

While I thought the running…

And a big thank you from the bottom of my heart

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Throughout my time as a writer on Medium, I’ve received nothing but support and love from so many people — my readers. Some are purely readers on the platform while the others are also fellow writers like me.

And honestly, the reason why I’ve been able to consistently write, publish and achieved what I’ve achieved so far on the platform is because of my readers.

Just like anything in life, we’re dependent on others.

Just like a business, there is supply and demand and the reason why I’ve been able to supply my writing all this time is because of…

Sometimes, rules are just meant to be broken

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So, Medium has always maintained that articles about Medium will never be curated and for the longest time, that has always been the case. I’ve written plenty of Medium-related articles over the last year and a half and NONE of them was ever curated — until now.

Let me take your attention to the article below.

I published this article exactly a week ago on the 10th of February 2021. It is a Medium-related article. In the article, I write about avoiding one mistake that a lot of writers seem to make when it comes to submitting to publications.


When your oldies are also goodies

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Recently, I wrote about celebrating success — be it big or small — and since then, I’ve decided that no matter how I do on Medium, no matter how much money I make on Medium, I will consider it a success.

If I make $0.01 for the month? That’s a success.

If I make $1,000 a month? That’s a success.

At the end of the day, any amount of money I make on the platform is considered a success for me. …

I could be doing something else right now but here I am, writing to you

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The last couple of weeks have been really busy for me. Work has been crazy due to a colleague resigning and new projects coming up. With it now being only three people in my team (well, two if you don’t count my supervisor), the workload has really reached a point where anymore and it will be unbearable.

Working from home doesn’t really help either because it gets hard to draw the line between work and home, especially when you’re chasing deadline after deadline.

If I’m to be honest, I’m quite surprised at the number of articles I’ve been able to…

The honest truth of why you may find social media toxic

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Over the years, I’ve had an up and down relationship with social media. It started off really well, then it went downhill for quite a bit, got better again after a while, dived again, and now, it’s been pretty stagnant with signs that it could very well start improving again.

Ever since I signed up for my very first social media profile on Friendster back in 2003, I’ve been on numerous other social media platforms and have experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of all of them.

And over the last couple of years, it’s been bad…

Lower than expected sales potentially the cause of this

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Barely a year after its release and already there are rumours surrounding the future of Apple’s smallest iPhone in its current lineup — the iPhone 12 Mini. While the sentiment of having an up-to-date iPhone which fits in the palm of your hand celebrated by many, the celebration hasn’t translated into sales high enough to the liking of the higher-ups in Apple.

And now, JP Morgan supply chain analyst William Yang has made a couple of predictions for the current, as well as the next generation iPhone lineup — one which may see Apple putting a stop to the production…

It’s easy to overlook this but it may have a big impact on your submissions

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As the owner and editor of a publication that’s semi-decentralized and open to almost any kind of submissions, I go through between 20–30 submitted articles a day. As I’m the only editor that approves submissions and publishes them, I don’t really go through each article thoroughly.

What I’d usually do is just skim through to make sure the topic isn’t something that’s against the guidelines of the publication or against Medium’s guidelines. If everything looks OK, I’ll hit publish.

I don’t look so much at spelling or grammar as I do have a lot of writers who are not native…

#2. Make it impossible for your audience to ignore it

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After more than 2 years, I finally found it inside of me to delete an app from my mobile devices. An app that has been a very constant presence in my life in the last 28 months that it resided on my iPhone and iPad. An app that easily took up a couple of hours of my time every single day.

That app was Toon Blast.

If you’ve not heard of it before, it’s a gaming app that (warning) can be very addictive once you start playing, developed by Peak Games and launched in 2017.

How do I know this…

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