Do you have a content strategy?
Most people don’t. And even if they say they do, they often don’t follow their strategy. Now please know I’m not trying to shame you. I know the struggle too! You’re busy. You’ve got a lot going on. But I don’t have to tell you that.
Just putting up new content feels like a win, let alone being strategic about it.
So, as promised, I want to help you build a fresh content strategy in just 15 minutes. I know that’s a tall order. But that’s what we’re gonna do. Let’s dive in.
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I’ve been freelancing for over six years now. So I’ve seen the highs and the lows. From working with incredible clients to the not so great clients as I mentioned in this recent post.
I want to save you tons of frustration and hopefully share some insights with you to help you improve if you’re already freelancing or if you’re thinking about freelance writing in the future.
First off, it’s important to note that every business relationship is a two-way street. While there are definitely bad clients out there, some freelancers are not professional. These individuals are often not reliable. …
I know the question might sound a little weird, but it’s a question worth asking. The quick dopamine hit of pushing publish on a post and making some amount of money on it. The claps, the comments, the promotion.
Writing online is like a roller coaster ride. And once you start the ride, you don’t want to get off.
Last month, I had a few posts go viral for me. And these posts made me think a lot about my approach with Medium. Here they are.
One day I had like 150 notifications on Medium when I logged in. Soon, I was checking my smartphone all the time. I wrote another post that got like 30 responses. In all, I wrote 16 new posts last month — which is about 4 a week. …
About a year ago, I got a phone call. A phone call that surprised me. One of my clients was calling me right after another team member said the business would be shutting down shop for a month or so for vacation.
But as we chatted, I was told there would be some changes. In the next week a new project administrator would be taking over, and I should be expecting some work over the next week. “Great,” I said.
Then a few days passed. I shrugged it off for the first two days, but by Wednesday, I was a little nervous. Thursday, I was even more nervous. …
It’s easy to rationalize. You have two projects in front of you. One is uncertain, the other is more familiar and has more certainty attached to it.
Of course you go for what’s familiar. You want results, right? You want momentum.
But as creators, we often have to choose the uncertain path. We have to venture out into the wilderness.
You seem like someone I can trust. We’ve worked together for what, a couple years now? And if I’m wrong, well, once you hear this story, you’ll probably be scared of me. Or maybe you won’t care. But you’ll know what happened. So here goes.
About ten years ago, I killed a man. Total bastard who had it coming. You know the type — a raging drunk out to get everyone. He’d park his car in the middle of the street and lay on the horn until his ex-wife’d send the kids outside for weekend visitation. Then he’d tear off like a bat outta hell. …
Gotten rejected a lot lately by publications here on Medium? Like A LOT?
It’s likely not just you. It’s because Medium has clamped down on curation for publications.
Here’s the thing no one tells you: A publication can follow some really specific rules and get their posts to be automatically curated.
A knowledgeable friend confirmed this with me. This writer said, “Some publications have the ability to curate under several tags without Medium curators — it happens automatically. But the process to get that and keep it is very strict. …
Let’s say you’ve just published a book. Or maybe you’ve decided to offer your writing services for sale.
Are your thoughts negative or positive?
Do you find yourself focused on worries, fear, or doubts? Or do you find yourself thinking about positive things? Are you grateful and focused on the things that you do have?
Author Stephen Covey says that when you live in a world of scarcity, you compete for available resources, even when there is an abundance of them.
Does this sound familiar? Take a look at this helpful summary.
All day long, you tell yourself stories. In fact you’re telling yourself a story right now. Maybe the story is that you’re tired so you won’t be able to get as much work done as you want.
It’s hard to be very productive when you’re telling yourself that story.
Maybe you’re telling yourself that you’re a loser or a failure. If you are, I encourage you to take a deep breath. You know that story is simply not true. Someone at some point made you feel that way, but that says a lot more about them than it does you.
If you find yourself reliving or revisiting your past failures. But guess what: we ALL fail. And there isn’t a microscope on you like you think there is. That’s perfectionism, my friend. …
I talk to lots of writers all the time that tell me they just don’t have enough time to write. But here’s the thing: we all have only 24 hours in the day. The truth is, you can break down your writing into small chunks of time.
You can get some writing done in as little as 10 minutes.
Don’t assume you need hours and hours of free time to write. You might not have the flexibility — or the mental energy — to write for hours. Try using the following times to get some writing done.