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How Successful Marketing Writers Plan Their Content - Copyblogger

I never realized just how important it was to connect content with business goals until I had a particular conversation with a client.<p>The client, …

Marketing

Build A Stronger Freelance Brand: These Four Steps Will Show You How

Brands are about reputation value, and the best brands have stratospheric value. For example, last year’s number No. 1 brand was Apple. According to the Interbrand annual study of top brands, Apple’s <b>brand value</b> has grown to almost $200 billion (and now, as a trillion-dollar company, it’s likely …

Public Relations

Meet the Warrior Queen Who Battled the Arabs

Tall and powerful, the outnumbered female general named Dihya executed a final, stubborn act of defiance against an Arab army invading her homeland …

Ancient History

7 Ways To Reprogram Self-Defeating Thoughts

The quality of our thoughts impacts not only how we behave and interact with the world, but how we see ourselves, and ultimately, what we believe we’re capable of. This is why it’s so important to identify, and work on, self-defeating thoughts, or deeply held beliefs and ideas that are inherently …

Self-help

3 Buddhist Principles that Will Change Your Life for the Better

Does this sound familiar? You wake up in the morning and fall into your usual routines. But deep down you want to curl up in bed and stay there all …

Meditation

There’s Nothing Wrong With Black English

Accepting it as an alternative form of the language, and not a degraded one, requires being open to artists employing it in their work, even if they didn't grow up speaking it.<p><i>The Nation</i> recently published a poem in which a homeless narrator speaks a complex, nuanced variety of English with a long …

Language

Opening The Injured Heart

I’d like to talk to you about a profound quality that we all have: the innate tenderness of our own heart, or <i>tsewa</i> in Tibetan. When it is warm with …

Spirituality

3 Resources for Creating More Courageous Content - Copyblogger

Sometimes, we’re fearless with our writing and content. We know what we want to say, and we pour it onto the page with passion and courage.<p>Other …

Content Marketing

Don’t Let These Bad Habits Destroy Your Freelance Business

Working on your own can be a wonderful experience. The freedom of setting up shop whenever and wherever you like is a big reason why many web …

Web Design

Is compassion fatigue inevitable in an age of 24-hour news?

In April this year, a woman calling herself Apathetic Idealist wrote to an advice columnist at the New York Times, asking for help in overcoming a sense of political paralysis. This condition, which was keeping her from engaging in “real action”, began in November 2016, when Donald Trump won the US …

Empathy

How to Publish Regularly, Even If You Lack Writing Confidence - Copyblogger

Recently, a writing student asked me about the dilemma of keeping to a publishing schedule, even when you can see all of the flaws in your own …

Writing

Find Your Grind: The Lifestyle Platform Teaching Gen Z Success Through Self-Discovery

The dominance of digital media paired with the rise of entrepreneurship has empowered today’s do-it-yourself generation to design the careers they want.<p>With technology continuing to disrupt industries, redefine business models and eliminate barriers to entry, millennials are moving away from …

Entrepreneurship

Dahomey mothers: The all-female army that protected modern-day Benin

The Dahomey mothers or Amazons were a group of elite all-female soldiers, who were trained to kill and protect the Kingdom of Dahomey, in modern-day Benin.<p>They started by protecting the king, but would go on to fight against the French.<p>They are the fourth story in a new eight-part series, African …

Africa

Access thousands of royalty free images

If you work in a creative field such as graphic design or content marketing, you'll probably need to use stock images at some point. With StockPop …

Graphic Design

5 Steps Entrepreneurs Need to Take to Overcome the Fear of Rejection

If you want to truly overcome your fear of rejection, it's not a one-off; it's an everyday practice.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The fear of rejection is so strong that most people choose to live half versions of their lives rather than risk someone telling them …

Entrepreneurship

How to Destroy Writer’s Block Once and For All

Every writer, no matter how confident, deals with writer’s block from time to time.<p>For some of us, writer’s block is a mere hiccup in an otherwise …

Creative Writing

This AR business card is way cooler than your flimsy card

Can it make business cards relevant again?<p>Apparently some people still use business cards even though technology made them obsolete a while ago. Can technology make them relevant again? Developer Oscar Falmer was probably thinking “yes” when he created this AR business card demo.<p>His demo takes a …

Augmented Reality

The Big List of Online Business Ideas To Get You Started

It’s 2018 and the internet continues to be a growing market for anyone who wants to start an online business.The fact that it’s a low-risk investment …

Small Business

5 Steps To Building A Million-Dollar Business With No Employees

Nearly seven years ago, Michelle Schroeder-Gardner started her blog, Making Sense of Cents, to share her experience of paying off student loan debt and holding herself accountable. The last thing she expected was it turning into a million-dollar business.<p>But in 2017 her business brought in …

Small Business

Kickstart Your Journaling With a Year's Worth of Daily Writing Prompts

Journaling can be a therapeutic practice, or a way to get your creative juices flowing, especially when we make it a daily habit. But sometimes we …

Love Stories

Designers, Here’s The 2018 Ultimate Adobe CC Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

Jamie Spencer, founder of Make A Website Hub, has created the ultimate Adobe CC keyboard shortcuts cheat sheet for 2018 that is a designer’s …

Keyboard Shortcuts

5 Things Only Serious Writers Do - Copyblogger

Whether you’re a pro content writer, fictionist, screenwriter, academic, poet, stateswoman, or bard-preneur (h/t Sonia Simone), you’ve likely …

Writing

Eliminate Harmful Self-Criticism And Be The Person You Really Are

Each day, tens of thousands of thoughts run through our mind, and most of them are repeats from the day before. Imagine, then, if you were to allow even a small portion of these thoughts to be harmful self-criticism. Think of how much you would be setting yourself up for dissatisfaction, …

Self-help

7 Psychological Defenses That Aren't Protecting You, But Making You Weaker

Many of our worst qualities do not actually come from being morally corrupt or misguided. They are more often psychological defense mechanisms that we don’t understand. <br>The interesting thing about most defense mechanisms is that they often do the opposite of what we want them to. Instead of leaning …

Self-help

12 “Notes to Self” About the Hard Things You Need to Do to Be Happy

<i>“You need to do hard things to be happy in life. The things most people avoid, such as those that make you uncomfortable, that are far easier to hide</i> …

Happiness

Use your anger to make some money

An idea of what to write for locked postsNot too long ago I created an email course for Medium starters. It doesn’t only appeal to people just …

Writing

List of 100+ Reputable Book Publishing Companies

Are you looking to get your book published?<p>Here’s our list of reputable book publishing companies you might consider working with.<p>We’ve organized the …

Creative Writing

The Best Mobile Apps for Writers

If you’re a writer looking for a better way to write on your smartphone or mobile device, this post will help.<p>Using a text app or word processor just …

Apps

5 writing tips for marketers

The purpose of any marketing activity is to get someone to take action.To that end, Ann Handley, head of content at MarketingProfs, offers this …

Public Relations

How To Hire For Cultural Fit (& Not Just A Gut Feeling)

My friend Jim may be the single worst person at firing staff that I have ever met.<p>Jim is fairly difficult to work for. He makes quirky decisions on the fly, changes his mind frequently, and changes people’s job descriptions without notice. Believe it or not, his turnover is pretty high. But even …

Team Building