Everybody Writes by Ann Handley: My Book Reading Notes

This would be a good first book to read on the subject of writing for business. The book has got the right mix of writing advice, grammar tips, links to tools, and inspiration. Probably the book that inspired me to create my writing credo I call “Data, Proof, Examples” for writing persuasive, human-centered content. What My Book Reading Notes Are About I’m a compulsive note taker. I can’t read a non-fiction book without taking notes - that’s why it takes me so long to finish a book. »

The Book on Writing by Paula LaRocque: My Book Reading Notes

About This Book Very practical book, with plenty of examples - it’s the examples that make this book worth buying. The book taught me how to edit my own writing, cut it short, say it more clearly. Most importantly, this book taught me what it really means to “show, don’t tell” in writing - the book showed me, rather than told me. What My Book Reading Notes Are About I’m a compulsive note taker. »

The Habit Guide by Leo Babauta: My Book Reading Notes

The book is a wonderful compilation of tactics which create positive habits. I’m a big fan of Leo Babauta not only because his writing is short and effective, but because his habit tactics worked for me in the past as well. Book parameters Title: The Habit Guide / book website, Goodreads profile Author: Leo Babauta I read the book in: 2016 My Book Reading Notes This is the first book for which I’m publishing my personal notes. »

What I Do

I tell friends and family that I’m in “digital marketing”, but I realized that most of them haven’t the foggiest what I do all day. I’m also increasingly asking myself in which direction I want to steer the rest of my career, so I felt the need to firmly define what is it that: I enjoy doing, am good at, pays well enough to finance the kind of life I want to have. »

A Popular Writing Advice Has a Serious Side Effect: The 'You, You, You' Mantra

I got an inspiration to write this as I was examining my deeply held, possibly limiting, beliefs about marketing and writing. The you, you, you mantra I’m talking about is this one: You should use lots of you, you, you in your writing, instead of me, me, me. This popular writing advice falls in the category of “writing customer-centric content”. Unfortunately, this advice often fails to generate customer-centric content. On the surface, it sounds smart to address the reader directly. »

One Scary Thought That Changed My Life

You only start feeling the loss when something you’ve been taking for granted has been taken away from you. Less than two months ago, I was in a hospital bed in the intensive care unit, recovering from a surgery. I wasn’t able to sit up; I had to call the nurse if I wanted to pee (in a pot). Hospital was not a bad experience for me, but I never want to see an ICU again. »

Moving My Blog to Hugo and Expanding the Range of Topics I Write About

It was time for another change. The first reincarnation of this blog was built with Python and Django in 2009. The second reincarnation was built with Ghost.org in 2014. In 2016, I built this version 3.0 with the Hugo Static Website Engine. So far, I love most of Hugo. I Miss Writing on My Blog I realized that I haven’t written anything since 2014 on my blog. I need to write. »

Blame

Don’t blame the economy. Don’t point fingers at your enemies, competitors, clients, partners, suppliers, Facebook, or Google. It’s not the government’s fault. Your parents, family, or your spouse aren’t responsible either. No, it’s not about your genes. Whatever or whoever you think is to blame, change that - and see it that helps. It might - but please, make that change! Take action! If that change doesn’t help, could it be that maybe, possibly, you’re changing the wrong thing? »

Masterminds

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily. - Zig Ziglar I was researching slash writing about the reasons why we keep delaying implementation of crucial changes in our business. What or who impacts the way we make decisions? Are there decision-making activities that set the most successful business people apart? Thinking about that led me to the subject of mastermind groups. »

How Not to Sound Condescending in Educational Articles, Get the Message Across, and Make Writing More Powerful

I ran into these two tweets the other day: Signed up for a freelance email lead service thing (curious to see what they offered). Turns out a serious of long and patronising emails. — Paul Macgregor (@SocketStudios) July 7, 2014 ‘Your portfolio is wrong’ ‘You don’t know how much to charge’ ‘You too could be great like these guys’ I have medium for that, thanks. — Paul Macgregor (@SocketStudios) July 7, 2014 I was immediately like: OMG this guy is totally right! »