An Alternative to List Articles Which Does Not Insult Readers' Intelligence

I abhor list articles. You know the type:  “9 Ways to Excel at Your Social Media Strategy in 2014” “15 Design Trends You Won’t Believe are Coming” “Three Ways to Be Productive If Your Office Doesn’t Have an Air Conditioner” You probably see a hundred headlines like those on your average social media break. I’m not amused to see how many people accept to write them and drown in mediocrity, when it’s so easy to be different by doing the exact opposite of what everybody else is doing. »

What Is 'Valuable Content', Exactly?

Content marketing is all the rage today. It's a geek marketer's favorite buzzword, more popular than SEO or social media (or so it seems to me; maybe I live in a content marketing reality distortion field). Everybody is telling you - no, yelling at you! - to create "valuable content" and to promote it. But rarely do you see specific examples of a valuable content piece, so I'm gonna give you a real one. »

Why I Don't Waste Time Writing in My Mother Tongue

I made my biggest business mistake 2 years before I even started my business 10 years ago. I met a guy who is today one of my two business partners, and he said to me: "I'm making a ton of money running an affiliate website in English. Let's make a similar website, but for Croatian audience!" I said yes. We were both fools. But we were 20 years old then. »

What Guy Kawasaki Does to Sell Shiitake-Load of Books

Yesterday I've read Guy Kawasaki's newest ebook "What The Plus!" in one sitting. The book is the missing manual about succeeding on Google+by attracting as many followers as you can. I recommend that you read the book (it's only $2.99) and test everything he says. It works. I may not have 1.7M Google+ followers like Guy does, but everything he wrote worked for my Google+ presence as well. This blog post is not a book review Here I personally want to explore and write down things I think Guy Kawasaki does to spread the word about his books. »

My Plan for Making Content Marketing Easy And of Highest Quality: 'Always Be Upgrading'

This blog post is an experiment in a new way of creating content, so if parts of this post seem unfinished, I made it so on purpose. Continue reading and you'll find a way to make your blogging easy, effortless and of higher quality than before. We must create content if we want to build our internet marketing platform But there's a problem: Creating content continuously is hard. Creating quality content continuously is even harder. »

Changing The Pen You're Writing With Changes You as a Writer

For more than two years, I've been using Sublime Text - a fine programmer's text editor - for writing blog posts. Since my final output was HTML, it seemed logical to start writing in HTML immediately. Sublime Text did some nice things for me as a writer (like fast autocomplete of HTML tags and wrapping selected text in HTML tags) and so I stuck with it. I liked what I wrote. »

Books Should Have Fewer Than 100 pages

I've heard book authors complaining about how these days, publishing a book won't make you rich. It's tough, they say. You invest months and months of creative work, and unless you sell a shitload of copies and become an overnight success on amazon.com, the money you make won't even cover the costs of producing the book. I might not be the representative of the whole human population, but maybe this would help prospective book authors: »

How I Wrote, Created and Launched This Website in 11 Hours: as Easy as Django Py

Update May 2016: I’ve transferred this blog to the HUGO static website engine and I’m hosting it on my company’s server. My writing still looks pretty, and Python & Django rock even more today than in 2009. Update March 2014: I’ve transferred this blog to a hosted Ghost.org service, mostly because it makes my writing look prettier. Python & Django still rock. I know I wrote in my first post that this blog was created because some internet hotshots said something. »

Blog as a Research Tool for a Future Software Product

This blog came to be because of something Dharmesh Shah said about launching a product at the Business of Software 2008 conference. And because of something Steve Yegge said about blogging. And because I always wanted to write about something. Web development business stuff, for example. Not just to write, but to start a public conversation, to learn from others, and maybe help create something wonderful and profitable along the way - something like a web application. »