For most of my nine year career as a full-time blogger, I’ve been… well… kind of cheap. I didn’t want to invest more than the $15/year on a custom domain.
Spending eight hours a day growing my blog the old way: by commenting and engaging with as many bloggers as possible.
The negative side-effect of that?
Burnout. Depression. A bit of anxiety for good measure.
The truth is, and I’ve learned this the hard way, if you’re not willing to invest in the right blogging tools, especially nowadays, when most niches are overcrowded and ultra-competitive, you are headed for the inglorious bottom of the food chain.
It is what it is.
But, at the same time, the right tools can literally save you hundreds of hours every month, while allowing you to focus on what truly matters: the words you share with your audience.
That’s not all. The following tools not only help you save time and energy, but also enable you to do things that, quite frankly, are not possible otherwise.
When I was a kid, I thought I was destined for great things. I was born on Christmas Day, exactly one year after they shot Ceausescu, the only ruler of a Communist country to ever be executed. Now, in the same spot, they’re building a shopping mall.
Maybe because I was born when I was born, I don’t really listen to what other people tell me I should do. I never did.
I don’t like authority. I don’t like to follow rules.
I am not afraid of the consequences of not doing what I am told. I am not where I’d like to be in life because I don’t like most people. I have long suspected they don’t like me back.
I am a rebel without a cause, garnering a bit of applause here and there from those who read my stories.
Happy Holidays from the Hilfigers. An ad presented as a seasonal greeting card could easily find a home on the mantle. Of course, including this image among the cards of real families would be farcical. The Hilfigers are models, actors, guns for hire. They’ve been paid to represent a family. Yet that representation contains some farce in and of itself.
One hears the word family more often these days in connection with big business. From our family to yours; the so-and-so family of companies, et cetera. Is this a marketing strategy for embedding brand names in the American psyche or simply an unconscious expression of materialism, possibly even greed? After all, the term family values rose to prominence during a time of unprecedented corporate malfeasance and remains as popular today as it is vague.
Lodged between the desires of individuals and the agendas of companies, families seem least likely to…
In 2009, during an interview, radio host Ira Glass shared rare insights into what it means to be creative; he managed to pull into focus the kind of insights that are just at the edge of our mind’s peripheral vision.
What drives us to create in the first place is not a desire to play god, but rather our hunger for art.
In 1650, Spanish painter Diego Velázquez was commissioned by Pope Innocent X to paint a portrait of his.
Three centuries later, another artist would attempt to recreate it. Despite never having seen this painting in person, the Irish artist Francis Bacon would repaint it, over and over again, completing a total of 50 paintings during the 1950s and 1960s.