Finding out who you are — what you’re good at, what you stand for, and what inspires you to travel down certain paths — is an amazing adventure. If you asked me five years ago who I was, my answer would be quite different from today. I’ve spent quite a bit of time discovering not only what I can do but also what makes me tick.
Self-discovery is both a scary and exciting process. The more we learn about ourselves, the more apt we are to not lend so much weight to what others think. …
Fairy tales can come true
It can happen to you if you’re young at heart
— Frank Sinatra, “Young At Heart”
It was supposed to be the song for the Father-Daughter dance at my wedding. Frank Sinatra’s “Young At Heart” was the perfect composition. But the DJ was a nightmare and forgot to bring all but one of the handful of essential tunes on our list.
When I found out our song was missing, I considered hopping in a golf cart to drive half a mile to my in-laws to grab a CD. But my father told me not to…
Medium’s latest action against spam accounts, especially bots, has many writers thinking they’ve done something horribly wrong. On the contrary. The powers-that-be are addressing the spam and bot issue that’s been plaguing the platform, especially in the responses section.
Unlike last fall’s update, when a corrected oversight caused some years-long writers to lose up to 25% of their followers, this one makes a lot of sense.
The best way to build a following is organically. And the only followers who truly matter are those who engage or convert. A bloated follower count may make you feel good on the surface…
So, you’ve created something, and now you want to push it out to the masses. Obviously, you want to reach more than a dozen people, and, let’s be honest, unless Elon musk is your long-lost uncle, you’d do anything to make sure the world sees your work. Maybe even a little praying.
There are three core reasons content — whether textual, audial, or visual — goes viral.
Sometimes it’s a combination of the three, but usually, one is enough to catapult something to…
2 Minute Madness’ top creators have a few things in common. These are the folk who make it ridiculously easy for editors to make their work shine. As you likely suspect, they represent a small percentage of the publication’s contributors.
Since we’d like to see the number of featured contributors grow — we’re all about helping creators realize their goals — we love sharing what makes 2 Minute Madness’s relationship with writers tick perfectly.
Here are the top five common traits found in prime writers’ stories:
A few months back, my 21-year-old nephew texted me, asking to set an appointment to talk for a bit. He was interning as a videographer and editor in Jacksonville. The gig has since turned into a full-time job, and the texts have been flowing more sporadically than usual.
It was inevitable. Young family members grow up. They go to college and get jobs. The older ones — parents and grandparents — tend to go to bed earlier and nap in the afternoons. …
All writers have sat in front of a screen, staring at a blinking cursor, mind void of what to write about next. After several brain struggle moments, we scour the internet for pre-fab writer prompts and pose questions in groups about where others find ideas. Chances are, though, you’re likely extending the amount of time spent on the wrong issue.
When it comes to writer’s block and poor quality output, the problem isn’t so much a lack of ideas as it is accepting any idea and forcing yourself to write about it. …
Ahh, LinkedIn. A place where professionals could once network, sans the typical spam content that flooded our email inboxes. A place where we have to duck, dive and dodge sneaky salespeople and beggars to get a few minutes of pro-time in.
The best way I can explain LinkedIn messaging is this: Have you ever seen the movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story? If you haven’t, you missed out on one of life’s hilarious pleasures, or possibly 92 minutes of life you’ll never get back.
To save his gym, Peter LaFleur (Vince Vaughn) forms a Dodgeball team to enter a Las…
I love words. I adore the English language and embrace the notion that we can break the rules so long as it aligns with our branded voice. But there’s a problem with some modern phrases: they’re inaccurate and sometimes gross.
When I first heard the phrase secret sauce to describe the one compelling thing hardly anyone ever thinks about that makes something work brilliantly, I thought: do they mean special sauce, like McDonald’s?
I get the concept behind the term. I’m sure the first handful of times it was used to describe a company’s success or a leader’s feat caught…
Any writer knows that readers are essential to growth. So, it makes sense that marketing plays a huge role in directing potential readers to one’s work. Online, this comes in the form of web traffic — the visitors to a story’s or article’s page.
Traffic is necessary, but it’s only part of the equation. It’s not what tells you if readers appreciate what you have to say.
Aside from your followers or subscribers, the number of people landing on your work is representative of two things:
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