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When to Stop Working When It’s Not Working

Recently I've written about the wrong time of day for me to do my writing, and more generally about the importance of knowing when the best time of day is for you to do specific work. Today I want to expand on this idea to talk about how you know when it's time to stop trying. Or, rather, how you know when it's time to stop forcing yourself to do work you're not doing so great at. Here's the thing: In the story I told you, about me at the … [Continue Reading...]

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How to Find Work Life Balance As an Accomplished Depressive {Guest Post}

This guest post comes in via Molly Dunn, a pal from business school who is rocking the world. Importantly, Molly is rocking the world despite a diagnosis of clinical depression, and shares about the journey at her blog DepressionWhoNeedsIt. Although depression isn't something I have suffered with, I am a huge believe in mental health being a key priority in order to lead healthy and happy work and personal lives. I'll let Molly take it from … [Continue Reading...]

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Elite Blog Academy: An In-Depth Review of A New Blogging Course

I get tons of questions about blogging, so I'm always happy when I can check out blogging courses to see what I think of them and if I think readers would like and learn from them. Recently I told you about Ruth Soukup and her new course, Elite Blogging Academy. In this review, I'll lay out what I think more in-depth about the course. Who it's for, who it's maybe not for, and why I care. Hopefully, this will help some of you think about if … [Continue Reading...]

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How to Make 2015 Not Suck #goals

As part of my morning quiet time, I've been reading a book on goal-setting from Danielle Laporte. So far, I'm loving it. This morning, in the book, Danielle suggested that the entire month of December should be wiped off the map in terms of work. In other words, no one should work in December. I laughed. And then I agreed. There's a lot to do in December. The holidays. The family stuff. The shopping. All that food. And then there's the … [Continue Reading...]

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Podcast #6: On Being A Twitter Newbie with Bob Jones (Episode 6)

Want to listen to my latest podcast? Go here. I'm chatting with Bob Jones, founder of Give.Mobi about what it means to be a newbie on Twitter (him, not me!) and how he's gotten the hang of things with serious speed;) We'll also talk about what his company does to help non-profits … [Continue...]

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How to Interact With Your Blog Readers

In this post, you will learn about how interacting with blog readers builds relationships and loyal readers. You will also learn how interacting with blog readers sometimes does none of these things.   People talk a lot about interacting with blog readers, and the importance of doing so if … [Continue...]

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Why I Read My Spam

I am a big advocate that you should scan through your spam folder in Gmail (or whatever email program you use) every month (if you use Gmail, it is probably automatically erasing your spam every 30 days). I recently did my spam scan, and found the following useful things incorrectly buried in … [Continue...]

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How to Get Newsletter Subscribers to Your Blog

In this post, you'll learn the key to getting new newsletter subscribers to your blog or online cult (the good kind). Enjoy! I was having a chat with a bloggy friend today. The chat was about things, and then other things, but all devolved into a discussion of why people subscribe to blogs, and why … [Continue...]

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Why You *Should* Pay to Volunteer {Podcast #5}

I've got a new podcast up where I tell you why I think you should pay to volunteer. Yup - I said. And I'm serious. Paying to do short-term volunteer work in an international setting is (to me) essential to non-profit sustainability. Listen to it here. … [Continue...]

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Why I Unfollowed You. The Top 10 Reasons I’m Not Following You on Twitter.

When I first declared Twitter bankruptcy last week, I didn't tell anyone. And, appropriately, no one noticed. For two days, it was the best thing I ever did that no one knew I had ever done. Or something like that. In fact, it took 48 hours for one of my former 700 Twitter followers to … [Continue...]

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Who to Follow on Twitter (According to Me)

This is hardly a comprehensive list of the best people to follow on Twitter. But it is mine. So, after declaring Twitter bankruptcy for my birthday this week, I knew I wanted to make a big birthday Twitter bang when I followed back a bunch of my favorite Twitter users again. This "big birthday … [Continue...]

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Why I Declared (Twitter) Bankruptcy

This is an article about declaring bankruptcy on Twitter. Not the other kind. Act accordingly. Five years ago, the maximum number of starred emails I allowed in my Gmail inbox was 100. Over time, that has creeped up. And up. Now, I regularly work hard to keep the number of unread or starred … [Continue...]

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The 100 Books I Read in 2011

As I've said before, for the last four (five?) years I've set a goal to read 100 books a year. In 2011, I hit the goal (yay!) and have finally gotten around to updating the final list. I've also started my new 2012 list here. (And, and as amazing new addition -- In 2012 I'll actually be rating them. … [Continue...]